On Loving God


by Henry Knapp

So there I am, sitting with a bunch of other pastors, doing what pastors do… you know, pastor-things. We are talking about God’s knowledge of the future—what does He know and when does He know it? 

Well, we’re talking the philosopher, Boethius, middle-knowledge, prescience and omniscience, Francisco Suรกrez and Molinism, counterfactuals in all possible worlds, actualized and possible future contingencies; and pretty soon, I realize that I’m the only one talking because everyone else is asleep (happens all too often when I get going, sigh).

Well, when everyone woke up, one of the other pastors challenged me with – “Why do you like all this stuff? How will this ever help you in your ministry? God is God and that’s enough for me.”

Now, my understanding of God’s hold on the future informs nearly every counseling meeting I have; every time I seek to show God’s comfort or assure someone of His love or offer guidance and direction in their life, at every stage, it is my unwavering confidence in the sovereign power and authority of God which enables me to speak at all.

It is because Boethius has a point, and because middle-knowledge is an inadequate approach to God’s foreknowledge, and because God has total prescience, and because of the challenges brought by Suarez and Molinia, and because God does know all counterfactuals both in this world and in all possible worlds, that I can firmly promise to all who will listen and believe that we can have complete confidence in the eternal grace and mercy of a loving God who will never, NEVER abandon us to hardship, suffering, or evil.

But, as I sat there, I thought, “No”. The real reason I’m hooked on all this stuff, is that I love God! I LOVE HIM, and I will never be satisfied to know just a little about Him. I want to know everything I can about Him, the easy stuff and the hard stuff! My love for Him drives me onward to know Him all the more.

To love someone is to be completely taken with them; to want to draw ever closer to them; to adore, to have a deep affection, to desire intimacy, to yearn for them. Obsession is probably not the correct word, but you get the point. Love for God drives us the same way—it is an overwhelming desire to come into His presence; and I love God. He engulfs me. He excites me. “God is God, and that’s enough for me?” No way. That’s not enough for me. My love drives me to know Him more, to keep seeking Him, to explore the depths of His riches. You who are in love, let’s dig deeper together.


Hebron Community Center


By Doug Rehberg

Nearly two years ago Hebron launched the “Say Yes” commitment. “Say Yes” was the fruition of months of leadership prayer and work in seeking to set before the congregation a vision for ministry that would take us beyond all that had already been accomplished. Included in “Say Yes” was the restructuring of Hebron’s Session into ministry teams, the hiring of a co-pastor, the renovation of the Barclay Building, and the support of new local ministry initiatives.

At the time it was this last vision objective, support of new local ministry initiatives, that was the most difficult to describe in any meaningful detail; because we were not certain what opportunities the Lord might bring our way. All we knew was that, in the previous seven years, the Lord had enabled us to launch The Blessing Board, Lost and Found Pharmacy, and substantially enhance the ministry of PitCare through a sizable financial gift. With pressing social and spiritual needs all around us, the Session believed that it would be prudent to position Hebron financially to seize any God-given local mission opportunities that might arise beyond its walls through “Say Yes”. Therefore, in addition to setting aside $750,000 for the Barclay Building and $150,000 for the co-pastor, $150,000 of “Say Yes” contributions was earmarked for local ministry initiatives.

In the past year, a major amount of clarity has come our way, enabling us to see where the Lord is leading Hebron in the area of local ministry. Rather than seeking to create another off-site mission, we believe the Lord is directing us to use some of Hebron’s assets in a new and creative way.

In April 2019, the IRS granted approval of a new, independent non-profit entity entitled “Hebron Community Center” (HCC) . Acting under the direction of a board of directors, the HCC will seek to establish a ministry to the community using the Barclay Building. The plan is to hire a part-time Community Outreach Director (with HCC funds) to develop programming that will impact the community with the Gospel in a manner similar to what Allegheny Christian Ministry Alliance Church did in the early 1980s when they began Urban Impact.

We are already in discussion with the leadership of Urban Impact, including our own Andrew Churchill. Andrew has been an essential part of Urban Impact’s ministry to urban youth on Pittsburgh’s North Side since 2009. Whether a partnership with Urban Impact is attainable has yet to be determined; but certainly a close collaboration with Urban Impact is already happening.

With the closure of the Penn Hills YMCA and the closing of a number of Penn Hills elementary schools, the need for well-designed recreation and youth programming in Penn Hills is clear. It is HCC’s intention to work to meet some of these needs through Gospel-centered outreach programming utilizing the renovated Barclay Building while compensating the church for the use of its facilities.

