PNews 4/4/24

Delay in Malawi and South Sudan Pilgrimage

The planned pilgrimage of our tripartite partners from Malawi and South Sudan, scheduled for this coming May, has been postponed until the fall. The economic and procedural realities of travel from Malawi and South Sudan proved to be too challenging to proceed with the pilgrimage this spring. However, the pilgrimage has not been canceled, but rather, rescheduled for September 27th through October 7th, offering new and exciting possibilities for our engagement with our partners and friends.

Upcoming Events

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

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)

April 17
New Worshiping Communities Commission (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)
NextGen (11:30am – 1:30pm)

April 25
Personnel Committee (10:00am – 12:00pm, Zoom)
Finance and Property (12:00 – 3:00pm)
Nominations Committee (2:30 – 4:00pm)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be on Sunday, April 7:

  • Ralph Lowe – Preaching at The PC of Plum Creek
  • Louise Rogers – Preaching at Gladden UPC
  • Brian Wallace – Preaching at Linway PC

Minister ID cards have been received at the Presbytery office, and are being processed. If you need your card urgently, please email Jenny Tarrant.

Medical Deductible and Board of Pensions Update

Dear Friends-

Yesterday, the Board of Pensions released information about the dues structure for medical benefits starting in 2025 – and based on the initial reaction from the various PC(USA) groups on Facebook, the news is causing some amount of alarm. Rather than try and write something, I recorded a quick video providing a brief overview of the changes with a simple message: Don’t worry about this yet. Nothing is changing until 2025, and your Presbytery staff are working on understanding the changes and their implications. We’ll have more information next week, and a lot more information by mid-May.

In Christ,



Taize Service to Celebrate 10 Years of Liddy Barlow’s Leadership

Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania is celebrating Rev. Liddy Barlow’s first ten years as Executive Minister with a Taizé prayer service and dessert reception on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Proceeds from this event benefit efforts to foster unity among Christians in our region. Learn more at

Service Adventure Camp – July 22-26

Bring your whole youth group for an amazing week that combines Crestfield Adventure with local Missions and Service opportunities. During the day, campers will be sent out to local non-profits to learn about and assist those agencies. Back on site in the late afternoon, campers can chill at the pool or take a much needed FOB (flat on bunk). After dinner, there will be canoeing, ninja walling, archery, Big Friz and more! Ideally this is a camp to attend with your youth or homeschool group, but a limited number of spots for solo campers are available. Find out more on our website!

Field Education Sites and Student Pastors Wanted!

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is receiving applications for field education sites/student pastors. The seminary students work 10-12 hours per week in a congregation under the supervision of an ordained pastor. Interested?Email for more information. To apply directly go to Applications are due as soon as possible.

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.


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