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May 13, 2018 

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the church.  The Piper includes articles, a weekly schedule, 
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and mission news, 
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Happy Mothers Day!           

Today is the  day  we set aside each year to celebrate mothers, motherhood, and all the women in our lives.

We wish all the best to your Mom, whether she's present with you today in body, spirit, or both! 

If you have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in your family, we hope you have the opportunity to share and enjoy this special  day with them.
New hours for the church office start June 1         

Beginning June 1, the Northmont Church office will be open from 8:30am - 1:30pm, Monday - Thursday. The church office will be closed on Fridays. If there is an emergency, you may call Rev. Robbins on his cell at 412-715-3892.
Worship this Sunday

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

On Earth as it is in Heaven,  Rev. Ben Robbins

Liturgist: Steph Martin

Music:  David Daugherty, Director of Music; Chancel Choir, Dianna Hollo, George Pearsall

Stephen Minister  Jean Stultz  will be available for prayer near the chancel after worship  

A reception honoring Barb Clark immediately follows worship in Polley Fellowship Hall, hosted by: 
Facilities Management, Staff Relations, and Spiritual Formation

Need a ride to church? 
Call the church office (412) 364-0105 or email before 4pm, Thursday, and we will arrange for a church member to pick you up for Northmont's Sunday service.
This Sunday

We invoke God's blessings and extend our fond farewell to Barb Clark as she concludes her service at Northmont and answers the call of Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church in Mount Lebanon to become their full-time Director of Christian Education. Join us immediately after worship for a reception in Barb's honor.

On Earth as it is in Heaven
Rev. Ben Robbins

Luke 24:4-53
In case you missed it ...

Audio from last Sunday's worship service is available by clicking on the link to the right.

Sunday, May 6
Gathering and Sending - The Rhythm of Easter
Rev. Dr. David B. Antonson

Audio from all of our Sunday services may be found by clicking  here .
Ear Candy & Inspiration for Ascension (or any) Day

As we publish this edition of  The Piper  on Ascension Thursday, we offer the Jones County (Mississippi) Junior College Choir, singing Dan Forrest's arrangement on "Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise," set to the hymn tune LLANFAIR.

Click the link to the left and enjoy!

If you have a musical selection you would like to have featured in this space, we'd love  to hear from you! Please send the title (and artist, if it's important to you that we find a  specific version of the music) to Bob Addleman.
From the Pastor

Greetings all,

This week, I have prepared a devotion for everyone. Let us take a more thorough look at our language for God. Read these texts, and examine what these images might mean for the way we speak and think about God.
  1. What changes about my perception of God when I think in these terms?
  2. Does understanding God in these ways change how I see myself? The world?
Monday - Isaiah 66:12-13
Tuesday - Hosea 13:4-8
Wednesday- Isaiah 49:14-18
Thursday- Jeremiah 44:24-25
Friday - Psalm 123
Saturday - Luke 13:31-35

Have a good week,
New sign-up sheet for Chancel Flowers

Check our out new sign-up sheet.! Now you can add to the beauty of our church any time of year. Our new flower sign up poster covers twelve months. If you would like to honor loved ones by donating a floral arrangement for church on a certain Sunday, please see our new poster in the hallway across from the office.

Sunday School
Sundays at 9am in the Christian Education wing for grades 6  through 12. Pre-K through grade 5 meet in the CE wing during worship immediately after Time with the Children.

Kids Kirk Children from pre-K through grade 6 are invited to join us after Time with the Children (during wo
Kids Kirk is on hiatus for the summer months. Children's worship bags are in the narthex stairwell.
Impact Bible Study meets Sundays at 9am in the Berean Room.
Adult Bible Study meets Sundays at 9am in the Mangochi Room.
Praying the Psalms meets Thursdays at 10am in the Berean Room.
Nursery Worship time childcare will be available in the nursery.Worship time childcare will be available in the nurser
The Nursery will be unsupervised for the summer. You are welcome to use the Nursery and listen to the worship service through the speaker in the room. Our nursery staff will return in the fall.
Vacation Bible School Save the dates! Join us June 25-29th for an " Amped"  up experience. Northmont is Save Save the dates! Join us June 25-29th for an "Amped" up experience. Northmont is hosting a joint VBS with Wexford Community Church. Watch The Piper , Web site, and bulletin for details! We will need many hands to help with this venture. If you feel called to help with VBS, we would love to hear from you! Contact Steph if you can help.
Wednesday Club Mark your calendars for May 16: Two Stories in One!   Mark your calendars for May 16: Two Stories in One!  We meet at 5:00pm and run until 7:00pm. All children from kindergarten through
grade 6 and their friends are welcome. Kid-friendly dinner is included.

