The Memory Thief: Lecture Summary by Mark Shannon

Dr. Lisa Genova came to Heinz Hall prepared to educate those assembled about Alzheimer’s disease.  She is a Harvard-educated neuroscientist and the author of the book “Still Alice” which became a movie of the same name featuring Julianne Moore in an Oscar-winning role. She began by saying that she is a neuroscientist and a novelist—two careers that don’t often go together.  After extensively … [Read more...]

Partner Event: Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Concert

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas Is (Almost) Here! Charley Rappaport, director Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. Becki Toth, vocals St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland 311 Cumberland Rd. Pittsburgh, 15237 Descended from the lute, the mandolin is a beloved instrument around the world and nowhere more so than in Pittsburgh! Our orchestra has been proudly presenting … [Read more...]

Holiday Worship and Events

Join us for any or all of our holiday worship services and special events at EUPC, our partner church St. Andrew's, and at neighboring Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon.  Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 7:00 PM A Celebration of Gratitude Thanksgiving Eve Service Each year, before the flurry of cooking and eating begins, we join together to focus on that for which we are … [Read more...]

Help us lead worship this Advent!

This Advent, we want to make sure everyone has a chance to contribute their gifts and talents to our worship. Please take a minute to fill out our online survey and let us know what gifts you have to contribute! This will only take a moment and does not commit you to anything. It just gives me (Pastor Charissa) and our other worship leaders an idea who to talk with about different parts of our … [Read more...]

Daily Advent Devotionals

Friends, Each year, I offer a daily devotional email reflecting on the lectionary passages for each day of Advent. This year, the devotions will begin on November 29th and will run through December 25th. If you were signed up to receive these emails last year, you have nothing left to do! They will just start coming at you on November 29th! If you haven't gotten them previously and would … [Read more...]

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...]