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PLUM Churches:

Bethany (Dormont)

Christ (Duquesne)

East Liberty

Hope (Forest Hills)

Immanuel (Irwin)

Luth. Church of Our Saviour

Messiah (Munhall)

Resurrection (Oakdale)

St. Andrew (East Carnegie)

St. Paul's (Canonsburg)

Zion (Coraopolis)

       

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Tuesday, May 18

Weekly Bible Study on the Book of Proverbs

 

The Weekly Bible Study on the Book of Proverbs will be held on Tuesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Click HERE to join the Bible Study:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

     Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

Thursday, May 20

Weekly Bible Study

 

 

Click HERE to join the Bible Study:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

     Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Thursday, May 20

Weekly Bible Study on the Book of Proverbs

 

The Weekly Bible Study on the Book of Proverbs will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Click HERE to join the Bible Study:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

 

Online Worship Service via Zoom on Sunday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Click HERE to open a printable version of the May 16 bulletin

 

Click HERE to join the PLUM Zoom Worship Service: 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Monday, May 24

PLUM Board Meeting

The monthly PLUM Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Click HERE to join the PLUM Board Meeting:

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

 

Thursday, June 3

Call Committee meeting

 

The Call Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Click HERE to join the Call Committee meeting:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

 

Click HERE for a printable June 4 Taizé Prayer Service Bulletin

 

At Home

Taizé Prayer Service

Friday, June 4, 2021, 7:00 pm

 

  

During this time of the Coronavirus and Social Distancing,

Prayer is a source of Comfort.

 

Please join us in Taizé Prayer from the safety of your homes.

  

Click HERE to join the Taizé Prayer Service:

 

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

Call Pastor Sue (412-496-4889) or Pastor Brenda (412-390-8005) if you have questions or concerns.

 

What is Taizé?

 

Taizé is the style of Christian worship practiced by the ecumenical Taizé community in France, characterized by the repetitive singing of simple harmonized tunes, interspersed with readings, prayers, and periods of silence.

 

One of our congregations, Hope Lutheran Church in Forest Hills, has a long tradition of offering this meaningful, contemplative type of worship service monthly.  Also, in the past, PLUM has had a Taizé joint worship service.

 

Whether you are someone who is new to Taizé, or someone who already appreciates this beautiful way to connect to God, community and self, please consider joining us. All are welcome!

 

 

 

Thursday, June 10 - Saturday, June 12, 2021

Southwestern PA Synod Assembly

 

The Southwestern PA Synod Assembly will be held on Thursday, June 10 thru Saturday, June 12, 2021

 

 

* Synod Assembly Registration Is Now Open * (thru Wednesday, May 12)


swpasynod.org/assembly2021


Thursday, June 10  |  7:30 - 9:30 PM | On Zoom
Friday, June 11  |  Optional Activities TBA
Saturday, June 12  |  9 AM - 5:30 PM | On Zoom

 

CONFERENCE CAUCUS MEETINGS

Please plan to attend your conference's caucus.  Pre-meeting business will prepare voting members prior to attending the assembly, and caucuses will serve as technical practice with Zoom and teh Vevox voting app.  (Login and passwords for caucus will be in your confirmation email, upon registering for Assembly)

 

Conference 1

Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Online via Zoom

 

 

Conference 2

Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 PM

Online via Zoom

 

 

Conference 3

East Liberty Lutheran Church

Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 PM

Online via Zoom

 

 

Conference 4

Hope Lutheran Church (Forest Hills)

Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM

Online via Zoom

 

 

Conference 5

Christ Lutheran Church (Duquesne)

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Irwin)

Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (North Huntingdon)

Messiah Lutheran Church (Munhall)

Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 PM

Online via Zoom

 

 

Conference 6

Bethany Lutheran Church (Dormont)

Resurrection Lutheran Church (Oakdale)

St. Andrew Lutheran Church (East Carnegie)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Canonsburg)

Zion Lutheran Church (Coraopolis)

Sunday, May 23 at 7:00 PM

Online via Zoom

 

VOTING MEMBERS

Voting members from your congregation have an important responsibility on behalf of all the members of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This assembly is the highest legislative authority of our synod; they will be making decisions that impact 157 congregations covering 10 counties in southwest PA.

·         Cost to register is $30 per voting member.

·         Non-voting members and the public may view the assembly live on the synod’s Facebook page.

·         Login links and passwords for both the assembly and caucus meetings will be in the registration confirmation email. Do not share your password with anyone.

 

 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Due to the online nature of this year’s assembly, two minimum technical abilities will be required. If you do not own or feel comfortable with the required equipment, please ask a family member or friend to assist you. If accommodations cannot be made, alert your pastor.

1.   Attendance Device: A computer or tablet with both a camera and microphone.

(Most laptops and tablets come equipped. Desktop users may need to add a webcam with microphone.)

2.   Voting Device: A separate smart phone or tablet to download the Vevox app.

(Download the Vevox app to your voting device at Apple App Store or Android/Google Play Store)

 

 

Saturday, June 19

Blessed Bundles baby supplies program

 

Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (1570 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642) is proud to offer "Blessed Bundles" - an exciting program which offers new and gently used baby supplies to individuals in the local community.  Blessed Bundles will be collecting and distributing items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes (up to size 8), baby/toddler toys and equipment, and other baby supplies.  Items may vary and will be available as they are donated to Blessed Bundles.  Blessed Bundles will distribute supplies on the third Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

For PLUM updates during the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit our What's New web page.  For your friends and neighbors who do not have internet access, please tell them that they can call 412-466-7774 for daily updates.  Updates will be posted daily, by Noon.

