Pastoral Message from Rev. Shelley

Blessings in Our Broken Bread

With joy and thanksgiving, I greet you, the people of God who are the Shadyside Presbyterian Church! Thank you for the hospitality you have extended to me and to my family as we have begun to settle into our new surroundings in Pittsburgh. Your kindness has woven its way into our hearts and seamlessly knit us into the fabric of your life together. For this gift of grace, we give thanks to God.

Though your warm welcome has stretched over the waning summer months and into the crisp days of fall, our first official Sunday is October 3, which is also World Communion Sunday. As you surely remember, and as the medallion embedded in the center of our chancel floor attests, World Communion Sunday began here at Shadyside in 1933, when the Reverend Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr served as pastor. That my first Sunday as your senior pastor coincides with such a historically significant celebration in the life of this congregation is both intentional and meaningful.

It is intentional because I pray that our ministry together in this place will be characterized by an appreciation of those who have gone before us who have served God with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. The Reverend Dr. Kerr and many of my predecessors, staff, and lay people alike prayerfully and faithfully discerned the ways in which God was calling them to love their neighbors in their particular time in this place. We stand on the shoulders of giants.

World Communion Sunday’s overlap with my first opportunity to lead worship in your midst is also meaningful. It not only reflects my appreciation of your worship life which is well-rooted in tradition and beauty, but also affirms our shared sense that God is calling us to a future we cannot yet imagine—one that depends on those deep, established roots to nourish our ability to notice new ways God is at work among us, fostering new growth that compels us to go out into the world to join in God’s transformation of the entire landscape.

World Communion Sunday holds a special place in our history, but its significance is not relegated to the past; nor is it contained by our gorgeous stone walls, intricate carvings and mosaics, or historical slate roof. Like the sacrament of Communion itself, this day transcends time and space. When we celebrate World Communion, we proclaim the good news that Christ is among us, present to us in the bread and the cup—and not to us alone, but to every soul throughout time and space who has ever longed to be fed by the living God.

I was recently introduced to an Argentinian blessing that is a fitting prayer as we begin this new chapter in Shadyside’s mission and ministry:

God bless to us our bread
And give bread to all those who are hungry
And hunger for justice to those who are fed
God bless to us our bread

This blessing echoes the Lord’s Prayer in that it asks God for our bread. Not my bread, but rather, our bread—bread that belongs to all of us, nourishes all of us, sends all of us out with the help of the Holy Spirit to continue the work of feeding those who hunger. This blessing acknowledges the truth that our well-being is bound up in the well-being of every other child of God on the planet. And it tells the truth, too—that our hunger for the goodness of the Lord will inevitably lead us to remember our oneness with the refugee fleeing Afghanistan, with the victim of rising flood waters or threatening wildfires, with everyone who has ever heard and will ever hear God’s answer to our prayers for bread: Take, eat. This is my Body, broken for you.

Grace and peace,

The Reverend Austin Crenshaw Shelley
Senior Pastor and Head of Staff

Note: This pastoral message first appeared in the October 2021 issue of The Church Mouse newsletter.

About Rev. Shelley

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An Invitation to Communion

Special Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. This set will be used regularly as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our midweek vespers. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Our service of worship at 11:00 a.m. on World Communion Sunday, October 3, will incorporate a celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, both on-site and online.

  • Those who attend this service on-site may choose to bring their own elements from home; alternatively, pre-packaged elements will be available.
  • Those who are unable to attend worship in the Sanctuary may celebrate Communion virtually through our worship livestream. In this unprecedented time, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved the online celebration of Communion (Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic).

In this time when we are separated by space, yet united in the Spirit, we remember that Christ is always at work, gathering us in unique ways.

Preparations for Celebrating Virtual Communion

In preparation for the Sacrament, we invite you to look through your own kitchen to find “bread and beverage.” While there is rich symbolism in the elements we traditionally use to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Church also has a long history of using the most fitting materials that are readily available in any given time and setting. So feel free to be creative and use what you have on hand.

