Weekly Newsletter

PNews 2/2/23

February 2, 2023 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Welcoming Rev. Louise Rogers This week we meet Rev. Louise Rogers, the newest staff member of the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Louise comes to us from Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she was the Associate Minister of Congregational Care, and will be taking …


PNews 1/26/23

January 26, 2023 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Freeing Congregational Mission Join authors (and Pittsburgh Presbytery members) ​Bala Khyllep and Hunter Farrell as they build on the learnings from their 2022 InterVarsity Press book, Freeing Congregational Mission, to explore ways leaders can help their congregations connect more deeply …


PNews 1/12/23

January 12, 2023 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Providing a Safe Space Providing for the nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God is central to our calling as a church. But to do that well, we must provide shelter – safe environments for some of the most …


PNews 1/5/23

January 5, 2023 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

“To Tell the Old, Old Story…” “I Love to Tell the Story,” written by Katherine Hankey, is a well-known hymn which includes the line: “I love to tell the story; tis pleasant to repeat, what seems each time I tell …


PNews 12/15/22

December 15, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Already, but Not Yet Advent is that beautiful yet enigmatic season when we celebrate the One who has come, but is yet to come. Advent both elicits gratitude for the coming of our Savior Jesus two thousand years ago and …


PNews 11/10/22

November 10, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Enough Already Assuming and proclaiming the worst in each other has become standard fare among us, not just by politicians and not just in election seasons. The virulent vituperative spirit that has spread across society has also infected the church. …


PNews 11/3/22

November 3, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

With All the Saints The great biblical symbol of the gathering of all the saints is the heavenly banquet, something Jesus mentions often. Presbyterians know something about banquets. We call them church dinners, and usually they are potluck affairs. Guests …


PNews 10/23/22

October 27, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

The Politics of Generosity The politics of Jesus is a politics of generosity. The world’s practice of politics is increasingly about denial and denigration, something on vivid display as we prepare to vote in upcoming national elections. Do our politics …


PNews 10/20/22

October 20, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Friend Among Colleagues Ministry friendship requires the discipline of commitment to gather with a group  of colleagues to nurture practices of ministerial excellence to which we hold each other accountable. How are you practicing your promise to be a …


PNews 10/13/22

October 13, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Church Leader Appreciation Even though we may hesitate to ride the commercial bandwagon of “Clergy Appreciation Month,” it is still important to express appreciation for the ministry of the church’s leaders who, according to Scripture, are worthy of “double honor,” …


Transition Update 10/13/22

October 13, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Dear Friends- At a called meeting of the Executive Committee on Monday, October 3rd, the Personnel Committee (which is a sub-committee of Executive Committee) made a final recommendation regarding a transition plan as we prepare for Sheldon’s retirement as our …


PNews 10/6/22

October 6, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

In Praise of Boldness There is a time for silence. And there is a time when we cannot stay silent. Yet the urge to shout cannot be confused with the prophetic mantle. Bold prophetic rebuke always serves the greater goal …


PNews 9/29/22

September 29, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

One O’er All the Earth The church has been prone to schism from day one, something Paul fought against valiantly in his letters to first-generation churches. If nothing else, World Communion Sunday reminds us at least once a year that …


PNews 9/22/22

September 22, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Homecoming We are entering a season of “Homecoming” – a rich tradition when schools and churches welcome back those who have been away from one another. Today our presbytery is gathering at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center. We will celebrate Holy …


PNews 9/15/22

September 15, 2022 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

In Praise of Restraint Queen Elizabeth demonstrated the grace of remaining influential by practicing restraint in her declarations. She knew that if she was to be everyone’s Queen, she could not side with one party against another. For most leaders …