Children's Ministry

By Ellen Dillard, Children's Ministry Director




Gadgets & Gizmos is right around the corner! Kidz will discover that they are uniquely wired and wonderfully made in the image of God for His purpose. 

Jump start your Very Best Summer and sign your kidz up for VBS  - AND sign yourself up to serve!  

Don’t wait!  Hop on it today at hebronkidz.org


We Kick-Off the week with our Family Event 
Sunday, June 25, 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Families come together for fun and worship and the opportunity to meet small group leaders over dessert.


Kidz...
Monday—Thursday
 June 26-29

Age: 4 year olds (as of  9/1/2017 and diaper free) through 5th Grade (grade completed)
            K-5th Special Needs
Time: 9-12:15 – Elementary, Barclay Building
         9:15 – Noon – Preschool, Main Building

Questions???  Contact...

Nicole Janvier 

Krista Chambers

Melanie Mills 

Ellen Dillard




Do you have any of these items that you would be willing 
to donate to VBS?
Beginning June 4, 11, and 18, we will be collecting these supplies in the Barclay and Main Sanctuaries.Thank you for collecting these for us!

paper towel tubes—toilet paper tubes—2 L soda bottles—shoe boxes
cardboard diaper/wipes boxes—egg cartons—plastic yogurt cups—bottle tops
empty tissue boxes—plastic lids (all sizes and colors—mayo lids, milk jug lids, etc.)

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Summer Sunday Morning Schedule for Elementary Kidz
 May 21
 @ 9:15 and 10:45 – K-5th Grade Small Groups meet

May 28
 @ 9:15 and 10:45 – K-5th Graders worship with their families

June 4  - July 30
 @ 9:15 – K-5th Graders worship with families
 @ 10:45 – K - 5th Grade Small Groups Meet

August
@ 9:15 and 10:45 – K-5th Graders worship with families

Nothing changes for Infant/Toddlers through Prekindergarten. 
Their Small Groups continue to meet at 9:15 and 10:45 during the summer.


United for His Glory

By Doug Rehberg


As the people of God walk uphill to Jerusalem to worship, David says, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Herman, which falls on the mountains of Zion! There the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” (Psalm 133)

When Paul famously writes, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (I Cor. 12:12), he’s talking about sacrificing individual perspectives for the sake of the whole. When Jesus prays in John 17, right before His betrayal in Gethsemane, “...that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are one in me, and I in you…”, He’s asking His Father for the deepest possible unity, one characterized by self-sacrifice, a unity that brings glory to God.

It is because of their desire for unity and the Lord’s direction and blessing in seizing this moment in Hebron’s history, that the Session has spent over 18 months talking, thinking, and praying about where He would lead us over the next decade. In the midst of all the plans is the central fact that what we covet most is the presence and blessing of God experienced in united hearts and minds.

On May 5, those present at the Congregational Gathering saw a snapshot of what the Session is working on under the title “Hebron’s 10-year Plan of Ministry.” (If you missed it, a copy of the presentation is available upon request from the church office.) Looking toward the future is exciting, and it will take a lot of effort on the part of all of us. The Lord is calling us to be proactive in moving the church forward, and we are heeding that call.

While the 10-year plan establishes critical markers in the future of Hebron’s ministry, there are many exciting movements of the Holy Spirit at Hebron right now. A sample:

The Discipleship Team has launched a full-scale discipleship effort at Hebron that promises to pay amazing dividends in the lives of everyone at Hebron and beyond, now and in the future. This effort is captured in a recently published document entitled, “Making Disciples”.

The Mobilization Team is continuing to engage us in the work of local missions. This week a $30,000 check from our Mission Endowment Fund is being sent to PitCare. This will help transform hundreds of lives through the acquisition of a new 3-story building on Broadway Blvd. in Pitcairn. This building will house a food pantry, coffee shop, and two single family dwellings for PitCare’s life change program. (A copy of the letter sent with Hebron's check follows.)

The Connections Team hosted the recent congregational gathering and new member dinner, and are working with our greeter and hospitality teams to provide opportunities for relationship building.

