West Virginia MAW rebuilding lives amid storms

Posted September 11, 2014

Sometimes it takes a terrible thing to bring about something good. Ever since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the American people have gone out of their way to honor first responders and show appreciation toward the servicemen and servicewomen who have dedicated their lives for their country’s safety and freedom. That same year a…

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Edmondsons getting most out of six-month call to Rwanda

Posted September 10, 2014

Boyd Edmondson was at a crossroads. He had been called to be a preacher, but a tragic event involving his family made him question what exactly his mission in life was. As it turned out, Edmondson decided to fulfill his commitment to attend a mission trip to Rwanda soon after the tragedy, and it ended…

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Kensington finds shining light at Beacon

Posted September 24, 2014

At first glance, a visitor might see the rough edges around Kensington and miss the strengths and stories that co-pastors Rev. Rebecca Blake and Rev. Karen Rohrer work at to encourage and uplift. A historically industrial Philadelphia neighborhood with residents who still take great pride in working with their hands, Kensington has seen many factories,…

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Krislund giving churches new summer excitement

Posted September 9, 2014

Revitalization. It’s a common word used these days surrounding many churches and church organizations. Numbers are in a decline, and leaders are looking at ways to boost attendance and energy in order to survive. During the summer of 2014, Krislund Camp and Conference Center seems to have found a way to help itself in this…

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Abington PC continues year-long celebration of 300th birthday

Posted September 3, 2014

A president has attended worship there. Ten other churches have spawned from it. And for 300 years, it has survived wars, depressions and even a building-leveling fire that would have caused numerous other entities to close their doors. But Abington Presbyterian Church has flourished despite any obstacle that has come its way. That in itself…

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Hawkins named new EP/SC at Shenango

Posted August 25, 2014

“I’m inviting folks to be willing to take a relational risk. In other words, find a way to step out into the community and into the unknown and just love on people and be available in places of need and see what the Holy Spirit does with that.” This is the challenge the Rev. Ralph…

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Gwynedd Square Presbyterian takes home Best of Lansdale award

Posted August 22, 2014

Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, like many congregations nowadays, was experiencing a quick drop in attendance. The reasons were varied, but the bottom line was it needed a boost in order to regain its vitality. So, along with hiring the Rev. R.J. Leek in December, the Lansdale, PA, church added several other features to its traditional…

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Youth ministry workshop hopes to dispel myth that bigger is better

Posted August 18, 2014

Bigger isn’t always better. Just ask Chanon Ross. The director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at the Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey is doing his best to dispel that myth in regards to church youth groups in the area. That philosophy will be the focal point for an upcoming two-day workshop called “Youth…

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