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Small Church Residency Program a helping hand in West Virginia

Posted May 22, 2015

First-call pastors fresh out of seminary school with plenty of enthusiasm and desire looking for a congregation to begin their ministry. Small churches searching for a preacher to lead them in new and exciting directions. Seems like a match made, well, from heaven. It’s the kind of relationship that is fueling the Small Church Residency…

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Hikers turn to Church of the Mountain on Appalachian Trail

Posted May 20, 2015

Its name pretty much says it all. The Presbyterian Church of the Mountain is just that – a congregation located in the Appalachian Mountains in Delaware Water Gap, PA. What the name doesn’t tell you is that the congregation opens its doors to complete strangers, providing shelter any time of the day, 365 days a…

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What’s in a name? Plenty if you ask Shiloh PC of Oxford

Posted April 29, 2015

Shiloh Presbyterian Church isn’t “second” to anyone anymore in Oxford, PA. The African-American church that had been known as Second Presbyterian Church for the past 134 years has undergone a name change in part to honor its heritage and also because the congregation is making new strides within the community. For instance, Shiloh recently built…

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‘Bright Sunday’ adds humor to service at Northway PC

Posted April 20, 2015

People don’t normally associate humor with the Bible, especially around the Easter season. Pastor Taylor Camerer isn’t one of those people. An eight-week pulpit supply pastor at Northway Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, PA, Taylor began his two-month stay on the Sunday after Easter with a sermon that was called “Bright Sunday.” Taking ideas from “Holy…

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Church on the Mall offers unique setting in Plymouth Meeting

Posted April 15, 2015

There are plenty of examples in the Bible of people, including Jesus, who took their ministry out into the streets. And if Jesus was on earth today, one can assume that he’d be doing just that, reaching out to those places like bus stops, train stations and shopping malls. One Presbytery of Philadelphia congregation is…

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Knitting ministry has Bald Eagle United PC in stitches

Posted April 20, 2015

American troops are involved. So are women recovering from breast cancer and newborn children. Guys in their leather jackets on Harley-Davidson motorcycles are pitching in, too. What was originally taken as a leap of faith seven years ago has quickly grown into something very special at Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church in Mill Hall, PA….

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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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