Beyond Our Doors, Beyond Our Community, Beyond Our Borders
Peace is active, not passive; peace is doing, not waiting.
The Peace & Global Witness Offering connects congregations around the country with inspiring and innovative peacemakers from partner churches around the globe so they may learn from one another. The offering helps develop educational resources that illustrate how congregations can become active peacemakers both in our local community and around the world. It also offers all Presbyterians and congregations access to the halls of power to lift up the needs of our sisters and brothers in Christ in every corner of the world.
A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this offering to connect with the global witness of Christ’s peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
The local recipient of our offering (25%) is The InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF). IRTF is a Cleveland-based interfaith group that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Colombia. People of faith and conscience founded IRTF after the 1980 execution of four U.S. church women in El Salvador by U.S.-trained soldiers.
Carrying on the legacy of the martyrs, IRTF educates, advocates, and organizes for peace and human rights, economic justice, and aid to Central Americans and Colombians. IRTF works to change U.S. policies, corporate actions, and consumer behaviors that undermine these aspirations, both here and abroad.
The Task Force is an interfaith group with the following mission:
- To follow our various faith teachings, commitments, and convictions, which call us to promote justice and peace with the people of Central America.
- To advocate for human rights, self-determination, economic justice and peace based on nonviolent systemic changes, instead of militarized approaches in the region and in U.S. policy.
- To build bridges of solidarity, especially between faith communities, with the most consistently martyred and oppressed peoples in our hemisphere.
The Peace & Global Witness Offering will be received on October 7, which is World Communion Sunday. Please give prayerfully.
Growing in Gratitude — October Adult Faith Formation
Gratitude is more than saying “thank you” or writing notes of appreciation. It is a whole way of living before God, among others and in this world around us, say the scriptures. It is especially challenging in the cynical time in which we find ourselves. In this four-week class led by parish associate Rev. Dr. Steve Gorman, we will seek to deepen our understanding of living with a fuller attitude of gratitude and how this improves our personal lives and our enjoyment of everyone and everything around us. This class will include small group discussion and some meaningful “homework.” The class meets Sundays at 11:20 a.m. Topics include:
October 7: Gratitude — expanding its definition from boring obligation to meaningful well being.
October 14: Grappling with Gratitude — the challenges and hurdles to living a grateful life.
October 21: Gratitude — How to expand thankfulness and why it improves our living.
October 28: Having grown in Gratitude, where does God now lead us?
PDA and Hurricane Florence
Many of us watched the news reports of the damage and suffering that Hurricane Florence unleashed on the Carolinas and wonder what we can do to make a positive difference. The good news is that Presbyterians have been responding to all kinds of disasters with compassion and expertise, assisting in coordination of relief efforts, offering emotional and spiritual support, and getting dirty with the hard work of cleanup. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has already started deploying teams to affected presbyteries working with local Presbyterian and community leadership.
For many of us, our financial support is the best way to express our faith and demonstrate compassion. Gifts may be given three ways: online at pda.pcusa.org/situation/hurricane-florence, by phone 800-872-3283 or by check sent to Presbyterian Church (USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
Volunteers Needed for Community Meal
The Community Meal Committee is updating their list of volunteers who could be available to help make LPC’s Community Meal possible the last Sunday of each month. You would be contacted several weeks in advance to see if you are available. They hope to have enough volunteers to do a three to four month rotation.
* 8:30 a.m. – Set tables before church.
* 11:30 a.m. – Serve beverages tableside and serve meal cafeteria style at noon.
* 12:45 p.m. – Clean up tables and kitchen as needed. Also, strong people are needed to stack tables and chairs.
* Other opportunities: Volunteer to help with preparing a meal. They also need a back-up dishwasher.
If you would like to help with any of these tasks, or would like more information, please contact Kay Jones in the church office every Wednesday morning or leave a message on the church answering machine.
Good Company Hosts Weekend with Composer Ola Gjeilo
Join Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble for a choral workshop and concert featuring acclaimed Norwegian-born composer and pianist, Ola Gjeilo. Mr. Gjeilo is one of the most loved and frequently performed choral composers in the world today. After studying at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard, Mr. Gjeilo made New York City his official home. He’s known for his lush, atmospheric style that’s strongly influenced by film scores, pop culture and jazz. Mr. Gjeilo’s bestselling recordings include Stone Rose, Piano Improvisations, Winter Songs and Phoenix Chorale’s Northern Lights, named iTunes Best Classical Vocal Album of 2012.
On November 3 at 3 p.m., Mr. Gjeilo will lead a workshop offering tips on choral singing techniques and answer questions about his music and creative process. Then on November 4 at 4 p.m., Mr. Gjeilo and Good Company will present Serenity, a concert of Gjeilo works for chorus, piano and strings. The program will feature Ola Gjeilo on piano and Amethyst Strings. Selections include Northern Lights, The Spheres, Spotless Rose and more. Michael Carney, Music Director and our own Ruth Draper, Accompanist. A freewill offering will be taken at the concert; the workshop is free. Both events take place in LPC’s Sanctuary. Visit www.good-co.org or call 216-373-7773.