1. This Week in Worship: April 28–May 4, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Disruption. Sharron Boddy, our intern from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will preach Exodus 17:1–7.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Patrice will preach from Luke 24:13–35 and her sermon will be titled “An Ironic Turn of Events.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  2. Construction’s Underway: What To Know

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    The long-awaited renovation work at ELPC has finally begun! This will be a significant project affecting three floors of the building and several of the exterior entrances. Construction is scheduled to be completed in a 10-month time period, barring any unforeseen delays.

    As we begin this journey together, all are invited to a groundbreaking event following worship on Sun., May 14.

    The sequence of work will begin with the Whitfield Entrance and Ground Floor improvements first, with work on the Second Floor offices and work spaces happening this summer. Renovations on the First Floor will likely begin this fall.

    Throughout this time of construction, your patience, prayers and flexibility will be greatly appreciated. Programs and events will largely continue as planned, although rooms hosting the events or pathways to the events may at times be different than normal.

    If you have specific questions, contact Pam Kimmel, business administrator, at 412.441.3800 x118.

  3. This Week in Worship: April 21–27, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Disruption. Pastor Pastor Heather will preach from John 20:19–31.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from Luke 24:36–49 and his sermon will be titled “A Surprising Presence.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  4. This Week in Worship: April 14–20, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Good Friday | 12 pm, 7 pm
    Pastor Heather will lead our 12 pm service, in the Chapel. The service will include hearing again the Seven Last Words spoken by Jesus Christ on the cross.

    Pastor Randy will lead our 7 pm service in the Sanctuary. It will feature Lenten hymns, and readings of both the seven “I Am” statements made by Christ, as well as a compilation of seven “I Am Not” statements made by Christ’s adversaries as recorded in John 18 and 19.

    Easter Vigil | Wednesday, 7 pm
    This historic service begins on the Penn Ave. steps and then moves by procession into the Narthex and Sanctuary, culminating in the celebration of the first Holy Communion of the Easter season. The Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan will lead this processing Vigil.

    Easter Sunday | 8:45 am, 11 am
    Our Easter Sunday Journey worship service will be held in the Social Hall, with Pastor Patrice preaching. Communion will be celebrated. There also will be a special Fellowship Time with refreshments from 9:45–10:45 am, prior to the 11 am service, in the Small Dining Room on the ground floor.

    Our Easter Sunday Sanctuary worship service will be preceded by special music beginning at 10:45 am. Pastor Randy will preach from Luke 24:1–12, and his sermon will be titled “Easter Dress Rehearsals.” Communion will be celebrated.

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  5. Pastoral Message, April 2017

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    After Ash Wednesday services, I always walk away with a darkly smudged thumb on my right hand. That is because I have pressed that finger into the ashes several dozen times—and then wiped the ashes on people’s foreheads while reminding them that they are of dust and to dust they shall return. There is something wonderfully vulnerable and personal about applying ashes on Ash Wednesday—literally touching the foreheads of friends and strangers alike and doing so out of a shared commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Seeing my smudged thumb later reminds me of that faith connection. It is a mark of honor, stubbornly ground into the literal whorls and lines of my thumbprint.

    After Palm Sunday, there are invariably palm branches lying around the church. Before that special day, palm branches are mailed to the church in packaging awaiting someone to patiently separate them and prepare them for distribution. You can picture the children waving them; you can imagine the adults carefully folding the leaves into crosses. Palm branches serve as lingering reminders of that day when people cried out to Jesus as their Savior, seeking his help. Every year a few branches make it into my office. Others are kept by our housekeeping staff to be burnt for next year’s Ash Wednesday ashes. They all remind me of how we are part of the Palm Sunday story—part of the crowd calling out to Jesus, seeking to find our place in the larger story of faith with Christ at its center.

    By contrast, there isn’t anything tangible that I take away from the Easter services. Yes, there are lilies and spring flowers that decorate the sanctuary, but they are somewhat tangential to the larger message of resurrection. There are Easter eggs and jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, but they are obvious secular appropriations of the religious holiday and more of a distraction than a spiritual discipline. There is the Easter service itself—with communion that is shared, with uplifting hymns and music and fellowship. As wonderful as that all is, it doesn’t linger as long as one might hope. We move past Easter Sunday to regular ol’ Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and soon enough find ourselves simply living out our mid-April, uneventful routines.

