PNews 7/11/24

Call to Prayer

In this week’s Call to Prayer, Rev. Brian Wallace shares what he asks the Presbytery to keep in prayer in the upcoming week.

Upcoming Events

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

July 17
Administrative Commission for Transformation (1:00 – 3:00pm)
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm, Zoom)

July 30
Minimum Terms and Benefits Policy Review (7:00 – 8:00pm)

August 1
Nominations Committee (2:00 – 3:30pm)

Where is the Staff?

This is where the Presbytery Staff will be on Sunday, July 14:

  • Ralph Lowe – Worshiping at Glenshaw Valley PC
  • Louise Rogers – Preaching at Riverdale PC

Nominations for Senior Vice Moderator

Ministers and Sessions of Pittsburgh Presbytery are invited to recommend one or more candidates for Senior Vice Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery for the year 2025. The Senior Vice Moderator will succeed to the office of Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2026. The attached letter has information about requirements for nomination, and where to send nominations.

Save the Date!

The Presbytery will once again be hosting Equipping, Empowering, and Engaging on September 19, 2024 from 4:00 – 7:30pm. This time the event will take place at Ken Mawr United Presbyterian Church. We will have multiple session to choose from, for both Deacons and Ruling Elders. We hope to see you there!

Restorative Wilderness Experience for Pastors

Emily Cowser, a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Candidate for Ministry in Pittsburgh Presbytery, has developed an idea for a trip for pastors and ministry leaders. As part of her Adaptive and Innovative Ministry emphasis, Emily is designing a restorative wilderness experience that will consist of desert canoeing and camping on the Lower Canyons section of the Rio Grande from Monday, Jan. 27, through Thursday, Feb. 6, 2025. Participants will be immersed in a new back-country environment away from the distractions, tasks and stresses of their home lives in order to intentionally explore their well-being. To express your interest, fill out the online form or contact Emily at

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you to all the generous donors –churches and individuals who came together to donate Bibles to the Allegheny County Jail at the May 23rd presbytery meeting! There were 325 physical Bibles paraded in offering (236 personal size, 69 regular, 12 Spanish and 8 large-print). Plus, another $5,000 in donations was received, equivalent to 295 more. For this week’s newsletter, we’ve included a sermon by Rev. Dr. Charissa Howe, thanking the presbytery for these donations. The written sermon can be found here, and an audio recording here.

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