You will be hearing much more about the plans and work of the HCC in the coming months. What is needed most at this point is your prayerful support.


Barclay Building Addition & Renovations


By Roger Glunt

The Barclay addition and renovations commenced on Monday May 20, 2019.  Within the building, a support wall was constructed across the area where the exterior wall will be removed and the stage will be built.  The wall will support the existing roof when the exterior wall is removed before a large steel beam is installed to permanently support the roof. 

On the exterior, the portion of the existing retaining wall was removed.  The excavation then commenced.  Due to the close proximity of the building and the steep embankment, this process was slow and tedious.  The excavated material had to be removed in a mechanical wheel barrow as there was no space for large excavating equipment or trucks behind the Barclay Building.  The contractor encountered rock in the excavation area that required removal by a jackhammer. 

When the excavating was complete, the extensive rebar configuration was then placed in the footer and extended up into the area of the poured concrete foundation walls.  The footer excavation and rebar placement was inspected and approved by the inspector from Penn Hills.

On July 2, the concrete footer was poured.  The concrete foundation walls were formed with metal construction forms and on July 12, the concrete foundation wall was poured. After allowing the foundation concrete to cure, the foundation forms were removed. An exterior french drain, interior waterproofing, and exterior drain pipe were installed before the foundation wall was backfilled with crushed stone. Two trees above the addition at the edge of the cemetery were removed. On August 12, the concrete floor in the addition was poured. On August 26, the interior electrical work commenced. 

The demolition of the exterior wall is scheduled immediately after Labor Day to prepare for the installation of the major structural steel beam near the end of the first week in September. The construction is scheduled to be completed in late November and Hebron should be able to reoccupy the Barclay Building in early January 2020.


Temporary Interior Support Wall
Exterior Excavation
Wall Backfilled with Crushed Stone
Inside Wall and Concrete Floor








Children's Ministry


by Ellen Dillard

Preschoolers are going on a treasure hunt in September!
Mining for gold has been around ever since humans discovered that first glittering speck of rock. But, there’s something that is even better than gold. It’s the Bible! The Bible is better than gold!

We will introduce our preschoolers to the Bible and how valuable it is. The Bible is God’s Word to us; and it tells us all about how very much God loves us. God loves us so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. That’s a very big love. 

Preschoolers will hear the parable Jesus told of the man building his house on the rock. It is just one story Jesus told that teaches us the best way to live our lives. When we build our lives on the Word of God, we are living the way God wants us to.

Elementary Kidz…As we kick off the school year of going through the Bible chronologically, we’re starting with a key question to help kidz realize how the Bible can impact their world. We start off helping kidz understand the importance of the Bible. In Psalm 119:105 we read that God’s Word can guide us in the way we should go.

When we dig into the Bible, we find out about God’s plan to rescue the world through His Son Jesus. We’ll help kidz learn how they can discover more about God as they read the Bible.
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Wellness: Kidz who have shown signs of fever, vomiting, or other contagious illnesses should be symptom- and fever-free for 24 hours before coming to Hebron Kidz.

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                                Kidz Club – Mid-week Connection for K-5th Graders!

It is awesome; and your kidz should totally check it out! We play super fun games, worship God and learn Bible verses that kidz can apply to their lives. It’s an incredible opportunity for kidz to connect with other kidz and leaders!
Dates: September 11-December 4 & January 8-April 1
NEW TIME: 6-7:30  - Cost: FREE!


WHAT DO I DO WHILE MY KIDZ ARE AT KIDZ CLUB?? So glad you asked!!!
We could totally use people just like YOU to partner with us on Wednesday nights! We have the best team of adults and teens who have so much fun together as they hang out with kidz that come through Hebron’s doors! Contact Ellen Dillard @ ellend@hebrononline.org


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We had a great time with families this summer! Thanks to all of you who came out to our Bonfire, Rosedale Beach Club, Kidz Night Out and Keystone!








At Hebron Kidz we seek to “Partner with parents to lead their kidz into an authentic relationship with Jesus.”

Alexander, Julius, Drew and Chance are 4 of the kidz who received Bibles on Bible Presentation Sunday.  




