Young Adult Ministries

  1. 2017 Advent Devotionals are Available

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    The Christian Education committee is offering Advent devotionals so that you might deepen your faith as you await the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. The devotionals will be available at Journey worship, outside the Sanctuary, and on the Christian Education table on the Second Floor. Devotionals include: (more…)

  2. Appe-Taize

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    Relax and refresh after a long summer day as the young adults (20/30s) first gather for fellowship and appetizers, but then we will join the Taize worship service. Come for the food and stay for the worship!

  3. 2016 Advent Devotionals are Available

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    The Christian Education committee is offering Advent Devotionals so that you might deepen your faith as you await the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. The devotionals will be available on Sun., Nov. 20, on the table outside of the East Transept and on the Christian Education table on the Second Floor.



    look-around-the-mangerLook Around the Manger
    Children (pre-school and younger)
    This devotional booklet introduces different characters who are part of the Christmas story. Read a Bible verse each day and learn about the figures who gathered to welcome our newborn Savior. The devotional comes with a cut-out manger scene and stickers.



    lets-go-see-the-saviorLet’s Go See the Savior!
    Children (all ages)
    This devotional booklet encourages children to accept the invitation of the angels, shepherds, prophets and kings to look for the promised Savior throughout Advent. Each devotional includes a Scripture verse, prayer, and reflection.



    lift-up-your-headLift Up Your Heads
    All ages
    Place this pop-up Advent calendar on a mantle or table. Lift up a numbered window each day, and when Christmas arrives, an entire nativity scene will appear where there was once an empty field—a wonderful reminder that Jesus was born to fill our emptiness with love and hope eternal.



    from-heaven-to-mangerFrom Heaven to Manger
    Families or individuals of any age
    This devotional explores the meaning of Advent through prayer, reflection, Bible verses, and action. This resource is wonderful for personal reflection or for discussion shared with loved ones as you Journey each day to Bethlehem.



    peace-hope-light-reflections-on-the-writings-of-c-s-lewisPeace, Hope, Light
    Deepen your Advent experience with insights from C. S. Lewis and reflections by Dr. Joel Heck. The daily Scripture, quotes, reflections, and prayers will enrich your Christmas preparations as you await the Savior who comes to offer peace, hope, and light for all.

  4. Telling Stories of Liberation: Sunday YAM Class

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    Hear ELPC members share their personal stories of faith, hope, love and liberation as we reflect upon them, their biblical relevance and their meanings for our own lives. During this session we will hear stories of liberation from Roy Hiller’s journey. This is a Young Adult ministry class.

  5. Announcing the Summer 2014 Young Adult Schedule

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    Young Adult Ministry

    ELPC Young Adult Ministry welcomes ALL adults post-high school through about age 40 –

    we are students, professionals, married, single, partnered, with or without children and from different races, sexual orientations, abilities, backgrounds and with varied beliefs. We join together to take part in this dynamic ministry and to seek to better understand, to worship and to serve the Holy. Throughout the entire year, we offer a range of opportunities to come together, share, learn, explore and grow as Christians.

    All people & all questions are welcome. Seriously.


    First Friday @ Garfield Community Farm – Friday, June 6 from 7:00pm until a bit after dark

    Garfield Community Farm on the corner of Cornwall and Wicklow Streets in Garfield, 15224

    We will spend an evening serving on a reclaimed urban garden lot with local ministry partner Garfield Community Farms. Meet in ELPC lobby to travel together at 6:45pm or meet at the farm at 7pm. Dress to work in the dirt. Learn more at

    Show Your Pride – Sunday, June 15 after 10am worship, meet at Highland Circle for van ride

    We will head down together in the church van to march as a church in the Annual Pittsburgh LGBTQ Pride Parade as our church does each year to show our support for our LGBTQ sisters and brothers. Afterward we can enjoy the booths and entertainment at the Pride street fair. This year consider signing up with Wil to work at the ELPC booth for an hour.

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    Appe-Taize – Wednesday, June 25, meet at ELPC at 6pm

    Relax and refresh after a long summer day as we first gather for fellowship and appetizers, but then we will join the Taize worship service. Come for the food and stay for the worship!

    First Friday @ Fireworks – Friday, July 4 at 7:00pm, meet at ELPC

    As a group we will head downtown to a choice location to experience the fireworks display and celebrate Independence Day together. We will travel all together and return to ELPC afterward.

    Progressive Lunch and Discussion – Saturday, July 12 leaving ELPC at noon

    Back by popular demand, we will again rotate locations for different courses of our one unified meal and at each location someone will host a discussion topic for the group. Please consider hosting a course at your place: appetizers, salad, main course or dessert OR if you can host a discussion topic for the group at one of the four locations. Please RSVP to Wil by July 1 with the following information: For hosting a course: your address and preferred meal course OR for discussion topic: your discussion topic & the course in which you’d prefer to discuss the topic. The church van will leave from ELPC providing a ride for all.

