During Lent, we are given space and encouraged to reflect on the broken parts of our lives, to acknowledge the pain, to let the tears flow, and to begin the healing.Read More
$1718 so far!
In the Narthex is a big board with pockets
• Choose a pocket with a dollar amount on it. $1-100 are all helpful!
• Put that $ amount in the pocket (Cash or Check)
• Take the little stick person as a re-minder you helped a Youth serve others in the world!
We are grateful for your support and
Thank You for any amount!
What is a “Baccalaureate”?
A baccalaureate service is a celebration that honors a graduating senior class.
The service is held within a few days of the graduation ceremony. Speakers selected tend to be community leaders, faculty members, students, or local religious leaders. Speeches are often mixed with music, readings and worship.
A claim much repeated is that baccalaureate services are believed to have originated at the University of Oxford. "Examinatory semons" were required of all Oxford bachelors before their commencement; these were mentioned in a 1311 statute. In 1432, each bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin.
The American baccalaureate service is an outgrowth of the baccalaureate sermon. The earliest known in America is at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1760.
We will host Avonworth Baccalaureate on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 pm. Our church has 13 Seniors graduating this year! Come celebrate their next steps, all are welcome.
A Joyful Noise with 2 Cents-A-Meal collection
Sunday, May 20th
Our 2 cents-a-meal cans will be collected in the little red wagon on May 20th during worship. It will make a joyful noise as we combine our pennies to help the hungry.
Living With Loss
Have you experienced a loss in your life? A loss of a loved one, a friend, a pet, or a job? Loss is a way of life, but it’s not easy; we need help learning to live with it. And so we are starting a support group called “Living with Loss.” We will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 7-8:00 PM at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon. Leaders are trained in grief counseling. Child care is available if needed. Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 8. Questions? Email Donna Giver-Johnston at email@example.com or Susan Fink at SusanMFink@gmail.com.
Supporting projects: Mother's Hope & Father's Hope
Remember those magical, special times you read a book to your child or your parents read a book to you? Foundation of HOPE, of the Prison Ministry, strives to offer that same parent/child connection to parents incarcerated in prison by recording the parents reading a favorite children's book, then gifting the book and recording to the child.
In June, watch for the collection box for NEW children's books, inspiring, positive books of love, kindness, fun & encouragement. Particularly looking for Todd Parr or similar titles. Hardback or softcover.
Also collecting NEW or gentle used board books (for infants/toddlers)
Thank you to all those who donated to the “One Great Hour of Sharing” collection. To date we have collected a total of $2,645. This year, as detailed in the OGHS letter, the person we recognized for her whole spectrum of gifts that she has contributed to our church and community was Melanie Holcomb.
Melanie has requested that the one-third share of the offering be given to Proud Haven shelter for LGBT Youth. Proud Haven helps LGBT youth who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. They assist with finding resources, housing options, some basic daily supplies, emotional support, and developing the skills needed to live independently. They are currently located on Butler Avenue in Lawrenceville.
SAVE THE DATE FOR FAITH IN ACTION
JUNE 2 & 3
Join with our whole CPCBA family as well as friends in the community for our eleventh Annual Faith in Action Weekend. Mark your calendars for 3rd, when we go to worship through service in the community.
TENTATIVE PROJECT LIST
In the Community: In Fellowship Hall:
Holy Family Specialized Learning Center Dignity Robes
Pleasant Valley Men’s Shelter Church “Redd-up” Projects
We need volunteers to work on our yearly Gussy Up of the Men’s Shelter project. We work from 9 to usually about 12 or 1. Drinks and snacks are provided. Bring racks, spades and gloves to complete the task. Please sign up by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 412-370-3274 as soon as possible. This project can only happen if we have volunteers to do it. Let us make it a Faith in Action Day!
We are not just serving the community, but serving with the community.
Questions - contact Walt & Lyn Robertson, 412-761-1030 or email@example.com
A team to coordinate the next Monday Meal at the Center of Bellevue on June 18
This year CPCBA continues to bring Christ to the Community by serving quarterly dinners at The Center of Bellevue. The next one is Monday June 18, 2018. We are looking for a team to coordinate a menu and recruit a team to prepare and serve the food for 100 participants.
Please contact Lyn or Walt Robertson if you have a team that would like to coordinate the meal.
(412-761-1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
KIT— the car that cared and could talk, remember that? Well, here at CPCBA we have our own new and improved version of KIT. Our KIT stands for Keep In Touch.
KIT is a form of ministry that is dedicated to help our congregation and community stay in touch. As we look for ways to bind our community closer together members of Session and the Deacons will be looking to touch base with members and visitors, caring for and talking with them as we knit ourselves together in a closer community. Prayer concerns, questions, suggestions, check ins and conversations, these are the goals of our KIT team as we bring our community to Christ and
as we take Christ to our community.
Sunday, August 26
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Mark your calendars. Keep your eyes open for more details.
Please help spread the word with family and friends for this fantastic annual event!
3 simple ways adults in church can help:
1. Share your life experience.
Your wisdom and experience as an adult are critical. Maybe you made a series of decisions that caused you to begin your career, or you went through a series of difficult relationships prior to finally meeting your spouse. Maybe you had a significant faith experience when you were younger, and it’s been critical in shaping your faith today. When young people hear the life experience of those who are older, it gives them a view of where they could head in their own lives.
As you share these experiences, be cautious not to de-mand that young people walk the same journey you did. Instead, find common ground by focusing on how God has been faithful through each season.
2. Share your struggles and failures.
While it may be easier to share the success you’ve had in life, young people need to know how you’ve strug-gled as well. Maybe you were fired from a job or won-dered if God was real and present. Maybe you lost a marriage, lost a home, or lost a dream. Learning about your struggles can allow young people to feel comforta-ble with you, and perhaps eventually to share their own struggles in life.
As you reflect on your own stories, reflect on where you saw God’s love and forgiveness. Be careful not to shame or judge young people if they make the same mistakes as you with phrases such as “I told you so.” Instead, use your voice to show love, grace, mercy, and compassion. When they open up about their own struggles or disap-pointments, offer in return phrases like, “Tell me more.”
3. Share your faith journey
Sharing your faith journey with a young person could be pivotal in their faith formation. Maybe you didn’t understand prayer when you were younger, but today you have a deep prayer life—let them know how you de-veloped and grew in your practice. Maybe you had a mentor growing up who taught you what passionate faith looked like, or you experienced a deep sense of God’s presence in the midst of adversity.
As you share, be mindful that their expression of faith may look different than yours. Your common ground is finding God at work, in and through all of it.
Reprinted from Fuller Youth Institute—Matthew Deprez
Here’s the idea:
• Pick a dollar amount from 1-100 that meets your ability to help support our Mission Trip
• Put that $ amount in the numbered pocket
• Take the little stick person to remind you that you helped a Youth serve others in the world!
Watch the stick people disappear. Each one represents a step on the path to a Mission Trip.
This experience for Youth involves:
• Serving others who are in deep need
• Hard work, long hours & tired muscles
• Learning to live in community
• Being the hands & feet of Jesus in the world
• A week of daily prayer, worship & work
• Widening a world view
We ask for your support and Thank You for any amount you are able to give!