May 2019



Saturday, May 18

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.




Tuesday, May 21

Election Day Spaghetti Dinner


Resurrection Lutheran Church (Oakdale) (7600 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale PA 15071) will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, May 21 (Election Day) from 4-7 p.m. 


Cost is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 10 and under. 


Dinner includes drink and dessert!  Eat in or Take Out!




The PLUM Vision Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church (East Carnegie) (218 Alter St., East Carnegie, PA 15106).  The current Intern Committee will meet with the Vision Committee and, together, we will celebrate the end of Vicar Brenda's Internship with PLUM


In addition to current committee members, new people interested in learning more or participating in the Vision, Internship or Call committees in the future are encouraged to attend.  Please let your congregations members know of the meeting.  This is open to anyone who would like to attend and be a voice in our future.  We would like to have representation of one to two people from each congregation.



June 2019




Saturday, June 1

Hearts+Hands+Voices Synod-Sponsored Workshop for Church Musicians


The Workshop for Church Musicians will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church (Penn Hills) (11609 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills, PA 15235).  This is a chance for church musicians to gather for practical skill-building and effective leadership of assembly song.  Whether you are paid or volunteer, serve a large, medium or small worshiping community, this full-day event will be helpful to many, knowing that each context has its own unique challenges and opportunities.

RSVP by Monday, May 27


FOR PLUM members:  PLUM will pay the registration fee for all PLUM members!  Call Deann George at the PLUM office at (412) 466-7773 to get added to the PLUM list of attendees.


The registration fee includes lunch.

Please note any dietary restrictions when you RSVP.


For NON-PLUM members:

The cost is $15.00 per person (if you mail the RSVP form (linked below) to the Synod office OR

the cost is $17.55 per person ($15.00 + a $2.55 Eventbrite fee) if you register at  (using a credit card or PayPal). 

Please NOTE:  If you are registering online, there is a SCROLL BAR on the right side of the "RSVP" page.  You must "scroll down" in order to enter your credit card number (or to select PayPal), your name, address, email address, congregation name/location and any dietary restrictions.

An afternoon Open Sing will start at 1:00 p.m. and it is OPEN TO ALL and FREE of charge.


Click HERE to print the .pdf version of the flyer and RSVP form (below)






Saturday, June 1

Addiction Support Group


Support your loved one’s recovery by attending the Addiction Support Group the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at St. Andrew Lutheran Church (218 Alter St, East Carnegie, PA 15106). 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 ( or by text to (412) 853-3189.




Saturday, June 8

Diaper Bank


Trinity Lutheran Church (Mt. Oliver) (601 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15210) now has a Diaper Bank, for those who qualify.  The Diaper Bank will be open on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Please use the Margaret St. 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.




Thursday, June 13 - Saturday, June 15

Southwestern Synod Assembly


The 2019 Synod Assembly of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 13-15, 2019 at California State University.  This is a very important Assembly as there is a vote concerning our Bishop who is seeking reelection!





July 2019




Tuesday, July 23

Lutheran Day at Kennywood


Starting with morning prayer at 11:30 am. at pavilion #1, make Kennywood memories with your congregation and family.  Tickets are only $25; proceeds go to the ELCA World Hunger Global Barn Yard.


Please submit your ticket orders by July 3.


Make checks payable to “SWPA Synod” and mail them to: Deacon Amy Santoriello, Zion Lutheran, 11609 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235. 


Tickets will also be available at the Synod Assembly.


Click HERE to download the Ticket Order Form


Kennywood Park, 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15122





Sunday, July 28

PLUM Board Meeting


The quarterly PLUM Board meeting will be held at Christ Lutheran Church (Duquesne) (405 Kennedy Ave., Duquesne, PA 15110) on Sunday, July 28, starting at 1:30 p.m.


Future PLUM Board meetings are:

Autumn:  October 6, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Canonsburg)


August 2019



Sunday, August 24

Annual PLUM Picnic


The annual PLUM Outdoor Worship Service and PLUM Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 24 - tentatively - at Resurrection Lutheran Church (7600 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA 15071).


The festivities will start with a Covered Dish Dinner at 1:00 p.m., followed by an Outdoor Worship Service.


We had a great time last year, so we hope to see everyone there this year!



September 2019






Sunday, September 15

PLUM Joint Healing Service


Trinity Lutheran Church (Mt. Oliver) (601 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15210) will host the annual PLUM Joint Healing Service on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m.


This will be a service of healing and will offer a Litany for the Healing of the Nations, Holy Communion and Anointing for Healing.  Please let the people in your congregation know if you can provide rides or if you will need a ride to attend.