    Cinema in the Park – Wednesday, July 23, meet at ELPC at 8pm

    Gather at Flagstaff Hill early or come at 8pm from the church and we will share a fun summer Pittsburgh tradition – a free outdoor movie in Schenley Park. Learn more at

    First Friday @ Gateway Clipper – Fri, August 1 at 7:00pm, 350 West Station Square Drive, 15219

    Spend a breezy summer evening on the three rivers with friends. We will set sail on the Gateway Clipper and return to Station Square for some fellowship and refreshments. Bring money to sail and to snack. Learn more at

    A “Difficult” Day – Saturday, August 23 from 10am until 2:30pm, meet in Room 234

    Not sure what to do with some parts of the Bible? Does it seem to contradict itself and tell stories that don’t seem very “Christian?” Along with our young adult presenter Rev. Sarah Robbins, come and wrestle some “difficult” Scriptures that challenge us as people of faith. We will spend part of the day together exploring this topic and Scripture as well as sharing lunch, fellowship and a time of prayer.

    Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival – Sunday, August 31 leaving after 10am worship

    Take a step back 500 years as we experience the annual Pittsburgh Ren Fest. Bring money for admission and food and your sense of adventure. Learn more at

    For questions on any of the Young Adults programs, contact Wil Forrest,

    your Young Adults Ministry Coordinator, at or at 412-260-2554.

  6. Dream On…

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    Thanks to the participants of all ages who came out for some meaningful conversation and tasty food as you talked about your dreams at the Great Exchange. Hope to see you again next time!

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  7. Got Questions?

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    ELPC-billboardA membership video from the Presbyterian Church (USA) includes the following quote: “In our church we do not claim to have all the answers, but rather we seek to ask the right questions.” At ELPC, we believe that is a healthy response for anyone striving for a vibrant, growing, healthy faith.

    • We ask questions about things we care about.
    • We ask questions when we want to understand difficult things or find resolution for that which is troubling us.
    • We ask questions to make sure we are hearing clearly what another person is sharing with us.
    • We ask questions as a humble practice acknowledging that there is always more to learn in life.
    • We ask questions as a mark of a curious, open mind anxious to engage fully with all that God wishes to reveal to us.

    Asking questions is not the same as expressing doubt. Nor are questions automatically designed to challenge or contradict what is being taught in church. Sincere questions engage the persons being asked and seek to walk together with them in a dialogue of respect and mutual learning.

    The best example of this type of “faithful questioning” comes from early in John’s gospel. Jesus was passing by the region where John the Baptist was teaching his disciples. When Jesus was spotted, two people ran to catch up with him and asked him a question: “Rabbi, where are you staying?” In response, Jesus simply said: “Come and see” (John 1:35–39).

    If you’ve got questions, know that we do, too. That’s why our response is to invite you to ELPC to “come and see.” Let us grow in our faith and knowledge and active service together!

  8. Save the Date

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    Folks of all ages are asked to save the date when the young adults will host you for a delicious lunch and an even more tasty conversation! The Great Exchange is returning on Sunday, April 19 after the 11am service when sit together at multi-generationally mixed tables and talk about important, fun topics. This time we will be focusing on dreams. All are invited.

  9. Faith 101

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    You are invited to an exciting new series that starts today and is each week during Lent. Faith 101 is a fundamentals of faith class – asking basic questions about big issues and having good discussions with your church family. During this 6-part series, we will be led by a different facilitator each week. All sessions are stand alone, so choose which ones you wish to explore – or just come to them all!!!! All classes take place in the McKelvy Room on Sundays from 9:45-10:45am during the church school hour. Childcare available in the nursery and Fair Trade PLUS Café Justo will be served at all sessions.

    FEBRUARY 22: God – Faith is a Quest led by Eddie Willson
    How are you embarked on a journey of seeking for God and keeping the quest alive?

    MARCH 1: Jesus – The Revolution of Love led by Damon Bethea
    What might you need to risk in order to live more fully in the revolution of love?

    MARCH 8: Salvation – Abundant Life Now led by Jan Irvin
    Are we willing to wake up to the possibility that the 25550 days we have are actually the main course?

    MARCH 15: Cross – Where God Is led by Liz Gonda
    What is it about us that makes us always choose the bedazzled cross and not the actual one?

    MARCH 22: Bible – A Book Like No Other led by Paul Seif
    Is it crazy for me to hope that through years of rereading this Bible I might one day get to see a bluer sky?

    MARCH 29: Church – An Imperfect Family led by Rev. Shanea Leonard
    When we call the church a family, do we really mean it?

  10. Come See the Light

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    Young adults, come out this Friday and enjoy the season together. Read on…

    We have only one more TRAIL event in 2014. We will meet at ELPC at 7pm this Friday the 5th to travel together and see local holiday lights. After we have had our fill we will stop at a local eatery/drinkery and fill up there. Please let me know if you are coming so I can plan (might need additional drivers if we have more than a car full).

    I will be able to share the new spring TRAIL schedule when we meet this Friday. Hope to see you then!!

    Take care,

    First Friday @ Holiday Lights
    Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm, meet at ELPC for ride
    Come see the light!! We will first drive together to see the holiday lights and then we share some fellowship time at a local eatery. Please let Wil know if you are coming so he can save you a seat.