General Church News


PNews 9/9/21

September 9, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Becoming What We Are Are we ready to be who we truly are, as the church of Jesus Christ? In a time of pandemic, the world needs that from us more than ever. May we rise to the challenge, for …


Going Public

September 2, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 2, 2021 Going Public Everything about the church is meant for public witness and benefit, to the glory of God. The church exists not for …


PNews 9-2-21

September 2, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Going Public Everything about the church is meant for public witness and benefit, to the glory of God. The church exists not for its own sake, but for the sake of the world for which its Lord died. If it …


PNews 8/26/21

August 27, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Surging New Wave As long as we think of our COVID response in terms of each person’s individual choice (Mask or not? Vaccinate or not?), we miss being the kind of church we are called to be – a …


A Surging New Wave

August 26, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 26, 2021 A Surging New Wave Compassion fatigue. It afflicts all who give of themselves at length for the sake of others. I certainly faced …


Preserving Truthfulness

August 19, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 19, 2021 Preserving Truthfulness As we continue considering how the “Great Ends of the Church” will shape the church post-pandemic, today we land on a …


PNews 8/19/21

August 19, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Preserving Truthfulness Truth, as the Bible teaches it, is found not in conspiracy theories, but in broad daylight. Jesus is the light of the world, not its shadow-master. Can we preserve truthfulness that is teachable and open, as we are …


PNews 8/12/21

August 12, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

Evolution of Worship Maintenance of divine worship in and beyond the pandemic will require us to evolve new ways of being with each other as we seek together to honor God. The great pandemic challenge for worship is not just, …


Evolution of Worship

August 12, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 12, 2021 Evolution of Worship “Boring.” Parents dread hearing this word from their children. It likewise chills church leaders when on the lips of congregants. …


PNews 8/5/21

August 5, 2021 | Posted in Weekly Newsletter

A Church that Thrives in a New Era The second of the church’s six “great ends” is “the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God.” While we rightly claim that all people are children of God, this …