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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Kibben at the helm for U.S. Navy Chaplains

Posted November 12, 2014

Margaret Grun Kibben knew as an eighth-grader what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. “I watched him (her youth pastor at the time, Blair Monie) and really enjoyed what he brought, and I felt a very strong call to be a minister,” Kibben recalled. That was roughly 40 years ago. Since…

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Synod, Brotherhood Insurance giving back

Posted October 23, 2014

Insurance can be a tricky thing. Sure, when there’s an accident, insurance companies are there to help you out in your time of need. But what if you’re careful and manage to stay out of harm’s way? It can seem like those regular premium payments are being made but nothing is received in return. Thanks…

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West Virginia creates own leadership program

Posted October 2, 2014

Jeremiah 29:11 says, according to the New International Version of the Bible, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” That in a nutshell is the backbone to the new West Virginia Institute for…

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Crestfield rewarded for fruits of its labor

Posted October 13, 2014

It’s been a pretty good stretch for the Rev. Betty Angelini. The executive director for the Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock, PA, just turned the corner on 10 years at her post. At the same time, she is part of an organization that received an international award and was also recently given…

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Lights, camera, action! East Liberty PC is stage for movie

Posted October 9, 2014

Vin Diesel sat in the pews for several days at East Liberty Presbyterian Church and also prayed with the Rev. Dr. Randy Bush. Elijah Wood was milling around the hallways and sanctuary there, too, in late September. And they weren’t alone. They brought many friends and co-workers with them to the Pittsburgh church and left…

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West Virginia MAW rebuilding lives amid storms

Posted September 11, 2014

Sometimes it takes a terrible thing to bring about something good. Ever since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the American people have gone out of their way to honor first responders and show appreciation toward the servicemen and servicewomen who have dedicated their lives for their country’s safety and freedom. That same year a…

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Edmondsons getting most out of six-month call to Rwanda

Posted September 10, 2014

Boyd Edmondson was at a crossroads. He had been called to be a preacher, but a tragic event involving his family made him question what exactly his mission in life was. As it turned out, Edmondson decided to fulfill his commitment to attend a mission trip to Rwanda soon after the tragedy, and it ended…

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