Presbytery News


    500th anniversary choir service in honor of the Reformation

    Date: October 29, 2017

    A presbytery-wide worship service in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA.

    Consider taking part in this presbytery-wide choir that will debut a newly-commissioned anthem by Robert Lau during the service. Rehearsal will begin at 3 p.m. on Oct. 29. Music will be sent prior to the service.

    This service is being planned by the presbytery’s Coordinating Council. Come join this celebration of our Reformed heritage on Oct. 29.


    Whisper Sabbath available to church leaders

    Date: August 26, 2017

    The Presbytery of Lackawanna’s Congregational Innovation Team invites pastors, elders, teachers, church leaders and volunteers to “Whisper Sabbath” on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Camp Lackawanna. Whisper Sabbath is a time to stop and listen for God’s still, small voice in the midst of a chaotic world. A flexible schedule is planned, including time for silence, stillness, discussion and activities. All pastors, elders, teachers and church leaders or volunteers are welcome. Come and take a sabbath from the rest of the world for just one day, and see what God may have to say to you!

    More information is available here. Registration is requested by Aug. 4 here. The $10 registration fee includes meals.

    Bulletin insert and flyer available.


    Middle East speakers to be featured at luncheon

    Date: August 1, 2017

    Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Great Commission Ministry Team, together with the Iraq Partnership Network, will hold a luncheon presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery to meet and hear three visitors from the Middle East. The Rev. Elmarie Parker (Mission co-worker and PCUSA liaison to the Presbyterian Churches in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria), her husband, the Rev. Scott Parker (mission co-worker and staff at Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut) and the Rev. Farouk Hammo (pastor of the Baghdad Presbyterian Church, Iraq) will present. Hear how Christians exist with hope and joy in war-torn Muslim countries. Learn how they support refugees displaced from their homes by ISIS. See how Christian outreach programs continue to expand and show the love of God throughout the Middle East.

    To make your reservation, email Cindy Miller by Monday, July 24, with the following information:

    • 1) first and last name
    • 2) name of the congregation or organization with which you are affiliated
    • 3) number of people attending

    A free-will offering will be collected to help defray the cost of the meal.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Dawsons to speak about SE Asia missions

    Date: July 10, 2017

    Barry and Shelly Dawson, Southeast Asia liaisons for the PC(USA), will make a presentation at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 10, in the Hill UP Church sanctuary (501 Second Street, Butler). They will discuss their involvement with seven Southeast Asia countries on behalf of the denomination. All are welcome! Bring a friend! Call for luncheon reservations at 724-287-5427.

West Virginia

    Creative Worship for Advent workshop

    Date: September 8, 2017 - September 9, 2017

    The Presbytery of West Virginia’s Leadership Development Coordinating Team will present a Creative Worship for Advent program on Sept. 8-9 at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV. The event will include preaching, music and visual arts grounded in the Biblical texts.

    On Friday, Sept. 8, Beverly Zink-Sawyer will explore the Advent Year B lectionary texts. On Saturday, Sept. 9, participants can choose from two of three available workshops that include “Preaching the Advent Texts,” “Visual Arts for Advent” and “Music in Advent.”

    Cost is $75 per person, and the registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 14. There will be an assignment to be completed prior to the workshop. Click here for information and a registration form.

Church News


    Global Leadership Summit

    Date: August 10, 2017 - August 11, 2017

    Everyone has influence. Experience two full days of world-class speakers and inspiring stories to develop and strengthen your influence, leadership skills and inspiration. Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester will provide viewing for the Global Leadership Summit on Aug. 10-11. Westminster is hosting this live-streamed event sponsored by Willow Creek Association. It’s open to pastors, team members and leaders, educators, moms and dads, students, businesses and not-for-profits, youth directors, etc. Bring yourself or bring a team.

    Click here to register and to learn more about the faculty for this year’s Summit. For additional information, contact Rhoda McNitt at

    Community Hymn Sing Series

    Date: June 4, 2017 - September 3, 2017

    The 15th annual Community Hymn Sings Series, “Singspiration,” will continue at the Historic 277-year-old Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of the Old Philadelphia Pike and the Old Leacock Road, one-mile west of Intercourse, PA.

    Beginning at 7 p.m., the hymn sings will be led by Tom Perella, with accompaniment provided by Dianne Yuninger, who will play the church’s 115-year-old Esteys pump organ. Lemonade will be served in the church’s courtyard after the hymn sings. “Singspiration” will continue on Sunday evenings, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 3. Everyone is welcome!

    For more information, contact the Paradise church at (717) 687-6619 or visit