There is an East End Youth Ministry Beginning
by Pastor Michael
There is a new ministry for young people in our community. Like many other congregations, FPCE finds itself unable to fulfill a meaningful ministry for our young people. But several congregations working together? That ministry is beginning to unfold.
Alex Ruzanic is the Director of Youth and Missional Outreach at Beulah Presbyterian Church. Alex, and the Beulah congregation, understand the need for youth ministry and are very well aware of the limited resources a single congregation has. Alex and a team of adult volunteers have started an East End Youth Ministry that includes kids from Beulah and the east end of Pittsburgh.
I met with Alex for coffee, liked what heard and, even more, the enthusiasm that Alex brings to this fledgling ministry. I invited Alex to meet with the session in May. Session encountered that same spirited approach that Alex brings to his work. We will be learning how to connect with the East End Youth Ministry over the coming months.
Briefly, the East End Youth Ministry exists to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to youth and families in the community through intentional, incarnational relationships with caring adults. The ministry desires to create a space for all students to become more whole, belong in community, and participate in the peacemaking way of Jesus. The ministry meets with young people on Wednesday evenings through the school year. During the summer the ministry will meet with the young people beginning Tuesday, June 11, for service projects and Wednesday, June 12, for fun. The session and I will stay in touch with Alex and find out how we can be most helpful.
JOIN US FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADULT SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES:
Sunday Mornings at 9:45
The Adult Education Class meets in the Lounge for lively discussion on a wide range of topics.
(This class does not meet during the summer)
Tuesday Mornings at 10:00
The Tuesday Book Club meets each week year-round to study a book with a Christian theme.
Wednesday Nights at 7:00
A Bible Study group meets at various times throughout the year for a period of weeks that coincides with a devotional, book study, or specific church season or series covered.
Recent topics have included:
Advent & Lenten soup and scripture worship
Richard J. Foster's "Celebration of Discipline"
The Book of Genesis
“The Presence of God in Exodus
and Deuteronomy: Abiding Hope”