How to Get in Touch with the Pastor

One of the logistical issues I've discovered is inherent in pastoring two partnered churches is that sometimes it can be hard for you all to know when and how to get in touch with me. Sometimes, there is a perception that I'm too busy to bother. While it's true I'm usually pretty busy, it's also true that any of my administrative duties, sermon writing, reading, project planning, and session … [Read more...]

Emsworth and St. Andrew’s UP Churches Outdoor Worship and Church Picnic

Don't forget that on Sunday, July 15th, we will not be worshiping inside the church buildings at our regular times, but we will be worshiping outside and sharing a meal together afterward. Time: 10:30 AM Address: "The Soggy Bottom" at 124 Fern Hollow Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 Bring: a side dish or dessert (the church elders will provide the main dish and beverages) Because we'll be outside … [Read more...]

Ask, Don’t Tell

Summer 2018, Year B / Psalm 107; Job 38:1–11; Mark 4:35–41 Hebrew Scripture Reading: Job 38:1-11 Job 38:1–11 ESV Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell … [Read more...]

A Farewell to Ashley

On May 27, 2018, we bid a fond farewell to our intern, Ashley.  We were so blessed to have had her with us, and enjoyed her enthusiasm, fellowship, and active participation in our church mission activities.  In grateful recognition of her service with us, and after Session approval, the following gifts were presented to her on behalf of our congregation by Dan Williams, Clerk of Session: 1) a set … [Read more...]

Sermon: When You Can’t Find a Unicorn, Ride a Horse

Rev. Charissa Clark Howe  Summer 2018 (year B) / Psalm 92:1–4; Psalm 92:12–15; 2 Corinthians 5:6–17; Mark 4:26–34; Ezekiel 17:22–24 Call to Worship: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the … [Read more...]

St. Andrew’s Annual Rummage Sale

St. Andrew’s Annual Rummage Sale! Date: Saturday, September 8 Time: 7 am - 3pm 801 Beaver Street Sewickley, PA 15143 Coffee and donuts will be available for purchase for breakfast; hot dogs and soft drinks for lunch! Donations Donations will be received at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church beginning August 1st. We cannot accept clothing. Hats, scarves, and … [Read more...]

Limited office hours on 6/12

Due to meetings at the Presbytery offices, the Pastor’s open office hours will only be from 9:30-12:30 today, Tuesday, June 12. Please call the pastoral care line at 412.219.2503 if you have an emergency need. … [Read more...]

Two is the Loneliest Number: A House Divided

Genesis 3:8–15 ESV And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He … [Read more...]

First Lunch with the Pastor was a ton of fun!

I can't take any credit for what happened today at lunch. Seriously. It was the Holy Spirit. God moved today and it was so much fun! The idea for "lunch with the pastor" was something someone in a Facebook group I belong to threw out there as something she does to spend time with parishioners on a regular basis. I found something very appealing about the idea of just hanging out with people … [Read more...]

My. Nebo Strawberry Festival

One of our mid-week Bible Study partners, Mt. Nebo Presbyterian, is having their annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 23rd. Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 23 4-7 pm Ham barbecue, hot dogs, side salads, & beverages provided Chinese auction Classic Car Cruise Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church 1828 Roosevelt Road Sewickley, PA 15143 … [Read more...]