PNews 3/21/24

Prioritizing What Matters

A lot of self-care advice starts with the idea of taking time for yourself away from work: date nights with spouses and partners, taking the allocated vacation and study leave time, honoring one’s sabbath, etc. These are all good thing, but self-care starts at work by prioritizing what matters and what you love in your job. In this week’s letter, Prioritizing What Matters, Rev. Brian Wallace shares helpful insight into self-care in the workplace.

Upcoming Events

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

March 21
Personnel Committee (10:00 – 12:00, Zoom)
PJC Regional Training (9:30am – 3:30pm)

April 6
Session Minutes Reading (9:00am – 12:00pm, by appointment)

April 10 and 11
Anti-Racism Training (9:00am – 1:00pm)

April 16
Pittsburgh Presbyterian Foundation (2:30 – 4:00pm)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be for Holy Week:

Ralph Lowe

March 24 – Preaching at Cross Roads PC
March 29 – Good Friday services at Hawthorne Ave. PC
and Sharon Community PC
March 31 – Preaching at Bull Creek PC

Louise Rogers

March 28 – Maundy Thursday community service at First PC of Duquesne
March 29 – Good Friday Ecumenical Tenebrae service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oakland

Animating Anti-Racist Ways of Being

This workshop, sponsored by the Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT) of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, is being presented by Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training on Wednesday, April 10, and Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 9 AM to 1 PM, via Zoom.

Begin exploring how systemic racism, regardless of intent, provides advantages to white people and harms People of Color. This workshop will build a shared understanding of how inherited systemic racism operates within institutions, including Pittsburgh Presbytery. Participants will work towards identifying the impact of systemic racism and begin to provide tools for imagining solutions.

For further information or questions, contact

March Update from the General Minister Special Nominating Committee

The General Minister Special Nominating Committee interviewed nine high-quality candidates in early March and were encouraged by the abundance of diverse skills, experience, and passion in the candidate pool. This first meeting focused on the needs of our Presbytery as identified in the Landscape Assessment, and the critical skills identified by that report. Five candidates have been invited to continue in the process for a second interview.

Seminary Student Intern Grants

Seminary student interns are granted monthly stipends to work with congregations. This effort is designed to provide hands on ministry training for students, while providing additional resources for congregations, who demonstrate financial need. Grant Application deadline April 5th, 2024.

Celebration Corner: Update on RIP Medical Debt Campaign

Thanks to an outreach at Bower Hill Community Church, nearly $49,000 was collected in the Synod region, which was used to pay off nearly $6 million in medical debt for more than 6,500 families in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. A breakdown of medical debt that was abolished is available here.

This entry was posted in Weekly Newsletter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.