Lifelines is great way to bring you the latest happenings at our church. I hope you enjoy reading about what the Lord’s doing through PBC.
I had a recent conversation with one member who usually works on Sundays. She relayed that she and four co-workers take time to listen to our radio ministry when she’s not able to attend church. Though we cannot know for certain how many lives the “Truth for Today” program impacts, it is clear from her testimony and others that we reach a portion of Pittsburgh that finds it a blessing. In January I visited a very sick woman in the hospital who called me after hearing the program. She did not have a pastor and I was able to pray with her. Several of our members have been out of church the past couple months due to illness. They expressed appreciation for being able to stay connected Sunday mornings at 11:00 by listening, too. Thank you, church, for supporting this meaningful ministry.
As of this writing, the fellowship hall renovation is about 50% finished. We expect it to be completed by the middle of March. I am sure you are as excited as me at the thought of enjoying a thoroughly upgraded space. The former served congregants well for over 100 years but, change is inevitable.
Another recent change is the hiring of our new Worship Pastor, Andrew Heffner. Andrew follows Bill Slivka who served us faithfully for more than a year. Thank you, Bill! Andrew comes to us with an extensive background in pastoral and music leadership and I believe you will sense his love for worshiping the Lord from the first note to final hymn each Sunday morning. Please make time to personally welcome Andrew, wife Becky and their 3 children to PBC starting Sunday, March 2.
In other news, both our Vietnamese and Bhutanese partner church pastors were formally assessed in February as the final step to becoming North American Mission Board church planters. Once this process is completed their churches will receive funding and resources to help them move toward becoming self-sustaining congregations. NAMB and non-SBC entities from around the country have noticed our work with ethnic churches. I am constantly reminded of God’s great goodness and grace as He enables our church to have this kind of kingdom impact. Thank you, members, for embracing what He’s does through PBC!
Lastly, if you have not had an opportunity to meet our newest church planting family you are in for a treat. Adam and Ashley Sewell arrived in January from South Carolina. Adam is originally from Gettysburg and Ashley was raised in Greensburg so, moving back to Pittsburgh is a homecoming for them. The Sewells plan to plant a church in the Mount Washington area of the city. They “hit the ground running” and have made several in roads into that community already. Please keep Adam and Ashley in your prayers as they follow the Lord’s lead.