PCUSA marriage amendment passes

Posted March 19, 2015

March 17th is widely known as St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day of celebration, especially in Ireland where in the fifth century Saint Patrick did work that led him to eventually be known as the “patron saint of Ireland.” March 17th is also believed to be the day Saint Patrick died, so it’s also a…

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The Scarf Farm growing funds for Romanian rescue shelter

Posted March 13, 2015

Jen Baker traveled to Bucharest two years ago, and what she experienced left a lasting impression on her. So much so that she recently started her own business that she runs out of her dining room, donating every penny she makes to support a worthy cause there. Jen, a member at Paoli (PA) Presbyterian Church,…

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Youth get taste for hunger through 30-Hour Famine

Posted March 11, 2015

These days, people – especially the younger ones – will say “I’m starving” in order to convey that they are hungry. During consecutive weekends in late February and early March, hundreds of youth got a taste of what it’s like to be without food when they participated with their church youth groups in World Vision’s…

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Pastor Joe Ellis ‘Running Boston for Malawi’

Posted March 6, 2015

One of Pastor Joe Ellis’ favorite readings in the Bible comes from I Corinthians 9:24-27. Those verses talk about training for and competing in a race. Those are also the words Joe is using as a guide as he takes to his feet for an event that through his fundraising will ultimately benefit overseas mission…

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Hoover finds her passion in Palestine

Posted February 27, 2015

About five years ago, Sandi Hoover was on a sight-seeing trip through the Middle East, making stops in places like Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Israel. The final stop of the tour was in Bethlehem, and while she was taking in the scenery she bumped into a group of students from the city’s local university. As…

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Remembering a helping hand – 30-plus years later

Posted February 24, 2015

It’s been nearly 40 years since “Brian” graduated from college. The education he received has helped pave the way for a successful career in engineering for the man who now lives in Texas. As “Brian” begins to reflect on that profession as retirement looms, the 60-year-old can’t help but think back to his days in…

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Book Review: Englund-Krieger takes look back at influential mission leaders

Posted February 23, 2015

The Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger enjoys writing. He also enjoys research and history, so it’s not a stretch that the executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Carlisle just recently polished off his second book. “The Presbyterian Mission Enterprise: From Heathen to Partner,” which became available on Amazon.com in mid-February for $22.50, traces the history of mission…

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Westminster provides avenue for drive-thru service ashes

Posted February 13, 2015

There are a lot of things you can get conveniently at a drive-thru. Big Macs, banking services and prescriptions are just a few of them. Westminster Presbyterian Church has added to that list. For 90 minutes on the morning of Ash Wednesday, the West Chester congregation offered drive-thru ashes – along with a free cup…

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Wilson College chaplain Magee taking talents to Iona Community

Posted February 12, 2015

Northern Ireland and the Isle of Iona are separated by only 145 miles, as the crow flies. Yet to travel between the two is a journey of about 330 miles and involves going via the mainland of Scotland and two ferry rides. For the Rev. Dr. Rosie Magee, such a circuitous route is familiar. She’s…

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