Synod SDOP coming to rescue of WEEE, others

Posted February 10, 2015

Alice Williams is no stranger to “downsizing.” She has been laid off three times during her career and knows the road back to gaining employment can be a tough one. So Williams, as much as anyone, can appreciate the opportunity to land back on one’s feet and get going again. Williams is the founder and…

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Riverlawn PC doing its part to be an Earth Care Congregation

Posted February 4, 2015

When most people plant a garden, they pretty much start and end with what kind of produce they’re looking to grow. If they have a need for potatoes, corn, carrots and green beans, then that’s what they’ll plant. The worshippers at Riverlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, WV, are not your average garden growers. They’re…

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Overbrook houses T-shirt ‘Memorial to the Lost’

Posted January 27, 2015

Last year, 203 people were killed by guns in Philadelphia. To put that number into perspective, the entire country of Japan averages less than 50 gun deaths per year. Places like Germany, Italy and France average less than 150 homicides by guns in a year, and Canada is under 200. On the other hand, the…

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Forum helps educate Williamsport community on racial issues

Posted January 20, 2015

The Rev. Sam Hwang feels strongly that things like racial justice should be part of sermons on a Sunday morning. And in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., the preacher at First Presbyterian Church in Williamsport hasn’t been shy about sharing his feelings on the subject. “It’s on TV all the time. Everyone’s…

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Friends of Jesus group growing in Washington

Posted December 5, 2014

Anyone who knows Mary Alice Jones will tell you she is a one-of-a-kind person. So it’s only natural that she’s in charge of a ministry that connects with people who are special in their own way. Jones has been leading a service at Church of the Covenant for about 15 years, a worship that is…

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Olivet PC garden grows into a community-wide mission

Posted January 13, 2015

Growing with the gifts God has given us. It’s the underlying message congregations try to convey to their worshippers on Sunday mornings. It’s also the root to what Olivet Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia accomplished last year in its own side yard. With concerns about childhood hunger in the Prospect Park area, Olivet PC decided it…

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Emmaus congregation branching out with ‘The 412′

Posted December 18, 2014

The Rev. Tim Dooner felt his congregation could do more. So the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Emmaus (PA) pushed his worshipers to go outside of their comfort zones. And that’s when “The 412” was born. On Dec. 6, Faith PC opened the doors to a new ministry in downtown Emmaus, about a mile…

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Calvary PC benefits from those moving ‘across the lawn’

Posted December 16, 2014

On a football field, three yards can make a big difference in the outcome of a game. On appropriately-named Church Street in Indiana, PA, that same nine feet are all that separate two Presbyterian churches with widely-different histories. And a new chapter in the congregations’ memoirs has been written during the past 12-plus months, adding…

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Rev. Huete coming to rescue of Kennett immigrants

Posted December 1, 2014

There are no days and nights there. The workers start long before sunrise and go underground for the next 10-12 hours just to bring home a paycheck that is sometimes less than minimum wage. And the work is backbreaking and unhealthy. Bent over most of the day with minimal light being supplied by a few…

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Meadville congregation ‘WOW-ing’ on Wednesdays

Posted November 24, 2014

Call it the “WOW factor.” For two years, the Church of the Redeemer in Meadville, PA, has been holding a Worship on Wednesday (or WOW) service that ministers to people in the area with developmental disabilities. The mid-week service began with less than 20 people coming through the doors and has blossomed into a weekly…

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