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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Disability Inclusion Sunday more than yearly outreach for Chartiers Hill United PC

Posted July 23, 2015

Every congregation seems to have its own niche. Maybe it’s the free breakfast it prepares for the community once a month. Or maybe it’s the garden it cultivates that provides food for the community. Or maybe it’s the prayer shawl ministry that distributes handmade comfort items to the sick. For Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church…

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Want to give something back?

Posted July 13, 2015

Give Now The Synod of the Trinity, through Presbyterian Mission Exchange, has made it easy to donate funds to some of our worthy causes, like the Peacemaking Grants we give out to presbyteries and churches within our bounds. To support the Synod’s Peacemaking efforts, or our Ministry and Mission Fund, click on the ‘Give Now’…

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Synod’s Governing Commission ready to lead

Posted July 9, 2015

There were many highlights at the Synod of the Trinity’s Assembly Meeting in State College, PA, in late June, from discussions about civil unrest and race relations to roundtable talks among commissioners to times of communion and listening to spiritually-moving sermons and devotions. Another key component to the two-day meeting was the formation of the…

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Five congregations call Ruffner Memorial PC home in Charleston, WV

Posted July 9, 2015

“Be careful what you pray for.” That could very easily be the slogan for Ruffner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV, these days. A once overflowing congregation that had some 800 worshipers on a given Sunday morning in the 1960s has seen that number dwindle to around 40 in 2015, leaving a vast church building…

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Prayer Shawl Ministry getting job done anonymously

Posted July 8, 2015

Susan Remely will admit she doesn’t know how it’s getting done. But through the grace of God, it is. “It” is the Prayer Shawl Ministry that has been thriving at Southminster Presbyterian Church near Pittsburgh. For over a decade, the Prayer Shawl Ministry has been creating knitted comfort shawls for people with illnesses or those…

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Rev. Fred Milligan has found a new home in Chile

Posted July 7, 2015

The Rev. Fred Milligan Jr. is a bit of a nomad. Moving from place to place, he has lived in eight states, spending time in anywhere from Portland, OR, to the Caribbean Island of St. Croix preaching the gospel and serving the church of Jesus Christ. So it seems fitting that after 37 years of…

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Synod Transitional Executive Susan Wonderland responds to Charleston tragedy

Posted June 26, 2015

When the news surrounding the events in Charleston, S.C., broke last week, many took to the internet to share their pain, their outrage, their disbelief and their solidarity with those affected most deeply. Posts by entities in the church ran the gamut of calling us a broken society to a need for prayer to declaring…

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