PNews 11/9/23

Cultivating Trust

Trust doesn’t mean believing that everything will go smoothly. Instead, it’s knowing that if/when an issue arises, the person can handle it appropriately. In short, trusting someone is believing that in everything they do, they will embody in their decision-making the second of the greatest commandments: To love others as ourselves. In this week’s letter, “Cultivating Trust,” Rev. Brian Wallace contemplates that a greater sense of trust might foster a stronger life together as a community and a more vital witness to Jesus Christ within our congregations.

Upcoming Events

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

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)

November 19
Installation of Rachel Hebert (11:00am, Shadyside PC)

November 28
Commission on Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

November 30
New Worshiping Community Commission (12:30 – 2:30pm)

December 5
Hunger Fund (1:30 – 3:30pm)

December 7
Presbytery Meeting (1:00pm, Union PC of Robinson Township)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be on Sunday, November 12:

  • Carla Campbell – Worshiping at East Liberty PC
  • Brian Wallace – Worshiping at Northmont UPC

Leader Connect – The Next Gen Event at Crestfield

Crestfield’s Next Gen Leader Retreat, Leader Connect, provides Next Gen leaders in our region with a time of respite and renewal at the start of the new year, January 29-31, 2024. The retreat is a time for leaders to connect with one another, worship together, and be refreshed through play, fellowship, inspiration, and rest.
Early Bird Registration ends December 1st. For more information, visit:

Free Flu and Covid Shots

Free Flu and Covid Vaccinations will be offered Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Please note that pre-registration is required. Veterans are also invited to register for a Veterans’ Celebration that starts at noon, and includes lunch and entertainment, featuring the Jazz’ Po’etic Band.

Presbyterian Promise Scholarship

The Presbyterian Promise Scholarship is a commitment by Presbyterian College (PC) in South Carolina to recognize students for their merit and affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. PC seeks to develop students academically and spiritually in this signature scholarship. Students who are of members of Presbyterian churches will receive a scholarship for a minimum of $20,000 per year for up to four years—an $80,000 commitment. For more information and to apply visit their site:

Safety and Security Toolkit

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has shared helpful resources for your churches to promote safety and security. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships released a toolkit called “Allies Against Hate: A Toolkit for Faith Communities.” This toolkit describes practical steps faith communities can take to prevent acts of hate, discrimination, and bias, and to demonstrate solidarity with targeted communities if such acts tragically do occur.

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.

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