PNews 5/2/24

My Perspective on Presbytery Living

In her office at the Presbytery, Associate Minister Rev. Louise Rogers has a photo of each church in the South Branch that makes up her prayer wall. The pictures highlight the wide array of styles in church buildings which mirrors the variety of worship styles on Sunday mornings. In this week’s letter, My Perspective on Presbytery Living, Louise shares what she has seen, heard and experienced in her year working at the Presbytery.

Upcoming Events

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

May 2
Ecclesiastical Committee (2:30 – 4:30pm, Zoom)
Nominations (2:30 – 4:00pm)

May 4
Session Minutes Reading (9:00am – 12:00pm, by appointment)

May 7
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)

May 8
Administrative Commission for Transformation (12:30 – 2:30pm)

May 13
Commission on Preparation for Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

May 14
Commission on Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

May 23
Presbytery Meeting (1:00pm, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be on Sunday, May 5:

  • Ralph Lowe – Preaching at Mt. Nebo UPC
  • Brian Wallace – Attending Presbytery Leader Formation Gathering

Book Release Reception with Brian McLaren and Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Join us for an exciting evening with these prolific and prophetic authors as they discuss their relevant and important new books. Sponsored by 1001 New Worshiping Communities Commission, this conversation will be joined by our very own Rev. Erin Angeli and Rev. Mike Holohan from The Commonwealth of Oakland. Come learn about their unique ministry and the transformational work they are doing in the Oakland community.

May Pre-Presbytery Meeting: Racial Wealth Gap

Our Pre-Presbytery Event for May will be Bread for the World’s Racial Wealth Gap Simulation. It will take place before the May 23 Presbytery Meeting at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The simulation is an interactive experience for groups to understand how federal policies differently impacted Black and White communities. Working around tables, participants learn more about the impact of policies from Reconstruction to the present day, collecting and returning cards representing land, money, and lost opportunities.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage Bus Tour

The Presbytery of Donegal is offering a Civil Rights Pilgrimage Bus Tour from October 19 – 26, 2024. The itinerary includes stops in Charlottesville, VA; Atlanta, GA; Montgomery, AL; and more. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Read more about the tour and find a link to register here.

Bring a Bible to the Presbytery Meeting

The Matthew 25 Steering Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery is asking each church in the presbytery to bring at least one Life Recovery Bible (NLT) to the May 23 presbytery meeting at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for donation to the Allegheny County Jail. You can also donate the equivalent purchase price of $17. For an announcement you can share in worship in a bulletin or on a screen, click here. Gifts of Bibles and monetary offerings will be dedicated at the May meeting. Please note, only the paperback version of this Bible will be accepted.

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