The Deacons are upholding their call to care for God’s people, recently hosting a dinner for our Super Seniors.

In the articles that follow you will see some of what the Stewardship, Women’s Ministry, Student Ministry, and Children’s Ministry Teams are doing. It’s a great time for the body at Hebron. Find your spot!

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Letter to Scott Parsons, PitCare Executive Director:


On behalf of the Session of Hebron Church, please accept the enclosed check as a gift to the ministry of PitCare and our full-hearted endorsement of you, your family, your Board, and your ministry.  It is with the joyful confirmation of the Holy Spirit’s leading that we wish to further your ministry and establish a long-term partnership between PitCare and Hebron.

We believe the Lord has directed you and your family to become a part of Hebron at the exact time we needed all of you. Your willingness to fully engage in worship, the Grove ministry, the children and youth ministry, and the preaching ministry has been a tremendous blessing to all of us. Your ability to skillfully and humbly exposit the depth of God’s Word has been a boon to Hebron and your willingness to do so as a regular part of Hebron’s pulpit ministry has been a true godsend.

As we look forward to implementing our strategic goals for Hebron in the coming months and years, we are interested in having the people of Hebron be exposed to every area of PitCare’s ministry. Our desire is to work as a partner church in feeding the poor, maintaining your buildings and gardens, mentoring your youth, and serving in any other capacities you may identify. While we know that PitCare has the support of many other congregations and individuals, we’d like to go on record as being a group you can feel free to call on at any time.

We look forward to where the Lord intends to carry us together. It is a delight to know that we are on that journey together.

How Should I Respond to God's Generosity?

By Sarah Miller, Stewardship Team


Isn’t that the million dollar question? Over the last three weeks, we have received three different messages in worship by three different people regarding giving. Doug told us that if you look at all four Gospels, 1 out of 10 verses deals directly with money. In the New Testament there are 500 verses on prayer, 500 verses on faith, and 2,000 verses on money; and of the 38 parables Jesus teaches, 16 of them deal directly with money. Clearly there is something to learn here.

Luke 21 tells us to be on guard because there is a danger in money; it causes us to look inward making us an island unto ourselves, becoming the most important driver in our lives and the damage it can cause can be catastrophic. Does that mean money is all bad? Of course not, what it does mean is that money, like many other “things” can capture our heart rather than Jesus. Ken Wagoner said access to wealth is not bad, it’s neutral.  It is our reaction and the significance we place on wealth that determines its impact.

Money does not come with instructions, while we are called to “be on guard”, we are also called to excel in generosity and to honor God in every aspect of our lives. The questions we should be asking are: How can I honor God in “my” reality? And how can I use “my” stuff to help others? Knowing that “your” stuff is not yours but God’s, given to you to further His Kingdom, helps a great deal. Thankfully, in the battle to shape our hearts, we have an inexhaustible God who knows the battle and is with us every step of the way.

Ken’s challenge to us was to ask the question, how should I respond to God’s generosity? The answer—Excel In Generosity!


Women's Ministry - Be ALL In!

By Jen Balkey, Women's Ministry Coordinator




Retreat Review: Our EMBRACE- Being Known and Making Him Known was a Spirit-filled time and our speaker, Kelly Knapp, brought us a practical message that challenged us to reflect and more importantly, move!

Yes, let’s face the truth…we have a BIG sin problem—the world is full of sin… but an even more important truth is that Jesus gave us salvation at the cross. We are recipients of His awesome mercy and grace! So what do we do with this? Is it enough to just know the truth? How do we move from just knowing to actually living out what we know? What do others see as important in our lives? Is it Jesus and the grace that He has given you that is driving you—or something else? People will see something in you—you must choose what that is. Why don’t you let those truths, your beliefs, be what impacts your behavior.

Romans 12 is what the women of Hebron studied at the retreat. Kelly Knapp opened our eyes to what God has done for us (Romans 12:1-11), and His call to respond to that great gift (chapter 12). We must LIVE in view of God’s mercy! What does that mean? It means that our lives should be changed and transformed because of the mercy we have received. What does the Bible make clear that we are to do? Be ALL in! “Present your body as a living sacrifice.” We are alive because God died—now we are to die (sacrifice our will to Him) so that we may truly live bringing life to others… JOYFULLY! EMBRACE the truth that on the cross our sins are covered, so although we live in a sin-filled world, and sin is very much with us, God SEES us as perfect. We ARE holy—so let that be seen!!!

