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PLUM Newsletter - Volume 5 – No. 2- April 2011


Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries

Congregations united in Christ’s service


EAST LIBERTY LUTHERAN CHURCH is continuing its series on “Learning More about God’s World”.  The series of talks and slides about places around God’s world includes trips Central African Republic (continuation) on April 10th by Susan Smith; Japan on May 8th by Michael & Beverly Schenz; Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in Chile/Argentina on June 12th by Joyce Larkin.  Lunch will be served after Liturgy with slides starting by 1:15 p.m.  Please plan to attend!

SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, May 15th.  ELLC  is planning another Jazz Concert with the Cross Culture group that entertained us last year.  Stay tuned for more details!

TRINITY EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF SHERADEN continues their Fish Fries on Fridays from Noon – 7:00 p.m. through Good Friday.

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH in Dormont offers its annual Fish Fry on Wednesdays during Lent at 6:00 pm followed by a contemporary Drama.  They also offer Lenten Fish Fry on Fridays from 4 pm – 7 pm.

ST. ANDREW LUTHERAN CHURCH in East Carnegie has soup suppers on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm followed by Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm in Lent.

Many of our P.L.U.M. churches are planning special worship services during Holy Week: 

  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church is offering a worship service on Maundy Thursday, April 21st at 7 pm.  Following that service they begin a Prayer Vigil that runs during the evening of Maundy Thursday through 3 pm Good Friday.  The Vigil provides the opportunity to keep watch in meditation and prayer through the night of our Lord’s betrayal arrest, suffering and death.

  • Christ Lutheran Duquesne will offer a Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Liturgy on April 21st at 7:30 pm with Bishop Kurt Kusserow of the Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA leading worship.

  • Good Friday, April 22nd:

    • St. Andrew, East Carnegie at Noon; Trinity Lutheran Church, Sheraden at 7:30 pm – Pastor Siefert will lead the evening service of Tenebrae.  The service is based on the “Seven Last Words from The Cross” of Jesus Christ. 

    • Christ Lutheran Church, Duquesne, 7:30 – The youth of Christ Lutheran lead this dramatic service commemorating the death of Christ. 

    • Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Oliver, 7:30 pm – Vicar Melba Dibble will lead worship at Trinity this evening.  Trinity’s worship will be preceded by a Seder Meal at 6:00 p.m.  If you are interested in attending call 412-381-9215. 

    • Bethlehem Lutheran, Allentown, 7:00  pm.  Pastor John Gropp serves as worship leader for this traditional service which includes the reading of the Passion According to Matthew. 

    • Bethany Lutheran, Dormont, 7:30 pm.  Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Sandy Kessinger will be the worship leader.

  • Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil:  There are two opportunities to participate in the Easter Vigil again this year. 

    • St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Shadyside will be hosting Lutherans from around the city of Pittsburgh, gathering for the Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm.  Pastor Paul Koch and Pastor John Gropp will be participating in this Vigil. 

    • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Allentown, will host their annual Easter Vigil beginning at 7 pm.  Pastor Beth Siefert, Pastor William Hower and Vicar Melba Dibble will be leading this service.


ELLC has begun their monthly flea markets on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am – 1 pm.  They’re always looking for new ‘fleas’, as well as baked goods each month!

Christ Lutheran, Duquesne is hosting their semi-annual Flea Market, Bake Sale and Lunch on Saturday, April 30th from 8 am – 1 pm.

Christ Lutheran, Duquesne is also hosting its 4th Annual Celebration of Women on Saturday, May 7th at Noon.  Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating the women in our lives.  This event is for women and girls of all ages.  There will be good food, fun and surprises.  $7.50 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  Purchase your tickets by Sunday, May 1!

Christ Lutheran, Duquesne is also bringing Silver Ring Thing to West Mifflin High School on May 14th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.  This is a wonderful, upbeat program that teaches youth (5th grade and up) about abstinence from a biblical standpoint in a concert-like environment.  Promotion flyers and posters are available at the church and were handed out at the Retreat in March.



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