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April 8, 2018 

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Worship this Sunday

The Second Sunday of Easter

When in Doubt,  Stephanie Martin

Liturgist: Rev. Ben Robbins

Music:  David Daugherty, Director of Music, Chancel Choir, Northmont Bells

Stephen Minister  Sue Swick  will be available for prayer near the chancel after worship  

Chancel Flowers are given to the glory of God by  Bob & Cathy Koehler, in loving memory of Esther B. Altvater

Fellowship time immediately follows worship in Polley Fellowship Hall, hosted by: Beacons

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

When in Doubt
Stephanie Martin

Congregational Meeting This Sunday

A Congregational Meeting will be held this Sunday, immediately following worship for the election of additional officers and the installation of Martin Karl.
New Members Class
Are you interested in joining Northmont Church, or simply learning more about the congregation? Then you're invited to a prospective new members class forming in April. The class will meet after church for about an hour (11:30-12:30) on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29.  Those who choose to take the step of becoming members will join the church during the service on Sunday, May 6.  For more information or to sign up for the class, please contact the church office, email Anne Linaberger or call her at 412-779-4488.
In case you missed it ...

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

Easter Sunday, April 1
April Fools! (sorry, I had to)
Rev. Ben Robbins

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

This week, we remember the prolific Gospel composer, performer, and chorus leader, 
Edwin Hawkins , who left our  earthly life to claim his eternal life with the Lord in January. Here's a live recording of Rev. Hawkins's 1969  crossover hit,  "Oh Happy Day," from Kennedy Center honorees,  Aretha Franklin and  Mavis Staples .

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.
From the Pastor

Greetings all,

We made it, and he is risen indeed!

The Lenten season comes with many emotions- from sorrow to jubilation. We take all of those stories and feelings with us, as seek to be Resurrection people during this season of Easter.

But along the way, we know that living with this new hope comes with doubts, fears, and questions about how to do so faithfully.

And no one knew that better than the disciples, and especially Thomas.

I always feel bad for Thomas. One moment of questioning and he's labeled 'doubter' for all time. All he really wants is reassurance. Did he do something that you or I would not have done if in the same circumstance?

What would they call you if you had been there that day?

If it were me, I would probably be forever known as Angry Ben, or Ben the Panicked. I can imagine that doubt would only be one of many things I would feel.

His story is a stark reminder to me that no one moment or period in our lives does not and should not define us.

And so on this season, let us always remember the redeeming and everlasting power and presence of grace.

Blessings on your Easter season.

