Come celebrate Passover with the Upper Room on Friday, April 22, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm! This is an opportunity to live out our church’s values of being cross-cultural and sacramental as we participate in the Jewish tradition that is the origin of our sacrament of communion. The Passover Seder is an interactive meal meant to help us better understand and remember the God who leads His people to freedom. Contact Daniel Kaufman for more information.
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Holy Week Services at The Upper Room
Holy Week is the cornerstone of the Church year. It’s a way of walking through the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The goal is to live into the story in our worship in such a way that Jesus’ story becomes our story. Here’s the schedule of Upper Room’s Holy Week Services:
Maundy Thursday - March 24th @5:30pm – 5828 Forward Ave. - ”Agape Meal” Potluck and Liturgy of Love. (Bring bread, fruit or cheese to share, and immediately following our meal we will worship in remembrance of the Last Supper and celebrate the Eucharist.)
Good Friday - March 25th @ 7:30pm – 5828 Forward Ave. – Liturgy of Shadows
Easter Vigil – March 26th @ 8:15pm – 5828 Forward Ave. – Liturgy of Light
Easter Sunrise – March 27th @ 6:45am – Frick Park “Blue Slide Entrance” OR the entrance at the corner of Beechwood and Nicholson - Liturgy of Resurrection
Easter Sunday Service – March 27th @ 11am – 5828 Forward Ave. – Liturgy of Joy
Easter Sunday Flower Potluck and Care Home Visit
Sunday March 27th @ 11am and immediately after the service | 5828 Forward Ave.
We believe that we are called to be a sacramental church; we celebrate God’s grace in visible signs. We also believe that we are called to be a missional church; we seek to be a church that blesses our neighbors as much as or more than we bless one another. Our annual Easter Flower Potluck is an opportunity for us to live into both of those identities. When you come to church on Easter, bring a pot or bouquet of flowers to help decorate the church as make it beautiful for our Easter worship. Then, after worship, join us in delivering the flowers to residents at The Commons at Squirrel Hill (on Wightman Street).
Jewish Pittsburgh and The Refugee Crisis: A Community Conversation
Thursday February 25th @ 7:00 pm | JCC Squirrel Hill, Levinson Hall
Refugee Resettlement Benefit Dinner at Spring Valley Bruderhof
Thursday February 25th @ 5:30pm | 100 Spring Valley Rd. Farmington, PA 15437
Ash Wednesday at The Upper Room
Wednesday, February 10 @ 7am-7:45am | 5828 Forward Ave.
PRISM English Conversation Group and Volunteer Orientation
Mondays @ 7 – 8:30pm | Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland
An Afternoon of Godly Play, “The Best Ways of Love”
Saturday February 13 @2:30 – 4:30 | Dave and Karen’s home
Please email Dave if you are interested!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Sunday, January 17th at 3:30pm. | 616 N. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
David J. Garrow, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present the annual Kelso Lecture in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Sun., Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Garrow will speak on the theme “The Political Evolution of MLK.” It is important to appreciate how hugely Dr. King’s political views evolved between 1955 and 1968, and particularly how they changed during the last five years of his life. Within two years of King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington, he began to feel increasingly pessimistic about both America’s behavior in the world and the prospects for any further social justice progress on the US domestic scene. The Kelso Lecture is a celebration of Dr. King’s accomplishments and hopes for the future. The event is held in cooperation with the East End Cooperative Ministry and Morningside Church of God in Christ. The lecture is free and open to the public. Learn more.
Sunday School Series: Enhancing Our Faith through Scientific Knowledge
Sunday Mornings, January 10 – February 7 @ 9:30am | 5828 Forward Ave.
Wednesday, February 10 @ 7am-7:45am | 5828 Forward Ave.
Epiphany Potluck and Worship
Wednesday, January 6 @ 6pm | Mike and Rachel’s Home in Morningside
- the Magi were welcomed by Mary and Joseph into their home, and so the church celebrates the gift of hospitality, and prays blessings over households.
This year on Christmas Eve, we’ll have a special worship service based on the King’s College Nine Lessons and Carols Service. The liturgy of this service includes Scripture and music that moves us from God’s promise in Genesis 3 that the “woman’s seed” will crush the head of the serpent, to the messianic prophecies of Isaiah, to the story of Christmas in Luke and Matthew, and finally the unfolding of the mystery of the incarnation in John 1. Our liturgy will move us on from the mystery of the Incarnation to the mystery of the Eucharist, and will include visual engagement with an icon of the Nativity. We know that many of you leave town for Christmas, but if you are here, we hope you’ll join us in praising God for the gift of His Son, and sitting in awe at the mystery of God becoming flesh.