Olivet United PC celebrating before closing its doors

Posted April 13, 2015

“Death is not the final answer.” That in a nutshell is what the Rev. Matilda Chase is trying to convey from the pulpit to the worshipers at Olivet United Presbyterian Church in Easton on a weekly basis these days. The reason for this message is that Olivet United PC is closing its doors for the…

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Sewickley joins with community to ‘Save the Pink House’

Posted April 10, 2015

Sewickley, PA, no longer has its landmark “pink house.” But thanks to the work of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church and other neighbors, what had become a beloved but rundown building is now a like-new structure that will be used as a youth fellowship and education center as well as extra meeting space to continue serving…

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Holy Grounds Cafe is music to Martins Ferry’s ears

Posted April 6, 2015

Martins Ferry, Ohio, sometimes takes a backseat to its bigger brother on the other side of the Ohio River – Wheeling, WV. You see, because Wheeling is larger population-wise, it can often attract the bigger names when it comes to things like entertainment. But thanks to the Holy Grounds Café, that gap has shrunk, especially…

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March 2015 Rhythm of the Synod

Posted March 30, 2015

Rhythm of the Synod Faith Notes from the Synod of the Trinity Assembly Meeting Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel State College, PA March 23-24, 2015 The drive to State College, PA, in late March included signs of what had been and what was ahead. With spring only a few days old, trees were beginning to…

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Dunbar, WV, community helps church in need

Posted March 20, 2015

It’s been no secret how much snow has dropped on the Boston area this winter. In many places, in excess of 100 inches of the white stuff has handcuffed the area, the most that region has seen since records were first kept over 140 years ago. That snow has also caused mass destruction, with many…

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PCUSA marriage amendment passes

Posted March 19, 2015

March 17th is widely known as St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day of celebration, especially in Ireland where in the fifth century Saint Patrick did work that led him to eventually be known as the “patron saint of Ireland.” March 17th is also believed to be the day Saint Patrick died, so it’s also a…

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The Scarf Farm growing funds for Romanian rescue shelter

Posted March 13, 2015

Jen Baker traveled to Bucharest two years ago, and what she experienced left a lasting impression on her. So much so that she recently started her own business that she runs out of her dining room, donating every penny she makes to support a worthy cause there. Jen, a member at Paoli (PA) Presbyterian Church,…

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Youth get taste for hunger through 30-Hour Famine

Posted March 11, 2015

These days, people – especially the younger ones – will say “I’m starving” in order to convey that they are hungry. During consecutive weekends in late February and early March, hundreds of youth got a taste of what it’s like to be without food when they participated with their church youth groups in World Vision’s…

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Pastor Joe Ellis ‘Running Boston for Malawi’

Posted March 6, 2015

One of Pastor Joe Ellis’ favorite readings in the Bible comes from I Corinthians 9:24-27. Those verses talk about training for and competing in a race. Those are also the words Joe is using as a guide as he takes to his feet for an event that through his fundraising will ultimately benefit overseas mission…

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J. Herbert Nelson among speakers at two-day race seminar in Philadelphia

Posted March 2, 2015

For two days in mid-February, “Race and Christian Witness” and other race-related topics were discussed in Philadelphia. It offered a chance for people to be involved in conversations centered on racial equality and justice and how those talks need to be started in a church setting. Organized by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in partnership with…

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