Presbytery News

Beaver-Butler

    The Church for Tomorrow

    Date: September 29, 2019

    “The Church for Tomorrow: A Presbytery Training Event” will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2-5 p.m. at the Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church (727 West Old 422, Butler). Beaver-Butler Presbytery’s Collaboration, Fellowship and Youth Unit invites all pastors, elders and church members to a training event led by the Rev. Jordan Rimmer, nationally known author and speaker. Pastor Rimmer will discuss several factors that will define the church of the future and then lead us in discovering how we can become a church that can rise to the challenges of tomorrow. Register by Sept. 24 by calling the Beaver-Butler Presbytery office at (724) 452-7515, email office@beaverbutler.org or register online at www.beaverbutler.org.

Carlisle

    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.

Donegal

    Running, Recovery, and Mindfulness

    Date: September 19, 2019

    Penn Ketchum, author, ultra runner and owner of Penn Cinema, is launching his new book, Psalm 23 (in other words), at an event hosted by the Parish Resource Center in Lancaster, PA, on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Penn will reflect on Psalm 23, how to find mindfulness in daily life and his journey in recovery. All attendees will receive a free copy of his just-published book. Penn is both the illustrator and author of this brand-new title.

    Ketchum started rethinking familiar prayers as a form of meditation during long training runs. As he found new words, he also found new insights. Penn’s book invites readers to look at this particular prayer differently-in his other words, and in their own words. His journey with mindfulness and meditation was also dramatically affected by his involvement with a 12 Step program in the 1980s, as he worked toward sobriety. Ketchum owns movie theaters in Lititz, PA, Huntingdon Valley, PA and Wilmington, DE and is known for his casual style, quick humor and community service.

    More information and tickets are available here.

Lake Erie

    International peacemaker to visit Lake Erie, West Virginia presbyteries

    Date: September 26, 2019 - October 7, 2019

    International peacemaker Moon-Sook Lee of South Korea will visit the Presbytery of West Virginia from Sept. 26-Oct. 7, including stops at Buckhannon First Presbyterian and Davis & Elkins on Sept. 29, Village Chapel on Sept. 30, Williamstown First Presbyterian and Waverly-Bethel on Oct. 1, Highlawn Presbyterian in St. Albans on Oct. 2, Charleston First Presbyterian on Oct. 4, and Bridgeport on Oct. 6.

    More information on her visit to West Virginia is available here.

    Moon-Sook will also be in the Presbytery of Lake Erie from Sept. 13-19 at the times listed below:

    • Sept. 13 (Friday) – arrives in Erie (with The McCormack’s in Erie)
    • Sept. 14 (Saturday) – Lunch and Dinner open
    • Sept. 15 (Sunday) – worship at Church of the Cross, Fairview (10 a.m.)
      – meeting at Sugar Grove (afternoon – to be confirmed)
    • Sept. 16 (Monday) – luncheon meeting in Port Allegany: Dinner open
    • Sept. 17 (Tuesday) – Oil City 2nd – 6 p.m. dinner: Lunch open
    • Sept. 18 (Wednesday) – Church of the Covenant 10:30 Bible Study -Bradford – 6 p.m. dinner
    • Sept. 19 (Thursday) – Wayside & Emmanuel Lunch 12:30 Women’s meeting at Shriner’s -New Hope, Erie – 6 p.m. dinner

    “Waking Up White” with Debbie Irving

    Date: October 12, 2019

    Wayside Presbyterian Church in Erie, PA, will be hosting “Waking Up White” with Debbie Irving on Saturday, Oct. 12. More information is available here.

Pittsburgh

    Free webinars focus on online giving

    Date: September 26, 2019 - October 17, 2019

    Pittsburgh Presbytery will host two free webinars this fall related to online giving practices.

    Making it Easy to Give: E-Giving

    Join us at noon on Thursday, Sept. 26, for a free webinar presented by the Generosity Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Presbyterian Foundation to learn about the various forms of electronic giving that can support your ministries.

    Online Giving Through the Presbyterian Foundation

    Join us at noon on Thursday, Oct. 17, for a free webinar, presented by the Generosity Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Presbyterian Foundation, to learn about this service. See a demonstration from the donor’s side and have your questions addressed.

    Click here to join connect to the webinars.

    Audio is available during the webinar session or guests may dial in by phone: Telephone number: (202) 602-1295; Conference ID: 810-053-001#

    Where is Christianity headed?

