Presbytery News


    Education Committee presenting ‘Refresh’

    Date: September 30, 2017

    The Education Committee of the Presbytery of Carlisle will present “Refresh,” a program aimed to restore your faith, fortify your mind and revitalize your life, on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Paxton Presbyterian Church. The keynote speaker will be Byron Borger. One-hour workshops and 30-minute “Learning Labs” are being offered throughout the day. All told, 22 different learning labs and workshops will be offered, plus Krislund’s day camp for children and youth will be available.

    For more information, click here.



    500th anniversary choir service in honor of the Reformation

    Date: October 29, 2017

    A presbytery-wide worship service in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA.

    Consider taking part in this presbytery-wide choir that will debut a newly-commissioned anthem by Robert Lau during the service. Rehearsal will begin at 3 p.m. on Oct. 29. Music will be sent prior to the service.

    This service is being planned by the presbytery’s Coordinating Council. Come join this celebration of our Reformed heritage on Oct. 29.


    Whisper Sabbath available to church leaders

    Date: August 26, 2017

    The Presbytery of Lackawanna’s Congregational Innovation Team invites pastors, elders, teachers, church leaders and volunteers to “Whisper Sabbath” on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Camp Lackawanna. Whisper Sabbath is a time to stop and listen for God’s still, small voice in the midst of a chaotic world. A flexible schedule is planned, including time for silence, stillness, discussion and activities. All pastors, elders, teachers and church leaders or volunteers are welcome. Come and take a sabbath from the rest of the world for just one day, and see what God may have to say to you!

    More information is available here. Registration is requested by Aug. 4 here. The $10 registration fee includes meals.

    Bulletin insert and flyer available.


    Presbytery to celebrate 300th anniversary

    Date: October 7, 2017

    The Presbytery of Philadelphia will celebrate its 300th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. This gathering will include:

    • Guest preachers Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Theological Seminary, and Rev. Denise Anderson, co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly;
    • Collective youth and adult choirs led by Dr. Donald Dumpson and other music leaders from around our presbytery;
    • Special guests and leaders from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and our local community;
    • Celebration of saints past and present, whose faithfulness continue to shape the spirit of our witness today and tomorrow;
    • Post-event fellowship and reception.

    Details on choir music and rehearsal times and information on purchasing a program ad can be found here.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


West Virginia

    Small Church Conference

    Date: September 23, 2017

    The Presbytery of West Virginia’s fourth annual Small Church Conference will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Summersville Presbyterian Church. The theme is “Where Two or Three are Gathered: Rethinking Worship for Small Churches,” and Mark Parsons is the keynote speaker.

    The conference is free, but registration is requested to help with food preparation and space planning. To register, contact Amy Robinson at (304) 744-7634 or

    Creative Worship for Advent workshop

    Date: September 8, 2017 - September 9, 2017

    The Presbytery of West Virginia’s Leadership Development Coordinating Team will present a Creative Worship for Advent program on Sept. 8-9 at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV. The event will include preaching, music and visual arts grounded in the Biblical texts.

    On Friday, Sept. 8, Beverly Zink-Sawyer will explore the Advent Year B lectionary texts. On Saturday, Sept. 9, participants can choose from two of three available workshops that include “Preaching the Advent Texts,” “Visual Arts for Advent” and “Music in Advent.”

    Cost is $75 per person, and the registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 14. There will be an assignment to be completed prior to the workshop. Click here for information and a registration form.

Church News


    SENT Gathering

    Date: September 15, 2017 - September 16, 2017

    The 2017 SENT Gathering will explore God’s activity in your church context from Sept. 15-16 at First Church of Lancaster. For pastors and church leaders, the SENT Gathering carves out essential space to gain perspective on God’s activity in their area of work, church or region and to consider how they and their members are being called to respond.

    The 2017 keynote speakers include Tony Campolo (Professor of Sociology at Eastern Univ.), Nikki Toyama-Szeto (Exec. Director of Evangelicals for Social Action) and Chris Hall (President of the Renovaré Institute). SENT is a deeply encouraging and catalyzing event. People will walk away from this weekend with a greater confidence in taking personal spiritual practice and transforming it into action that makes sense for your context. For more information and to register, click here.

    Community Hymn Sing Series

    Date: June 4, 2017 - September 3, 2017

    The 15th annual Community Hymn Sings Series, “Singspiration,” will continue at the Historic 277-year-old Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of the Old Philadelphia Pike and the Old Leacock Road, one-mile west of Intercourse, PA.

    Beginning at 7 p.m., the hymn sings will be led by Tom Perella, with accompaniment provided by Dianne Yuninger, who will play the church’s 115-year-old Esteys pump organ. Lemonade will be served in the church’s courtyard after the hymn sings. “Singspiration” will continue on Sunday evenings, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 3. Everyone is welcome!

    For more information, contact the Paradise church at (717) 687-6619 or visit

Lake Erie

    Music on the Hill Festival and 5K

    Date: September 9, 2017

    The Hasson Heights Community Church will hold its annual Music on the Hill Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9, to raise money for missions. This year, the sixth annual Music on the Hill 5K race will be held that day. This race is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The race begins at the church, 21 Fairview Avenue, Oil City. New this year will be two kids’ races — one for 3- to 6-year-olds and one for 7- to 11-year-olds. An online registration is available here or a registration form and additional information about the race can be found here. More information and the story behind this great event can be found on the Lake Erie Presbytery website here.