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April 2011

“Come Over and Help Us!”


“During the night Paul had a vision; there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’  When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.”  (Acts 16:9-10)


The invitation from the Macedonian resounds in our ears as an invitation to all PLUM members who wish to fulfill God’s mission in Pittsburgh by proclaiming the Gospel.  In fact we are about to initiate a mission project called “The Macedonia Project.” 


Here’s how it works.  Each PLUM congregation, which chooses to participate, will send out at least 3 members as missionaries.  These members will be sent to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Allentown – ‘The Church on the Hill: A Light to the City.’  Bethlehem has been a faithful witness of the Gospel for 117 years.  The members have worked hard and long to maintain the congregation and to engage the mission.  The time has come when Bethlehem is calling to the rest of us in PLUM: ‘Come Over and Help Us!’


The PLUM missionary-members will be sent out by their home congregations on the Sunday following Easter.  In turn, Bethlehem will receive the PLUM members on the second Sunday following Easter.  For three months, the missionary-members will attend worship at Bethlehem; some may sing in the choir, others assist with reading or greeting worshippers, especially visitors.  The missionary-members will work with Bethlehem member Jennifer Thompson in outreach ministry to bolster Bethlehem’s image as a welcoming place.  This might include knocking on neighborhood doors, sprucing up the building, or assisting in the making of signs, flyers, etc. 


Bethlehem will not be the only congregation that will benefit from this project.  It has been seen over and over again that when a congregation engages in a specific mission project, the congregation experiences a renewal of its own spirit of mission.


Consider these three principles of outreach ministry:

1) It is critical that the neighborhood see the church as an attractive, welcoming place;

2) Members of the congregation have individual relationships with those who live near the building;

3) The primary reason for reaching people in the neighborhood is to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. 


These are the principles that will guide our work at Bethlehem during Project Macedonia.


If you are interested in being a PLUM missionary-member, contact one of the pastoral staff or your congregation president.




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773