In our everyday life are we busy just because we don’t know how to prioritize? Have you sought discernment from God for what things are actually important versus what things are urgent? Do you have something that is keeping you distracted (many things in our lives appear to be urgent in our schedules); but does that thing have actual importance eternally? Let us shift our thinking by having our ‘minds renewed’ by the Spirit. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide your path. How different will your schedule look? How different will your behaviors look? Are you letting the demands of a sin-filled world guide your path—our culture’s priorities or God’s?

Are you WILLING to EMBRACE the truth of what God has done for you and pledge yourself to Him in response? Is that amazing gift of grace that has been bestowed upon you as a believer really something you have thought about? At the retreat we took the following words written in Romans 12: 1(b)-2 as our pledge. Are you willing to do that?

“In view of God’s mercy, I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God which is my true and proper worship. I will not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Then I will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.”


Will you seek to discipline yourself to be about God’s business—doing His ministry here on the earth—in your home, work, church, community, world?

Christianity is all about EMBRACING grace. We are totally complete in Him. If you believe that, are you willing to let that be known by others? In Kelly’s words, “Let your doctrine become your duty, your beliefs impact your behavior. Let’s not be about ‘words, words, words’ but allow grace to be our doctrine and gratitude be our ethic.”

We spent time in groups discussing the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to believers as He wills. Will you take time to discover and EMBRACE the gifts that God has given you? In doing so, you will be doing God’s work! The purpose of God’s gifts isn’t for our own purposes but “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12(b)-13

Is what you are passionate about known to all?!?

“Our ethic is gratitude in response to our doctrine of grace—EMBRACE grace, EMBRACE being a living sacrifice, and EMBRACE the selfless and joyful life of being a minister of the Gospel.” Kelly Knapp

EMBRACING God and all that that means may mean changing the way we live our lives. Change can be very hard. But God promises that we are not alone in that. He has gifted us gifts and put us in a body of believers. Let the Spirit move you and His Word guide you as you use those gifts for His glory.

Please let me know if there are any ways that I can be praying specifically for you! I would love to join you in your EMBRACING a transformed life! Email JLBalkey@gmail.com or call me at 412-551-4688.

Our next women’s ministry opportunity will be on Wednesday, July 12! Keep an eye out for details coming soon!! I hope you will consider joining us!



Student Ministries: Growth Is Our Win

By Carrie Hendrickson, Director of Youth Ministry


The WHY Behind Student Ministries at Hebron

We believe that God will use Hebron Students to show Himself to the world. All students are created in the image of God and we want to leverage opportunities to teach, love, and come alongside the 11-18 year-olds. We want to AFFIRM every Middle School student that they are created in God’s image. In High School we want to help MOBILIZE students’ faith into action. We believe that every week matters as we proclaim the Word of God, partner with parents, and provide godly people to persevere in students’ lives—pointing them to Jesus. Growth is our win and we want every student to grow in making wise choices, building godly relationships, and deepening their faith. We are excited and honored to be used by God in students’ lives; and we can’t wait to continue to see God move and change students to look more and more like Jesus.  



Adventure Weekend
On April 21 to 23, 6th to 12th grade students went to Adventure Weekend to play, hang out, hear God’s Word proclaimed, and worship together. Hebron joined along with 3 other churches to run Adventure Weekend at a place called Teen Quest. Teen Quest is a beautiful camp with horses, paintball, an activity barn (trampoline, skateboarding, gaga ball, and many other fun things) in Somerset, PA. The camp’s primary focus is on discipleship and challenging students’ faith to go the next level.  Joel Friend, a North Hills Youth Pastor, spoke to the students about their story and how God doesn’t just want to be a part of our story; but that we are part of His story. Students wrote their testimonies and shared them in groups. Two of Hebron’s high school students stood and shared their stories to the whole camp. 