 

 

Please call our Pastoral Team for pastoral concerns and emergences.

In the midst of the Coronavirus global pandemic, the 11 small congregations of PLUM remain committed to our ministries of providing care and support for our families, our churches and our communities.  We have moved to a virtual ministry format that includes Sunday worship at 3:00 p.m., daily prayer at 2:00 p.m. and on-line Bible studies.  You may find the details for each of these ministry opportunities at our What's New page.  Our phone line and our website will serve as sources to keep you updated to our rapidly-changing “new normal”, as we faithfully respond to governmental guidelines of caring for each other, in the midst of the Covid-19 virus.  This will help us to stay connected to the needs of our members, community, and congregations.  Remember "God's Work /Our Hands" is more than a cute slogan.  It is a many-faceted opportunity for us to truly be the BODY of Christ in the world.  Let us move forward in the assurance that God is with us now and always.  Thank you for partnering with us in this new journey. 

 

Let us remember that GOD is with us ALWAYS!

 

Click HERE to see a larger version of the map PLUM map

The origins of PLUM go back to the year 2004 when our sister congregation at East Liberty Lutheran became vacant and was unable to provide the resources to call a pastor. Pastors Beth and John recognized that East Liberty’s situation was similar to that of many of our small congregations.  So, they put their heads together, along with the members of East Liberty, Christ and St. Andrew, to develop a plan of action. That work led to the PLUM model for addressing the pastoral care needs of small congregations in our Greater Pittsburgh area. It is from those discussions, the fantastic support of our congregations and our synod, constant prayer, faithful action and humble beginnings that the Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries has, and continues to, evolve. PLUM continues to meet the needs of small congregations and now has eleven churches as part of this cooperative ministry. These churches include:

  • Bethany Lutheran Church – Dormont

  • Christ Lutheran Church – Duquesne

  • East Liberty Lutheran – East Liberty

  • Hope Lutheran Church Forest Hills

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Irwin

  • Lutheran Church of our Saviour – North Huntingdon

  • Messiah Lutheran – Munhall

  • Resurrection Lutheran – Oakdale

  • St. Andrew – East Carnegie

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran – Canonsburg

  • Zion Lutheran – Coraopolis

In these first decades of the 21st Century, Pittsburgh Lutherans are giving birth to a renewed enthusiasm for the mission of the Gospel.  Ten congregations have begun to respond to God’s Call for transformation.  They have discovered that the best way to live into this calling is through an intentional cooperative ministry.  We call it "Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries" (PLUM).

Gradually our members are learning that faithfulness to the challenge of the Gospel requires a move out of the confinement of our church buildings and unbinding the restrictions of traditionalism.  This will renew the congregations’ commitment to the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28.19-20)

Bringing the joy of the Gospel into the streets and homes of the people living around our buildings requires a transformation of our congregations.  This is neither an easy task nor is it a ‘quick fix’ for congregations that are in various stages of decline, discouragement, and detachment from the Gospel’s Call. 

The great prophet Elijah provides an illustration (1 Kings 19).  Having defeated the false prophets of Baal and publicly challenging the political powers of his day, Elijah escaped arrest and began a journey to Mt. Sinai.  In his exhaustion, he sat under a broom tree and he thought he might die there.  Instead of dying, angels came with food.  He continued his journey in the strength of God’s providence only to hear God say to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19.13b)   This question was followed by instructions from God.  Elijah had a new mission to accomplish.

So it is with PLUM’s eleven congregations!  As we have turned the corner from survival to mission, members have begun to think in terms of the church’s mission.  Some initial examples of their transformation into this new mission include:

1.   Moving a Saturday Summer worship out on the front porch (including fire pot and a fellowship of marshmallows and hot dogs).  This has attracted the attention of passers-by.

2.   Giving a block party for the neighborhood.  This has resulted in baptisms and new member families.

3.   Cooking, serving and delivering over 1,000 full turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day.

4.   Two congregations, whose financial resources are very limited, made the decision to take 10% of the weekly offerings and divide them evenly between support of the ELCA and a local mission or benevolence (a different group is chosen each month).

5.   The new enthusiasm recently inspired two visitors at one of our churches to step forward with an interest in building outreach to children and youth.

6.   Two congregations are now offering a free lunch program for their neighbors.

7.  One congregation hosts monthly diaper banks, which offer new and gently used baby supplies to individuals in the local community.  They distribute items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, baby/toddler toys and equipment, and other baby supplies to over 100 children each month.

The ultimate goal is to see each congregation as a Mission Outpost.  We hope to see the Gospel’s mission at the center of the congregation’s planning, ministry, and life.

        This is the current Mission Statement of PLUM, that guides our planning:

It is the Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries' (PLUM) mission to be LIVING CHRIST’S LIGHT OF HOPE IN OUR COMMUNITIES.  PLUM will:

·        Provide stability of Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care.

·        Foster opportunities for connectivity among individuals, congregations, and communities.

·        Develop lay leadership for sharing the Gospel.

·        Encourage freedom to care for neighbors.

Vicar Mandy Gilberti      Rev. Brenda Henry        Rev. Sue Devine      Bishop Kurt Kusserow        Rev. Paul Koch          Rev. John Gropp     

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405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110

Office Phone: 412-466-7773

E-mail: PLUM@plumofpa.com

 

 

Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM)

is a member of the

 

Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod

 

 

 

 

of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaELCA - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 

Contact Webmaster: PLUM@plumofpa.com

 

 

Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773