PNews 10/5/23


The word “nevertheless” is often a transitional word – in which challenging and difficult realities are named, identified, and followed by a statement of steadfast commitment. If we believe in God of Easter, we must acknowledge the reality of our world, and, nevertheless, faithfully respond to God’s call with passion and urgency. In this week’s letter, Nevertheless, Rev. Brian Wallace challenges us to seek to be faithful to who God is calling us to be, amidst a cynical world.
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Upcoming Events

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

October 12
NextGen Ministry Lunch (11:30am)

October 17
Foundation (12:30pm)

October 18
New Worshiping Communities Commission (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm)

October 19
New Clergy Orientation (9:00am – 12:00pm)

October 21
Session Minutes Review (9:00am – 12:00pm, by appointment)

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

November 2
Better Than Average Training (4:00 – 8:30pm, Beulah PC)

November 3
Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop (4:30 – 8:30pm, Zoom)

November 4
Introduction to Systemic Racism Workshop (12:30 – 4:30pm, Zoom)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be
on Sunday, October 8:

Carla Campbell – Advisory Committee on the Constitution Meeting, St. Louis
Ralph Lowe – Preaching at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, Worshiping at Chartiers Valley UPC Celebration
Brian Wallace – Worshiping at Chartiers Valley UPC Celebration


The Presbytery office will be closed next week,
Monday October 9 – Wednesday October 11,
due to professional travel.


Church Safety Training: Register Now!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be coming to Pittsburgh on October 28 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, to lead a free course on Church Safety and Security Training from 9:00am – 4:00pm. 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. We only have 20 spots left, so please register now if you plan on attending!!! You can register here.
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Media from the Presbytery Meeting Available Online

Rev. Brian Wallace has made the media that was shared at last week’s Presbytery meeting available on our website. You can watch videos of highlights from Crestfield’s summer camps, the Commonwealth of Oakland, and this year’s Freedom Rising Grant Recipient. There are also presentations of the 2024 Budget and our new Purpose and Strategy Statement.
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Better Than Average Training

The Next Generation Ministry Team is excited to announce that Better Than Average Training is returning this fall! Better Than Average Training is designed for church staff and volunteers who work with the next generation, from preschoolers up through young adults, and features keynote sessions, workshops, and breakouts addressing various topics. This year’s training will be on November 2nd @ Beulah Presbyterian Church from 4-8:30 pm (with an pre-conference session starting at 2:30pm). More information can be found here.
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