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Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 5, 2013
The Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 5, will do more than impact our morning worship. The marathon also will provide an opportunity for our church family to shine the light of Christ into the community. Read on for details about how you can get involved in the weekend's festivities.
What is Run for Haiti?
Run for Haiti began three years ago as a response to the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. Since the marathon route had already forced Shadyside Presbyterian Church to change its worship hour on race day, the pastors of SPC formed a relay team dedicated to raising funds for the reconstruction of Haiti. These efforts continued in 2011 when the pastors ran once again, joined by more than 30 congregants and friends of SPC. Last year's representation grew again, and we are hoping for 75 runners associated with Run for Haiti this year!
Where do the funds go?
All donated funds go to the Pittsburgh Presbytery, which is committed to supplying and installing ten solar-powered water treatment systems in Haiti. The cost of the race passes has been donated by the city’s marathon committee, and all other expenses for the church associated with the marathon are covered by the church’s budget. This means that 100 percent of all money raised goes directly to supporting and rebuilding Haiti.
How can I get involved?
SPC’s Run for Haiti efforts have expanded over the years to include more than just the pastors. In fact, this year the pastors have retired from running and are dedicated to cheering on SPC congregants and their friends. Those who wish to be involved can do so in a variety of ways:
When will we worship on Marathon weekend?
Marathon weekend includes a new worship day and time, as we will worship on Saturday, May 4, at 4:00 p.m. Our worship will be led by Director of Young Adult and Graduate Student Ministry Jeff Schooley and will feature the remarkable talents of the Youth Choir from Abington Presbyterian Church, located just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To accommodate the race path and time, there will be no service of worship on Sunday, May 5, though congregants are encouraged to attend the East End Choral Festival at East Liberty Presbyterian Church at 4:00 p.m., which will feature our Chancel Choir.
Contact Jeff Schooley, Marathon Task Force chairperson by phone (412-682-4300) or email.
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