Please continue to pray for these kidz and their parents: 


4-Year-Olds
Tyler Longwill, Simon Sulkosky, Allison McConnell, Dorian Marlowe, Julius Scott, 
Kaiden Murphy, Joshua Gallagher

2nd Graders
Chance Aubele, Mac Martin, Ben Morrow, Vinny Paradise, Max Balkey, Eva Gehring, Tino 
Liscotti, Emmanuel Teshome,Jonah Wissman, Alexander Scott, Drew Tomashewski,
Oscar Salinas, Ava Tristani


Young Lives Camp










Thank you Hebron for sending us to Young Lives Camp in NY August 2-6 to serve young teen moms and their children! It was a glorious experience, one      I am very thankful for. There were 116 moms present (plus their babies/toddlers), over 70 mentors/regional leaders, and around 100 childcare volunteers. All glory to God as He continues to minster His Gospel to these young women and children. – Kelly Knapp

I am thankful God gave me the opportunity to love and care for 25 very active preschoolers along with other caregivers. (This was just one nursery among several.) While we looked after these precious bundles of energy, their moms got to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I personally was surprised and thankful to spend some time with one of the moms and her daughter during free time one afternoon. I asked if I could join them at the lakefront and the mom began opening up to me about her struggles. She even asked me to continue the conversation at the pool while we played with her daughter. I trust that God was at work as I listened and shared about His faithfulness and encouraged her as a single mom. – Ruth Ann Slippy




I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to serve those whom God seeks, from places in His Kingdom I wouldn't have personally reached without Young Live's ministry. It overwhelmed my heart with joy to see teen moms accept the invitation for relationship from Jesus throughout the course of the week and especially at the close of camp during "Say So". It was humbling to feel and see the Lord working in and around me during this trip. Each interaction, whether small or big, with either a child, teen mom, or fellow volunteer childcare worker, gave a glimpse of sin, redemption, or grace at work. – Gab Hershman


Lost and Found Pharmacy and Soda Fountain


by John Sciullo

It is refreshing to go into a pharmacy and spend time in friendly conversation with the pharmacist who will explain all your medications. Now, many national chains will do this; but the Lost and Found pharmacists will sit down with you over coffee or many of the sweet treats on their menu to make certain there isn’t any conflict with the scripts they provide. Sean and Shannon Parsons have provided this type of care and fellowship for over 3 years now. As word continues to get out, they have found a niche in the Penn Hills community.

But Lost and Found Pharmacy is so much more. There are board game nights, entertainment (Chris Jenkins on September 7th), crafts, storytelling for the kids, Bible studies… The list goes on. Below are some key points about this amazing place.

 - It is a non-profit pharmacy with revenues going to help people in the Medicare gap.
 - The copays are often less than the insurance provider requires.
 - They accept virtually all insurances so patronizing them helps underwrite those who cannot afford their medication while you save money.
 - The soda fountain is a for profit entity and the profits support the pharmacy.

Here’s how you can help:

 - Pray without ceasing for Sean and Shannon.
 - Utilize the pharmacy for your prescriptions.
 - Volunteer your time. There are always projects to do or deliveries to make.
 - Consider financial support. Our congregation has been very generous; but maintenance issues such as roof leaks, HVAC, etc., can be very costly.

You can find more information on Lost and Found Pharmacy and Soda Fountain on Facebook or their website (lostandfoundrx.com). If you prefer, contact me, John Sciullo at 724-516-2600.


Thank You to Our Hebron Family

Once again, I thank you for your cards, phone calls, visits, and prayers as I am slowly recovering from the effects of bursitis in my "other" hip.  I had hip replacement surgery on my right hip in April.  After about a month or so I was back to driving and attending church and other outings.  However, after physical therapy began for the bursitis, I developed terrible pain in that right leg.  The pain affected mobility so that I was basically housebound.  I have felt a little better with each passing week and hope to soon resume getting out and about.  Thank you for your love and concern. ~Lana Lininger

We would like to thank our church family for all their prayers, cards and meals during the last 7 months since my husband, Rick, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. After radiation and chemo pill, he was scheduled for surgery on June 5. He was all prepared and sedated for surgery when the doctor came back after 20 minutes stating that there was no evidence of his ulcerated cancer. We believe, along with all medical treatment, God chose to heal him. We are ever so humbled, relieved, and grateful for God's mercy. As we just celebrated 46 years of marriage and are looking forward to many more, we are enjoying our grandchildren and renewed life in Him. Thank you Jesus for your healing touch and to all who prayed.  He still answers our deepest desires. ~ In Christ’s Love, Rick & Elaine Miller


The Walendziewicz Family would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your support of the Sara Wally Walk for the Homeless on June 29, 2019. As always, God provides. He provided the sunshine, the fellowship, the music, and nourishments through all of you. As many of you know, this all began with Sara’s one and only trip to Atlanta where she connected with the homeless, felt their struggles, and where she began to give the hope of Jesus Christ to those she encountered there and continued to do so throughout her life.  We are thankful for the opportunity as it has given us great hope as we continue to touch lives through this ministry and trust you will do as well. Won’t you please keep Sara’s mission in prayer and know that God is in control and we give Him all the Glory! 

