It so happens that the folks at Third Presbyterian were looking for an organist, although I wouldn't find that out until February, and not get hired until the last day of April. I started Pentecost Sunday, this past June.
It is my seventh month with the people of Third, and my first Christmas. The start of new traditions, surrounded by a new community. The Christmas decorations went up in our picturesque sanctuary a month ago.
A week ago we had our Christmas pageant.
We have plenty of other things going on in the building as well. Concerts by groups around Pittsburgh and our own church folks are some of them. We also have a sewing mission in the basement.
That's Lenny, our choir director, and his wife, Raquel, a singer. We put on a concert together in November.
I happen to like the outside of the building, but some people probably find it forbidding. Inside, however, is not only beautiful, but warm and friendly.
(everything looks great in the snow)
If you are in the area and would like/need/want something wonderful to do/be at on Christmas Eve, consider this an invitation. I may not know you yet, but if you hang out near the organ, the goofy looking guy with the glasses will say hello.
We're at the corner of Fifth and Negley in the Shadyside neighborhood.
And wherever you are now, and wherever you may be Sunday night (and if you are of a different tradition please translate this into something that gladdens your own heart)...