    But there are two things that do linger from Easter and remind us of Christ’s resurrection long after Easter services are done. The first is sunshine itself, especially when seen near the horizon just after sunrise. The primary image for Easter is that of sunlight breaking over a cemetery landscape—breaking into the darkness and despair of grieving women disciples—and illuminating a wonderful, unimagined, bright new reality. The one who was dead is now alive! That reminder should not be limited to Easter mornings. It is one that should come to mind every time we marvel at a bright, sunny day or pause to reflect on the colors and beauty of an early morning sunrise.

    The second persistent reminder is Sunday morning. We gather to worship on Sundays, as opposed to other days or evenings of the week, solely because of Easter. Because Christ was raised on that day, we gather each Sunday to remember that good news and look for him in the faces around us, the sacraments we share, and the worship we offer. Each Sunday is Easter Sunday. By holding onto that perspective, every week becomes one inaugurated and invigorated by the Easter good news. So hold onto these Easter reminders for the weeks ahead: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!

    Randy Bush

  6. This Week in Worship: April 7–13, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Palm Sunday Journey Worship | 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Disruption. Pastor Randy will preach.

    Palm Sunday Sanctuary Worship | 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from Matthew 21:1–11, and his sermon will be titled “Joining the Crowd.”

    Taizé Stations of the Cross | Wednesday, 7 pm
    Join us for a meaningful experience during Holy Week, led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan. Experience Jesus’ footsteps along the Stations of the Cross. The service will move from the Chapel into the Courtyard, Sanctuary, and Trinity Chapel with scripture readings; Taizé music; and sung, gestured, and enacted prayers. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

    Maundy Thursday  | 7 pm
    Pastor Heather will preach at this Communion service, recalling Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples.

    Good Friday | 12 pm, 7 pm
    Pastor Heather will lead our 12 pm service, in the Chapel. The service will include hearing again the Seven Last Words spoken by Jesus Christ on the cross.

    Pastor Randy will lead our 7 pm service in the Sanctuary. It will feature Lenten hymns, and readings of both the seven “I Am” statements made by Christ, as well as a compilation of seven “I Am Not” statements made by Christ’s adversaries as recorded in John 18 and 19.

    Easter Vigil | Wednesday, 7 pm
    This historic service begins on the Penn Ave. steps and then moves by procession into the Narthex and Sanctuary, culminating in the celebration of the first Holy Communion of the Easter season. The Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan will lead this processing Vigil.

    Easter Sunday | 8:45 am, 11 am
    Our Easter Sunday Journey worship service will be held in the Social Hall, with Pastor Patrice preaching. There also will be a special Fellowship Time with refreshments from 9:45–10:45 am, prior to the 11 am service, in the Small Dining Room on the ground floor.

    Our Easter Sunday Sanctuary worship service will be preceded by special music beginning at 10:45 am, with the Pastor Randy Bush preaching.

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  7. One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

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    “You shall be called repairers of the breach.”—Isaiah 58

    The liturgical season of Lent is historically marked with fasting, a traditional practice of giving up food, and devoting ourselves to prayer. However, this isn’t the only type of fasting talked about in the sacred texts. Isaiah 58 describes a new fast, not to give up bread, but to share it. Isaiah calls us to “loose the bonds of injustice,” “let the oppressed go free,” “share bread with the hungry,” and “invite the homeless poor into our homes.” We are called to help those in need and to restore those who have been broken down. More than ever, as God’s people, we are “called to be repairers of the breach” of the brokenness, division, and need in this world by giving of our gifts, time, talent, and treasure.

    When we support the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, we join congregations all over the country as we seek to answer God’s call and support the lives of many people through Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Presbyterian Hunger Programs. ELPC will receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering on Sun., April 2, and Palm Sunday, April 9. Please give generously.

  8. This Week in Worship: March 31–April 6, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Disruption. Pastor Patrice will preach from Ezekiel 37:1–14.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Heather will preach from Matthew 15:21–28, and her sermon will be titled “Unfaithful Phrases: You’re Unloveable.”

    We also will have a special celebration of the Gifts of Women. Each year, in partnership with Presbyterian Women, ELPC selects a Sunday close to International Women’s Day (March 8), during which we lift up the gifts of women and acknowledge the challenges that women throughout the world continue to face. Our service will include women liturgists, ushers, and greeters, as well as music from The Color Purple, a Tony Award winning musical.

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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  9. Hope Academy’s Spring Term 2017

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    Hope Academy’s spring term begins on Tuesday, April 18 and runs thru to Saturday, May 20 (with makeup  lessons continuing on into mid-June, as needed).

