Crestfield Camp program aimed at stopping bullying, suicide

Posted September 14, 2015

“Theologically speaking, our triune God calls us to be like Jesus, to be ‘with.’ Through the volunteering we’re encouraging them, equipping them to be ‘with,’ particularly children and youth ministry. And then the same with the middle school retreat. How do we respond to this critical – I think some of the literature even calls it an epidemic in nature – issue?”

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Trip to Africa brings changes to Malawians and mission team

Posted September 10, 2015

Gregg Hartung and a dozen other people affiliated with churches in the Pittsburgh and Beaver-Butler Presbyteries have settled back into their lives following a nearly two-week mission trip to Malawi, Africa, in July. They have all resumed their roles as pastors, elders and church volunteers while having a trip that was beneficial – both to…

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Old Leacock PC 275 years old and still going strong

Posted September 10, 2015

Horse hooves clacking on the road outside as people filter into a sanctuary that is streaming with light through nine colorful stained-glass windows. A pump organ belting out notes as a woodstove sits in the corner of the church ready to pour heat over the congregation. While this imagery might spring to mind an 18th…

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Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community strives to be authentic, not unique

Posted August 21, 2015

What do you get when you have two college friends with backgrounds in theater and combine that with degrees in ministry? Simply put, you have the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community church in Pittsburgh. Pastors Jeff Eddings and Jim Walker teamed up to create Hot Metal Bridge, a congregation that offers a “narrative style of…

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COR values: Community of Reconciliation Church relishes its diversity

Posted August 3, 2015

On the Community of Reconciliation Church website there is a verse from Galatians that perfectly sums up the thinking behind who that congregation is. It reads, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus Christ.” While that could be…

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Trailer helps Third PC of Uniontown, PA, find its mission

Posted July 30, 2015

Prior to 2006, Third Presbyterian Church of Uniontown, PA, had never been on an adult mission trip. It wasn’t that the congregation didn’t feel it was important – it certainly does its share to support missionaries and mission work overseas — it was just that the timing and resources needed to take on such an…

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Summer Food Service Program flourishing in Columbia, PA

Posted July 24, 2015

Vicki VanSickle knows about hunger. For a time many years ago, she was raising two boys on her own, and when it came time for a meal, they ate and she didn’t. Now, she’s trying to make sure no one else has to go through what she and her children went through. Vicki is the…

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