Presbytery News


    Saturday Seminar

    Date: January 26, 2019

    The Presbytery of Carlisle’s Education Committee will hold its 2019 Saturday Seminar on Jan. 26 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the presbytery’s office in Camp Hill, PA. Training will be held for pastors, ruling elders, deacons, clerks and treasurers. Click here to register online.

    Email registration: (Be sure to indicate your name, church and workshop choice in the email message.)

    Phone registration: 717-737-6821.


    Leader Development Day 2019

    Date: March 3, 2019

    The Presbytery of Donegal will hold its annual Leader Development Day on Sunday, March 3, from 2-5 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA.

    Workshop topics scheduled are:

    • Clerks of Session Training for New Clerks
    • Clerks of Session Training for Experienced Clerks
    • New & Experienced Ruling Elder Training
    • Deacon/Visitation Training
    • And More…

    More details will be available in January.


    Better Than Average Training: An Event for Children & Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers

    Date: February 28, 2019

    You know that feeling when you’re surrounded by people who get you? Who understand what you do and why you do it? There’s nothing like it and on Thursday, Feb. 28, Pittsburgh Presbytery wants to give you the chance to connect with others from around Pittsburgh who share your passion and commitment to ministry with children and youth. The gathering will be held at the Pittsburgh Presbytery office from 4:30-8:30 p.m. with dinner provided.

    The Better Than Average Training event seeks to connect leaders to one another and equip them for their roles in ministry with the next generation. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, full-time staff person or a brand-new volunteer and whether you’re working with preschoolers or high schoolers, there is something for you and every member of your team.

    Click here for an informational brochure.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Presbyterian Polity Workshop

    Date: March 2, 2019

    On March 2, the Presbytery of Redstone will conduct a Presbyterian Polity workshop. If you have ever wanted to understand better how and why we do things the way we do, along with interpreting the Book of Order, this is your opportunity. On that date at 9 a.m. (until noon), Rev. Cliff Foster, associate stated clerk, will be leading this workshop available to clerks, pastors and others. (For those in the Presbytery of Redstone, if you bring your 2018 session minutes and church register, the review will be completed while you are in the workshop.)

    Redstone Presbytery Calendar

    Date: August 12, 2015


    Elder-Deacon Training

    Date: January 19, 2019

    Shenango Presbytery will hold its Elder-Deacon Training Event, sponsored by the presbytery’s Christian Education Committee, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Northminster Presbyterian Church (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA). The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a light continental breakfast.

    This event will provide practical tools to better serve congregations as an elder or deacon in a teaching/discussion format. It is open to all past and present elders and deacons. Facilitators will be the Rev. Anthony Kladitis and Beth & Jeff Black.

    Click here to register online.

    Download the flyer or the bulletin insert.


    Leaderfest 2019

    Date: February 2, 2019

    The registration flyer for Washington Presbytery’s Leaderfest 2019 is now available here. The keynote topic is proving to be quite providential. Although the keynoter was arranged before recent events, God was guiding. The Rev. Andy Shaffer will lead those who gather into thinking about how to provide “Spiritual Help When Bad Stuff Happens.” The date is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, and there is incentive to register early.

West Virginia

    Youth Day of Service: Mission Possible

    Date: February 2, 2019

    “Youth Day of Service: Mission Possible” is the theme for an event for youth in grades 6-12 and their adult advisors that will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in four presbytery regions. Church sites are First Presbyterian Church, Clarksburg, WV; Highlawn Presbyterian Church, Huntington, WV; Old Stone Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, WV; and Village Chapel Presbyterian Church (with assistance from South Park Presbyterian Church), Charleston, WV. The event is free, but bring a brown bag lunch.

    A flyer is available here. Register by Jan. 24.

    Presby Prep Workshop

    Date: February 9, 2019 - February 23, 2019

    Would you like to know more about why Presbyterians do what we do as part of our worship? Find out at this course. The Presbytery of West Virginia is offering a Presby Prep Workshop on three different Saturdays in February (Feb. 9, 16, 23) in three different locations in the presbytery. Cost is $10.

    A flyer with more information is available here. Registration deadline is Jan. 24 so as to allow time to complete the advance assignment, which is not required but is helpful preparation.

    Educator, Clergy, CRE, ALP Retreat

    Date: February 18, 2019 - February 19, 2019

    “When the Bible Raises Your Blood Pressure: Faithful Wrestling with Challenging Texts” is the focus of an Educator, Clergy, CRE, ALP Retreat for Christian educators, pastors and authorized lay preachers on Feb. 18-19. Frances Taylor Gench of Union Presbyterian Seminary will be the retreat leader. The retreat will be held at Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston, WV, beginning with lunch on Monday and concluding with lunch on Tuesday.

    For more information, contact Susan Sharp Campbell at by email here or at (304) 645-4568.

    Festival of Faith

    Date: April 6, 2019

    “Being Church Today” is the theme of this year’s Festival of Faith, a day of learning opportunities, fellowship and worship that will be held Saturday, April 6, at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, WV. Brian McLaren, an author, speaker, activist, public theologian and leading figure in the emergent church movement, will present the keynote on “Being Church in a Time of Division.” There will also be workshops, a Presbyterian Publishing House bookstore, several mission/ministry partners and more. More information is available here.

Church News


    Ice Festival

    Date: February 15, 2019 - February 17, 2019

    First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, PA, will hold its annual Ice Festival on Feb. 15-17. The event includes an art show, chili cafe, Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA performers, violinist Mark Woodyatt concert and student musicians. A complete schedule is available here.


    Summer Internships

    Date: May 29, 2019 - August 10, 2019

    First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA, is offering internship opportunities for the summer of 2019. Available are full-time, paid openings for two college students or seminarians to minister with sixth-12th graders in various settings, including Sunday worship, middle school and high school fellowships, mission mornings, workcamps and other special summer events. The internship would run from May 29 to Aug. 10.

    If you are interested in exploring a call to ministry or looking to grow in your ministry leadership, this might be an opportunity for you.

    More information is available on this flyer here. Application deadline is March 3.


    Future Church Symposium

    Date: April 27, 2019

    The first “Future Church Symposium” will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA. The gathering is a spring conference for pastors and church leaders to consider how the church of tomorrow will take shape.

    Come spend a day thinking about the future of the church with futurist and author Leonard Sweet. Len will push participants, through lecture and discussion, to consider where culture is going and how the church can continue its mission through those changes. Len will also be preaching at Northminster on Sunday, April 28.

    Cost is $35, which includes lunch. More information and registration is available here.

West Virginia

    ‘True Love’ dinner and concert

    Date: February 9, 2019

    First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston, WV, in partnership with Friends of Bluestone, Inc., will host a free dinner and concert titled “True Love” featuring musical performances by Dr. Mark Hornbaker on Saturday, Feb. 9. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

    Donations (cash, check or credit card) will benefit the Bluestone Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center. Reservations are requested by Feb. 8. For more information, contact Doug Calderwood at (304) 382-1380 or A downloadable flyer is available here.

    If you are unable to make the dinner but would still like to support the event, click here to make an online donation through PayPal.