Presbytery News


    Fall 2022 Anti-Racism Book Study

    Date: October 3, 2022 - October 31, 2022

    The Presbytery of Philadelphia is continuing its presbytery-wide book study focusing on issues of race, racism and anti-racism. The book study will be held Mondays in October (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) at noon, via Zoom. The presbytery has been grateful for the opportunity to engage important works and to build connections in the region. This fall’s book is “You Mean It or You Don’t: James Baldwin’s Radical Challenge” by Jamie McGhee and Adam Hollowell. Learn more at You Mean It Or You Don’t ( The book is available now.

    More information and a link to the Zoom meetings is available by clicking here.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    1001 New Worshiping Communities Accelerator

    Date: August 29, 2022 - September 1, 2022

    1001 New Worshiping Communities is hosting an event at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The Accelerator is the foundational class for those that are starting a New Worshiping Community or even thinking about it and can be helpful for existing congregations as well. The newly redesigned Accelerator is designed to walk leaders through many of the aspects of leading a NWC. This will be three days of learning and practical application of skills for those that are leading New Worshiping Communities.

    The training includes topics such as self-care, fundraising, Presbyterian distinctives, dealing with failure, developing a leadership team and more. These topics were structured by a team of NWC leaders that have gone through the process. This is free program and includes hotel, meals and program. The only cost is transportation to the event. You can register by clicking here.

    More information on the training is available by clicking here.

    Fall Confirmation Kickoff Retreat

    Date: September 24, 2022 - September 25, 2022

    Crestfield Camp and Conference Center in Slippery Rock, PA, will hold a Fall Confirmation Kickoff Retreat on Sept. 24-25. This retreat is part 1 of this year’s new PCUSA Confirmation Series. It is designed to give your students an introductory framework for confirmation.

    Led by the Rev. Brian Wallace, it will cover such topics as “The Core Teachings of Jesus” and “What it Means to be a Disciple.” Ample time will be provided as well for team and relationship building activities within church groups. While this retreat can be attended as a stand alone event if that is the best option for your church, we do encourage you to consider attending both our Fall and Spring Confirmation Retreats as they will be designed to bookend the Confirmation year.

    Arrive Saturday at 9 a.m. and depart Sunday at 9 a.m. For registration information, click here.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015


    Soul Shop for Leaders

    Date: August 18, 2022

    The Presbytery of Shenango will hold a Soul Shop for Leaders workshop Thursday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (125 N. Jefferson St.) of New Castle, PA. This is a one-day workshop designed to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicide. This includes the creation of worship resources, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the how to extend the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories.

    This workshop engages the question of how to cultivate a soul-safe culture within your congregation. All pastors and other faith leaders are encouraged to attend.

    To register, click here. A video preview is available by clicking here.

    Leaderfest 2022

    Date: September 10, 2022

    After a two-year hiatus, Shenango Presbytery will hold Leaderfest 2022 on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Westminster College and New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a 9 a.m. to noon program occurring in Wallace Memorial Chapel at the college. Lunch at noon will be served at the church.

    Brian Wallace, an associate minister at Pittsburgh Presbytery, will be the keynote speaker. Three special TED-type talks will also be held featuring Ardath Blake (“Feeding Your Soul & Why It Matters”), Carolyn Moss (“Finding New Opportunities in Christian Community  Through the Use of Technology”) and Ellie Johns-Kelley (“Project Regeneration with the Foundation”).

    The registration fee of $15 covers lunch. A freewill offering will be taken to offset the cost of the event. Children 12 and under are free, and there will be a special hands-on learning experience for children through fifth grade.

    More information is available through a brochure here. Registration is available by clicking here.

    Hope and Healing:  Mental Health Training for Pastors

    Date: September 14, 2022

    The Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA), in partnership with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is presenting a continuing education opportunity for pastors. The seminar is called “Hope and Healing: Mental Health Training for Pastors.”

    The seminar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Westminster College in the Witherspoon Rooms in the McKelvey Campus Center.

    Advanced registration is requested to plan for food and supplies and the cost is a minimal $10. A registration form is available by clicking here, and registration is available online by clicking here.

Church News


    Summer Hymn Sing

    Date: August 7, 2022 - September 4, 2022
    Time: 7 p.m.

    The annual Summer Hymn Sing at historic Old Leacock Church in Paradise, PA, will be held Sunday evenings, Aug. 7 to Sept. 4, at Old Leacock Church. Hymn sings begin at 7 p.m. Participants choose their favorite hymns either from the new Glory to God hymnal or a much older Crowning Glory songbook.

    With open windows and open doors, songs of praise will be sung to the God of our creation in a historic church building that dates back to 1740.

    Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival & Highland Games

    Date: September 10, 2022

    The ninth annual Covenanter Scottish Festival & Highland Games will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church in Quarryville, PA. Activities will begin at 9:45 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.

    Featured at the Festival will be the music of Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks, Fire in the Glen, The Washington Memorial Pipe Band and harpist Kendrah Tozzo. The program will also include Highland Games, a veterans ceremony, Scottish dancing, a haggis ceremony, sheepherding, a reenactment of the Octorara Declaration, spinning and weaving and other demonstrations, Scottish Clans and vendors, tours and research opportunities at the Covenanter Church and Museum, and plenty of Scottish and American food. It is recommended that attendees bring lawn chairs.

    More details are available by clicking here.


    Christmas in July/August Gently Used Clothing Program

    Date: July 22, 2022 - August 27, 2022

    The Outreach Committee of the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Belle Vernon, PA, is hosting a Christmas in July/August Gently Used Clothing Program.

    They will be collecting gently used closing through the last week of August. All seasons of clothing for infants, children, male and female adults, will be accepted; along with hats gloves, jackets, and coats – especially those for elementary aged children. Undergarments will not be accepted. The clothing can be placed in the social room next to the sanctuary. The clothing collected will be distributed to clothes closets of the First Methodist Church of Belle Vernon, Pillars of Faith Church in Fayette City, Little Things for Little People, and to Marian Elementary School and will be given to families in need. For more information call the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church at 724.929.7020.

Upper Ohio Valley

    The Concert on the Hill

    Date: August 28, 2022

    Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, OH, (123 Union St. Mt. Pleasant, OH 43939) is hosting “The Concert on the Hill” on Aug. 28 from 4-8 p.m. Admission and refreshments are all free. It is a celebration of Christian music and will feature The Ron Retzer Trio, Mark Statler and Jo Ann Copeland. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket.

    More information on Mount Pleasant’s Facebook page is available by clicking here.

    150th Anniversary Celebration Fundraising Dinner

    Date: September 17, 2022 - September 18, 2022

    Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, WV, will hold a 150th anniversary celebration fundraising dinner at the nearby Scottish Rite Temple on Sept. 17-18. Worship and lunch will be held at the Chapel. Proceeds of the Saturday night dinner will underwrite the costs of the free event on Sunday, so no one need be left out of the celebration. If you are a willing baker, let us know, as dessert contributions may be needed. See the order form if you would like to help us mark the Chapel’s 150th with a special t-shirt! Tickets are $75. RSVP by Sept. 2.

    More information is available by clicking here. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Martha at the Chapel at (304) 232-2630.