Presbytery News


    Mandated Reporters Training

    Date: June 2, 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. (Click the link for a one-page flyer to display.)

    The training will be held Saturday, June 2, at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church and Saturday, Oct. 20, at Great Conewago Church in Gettysburg. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve your spot by calling (717) 737-6821 or emailing

    Registration for the June session must be received by May 25. Registrations for the October session must be received by Oct. 10th.


    Monthly Conversations About Race

    Date: June 16, 2018

    Conversations About Race, a monthly event sponsored by the Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Coming to the Table organization (CTT), will continue at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

    The schedule for the first Conversation on Race:

    • 9:30-10 a.m. will be coffee, registration and fellowship;
    • 10 a.m. the program begins

    Call or email Rev. Cheryl Pyrch ( or 215-438-2825) for more information.

    All welcome!

    The group will meet on the third Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon. CTT is a nation-wide organization dedicated to acknowledging and healing the wounds of racism by creating a safe space for participants to deepen their understanding of racism, strengthen community and take action. Discussions will be led by CTT-trained facilitators and are free of charge. Coffee, registration and fellowship will begin at 9:30 and the program will start promptly at 10. All are welcome! For more information, contact Cheryl Pyrch at or (215) 438-2825.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Faith Community’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

    Date: June 13, 2018

    The Rev. Bob Hedges, the executive director for Resurrection Power, a group that aims to walk alongside recovering addicts in the Washington, PA, area as they go through the 12 steps of recovery, will lead an eight-week book club that studies “Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions” by Dr. Gerald G. May. The club will meet Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at Panera Bread in Washington, PA. It will start on June 13th with a break on July 4. If interested, contact Bob at (724) 328-2943 or the Rev C.J. Haury at (724) 554-5939

    Addiction and Grace is available on for $12.67 via the link here.

West Virginia

    Leading Congregations Amid Change

    Date: June 2, 2018

    On Saturday, June 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV, Ken McFayden will lead the next 2018 Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course around how to lead pastorally (whether you’re the pastor or not) in the midst of change, as congregations seek to build on the best of the past and move into the future.

    Ken McFayden serves as Academic Dean of the Richmond Campus and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development and teaches courses in congregational leadership and administration at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.

    For more information and a registration form, click here.

Church News


    Community Hymn Sing

    Date: June 3, 2018

    The 16th annual Community Hymn Sings Series “Singspiration” will continue Sunday evening, June 3, 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 sings are 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 sings. “Singspiration” will continue on Sunday evenings, July 1, Aug. 5, and will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 2. Everyone is welcome!

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

    Waystock Community Music and Fun Fest

    Date: June 9, 2018

    On Saturday, June 9, Wayside Presbyterian Church in Landisville, PA, will host its seventh annual Waystock Community Music and Fun Fest to benefit the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. The event is free, including all food, drinks, music and kids’ activities. The Fest is funded strictly by donations. There is no admission fee; it is simply asked that attendees bring non-perishable food items to help the Food Pantry stock up for summer.

    Come out and enjoy great music, good food, kids’ games and bounce houses, and hands-on hut activities. Bring your old and sensitive documents to be shredded (12:30-2:30 p.m.), visit a fire truck and/or sign up to give blood that day through the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank.

    An event flyer is available here.

    Benefit Motorcycle Ride

    Date: June 10, 2018

    A motorcycle ride to benefit “4OurKids – Carol Stark Foundation” will be held Sunday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church in East Earl, PA. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., with the ride following at 12:30 p.m.

    “4OurKids” works in conjunction with three school districts. The Youth Aid Panel and the Lancaster Co. court system refers non-violent youth to court appointed community service with 4OurKids. 4OurKids has put between 40-45 kids through summer school annually, since 1998.

    Their goal is to get as many kids as possible to receive their high school diploma. Every summer school course costs $250 per kid.

    The church is fundraising for the Foundation with donations made out to The Carol Stark Foundation, %Ephrata National Bank, Money Management Group, PO Box 457 Ephrata, PA 17522. Checks the day of the event may be made to the Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church and memo “Carol Stark Foundation.” For more info, call Pastor Kris at (717) 354-5573.


    Grief Support Group

    Date: June 20, 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.

West Virginia

    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.