Presbytery News

Carlisle

    Dori Hjalmarson Visit

    Date: March 25, 2023 - March 28, 2023

    Dori Hjalmarson, a mission co-worker in Honduras, will be visiting in the Presbytery of Carlisle from March 25-28. In addition to the opportunities that appear below, Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle is hosting lunch and conversation with Dori on Monday, March 27, at 11:30 a.m. on the topic “What Jesus Looks like from ‘The Other Side.'” The invitation is extended to any in the presbytery who wish to attend this gathering that will focus on what life looks like from the perspective of rural Honduran women and children: these are the folks leaving their homeland and seeking asylum in America in huge numbers. For lunch planning purposes, leave a voicemail at 717-243-4571 ext. 207 or email vicki@growwithsecond.org to let the church know you will attend.

    Here are the other opportunities to connect with Dori while she’s here:

    Sunday, March 26, morning – Dori will preach in both worship services at Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. She will also speak at the adult Sunday School classes in between worship services.

    Sunday, March 26afternoon – Dori will give a presentation at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, time to be determined.

    Monday, March 27, evening – Dori will speak at Monaghan Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. All of these presentations are open to the presbytery. For more information, contact Kathy Wells (717-571-3706 or kathywells1207@gmail.com).

    The Presbytery of Carlisle has been involved with the Presbytery of Honduras since 2006.

Philadelphia

    Discovering Resources for Ministry in Your Midst Event

    Date: May 6, 2023

    All pastors and church leaders from the Presbytery of Philadelphia are invited to a workshop titled “Discovering Resources for Ministry in Your Midst Event” on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield (Flourtown) sponsored by the Presbyterian Foundation.

    This is a great opportunity to learn about the current philanthropic landscape, glean new ideas for ways to resource your ministries, and explore ways to create a culture of generosity within your church. Following a brief plenary, morning and afternoon workshops will be offered, with a Q&A time to explore your ideas. Lunch and childcare will be provided.

    To register, click here.

    Presbytery of Philadelphia Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015

Pittsburgh

    Palm Sunday Unity Service

    Date: April 2, 2023

    Join the National Black Presbyterian Caucus and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute for a Palm Sunday Unity Service on Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m. The in-person gathering will be held at Hicks Memorial Chapel at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and an on-line option is available as well. The sermon will be provided by the Rev. Dr. B. De Neice Welch, senior pastor at Bidwell Presbyterian Church.

    For more information and to register, click here.

    Pittsburgh Presbytery Calendar

    Date: September 17, 2015

Redstone

    Pastor and Elder Training Workshops

    Date: April 15, 2023 - May 13, 2023

    Pastor and Elder Training Workshops presented by the Inter-Presbytery Leadership Formation (IPLF) are again being offered during the spring of 2023. Workshops include:

    • Disability, Healing, and the Scriptures (April 15), Dr. Daniel Frayer-Griggs, instructor
    • After the Commission: Reflections on IPLF and Pastoral Service (May 13), panel of former IPLF students and CP’s, instructors

    All workshops are from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., are free and will be offered in person at the Presbytery of Redstone office along with an online option via Zoom. To register for any of these workshops, contact Bobbie Shaffor at Redstone at 724.837.6737 or secretary@redstonepresbytery.org.

    Redstone Presbytery Calendar

    Date: August 12, 2015

Shenango

    Lay Leader Seminar

    Date: May 7, 2023 - May 9, 2023

    The Presbytery of Shenango will hold a Leadership Seminar for lay leaders and pastors Sunday, May 7, from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA. Tod Bolsinger, the author of “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory,” will be the keynote speaker.

    This event is just $10 per person, but churches can bring five or more lay leaders to the event for just $50. Snacks and beverages will be provided for adults. In addition to this event for adult leaders in your congregations, there is a children’s program planned. The cost per child is $5, and parents are asked to provide a snack and drink for their children.

    Download a flyer by clicking here. Registration available by clicking here.

    Tod will also be available Monday-Tuesday, May 8-9, as he leads pastors in the presbytery’s Spring Pastor Retreat at Villa Maria Conference Center. Shenango pastors can commute for $70, or they can stay overnight with a private bath for $115 (prices are subsidized by the presbytery).

    Download a flyer by clicking here. Registration available by clicking here.

    To learn more about what Tod has planned for the May weekend, watch this preview video here.