    Date: October 25, 2019

    Spend the Friday, Oct. 25, with Brian McLaren as he explores concepts from his book, “The Great Spiritual Migration,” helping us understand how to be church in an ever-changing world without either putting our heads in the sand or chasing every trend that comes along.

    Brian has been on the forefront of forging creative congregations since 1982. He continues to think about how ALL churches can adapt to a changing world. His ideas can be provocative and sometimes antagonizing, but they are always thoughtful and thought-provoking.

    WHEN: Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Q & A session from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
    WHERE: Calvin Presbyterian Church, Zelienople, PA
    COST: $35/person (lunch included); first come, first served up to 130 registrants

    Click here for more information, a promo flyer and registration form.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015

Shenango

    Introducing the Revised Book of Common Worship

    Date: November 2, 2019

    Come to Unity Presbyterian Church in Greentree, PA, on Saturday, Nov. 2, for a program on “Introducing the Revised Book of Common Worship” presented by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, co-editor of the BCW and musician as well as associate for worship in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship and a member of the Hymnal Committee. This event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include lunch for a registration fee of $25/person, $20/person in groups of two or more, $15/student. Contact Lynne Williams for more information.

Washington

    Responding to the opioid epidemic

    Date: October 5, 2019 - October 26, 2019

    Our community is crying out for help. Hundreds are dying. What can the church do? Working together, Washington Presbytery, Resurrection Power, The Washington County Opioid Overdose Task Force and the Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission are presenting two different workshops to equip the faith community to minister to people and families affected by addiction.

    Project Refuge (Oct. 5) – a half-day workshop to designate your congregation as a safe place where people seeking help can find a warm hand off into treatment.

    Motivational Interviewing (Oct. 26) – a full day training event to equip you with tools to encourage, support, and pray for individuals and families on their journey toward freedom.

    See this flyer for more information, or contact Rev. Robert Hedges at (724) 328-2943; rhedges@rezpowerpa.org.

West Virginia

    Free webinars in September

    Date: September 17, 2019 - September 26, 2019

    Presented by Practical Resources for Churches, the Presbytery of West Virginia is promoting free webinars in September. All are done through Zoom and are one hour, beginning at 7 p.m.

    Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church

    Tuesday, Sept. 17. Leader: Sarah Lund.

    Exploring Advent Adult Studies

    Thursday, Sept. 19. Leader: Debbie Kolacki.

    Tackling Tough Topics with Kids

    Thursday, Sept. 26. Leader: Karen Ware Jackson.

    International peacemaker to visit Lake Erie, West Virginia presbyteries

    Date: September 26, 2019 - October 7, 2019

    International peacemaker Moon-Sook Lee of South Korea will visit the Presbytery of West Virginia from Sept. 26-Oct. 7, including stops at Buckhannon First Presbyterian and Davis & Elkins on Sept. 29, Village Chapel on Sept. 30, Williamstown First Presbyterian and Waverly-Bethel on Oct. 1, Highlawn Presbyterian in St. Albans on Oct. 2, Charleston First Presbyterian on Oct. 4, and Bridgeport on Oct. 6.

    More information on her visit to West Virginia is available here.

    Moon-Sook will also be in the Presbytery of Lake Erie from Sept. 13-19 at the times listed below:

    • Sept. 13 (Friday) – arrives in Erie (with The McCormack’s in Erie)
    • Sept. 14 (Saturday) – Lunch and Dinner open
    • Sept. 15 (Sunday) – worship at Church of the Cross, Fairview (10 a.m.)
      – meeting at Sugar Grove (afternoon – to be confirmed)
    • Sept. 16 (Monday) – luncheon meeting in Port Allegany: Dinner open
    • Sept. 17 (Tuesday) – Oil City 2nd – 6 p.m. dinner: Lunch open
    • Sept. 18 (Wednesday) – Church of the Covenant 10:30 Bible Study -Bradford – 6 p.m. dinner
    • Sept. 19 (Thursday) – Wayside & Emmanuel Lunch 12:30 Women’s meeting at Shriner’s -New Hope, Erie – 6 p.m. dinner

    Church security workshop for church leaders

    Date: October 5, 2019

    A church security workshop for church leaders will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, WV. This free workshop, which will be held in the dining room of the Activities Building, is open to ministers, session members, trustees and staff members. Learn about the development of safety and security teams, security protocols and response to emergency situations, including active shooter, medical emergencies, and fire and weather-related disasters.

