Presbytery News


    Developing a Church Communication Plan in the Digital Age

    Date: May 12, 2018

    Lackawanna Presbytery’s Congregational Resource Team will present a program titled “Developing a Church Communication Plan in the Digital Age” on Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wyalusing Presbyterian Church.

    This workshop is designed for pastors and other church leaders who wish to improve communications both within their congregations and to the community.

    Reservations need to be made through Alice Kocher (, 570-639-5056) or at the registration tab on the presbytery website here.

    Questions? Contact Brent Eelman (, 267-918-4300)


    1001 New Worshiping Communities Regional Gathering

    Date: May 19, 2018

    1001 New Worshiping Communities will be coming to Collingswood Presbyterian Church (30 Fern Ave., Collingswood, NJ) on May 19 for a regional gathering. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the day will conclude at 2 p.m.

    The goal is to provide training for New Worshiping Community leaders as well as congregations. One of the goals of starting New Worshiping Communities is to also provide training to those that are currently in churches that looking to be experimental in ministry. Click here for a flyer to download and share with your churches.

    Registration is available here or by emailing Michael Gehrling at

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015

West Virginia

    Bluestone Camp’s first Alumni Retreat

    Date: May 4, 2018 - May 6, 2018

    Bluestone Camp will host its first Alumni Retreat from May 4-6. The goal is for campers, staff and Bluestone lovers from 1953 to present to join the camp in remembering its past while passing the tradition of camp on to the future.

    This retreat is for anyone who loves Bluestone. Expect to rekindle old bonds while introducing camp to new friends. The weekend will include service opportunities to help make camp beautiful, energizers, games, time to visit and relax and much, much more.

    More information is available here.

    Click here for a bulletin insert.

Church News


    David Lamotte to perform

    Date: April 28, 2018 - April 29, 2018

    Musician, composer and teacher David LaMotte will hold a free family concert Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at Monaghan Presbyterian Church in Dillsburg, PA. The family-friendly concert is sponsored by the Presbytery of Carlisle, the Synod of the Trinity and the Eastern Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (EAPCE).

    The next morning on Sunday, April 29, David will be part of a unique event at First Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, PA. David will be giving a Worldchanging 101 talk during Intergenerational Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

    For more information about David, click here.

    Performance on rebuilt organ

    Date: May 6, 2018

    Dan Dorty, the Director of Music at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church in Camp Hill, PA, will perform an organ concert showcasing the rebuilt Austin-Allen pipe organ on Sunday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, PA. He will be performing great organ works such as Suite Gothique, Opus 25 by Leon Boellmann and Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5 by Charles-Marie Widor.

    Dan is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association. Also, he has a private studio teaching piano, organ and voice. A reception will follow the performance.

    For more information, call (717) 243-4612 or visit


    ‘Waking Up White’ author Debby Irving to speak

    Date: April 29, 2018

    Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is hosting a workshop with Debby Irving, author and educator of “Waking Up White: Finding Ourselves in the Story of Race” on Sunday, April 29, from 2-4:30 p.m. The workshop will discuss issues of race, power, privilege and community.

    Contact Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick at (610) 525-2821, ext. 8818 for more information.


    Grief Support Group

    Date: May 16, 2018

    It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss. Hold on to hope and gather with others on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA). Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice, facilitates the group.