God moved in amazing ways throughout the weekend. Lives were changed. New commitments to Jesus were made and students shared their faith with leaders and peers. God is continuing to challenge and change students to look more and more like Jesus.  Continue to pray for the twenty-two middle school students and the eighteen High School students who went and whose lives were changed at Adventure Weekend.



Summer
Summer is a busy but exciting time in Student Ministries at Hebron.  We will take three trips this summer and would love to have your prayer support through them all!  We know that God is going to change lives and we can’t wait to see Him do amazing things this summer in and through our students.






South Dakota: Students who just finished 8th and 9th grades will travel to South Dakota on June 18-26. This is a trip about setting standards for godly living. We have lessons on integrity, dating, friendship, wise choices, quiet times, alcohol/drugs, sex, and victory. We travel across the country and visit farms, the Black Hills, Wall Drug, and much more. It is a great trip to build community and learn about how God wants us to live out our faith.





Work Camp: High School students will be traveling to Safe House in Atlanta, Georgia July 9-15. We will be working with the homeless and impoverished throughout the week, showing people Jesus as we meet, play, and plan services – all to help, motivate and empower people through building relationships. This trip is an eye-opening week as students get to know and see people differently. Worldviews will be widened and God will use Hebron Students to show Himself to the world.




Surf City: 5th to 8th graders will travel to Michigan to attend Surf City on August 6-11. This week-long camp is on Silver Lake and features a private beach, wave runners, horseback riding, worship and tons of other activities. The Gospel message is presented in a creative and exciting way throughout the week. Students have time dedicated to spend with Jesus and many students point to this week in their lives as life-changing. 


L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry

by Bill Kear, Mobilization Team



In 2002, a small group of young adults who were passionate about the Gospel and the hope in Jesus, started L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry in Pittsburgh. The acronym stands for Love Initiated Ventures Investing in Neglected Groups. Their ministry strives to uncover the hope of Jesus as they pursue and build relationships with homeless men and women. They accomplish the goal of building personal relationships with homeless folks by assisting with meeting basic needs, offering tools for self-sufficiency, and providing opportunities for community involvement.

So how do they perform this challenging outreach? By visiting homeless shelters every week, conducting ongoing street outreach, and through discipleship. Their shared vision is that by uncovering the hope and joy found in Jesus, hearts will be transformed and no one would feel homeless.

Hebron Church has identified L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry as one of our primary missionary partners. We have come alongside them in a broad variety of ways, such as: Groves and individuals participating in their monthly street outreach, small groups going to their building for maintenance and upkeep, participating in the Pittsburgh Marathon as part of their fundraising team running in the event (now that’s commitment!), conducting a ‘Gather’ program to collect a variety of necessary items, and helping to support the annual SaraWally’s Walk/Run for the Homeless.

Speaking of the SaraWally Walk/ Run, the 5th annual will be held this year on Saturday, August 5th at Woodland Hills High School. Hopefully you will mark your calendars and consider joining us as we come together for a time of fun and fellowship, that ultimately helps to support missionary outreach to the least, the last, and the lost. David and Sue Walendziewicz initiated this wonderful event; and many of our Hebron Church members participate. Watch for more details as Spring begins to fade into Summer!

To learn more about L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, please visit their website at www.livingministry.org. There you’ll find all the information you need regarding opportunities to volunteer, donate, etc. On their website, they describe a desire for a ministry that is not separate from our day to day lives, but integral to our everyday existence.


Caribbean Youth Network

by Barbara Baesel, Mobilization Team


Letter of thanks to Dan Weightman from the Brice family in Nassau
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation, to you, your church family and Bahamas Youth Network (BYN), for the assistance and support shown towards us following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. As you are aware, our home was extensively damaged to the point where we have had to re-locate temporarily while we repair and renovate. We lost just about everything, except our faith.

“Our son, Kameron, is a part of BYN and we are thankful to God, that through his connection with BYN we were able to receive a much needed blessing….through the grace of God we have been blessed through your organization’s act of kindness.”

