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Want to participate in the Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive?

The Mr. Rogers’ sweater drives are put together by individual churches and other organizations. Gregg Hartung suggests the following steps to start a local sweater drive:

Contact local organizations to see if they need sweater donations.

Download the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive graphic and promote the event in worship, in bulletins and newsletters as well as on social media.

Invite volunteers to help sort and deliver the sweaters, emphasizing connecting with others in the community.

Designate a place in the church for sweater collection.

Sort and deliver the sweaters at the end of the drive.

If you live in the Pittsburgh area please take gently used sweaters to the lobby of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for distributing them to folks in need of keeping warm.

For more information call PMM Director Gregg Hartung 412-697-9211 or 724-777-2489.

(Thanks to PMM Leadership Team Member the Rev. Sue Washburn for the creation of this web page.)

You can copy and use the images below for your sweater drive!



“Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator”

Book Review “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” is the bestselling book by the marketer, public relations director, and media strategist Ryan Holiday. The book chronicles Holiday’s time working as a media strategist for such clients as New York Times Bestselling authors Tucker Max and Robert Greene as well as American Apparel founder Dov Charney. Trust Me, I’m Lying is a behind the scenes look at the current online journalism system. The book is split into two parts: the first explains why blogs matter, how they drive the news, and how they can be manipulated, and the second shows what happens when this is done, how it backfires, and the consequences of the current media system. Excerpt … “Reporters owe a duty to reality, not to platforms. Bloggers believe the opposite. Then once you understand the limitations of the platform, the constraints can be used against the people who depend on it. The technology can be turned on itself.” Some food for thought from one insight gleaned in reading this book. Recommended read by Matt Hartung.

Helping Children and Young People

What type of help can you provide for children and young people?


We have 5 stories that share insights to the question just posed.


Possibly, in reflecting on these stories,  they can assist you on how to consider to go about helping young people or children near and dear to you.


Ana was able to be a translator with special relational skills for students that makes an impact. Listen for the legacy she provided to one student in particular from her being a helper. Click on the link below for her Passages story …



Delaine Zody is a retired school teacher who has found an encore career as a school resource chaplain. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She serves as the moderator of the deacons at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California. Read her story of Faith at Work by clicking on the link below …


Katie learned about really listening to someone’s story to be able to help them from her mother. She reflects on what her parents and faith provides in her helping others as a social worker. Click on the link below to listen to Katie’s story on Passages …



Read about Alla Soroka inspired by an opportunity to help at risk youth in the Ukraine. Click on the link below …


Phyllis helps us as a psychologist to deal with the dysfunction pertaining to how violence sometimes gets handled with in our families and schools. She has us understand so that we can help those around us. Click on the audio link below to hear Phyllis’ story …



Continue to bless and keep those willing to work with young people and children in our families/communities to make a difference by being their with them.



Honesty in Music

U2’s lead vocalist Bono gives some advice to young Christian artists. Thanks to PMM Leadership Team member Dave Roberts who is a guitar player for pointing to this story.

Long Live Life

Sue Wasburn Interim Editor for Presbyterians Today and PMM Leadership Team member sends us an article on celebrating Easter “Long Live Life.”


justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates – Presbyterians Today Blog

A Revised Common Lectionary resource for April 16 by Magdalena I. García “He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.’ -Matthew 28:6a Read the full lectionary passages here They accused him of being a party animal because he shared the table with all kinds of people, but Jesus said: “Long live life.”