Pinto Hosts Successful Block Party

steeple and bounce house      The first Pinto Community Block Party held on August 16 was deemed an unqualified success by those who organized and attended this event. The idea for this community day was conceived by the elders of Pinto Mennonite Church with the goal of “connection” between the church and its neighborhood and between generations within the church. A group of enthusiastic volunteers planned and carried it out with the financial assistance of a hospitality grant from the International Guest House. Continue reading

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PMC Invites You to Special Event

Taste India, Toast Sushil!

Saturday, October 11, 2014; 5:30pm

Pittsburgh TASTE the delicious flavors of India while we raise a TOAST to a long time member of the Pittsburgh Mennonite Church community – Sushil Ganguly. Sushil will be in the director’s chair this time as we say thank you for the over 40 years of service he has given to the PMC community.

The event will be held in the PMC Fellowship Hall (2018 S Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh, 15218) and proceeds will be invested directly back into this space to make it a more usable for the community.

The event includes a live auction, raffle, and live music! Childcare will be provided. We invite all Allegheny Conference to support this event. If you cannot attend, please consider donating something for our auction or send your monetary presence. Oh, did I mention the Auctioneer will be Allegheny’s own Mark Peachey!

Tickets are $30.00 for adults. Childcare and pizza will be provided for children 12 and under for $10.00. Call 412-271-2104 to make your reservation.                Karen Howard

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Allegheny Conference Celebrates

SingingCelebration 2014 began with a worship service on Friday evening which included communion, erupted in laughter at a talent show on Saturday evening, and ended on Sunday with the participants forming a circle around the meeting house and singing praise to God.

The theme for the weekend of August 1-3 was “Being Loved to Love”, focusing on I John 4:7-21 as the “dwelling in the Word” worship leadersscripture. Worship planner and leader was Heather Lehman with Alyssa Green (“I don’t do boring–or slow!”) leading the singing.  The speakers for the worship services were from within Allegheny Conference. Carl Geissinger, pastor of Barrville Mennonite Church spoke on Friday evening. Bob Brown, pastor of Stahl Mennonite Church gave the message on Saturday evening, and Sunday’s speaker was Naomi Tice, a recent graduate of AMBS and member of Springs Mennonite Church.

Friday evening’s time together also included a report from Joy Cotchen, Conference Minister of Children and Youth and a “shout out” roll call of churches present conducted by the Youth Cabinet. Youth and Young Adults had a significant presence and contribution throughout the weekend which was noted by many as a sign of hope for the life of the Mennonite Church and this conference.

CandleAlso on Friday evening, the congregation was asked to participate in a symbolic act of joining themselves together with a continuous strand of yarn. As the yarn was cut, then tied together, then cut and tied again, prayers of confession were spoken. In an unplanned sequel to that symbolism, the yarn was gathered up at the end of the service and crocheted together into a thicker, stronger, and more beautiful cord which was placed on the table by the Christ candle. Continue reading

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AMBS Announces Upcoming Events

AMBS_logoAnabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., announces the following upcoming events, workshops and resources:

Advent worship planning     Explore resources for Advent worship, including scripture presentations, sermon ideas, children’s worship ideas, hymns and visuals.   Day-long workshop, Saturday, Oct. 11, at AMBS, led by Rachel Miller Jacobs, Allan Rudy-Froese and Rosanna McFadden. (www.ambs.edu/workshops).  Webinar: Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:30-8:45 pm EDT, led by Rachel Miller Jacobs. (www.ambs.edu/webinars)

Anabaptist Short Course     “Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology” is a six-week online course, taught by Jamie Pitts, assistant professor of Anabaptist studies. The course is taught at a seminary level but for no credit. It is highly interactive, drawing on the wisdom among students.  The course runs from Oct 22 to Dec 3. Learn more: www.ambs.edu/anabaptistshortcourses

Preview Seminary Days       AMBS has set two Seminary Preview Days for fall: October 17 and November 21. Encourage someone with gifts for ministry to join in classes and worship for a day and to meet professors. Learn more: www.ambs.edu/admissions/visit-ambs.cfm

Interterm in Guatemala     Theology in Latin American Perspective, taught at the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City in January, explores the theological heritage of Latin America and its place in situations of poverty and violence. Learn more and register by Sept. 29: www.ambs.edu/academics/Theology-Latin-American-Perspective.cfm

Pastors Week, January 26-29     Where Culture Blurs Theology: What is an Anabaptist Christian? is the theme for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Pastors Week. Speakers bring different points of view to how we honor all ethnic heritages that are part of the Mennonite Church. Greg Boyd, Drew Hart, Janet Plenert and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht explore what it means to be an Anabaptist today. Learn more: www.ambs.edu/pastorsweek                                                                        Mary E. Klassen

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