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.

Lake Erie

    The Big Event 2020: Where’s the Light?

    Date: March 28, 2020

    First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Erie, PA, will host “The Big Event 2020: Where’s the Light?” on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. How is the church called to reframe its ministry in light of the change of society’s perspective on religion?

    This Big Event calls on the perspective of speakers from several denominations and ministries. The Presbytery of Lake Erie invites you to a day filled with learning and worship. The price for the day is only $15. It is urged that congregations bring a team of listeners to cover all the workshops of interest.

    A panel of four community and church leaders will kick off the day of exploration. Guests include:
    •    Marcus Atkinson, Director of ServErie
    •    Josh Botts, Family and Youth Director, of the Second Presbyterian Church of Oil City
    •    Sr. Anne McCarthy, OSB, works toward new forms of ministry through Benetvision and Monasteries of the Heart
    •    The Honorable Joseph Schember, Mayor of the City of Erie

    More information and how to registered can be found here on the presbytery website.


    ‘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

Upper Ohio Valley

    Soul Shop

    Date: June 8, 2020

    Soul Shop, a one-day workshop that equips congregational leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation, will be held June 8 in Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. After providing a Biblical framework for understanding and preventing suicide, the specialist will develop greater suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, as well as make space, inviting those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories. There are two opportunities to attend:

    • Monday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Camp Wakonda, 5045 Dyewood Road SW, Sherrodsville, OH 44675. The workshop at Camp Wakonda has a youth ministry focus but is open to everyone.

    This important program is freely offered, but a donation of $20/person is suggested. Lunch will be included. (Additional support and resources provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Ohio Chapter.) Register online at or call (330) 456-8113. For more information, contact Pastor Michael Wallace, Christ Presbyterian Church, Canton, OH,


    ‘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

Church News


    Spotlight Concert Series

    Date: April 4, 2020

    The Spotlight Concert Series at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Berwyn, PA) continues on Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m. with three Country Music No. 1 hit-makers. Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Craig Bickhardt (“In Between Dances” – Pam Tillis) and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Thom Schuyler (“Love Will Turn You Around” – Kenny Rogers) and Tony Arata (“The Dance” – Garth Brooks) unite with drummer Tommy Geddes. Join us in the sanctuary for great music and stories.

    All are welcome to this free-will concert.

    Get more info and free RSVP tickets by clicking here.

    The Brilliance in Concert

    Date: April 17, 2020

    Come enjoy an evening with The Brilliance along with string, wind and brass instrumentalists in Westminster Presbyterian Church’s beautiful sanctuary in West Chester, PA, on Friday, April 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

    The Brilliance’s acoustic-electric, symphonic-pop songs invite you to step outside yourself; to see the world through the eyes of the other, the stranger, and those you may consider your enemy. The band is comprised of songwriter David Gungor and composer John Arndt, who crafted the new album in collaboration with Biola University Orchestra and Chorus.

    Click Here for tickets and more information.

    Early-bird pricing is still available with this code! PRESBY

    Financial Peace University

    Date: April 19, 2020 - June 14, 2020

    Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA, is coordinating Financial Peace University, a course that is nine lessons designed to help you build a budget, dump debt, grow your wealth and leave money stress behind. The classes are Sunday, from April 19 to June 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Each lesson, taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts, is based on biblical wisdom and common sense. Nearly 6 million people who have used Financial Peace University to pay off debt save and invest in the future.

    Investment: Time and $99 for member workbook and one-year membership with access to online tools to build on the journey.

    Sign up here (unique number for Highland’s class).

    The class is open to both Highland members and the outside community. Each class is set up with first showing a Ramsey video, then tools and discussion on the topic. Feel free to check out Dave Ramsey’s website for more information on his plan.

    Contact Liz Hagg (cell/text 717-875-4534 or email

    Parent Autism Support Group

    Date: March 22, 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.

Lake Erie

    Reset from the Ground Up

    Date: March 21, 2020

    A new monthly alternative service of interactive worship “Reset from the Ground Up” will begin on March 21 at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church. The target is children and young families, as well as younger adults with an experience of God’s loving presence, and it will be contemporary musically, safe and comfortable emotionally, down-to-earth, creative and interactive following 2-3 short intervals (2-3 minutes each) of sharing God’s message of unconditional love and acceptance.

    Children will be free to roam into the adjacent gymnasium if getting antsy, to play games; they’ll gather at tables in the fellowship hall worship space covered with plain newsprint paper (crayons provided) for all to draw or doodle if they wish! The gym doors will be open from the parking lot so that all can gain quick access to our worship space downstairs, and pick up beverages/refreshments on the way in! So come check it out! Invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, family!!


    Faith and Arts Series

    Date: February 28, 2020 - April 3, 2020

    First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg, PA, will reprise its Faith and Arts series during Lent, with free 30-minute recitals and an art display at noon Fridays, beginning Feb. 28 through April 3 in the church sanctuary, and mid-week 30-minute chapel service at 7 p.m., Wednesdays beginning March 4 through April 1.

    The Friday programs follow the hymn text of “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” and feature the artistry of Chris Visgitis of Wexford. His display will feature 4×4 feet oil pastel paintings drawn from a series of pieces he called “Grit and Beauty” that capture a glimpse into the everyday life of his family living in the West End of Pittsburgh during the mid-1940’s including World War II. All artwork is for sale, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Autism Society of America, Westmoreland County Chapter. Visgitis plans to be present for the recitals on March 20 and April 3.

    The Wednesday mid-week chapel services are based on the Beautitudes and will be a blend of scripture readings provided by the Rev. Martin Ankrum, pastor/head of staff at First Presbyterian, and musical interpretations under the direction of Salveson. For more information contact the church at (724) 832-0150.

    Soup for the Soul Community Luncheon

    Date: April 8, 2020

    Poke Run Presbyterian Church is holding a monthly “Soup for the Soul Community Luncheon” at its church on the second Wednesday of the month from October to May. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with soup being served at noon.

    For specific dates, click here.


    Friday Fish Fry

    Date: March 20, 2020

    Upper Ten Mile Church began its annual Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 21, and it will continue through Friday, April 10. More information is available here.