Presbytery News


    Advent service of Hope and Healing for Weary Souls

    Date: December 4, 2018

    The Presbytery of Carlisle will gather on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9:30 a.m. (registration at 8:45 a.m.) at Faith-Immanuel Church in Harrisburg for an Advent service of Hope and Healing for Weary Souls. The morning will include prayers for healing, anointing with oil and space for grace.

    If you like to sing, you can be part of the presbytery’s “Joyful Noise” pick-up choir. It’s an all-new ad hoc group of pastors and elders who rehearse an anthem once and then sing in presbytery worship that day. No experience (or talent) necessary. Just show up in the Sanctuary at 9 a.m. sharp. Music will be passed out that morning.

    Want to help lead worship? Ruling and teaching elders are needed to serve as scripture readers, prayer leaders and more for this and future services. Click here to sign up to serve.

    Questions? Contact Jeff Gibelius, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle (


    Leaderfest 2019

    Date: February 2, 2019

    The registration flyer for Washington Presbytery’s Leaderfest 2019 is now available here. The keynote topic is proving to be quite providential. Although the keynoter was arranged before recent events, God was guiding. The Rev. Andy Shaffer will lead those who gather into thinking about how to provide “Spiritual Help When Bad Stuff Happens.” The date is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, and there is incentive to register early.

    Motivational Interviewing

    Date: November 17, 2018

    Churches and individuals addressing the opioid addiction crisis, this workshop on Motivational Interviewing is for you. The date is Saturday, Nov. 17, at Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church in Canonsburg, PA. Click here for registration information.

West Virginia

    Creative Worship for Lent workshop

    Date: January 11, 2019 - January 12, 2019

    A Creative Worship for Lent workshop will be held Jan. 11-12 at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV, on Jan. 11-12. Participants in this Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course will explore the Revised Common Lectionary Texts for Lent in Year C with Christine Chakoian of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Friday evening (7-9 p.m.) and on Saturday (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and consider how they might use those texts in preaching, music and/or visual arts. All who plan and lead worship are encouraged to participate. Registration deadline is Dec. 20.

    A flyer with registration details is available here.

Church News


    Grace Memorial celebrating 150th anniversary

    Date: November 17, 2018

    Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, the oldest African American Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, is celebrating 150 years of ministry! This celebration will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Edgewood Country Club (100 Churchill Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235).

    The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, the stated clerk and first African-American to lead the denomination, will deliver the keynote speech!

    Tickets are $50/person. There is also an option to sponsor a ticket/donate to the ministry if you’re unable to attend but would still like to support. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the full ticket price, we will subsidize the ticket price on a case-by-case basis.

    If you have any questions/concerns, contact Kendrick Davis ( or 412-657-0026) and he will be more than happy to assist.


West Virginia

    Light Up the Levee in Charleston, WV

    Date: December 8, 2018

    First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, WV, hosts a free community-wide Christmas caroling event for all ages called Light Up the Levee, now in its fifth year. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park. It will feature the First Presby Worship Team, a lighted boat parade, a visit from Santa, hot chocolate, candy canes and more. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of cereal, peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned fruit and/or spaghetti noodles/canned sauce for the Covenant House Food Pantry. For more information, contact Sandy Campbell at (304) 543-6553.