From the Spiritual Formation 
for Early Education
Children's Footprints ...
It amazes me how fast time goes the older I get. The Lenten season started seven weeks ago,  and as we begin again, I have been thinking over these last weeks. I am astonished at what Northmont has been a part of as the hands and feet of Jesus. We received and installed Pastor Ben with a luncheon afterward. We fed the people at Pleasant Valley Shelter. The children met for five Wednesday club nights. The youth prepared and served a spaghetti luncheon for their mission trip! David worked with the choir to sing 18 choral pieces. Rashmee played beautifully as always. There were brass and drums, and as we look forward to the bells performance this Sunday, we are blessed to be able to lift our voices and worship our God!
The young tweener-age children went on a retreat to Crestfield, where we each were asked to find our song. What is yours? Do you have one? I was surprised to realize very quickly that I do have one and I never realized that my favorite hymn is my faith journey. "I Praise God" for that revelation; it has begun a new outlook on my journey.
Together as a community we celebrated communion, including the Maundy Thursday service, which is a very powerful last supper communion.  We did weekly devotions together led by Ben, as he prepared us to find out more about scripture and how and what it means to us as a congregation and as individuals.  We gathered together for worship 11 times - one with Wexford Community Church, when as one body we sat and broke bread together. Then a few days later, we decided on a winner for the chili cook-off. But, that is not all we did, the Knitwits gathered every week to knit and pray and talk. Northmont Delivers delivered. We have prayed for those who have received good and not so good health news, celebrated births, and shared in the sorrow of deaths.
PW and Stephen ministers, as well as NBC planned many wonderful things for the community here at Northmont and beyond. Praying the Psalms continues, as does Confirmation Class and Sunday school. The staff at  NCDC were nurturing the children. So much was happening, and I am sure I am missing much more.  Lastly, there were seven staff meetings held, along with umpteen team session meetings. The office moved at a rapid pace, working together for the good of all.  As a community, a faith based family, we did all of this in such a short time. Blessed is how I see it.  
This month, we have a new member's class, the 3-19's will be leaving for the youth retreat this coming weekend, followed by a lock in at  Fun Fore All! Wednesday Club starts again in May, and a joint VBS is being planned with Northmont as the host church.  Join us for Produce to People on April 21. What a great way to find JOY by helping those in need.  
I wonder what people feel and see as they pass the church this week and see the cross full of beautiful flowers. What do they see when they drive by? Do they get a nudge from the Holy Spirit - go in and see what is happening in there?  
The children, our children, whom we have promised to nurture and guide, they see it. They are learning how to be a community of believers, just by watching and listening, and I have to say, it does my heart good. They ask, "can I help?" What can I do? That is inspirational. 
Did Northmont promise to nurture you?  Are we doing just that?  Have you heard the Holy Spirit whisper... "go use your talents, your gifts, join a class, learn to knit, cook with others, pray for the multitude, work in the gardens, ring a bell?"  Maybe you like teaching, or nurturing kids is your thing. Whatever it is, there is a place for you. My suggestion would be to just pray and listen! We are a community, a family of believers all in it for the same purpose - not for ourselves but for others. Jesus said - "feed my sheep, care for my flock." That is what we are and what we do. What is your song?  
As we start anew, just like the earth every spring, let us help each other to be the body of Christ.  
With JOY,

Sunday School
Sundays at 9am in the Christian Education wing for grades 6  through 12. 

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 5 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.
Children's Worship Bags  are available in the narthex hallway.
Nursery Worship time childcare will be available in the nursery.Worship time childcare will be available in the nurser Abby Smith and Rashay Evans will be in the nursery to provide worship time child care for your littlest ones. Children up to three years old are welcome in our staffed nursery, where you can stay with your child and listen to the worship service or return to the sanctuary knowing your child will be well cared for.
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!
Wednesday Club Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited 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! Our next session begins Wednesday, May 2, with our weekly lesson, followed by bell-ringing for the older children, games & songs for the younger children, and recreation for all! Kid-friendly dinner is included. Look for Mission May information coming soon!
Questions? Email Barb Clark or call her at 412-605-7984 .  
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 .
This week, we resume our normal schedule! See you for Youth Group at 4:30pm for some Narnia and some post-Easter fun!
Youth Group meets Sundays at 4:30pm in the Youth Lounge. 
Join us for games, fellowship, and Bible Study!
Produce to People returns
The Spiritual Formation and Mission ministry teams invite you to participate in a family mission close to home (over 12 years of age) - join us as we drive to Northside and hand out food to help feed the those in need, Saturday, April 21. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank sponsors this event. The mission of Produce to People is to feed people in need and mobilize the community to eliminate hunger. GPCFB is a proud member of Feeding America. Their vision is a hunger-free southwestern Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Duquesne, GPCFB receives, repackages and sends out food to distribution centers county-wide.   

Use the sign-up sheet in the narthex hallway. Space is limited. Please arrive at Martin Luther King Elementary school in the Northside by 8:30am, to prepare the site and package some produce. The actual distribution starts at 10:00am and lasts till noon, with clean-up done by 12:30pm. Dress for the weather. We are under cover, but otherwise exposed to the elements. Children ages 12 and over with adult supervision are welcome to sign up. Any questions please email Barb Clark or contact her at the church.

