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...]