Presbytery News


    Leader Development Day

    Date: March 4, 2018

    The Presbytery of Donegal will hold its annual Leader Development Day on Sunday, March 4, from 2-5 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA. Snow date is March 18. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Laurie Ferguson, a coach, consultant and psychologist who will speak on “Resiliency in Ministry and Life.”

    Workshop topics include “New Clerk of Session Training,” “Experienced Clerk of Session Training,” “Ruling Elder Training,” “Deacon/Visitation Training,” “Removing the Logs: Forming Communities of Practice,” “Funding the Mission Budget by NOT Talking About Funding the Mission Budget” and “Continued Discussion on Hope and Resiliency as a follow-up to the keynote.”

    Workshop descriptions can be found by visiting the presbytery’s website here. Registration is available here.

    An evening with Philip Yancey

    Date: March 17, 2018

    Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, PA, will host an Evening With Philip Yancey, an internationally-known Christian author, on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Philip has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith. He is a speaker who challenges minds and inspires listeners. Whether you are a fan of his many books, or just someone on your own spiritual journey, you will appreciate his honest reflections on his life experiences and faith questions. He will invite you to ponder with him God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Come join us and bring a friend. This event is open to the community. A book signing will follow this event.

    Registration information available here.

Lake Erie

    The Big Event: Discovering Joy Right Where You Are

    Date: March 10, 2018

    The First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 250 West 7th Street in Erie, PA, will host The Big Event 2018 on March 10. Keynote speaker David Hansen will add to a day filled with learning and worship. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the option to choose your morning and afternoon workshops. Registration is available online here. You can click here for more information and to register by mail.


    Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber speaking in Allentown

    Date: March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018

    The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, will be the guest speaker at the Lehigh Council of Churches’ 2018 Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lecture on Christian Unity, a two-part event to be held March 22-23, 2018, at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center in Allentown, PA. Thursday night is an hour lecture and book-signing opportunity; Friday morning features breakfast and a more expansive lecture.

    Sign up for both events here and receive discounted registration. More information on the lecture is available here.


    Youth Peacemaking Summit

    Date: February 23, 2018 - February 25, 2018

    Kirkwood Camp and Retreat Center, located in Stroudsburg, PA, is offering its first annual Youth Peacemaking Summit for teens in grades 6 through 12. The summit will be held Feb. 23-25. RSVP to by Feb. 15 to ensure a space.

    There’s a lot going on in the country these days – and it can be hard to know how to help make things better. Join us as we share experiences and discuss social justice, faith and peacemaking at the youth level. We’ll be mixing in some fun challenges and games – it’s going to be fun!

    More information and a flyer are available here.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    ALICE Civilian Training

    Date: March 17, 2018

    ALICE Civilian Training being offered at no cost on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at First Reformed United Church of Christ (312 S. Maple Ave., Greensburg, PA). ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. This active shooter response training will certify a representative from your church so that they can pass on their knowledge to prepare your congregation in the event of a violent incident.

    A free lunch will be provided at noon followed by a question-and-answer period. Space is limited, so attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a prerequisite online class (20 minutes) to be taken before March 17, so preregistration is required. Register by March 1 by emailing Donald Hamm & Sons Insurance here. You must include the following:

    • First and last name of attendee(s) – maximum of four (4) people per church
    • Email address of attendee(s)
    • The name of the church who they are representing

    More information about Alice Training Institute can be found here.

    Redstone Presbytery Calendar

    Date: August 12, 2015

West Virginia

    Website 101: How to create and manage a church website

    Date: March 10, 2018

    On Saturday, March 10, the Presbytery of West Virginia will host a free workshop on website creation and management by former PWV minister Frank Cunningham, representing Union Presbyterian Seminary. The workshop, which will be held in Charleston at a site to be determined, is similar to one the presbytery offered in 2014. It will teach participants how to use WordPress to set up and manage a website for their church or organization.

    To help us gauge the interest level and determine the size of the location required, contact Amy Robinson at (304) 744-7634 or by Feb. 20 if you plan to attend.

    Festival of Faith

    Date: April 7, 2018

    This year’s Festival of Faith, a day of learning opportunities, fellowship and worship, will be held Saturday, April 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and things kick off at 9:30 a.m. with worship.

    Jan Edmiston, co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the PCUSA, will be the keynote presenter, speaking on “The State of the PC(USA): The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” and giving an update on what’s happening within the denomination. There will again be a wide variety of workshops to choose from, several of our mission/ministry partners to hear from, a bookstore and fair trade coffee and other items for sale.

    Click here for complete information and registration. More information will be available in the near future.

Church News


    Chili Cook-off and Square Dance

    Date: February 23, 2018

    Homemade chili and square dancing will highlight Derry Presbyterian Church’s 19th annual Chili Cook-Off and Square Dance, set for Friday, Feb. 23, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event will be held in the church’s fellowship hall at 248 East Derry Road, Hershey, PA. There is no charge to attend, and all ages are welcome.

    The evening will begin with a chili supper. Those attending should bring a dish to pass: salad, dessert or a favorite chili recipe. Informal judging will determine cook-off winners in the chili and dessert categories.

    Following the supper, caller Dan Prosser of Dillsburg will lead dancers of all ages in a variety of line and square dances.

    For more information, contact Rev. Marie Buffaloe at

    Hershey Baroque Chamber Ensemble

    Date: March 4, 2018

    The Arts Alive Cultural Series presents the Hershey Baroque Chamber Ensemble in concert on Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey, PA.

    A free will offering will be received. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available. Click for more information.


    Tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    Date: February 18, 2018

    First Presbyterian Church of Parkesburg will hold a “Remarkable Tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls” on Sunday, Feb. 18, at noon. This free presentation that is open to the public will be led by Dr. Alan Fox, a professor at the University of Delaware.

    Dr. Fox is a professor of Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion in the Philosophy Department at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in religion from Temple University in 1988 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan in 1986-87. He came to the university in 1990. He received the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995 and 2006, and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999. To learn more about Dr. Fox, click here.

    A flyer for this program is available here.

    Lenten series: An Exploration of Other Faiths & Traditions

    Date: February 18, 2018 - March 25, 2018

    Donegal Presbyterian Church in Mount Joy, PA, is holding “An Exploration of Other Faiths & Traditions” Lenten program on Sunday evenings from Feb. 18 to March 25. Featured will be a variety of clerics and exploration of faith traditions very different form our own.

    A potluck dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Presentations/Q&A will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. More information is available here.


    Workshop with ‘Waking Up White’ author Debby Irving

    Date: March 4, 2018

    Pottstown 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, March 4, from 2-4:30 p.m. No admission charge, but reservations are required: Email or call (610) 326-0620.

    Debby is a racial justice educator and author. A community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years, Debby grappled with racial injustice without understanding racism. She holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her first book, “Waking Up White,” tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing.

    ‘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: February 21, 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.

    Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Depression

    Date: March 10, 2018

    Soul Shop will be hosted at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty – Plain Grove Road, Grove City, PA) on Saturday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

    This is a one-day training to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation. This includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories.

    This one-day course for every lay leaders who shapes the ministry of a church, both clergy and lay persons, will cost $25 per person. This will cover the conference fee, materials, refreshments and lunch.

    More information and a registration link are available here.

    Addressing suicidal desperation involves changing organizational culture. Come and become better equipped to serve this need.