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.
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 email@example.com. R.S.V.P. by Sept. 15.
A flyer is available here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations must be received by Oct. 10.
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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, email@example.com, 814-873-4860). Also contact Donna if you would like to arrange another meeting time with Josh.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the presbytery office. A flyer and registration form can be found on the Lehigh Presbytery website here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Saturday, Oct. 6: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charleston
- Saturday, Oct. 13: Beckley Presbyterian Church
- Saturday, Oct. 20: First Presbyterian Church, Buckhannon
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.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com 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.