Prior to our time of worship, please prepare your worship space. Have ready the device on which you will view the service, the bulletin (available online in the worship archive) which will enable you to more fully participate in the service, and the elements you will use for Communion. Have your “bread” ready on a plate and your “beverage” poured. Any vessels will do, but you might consider using special dishes to help you remember that this is a holy meal, set apart from our regular meals. If it is safe to do so, you also may want to light a candle and place it by your prepared Communion elements. Through the light, may you be reminded that Christ is present with us all in this meal.

During worship, you will be guided through the celebration and reception of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not you are a member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, we invite you to prepare your hearts to receive this Sacrament as a means of grace. For Christ is our host, and He invites all who seek Him to partake of this holy meal.

Some possibilities for bread:

  • any kind of bread
  • crackers
  • cookies
  • chips
  • tortilla
  • pita

Note: If you have time and want to involve your family with a meaningful activity in preparation for Communion, consider baking a special loaf of bread together. Please contact Ellen Allston, Director of Christian Education for Children’s Ministry, who has shared several recipes with families by email.

Some possibilities for beverage:

  • grape juice
  • any other type of juice
  • wine
  • water

Photograph: The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge to Preach September 26

Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge
Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge
Welcoming Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge

On Sunday, September 26, the Reverend Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge will preach during the service of worship at 11:00 a.m.

The Reverend Dr. Sorge is the Executive and General Minister for Pittsburgh Presbytery. Before his election to this office in 2009, he was a pastor of congregations in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, and served the Theology and Worship Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to the Reverend Dr. Tammy Wiens, who serves as Director of Christian Education and Christian Formation for the National Council of Churches. Together they enjoy writing and performing music, rail-to-trail bicycle rides, and long walks on golf courses.

We give thanks that Rev. Dr. Sorge will proclaim God’s Word among us in September. Please join us in welcoming him as he returns to Shadyside’s pulpit. To connect remotely, visit the live worship webcast page of the church website.

Rev. Dr. Edwin van Driel to Preach September 19

The Reverend Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel
Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel
Welcoming Rev. Dr. Edwin van Driel

On Sunday, September 19, the Reverend Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel will preach during the service of worship at 11:00 a.m.

The Reverend Dr. van Driel occupies the Directors’ Bicentennial Chair in Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He teaches mainly in Christology, ecclesiology, and the interaction between Biblical studies and theology. The Reverend Dr. van Driel is deeply invested in helping the Church think about its existence and calling as it moves into an increasingly post-Christian world.

An ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. van Driel served on the Church’s committee that produced the denomination’s new hymnal, Glory to God. He was the primary writer of the committee’s “Theological Vision Statement” and “A Statement on Language,” and also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Book of Common Worship. Dr. van Driel is also involved with the PC(USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities and serves as an advisor to the seminary’s Church Planting Initiative. He is a member of the International Research Consortium, which researches missional congregations.

Dr. van Driel is the author of Incarnation Anyway: Arguments for Supralapsarian Christology (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Rethinking Paul: Protestant Theology and Pauline Exegesis (Cambridge University Press, 2021). His work has been published in academic journals and in popular magazines such as Christian Century, Call to Worship, and The Presbyterian Outlook.

Edwin earned a Bachelor of Divinity in theology, a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Philosophy from Utrecht University; as well as a Master of Arts, a Master of Philosophy, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University.

We give thanks that Rev. Dr. van Driel will proclaim God’s Word among us in September. Please join us in welcoming him as he returns to Shadyside’s pulpit. To connect remotely, visit the live worship webcast page of the church website.

Learn more about Rev. Dr. van Driel or view a short video featuring his work at the seminary.

An Invitation to Communion

Special Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. This set will be used regularly as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our midweek vespers. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Our service of worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 5, will incorporate a celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, both on-site and online.

  • Those who attend this service on-site may choose to bring their own elements from home; alternatively, pre-packaged elements will be available.
  • Those who are unable to attend worship in the Sanctuary may celebrate Communion virtually through our worship livestream. In this unprecedented time, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved the online celebration of Communion (Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic).

In this time when we are separated by space, yet united in the Spirit, we remember that Christ is always at work, gathering us in unique ways.

