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July 2020


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“For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”  (Isaiah 65.17)


We have benefitted greatly from the technology that has enabled us to meet, to worship and to study together using the Zoom application on our various devices.  It has enabled us to take care of business, to greet one another and to keep in touch.  New acquaintances have been made and old acquaintances have been strengthened.


We recognize that we are in a new, critical time.  The covid-19 pandemic has interrupted our usual way of being present with one another.  Now some of our congregations are starting to open their buildings, cautiously.  The disruption of our civil order brought on by the increased awareness of the inequities in our society and the violence that has been promoted by some and condemned by others has made it painfully clear that we live in a divided nation. Racism has been deeply embedded in our society and its culture.  We can no longer ignore or turn a deaf ear to the neglect of some and the indifference of others. 


I commend to you Isaiah 65 which presents the possibility that God is using this time ‘to create a new heaven and a new earth.’  God declares that the original intent of creation is that all creation would live in harmony and unity having mutual respect for one another.  God intended that all should be adequately provided with the fruits of the earth and live in a healthy, safe and peaceful community.


The summer study series, which will begin on July 7, is entitled “The tensions of being in relationship: Reflections on broken covenants and ways of healing.”  We will use a variety of media and center on the current issues of our day.  It is our intention to be frank and honest in our presentations and to struggle together to know and work toward solutions that reflect God’s creative work in our world and among us.


The summer series will meet in two identical sessions weekly: Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.  One of the pastors will lead each session.  You are invited to attend one or both sessions each week.  As always, our study will be grounded in the Word of God, in our experience, and in our hope for the future.


In order to participate by video, go to Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

or by phone:  (646) 876 9923.  The meeting ID is 401 596 541.




May God bless our time together, and may we find new hope in the midst of chaos, anger, and confusion.


Pastor Paul Koch, on behalf of the PLUM Pastoral Team




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