Saturday, September 10, 2005

Pittsburgh Presbytery meeting at Crestfield: 6. Award given to peacemaking ministry at South Side church

During the meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery at the Crestfield Camp and Conference Center on September 8, 2005 the Presbytery's Peacemaking Taskforce reported on its availability to meet with Sessions to talk about peacemaking.

John Helgeson, chair of the Peacemaking Network for the Synod of the Trinity gave a synod award to the Co-Creators Youth Club of the South Side Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.

Nora Johnson, chair of the Presbytery's Peacemaking Taskforce reminded the Presbytery that the Peacemaking Offering this year would be received in many churches on World Communion Sunday, October 2. This is one of four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and she left hanging the question whether those present could name all four special offerings. That is an easy one: One Great Hour of Sharing (which, incidentally, earlier in the year raised the first half million dollars that the PCUSA committed to Hurricane Katrina relief before Presbyterians knew about the devastation in the Gulf Coast), Pentecost, Peacemaking, and Christmas Joy.

Here at the Central Presbyterian Church of Tarentum, we are planning to receive the Peacemaking Offering later in October. Twenty-five percent of the offering is kept locally to use in peacemaking work approved by the session of the church. We will be giving our local portion to the Alle-Kiski Hope Center, our local domestic violence agency. Appropriately enough, we'll be receiving the Peacemaking Offering during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We are also planning a domestic violence training event for religious workers, to take place on September 24, 2005.

My articles about this Presbytery meeting are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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