“I do not think God ever intends for roofs to leak in churches or in people’s homes. I don’t think God sent that. I do think that God redeems the challenging things that happen in our lives, and I think that’s what has happened. That sorry event has been redeemed by the help of our neighbors — the good will and affection of our neighbors.”
– Pastor Patricia Jarvis,
interim at First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar, WV

Dunbar, WV, community helps church in need

It’s been no secret how much snow has dropped on the Boston area this winter. In many places, in excess of 100 inches of the white stuff has handcuffed the area, the most that region has seen since records werDunbar1e first kept over 140 years ago. That snow has also caused mass destruction, with many buildings’ roofs collapsing under the weight of the snow.

Much of the area just south of New England was spared from that excessive winter weather, although parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio did get its share of precipitation. In West Virginia, back-to-back eight-inch snowstorms came through the town of Dunbar in February, and while those totals are not out of the ordinary or even extreme for that area, they were enough to cause an estimated $20,000 in damage to First Presbyterian Church. And at nearby Richwood Presbyterian Church, it had to cancel a Sunday morning service due to a water pipe break in a second-floor bathroom that caused a “wall of ice” to form near the church’s back door.

To read more, click here.

Officials react to passing of PCUSA marriage amendment

On March 17, the Presbytery of Palisades met in Fair Lawn, N.J., and cast a “yes” vote for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s proposed 1seal-2color4F amendment, giving the amendment enough votes to pass. The amendment calls for a change in the wording of the “Book of Order,” redefining marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The amendment on marriage will take effect June 21, 2015.

The amendment opens the door for PCUSA ministers to perform same-sex marriages in states where it is legal, but ministers who do not feel called to do so may refuse to preside over those ceremonies. Sessions are free to make the decision whether or not to host a same-gender wedding in church facilities.

To read the reaction of pastors and presbytery officials within the bounds of the Synod of the Trinity, click here.

Elsewhere, the New York Times wrote an article on the passage of the amendment. Read it here.

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