Preparations for Celebrating Virtual Communion

In preparation for the Sacrament, we invite you to look through your own kitchen to find “bread and beverage.” While there is rich symbolism in the elements we traditionally use to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Church also has a long history of using the most fitting materials that are readily available in any given time and setting. So feel free to be creative and use what you have on hand.

Prior to our time of worship, please prepare your worship space. Have ready the device on which you will view the service, the bulletin (available online in the worship archive) which will enable you to more fully participate in the service, and the elements you will use for Communion. Have your “bread” ready on a plate and your “beverage” poured. Any vessels will do, but you might consider using special dishes to help you remember that this is a holy meal, set apart from our regular meals. If it is safe to do so, you also may want to light a candle and place it by your prepared Communion elements. Through the light, may you be reminded that Christ is present with us all in this meal.

During worship, you will be guided through the celebration and reception of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not you are a member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, we invite you to prepare your hearts to receive this Sacrament as a means of grace. For Christ is our host, and He invites all who seek Him to partake of this holy meal.

Some possibilities for bread:

  • any kind of bread
  • crackers
  • cookies
  • chips
  • tortilla
  • pita

Note: If you have time and want to involve your family with a meaningful activity in preparation for Communion, consider baking a special loaf of bread together. Please contact Ellen Allston, Director of Christian Education for Children’s Ministry, who has shared several recipes with families by email.

Some possibilities for beverage:

  • grape juice
  • any other type of juice
  • wine
  • water

Photograph: The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Rev. Dr. Angela Hancock to Preach August 29

Rev. Dr. Angela Dienhart Hancock
Rev. Dr. Angela D. Hancock
Welcoming Rev. Dr. Angela Hancock

On Sunday, August 29, the Reverend Dr. Angela Dienhart Hancock will preach during the service of worship at 11:00 a.m.

The Reverend Dr. Hancock serves as associate professor of homiletics and worship at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. An ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reverend Dr. Hancock has served as pastor to churches in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She continues to preach, teach, and lead worship in a variety of settings.

Dr. Hancock earned her Ph.D. in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she also earned her Master of Divinity, after earning a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932-33: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich, a contextual interpretation of Swiss theologian Karl Barth’s lectures on preaching in the early 1930s, based on unpublished archival material. Her current research explores Karl Barth’s contribution to the ethics of deliberation in Christian communities and the relationship between political and theological rhetoric.

We give thanks that Rev. Dr. Hancock will proclaim God’s Word among us in August. Please join us in welcoming her as she returns to Shadyside’s pulpit. To connect remotely, visit the live worship webcast page of the church website.

Learn more about Rev. Dr. Hancock or view a short video featuring her work at the seminary.

Dave Bindewald to Preach August 15

Dave Bindewald
Dave Bindewald
Welcoming Dave Bindewald

On Sunday, August 15, Dave Bindewald will preach during the service of worship at 11:00 a.m.

Dave Bindewald is a familiar friend to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. From 2007 to 2011, Dave worked as a Campus Ministry co-worker with Carnegie Mellon University students through the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) partnership at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. In 2016, he founded the Center for Play and Exploration and currently serves as director. Dave’s training in education, theology, psychology, and philosophy have led him to a fascination with the power of curiosity to unlock potential in people and organizations. His experiences with the Center have convinced him that human life and work can be an act of playful exploration. Dave resides with his wife and three daughters in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

We give thanks that Dave will proclaim God’s Word among us in August. Please join us in welcoming him as he returns to Shadyside. To connect remotely, visit the live worship webcast page of the church website.

Giving Thanks for the Ministry of Rev. Todd Leach

An Update from Session

Rev. Todd E. Leach
Rev. Todd E. Leach

Dear friends,

Greetings in Christ our Lord! By now you have received the letter from the Reverend Todd Leach sharing the news that God has called him to serve as the Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York. As we, the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, prepare to bid farewell to Rev. Leach, we remember with gratitude all the ways his ministry has shaped our identity as a church and prepared us to enter the future God has planned for us. We will deeply miss Todd; his wife, Linda; and their daughters, Nadia and Dhini. Yet we also celebrate their faithful response to God’s call and give thanks for the incredible ways God will work in and through them to bless their new church and community.

