Bible Study with the Rector – Wednesdays at noon. Please join us each week as we share God’s word together. This year, we are reading the Acts of the Apostles.
Centering Prayer – Saturdays, 9-10:30am, in the Lounge. (Prayer Time 9 – 9:30, learning and discussion 9:30 – 10:30). All are welcome to come, and participate! No commitment is required - feel free to drop in for just one session (or just come for prayer time). Contact [email protected] with any questions.
Feminist Bible Study Thursdays at 7:30pm. All are welcome to this lay-led group, looking to explore our scripture together, and live our faith in the world. Feel free to drop in any week you like – our goal is to make this as accessible as possible, and discussion is structured so you don’t need to come every week participate (but you are certainly welcome to)! If you have questions, please contact Erin at [email protected].
Men’s Group Sundays at 7:30am. This is a great opportunity to connect with other guys in the church on a weekly basis, as well as explore some of the deeper questions around faith. If you would like to know more about this group, feel free to email Paul, [email protected].
St. Paul's 101 - Wednesday Nights, January 9, 16, 23 & 30 at 7:30PM in the Conference Room —Are you new to St. Paul's, and trying to figure out the parish? Have you been here for a while, and want to learn more about the Episcopal Church or still find yourself wondering what's going on? Do you have questions you want to talk about? Join us for St. Paul's 101, an overview of our parish and the Episcopal Church. This class is led by the Rev. Noah Evans. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 412-531-7153 x11.
January 9: Welcome to St. Paul's and Nooks and crannies tour of St. Paul's.
January 16: Episcopal History: It's not just about a king's divorce! and Theology Close to the Ground: Scripture, Tradition and Reason
January 23: Worship: The Way of Prayer is the Way of Belief
January 30: Pastoral Conversation with Bishop Dorsey McConnell for those new to and exploring the Episcopal Church
Pastoral Conversation with Bishop Dorsey McConnell for those new to and exploring the Episcopal Church
Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30PM in the Lounge
The Right Reverend Dorsey M. McConnell, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, will visit St. Paul's for an open pastoral conversation for those new to, or exploring, the Episcopal Church, or new to St. Paul's. Our Bishop wants to answer your questions, hear your stories what has drawn you to St. Paul's at this time and learn more about how God might be moving in our lives. Please RSVP to the Reverend Noah H. Evans and [email protected] or 412-531-7153 x11.
Seeking the Light in Epiphany – Join Garrett as he facilitates a 4 part Spiritual Direction reading group this January. We will read Joyce Rupp’s book Little Pieces of Light and gather on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:15 (Jan 15, 22, 29, and Feb 5), sharing worship, journalling, and prayer. Whether you are or have been in the valley of darkness (political, emotional, or interpersonal), walking with another through it, or just interested in how we find the Light in a season of frosty days and darker evenings, this gathering could be for you. Given the nature of the group, spots will be limited to 10. Email Garrett at if you’d like to participate, or if you have questions.
Men’s Bible Study Beginning Monday, January 7th from 7am to 8am, St. Paul’s Lounge Starting January 7th a men’s bible study will begin. All you need is a bible. If you want a commentary to support your journey I recommend William Barlcay’s Commentary on the Gospel of Mark. It is an older but very approachable commentary that does not get bogged down in academic minutiae. Everyone is invited. Come as you are able. You can drop in whenever you are able to or you can be a regular participant. You are welcome whenever you can make it. The goal of our study is to read the bible together and distill its teachings so we can take our discoveries into our daily lives. Studying the bible with other men at the beginning of the week is a great way to prepare for whatever comes during that week. Initially we will be studying the Gospel of Mark. We will start our study at 7am sharp with an opening prayer followed by a quick checkin and then a discussion of the assigned chapter for that week. Searching for how the bible speaks to you is the first step of our work together, then sharing our understandings with others allows your interpretation to expand and go deeper. Finally we will work together to explore how that scripture is speaking to us so it can guide us in our daily lives at home, with our spouse/partner or significant other, with our family, and in our work lives. We will end the bible study at 8am so everyone can get to work or move on with their day. Please join us. Come and experience the excitement and joy of searching the bible for meaning in your life with other men. Blessings, Ted Babcock
Church Without Walls – Sunday, January 20, 4pm, Rodman Street Baptist Church. From Bishop Dorsey McConnell and Pastor Darryl Canady: The wounds from the Tree of Life massacre are still upon us, and yet in the last weeks we have seen extraordinary signs of hope and healing. God has brought his separated people together, and we are beginning to learn what it means to greet the stranger as neighbor, to love the enemy, to hope for a world without hate. We invite you to join us and leaders of the Jewish community, to offer common worship and reflection. The Rodman Street Choir will be featured in our time together. Following the plenary time, our CWW groups will meet in fellowship to plan our small group meetings for the next three months. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to create and deepen bonds of affection and trust, as we move against the cult of bigotry and fear that seems to have captured so much of our national soul. We know that God is stronger than these dark powers, and we ask your voice to join with others to speak out, and proclaim a vision of life over death.
Sunday Adult Forum: Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves – Updates on St. Paul’s Bylaws– Sunday, January 13, 9:45am How we govern ourselves does say a lot about how we approach the mission of the Gospel, and help us to live in community with one another Like most organizations, St. Paul's has a legally-binding set of bylaws, approved by congregation. This year, the Vestry opted to conduct a review, update, and revision of those Bylaws, and organized a Bylaws Task Force. The Task Force has been at work, and presented a draft set of Bylaws to the Vestry. Next, the draft will be presented to the parish, and cannot take effect until adopted by the parish at a parish meeting sometime next year. Join us for this forum, led by the Task Force and its chair, Jon Delano, and learn more about this work.