PNews 9/7/23

Church Safety Training: Registration is Open!

An exciting opportunity is coming in October! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be coming to Pittsburgh on October 28 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, to lead a course on Church Safety and Security Training. The course is designed for people who are on the front lines of greeting people and interacting with the public, including ushers, greeters, outreach workers, custodians, and pastors. Registration is now open! You can register here.
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Upcoming Events

The following events take place at the Presbytery Building, unless noted:

September 7
Nominations Committee (11:00am – 4:00pm)

September 12
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)

September 16
Session Minutes Reading (9:00am – 12:00pm, by appointment)

September 19
Commission on Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

September 20
New Worshiping Communities Commission (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)
Administrative Commission for Transformation (1:00 – 3:00pm)
CPM Final Discernment Event (4:00pm)

September 21
2024 Budget Presentation (10:00 – 11:30am, Zoom)

September 28
Presbytery Meeting (10:00am, Crestfield)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be worshiping
on Sunday, September 10:

Brian Wallace – Preaching at The PC of Coraopolis
Carla Campbell – Worshiping at Sampson’s Mills PC
Louise Rogers – Preaching at Bethesda UPC (Elizabeth) and Olivet PC
Ralph Lowe – Preaching at Bull Creek PC

Get College Students Connected

Research has shown that one of the main points where students who are connected to a church and active in faith drop off is transitioning from high school to college. As the school year begins, we are hoping to forge a greater sense of connection between students’ home congregations and campus ministries.

For students attending any of the Oakland-area Universities, we invite you to share their e-mail addresses using this form. This information will only be shared with The Commonwealth of Oakland and Shadyside Presbyterian Church, who are actively involved in campus religious life.

For students attending college further away, we would encourage you to take advantage of the “Refer a Student” function on the UKirk website.
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CPM Final Discernment Event

At the May 2023 Presbytery Meeting, the Commission on Preparation for Ministry proposed a new process for receiving and examining candidates who are certified ready pending call, and this process was adopted by the body. The process stipulates that before a Presbytery meeting, a gathering hosted by the CPM shall be held to examine candidates for ordination. (If you want to review the full proposal and rationale, you can find it here on Pg. 14). In September, two individuals are scheduled to be approved for ordination, pending call.  On Wednesday, September 20th, at 4 p.m., the Commission will host the Final Discernment Event to gather and hear from these individuals. All eligible commissioners are welcome and encouraged to attend; registration is required. A draft agenda is available here, and you can register here.
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Presbyterian Support to Maui

Communities in Maui are receiving a helping hand from Presbyterians who are answering the call to donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). The Presbytery of the Pacific, which works in conjunction with PDA, is staying in close contact with the Po’okela Church, a United Church of Christ congregation in the north-central portion of the island.
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2022 Session Minutes Review

Attention Clerks of Session: There are still two dates available for in-person minutes reviews by appointment at the presbytery center!

Saturday, September 16, 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023

In addition, the Ecclesiastical Committee will once again offer an opportunity to participate in an electronic minutes exchange.

If you haven’t yet made plans to have your minutes reviewed, fill out this form so we can assign you a partner for either in-person or online reviews.

Please note: the deadline to turn in the forms from the Minutes Review is Monday, November 20, 2023. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Tarrant at, or at 412-697-9207.
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