Presbytery News


    Security training for faith communities

    Date: December 16, 2017

    The Lehigh Conference of Churches will hold a program to inform and educate communities of faith on how to equip themselves to effectively respond in these devastating situations and take steps to possibly prevent them.

    On Dec. 16 at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center in Allentown, PA, Dale Rothenberger, of Advocate Insurance, will present on topics. For more details on the program, click here. This free seminar is open to all. Confirm attendance by clicking the registration button here.

    Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber speaking in Allentown

    Date: March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018

    The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, will be the guest speaker at the Lehigh Council of Churches’ 2018 Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lecture on Christian Unity, a two-part event to be held March 22-23, 2018, at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center in Allentown, PA. Thursday night is an hour lecture and book-signing opportunity; Friday morning features breakfast and a more expansive lecture.

    Sign up for both events here and receive discounted registration. More information on the lecture is available here.


    LeaderFest 2018

    Date: January 13, 2018

    Shenango Presbytery’s Christian Education Committee will hold its annual LeaderFest conference Saturday, Jan. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church and Westminster College.

    The guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Steve Franklin. Steve has served as the senior pastor of Meridian Presbyterian Church in Butler since 2010. He is a 2006 graduate of Westminster College, a 2009 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and he completed his doctorate in congregational transformation at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2017. Steve’s thesis focused on the impact of gospel-centered discipleship on the renewal and growth of the local congregation.

    We’ve all heard the alarming statistics about the church’s demise in American culture. Even though the population is growing, the church seems to be dying. While many of the reasons are complex, one of them is very simple. We have moved away from the Master’s plan, Jesus gives us a very clear model for the church and discipleship through his life and ministry. Join Shenango Presbytery as it explores what it means to be disciples charged with the task of making disciples.

    Click here to register online. A brochure with more information and costs can be downloaded here. A bulletin insert and flyer are also available by clicking the links.


    Leaderfest 2018

    Date: February 3, 2018

    Washington Presbytery will hold Leaderfest 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Church of the Covenant in Washington, PA. The keynoter will be Rev. Dr. Larry Selig, who will share how to discover potential lay volunteers who are presently “spectators” but can become “players” in effective and fulfilling ministries in and through the local church as they discover their motivational spiritual gifting.

    There are nine workshops to choose from. This is for all church folks who want to get energized for ministry in their congregation in 2018. More information is available on this flyer here.

Church News


    The Event 2018

    Date: January 21, 2018

    “The Event 2018,” a brand-new program for middle school and high school-age students (and leaders), will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, at Beulah United Presbyterian Church. The event will bring together youth from across the region for an evening of worship, fun, growth and fellowship. The model for the evening is similar to “club time” at a retreat, mission trip or summer camp and features games, contests, music and a keynote speaker, the one and only Mark Oestreicher. “Marko” is a nationally (and internationally) known speaker and should not be missed. Music will be led by the contemporary worship band from Westminster Presbyterian Church.

    Beulah United Presbyterian Church is super accessible right off of the Parkway East and has ample parking and space for an event of this nature. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m.  Informational/promotional flyer and registration available online.


    Grief Support Group

    Date: December 20, 2017

    It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss. Hold on to hope and gather with others on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA). Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice, will facilitate the group.