Presbytery News

Carlisle

    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. Interested singers, SVP by June 1 to ssouder@carlislepby.org. Include your name, church and voice part in your response.

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

Upper Ohio Valley

    Gun Violence: Its Ripple Effects and Prevention

    Date: June 3, 2017

    “Gun Violence: Its Ripple Effects and Prevention” will be held Saturday, June 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. For all faiths and no faiths — all are welcome.

    Hosted by the United Presbyterian Church, 310 E Main St, Richmond, OH (near Steubenville/Wintersville, just five miles north of Rt. 22 along Rt. 43). Sponsored by the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery’s Peacemaking Sub-Committee, the program will begin with worship in a retreat/workshop setting followed by watching and discussing the documentary film Trigger: The Ripple Effects of Gun Violence, produced by PCUSA.

    After lunch (simple and provided), we will engage in a series of five studies prepared by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship that addresses gun violence prevention. We will end with a time for meditation and prayer. Preregistration requested by Tuesday, May 30, at 4 p.m. E-mail pattyuov@uovpresby.org or call (304) 232-3490. If the answering machine picks up, leave your name and a phone number.

Church News

Donegal

    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  www.leacockpres.org.

    Community hymn sing at Old Leacock Church

    Date: May 7, 2017 - September 3, 2017

    The 15th annual Community Hymn Sings Series, “Singspiration,” began on Sunday evening, May 7, at the Historic 277-year-old Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of the Old Philadelphia Pike and the Old Leacock Road, 1-mile west of Intercourse in Lancaster County, PA.

    Beginning at 7 p.m., the hymn sings are 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) before concluded on Sunday, Sept. 3. Everyone is welcome!

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

Redstone

    Muslim religion expert to speak at Mt. Pleasant church

    Date: May 31, 2017

    The Reunion Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant, PA (769 Main Street) will host a presentation on the Muslim religion from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. Making the presentation will be Nadia Khawaja from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

    Nadia was raised in South Florida and in the suburbs of Atlanta. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Homeland Security where she served in various leadership roles at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She now represents various Muslim organizations in outreach efforts in Pittsburgh. She has resided in the Pittsburgh area for three years and lives with her husband, Omar Khawaja, and two daughters.

    “It is our hope in sponsoring this event that many harmful misperceptions about Islam might be dispelled, and that persons might come to a greater understanding of and appreciation for this beautiful religion,” said John Morrow, organizer of the event. “As Christians, we feel that we need to respect all persons of all faiths and religions, and to do all we can to foster peace and goodwill.”

    The program is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call John Morrow at (724) 547-3042.