PNews 5/9/24

Two Simple Lessons

At this point in the life of the church, there is a lot of which we have no control. And as frustrating as it is, there isn’t much we can do about any of them. We have two options: Quit (which sometimes we can’t do) or respond. In this week’s letter, Two Simple Lessons, Rev. Brian Wallace encourages us to take small, seemingly insignificant steps, to change the world around us.

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

May 15
New Worshiping Communities Commission (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)

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

June 6
Nominations Committee (2:30 – 4:00pm)

Where is the Staff?

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

  • Ralph Lowe – Worshiping at Cross Roads PC (Gibsonia)
  • Louise Rogers – Preaching at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community

Advisory Committee on the Constitution Reports for GA-226

The Advisory Committee on the Constitution (ACC) has now completed significant parts of its pre-General Assembly work, making public two committee reports covering authoritative interpretations and business items submitted to the 226th General Assembly. Our own Stated Clerk, Carla Campbell, is the ACC Moderator. She encourages those interested in learning the committee’s advice and recommendations to read the reports directly in PC Biz.

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

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.

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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