The South Side Messenger (July-August Newsletter)
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES ARE AT THE BUILDING AT 11 A.M. We plan to continue to provide the call-in phone conference option for any who cannot attend worship service in the building. Call around 10:55 a.m. and just wait for someone to greet you. The conference phone number is 412-307-7952. (Conference line availability may vary, as different guest ministers are to lead the worship services each Sunday.)
UPCOMING SPECIAL DATES
July 4 Independence Day July 13 Open Mic Coffee House (7:30-9:00 pm - suggested donation $5) July 30 Church Picnic August 10 No Open Mic Coffee House (vacation)
A MESSAGE FROM SESSION MEMBERS
Independence Day, known as the 4th of July, commemorates the day in 1776 that our nation declared itself to be an independent nation, and no longer colonies of England. On that date the Declaration of Independence was signed stating our determination to become a free country. The 4th of July is not a religious holiday like Christmas or Easter, but it is a time to reflect on God's goodness to us as a nation. The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia (which proclaimed our independence) was molded with these words from the Bible: "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all inhabitants thereof." (Leviticus 25:10). The Bible doesn't have much to say specifically about independence, but it encourages freedom, both physical and spiritual, and promotes living in community with one another. Here are a few Bible verses to reflect upon during the 4th of July holiday: (Psalm 33:12) "Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord"; (John 8:36) "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." (Proverbs 14:34) "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people".
There are many different parades and traditions that take place around the 4th of July including picnics, travel to see relatives and friends, etc. Stay safe in whatever you do and enjoy everything you plan during this holiday! Summertime, a favorite season for many, is a great time. The warmer weather for us in Pittsburgh means swimming in nearby pools, more walking or jogging in the parks, going to Kennywood, perhaps taking short or long vacations to beaches in New Jersey or the Carolinas, tending to our vegetable and flower gardens, riding our bicycle more often, etc. Whatever you do, or whatever your plans, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Your Session and Current Ruling Elders: Audrey Moore, Wayne Morrison, and Ronda Kopchak
GUEST WORSHIP LEADERS FOR JULY AND AUGUST
July 2 William Branning, Seminary grad July 9 (Pending) July 16 Rev. Ronald Church July 23 Rev. Ronald Church July 30 Rev. Dr. William Gracey August 6 Pastor H. Tyrone Fink August 13 Pastor H. Tyrone Fink August 20 Rev. Ronald Church August 27 Rev. Ronald Church
We received a letter from the City's Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspection ordering us to correct a violation by June 5 or be fined (top of façade at the front of the building by the bell tower was reported as a possible danger to people walking on the sidewalk below. We asked Fred Winkler to handle this issue which resulted in our receiving a letter from this department indicating that the case was internally closed and that they asked the Court to withdraw the complaint. Many, many, thanks to Fred for managing this problem.
We will shortly begin getting estimates for the pointing of the outside wall behind the stage on the first floor. The water leakage in that area is creating more damage to the inside wall.
STATUS OF FINDING OUR NEW PASTOR
At our June 11 Session Meeting Rev. Louise Rogers, who is the temporary Associate Minister of the South Branch for the Pittsburgh Presbytery, served as our Moderator. At that time she provided more information about the type of pastor we might want and suggested a Covenant Pastor may be a possibility for us and the way to proceed. At that time we discussed the individuals who expressed interest in our position and she will be checking references and qualifications. We will report more in the next newsletter.
PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS
Please continue to keep in your prayers Dorothy Perrucci who is recovering from hip surgery, Lois Baxendell who is still recovering from her heart attack and stroke, Christine Zarnich, Charolette Flamm, Janet and Jerry Bauer, Amanda Gordon, Juanita Johnson, Charlotte Taylor, Janet Frisch, Sharon A.Ives and her sister Janet Williams, Edna Czlapinski, Michelle Alker, Mike Vargo, and Sandra Winer.
On Sunday, July 30, the South Side Presbyterian Church will have an indoor picnic after worship service. The Church will provide hot dogs and hamburgers (which will be grilled outside, weather permitting) plus the condiments, but you are asked, if you are able to do so, to bring a food item (preferably salads, desserts, or cans of soda or small bottles of water). If you would rather not bring a food dish and are able to do so, you can donate perhaps $3-$5 toward the food and one of our helpers will either make an item or buy it. If you forget to bring something, please stay after service for the picnic, have a hot dog or hamburger, and socialize with members. It would be helpful if you would call the Church office (412-431-0118) and leave a message if you plan to attend and indicate if you plan to bring a food/beverage item or donate money. We hope to see you there and we may have some games for you to play!
Wow! Edna Czlapinski did it again with the assistance from other folks. The pepperoni roll fundraiser which ended on May 26 was a huge success. The Deacons made a profit of $929 which was deposited into the Deacons Fund, and this amount is almost double the amount they raised last year! Many thanks to Edna, Sharon Ives, and others who took the time to sell the rolls which were distributed on June 10. Way to go!
Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche
1 cup sliced mushrooms 1 cup chopped onions 1 cup broccoli 5 eggs 1/3 cup Miracle Whip Dressing 1/3 cup milk 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 frozen deep dish pie shell (9inch)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place vegetables in skillet sprayed with cooking spray; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Set aside. Beat eggs, dressing and milk in medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Stir in vegetable mixture and cheese; pour into pie shell. Place pie shell on baking sheet. Bake on baking sheet 40 to 45 minutes or until center is set and quiche is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into slices to serve. Makes 6 servings, 1 slice each.
OPEN MIC COFFEE HOUSE FOR JULY AND AUGUST
The Open Mic Coffee House in July will take place on Thursday, July 13 from 7:30-9:00 pm. The suggested donation remains at $5 and refreshments will be available as well as a time for fellowship. However, please mark your calendars that there will be no Open Mic Coffee House in August as the result of vacations. The Coffee House will reopen on September 14, 2023. If you would like to share your talent with others or know of someone who might want to share their talent for the July 14 Coffee House, please call Mike at 412-327-5498 or email him at email@example.com.
CHRISTIAN SHAGGY DOG STORY
A teacher was giving a lesson on the Old Testament and asked one of her students, "Tommy, who knocked down the walls of Jericho?" Tommy answered, "Well, it wasn't me." Worried about this lack of Bible knowledge, the teacher called Tommy's mother. His mother said, "Look, my son's a good kid. If he says he didn't knock the wall down, he didn't knock the wall down." More worried, the teacher called Tommy's father. He listened to her story and said, "Well, look, I don't want any trouble. Just tell me how much this wall costs, and I'll take care of it."