Group discusses MLK's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail"
Please join us for a 6-week small group to examine and discuss Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," along with relevant Biblical texts, and its implications for us today. The group resumes today at 9:00 am in Polley Fellowship Hall. They will continue to meet, April 15 and 22.  For more information and to download the documents please click the button on the church Web site, at or email Steph Martin.
News from your Mission Ministry Team
by Jim Nicola

Spaghetti Dinner at Northmont, Saturday, April 28
The annual spaghetti dinner to benefit Northside Common Ministries will be held in Fellowship Hall from 4:30pm - 7:00pm, Saturday, April 28.  Please join us for this fundraiser.

World Mission Initiative Conference
The World Mission Initiative Conference will be held April 13-14. This year's title is, All God's Children: Justice in God's Mission . The conference will take place at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Keynote speakers are Mark Adams, Miriam Maldonado, and Brian Cress. For more information, check out their Web page:

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.
In the Garden with Northmont's Green Thumb Gang
One of several dogwood trees on the Northmont grounds.
To read about the beautiful legend of the dogwood tree,  click here.
text and photo by Bill Goff

As winter begins to transform into spring, Northmont's very own
In the Garden  group will begin working and tending the beautiful grounds of our church. We will probably begin our work sometime this month.

If you love gardening and working outside, please consider being a part of our team.  Yes, we work on the garden beds, and yes we sweat,  but it is good work and good fellowship and making our church property look inviting is a rewarding task to be sure.  

Contact Bill  Goff  at  if you are interested.
Northmont hosts PWPP Spring Gathering
The Presbyterian Women of Pittsburgh Presbytery (PWPP) Spring Gathering will be hosted by Northmont's Presbyterian Women, Saturday, April 21. The theme is "Arise, shine your light has come" Isaiah 60:1. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30am. The program begins at 9am, concluding with a luncheon at noon. The registration fee is $12 per person. If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form which can be found in the church office. Registration closes April 16.
PW plans annual flea market for mid-May
by Jane Nicola

Starting on your Spring cleaning? Begin thinking of what you can donate to Presbyterian Women's annual Flea Market Saturday, May 12, 2018. Donations can be dropped at Polley Fellowship Hall beginning Monday, April 30, 2018. We are collecting "almost new" toys, baby, holiday and household items, books, jewelry, and curiosities. Proceeds go to local, national and international missions.
Tuesday mornings at 8:30
Fellowship Hall

This Week
Rev. Dr. Jack Lolla
Christianity Transformation - Part 3
Stephen Ministry

Our Stephen Ministers invite you to be Extra Caring this Sunday. Greet everyone with a smile. Ask them how they really are. Give them an extra hug. Find out if there is anything you can do for them. And let's make Northmont an extra caring place not only today, but every Sunday, and every day.

Contact Nancy Garver at 724-935-2194 or email her

Stephen Minister Nancy Garver
is making hospital calls this week
She can be reached at 724-935-2194 or email her
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
9:00 am Confirmation Class Library
am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
am Worship Sanctuary
am Congregational Meeting Sanctuary
am Fellowship Time
Fellowship Hall
pm Scouts Fellowship Hall
pm Youth Group
Youth Lounge
pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

am PW Board Meeting Mangochi Room
am Staff Meeting Library
pm Boy Scouts Fellowship Hall, Mangochi Room
7:00 pm Spiritual Formation Library

am NBC Fellowship Hall
am Sarah Circle Mangochi Room
pm Pittsburgh Boy Choir rehearsal 
CWG Suite, Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall
pm Deacons Mangochi Room
Wednesd ay
April 11

am Knitters Mangochi Room
pm Northmont Bells rehearsal Bell room
pm Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary

Pleasant Valley Shelter - Presbyterian Women

10:00 am Praying the Psalms Berean Room
7:00 pm Stewardship & Finance Library
7:15 pm Stephen Ministry Berean Room

am Stretch 'n' Grow Child Development Center
pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service Sanctuary

319 Youth Retreat

am Dinah's Book Club Mangochi Room

319 Youth Retreat

9:00 am Sunday School
9:00 am Confirmation Class Sanctuary
9:15 am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall

319 Youth Retreat - return
11:30 am New Member Class Berean Room
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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