Our youth group is composed of 6-12th graders pulling from numerous school districts. We enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where we can build meaningful friendships, play games, explore our faith together, and talk about how God is showing up and working in our lives. We hope to be a community where all feel welcome to come and be themselves .
While our regular Sunday Youth Group sessions have ended for the season, the Youth Lounge is open as a drop-in center every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm. Come hang out with us!
Youth Group will resume in the fall, Sundays at 4:30pm in the Youth Lounge.  Be sure to join us for games, fellowship, and Bible Study!
News from your Mission Ministry Team
by Jim Nicola

Niger Mission Trip opportunity!
This mission will run from December 28, 2018, through January 9, 2019. The trip is sponsored by the Niger Mission Network. The contact person is Don Dawson. More information can be found on the Mission bulletin board on the first floor of the church.

New Wilmington Mission Conference
NWMC 2018 - "Love Your Neighbor" - is coming, July 20-27. There will be daily speakers and evening sessions. Check out the Web site ( and select NWMC 2018 at the top of the page for more information. Plan to go up for a day or two, or for the entire week. There are partial scholarships available for young and old. Talk to any Mission Ministry Team member to find out how to get one.

Thanks from Presbyterian Women

PW wishes to thank those who prepared food for the many receptions at the church and remind people to pick up your items from the kitchen. Any items remaining in the kitchen after May 11 will be placed in the PW Flea Market.
One day only!
Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(Bag sale from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)
In Polley Fellowship Hall
All proceeds benefit our local and national missions.
No clothing please.
Donations accepted beginning Monday, April 30
We could also use any plastic or brown bags you
can contribute to the sale.  
HELP WANTED:  If you can help set up for an hour or two on May 9, 10 or 11 th
we'd love to see you in Fellowship Hall.  We also need help on the May 12,
selling and/or cleaning up.  Please call Linda Zmuda (412) 931-6787 and let her
know you can come.  Or fill in the following and put it in the collection plate.
I CAN HELP ON MAY ____________ AT ____________________
NAME _________________________________________________
PHONE NUMBER ________________________________________
Ladies Lunch Bunch "goes to China"
by Gerri Morris
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday, May 24, 2018 as we continue our "Lunches Around the World" fun.   We will be going to "China" this month to Sesame Inn, located at 711 Browns Lane, Suite 1, off McKnight Road.  Please mark your calendars to meet at Northmont at 11:15am to carpool or be at the restaurant by 11:30am. Please let Gerri Morris know when you RSVP if you need a ride, are carpooling, or driving directly to the restaurant.  Lunch is your choice from their menu. All Ladies are welcome to come join in the wonderful fellowship! RSVP by Tuesday, May 22, to Gerri Morris or call 724-935-6732. .
Northmont joins neighbors in supporting NCM's Pleasant Valley Shelter

Groups and organizations within Northmont provide a meal to the Northside Common Ministries Men's Homeless Shelter each month. The below article appeared in the most recent NCM Newsletter:

Did you know...

That the food budget for dinners here at the shelter is $0? That's because every night, folks from churches and businesses around the city show up at the door of the shelter with mountains of food they worked hours to prepare and drove long distances to serve. No man leaves our shelter weighing less than he did when he arrived.
Men and ladies from churches make sure that our men have a hearty and healthy dinner each night. More importantly, those groups provide a sense of community, family and a connection to spirituality that the staff at the shelter cannot provide.
The men are truly grateful for all that you do.
Pie Auction to benefit Youth Mission trip

Northmont Youth will be hosting a Pie Auction, Sunday, May 20, to raise funds for their summer mission trip. If you are willing to bake pies please contact Steph. If you like to eat pies, please mark your calendar and join us on the 20th during fellowship time!
Northmont honors the Class of 2018

Do you have a family member graduating from high school or college? Our Senior Recognition Sunday will be June 3, and we would like to recognize all of our graduates. If you would like your graduate recognized please email Steph with the name, school, and future plans of the graduate.