NOTE:  Hebron sent $2,391.15 to the BYN Hurricane Relief Fund.

Update on National Staff Development Proposal
In 2015 the CYN Board approved the development of a full-time National Staff mission worker in the Bahamas. After much prayer and fundraising, Jude Vilma has been hired to fill this position in Nassau.
Some of you met Jude when he spoke at the 2015 Fundraising Banquet and the February Meet and Greet. He has served as a BYN intern on Long Island, participated in Leadership Development, and was a recipient of the Milagros Scholarship while attending the College of Bahamas.  After graduation Jude began his teaching career on Eleuthera.  Jude has also served for the past four summers at Camp Bahamas, one of CYN's partners, as a counselor. We are so excited to welcome Jude as a staff person and look forward to what God has planned for the future in the Bahamas.


Thank You

Thank you so very much for the calls, cards, and monetary gifts given in regard to my brother Marty’s funeral. I couldn’t have gotten through this without the prayers and well wishes of the Hebron congregation and Pastor Doug! Thanks again for being there for me and mine!  With a grateful heart, Mary Anne Guntrum


Hebron's Future: It's Time to Act

Abraham Lincoln said it: “We must plan for the future, because people who stay in the present will remain in the past.” These words of Lincoln have been in the forefront of my mind for some time now.

Many years ago—2001 to be exact—I drove overnight to the suburbs of Atlanta to visit my parents. Upon arriving, I walked into the house and was greeted by a strange sight. The kitchen table was filled with financial documents and spreadsheets of my parents’ assets. I had never seen them before. Such topics were never discussed in my parents’ home; they were taboo. But here was the data, out in the open.

My father said, “Doug, I’ve got something to show you,” and he sat me down. To say that I wanted him to cut to the chase was an understatement. After spending eleven hours in the car, my interest in my parents’ financials was tepid at best. However, as I was about to excuse myself, my father looked me in the eye and said, “There’s only one thing that remains a concern for me, and that’s your mother’s well-being. Suppose the Lord calls me home, what will happen to her here in this house? I’ve found a retirement community about an hour and a half from here and I’d like you to see it.” I said, “Let’s go.” And with that, the three of us were off, headed to Gainesville, Georgia, to the place they would live out the remaining years of their lives.

Over the past two years I’ve had similar questions about Hebron and its future. Perhaps it’s the frequency of questions like, “When are we going to hire an Assistant Pastor?” and “Are we ever going to improve the Barclay Building?” Or, maybe it’s the fact that some of the current ministry team at Hebron are getting a little long in the tooth, especially me! The truth is that all of these elements began to converge in the past two years, prompting me to act.

For the last eighteen months, the elders, staff, and I have been hard at work developing a multi-year plan of ministry for Hebron that we are now ready to discuss with you in some detail. This plan was mentioned at our congregational meeting in the Fall of last year; now we are ready to provide far more specifics. This plan sets out an eight and a half year timeline on which capital expansion, staffing, and new ministry initiatives are all undertaken.

In an attempt to reach more of you, this congregational gathering is scheduled for Friday, May 5, at 6:30 pm in the Barclay Building. An array of wonderful desserts from Oakmont Bakery and other fine kitchens will be provided for all. Children are welcome! To help us plan, please let us know that you are coming. Register online at hebrononline.org, email hebronchurch@yahoo.com, or call the church office.

Please make every effort to join us for an exciting presentation of where the Lord may take us in the coming years.


Congregational Gathering and Dessert

Friday May 5 at 6:30 pm

  • Come to the Barclay Building and enjoy an array of wonderful desserts from Oakmont Bakery while hearing plans for Hebron’s future.
  • All are encouraged to come. Kids are welcome.
  • To help us plan, please let us know that you are coming. Use the Connect Card in your bulletin, register online at hebrononline.org, email hebronchurch@yahoo.com, or call the church office (412-371-2307). Let us know: the number of adults and the number of kids (5th grade & up), elementary, and/or preschool.


Is Knowing What God Calls Us to Do Enough?

Is knowing what God calls us to do enough?  In James 2:19, it is pointed out that even the demons believe in the one true God. But that belief is not enough to count them among the people of God. Secular scholars can know much about Christianity, but not believe in the saving power of Christ.  

