Olivet PC garden grows into a community-wide mission

Posted January 13, 2015

Growing with the gifts God has given us. It’s the underlying message congregations try to convey to their worshippers on Sunday mornings. It’s also the root to what Olivet Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia accomplished last year in its own side yard. With concerns about childhood hunger in the Prospect Park area, Olivet PC decided it…

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Emmaus congregation branching out with ‘The 412′

Posted December 18, 2014

The Rev. Tim Dooner felt his congregation could do more. So the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Emmaus (PA) pushed his worshipers to go outside of their comfort zones. And that’s when “The 412” was born. On Dec. 6, Faith PC opened the doors to a new ministry in downtown Emmaus, about a mile…

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Calvary PC benefits from those moving ‘across the lawn’

Posted December 16, 2014

On a football field, three yards can make a big difference in the outcome of a game. On appropriately-named Church Street in Indiana, PA, that same nine feet are all that separate two Presbyterian churches with widely-different histories. And a new chapter in the congregations’ memoirs has been written during the past 12-plus months, adding…

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Rev. Huete coming to rescue of Kennett immigrants

Posted December 1, 2014

There are no days and nights there. The workers start long before sunrise and go underground for the next 10-12 hours just to bring home a paycheck that is sometimes less than minimum wage. And the work is backbreaking and unhealthy. Bent over most of the day with minimal light being supplied by a few…

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Meadville congregation ‘WOW-ing’ on Wednesdays

Posted November 24, 2014

Call it the “WOW factor.” For two years, the Church of the Redeemer in Meadville, PA, has been holding a Worship on Wednesday (or WOW) service that ministers to people in the area with developmental disabilities. The mid-week service began with less than 20 people coming through the doors and has blossomed into a weekly…

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Olney spreading some ‘sonshine’ on area youth

Posted November 7, 2014

No matter the weather, the First Presbyterian Church of Olney is bringing some “sonshine” to youngsters in the northeast Philadelphia area. One Saturday a month, the church is opening its doors to elementary school-aged children in its neighborhood for a program called “Sonshine Stations: Promoting a Peaceful Planet.” The activity engages children ages 6-11 in…

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Synod Assembly June 2015

Posted June 12, 2015

The Synod of the Trinity Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Synod of the Trinity Assembly Meeting June 22, 2015 (convenes at 10 a.m.) – June 23, 2015 (adjourns by noon) The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel – 215 Innovation Blvd., State College, PA 16803 Docket Dated: June 12, 2015 DOWNLOAD DOCKET HERE (All paperwork will be available…

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Nickleville finds its niche on Tuesday mornings

Posted November 14, 2014

If the Rev. Sue Montgomery had her way, the service she leads on Sunday mornings at Nickleville Presbyterian Church would include the same people she ministers to on Tuesday mornings. But for one reason or another, that’s just not possible at this time. Through it all, however, Montgomery has put together a lasting ministry that…

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Lehigh opts to close down Camp Brainerd

Posted October 28, 2014

Sixty-two years is a long time. A lot has happened since 1952 when Lehigh Presbytery purchased Camp Brainerd in Stroudsburg, PA. In fact, a pair of fires in consecutive years in the early 1960s destroyed buildings on the property, but hard work and determination enabled the camp to survive and flourish through the years. Until…

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Home Runs for Hunger another hit in 2014

Posted November 14, 2014

Andrew McCutcheon contributed 10 times. So did Neil Walker. Gabby Sanchez helped out once. And even Travis Ishikawa, who doesn’t play with the Pittsburgh Pirates anymore, had a swing worth $100 in 2014. The Pittsburgh Pirates recently wrapped up another successful season that included a second straight trip to the postseason. Along the way, the…

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