Presbytery News


    Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking

    Date: June 9, 2019

    As the term Human Trafficking is heard more and more on the news, it is important that we understand what it is, who the victims are and how we might be able to help. Our area of the country, although beautiful, is surrounded by accessible highways that connect us to the major cities on the East Coast easily. Because of this and many other reasons, trafficking is all around us.

    The Education and Mission Advocacy Committees of the Presbytery of Carlisle are working together to bring knowledge about and advocacy for this topic. We invite you to attend a forum on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at Monaghan Presbyterian Church in Dillsburg, PA. We will have a representative that works in Adams County and with Dillsburg on efforts to inform, train and respond to human trafficking. Click for a poster and bulletin inserts.


    Beyond Bullet-Points: Preaching with Screens

    Date: May 22, 2019 - May 29, 2019

    “Beyond Bullet-Points: Preaching with Screens,” a four-class series led by the Rev. Dr. Erin Cox-Holmes, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Donegal, will be held Wednesdays in May (8-29) at 9:30 a.m. at the Parish Resource Center in Lancaster, PA.

    Do you have a screen in your sanctuary? Want to move beyond PowerPoint “fill in the blank” outlines? Not sure how — or when — to use a screen during the sermon? In these interactive workshops we will look at the potential and pitfalls of using a screen during worship. Some of what we will cover are:

    • Ways to use screens during preaching
    • Other uses of the screen to enhance worship
    • How to use Microsoft PowerPoint as a worship design tool
    • Where to find images
    • Backgrounds, fonts and themes
    • Opportunities for preachers to develop their own presentation for collaborative brainstorming and feedback

    Click here for info and to register.

West Virginia

    Small Church Conference

    Date: September 7, 2019

    The sixth annual Small Church Conference will return to Fayetteville Presbyterian Church on Sept. 7 and will feature keynote speaker Judi Slater, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne, PA, and formerly on staff at the Pittsburgh Presbytery. At the 2018 Northeast Wee Kirk Conference, Rev. Slater offered the seminar “A New Day is Dawning: Small Church Partnerships,” which was described as “Times are changing for the church, but God’s Spirit is alive in some new and exciting ways with creative models of partnership ministry in smaller congregations.”

    The Presbytery of West Virginia hopes to gain new insights into how to be more effective and faithful small churches for now and into God’s future.

Church News


    Parent Autism Support Group

    Date: May 27, 2019

    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 28) from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information and to register click here.

    Summer Services & Old Leacock Day

    Date: June 16, 2019 - September 1, 2019

    Leacock Presbyterian Church in Paradise, PA, will begin its summer schedule on June 16 and the schedule will run through Sept. 1. The 8 a.m. Sunday summer services will be held at the historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, Old Leacock Road and the Old Philadelphia Pike, one mile west of Intercourse. This early church service is well attended – plan accordingly. Lemonade will be served in the courtyard after the services.

    Old Leacock Day – a 71-year tradition – will then be held after the 9:30 a.m. church service at the Old Leacock Church on Sunday, Sept. 9, and will conclude the Old Leacock summer services. Following the Old Leacock service, there will be a potluck picnic held in the church courtyard – hot dogs with all the trimmings, drinks and paper goods will be furnished. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a covered dish item to share. The community is welcome to attend.

    For further details, readers may call the church at (717) 687-6619 or click here.

Upper Ohio Valley

    Matsiko World Orphan Choir to perform

    Date: May 29, 2019

    The Matsiko World Orphan Choir will perform Wednesday, May 29, at the First Presbyterian Church of Toronto, OH. The Matsiko World Orphan Choir is 25 children from Peru, Liberia, India and Nepal, joining together with the universal language of music and hope. These incredible children tour all over the world and perform anywhere they are welcome, from school assemblies, retirement homes, festivals, markets, churches and even pro sports events.

    A Facebook post about the event is available here.