Worship – Celebrating Pentacost
August 6 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Worship begins at 10:30. Sunday school will resume in September.
June 5 – Lake Mokoma with extended Swanson family
June 10 – To Harrisonburg, VA, attending Community Mennonite on 6/11
June 11 – To Ceres, VA, to help Bradley and Beth Yoder raise a timber frame for their new house at their farm, Blue Willow Angus, bluewillowangus.com
June 16 – To Durham, NC, to see old friends and visit Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship. This will be Dave’s first time back since leaving.
June 23 – To Cape Cod for Benson Family Reunion
July 4 – Dave to Orlando for MCUSA Convention.
July 9 – To Laurelville summer camp for 10-12 year olds where Dave will be the speaker for the week.
July 14 – To Massachusetts for overnight with family
July 15 – To New Hampshire
August 3 – Back to Laurelville for Allegheny Summer Celebration August 4-6
August 6 – Home!
August 27 – First Sunday back to work! Blessing of the Backpacks!
Except for the week spent building the house in Virginia, I will be setting aside time each day to study, write, and plan. I will be posting my reading list on the blog I have created to track my sabbatical: celebrantsummer.blogspot.com. Any writing I publish will be posted to the blog as well. Last, with help from Worship Commission and Pastoral Team, I will take time to do some planning for the coming year in terms of sermon series and lectionary seasons, as well as the flow of the year in terms of events and programs.
We will be praying for PMC, and we ask for your prayers as we travel, rest, and center ourselves for another season of work at PMC. I thank all of you so much for giving me and us this opportunity and cannot wait to share with you upon my return about what I have learned and how I have grown.
I love you, friends, and cannot wait to see what these next three years bring us!
CONCERT SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 7:00pm
PITTSBURGH MENNONITE CHURCH, 2018 S. Braddock Avenue
The Rough & Tumble is a two-person, multi-instrumental folk-Americana duo consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. While they consider their beloved PO Box location to be Nashville, the couple has been living on the road with their two dogs for two of their five touring years. The Rough & Tumble delivers each performance with the nudge of an elbow, a wink from the right eye, and the sincerity of Pinocchio after his rehabilitation. Their 2016 release, Pieces and Pieces, was written for the dually named Alyssa Pearson film, and delved into themes of women, war, and PTSD. Their upcoming release, Cardboard and Christmas Lights (Rock Candy Recordings), is a 7 song EP that brings any R&T fan– new or long time devout– up to date with an uncomfortable smile on their somber face.
Thanks to the hard work of Education Commission and numerous volunteers, we are wrapping up an active and educational year of Sunday school classes. The children’s Godly Play program will finish on May 21, while adult Sunday Forum will continue for one more week with a discussion of The New Sanctuary Movement (9:15, May 28).
On May 14, Tony Norman led a Forum discussing the book Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance. In addition to this memoir, he suggested several other books that give historical insight and context to the role of class in American society and politics. In particular, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg offers an extensive, and well-reviewed, consideration. Other suggestions were:
- The Gilded Rage, Alex Zaitchik
- White Working Class, Joan Williams (due out this week)
- Postcards from the Edge of America, Linh Dinh
- The End of White Christian America, Robert Jones
- The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt
- White Rage: Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide, Carol Anderson
All of our Sunday school classes will resume in September. If you are interested in helping with Godly Play or leading a Sunday Forum discussion, talk to Jaime Horst or Erica Pipitone.