Todd has served as our Associate Pastor for Missions for almost fourteen years. In that time, we have been abundantly blessed by his wise and visionary leadership, his caring heart, his thoughtful and inspiring preaching and teaching, and, most of all, his great love for Christ and for our church. Todd has challenged us to think differently about engaging our community and the world beyond, encouraging us to see Christ at work and to participate in that work by building partnerships with God’s people in new and exciting ways.

Linda also has blessed us in the ways she has freely shared her love for the children in our midst, as well as her gifts of teaching, hospitality, and compassion. We have also had the joy of watching Nadia and Dhini grow from toddlers to teenagers, and we so appreciate the ways they have given of themselves in friendship, caring, and service.

The Leaches’ last day with us will be Sunday, August 8. We hope you will join us in celebrating their time among us, and in thanking them for all they have meant to our church and community.

  • Please attend worship on August 8 at 11:00 a.m. A Special Meeting of the Congregation will be held in the sanctuary immediately following worship, at which time we will act on the request of Rev. Leach that his pastoral relationship with Shadyside Presbyterian Church be dissolved. It is important to have a good attendance for this meeting.
  • After the congregational meeting, all are invited to gather outside in the Fisher Garden for an informal opportunity to greet the Leach family, express appreciation, and offer well wishes.

While we know that, ideally, everyone would participate in these events in person, we also understand circumstances may prevent your attendance. The live worship webcast continues to be available at www.shadysidepres.org/live. In addition, the format of the congregational meeting will be hybrid, so participants may attend online via Zoom videoconferencing. The link, telephone number, meeting ID, and passcode will not be shared publicly in the interest of keeping the meeting secure, but these details will be provided directly to members in a letter delivered by the United State Postal Service and in an email on the morning of Sunday, August 8. (If you have questions or concerns, please contact the church office by phone or email before Friday, August 6, and we will be happy to assist you.)

As an expression of gratitude, you are invited to contribute to a gift for the Leach family, which will be presented to them on August 8. Checks may be sent to the attention of the church finance office, designated as “Leach Farewell Gift” in the memo line. Contributions also may be made online by clicking here; please select “Miscellaneous Revenue” in the drop-down menu on the giving form and include “Leach Farewell Gift” in the memo line. The goal for donations is Wednesday, August 4.

Together, we lift Todd, Linda, Nadia, and Dhini in prayer as they transition to their new home, church, schools, and city. We know that Christ meets them there, having already prepared for them a season of continued growth in their love of Christ and participation in His ministry.

In Christ,

Elder Robert B. Luthultz
Chair, Human Resources Committee of Session

Further Reading

Farewell Message from Rev. Todd Leach to the Congregation

Farewell Letter to Congregation from Rev. Leach

A Parting Message from Our Associate Pastor for Missions

Dear Shadyside Family,

Nearly fourteen years ago, you welcomed me to be one of your pastors. Since that time, you have trustingly supported and participated in opportunities to witness Christ’s presence beyond our beautiful sanctuary. Throughout these years, you have invited me to travel alongside you in your personal journeys, and, together, we have journeyed alongside our mission partners near and far. These journeys have been filled with an abiding love and a generous grace. I will forever treasure them and hold them close to my heart.

I am writing to share with you that God is calling my family to a new journey. This past Sunday, I accepted the call to be the next Senior Pastor for the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Buffalo. I will begin serving Westminster on September 1, with August 8 being my last Sunday at Shadyside.

My call to serve as your Associate Pastor for Missions has never wavered, nor have I viewed this call as a stepping stone toward another opportunity. When Westminster reached out to me in early February, I shared with them that I continue to love engaging in our collective ministry at Shadyside. Westminster replied that they were searching for a pastor who loves ministry, who would also embrace the opportunity to lead them deeper into their community as their Senior Pastor. In the early months of our conversations, I began discerning God calling me toward this position.

