The Neighbors Committee of the ELPC Mission Board strives to engage the congregation in service to our local East End community in a manner that responds to God’s command to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” We endeavor, by God’s grace, to connect the congregation with the local community in a way that uplifts, informs, and ultimately transforms. Chair is Emily Rosenthal. View the Mission Activities page to see upcoming events.
Our three main areas of focus are:
Find out more about this important work and what it means to the community in this front-page article about Open Hands Ministries from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. We invite all members of the congregation to share in our work and the joy it brings! Please contact , chairperson, to be come involved in the committee (meets 6 times per year) or participate in any of its activities listed below. View the Mission Activities page to see a calendar of upcoming events.
The Housing Ministry
East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) and the Council of Congregations
ELPC maintains connections with the development activities in the neighborhood, as well as staying abreast of any issues that may arise. As construction of new retail, commercial, and residential spaces continue to change the face of the neighborhood, ELPC’s active presence and partnership with community businesses, housing organizations, nonprofits, and residential leaders is crucial.
East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI)
We represent ELPC at meetings of East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI) and report back to the committee on the many changes and initiatives occurring in the neighborhood. We serve t a vital role in communicating these changes to the ELPC congregation on issues that affect us daily, such as the Penn circle conversion, housing developments, and changes in the neighborhood business district.
East Liberty Gardens Apartments
We attend meetings of the East Liberty Gardens Apartments (EL Gardens) board and support its positive growth initiatives. EL Gardens is a 127-unit, section-8 housing complex built in the early 1960s. EL Gardens is owned by EL Housing, Inc and its board is made up of members from Eastminster and ELPC churches; the housing complex is managed by staff from ELDI. The goals of the board are: to identify ways to improve the physical setting, to increase services and amenities for the residents (such as physical renovations, creating a community meeting space, etc), and to ensure that the subsidy remains project-based. We support EL Gardens annual Community Day Celebration and Ice Cream Social in the summer.
The Director of Mission Ministries oversees the day-to-day operations; the Mission Board and four committees are dedicated members of the congregation who volunteer their time and energy. Please prayerfully consider becoming involved in or financially supporting these ministries.
For more information about ELPC’s mission ministries, contact The Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy, Director of Mission Ministries, or phone, (412) 441-3800 x30; or Kate Carlson, Administrative Assistant, by or phone, (412) 441-3800 x16.