PNews 6/6/24

Call to Prayer

A lot is going on in our churches, in our denomination, and in our world. There is much of that that we cannot control. When we bring these things to prayer, we’re not praying to a distant, unfeeling being; we’re praying to Jesus, fully God and fully man. Our high priest is one who can sympathize with us, who gets it, who understands it, who has felt every aspect of our humanity. For the first few weeks of summer, Rev. Brian Wallace will list a few situations that he asks the presbytery to pray about during the week.

Upcoming Events

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

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

June 10
Commission on Preparation for Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

June 11
Commission on Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be on Sunday, June 9:

  • Carla Campbell – Worshiping at Shadyside PC
  • Ralph Lowe – Preaching at Cross Roads PC, Gibsonia
  • Louise Rogers – Preaching Vespers at Friendship Village
  • Brian Wallace – Worshiping at East Liberty PC

General Minister Search – May 2024 Update

The General Minister Special Nominating Committee has invited three candidates to participate in final interviews. The committee requests your prayers—especially at this point—because they feel that all three would be excellent choices to fill this position, making their task to hear the call of the Holy Spirit even more challenging. The best kind of challenge. Final interviews will take place in June.

Register for COM Informational Meetings

As announced last week, the Commission on Ministry is hosting four different information and input sessions in June and July (the content of these four sessions will be the same). The purpose of these gatherings will be (1) to explain how the proposed 2025 Minimum Terms of Call and Benefits Policy incorporates the changes in the Board of Pensions, (2) to answer questions from participants, and (3) to receive feedback and input on how the proposal might be modified. Two of these gatherings will be in-person (June 20th at 11:30 pm, June 26th at 4:00 pm), and two will be on Zoom (July 8 at 10:00 am, July 30 at 7:00 pm). You can register for these events using this link.

Emerging Adults Study

The NextGen Ministry of Pittsburgh Presbytery has recognized that emerging adults (18-32) are a growing need in our Presbytery and churches in general. We also recognize that we don’t know who is currently in our presbytery that is an emerging adult. This survey is to help us get demographics about the emerging adults in our churches.
You can find the survey here. Please fill out this survey by June 10th.

Wonder of Worship Grants

The Wonder of Worship program at Columbia Theological Seminary is offering grants of $1,000 to congregations looking to enhance the engagement of children in their corporate workspaces. Wonder of Worship is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to support faith-based organizations as they help children grow in faith and deepen their relationships with God. Instructions for applying for the grant are provided in the attached link. The deadline for the application is July 15.

2024 Gathering of Presbyterian Women

Registration is now open for the 2024 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women. Join Presbyterian women from around the country in an exciting, faith-filled time to renew connections in St. Louis, Missouri from August 8-11, 2024. There are opportunities to attend both in person and online.

New Section: Upcoming Congregation Events

We want to help share your church event! Starting soon, we would like to start featuring some Congregation Events that would be of interest to the greater Presbytery body in our newsletter. The events should align with our Purpose and Strategy Statement. The form will be due at least 3 weeks prior to the event, and Presbytery staff will review the requests.
Congregation Events form>>>

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