Thursday, March 14
In 2011 Pittsburgh Presbytery joined with Presbyterian Media Mission and the Pittsburgh Pirates to launch a hunger action initiative called Home Runs for Hunger. The presbytery pledged to contribute at least $100 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for each home run hit by a Pirate. Each time a Pirate hit a home run, the team acknowledged the Presbyterian hunger contribution with an announcement during the live broadcast on Pirates radio.
The presbytery launched a website where congregations, agencies, businesses, and individuals who contributed funds to this program were recognized. What began as a presbytery commitment was embraced by donors from across the region, a 21st-century story of loaves being multiplied. Near the end of the season, presbytery representatives presented a large check to the food bank during a special ceremony at a Pirates game. The program was such a success in 2011 that it has been continued and expanded. Presbyterians continue joining hearts and hands with area businesses and agencies to “hit hunger out of the park!”
This is but one instance of Pittsburgh Presbytery’s commitment to connect our congregations in sharing resources for the sake of people in need. Together we are able to do far more in providing them food, help with utilities, housing, and furnishings than we could separately. We also find that when we join in ministry in Jesus’ name, others beyond our presbytery family often come alongside us as partners in serving our community.
Pittsburgh Presbytery serves 35,417 members of 147 congregations and five new church developments and is home to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. It owns and operates the Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock.
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder Kears Pollock, member, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board
Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge, general minister
Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz, senior associate minister
Rev. Ayana Teter, associate minister for outreach
Rev. Dr. Beverly James, associate minister for discipleship
Rev. Jeff Tindall, stated clerk
Rev. Betty Angelini, executive director, Crestfield Camp and Conference Center
Elder Roy Burford, business administrator
Elder Lana Dumrauf, administrative assistant
Elder Cindy Miller, administrative assistant
Elder Cathy Nelson, administrative assistant
Kenny Summers, custodian
Dorothy Winter, financial secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Kristin Dennis, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Let us pray
Lord, help us glorify you well by the way we work together in ministry. In Jesus’ name. Amen.