Presbytery News


    Women’s Retreat

    Date: April 24, 2020 - April 26, 2020

    A retreat for women in the Presbytery of Donegal will be held April 24-26 at St. Mary’s of Providence Retreat Center in Elverson, PA. Led by the Rev. Patty Stoltzfus, the retreat’s theme will be “Fly While You Still Have Wings: And Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me.”

    Look for registration forms to be sent out in January.


    Author Tod Bolsinger to present at presbytery meeting

    Date: January 24, 2020

    Tod Bolsinger, the author of “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory,” is being made available to the region through Lehigh Presbytery.

    Tod will be at the presbytery’s stated assembly at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA, on Friday, Jan. 24, from 1:30-4 p.m. The presentation will include time for conversation around tables. Tod is willing to stay longer for an additional, perhaps more in-depth, conversation until about 5:30 p.m. if there is interest. Contact the presbytery office, as soon as possible, if you are interested in staying for the additional period so it can make those arrangements with Tod.

    If you cannot make it to Bethlehem, there are options for joining the presentation virtually at one of the two hub churches on Jan. 24:

    1. virtual hub host church, East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church, 55 Smith Street, East Stroudsburg, PA, 18301 in conference room 3 (handicapped accessible, parking in lot, limit 15-18 participants)
    2. virtual hub host church, Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, 44 West White Street, Summit Hill, PA, 18250 (small parking lot and on street parking, not handicapped accessible, limit 10-20)

    Please be sure to RSVP to the Presbytery office by January 17 with your attendance and which venue you will be at. A limited supply of Tod Bolsinger’s book, “Canoeing the Mountains,” is available in the presbytery office at a discounted price of $12. Call and reserve your book today – they are going fast.

    A flyer with additional information is available here.


    African American Presbyterian Heritage Celebration

    Date: February 9, 2020

    The Presbytery of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus will hold their annual African American Presbyterian Heritage Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Oxford Presbyterian Church, beginning at 3 p.m.

    The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will be the guest preacher. Refreshments will follow worship. Contact Oxford Presbyterian Church at (215) 247-9487 for more information.

    Ecumenical Equipping Event

    Date: February 25, 2020

    The Presbytery of Philadelphia will hold its annual ecumenical equipping event in partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (ELCA) and United Lutheran Seminary on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. This event is open to all ministry leaders. Bring your team! Cost is $15, which includes full event, refreshments and lunch.

    More information and the registration link are available here.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    ‘Mission Ex’ service trip

    Date: June 28, 2020 - July 2, 2020

    Attention Youth Leaders: Here is an opportunity to do a mission trip specifically designed for Middle School Youth! “Mission Ex” is a five-day/four-night program with service projects, worship, great teaching, zip-lines and crazy games from June 28 to July 2. Just bring your youth – Pine Springs Camp in Jennerstown, PA, does all the planning. For more information, click here, call (814) 629-9834 or email

    Redstone Presbytery Calendar

    Date: August 12, 2015


    ‘Mission Ex’ service trip

    Date: June 28, 2020 - July 2, 2020

    Attention Youth Leaders: Here is an opportunity to do a mission trip specifically designed for Middle School Youth! “Mission Ex” is a five-day/four-night program with service projects, worship, great teaching, zip-lines and crazy games from June 28 to July 2. Just bring your youth – Pine Springs Camp in Jennerstown, PA, does all the planning. For more information, click here, call (814) 629-9834 or email

    Leaderfest 2020

    Date: February 1, 2020

    Washington Presbytery’s Leaderfest is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1. The keynote theme is “Reconciliation: God’s Call in Every Ministry.” This flyer includes more information.

West Virginia

    Festival of Faith

    Date: March 28, 2020

    The Presbytery of West Virginia’s annual Festival of Faith will be held Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, WV. This year’s theme is “Hopes and Dreams: God’s Church in the World.”

    This year’s Festival of Faith will feature Presbyterian Outlook Editor Jill Duffield as the keynote speaker, focusing her presentation on what people beyond our walls are saying about us, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She will also lead one of the many workshops we will offer; plus, there will be fellowship, learning and worship for all. Complete workshop and registration information will be available soon. The early registration deadline, which will save you some money, is Thursday, March 12.

    More information is available here.

Church News


    Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop

    Date: March 14, 2020

    Palm Lutheran Church in Palmyra, PA, will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. This half-day, three-session workshop is designed to help congregations catch a vision for strengthening their caring ministry through equipping laypeople as caregivers.

    During this event, participants will also develop caregiving skills they can use right away. The cost of this workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information or to register for this half-day Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, click here or call Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600.


    Burns Night Supper

    Date: January 25, 2020

    The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation will hold its Burns Night at Historic Beale Manor in Parkesburg, PA, on Saturday, Jan. 25. The evening will begin promptly at 6 p.m. when guests are greeted by a piper, followed by a social time and a host’s welcome. A traditional haggis ceremony will follow ending with a toast.

    A supper buffet of smoked salmon, haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, neeps and tatties, salad, trifle and shortbread will be served. After supper guests will be invited to honor the life of Rabbie Burns with speeches, readings and toasts. Bagpiping and fiddle music will be heard throughout the evening. Guests will be invited to gather around the piano to sing Burns songs to conclude the evening.

    Beale Manor, a stunning, Victorian style mansion house was built in 1813 by John Parke, founder of Parkesburg, and reconstructed in 1896 by iron master Horace Beale.

    We hope you will join us for this festivity to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. The fee for this fundraising event is $60.00 and includes food, drink and entertainment. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at a later date. Lodging can be found nearby. For tickets, click here or call (610) 593-6989.

    Parent Autism Support Group

    Date: January 26, 2020

    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 2019) from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information and to register click here.


    Neighborhood Meeting on Suicide Prevention

    Date: January 23, 2020

    Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Brodheadsville, PA, will hold a “Neighborhood Meeting on Suicide Prevention” on Thursday, Jan. 23 (snow date is Feb. 6). The event will teach attendees what to look for and where to get help. Resource tables will be available from 5-6:30 p.m., with the presentation lasting from 6:30-8 p.m.

    RSVP with number of attendees to (570) 992-0158.


    Second annual Future Church Symposium

    Date: April 18, 2020

    Pastor Jordan Rimmer and Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA, are excited to welcome Reggie McNeal for its second Future Church Symposium on Saturday, April 18.The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Reggie will look at where the culture is going and what it will take to be a church that rises to the challenges of the future. Reggie will also be preaching at Northminster Church on Sunday, April 19.

    Cost is $35, which includes lunch. More information, including a link to registration, is available here.