    Register by Oct. 1 by filling out the flyer here and mailing to Vannessa King, Programs Coordinator, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301. Call (304) 343-8961 for more information.

    Leading Congregations Amid Change

    Date: November 2, 2019

    We have seen, and continue to see, changes in our culture, our world and our church in the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years. Some changes are hard and leave us wishing for the “good ole” days; even if they weren’t totally “good,” they were at least familiar.

    On Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ken McFayden (pictured) of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond will lead the last of our 2019 toolbox courses: “Leading Congregations Amid Change.” This will take place at the Presbytery of West Virginia office in South Charleston, WV.

    Complete information, including a registration form, is here and at wvpresbytery.org. Pastors and other congregational leaders are encouraged to attend this event for tools and insights for leading your congregation in moving into the future.

    For more information, contact Susan Sharp Campbell at (304) 645-4568 or susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com.

    Soul Shop Workshop

    Date: October 24, 2019

    Registration is open for the Presbytery of West Virginia’s Soul Shop workshop, which will be held Oct. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV.

    Soul Shop provides both inspirational and practical tools to help congregational leaders form safe organizations for those who are impacted by suicidal depression. Hosted by Soul Shop Director Michelle Snyder, this workshop will address some of the primary obstacles to dealing with suicidal desperation, statistics/facts about suicide and how ministries can create a supportive environment while fundamentally altering the way people deal with this subject and one another. Cost is $50, which includes lunch and materials; you can now pay by PayPal on the presbytery website here. Register by Oct. 11.

Church News

Donegal

    Parent Autism Support Group

    Date: September 22, 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.

    ‘Most Influential Photographer on the Internet’ to speak

    Date: October 6, 2019

    First Presbyterian Church of York, PA, is welcoming internationally recognized speaker, artist, photographer and entrepreneur Jeremy Cowart to the White Rose City on Sunday, Oct. 6. Cowart, who inspires the belief that when God speaks, the impossible is made possible, was named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014. One of the world’s most sought-after photographers, Cowart has forever immortalized such luminaries as Pope Francis, Former President Barack Obama, Sting, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood, among others.

    Cowart is also the mastermind behind The Purpose Hotel, an upscale hotel chain benefiting non-profit organizations around the world. The unique design Cowart imagines for The Purpose Hotel transforms it into a creative, interactive experience that ignites the imagination, promotes play and fosters community.

    Cowart will bring his inspirational message of hope and possibility to FPC York on Oct. 6 during its 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. church services. More information is available here. All are welcome.

    My Spirit Rejoices: Celebrating Women Musicians

    Date: October 20, 2019

    Please join the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA, for a concert featuring female musicians supporting the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken with all proceeds supporting CCFWG’s philanthropic efforts in our community.

    For questions, contact Rev. Caroline Cupp at (484) 459-8220 or ccupp@firstpreswc.com.

Pittsburgh

    Active Shooter Preparedness & Response

    Date: October 14, 2019

    Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, PA, is hosting an Active Shooter Preparedness & Response presentation on Monday, Oct. 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bob Winters, a certified protection professional and protective security advisor for the US Department of Homeland Security, is the main speaker.

    Who is invited? Pastors, rabbis, priests, clergy, church staff, Sunday school teachers, board members, ushers, greeters, custodians, elders, deacons and servant leaders of all faiths are welcome!

    Please RSVP via email to Michael Spurr by Monday, Oct. 14. There is no cost to attend.

    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 lewilliams213@gmail.com for more information.

Upper Ohio Valley

    The Faithful Men & Women’s Gathering

    Date: September 14, 2019

    The Faithful Men & Women’s Gathering “Forgiven,” will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 767 Park Blvd., East Liverpool, OH 43920. Jonathan White, Julie Nickell, Candie Cook and David Meece will be on hand this year for a time of music, ministry and fellowship to share hope with all! Tickets are $20 (includes lunch). You may purchase tickets by calling (330) 385-4456 Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, or email the church office at emmpresby@yahoo.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Sept. 4. Make checks payable to Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and note in memo: Tickets FM&WG. Your tickets will be waiting at the door for you.

    Visit EPC’s website here for more details or visit the church’s Facebook page for details. There are a limited amount of tickets available as we only have 100 seats. You may also call or text CP Margie Zellars at (412) 330-8637 for details or to purchase tickets.

    Prayers are appreciated for this event, for the team, and for the people God will send to join in this event! A flyer is available here.