Presbytery News


    Author Tod Bolsinger to speak

    Date: September 21, 2018

    Beaver-Butler Presbytery is hosting a day with Tod Bolsinger, the author of Canoeing the Mountains, on Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cranberry Community United Presbytery Church. For a copy of the flyer and more info, click here.


    ReFresh 2018

    Date: September 22, 2018

    On Saturday, Sept. 22, at Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, PA, the Presbytery of Carlisle’s Christian Education Committee will hold an event that seeks to restore your faith, fortify your mind and revitalize your life. Called “ReFresh,” the program is open to anyone within the bounds of the presbytery.

    Planned is a wide variety of workshops geared for pastors, elders, deacons, Christian educators, children, youth, parents, older adults… everyone. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Jessica Tate, who is the Director of NEXT Church, a network of Presbyterians who are discerning how to be the faithful church in the 21st century.

    More information and registration are available here.

Lake Erie

    Preaching Seminary

    Date: August 23, 2018

    The Presbytery of Lake Erie’s Committee on Ministry is offering a 10-week preaching seminar this fall, beginning Thursday, Aug. 23. The class will meet at the Corry Church from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class is designed for those who are being called upon to provide more worship leadership in their own congregation and for those who might even want to explore having their name included on the pulpit supply list of the presbytery. (For those desiring to be on the pulpit supply list there will need to be additional work completed before that would occur.) There will be a textbook and homework, but there’s no cost except your transportation costs. Interested? Further questions? Contact General Presbyter David Oyler at


    A Pastors Retreat: Transgender 101

    Date: September 19, 2018

    The stress of being targets in our societal clashing is a pastoral concern for our transgender and gender non-conforming church members. Prepare yourself for giving good pastoral care by attending A Pastors Retreat: Transgender 101 at Crestfield on Wednesday evening, Sept. 19, the night before the Pittsburgh Presbytery meeting. This retreat is free to all participants.

    More information is available here.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Ralph Hawkins Farewell

    Date: August 26, 2018

    The Presbytery of Shenango is holding a “Bow Ties and Goodbyes” event to honor outgoing Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk Ralph Hawkins on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 1-4 p.m. at Two Rivers Artisan Coffee Works in New Castle, PA. The event is a drop-in, and attenders are encouraged to wear their favorite bow tie (or borrow one of the presbytery’s).

    An event flyer is available here.

West Virginia

    Biblical stories & storytelling workshop

    Date: September 8, 2018

    Tracy Radosevic, an internationally-acclaimed biblical storyteller, educator and retreat facilitator, will lead an Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox workshop titled “Biblical stories & storytelling” on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV. This workshop is intended for anyone who shares the biblical story in preaching and teaching.

    More information is available here.

    Small Church Conference

    Date: September 15, 2018

    The Small Church Conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at Summersville Presbyterian Church. The planning team is developing four workshops, which will be relevant to all churches. Andy James, the Associate for Small Church Ministries and Technology at the Presbytery of New Hope in North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker. Stay tuned for more details and registration information.

Church News


    Dr. Joseph Shane returns to Paxton Church

    Date: September 9, 2018 - September 30, 2018

    Dr. Joseph Shane will be speaking at Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA, on Sept. 9, 16 and 30th at 8:45 a.m. All are invited to enjoy his interesting perspective on the following topics:

    • Sept. 9 – Beyond Conflict: Multiple Approaches to Thinking about Science and Religion
    • Sept. 16 – Going Deeper into the Ongoing Evolution Conflict: Scopes to Kitzmiller
    • Sept. 30 – Where do we go from here? Religion(s) and Science in the 21st Century


    Back to School: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in a Complex World

    Date: August 26, 2018

    First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA, will hold conversations on mental health for teens and adults during its “Back to School Mental Health” presentation on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m.

    Heading back to school can be one of the most challenging times for kids, teens, parents and grandparents. Young people today are facing enormous challenges, many of them different from those that were experienced even a generation ago. For teens, it can be tough to know when and how to ask for help for themselves or a friend, and parents do not automatically know how to respond when they do come forward, nor what help is available.

    Community Hymn Sing

    Date: September 2, 2018

    The 16th annual Community Hymn Sings Series “Singspiration” will conclude Sunday evening, Sept. 2, at the Historic 278 year old, Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of the Old Philadelphia Pike – Rt. 340 – and the Old Leacock Road, one mile west of Intercourse, PA.

    Beginning at 7 p.m., the hymn sing will be led by Tom Perella, with accompaniment provided by Dianne Yuninger, who will play the church’s 116-year-old Esteys Pump Organ. Lemonade will be served in the church’s courtyard after the hymn sing. Everyone is welcome!

    For more information, contact Leacock Church at (717) 687-6619 or go to

    Covenanter Scottish Festival

    Date: September 8, 2018

    The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation will hold its fifth annual Covenanter Scottish Festival on the grounds of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Washington Memorial Pipe Band, Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks, Fire in the Glen and Harpist Kendrah Tozzo will be performing throughout the day. Athletes will be competing in the Penn’s Wall Highland Games, solo pipers will participate in competitions and Highland dancers will be competing. Scottish clans and organizations will be represented, and vendors will be selling Scottish goods, food and locally made ice cream. Demonstrations will include spinning and weaving, Irish dancers, a haggis ceremony, sheep herding and more.

    Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults (age 13 and older), and ages 12 and under enter free. Discount tickets can be purchased at the Foundation’s website here.

    The event benefits the ongoing preservation and restoration of the Octorara Covenanter PC and attached schoolroom museum. Click here to download an event flyer.

Lake Erie

    Aquila and Priscilla Marriage Seminar

    Date: August 25, 2018

    Polk Presbyterian Church will host Aquila and Priscilla Marriage Seminar on Saturday, Aug. 25. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch provided, at Polk Presbyterian Church, 729 Main St., Polk, PA. RSVP by Aug. 19. The seminar is designed to address premarital, young married or longtime married couples who hope to make it a mixture of lecture, group discussion and couple interaction. Interested couples can use the telephone in the brochure, or contact Rev. Larry Myers’ cell (412-417-5737) or e-mail of


    SoulShop for Leaders Seminar

    Date: October 6, 2018

    Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church (258 Slippery Rock Drive, Ellwood City, PA) will host a SoulShop for Leaders seminar on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. You can register online here. For additional information, email or call (724) 752-8892. If you missed the workshop presented at North Liberty Pres in March, now’s your chance to catch it again!

West Virginia

    St. Albans First to celebrate 150 years

    Date: August 18, 2018 - August 19, 2018

    First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, WV, will mark its 150th anniversary with a fun-and-faith-filled family celebration the weekend of Aug. 18-19. Activities include an open house, catered dinner and Presby Pickers concert, Sunday worship and a reception.

    More information is available on the church website here.

    PLAYOLOGY: Experiencing God Through the Art of Play

    Date: August 25, 2018

    Are you looking for new and creative ideas for Bible study, art and games in your ministry? Have you ever looked at Montreat’s Arts Recreation and Worship Workshop and thought, “If it weren’t the first week of May, I’d love to go”? Then this is a day-long event for you!

    “Playology: Experiencing God Through the Art of Play” will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at Summersville Presbyterian Church. Three workshops will be available: Intergenerational Activities, Pew Play Shh… and CreART. Creative worship, a theme party, networking and lunch are also part of the day’s activities.

    Early registration deadline is Aug. 9. Early registration cost is $25; walk-ins are welcome for $40.

    More information, including registration link, is available here.