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Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 4, 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 four 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 expanded in 2011 when the pastors ran once again, joined by more than thirty congregants and friends of SPC. Subsequent years have seen our representation continue to grow, and, this year, we have fifty runners associated with “Run for Haiti.”
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?
As fifty members and friends of Shadyside Presbyterian Church prepare to “Run for Haiti” in the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 4, there are a number of ways for the whole church to run alongside them and to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti. This page is your guide to joining in the fellowship and mission surrounding marathon weekend.
When will we worship on Marathon weekend?
Marathon weekend concludes with worship at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Due to SPC’s location within the marathon route, our service of worship moves from the morning to the afternoon, when Rev. James W. Tinnemeyer Jr. will preach. The service will be held in the sanctuary and will include communion served by intinction. Worship is a fitting conclusion to these marathon weekend festivities. It will remind us all that the acts of running, cheering, giving, and encouraging were all done as worship.
Contact Jeff Schooley, Marathon Task Force chairperson by phone (412-682-4300) or email.
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