Please visit our website for more information: SW4H.org 
~ Blessings, David and Susan Walendziewicz 


Redemption - It's Complicated


by Doug Rehberg

Many of you have asked about the article I cited on Sunday, April 28, in my message entitled, “Father, Forgive Them”. It was written six days after the Masters, hours before Easter Sunday, in a piece written by Larry Alex Taunton in The American Spectator titled “Tiger Woods, Easter, and the Complicated Nature of Redemption.” My friend, Bill Kear, first brought it to my attention, due to its uncanny convergence with the Gospel. As with most Gospel-centered proclamations it’s at the same time exhilarating and convicting. Here is the article in its entirety...

“One didn’t have to be a golf fan to know something of Tiger Woods’s troubles when they became the subject of tabloids more than a decade ago. A man who appeared to have everything, his whole world seemed to come apart before a public ravenous for gossip and always ready to trample its heroes. His wife, Elin Nordegren, left him and the divorce was ugly. A number of his friends and key sponsors deserted him. Even a couple of his mistresses, complicit in his private sin, nonetheless capitalized on his notoriety and delivered him over to the bottom feeders at TMZPeople, and US Weekly with no thought whatsoever of him or his wife and children. And, in a cruel twist of fate, health issues started to plague his play.

“Thus, began Tiger Woods’s terrible and humiliating descent into an abyss. He became a late-night punchline, a has-been. Talk show hosts speculated with regularity that he would never win a major golf tournament again. His greatness was gone, the pundits declared with finality and not just a little relish.

“I am not a golf fan. Until last weekend, I had never watched golf on television. But I have been quietly rooting for Tiger Woods for years. From the moment news of his troubled life made headlines in 2009, I went from being indifferent to feeling compassion for him. Whenever I heard his name on radio or television, I said a quick prayer for him. Not necessarily for tournament wins, but redemption; Redemption with a capital “R.” I have felt an odd connection with him. Our lives, our goals, our sins are not the same, but I have known what it is to attain something and lose it. I have known what it is to hurt those you love and to be hurt by others you love. I have known what it is to struggle with painful memories that refuse to stay buried. I have known the falsity of friendships that weren’t what you thought they were. And I have known what it is to be delivered over to a vicious media all too willing to gleefully aid in your destruction if it gets clicks.

“As friends and family sat on our porch over the weekend, we discussed Tiger Woods and the complicated nature of redemption. “Still others texted me their thoughts. Opinions were all over the place. Some said they didn’t like Tiger before or now. Others wondered whether they should support a man who is Buddhist. (Please. Are you so discriminating with your football teams?) But most were moved by his victory at The Masters. Then my son, Christopher, sent me this article by Lee Habeeb in NewsweekIt is superb. Habeeb writes:

What we were all watching, in real time, was a great American redemption story. And we Americans are suckers for a great redemption story. It is indeed our most redeeming feature: Americans are not cynics.

What a long way he’d come from that long, hard fall. The car crash at his mansion in Orlando on Thanksgiving night back in 2009. The endless parade of affairs with porn stars and cocktail waitresses. Then there was the DUI arrest, the back surgeries and so much more.

There was also the endless chatter. The endless gossip. The endless discussions on sports stations and ESPN. It was ugly, much of what was written and said about Tiger. 
What Tiger did was ugly. He hurt a lot of people: his wife, his family and those who depended on him. He authored his own fall, but don’t we all? Isn’t that what the great writers throughout history have written about, our ability to sabotage our own lives thanks to vanity, ego, selfishness and brokenness?

Many of us hoped and prayed for Tiger… Tiger was, in the end, a human being. Just like the rest of us. He too had flaws, pain and wounds….

Looking at some of the sports posts on Facebook and Twitter, there are still a lot of Tiger detractors out there. Some just can’t forgive him. Some can’t let go of their hate….
“It’s overwhelming,” Woods told reporters. “It’s just unreal for me to experience this. I just couldn’t be more happy.”

We’re happy for you too, Tiger. All of us who were praying for you to get back on your feet and reclaim your life. And your career.

Your win — and the outpouring of love and joy from across this great country — showed the world what forgiveness looks like. And what grace looks like, too.

