Regarding Recent Events in Pittsburgh

It's been a long week. It's been a long week for our city, and it's been an especially long week for the clergy of the city. Most of us are pretty sad, shocked, frustrated, and tired. There are people in both Emsworth UPC and St. Andrew's (the other church I serve) who knew victims of the shooting on Saturday, first responders who were involved, or members of the congregations at Tree of Life who … [Read more...]

Sanctuary: a response to the violence in a local congregation

Yesterday, Pittsburgh was rocked by a terrible and violent terrorist act. At around 10 am, a man entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill and opened fire on the worshiping community on their sabbath day. Even as he was apprehended by police and the FBI, he was uttering anti-semitic hate speech.   11 worshipers died.   6 people, including four responding officers, … [Read more...]

God at Work in the World

By Mark Shannon First of all, thank you all for your prayers for Mitzi and me as we traveled to Florida a couple weeks ago.  We had a great time and your prayers were much appreciated. It really was one of my favorite trips of the last several years. We went to St Petersburg to attend a convention dedicated to fans of mystery stories.  There were over 1600 people in attendance that came … [Read more...]

Visiting International Peacemaker

We are delighted to welcome Presbyterian International Peacemaker, Manolis Ntamparakis from October 10-14, 2018! Here’s when & where you can join us in hearing his story:   Wednesday, October 10 6:00 PM Potluck “Meet & Greet” Dinner, followed by presentation at 7PM Emsworth UP   Thursday, October 11 11:30 AM Chapel Service followed by lunch Pittsburgh … [Read more...]

Partner Event: McClure Lectures

GLOBALIZATION AND MIGRATION: THE MOVEMENT OF GOD’S WORD JEHU J. HANCILES D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity Candler School of Theology Emory University The W. Don McCLure Lecture in World Mission and Evangelism October 2, 2018 11:30 a.m. Chapel Service | Scripture: Acts 6:1-7 4:00 p.m. Public Lecture “Christian Unity and Witness in a New Age of Migration” 6:00 … [Read more...]

Advent Worship Planning Workshop

Join us on Saturday, October 27th to begin planning the music, visual arts, and liturgy for this Advent (and Christmas) season! Everyone is invited: young, old, long time members, new friends, musical, tone-deaf, artistic, or not artistic. You all have imaginations and all imaginations are important to the voice of the congregation! Together, let’s celebrate our favorite old traditions, as … [Read more...]

Partner Event: Pride and Prejudice benefitting Northside Common Ministries

Our partner ministry, Northside Common Ministries is hosting a great theater event soon. You don’t want to miss it! Join NCM at The Pittsburgh Public Theater In the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District for Jane Austin's classic brought to life. Tuesday, October 23rd $70 per seat --proceeds to benefit the programs at NCM Dessert Reception at 6pm followed by the show at 7pm to order … [Read more...]

Partner Event: Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Special Music Events Series

One of our local sisters in the PC(USA), Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, located at 384 Fox Chapel Road, 15238, will be hosting a music events series this fall. For more information, call 412.963.8243 or go to www.fcpc.us. Arts in the Atrium: The Diemante Trio, Sunday, September 23, 4:00PM The professional trio’s repetoire features Latín American Music with a mix of classical, pop, jazz, and … [Read more...]

Partner Event: St. Philip Flea Market and Bake Sale

St. Philip Roman Catholic Church Ascension Worship Site 114 Berry Street Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (Ingram) Flea. Market, Bake Sale, and Lunch Available Saturday, October 13, 2018 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Plenty of time to make it afterward to our Refugee and Immigrant Needs and Services Panel Discussion at 3 at St. Andrew’s!) … [Read more...]

Partner Event: Music in a Great Space

Shadyside Presbyterian Church presents the following fall concerts: The Jade Piano Trio: Friday, October 5th, 7:30 PM The Jade Piano Trio - violinist Dawn Posey, cellist Katy’s Janpoladyan, and pianist Ellen Fast - will perform works by REbecca Clarke, Kenji Bunch, Schubert, and Shostakovich. No tickets are necessary: donations are appreciated. Homeward Bound: Sunday, October 21, 3:00 … [Read more...]