    On-site registration will take place on Saturday, April 1 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 

    You can download a spring term registration form here: Hope Academy Registration Form SPRING 2017

    pittsburgh ballet theatre BRIDGE BALLET and pittsburgh school for the choral arts BRIDGE vocal ensemble

    Bridge courses run from April 22 – May 20 (5 sessions) on Saturdays

    Bridge courses are for more committed and focused students who want to work with other young artists who share their level of discipline and enthusiasm. Punctuality, attendance, behavior and dress (proper dance clothing for Bridge Ballet) will be held to a higher standard and the expectation is that students will attend every class, be on time and prepared, and dressed appropriately (black leotards, pink tights and pink ballet shoes). Please do not register for these courses if you aren’t able to commit to all 5 sessions.

    BRIDGE BALLET

    Saturday classes in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Ballet 1 – 9:00 to 10:00 am for 5 to 7 year olds (PBT scholarship prep)
    Bridge Ballet 2 – 10:00 to 11:00 am for 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Ballet 3 – 11:00 am to 12 noon for 9 to 13 year olds

     

     

    BRIDGE VOCAL Voices of Hope Christmas Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian ChurchENSEMBLE

    Saturday classes in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Vocal Ensemble 2 – 9:00 to 10:00 am for 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Vocal Ensemble 3 – 10:00  to 11:00 am for 9 to 13 year olds

     

     

     

    BRIDGE BALLET AND VOCAL ENSEMBLE

    Both Saturday classes for $50 + $10 registration fee (best experience and value)
    Bridge Ballet & Vocal Ensemble 2 – Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am – 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Ballet & Vocal Ensemble 3 –  Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12 noon – 9 to 13 year olds

    Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level (full or half) for spring term Bridge courses.

    PRIVATE LESSONS AND MUSIC ENSEMBLES

    Spring term private lessons run from April 18 – May 20 with makeup lessons through June 10

    Piano lesson Deidre and ElisaPrivate music instruction is offered at Hope Academy for piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion (djembe, drum set, cajon);  classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice; for students as young as 3 years old.

    Private lessons take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, after school (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays. 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons are offered. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays.

    Three levels of Suzuki Violin and one level of Suzuki Cello (including a group class and private lesson each week) are currently running; new, beginner Suzuki groups will start in the fall of 2017.

    We do not accept new, beginning private lesson students for the spring term.

    New students, who have had at least a year of private instruction should fill out this online inquiry form for private lessons. Once we receive a completed form a teaching artist will contact you.

    Spring term tuition for private lessons and Suzuki Violin & Cello (5 lessons):

    30 minute – $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute – $160 + $10 registration fee
    Suzuki Violin & Cello (30 minute private lesson and 1 hr group class each week) – $100

     FLUTE CHOIR & CLARINET / SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE

    Flute ChoirFLUTE CHOIR under the direction of Kristine Rominski will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm – April 19 to May 31
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    Ideal for advanced beginner or intermediate flutists (1+ year of private lessons, or 2 years of school ensemble), who want to play and perform fun arrangements of classical, pop, folk and holiday tunes with other flutists.

     

     

     

     

    CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE under the direction of Ben Barson will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm – April 19 to May 31
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    The Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble at Hope Academy is an collaborative ensemble which allows young wind players to perform exciting material from jazz, classical, and even funk musical traditions. Students will learn how to blend harmonies, solo,  hold bass lines and improvise in the blues-jazz language. Learning how to develop trust and have fun with each other is a class goal as important as the musical skills developed.

     

  10. This Week in Worship: March 24–30, 2017

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    Here’s what’s happening in worship this week. Click the “more” link for our Church School programming.

    Worship Services

    Journey Worship | Sunday, at 8:45 am
    An interactive, energetic service for those seeking a fresh encounter with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our theme this month is Following. Pastor Heather will preach.

    Sanctuary Worship | Sunday, at 11 am
    Our largest service, with music from the Chancel Choir and an organ prelude prior to the service. Pastor Randy will preach from John 9:24–34, and his sermon will be titled “Unfaithful Phrases: You Can’t Teach Me a Thing.”

    Taizé Prayer Service | Wednesday, at 7 pm
    Led by the Rev. Mary Lynn Callahan, our hour-long Taizé service includes sung prayers; simple, beautiful music; a time of silence; spoken and silent prayers; and an opportunity for individual prayer and anointing. Stay afterward for Contemplative Prayer. If you’re unable to participate in person, join our live stream on your computer or mobile device.

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