A very special celebration of the First Anniversary of The Cathedral of Hope Labyrinth took place in the Garth on Sunday, October 5, 1997.
On Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12, 1997, Dr. Eric Carlson, Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, presented the mystery of the cosmic vision 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday and 9:30 to 11 am on Sunday.
On Sunday, October 12, 1997, the Heinz Chapel Choir, directed by John Goldsmith, sang at our 11 AM worship service.
Sunday, October 26, the Syria Highlanders Pipe Band (bagpipes) played at our 11 AM worship service
Sunday, November 2, the Boilermaker New Orleans Jazz Band played for our celebratory All Saints' Day services at Morning Glory (9 AM) and 11 AM.
On November 9th, David Goldstein and Jeffry Johnson presented at Morning Glory worship a very special service commemorating those who suffered during the Holocaust. Kristallnacht: Messages of Triumph from the Holocaust, is an original drama in three scenes which depicts a survivor sharing his experiences with his grandchild, with the rest of his family, and finally with the community. Words and stories of several Holocaust survivors will be used to deliver powerful messages of hope, peace, and acceptance. Cynthia Jackson has written a note of reflection and appreciation for this moving work.
Also presented this day at 11 o'clock worship was a world premier of a menís trio based on St. Francis of Assisiís timeless words "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace" with beautiful music composed by David Goldstein.
On Sunday, November 16, the Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company led worship at Morning Glory (9 AM) and the Abby Brass played at the 11 AM worship service
What is our common ground? This question seems to be a persistent one in the Presbyterian Church at large and at ELPC in particular. In light of the reality of the differences in belief among Presbyterians, how can we live together faithfully and harmoniously? Is unity possible in the midst of the diversity that exists?
During this series, Dr. Susan Nelson, Parish Associate at ELPC and faculty member at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will facilitate a discussion about finding our common ground through our various faith experiences. The conversation will be guided by the 1988 General Assembly Document entitled Is Christ Divided? This document is available in the church bookstore. Save these dates and plan to be a part of this important series. A light snack will be provided and child care will be available on request.
For more information call the church at 412-441-3800 or read about it in Reaching Out.
We are also inviting a number of Presbyterian Seminary presidents to come and address these questions with us in the coming year ó from the pulpit and in open forum. Thus far we have acceptances from Dr. Samuel Calian of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (October 19), Dr. Cynthia Campbell of McCormick Theological Seminary (March 8) and Dr. Jack Stotts of Austin Theological Seminary (February 8).
In the midst of Halloween frolic, we sometimes remember that "All Hallows Eve" has religious significance, especially for those who have lost a loved one. We will be offering a variety of spiritual experiences in our magnificent cathedral on this weekend to deepen your connection to those who have gone before us. Spiritual companioning, Taizť prayers, The Cathedral of Hope Labyrinth, small group sharing, journal writing and musical meditations on our great organ will be available throughout the weekend. Our chapel and sanctuary will be open for your floral or written remembrances.
Especially for children, will be a Sunday morning invitation to talk about and light a candle for pets, friends and family members they have lost.
Call the church office for a complete schedule. You may participate in as much of the weekend as you like. Our joyful culmination will be our Sunday morning celebration of the Communion of Saints with the Boilermaker Jazz Band, whose music is rooted in the funeral celebrations of New Orleans.
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