PNews 10/26/23

A Call to Prayer on the Fifth Anniversary of the Tree of Life Massacre

This past Sunday, 20 representatives from a variety of faith traditions, gathered along with over a hundred worshipers at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oakland. The service recognized the fifth anniversary of the Tree of Life mass shooting, which occurred on October 27, 2018. In this week’s letter, Rev. Brian Wallace asks us to take time to pray for those impacted by what happened at Tree of Life five years ago, and to pray for the end of hatred and violence in our world.
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Upcoming Events

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

October 28
Church Safety and Security Training (9:00am – 4:00pm, Bethany PC)

October 29
Installation of Steve Aguzzi (3:00pm, Unity United PC)

November 1
Docket Time and Waiver Request Deadline

November 2
Personnel Committee (10:00am – 12:00pm, Zoom)
Finance and Property Committee (2:00 – 3:00pm, Zoom)
Better Than Average Training (4:00 – 8:30pm, Beulah PC)

November 3 and 4
Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop (Zoom)

November 6
Commission on Preparation for Ministry (4:00pm)

November 8
Ecclesiastical Committee (2:00pm, Zoom)

November 9
Nominations Committee (2:30 – 4:30pm)

November 14
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)
International Partnership (7:00 – 9:00pm)

November 15
New Worshiping Communities Commission (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be on Sunday, October 29:

  • Carla Campbell – Attending Synod Assembly
  • Ralph Lowe – Preaching at First PC of Castle Shannon
  • Louise Rogers – Worshiping at Bethany PC
  • Brian Wallace – Worshiping at Sixth PC, preaching at Installation of Steve Aguzzi, and attending Synod Assembly

Pittsburgh Presbytery is searching for our next General Minister to support congregations in their missional callings, as well as support pastors and candidates for ministry as they seek to discern the emerging kingdom of God in many different contexts. Leaders who can help us discover how the church should evolve in uncertain times with optimism, skillful communication, and collegiality should apply for the position through either CLC or by submitting a resume.

The Presbytery staff are continuing to experience difficulties with our phone system. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you need to reach us, please reach out via email. Staff email addresses can all be found here. Unfortunately, this issue is temporarily beyond our control.

Matthew 25 Online Workshop

On October 30, at 12:00pm, there will be an online workshop working toward eradicating systemic poverty. “In it for the Long Haul” will focus on international accompaniment for long-term sustainable development that results in lasting social change addressing poverty’s root cause. You can register here.
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Vietnam Mission Vision Trip – April 18-27

Our purpose is to learn from and be inspired by Christians in Vietnam through involvement with numerous brothers and sisters in Christ. We will engage with various ministries, including the Presbyterian Church, Bible Society, UUC seminary, campus ministry, media ministry, and an Unreached People Group, to listen, pray with, and encourage them. There is an option for a 7-day Mekong River cruise prior to the vision trip. For more information contact Don Dawson at
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