Special Announcements

 

 

Blessed Bundles is the 2020 "Designated Outreach" for the SWPA synod Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

New Horizon Counseling Center services are now available at PLUM churches

 

Tuesday, August 4

PLUM Summer Discussion Series

 

Click HERE to print the Living Lutheran "Unpacking White Privilege" article

The Tensions of being in Relationship:

Reflections on Broken Covenants and Ways of Healing

PLUM Summer Discussion Series:

Recent events around our nation and in our city have raised our awareness of the injustices that exist in our world.  As Christians called to love God and love our neighbor, it is our duty to educate ourselves of those injustices.  It is our duty to do what we can to bring justice into our world.  This summer, we will host a discussion series around the issues of Racism in our communities and our world.  We will explore videos, articles and books with each other as we consider actions that we can take to live out our command to love our neighbor. 

Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

 The call in line for these discussions is:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

Zoom by phone: (646) 876 9923

Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

To participate in the Discussion, go to our Zoom page

 

Click HERE to print the Living Lutheran "Unpacking White Privilege" article

 

Summer Discussion Series – Weeks 1 and 2:

Biblical Covenants and Social Contracts

 

Introduction

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

“He answered, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.' ”  Luke 10:27

 

I.  Biblical Covenant

 

a. Definition:  A covenant is a chosen relationship in which two parties make a promise to each other.   Example:  marriage

A covenant should be distinguished from a contract because it is a personal relationship which people voluntarily enter.

 

b. Biblical Covenants

          1. There is disagreement about how many are in the Bible.  Opinions range from 1-12.  In the Scripture, there was a focus on three types of covenants, namely, the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, and the New Covenant mediated by Jesus.  Some scholars classify only two; a covenant of promise and a covenant of law.  The former involved an oath taken by God – a word of promise instead of command – while the latter is known in the Bible as “the Law”.

          2. Brief description of Seven Biblical Covenants:

          *Eden:  Genesis 3:15;  God’s Promise:  Satan and mankind will be enemies;

Sign - pain of childbirth, work for bread

*Noah:  Genesis 9:8-17; God’s Promise: God would never again destroy the world with a flood.

          Sign – Rainbow

*Abraham:  Genesis 15:12-21, 17:1-14;  God’s Promise:  Abraham’s descendants would become a great nation if they obeyed God.  God would be their God.

          Sign – Smoking firepot and flaming torch.

*At Mount Sinai:  Exodus 19:5-6;  God’s Promise:  Israel would be God’s special people, a holy nation.  But they would have to keep their part of the covenant to obedience.

          Sign – The Exodus

*The Priesthood:  Numbers 25:10-13;  God’s Promise:  Aaron’s descendants would be priests forever.

          Sign – The Aaronic priesthood

*David:  2Samuel 7:13, 23:5;  God’s Promise:  Salvation would come through David’s line, through the Messiah

          Sign – David’s line continued and Christ was born a descendant of David

*New Covenant:  Hebrews 8:6-13;  God’s Promise:  Forgiveness and salvation are available in and through Christ

          Sign – the resurrection of Christ

 

II. Social Contract

  What allows us to live together in community?

a. Definition:  an implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits.  Example:  sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection

b. Social Contract theory says that people live together in society in accordance with an agreement that establishes moral and political rules of behavior.  The US Constitution is often cited as an explicit example of part of America’s social contract.  It sets out what the government can and cannot do.

c. After the contracts are established, however, then society becomes possible, and people can be expected to keep their promises, cooperate with one another, and so on. The social contract is the most fundamental source of all that is good and that which we depend upon to live well.

 

III. Trevor Noah Video

          Trevor Noah is a South African, political commentator and television host.  He is the current host of the Daily Show.  He is also an author of “Born a Crime” and other books. 

The video that we are about to share was Trevor Noah’s response to the death of George Floyd and other events happening in our country today.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 8

Diaper Bank - at it's NEW LOCATION

 

NOTE:  

 

The Diaper Bank will has moved to St. Basil’s Church (1735 Brownsville Road).  It will be open on the second Saturday of each month. The first diaper distribution at the new location will be on August 8.

 

The Diaper Bank will reopen on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Please use the parking lot entrance.

 

You MUST have your WIC ID, SNAP card, or proof of income to sign-up.  You will receive diapers, wipes and ointment for each qualifying child.

 

Diapers sizes are: Newborn to Adult.  Quantities are limited.

 

 - For information about the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, go to www.wpadiaperbank.org

 

 

 

Online Worship Service via Zoom on Sunday, August 9 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Click HERE for a printable version of the Sunday, August 9 Bulletin

 

 

Saturday, August 15

Blessed Bundles baby supplies program

 

Lutheran Church of Our Saviour (1570 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA 15642) is proud to offer "Blessed Bundles" - an exciting program which offers new and gently used baby supplies to individuals in the local community.  Blessed Bundles will be collecting and distributing items such as diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes (up to size 8), baby/toddler toys and equipment, and other baby supplies.  Items may vary and will be available as they are donated to Blessed Bundles.  Blessed Bundles will distribute supplies on the third Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Saturday, September 5

Addiction Support Group - via online "Zoom" meeting

The “Zoom” (internet video conferencing) meeting for the upcoming Support Group meeting is on Saturday, September 5, 2020 @ 10 AM.

For a COMPUTER:  If you do NOT have the Zoom program on your computer, then click this link to Download and install Zoom desktop program (Windows or Mac).  After the file has downloaded, go to where the file was downloaded to (probably in your “Downloads” folder) and click on the “ZoomInstaller.exe” file to start the installation process.

For a "SMART" CELL PHONE:  If you do NOT have the Zoom app installed on your cell phone, then go to Google Play (for Android phones) or to the Apple Store (for Apple phones).  Search for the "Zoom" app.  Download and install the file.

AFTER you have installed the program or app: 

To join this Zoom meeting (with a computer, laptop or “smart” cell phone), click: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75815818682?pwd=bWRqeC83MnB4NHkzNGI0cEtFaEoxZz09  

The Zoom “Meeting ID” is 758 1581 8682

Password: 2WGH52

Please call my cell (412) 853-3189 if you experience any technical difficulties.

Kathleen

 

Support your loved one’s recovery by attending the Addiction Support Group the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – Noon via Zoom. The support group will be exchanging experiences and ideas as a means to provide resources, suggestions and ideas that can help those struggling to support the recovery journey of a close relative or friend.

 

Interested participants are encouraged to reach out to the group facilitator by email (kdhays2010@gmail.com) or by text to (412) 853-3189.  For more information and regular updates, go to the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/596414461122363

 

 

IN THE CASE OF EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

If you are having a mental health emergency and feeling unsafe, you need to immediately call 9-1-1 or the ReSolve Crisis Network at 1-888-796-8226 (where a counselor can assist you 24/7) as your first contact.  Sending an email or calling me does not guarantee that I will be able to respond immediately, even in the event of a crisis. If you do not receive a response from me within a few minutes, you need to call ReSolve.******

 

 

 

Sunday, October 4

PLUM Board Meeting

 

The quarterly PLUM Board meeting will be held on Sunday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

 

Join using Zoom the same way that you have for Worship or Bible Study this past week:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

     Zoom by phone:  Call (646) 876-9923.  When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 401 596 541

 

Future PLUM Board meetings are:

Autumn:  October 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (Mt. Oliver)

Winter:  January 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at Messiah (Munhall)