Soon thereafter, I had the privilege to meet Rev. Austin Crenshaw Shelley, your next Senior Pastor. Rev. Shelley and I have been in close communication throughout this discernment process, and she has already become a trusted colleague in ministry. Though I am disappointed I will not serve Shadyside alongside her, I honestly have never been more excited for you. I am convinced of the Spirit’s movement in our midst, and anticipate Shadyside’s next chapter will be an outstanding one under Rev. Shelley’s leadership.

And speaking of colleagues, I have found the greatest throughout my Shadyside tenure. Words cannot express the care and respect I have for those with whom I have served, who are privileged to serve together as your staff. I pray for a similar staff at Westminster, but realize the rarity in such a committed and caring team.

Finally, on behalf of Linda, Nadia, and Dhini, I thank you for embracing us into the Shadyside community. You have lived well into your vows to help raise our daughters in faith. You have done so in both word and deed. You have been a treasure to us, and we will forever treasure our time with you.

And, as your Missions Pastor, I encourage you to continue seeking after and witnessing to Christ’s presence within and beyond the beloved Shadyside Presbyterian Church community.

Grace and peace,

Reverend Todd E. Leach
Associate Pastor for Missions

An Invitation to Communion

Special Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. This set will be used regularly as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper during our midweek vespers. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.

Our service of worship at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 1, will incorporate a celebration of the Sacrament of Communion, both on-site and online.

  • In the Sanctuary, Communion will be served through the practice of intinction. Ushers will invite pews forward using the center aisles. After receiving a piece of bread from the pastor at the Chancel steps, dip it into the cup held by a Communion server, and then return to your seat using the side aisles after communing.
  • If you prefer to remain in your pew to commune in the Sanctuary, you may do so using elements you choose to bring from home. Alternatively, pre-packaged elements will be available in the Narthex. Gluten-free, vegan Communion wafers also are available in the Narthex for those who prefer them.
  • Those who are unable to attend worship in the Sanctuary may celebrate Communion virtually through our worship livestream. In this unprecedented time, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has approved the online celebration of Communion (Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic).

In this time when we are separated by space, yet united in the Spirit, we remember that Christ is always at work, gathering us in unique ways.

Preparations for Celebrating Virtual Communion

In preparation for the Sacrament, we invite you to look through your own kitchen to find “bread and beverage.” While there is rich symbolism in the elements we traditionally use to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Church also has a long history of using the most fitting materials that are readily available in any given time and setting. So feel free to be creative and use what you have on hand.

Prior to our time of worship, please prepare your worship space. Have ready the device on which you will view the service, the bulletin (available online in the worship archive) which will enable you to more fully participate in the service, and the elements you will use for Communion. Have your “bread” ready on a plate and your “beverage” poured. Any vessels will do, but you might consider using special dishes to help you remember that this is a holy meal, set apart from our regular meals. If it is safe to do so, you also may want to light a candle and place it by your prepared Communion elements. Through the light, may you be reminded that Christ is present with us all in this meal.

During worship, you will be guided through the celebration and reception of the Lord’s Supper. Whether or not you are a member of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, we invite you to prepare your hearts to receive this Sacrament as a means of grace. For Christ is our host, and He invites all who seek Him to partake of this holy meal.

Some possibilities for bread:

  • any kind of bread
  • crackers
  • cookies
  • chips
  • tortilla
  • pita

Note: If you have time and want to involve your family with a meaningful activity in preparation for Communion, consider baking a special loaf of bread together. Please contact Ellen Allston, Director of Christian Education for Children’s Ministry, who has shared several recipes with families by email.

Some possibilities for beverage:

  • grape juice
  • any other type of juice
  • wine
  • water

Photograph: The Chalice, Flagon, and Plate used on World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017, were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Momoko H. Mills. For decades, Momoko faithfully prepared the Lord’s Table in our Sanctuary with humble reverence and deep love. Commissioned by Shadyside Presbyterian Church, the Communion set was fashioned by Deacon Garret B. Smith. We give thanks to God both for Momoko’s caring service and for Garret’s talented craftsmanship. Also visible above in detail is the damask linen from Damascus which was a gift from Mark A. Anderson to Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken by Nick Conti.