Dear Members and Friends of Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries,
Psalm 92:1. “It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High.”
November is the month of giving thanks for our many blessings. As I have been asked to write this Pastor's page, I pause and give thanks to all of you. For allowing me to serve as an "Auxiliary" Pastor, stepping into your pulpit and presiding at the table for Holy Communion each week. Although I may only see you every six weeks, based on the rotation schedule, there are many attributes of individual congregations I lift up in Thanksgiving.
I am Thankful for...
BBLC - Bethany Lutheran (Bethel Park). First and foremost, ample parking. Plus, your progressive ways of communicating with one another through social media, texting and saving trees. Your Sunday "fun" School is very attractive and exemplifies the Body of Christ. I thank you.
CLC - Christ Lutheran. For your ministry towards young women, offering prom dresses to attend an event they may not otherwise be able to attend. In addition, for allowing me to choose a pink dress for a Hospice patient who wanted to wear the dress as her bridal and burial gown. And, of course, the 40 plus baptismal gowns and jumpers for babies who may never leave the Neo-Intensive Care Unit. I thank you.
DBLC - Bethany Ev. Lutheran (Dormont). For the last standing choir who gets up every Sunday to sing praise and glory to God. And, of course, your awesome fish fry’s and free Turkey dinners as an outreach to the community. I thank you.
ELLC - East Liberty Lutheran. For your steadfastness and patience while you seek a new church building, ever mindful of wanting to stay in the community. For your willingness to tackle difficult social issues, be it immigration, refugee resettlement or mental illness in the community. I thank you.
LCOS - Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. For the presence of your wind chimes dancing in the air as a reminder of the Holy Spirit gathering with us. For your members who need assistance getting to church, be it with a wheelchair or a walker, who serve as witnesses to the importance of weekly attendance and the great lengths they will go to get a place at the table. I thank you.
MLC - Messiah Lutheran. For your personal and professionalism. There is no doubt this is truly a Lutheran church with your ushers at the front door, the love and support exemplified by your members and, of course, the non-judgmental person who entered my car to turn off my lights. I thank you.
MTLC - Trinity Ev. Lutheran (Mt. Oliver). For the cherubs in the balcony singing Glory to God in the highest! For hosting a much needed diaper bank and for offering backpacks to students, as they begin a new school year. I thank you.
RLC - Resurrection Lutheran. For sponsoring the Nursery School in your building and the children's beautiful art work adorning the foyer. One can't help but feel young again seeing their creativity and energy. For opening your doors at election time, so neighbors could fulfill their civic duty. I thank you.
SAL - St. Andrew Lutheran. For your weekly procession of the crucifix, reminding us all who leads us and who we are to follow. For your unconditional welcome and acceptance for all who walk to church every Sunday. I thank you.
SPLC - St. Paul's Lutheran. For your flexibility and willingness to be open to new ideas. For weddings and Baptisms. I thank you.
STLC - Trinity Ev. Lutheran (Sheraden). For actively putting young people in roles of leadership on Sunday morning and your support and mentorship of a Seminarian. I thank you.
ZLC - Zion Ev. Lutheran. For your crochet blankets and bonnies for the infants at CHP. And not sure how this happens, but for always being an ever-present support after a long three-day weekend of being on call and helping me discern Law from Gospel. I thank you.
To our amazing Secretaries/Administrative Assistants who never miss a beat producing the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, answering calls with a smile and serving as the backbone for daily operations. I thank you.
And for our extraordinary Pastors who have answered the Call to full-time ministry, who give selflessly of their time, their wisdom and experience bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who have ears to hear. I too, give thanks for prayers lifted up each and every day. For God sightings, acknowledging the many ways God still actively encounters us. And, most of all, for the opportunity to gather with the faithful, preach the Gospel and share in the Eucharistic Service on a weekly basis. I thank you.
May you and your family have a warm and blessed Thanks-filled holiday season with the tastes, smells and colors of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas, with family, friends and God.
Pastor Elizabeth Mayforth
“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is, ‘Thank you,’ it would suffice.”
—Meister Eckhart, 13th-century German monk
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sheraden, 3102 Sherwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15204 412-331-0600