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.

    Beaver-Butler Presbyterian Men’s Network Breakfast

    Date: September 29, 2018

    The Beaver-Butler Presbyterian Men’s Network (a member representative for Presbyterian Men’s Network) is sponsoring a Presbyterian men’s breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Beaver Falls, PA. All ministers and men in your presbytery are invited to hear how the Presbyterian Men’s Network is connecting to the Men’s Network Mission work with the Synod of the Trinity. Come and enjoy fellowship while we learn what we do and share ideas of how we can expand our mission.

    The cost of the breakfast is $10 to be collected at the door. If you have any questions (or to R.S.V.P.), contact Beaver-Butler Presbytery’s representative, Larry Ott, at (724) 630-5770 or R.S.V.P. by Sept. 15.

    A flyer is available 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.

    Mandated Reporters Training

    Date: October 20, 2018

    The Education Committee of the Presbytery of Carlisle invites pastors, educators, Sunday school teachers, day care providers, youth leaders, church musicians and anyone with responsibilities with children within your congregation to attend one of the following free sessions for Mandated Reporters Training on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Great Conewago Presbyterian Church in Gettysburg, PA. All sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Reserve your spot by calling (717) 737-6821 or emailing Registrations must be received by Oct. 10.

    Click here for a one-page flyer to display.

Lake Erie

    Ghana mission co-worker Josh Heikkila to speak

    Date: September 16, 2018 - September 17, 2018

    Josh Heikkila, a West African Regional Liaison of the PCUSA World Mission, will be visiting the Presbytery of Lake Erie on Sept. 16-17. A mission co-worker in Ghana who also reaches out to Niger, Togo, Liberia and Nigeria, Josh has been a tremendous partner in helping to establish, maintain and encourage the Presbytery of Lake Erie’s partnership with the Upper Northern Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana. He again is reaching out to visit us in person, to share news from Ghana and the mission work of the global Church, and his new wheels!

    Lake Erie’s presbytery, congregations and individuals have contributed to Josh’s support and to the Ghana Partnership. All are invited to hear how and where the support is making an impact. There’ll be an update on Ruth Brown, the new mission co-worker living in Saboba near the Wapuli Health Clinic.

    There are several opportunities to meet Josh.

    He will be worshiping with and preaching at the First Presbyterian Church of North East on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. On Monday, Sept 17, there is a lunch gathering at Meadville First Presbyterian Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a dinner gathering at First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant from 5:30-7 p.m. Meals are provided.

    An RSVP helps for preparing, but last-minute guests are welcome. (Donna Cammarata,, 814-873-4860). Also contact Donna if you would like to arrange another meeting time with Josh.


    Helping Hands Team heading to North Carolina for mission work trip

    Date: October 20, 2018 - October 27, 2018

    The Helping Hands Care Team of Lehigh Presbytery is seeking volunteers for their Mission Work trip to Fayetteville, NC, from Oct. 20-27 to help in the recovery efforts after homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew. There is no experience required, just a set of helping hands and a caring  heart. There are jobs for every skill level

    Volunteers will be staying at the Highland Presbyterian Church, 111 Highland Avenue, Fayetteville, NC, and will be repairing homes in the area. Transportation to North Carolina is by rented vans.

    The cost is $200 per person and that includes travel and meals at the site. It does not cover meals during travel to and from North Carolina or any incidentals

    Registration deadline is Oct. 4. There will be a trip orientation meeting for those registered volunteers on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104.

    For questions or more information, contact Sandy Jenkins at (610) 298-2106, email or the presbytery office. A flyer and registration form can be found on the Lehigh Presbytery website here.


    Church leadership training and equipping seminar

    Date: October 13, 2018

    Carmel Presbyterian Church in Glenside, PA, will host a church leadership training and equipping seminar on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Shane Berg, executive vice-president of Princeton Seminary who will reflect on the changing needs of leadership for a changing church.

    Eight leadership-equipping workshops facilitated by leaders in the Presbytery of Philadelphia will aim to strengthen the collective witness of the local church.

    The event is open to all. Details, registration and a flyer for your congregation are available here.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    A Pastors Retreat: Transgender 101-201

    Date: September 19, 2018 - September 22, 2018

    Pastoral care for transgender and gender non-conforming church members is a growing concern. Prepare yourself by attending A Pastors Retreat: Transgender 101 at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock, PA, on Sept. 19-20. Transgender 201, a second retreat, is being offered on Sept. 21-22, for those interested in learning a ministry plan. Both retreats are free to all participants.

