Weekly News from Northmont United Presbyterian Church
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October 21, 2018

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

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the church.  The Piper includes articles, a weekly schedule, 
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and mission news, 
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A note from Stewardship & Finance

Deuteronomy has much to say about tithing and giving to the local church.  Here are three verses to ponder: " But remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth." ( Deut 8:18 )  "Give generously and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and everything you put your hand to." ( Deut 15:10 )  "Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you." ( Deut 16:17 )  Please remember to return your completed pledge card on Sunday, November 4 .
Great Things are happening at Northmont Church.
Come join us to be a part of it!
Worship this Sunday

October 21, 2018
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sermon: "The Goal is Equality"   Rev. Ben Robbins 

Liturgist: Karen Nootbaar

Music: David Daugherty, Director of Music, Chancel Choir, Dianna Hollo, soloist

Chancel Flowers are given to the glory of God by Jean Eckert, in honor of family & friends

Stephen Minister Helen Traynor is available for prayer  near the front of the sanctuary after worship.

Fellowship Time immediately follows worship in Fellowship Hall , hosted by: Spiritual Formation Ministry Team

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

The Goal is Equality
Rev. Ben Robbins

2 Corinthians 8:8-24
2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Northmont October 14, 2018
In case you missed it ...
You can listen to audio from last Sunday's worship service by clicking the link to the right.

October 14, 2018
"Getting to Know You: S heep and Goats"
Rev. Ben Robbins

Audio from all of our Sunday services may be found on our Web site or by clicking  here .
Ear Candy & Inspiration for a Sunday Morning
Yolanda Adams - Open My Heart

This week, we offer Grammy-winning contemporary Gospel artist Yolanda Adams, asking for God's help, with this rendition of"Open My Heart." 

Click the link to the left and enjoy!

I f 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 to all,

This week, I wanted to update you on the status of our new small group ministry.

For the past 6 weeks, 3 new small groups have formed, and we've received glowing reports of new bonds being formed and new things learned about each other and their faith. We are also thrilled to report that all 3 plan to start back up after our brief break here in the last half of the month.

Small groups will begin again in the first week of November. So, if you or someone you know is interested in joining a small group, please look for bright YELLOW signs around the church next week telling you the when's and where's so you can get involved. And if none of these days or times work for your schedule, please let either me or Steph Martin know and we'll work on connecting you with other small-group-minded folks who might have your same need.

Thank for your support and participation as we continue what we hope will be a Northmont staple for years to come.

Have a wonderful week,
Doc's Clef Note s
THE CHANCEL CHOIR rehearses Wednesdays at 7:15pm, and Sundays at 9:40am in the sanctuary.
THE BELLS   adult handbell choir  rehearses Wednesdays at 4:15p m , in the Bell Room in the Christian Education wing.
See you in church!
David (Doc)

Sunday School

Children gather in the sanctuary and then head to our classrooms after Time With the Children. Kids' worship bags are in the narthex stairwell.

Youth  meet Sundays at 9am in the Youth Lounge .

Adult Bible Studies
Impact Bible Study has joined "Starting from Scratch," Sundays at 9am in Fellowship Hall.
Adult Bible Study meets Sundays at 9am in the Mangochi Room.

Starting from Scratch  meets Sundays at 9am in Fellowship Hall.
Nursery Worship time childcare will be available in the nursery.Worship time childcare will be available in the nurser
Children up to age three are welcome in our staffed Nursery. Should you choose to stay with your child, you can listen to the worship service through the speaker in the ro om.
Wednesday Club Kids! It's almost time! The first "official" Wednesday Club wi ll
Join us this Wednesday from 5-7pm for an evening of games, music, Bible study, and fun! We will have a party October 24, so feel free to wear your costumes and bring a friend!

Youth Group Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday from 6-8pm as we enjoy dinner together, play some games Come join us for dinner at 6pm, and stay for a time of games, fellowship, and learning together! We will have a party October 24, so bring a friend, wear a costume, and get excited!
FALL PIE AUCTION Do you like to eat pie? Make sure to join us Sunday, October Do you like to eat pie? Make sure to join us this Sunday after worship for the Youth Pie Auction Fundraiser! All money will go toward their summer mission trip to do hurricane relief work in North Carolina. Come sample pies and bid to take one home! If you'd like to help by baking a pie, see Steph Martin for more information.
Throughout October our youth are selling boxes of 30 greeting cards for $30 a box. For each box sold our youth get $15 toward their mission trip funds. You can choose between four different boxes of handmade cards! Make sure to see the youth at the table in the narthex after worship or contact Steph Martin if you'd like to buy cards.
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. If you would like to know more, contact Stephen leader Nancy Garver, at 724-935-2194, or nancylgarver@aol.com.

Contact Stephen Leader Nancy Garver
at 724-935-2194 or nancylgarver@aol.com for more information.  

S tephen Minister Pat Krotzer
is making hospital calls this week. Sh e can be reached at
Tuesday mornings at 8:30 in  Fellowship Hall

This Week:
Rev. Dr. David Esterline & Andrew Greenbow
A Discussion on Race & Racism
Tell your friends & neighbors

Northmont Child Development Center is hiring! 

The Center is hiring two full-time child care workers. Contact Amy Beiber at 412-364-0102 or email ncdc@northmontchurch.org for more information. 

