Presbytery News


    ReFresh 2019

    Date: September 28, 2019

    Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church will host ReFresh, an event sponsored by the Presbytery of Carlisle’s Education Committee that seeks to restore faith, revitalize lives and fortify, on Saturday, Sept. 28. The keynote speaker will be the MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of “God, Improv and the Art of Living” and “Sabbath in the Suburbs.” MaryAnn will lead an improv workshop.

    More information is available here.


    Zambia mission co-workers to speak

    Date: July 23, 2019

    The Presbytery of Philadelphia and Carmel Presbyterian Church are among those that will host Charles and Melissa Johnson, mission co-workers in Zambia on July 23. They will be at the Presbytery of Philadelphia from 1-3 p.m. and at Carmel Presbyterian Church  beginning at 7 p.m. All are invited to hear them discuss their work at either or both of the locations.

    Charles and Melissa Johnson have been invited to help the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod expand its holistic ministry of community development, food security and improved health. Charles serves as a Development Specialist, and Melissa serves as a Health Education Program Facilitator. Charles’ work is heavily focused on two distinct agricultural-related activities; the first consists of Charles’ efforts to develop an agricultural income generating activity-farming for profit.

    Click here to read more about their ministry in Zambia

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Sudanese making visit to Presbytery of Redstone

    Date: July 17, 2019 - July 18, 2019

    Sudan/South Sudan visitors will be in the Presbytery of Redstone from July 17-18. Here from Nile Theological College in Khartoum, Sudan, will be Dr. Aida Nasser Weran, professor and Rev. Musa Kodi, academic dean; and from Nile Theological College in Juba, South Sudan, will be Rev. Santino Odong Othol, principal.

    • Wednesday, July 17, is a lunch with Redstone pastors at Maplewood and the evening is still open.
    • Thursday, July 18, they will meet with anyone wishing to hear them speak at noon at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensburg. Lunch will be provided and a freewill offering will be collected. Reservations are requested so that adequate food can be prepared. You may call the church office at (724) 837-3540 or email Sylvia Carlson at with your reservation.
    • Thursday evening they will be at Third Presbyterian Church in Uniontown at 6 for dinner.

    If you wish to hold an event Wednesday evening, contact Sylvia Carlson via email at or by phone at (724) 454-5088.

    Redstone Presbytery Calendar

    Date: August 12, 2015

West Virginia

    Small Church Conference

    Date: September 7, 2019

    The sixth annual Small Church Conference will return to Fayetteville Presbyterian Church on Sept. 7 and will feature keynote speaker Judi Slater, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne, PA, and formerly on staff at the Pittsburgh Presbytery. At the 2018 Northeast Wee Kirk Conference, Rev. Slater offered the seminar “A New Day is Dawning: Small Church Partnerships,” which was described as “Times are changing for the church, but God’s Spirit is alive in some new and exciting ways with creative models of partnership ministry in smaller congregations.”

    The Presbytery of West Virginia hopes to gain new insights into how to be more effective and faithful small churches for now and into God’s future.

Church News


    Parent Autism Support Group

    Date: July 28, 2019

    The Parent Autism Support Group of the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA, is a monthly meeting of parents, married or single, who have a child/adolescent with a diagnosis of ASD. The purpose of the group is to provide support and understanding while recognizing the shared struggles that parent(s) face while raising a child with ASD. Various therapeutic topics will be addressed throughout the meetings. However, the underlying focus is for parent(s) to realize they are not alone in their journey. The common bond of raising a child with ASD is at the heart of the shared time together.

    The group is led by clinical psychologist Dr. Tom DeGeorge, who has decades of experience working with families around ASD. It meets on the fourth Sunday of the month (started April 28) from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information and to register click here.

    Summer Services & Old Leacock Day

    Date: June 16, 2019 - September 1, 2019

    Leacock Presbyterian Church in Paradise, PA, began its summer schedule on June 16 and the schedule will run through Sept. 1. The 8 a.m. Sunday summer services will be held at the historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, Old Leacock Road and the Old Philadelphia Pike, one mile west of Intercourse. This early church service is well attended – plan accordingly. Lemonade will be served in the courtyard after the services.

    Old Leacock Day – a 71-year tradition – will then be held after the 9:30 a.m. church service at the Old Leacock Church on Sunday, Sept. 9, and will conclude the Old Leacock summer services. Following the Old Leacock service, there will be a potluck picnic held in the church courtyard – hot dogs with all the trimmings, drinks and paper goods will be furnished. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a covered dish item to share. The community is welcome to attend.

    For further details, readers may call the church at (717) 687-6619 or click here.


    Lunar Communion Service

    Date: July 20, 2019

    On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base was established on the moon when the Eagle touched down. Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin had an hour of down-time before they stepped onto the lunar surface. Buzz Aldrin, a member and elder of Webster Presbyterian Church in Texas, had gained permission from NASA to celebrate communion on the moon. He read scripture, prayed, ate bread and drank juice. Every year since, on July 20, Webster Presbyterian has celebrated communion.

    This year is the 50th anniversary of that first Lunar Communion and McVeytown Presbyterian Church will celebrate as well. Join them on Saturday, July 20, at 4 p.m. for its Lunar Communion Service. All followers of Christ are welcome.

Lake Erie

    Women’s Self-Defense Course

    Date: July 27, 2019

    The Mercyhurst University Police Academy will be teaching a free women’s self-defense course at Elmwood Presbyterian Church, 2816 Elmwood Ave., Erie, on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. until noon. Topics will include situational awareness, defense with weapons other than firearms, and general self-defense tactics. This class is taught in a comfortable, low stress environment and the only requirement is an interest in learning how to be safer in an uncertain world. To register, or if you have questions, email Dr. Art Amann, senior instructor, at


    Introducing the revised Book of Common Worship

    Date: November 2, 2019

    The Unity Presbyterian Church in Greentree, PA, is offering a program titled “Introducing the revised Book of Common Worship” on Saturday, Nov. 2. It will be presented by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, co-editor of the BCW who doubles as the associate for worship in the PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship while also being a musician and a member of the Hymnal Committee.

    This is a daylong event starting at 9 a.m. with registration; 9:30 a.m. is morning prayer followed by morning session, lunch, afternoon session and closing worship with communion using All Saints liturgy. The event will be finished by 3 p.m.

    The fee for the day, including lunch, is $25/person; $20/person in groups of two or more; $15/student. Contact Lynne Williams at for more information.


    Mandatory Reporter Training

    Date: July 17, 2019

    First Presbyterian Church 1793 and Fairhill Manor Christian Church are sponsoring a Mandatory Reporter Training on Wednesday, July 17. This training for all mandatory reporters of child abuse will be done by PA Family Support Alliance. It is a free event and will include a causal dinner. Find more information and a bulletin insert here. Anyone who would like to register should email Jenna at FPC 1793: or call the office at (724) 225-5415.