Second UP of Wilkinsburg spring spruce up May 20

Please mark your calendar for our annual opportunity to support the Second United Presbyterian Church of Wilkinsburg in their annual gardening and landscape spruce up. We will help plant the vegetable garden that supports their food pantry, plant perennials, and spread mulch. During the summer they have weekly events that bring the surrounding community to the church's park-like grounds. So, circle May 20th for a beautiful sunny day of having fun serving the Lord on Pentecost Sunday. There will be more details as we get closer. Questions?  Contact Ken Yoest.
Special Mothers' Day offering to benefit Bethlehem Haven
This Sunday, the Congregation will be invited to honor the important women in their lives through a Mother's Day gift to the Bethlehem Haven Women's Shelter.  This worthy mission in downtown Pittsburgh provides important emergency relief and services for local women in distress. Please consider helping these needy women on Mother's Day by using one of the pew envelopes and making a donation in the collection plate or through the church office. Checks should be made payable to NORTHMONT U. P. Church, and marked "Bethlehem Haven."
Thank You! - Your Mission Committee
Tuesday mornings at 8:30
Fellowship Hall

This Week
Officer Brian Madden & "Joy"
Police K-9 Unit and Operations
Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a system of caring ministry we have here at Northmont. In it Stephen Ministers, specially trained congregation members, provide Christian care to people who are experiencing a life challenge.

Contact Nancy Garver at 724-935-2194 or

Stephen Minister Jean Ewers
is making hospital calls this week
She can be reached at 412-369-7578 or
Stephen Ministers host speaker on human trafficking
by Nancy Garver

The Stephen Ministers invite you to attend our meeting, Thursday, May 10, at 7:15pm to hear Jill Cohen speak on human trafficking. Between 2010 and 2015, human trafficking increased 846% It is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Come and learn morer about the tactics used by traffickers to "groom their victims."

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Pennsylvania ranks ninth in the USA for reported human trafficking cases. The average age of entry into the sex trade is 11 to 14 years.

Longvue Acres Garden Club Annual Plant Sale returns to Northmont, Saturday, May 19

The Longvue Acres Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale in Northmont's parking lot, Saturday, May 19, from 9am until 12noon.  The plants to be sold are healthy perennial divisions from the club member's gardens.  Come early for best selection!
Please remember in your prayers:
Our pastor, elders, deacons, committee members and all of the Northmont community
Our neighbors
All those affected by natural disasters
All those who must, literally, today pray for their daily bread
All those who must meet secretly, in order to worship God
All those who suffer persecution for loving the Lord
All those in need of healing
All those who are bereaved
Our sister church, Mangochi CCAP, in Mangochi, Malawi
Our sister church, Second Presbyterian Church, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Our global mission partners, the Ludwig family, the Weller family, and Kay Day
Members of the congregation who are seeking employment
The leaders of our federal, state, and local governments
All the men and women of our Armed Forces and our Veterans
Our enemies, as God has called us to pray also for them, even as we may not understand why
As The Piper is posted to the World Wide Web, privacy concerns dictate that we no longer publish the entire weekly Prayer Chain. If you would like to receive the Prayer Chain by email, please contact Jane Nicola or the church office.

am Sunday School
am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
am Worship Sanctuary
am Reception for Barb Clark Fellowship Hall
pm Scouts
Fellowship Hall
pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

am Staff Meeting Library
pm Boy Scouts Fellowship Hall, Mangochi Room

am NBC Fellowship Hall
pm Session Mangochi Room
Wednesd ay
May 16

am Knitters Mangochi Room
pm Youth Drop-in Youth Lounge
pm Northmont Bells rehearsal Bell room
pm Wednesday Club Fellowship Hall
pm Youth Kitchen
pm Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
pm Scouts PLC Mangochi Room

10:00 am Praying the Psalms Berean Room
11:00 am AARP Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm Scout Committee Mangochi Room

am Stretch 'n' Grow Child Development Center
am Project Linus Mangochi Room

am Longvue Acres Garden Club Plant Sale Parking Lot
am Dinah's Book Club Mangochi Room
20 - Pentecost

9:00 am Sunday School
9:15 am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
8:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

We'd love to hear from you!

Rev. Ben Robbins, Pastor

David Daugherty, Organist & Director of Music

Steph Martin, Spiritual Formation Associate

Barb Clark, Spiritual Formation Director for Early Education
Linda Allerton, Office Manager
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