Washington

    Resurrection Power’s Annual Breakfast Banquet

    Date: April 15, 2023

    Resurrection Power’s annual Breakfast Banquet fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at The Elks Lodge in Washington, PA. Resurrection Power is kindly asking that churches prayerfully consider sponsoring a table for the event. See the a flyer here for sponsorship information and additional details. Support of this vital ministry in the Washington community is greatly appreciated!

    Leaderfest Lite

    Date: May 6, 2023

    Washington Presbytery will hold its “Leaderfest Lite” gathering Saturday, May 6, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Covenant in Washington, PA. Along with Basic Ruling Elder Training and Basic Deacon Training, workshops will be offered on topics of Stewardship and Church Connection & Relationships, plus there will be a session minute book and roll book review station. All details and registration info can be found on the presbytery’s Leaderfest Lite flyer, which may also be used as a bulletin insert to share with your congregations.

    To register, click here. Cost is $15, and the deadline to register is May 1.

West Virginia

    Festival of Faith

    Date: April 1, 2023

    The Presbytery of West Virginia will hold its annual Festival of Faith gathering Saturday, April 1, at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Teri McDowell Ott, editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, will be the keynote presenter for this year’s Festival of Faith, which will have the theme “Necessary Risks.” Her keynote will focus on “Embracing a Love Ethic,” which can guide us in these divisive, polarized days of “purple” churches, where listening well, embracing humility and encouraging vulnerability in our conversations with people of diverse perspectives are important.

    Additionally, she will lead two workshops. The first will be on “Living a Love Ethic,” which will build on the keynote’s “whys” of embracing a love ethic and focus on the “hows” of living a love ethic in everyday life, including practices and strategies to engage with others across lines of difference. The second will focus on the work and vision of The Presbyterian Outlook, the PC(USA)’s only independent publication. Plus, there will be several other workshops, a time of worship, and fellowship throughout the day. Complete information and registration forms are available by clicking here.

    Still Seeking to Be Faithful – Creative Conflict Transformation in a Divided Age

    Date: April 20, 2023

    The Presbytery of West Virginia will host an Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox gathering on Thursday, April 20, at Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston (and on Zoom, if requested) on the topic of “Still Seeking to Be Faithful – Creative Conflict Transformation in a Divided Age.” The conversation will be led by Carl Horton, the coordinator for the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Interim Coordinator for the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy.

    In a time of heightened partisanship and pronounced divisions, it is harder than ever to maintain the unity of our communities. After more than three years of Covid distancing us and elections dividing us, the pandemic and politics have taken their toll on our well-being. Starting with “Seeking to Be Faithful Together: Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement,” published by the PCUSA Peacemaking Program several years ago, but still relevant today, this event will explore best practices, theological and biblical guidelines, new models and creative strategies to not only hold the church together but also to strengthen the ties that bind us together in these disruptive and disagreeable times.

    For more information and to register, click here.

Church News

Beaver-Butler

    Mission trip to Madisonville, KY

    Date: June 4, 2023 - June 10, 2023

    Old Union Presbyterian Church in Mars, PA, is organizing a mission trip to Madisonville, KY, to assist with the ongoing rebuilding work from the December 2021 tornadoes that struck western Kentucky. Volunteers will work with the Fuller Center for Housing and stay at their host church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Madisonville. The trip is scheduled for June 4-10.

    The trip is open to anyone over the age of 16, regardless of skills or abilities. The trip can include up to 30 people on the team. Once the team roster has been finalized, there will be an organizational meeting to prepare. The cost for participation will be $100 at most. Donations, grants from the presbytery and synod, and leftover money from previous trips will make up the balance of the cost.

    To sign up, contact Rev. Dr. Peter de Vries (oldunionchurch@gmail.com or 724-538-8672) and send a $10 deposit to Old Union Presbyterian Church, 200 Union Church Road, Mars, PA 16046.

Huntingdon

    Annual Musical Tapestry

    Date: April 23, 2023

    Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church’s Annual Musical Tapestry will be held Sunday, April 23, in Tyrone, PA. The annual celebration of music, food and friendship started as a humble demonstration of and fundraiser for the church’s new Allen organ and has blossomed into a quarter-century of local musical performances.

    The Musical Tapestry formula is simple: 60-90 minutes of short secular and sacred musical performances by church and community members followed by food and fellowship. For more information, contact Will Nichols (texts are OK) at (814) 207-6730 or wrn5003@gmail.com.