Starting in February, we are launching a 6-week series on Practicing Forgiveness. The series includes forgiveness-themed sermons, Sunday school lessons, and the option of joining a small group that will meet once a week for 6 weeks. Workbooks by John Odhner & Sasha Silverman will be available for purchase through the Pittsburgh New Church, or you can order your own materials online: http://journey.newchurch.org/programs/practicing-forgiveness/. All are welcome to participate--invite your friends!
If you need some extra hope and inspiration this December, sign up for daily Christmas readings!
As the holidays draw near, the dark, cold days can remind us that all life relies on the sun's heat and light. Whether we are aware of it or not, we also rely on the spiritual sun, the Lord, to warm our hearts, and light our way. Please join us to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's in His love.
Special Holiday Services:
Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 am
Christmas Eve Tableaux (Nativity Play) at 4:30 pm
Christmas Day at 11:00 am
New Year's Eve at 11:00 am
The sanctuary will be candlelit and open for quiet prayer and reflection on December 22 & 23, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Join us on Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 am for a a family service where we will offer thanks for the Lord's many blessings!
You are invited to bring an offering of fruit to the Thanksgiving Festival Service. After the service, the fruit will be donated to the East End Cooperative Ministry’s (EECM) Hunger Program. There will also be a box at the entrance to the sanctuary for non-perishable food items which will be taken to the EECM as well.
Leading up to the service, we will have two small group discussions on gratitude: Tuesdays November 13 & 21, at 7:30 pm.
What's new at the Pittsburgh New Church? A lot, right now. In July, our new pastor, Rev. Calvin Odhner, and his wife Maggie moved into the church manse. Since then there's been a flurry of activity in the church and school.
Rev. Odhner set up his office in what was formerly the library, a sunny room at the heart of the church & school--complete (now) with cushy chairs and a coffee station, making it an inviting space for counseling, meetings, and small scripture study classes.
Thanks to a providential encounter with PNCS alumnus Briggs Alden, we have a new phone system (donated by the Environmental Charter School, set up gratis by Briggs), complete with extensions for the pastor, secretary, and teachers, as well as separate voice messages for the church and school.
Rev. Odhner is bursting with new ideas for growth, and is working with the board and the pastor's council to galvanize the congregation and the school.
We are blessed to have Calvin & Maggie on board, and look forward to years of growing together!