stained-glassWelcome to Our Church!
We are a diverse congregation united as one in Jesus Christ. We celebrate our diversity and embrace our unity in Christ. We welcome everyone and believe that when you come to church it is evidence of God’s Holy Spirit at work in your life. We celebrate what God is doing in your life and among us!

What we believe

As a member of the Presbyterian Church USA, we believe:

TRINITY

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God the Father who is the creator of all

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior who redeems us

Holy Spirit our Sustainer who is God’s presence and power within us

BIBLE

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Our church confesses the Scriptures to be the Word of God written, witnessing to God’s self-revelation.

Sacraments

We celebrate two sacraments:

Baptism

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 Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion)

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These are two acts in which Jesus participated and instructed his disciples to observe and therefore we uphold them as holy sacraments.

Worship

SUNDAY WORSHIP: We are now open for worship in the sanctuary on Sundays at 11am.  Face masks and social distancing are required. We will also continue to provide an online worship service for this who want to join us this way.

ONLINE WORSHIP: We hope you will join us for worship, either in person or on YouTube.  For YouTube use the following access code:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMreAEVbvl0wVkZQeab1tcA

OFFERINGS: Tithes and Offerings may be mailed to the church: First Presbyterian Church, 719 Duquesne Blvd., Duquesne, PA 15110.
* We also have a Cash App, $duquesnepresby, if you would like to donate online (please specify in the memo if you want your money to go to our General Fund, Covid Relief fund, M&M Capital Campaign or other missions.  If nothing is specified, it will go to the general fund).

PRAYER REQUESTS: Names and situations may be placed on the prayer list by leaving a message at the church, 412-469-0750, or email judislater@gmail.com

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Worship Service on Racial Justice
Here is a link to the worship service from the Pittsburgh Presbytery February 2021 meeting.  Rev Nikki Porter and Rev. Paul Roberts did a very powerful service on racial justice and it is worth watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIqv8IPKbOk

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WORSHIP BULLETIN for May 16, 2021 

Call to Worship:
L: We are God’s work of art,
P: Each one a precious gem, a marvelous tapestry, a potter’s delight.
L: We are God’s handiwork, reborn in Christ Jesus to be a blessing,
P: Every one of us, woven together in love, shaped with infinite compassion, painted with incredible beauty.
L: We are God’s creation,
P: All of us, touched by grace, saved by faith and beckoned to praise.

Hymn: “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”

Prayer of Confession:
O God, we are so comfortable with sameness and routine. Come to us with your Spirit and interrupt us. Disturb our patterns and our thoughts. Shake us awake from rigid responses and quick judgments. Free us from opinions that are held without thought or compassion. Teach us the joy of looking at the world with new and fresh vision and yes, Lord, teach us to look at the world through your divine eyes. Open us to your Word, your touch, your love, your Spirit. Help us, Lord, even in the interruptions of life; in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Reading: Psalm 1:1-3
New Testament Reading: John 17:6-19
L: The word of our Lord
P: Thanks be to God!

Children’s Message
Solo by Matt Demes
Sermon by Mary Yearsley, “Jesus Prays for Us”

Affirmation of Faith:
We believe in God, whose love for us never lets us go. We believe in Jesus Christ, whose life of love we strive to follow. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who makes God’s love known to us. We believe in the church, where we gather to pray, to praise, to serve … and to try again. We believe in the grace of God, which enables us to be a people of hope, joy, service and love. 

Prayer of Dedication:
Spirit of wind and fire, bless these gifts of our labors and transform them into your work in this world. Make them to be a blessing for all who search for your bounty. May your Spirit continue to call us forth to live a life of giving. Amen

Hymn: “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
The Charge and the Benediction

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 Daily Prayer of Commitment:

  • Father, I love you, thank you for loving me.  Please be glorified in my life today, for I wish to glorify you.
  • Jesus, I love you, thank you for loving me.  Please take me by the hand and lead me today, for I wish to follow you.
  • Holy Spirit, I love you, thank you for loving me.  Please fill me with your love today, for I wish to be a part of your presence in the world.

Upcoming Events

A Lenten Bible Study on the Lord’s Prayer – We will combine with Lincoln Place Presbyterian Church on Wednesdays at 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom.  Email Pastor Judi for the Zoom link.

Family Faith Practices – Cassie Semler will lead a  4-week series introducing faith practices which families can try at home with their children.  The series will be held on Sunday evenings at 6:00-6:30pm, February 21, 28, March 7, March 14.  Parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in faith practices for children (ages birth to 3rd grade) are invited to attend. Email Pastor Judi for the Zoom link.

Senior Food Box distribution day is the 3rd Wednesday of each month (10am-12noon) for income qualifying senior citizens. Seniors may also sign up for this program at that time.
*We will continue the Food Box distributions during this difficult time.  Food boxes will be distributed in the church parking lot so people will not have to get out of their cars.

Ministry Team

judi-steve-minPASTOR – Judi Slater

Dr. Judith Slater has served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne since her ordination in 1992. Prior to her ordination, Pastor Judi served for six years as the Youth Director at Korean Central Church of Pittsburgh.  She is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, receiving her Masters of Divinity degree in 1991 and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2001.

Pastor Judi is married to Stephen Slater, a funeral director, who also serves as an elder of the church.  They are the proud parents of three grown children.  Their daughter, Jennifer, is a licensed family therapist and is married to Matthew and they have given their parents the best gifts ever, a granddaughter, Ellie and a grandson, Jack.  Steve and Judi have a son, Nicholas, who is a controller of a manufacturing plant (and also serves as tech support to his mom who is technologically challenged) and is married to Jena and they have provided them with a best gifts ever, a granddaughter, Sophie and a grandson, Alex.  Their son, Drew, is also a funeral director and works with his dad (often serving as a marriage ref for Steve and Judi since he is around them so much) and is married to Regina and they have provided additional best gifts ever, grandsons, Brett and Bennett.  Pastor Judi loves to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Pastor Judi has a passion for youth ministry and enjoys helping young people and adults come to know the Lord, grow in their faith and live their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. She has a special interest in ministry in economically challenged communities and her hope for the ministry in Duquesne is that we can lift up the positive things that God is doing and join in with God’s kingdom work in Duquesne. Her joy is in the Lord and she is grateful for all that God has done for her!

mary yearsleySTUDENT PASTOR – Mary Yearsley

Mary Yearsley was born and raised in Swissvale, PA where she still resides.  She is the youngest of four children and has several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Mary graduated from Robert Morris University and accepted a position at PNC where she still works and just celebrated her 40th year in August (her day job!!).  Mary graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree.  She also completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.  She has completed the Gestalt Pastoral Care Foundations Course and has attended several Opening to Grace workshops.  Mary is currently working on ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Mary went to Malawi for 3 weeks in 1999 on a Mission Trip with the Pittsburgh Presbytery and to Mexico for a week with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2003.

In addition to all of her church activities, Mary volunteers with Make-A-Wish, two Hospice Agencies, and is a Babyholder for the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and Lemieux Family Center.  Mary is also a Stephen Minister at Presbyterian Senior Care and the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne.

Jesus has always been a part of Mary’s life although her journey changed while Mary was serving as a Deacon at her home church in Swissvale in 1999.  It was then that Mary’s call to ministry was confirmed, her call to that of Chaplaincy and Small Church Ministry – especially Hospice Chaplaincy.  Mary is called to help those that need a helping hand and who may not have the tools they need to succeed in life.  Mary shares the love of Jesus with all.