    More information is available here.

    AED/CPR Training

    Date: September 27, 2018

    Northmont United Presbyterian Church will host an AED/CPR training for the churches in the North Branch of Pittsburgh Presbytery on Thursday, Sept. 27. Buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m.; training starts at 6:45 p.m.

    Anyone (staff or parishioner) who is in a leadership role is encouraged to attend. This specifically includes Bible study leaders, youth leaders, small group leaders, etc. You never know when this training might come in handy and there isn’t always a trained staff member/elder/deacon available. Having more trained people around can never hurt!

    Cost is TBD based on number of attendants (approximately $20 for booklet and certificate); dinner will be paid for by the presbytery. If you have questions, email Steph Martin, Spiritual Formation Associate at Northmont UPC.

    RSVP online here by Sept. 7.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Leading A Church Through Transformation

    Date: October 24, 2018 - November 7, 2018

    A program titled “Leading A Church Through Transformation,” led by the Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, will be held on Oct. 24, 31 and Nov. 7  from 9-11:30 a.m. at Sewickley Presbyterian Church (414 Grant St., Sewickley, PA  15143). Cost of $60 covers all three sessions. Dr. Standish will explore ways of identifying a church’s DNA, reducing congregational resistance, cultivating creativity and promoting congregational acceptance. To register, call Beth at (412) 741-7430, x.1001.

West Virginia

    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.

    Communion training for Ruling Elders

    Date: September 23, 2018 - October 14, 2018

    This fall, the Presbytery of West Virginia will offer to all churches (particularly those who do not have pastoral leadership) ruling elder training for presiding at the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. The four-hour event will be held in Bridgeport, Elkins and Scott Depot on Sept. 23; Lewisburg and Oak Hill on Oct. 7, and Parkersburg and Gilbert on Oct. 14.

    Registration is one week in advance of each event, making Monday the deadline for the Sept. 23 events.

    For more information, click here.

    Presby Prep Reformed Theology Course

    Date: October 6, 2018 - October 20, 2018

    Are you a life-long Presbyterian or have you become a Presbyterian out of another, or no other, faith tradition? Do you wonder what we believe as Presbyterians or why we consider ourselves part of the Reformed Tradition and what that means? Are you interested in knowing more about what we believe as Presbyterians? You won’t get all the answers, but the Presby Prep Reformed Theology Course is for you!

    This course will be held at three different sites in October. Each course will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include a lunch break (meals will not be provided). Locations are as follows:

    • Saturday, Oct. 6: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charleston
    • Saturday, Oct. 13: Beckley Presbyterian Church
    • Saturday, Oct. 20: First Presbyterian Church, Buckhannon

    The cost for the class is $10. To register, complete the following and return it to the presbytery office with payment, or send an email with the information to and send payment to the office at 520 Second Avenue, S. Charleston, WV 25303. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 27. For more information, contact Susan Sharp Campbell.

    More information is available here.

Church News


    Dr. Joseph Shane returns to Paxton Church

    Date: September 30, 2018

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

    • Sept. 30 – Where do we go from here? Religion(s) and Science in the 21st Century

    Suicide Prevention Program

    Date: October 7, 2018

    Govan A. Martin III, a retired state police officer from Pennsylvania, will be the guest speaker for a Suicide Prevention Program on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church.

    Govan retired as a 29-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police after serving as the program Manager of the Member Assistance Program, an internal employee assistance for the last 12 years of his career. He currently serves as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and is a certified Master Trainer in QPR, and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer) Instructor, certified instructor in Psychological First Aid and holds many other certifications. Govan has been a keynote speaker and conducted many other presentations of various organizations/agencies on a variety of subjects including suicide prevention programs.

    A flyer is available here.


    Active Shooter Training

    Date: September 22, 2018

    Active Shooter Training will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville, PA. Learn what to expect and how to respond in an active shooter situation.

    To sign up, call the church office at (570) 275-0692.


    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!


    Living the Grace-Filled Life

    Date: September 18, 2018 - October 23, 2018

    The Church of the Covenant is hosting a Tuesday evening Speaker Series from Sept. 18 to Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish will explore Living the Grace-Filled Life. Click here for more information.