“A lot of ink has been spilled on Tiger Woods as a redemption story this week. Much of it has been trite. Worse, many of those jumping on Woods’s bandwagon now are the very media outlets that capitalized on — and reveled in — his past failures. And they will do it again should he again fail. Habeeb’s column, however, has substance. As an evangelical Christian, Habeeb was praying and cheering for the right things. I will quibble with his characterization of forgiveness and redemption a bit when I say that Tiger didn’t sin against the public and therefore doesn’t need their forgiveness, and Redemption is entirely a work of God that has nothing whatsoever to do with Masters Tournament championships. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that Tiger Woods’s victory last Sunday is a great comeback story rather than a redemption story.

“But what a dramatic comeback story it is! What’s next? Will he and Elin reconcile? Now that would be an even better story. I don’t know Tiger Woods and I don’t dare judge him. The man has endured enough of that for several Buddhist reincarnations (or “rebirths” as I think they call it). Rather, I pray that in the light of his recent triumph he gives credit to a God whose grace is so remarkable that he bestows a measure of it even on those who don’t know him. I pray for Tiger Woods’s redemption — his real redemption.

“This weekend Christians worldwide will celebrate Easter. On that day, Jesus Christ, having died for the sins of the world, is said to have risen from the dead. Many Christians think that while they needed Christ’s redeeming work on the Cross for their own redemption, they needed less than the next guy. That is because we are all hardwired to judge ourselves more lightly than we judge others. If you think you’re better than Tiger Woods, I have news for you. You aren’t. If you think he’s unworthy of redemption, then you’ve failed to understand the nature of your own offense against God. The wonderful thing about God’s grace, forgiveness, and redemption is that it is available to everyone, and while some might want to withhold it, the Lord never does. That, as theologian Erika Moore recently said to me, ‘is the scandal of the Cross.’”


Keeping the Course


by Jen Balkey

“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.” I Thess. 3:12

Are you feeling ANCHORED in Christ and His Word? Is that stability allowing you to Reach Out and share His love as a result? We are meant to be in community so that we can serve and love others as a way to steward the life we have been given and glorify Him. Women’s Ministry has several opportunities available in the coming months to help encourage women to be anchored in their faith, as well as to be intentionally in community with other women.

IF:TABLE

Acts 2:46 says: “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.”

This is an opportunity to gather six women around your table - creating a space for them to feel known and providing an environment for conversation about following God and giving Him away.

How does this work??
· You choose if you would like to host then let Jen Balkey know when/where you would like the TABLE to take place. (Address, time, location- can be your home, a reserved location i.e.: Panera)
· Jen will create a sign up so that women can join your TABLE. You are welcome to invite/recruit whomever you would like as well. (We suggest a minimum of four women and maximum of six for each table.)
· Jen will provide the TABLE host with a conversation prompt provided by IF: as well as four conversation starter questions to encourage intentional conversation about how God is working in our lives.
· Sign up for a TABLE being hosted and show up at the designated time/place

- 6 Women - 2 Hours - 4 Questions

If you would like to host an IF:Table or have any questions please email me- JLBalkey@gmail.com or call 412-551-4688.

Summer Sensation- Peaches in the Park
Wednesday, July 17th  6:30-8pm at Penn Hills Universal Park
Keep an eye out for further details in coming months!

Fall Retreat Planning
PLEASE mark your calendar and SAVE THE DATE for our Fall Retreat!!

We will be going to Our Christ the Shepherd Conference Center in Greensburg on
Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th 2019.

Would you like to be a part of planning this year's Women's Fall Retreat?? Join me Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Sadie Long Room (classroom 203 on Main Floor). We will begin planning for our Women's Ministry Retreat coming this fall. Please email Jen Balkey (JLBalkey@gmail.com) if you would like to be a part of this planning team.

We pray for God's direction as we plan and His blessing on our time away.

Musical Talent???
Do you have a musical talent/gift that you would like to use/share?? Wouldn't it be great to have a Hebron Women's Worship Team for Women's Ministry events?!? (like the Fall Retreat and Heart Breakfast!!)

1 Peter 4:10-11 says:
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever."

Women's Ministry would love for you to share your gifts/talents with us and see how we can glorify God together in worship and praise to His great name.
Call or email Jen Balkey!! (412-551-4688 or
JLBalkey@gmail.com)


Is It Summer Yet?



Pizza and Pool Party

Date: Sunday, June 30
Time: 3:00 pm to closing
Location: Rosedale Beach Club, Verona
Cost: Free - Families are invited to bring a dish to share
Bring your beach towel and goggles!







Kidz Night Out

Date: Friday, July 26
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm, Dinner included
Location: Hebron Church
Cost: Free
Kidz AND Parents enjoy a night out!



Swimming and Cookout


Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Keystone State Park
Cost: Free - Families are invited to bring a side dish to share
Fun in the sand and lake. 
Bring your beach chairs, towels, and sand toys!