Please pray for our Center, the staff, and the many children it lovingly cares for.
News from your Mission Ministry Team
by Jim Nicola
 Northside Common Ministries Food Drive
The food drive for this fall runs from October 7-21 . There is a request for personal hygiene items and household cleaning supplies. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps and clients will go without them because of more pressing needs if cash is low. There is also a request for hearty soups and any non-perishable food item is always appreciated.
Monetary contributions are also welcome because they enable the food pantry to purchase needed items from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at a reduced cost. Thank you for your support
Operation Christmas Child "Shoebox Project" Final turn in November 11
The mission ministry team is staring this drive now in order to give everyone more time to purchase items. Shoeboxes and suggestions of needed items will be passed out October 14. More information will be coming.
Honduras Hope Mission OTC Drug Drive
by Ken Yoest

Jesus healed many people with a lot of ailments, followed by the apostles and now us. I get to witness the scenes similar to Jesus's when we drive into a poor village and see the line of villagers normally more than 200 deep, waiting in line since the night before.  So, if you are in Target looking at your shopping list and notice a 25% off sign for pain pills or vitamins in front of you, perhaps Jesus is reminding you that Ken Yoest is going to Honduras the first week of February and needs medicines to serve some of the poorest people on this earth. If you don't have the following list to buy from, then trust that Jesus just guided you to a certain product.  I am often asked, "What do you really need the most from the list?" The donations come from several other churches in the North Hills so that it is hard to predict. We will let Jesus control that as well.
Needed: Tylenol (all ages, adult, children, infant), Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Tums, Calcium, Lomotil, Imodium, Vitamins (adult and children), Prenatal vitamins (really need these), Iron, Antibiotic ointment, Anti-fungal cream/lotion, Hydro-cortisone cream, canes, first aid supplies such as sterile dressings, bandaids, ace bandages, tape, eyeglasses and dental items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss.

The collection box will be in the coat rack area across from the church offices. Collection will start Sunday October 21 and end November 11 .  You may donate as well to: Honduras Hope Mission, Inc.; P.O. Box 463; Mars, PA 16046
Thank you for your past generous support.  
PW Harvest Dinner November 10
by Jane Nicola

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, homemade pies - Northmont's HARVEST DINNER will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30pm. Invite your friends and neighbors! Take-outs are available. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $4.00 for children age 4-12, and children under 3 years of age are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be sold in the narthex before and after worship Sunday, October 28 and November 4. Proceeds benefit the missions and ministries of Northmont's Presbyterian Women.
Scouts Annual Christmas Greens Sale October 28

Scout Troop 335 will hold its annual Christmas Greens sale, taking orders before and after worship, next Sunday, October 28. Orders will be delivered the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 25.

Do not fear, for I am with you

Do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:10)

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon MangkhutPresbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is offering immediate aid to the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. This joins responses already underway for those impacted by Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut, and other international disasters that have suffered a lack of media coverage. 

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle with devastating winds and storm surge, causing loss of life. The storm then cut a path across the southeast, moving through the same areas impacted by Hurricane Florence just a few weeks ago. 

PDA is deploying teams to affected presbyteries. Emergency aid, assistance in the development of a short-term response plan, as well as a ministry of presence will be the priorities of the initial response. 

Meanwhile, areas impacted by Mangkhut and Florence have received aid and support through the gifts of Presbyterians like you. In humility, with God and your continued support, we will continue to help draw hope out of the chaos, together.

Will you stand in the "GAP" (Give/Act/Pray) to help the survivors of these terrible storms?
GIVE: Hurricanes Michael and Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have caused extensive damage and loss of life. Some of you have already given generously in previous weeks. While the needs can feel overwhelming, continued prayer and giving will ensure that the whole church is able to respond. Gifts to DR000194 support our response to hurricanes and typhoons. Gifts can be made  online, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
  • Download and use the bulletin insert. (We have. You'll see it Sunday.)
  • Learn how you and your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources, and share updates with your congregation.
PRAY:  As this hurricane and typhoon season continues to cause destruction and loss of life, please pray with us that the communities affected by these events and those offering assistance will be strengthened, have their needs met and be reminded of the hope found in God.

Please remember in your prayers:
Our pastor, elders, deacons, committee members and all of the Northmont community
Our neighbors
Our students, near and far
Our Child Development Center, its staff and the kids they lovingly care for
All those affected by war
All those affected by natural disasters
All those affected by school shootings, violent crimes and other senseless acts of violence
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.
Upcoming Communion Schedule
      Sunday, November 25
     Sunday, December 23

am Sunday School
am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
am Worship Sanctuary
11:00 am Fellowship Time - Pie Auction Fellowship Hall
pm Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowship Hall

7:00 pm Scouts Fellowship Hall

8:30 am NBC Fellowship Hall
5:00 pm Pittsburgh Boy Choir CWG, Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary
6:30 pm Longvue Acres Garden Club Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm Scouts Mangochi Room
Wednesd ay

am Knitters Mangochi Room
pm Bells Bell Room
pm Wednesday Club
Fellowship Hall
pm Youth Group Fellowship Hall
7:15 pm Chancel Choir Sanctuary

Friday October 26
am Stretch 'n' Grow Fellowship Hall


9:00 am Sunday School
 9:40 am Chancel Choir rehearsal Sanctuary
10:00 am Worship - Reformation Sunday - Scottish Heritage  Sanctuary
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

Steph Martin, Spiritual Formation Associate

David Daugherty, Organist & Director of Music

Northmont Child Development Center
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