February 11, 2018 

Welcome to  The Piper , Northmont's award-winning semi-monthly newsletter! 

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Welcome our new Pastor-elect, Ben Robbins!

The PNC unanimously recommended Rev. Ben Robbins to the congregation to become our new Pastor. Last Sunday, the congregation overwhelmingly approved their recommendation. Ben will join Northmont as Pastor and Head of Staff , next Monday, February 12.

Learn more about Ben and his family by clicking  here.

Please join us welcoming Ben, Sarah, and Liam to the Northmont family!
Worship this Sunday

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scout Sunday

We Aren't Who We Were, So Who Are We?  Stephanie Martin

Liturgist: Raymond Holloway

Music:  David Daugherty, Director of Music, Chancel Choir, BSA Troop 335

Chancel Flowers are given to the glory of God: in honor of Dick Krotzer's birthday, by his family, 
and in loving memory of Stephen Polley, by the Polley family. 

Stephen Minister  Suzanne Acker  will be available for prayer near the chancel after worship  

Fellowship time immediately follows worship in Polley Fellowship Hall, hosted by: Triangles and ReachOut

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 Aren't Who We Were, So Who Are We?
Stephanie Martin

We again welcome Steph Martin to the Northmont Pulpit, as she leads us in worship and offers this week's message. Last week, Rev. Brian Wallace told us we aren't who we were. This week, Steph asks, then, "Who Are We?"

Scout Sunday
Members of Boy Scout Troop #335 will offer music, read scripture and assist Steph and Doc in leading worship.
In case you missed it ...

Sunday, February 4: You Are Not Who You Were , Rev. Brian Wallace

Audio from all of our recent worship services may be found by clicking here .

Ear Candy & Inspiration for a Sunday (or any) morning

As we observe our annual Scout Sunday, here's the legendary folk singer (and Scout) Burl Ives, from his 1964 album, Scouting Along with Burl Ives, with "On My Honor," a song he composed for the Scouts and for that recording.

Click the link to the right 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.
Annual Chili Cook-off Set for February 18

Next week is our big chili cook-off. We'll be raising funds and having fun. The food is free; the votes are where the fund raising happens.  This year Northmont's families in need will benefit.  Bring a dessert to share or enter the contest and bring a crock pot full of your unique creation.  Sign up on one of our sheets located in the Narthex, Fellowship Hall and the door by the elevator.  Be sure to clear your schedule for next Sunday and head downstairs after church for some delicious chili.
From the Spiritual Formation 
for Early Education
Children's Footprints ...
If there is one thing I have learned about kids and how to get their attention - mention the word mission and help us....... I know what you are saying my kids never help, it is like pulling teeth, and you should see their room, the toy area, the bathroom...... I get that I have three children and a few grandchildren.

But when you say we are going to ...... build blessing bags for those who may need a bottle of water and a Band-Aid during the day, or collecting a coat, gloves or mittens because someone will need them this winter, or cooking for a Shelter of people who need a warm meal. Well they are all over it, so don't be too hard on them. They really do have BIG hearts. It is away for them to feel important, to make a difference in the world that is SO big and unreachable to them at their young ages.  Become a part of this and your heart swell out of your chest out of gratitude for your children. They are so eager to help; I wish we had more opportunities.

The next time the Produce to People sign-up sheet comes around, if your child(ren) is (are) 12 or older, sign up. You will not be disappointed.

Isaiah 58:10 CEB version - says, "if you open your heart to the hungry, and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted, your light will shine in the darkness, and your gloom will be like the noon."

In the story of the feeding of the five thousand, it was a young boy who gave his 5 loaves of barley and two fish -  that great deed fed everyone with food leftover.  

And in Luke, Jesus says in verses 32-36 (quick synopsis), "If someone needs your coat, give them your shirt, too, Love your enemies, do good, and lend expecting nothing in return."  The BIG controversy will always be with many - I saw a person with better shoes than me asking for help on the corner...... My best response is this - Jesus asks us not to judge but to help regardless what shoes they have on.

Bottom line is this - the parable of the soils is the perfect example of who our kids need to be. Plant the seeds on good soil, teaching them to help others, respect those less fortunate and to give time, talents and treasures. And the fruits will be plenty for all.  

Blessings on your week,

Sunday School
Sundays at 9am in the Christian Education wing for grades 7  through 12. 

Children's Worship Bags  are available in the narthex hallway.

Kids Kirk Children from pre-K through grade 6 are invited to join us after Time with the Children (during wo
Children from Pre-K through grade 6 are invited to join us after Time with the Children (during worship) in the Christian Education wing for Kids Kirk.

If you have any questions, please contact  Barb Clark .
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 Worship time childcare will be available in the nursery. We welcome Abby Smith and Rashay Evans to our nursery team. Abby and Rashay come to us from LaRoche College. Each of these young women has extensive child care credentials, and is looking forward to working with our children in the nursery. Stop by and say hello!
Wednesday Club
We will not meet Ash Wednesday, February 14, so everyone may attend the community worship service at Wexford. The children did, however, prepare the meal being delivered to Pleasant Valley Shelter this week. The menu is meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, veggies and fruit with cookies for dessert. The children really enjoy making this meal for the Shelter! Watch Facebook for pictures!

 See you Wednesday, February 21, as we learn another name for God -- Cornerstone, followed by bell-ringing for the older children, games & songs for the younger children, and recreation for all. Kid-friendly dinner is included. All kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to join us from 5-7pm. as we have an evening of faith, food and fun. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Clark at 412-605-7984 or email her at barb@northmontchurch.org

Youth Group  We had an amazing weekend of fellowship as we contin 
Join us at 4:30pm today for our first week reading through The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Youth Group! Feel free to bring your mission trip deposits to give to Steph.

Youth Group meets Sundays at 4:30pm in the Youth Lounge. 
Tuesday mornings at 8:30
Fellowship Hall

This Week
Cheryl Sirianni, P.E., PennDOT District 11 Executive
PennDOT Work Plans for Our Area
Pittsburgh Concert Chorale Goes Italian
Come take a musical journey as the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale presents Bella Musica, a celebration of Italian music heard in cathedrals, piazzas, and opera houses. Tickets for concerts on Saturday, March 3, 7:30 pm, at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and Sunday, March 4, 4:00 pm, at Ingomar United Methodist Church may be purchased at the advance discount rate of $20/adult from choir members Leslie Scheuer, Carol Harvey, or Sue Swick.

Vieni ad ascolare uno bella musica! Come listen to beautiful music!

Learn more here, or click the image to the right.
Please remember in your prayers:
Our Pastor-elect Ben Robbins and his family, as Ben prepares to begin his ministry at Northmont
Our 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 Fellowship Time
Fellowship Hall
pm Youth Group  Youth Lounge
pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

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

am NBC Fellowship Hall
am Sarah Circle Mangochi Room
Wednesd ay
Ash Wednesday

am Knitters Mangochi Room
pm Northmont Bells rehearsal Bell room
pm Ash Wednesday Community Worship Service Wexford Community Presbyterian Church

Pleasant Valley Shelter - Chancel Choir

10:00 am Praying the Psalms Berean Room
11:00 am AARP Fellowship Hall

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

am Pitttsburgh Boy Choir CWG Suite, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall

9:00 am Sunday School
9:15 am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
4:30 pm Youth Group Youth Lounge
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
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Bob Addleman, Editor
Northmont United Presbyterian Church
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