The Bible is full of ways we are called to be good stewards of God’s resources:

§ Everything belongs to God. We are only Stewards. (Psalm 8:5-8)
§ Don’t spend more than you earn. (Proverbs 21:20)
§ Save for emergencies. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
§ Set long-term goals. (Proverbs 13:16)
§ Give generously. (Psalm 37:21; Romans 12:8)

Knowledge is important, but it is clearly not enough. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that a wise person is one who has the humility to hear and the courage to obey (Matt. 7:24-25). It’s one thing to “know” what we are called to do and it’s another to “do” what we are called to do. Proper theology is essential, but if it doesn’t affect your life… what’s the point? 

To begin to “do” rather than “know”, we need to learn to hear how God would have us manage His resources. Fortunately, we have a means to help us hear Him – spending time with Jesus.    Studying God’s Word is important, but I find that if I can get my mind to go silent and be still, that’s when I can really pay attention to what God is doing, showing, and telling me. Ask Him what you should do. Don’t just wait for Him to tell you. Finally, do what He tells you to do, even if He’s calling you to take a step that you aren’t comfortable taking on your own.  Growth occurs when we place our trust in Him and His plans for us.

The Winter/Spring Grove semester is wrapping up and we’ve been able to see growth occurring on a weekly basis in our Financial Peace Grove. The final lesson was about the great misunderstanding…that to get more you need to hold onto what you have all the more tightly. In terms of stewardship, we need to remember that we are not owners of our health, our family, our home, or even the earth. God is, and He wants us to give in all of those areas like He gave for us in Jesus.
In the aftermath of Easter, I can’t think of a better time for all of us to commit to spending deep time with God and seeing how He wants us to grow.


Women's Ministry - Exciting Opportunities!

Women’s Ministry is planning exciting opportunities for women to take time out of their regular schedules to EMBRACE God (spending intentional time strengthening your relationship with God) and others (going beyond ourselves and serving those in need). Will you EMBRACE the invitation to be a part of it?!?


On April 30th and May 7th you have the opportunity to minister to others outside of Hebron as we support L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry and St. James Fellowship.

With L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry we will be gathering for the homeless of Pittsburgh who are trying to get their lives back on track. For St. James Fellowship, we will be gathering for the elderly and disabled that need an extra token of encouragement, love, and support. Tickets can be found in the tower entrance of the main building and in the Barclay Building with items to purchase. Please help us extend a hand in welcoming someone into a home off the street and making that transition a little easier or help us bring a smile or extra love to an elderly or disabled person who is lonely or feeling forgotten. Please consider gathering the requested items so we can share the love of Christ with these people.

In addition to the gathered items, women who attend the May 12-13 Spring Women’s Retreat will have an opportunity to further serve by making a handmade card or piece of art to include with the gathered items, for a personal heartfelt touch. Supplies are being gathered and prepared to facilitate card creation and to personalize and pray for the individual that may be receiving it. Likewise, supplies and plans are underway to make a coached canvas painting to give as an inspirational gift to a member of the St. James Fellowship. God has given us many gifts, unique to each of us. EMBRACE the gift you have been given and use it to share God’s love with another!



Are you looking to escape the busyness of everyday life and be renewed and refreshed in God’s Word?

The Spring Women’s Retreat - EMBRACE: Being Known and Making Christ Known, is the perfect opportunity to: set aside time for you to meet the Lord, gather with other women who can walk beside you, teach you, encourage you, EMBRACE you, right where you are, and let God lead you to where He wants you to be. Be refreshed and rest in God’s Word. Gain understanding and be inspired by God’s Word. God is reaching out to us and has made His Word available to us. Let us accept Him, EMBRACE Him, and become anchored in Him, as He already knows you! Embrace His love and truth so that you can EMBRACE the call God has placed in your life and begin living it!

I am so excited to see and hear of the ways that God speaks to the women of Hebron and the friends that you invite to join us!! What are you being called to EMBRACE??

Join us by clicking on the link below to register.


Deadline: April 26