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Feb. 8, 2018
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Being More Together

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Quarterly Bulletin Insert
Congregations are encouraged to share a new Synod of the Trinity bulletin insert with their worshipers. It highlights different stories from around the region as well as helpful resources that can be found on the Synod website.
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West Virginia

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Gilbert Presbyterian Church answers Jay Nunley's call

There's a rather unique situation occurring at Gilbert Presbyterian Church in West Virginia these days. Jay Nunley has been accepted into the pulpit there on a regular basis despite not having completed seminary school, or even CRE training. His journey to become a pastor is an incredible leap of faith taken both by him and those at Gilbert.

“It’s all a great big surprise to me,” Jay said. “Really, getting a call in the first place is a great big surprise to me. I always felt like I was the exact wrong guy to be a pastor of any kind.”

To read more about Jay's path to Gilbert Church, click here.


Things are getting 'messy' at Apollo United Church

Looking for an alternative way to bring families into church who are no longer attending Sunday School, Pastor Lea Austin of Apollo United Presbyterian Church decided to try "Messy Church," a curriculum she heard about through another church in the Apollo, PA, area.

Held once a month for two hours on a Sunday evening, "Messy Church" includes a meal, a message, music, a celebration, a creative prayer and, of course, some sort of “messy” activity.

"We’re trying to get faith development back to the family as the center of it, with the church helping with that," Lea said. "It seemed like families were giving over faith development to the church, and that just hasn’t worked."

To read more what a 'messy' Sunday includes, click here.


DREAM Grant brings 'joyful noise' to Second United Church

Second United Presbyterian Church in the Pittsburgh area of Wilkinsburg, PA, received a $10,000 DREAM Grant from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2016. DREAM Grants, which stands for Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission, are the result of funds that have been given to support historic missions of the PC(USA), particularly among racial ethnic and rural populations.

The congregation used the grant to start a program called “Making a Joyful Noise: Music Bridging the Gaps.”

To read about this unique initiative, click here.


Presbytery group experiences 'the Bible coming alive' in Holy Lands

In October, 29 "pilgrims" took a 13-day trip endorsed by the Presbytery of Redstone to the Middle East so they could experience journeys similar to those that are depicted in the Bible. Needless to say, the excursion was one that will leave each member of the group with lasting memories.

"Participants expressed some surprise at how aligned Jesus was with the Old Testament scriptures," wrote Sheila Farrer, "and the ministers considered this experience to be equal to at least one year of seminary study since the Bible came alive at each new site."

To read more about this life-changing trip, click here.


Presbytery of Lake Erie: 200 years of disunity and unity

Lake ErieThe Presbyterian Church has experienced plenty of division and reuniting during its three-plus centuries of existence. The area of the Presbytery of Lake Erie has also dealt with changes over the years, most specifically with transportation and industry.
The earliest transport was on creeks or through the woods, so settlements remained small and isolated," writes William B. Moore. "Northwest Pennsylvania was not settled by Europeans until 1788. The earliest Presbyterian churches were founded about 1800. Some churches were short-lived since the oil boom towns in which they were located were ephemeral, too."
Learn more about the history of the Presbytery of Lake Erie and its region by clicking here.


From the archives

In a May 1939 edition of "The Pennsylvania Presbyterian" newsletter from the Synod of Pennsylvania, the following item appeared was copied from the bulletin of Market Square Church in Harrisburg:
"Money offers a medium and method by which we serve. Money is ourselves. First we convert ourselves, our time, our industry,  our brains, our hearts into money; then we may be the alchemy of the divine spirit, turn money into church life, into bread for orphans, into education of aspiring youth, into Bibles and gospel ministry for the benighted at home and abroad."

Black History Month event this Sunday in Philadelphia

The Presbytery of Philadelphia’s annual Black History Month Worship Celebration will be held at Oxford Presbyterian Church, hosted by the National Black Presbyterian Caucus and the Presbytery of Philadelphia, on Sunday, Feb. 11, beginning at 3 p.m. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Paul Timothy Roberts Sr., president of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.

More information is available here.

How to create, manage a church website

On Saturday, March 10, the Presbytery of West Virginia will host a free workshop on website creation and management by former PWV minister Frank Cunningham, representing Union Presbyterian Seminary. The workshop, which will be held in Charleston at a site to be determined, is similar to one the presbytery offered in 2014. It will teach participants how to use WordPress to set up and manage a website for their church or organization.

To help the presbytery gauge the interest level and determine the size of the location required, contact Amy Robinson at (304) 744-7634 or by Feb. 20 if you plan to attend.

Ministering to Suicidal Depression workshop

Soul Shop will be hosted at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty – Plain Grove Road, Grove City, PA) on Saturday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

This is a one-day training to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation. This includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories.

More information and a registration link are available here.

Tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Parkesburg

First Presbyterian Church of Parkesburg will hold a “Remarkable Tale of the Dead Sea Scrolls” on Sunday, Feb. 18, at noon. This free presentation that is open to the public will be led by Dr. Alan Fox, a professor of Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion in the Philosophy Department at the University of Delaware.
A flyer for this program is available here.

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber to speak in Allentown

The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, will be the guest speaker at the Lehigh Council of Churches’ 2018 Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lecture on Christian Unity, a two-part event to be held March 22-23, 2018, at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center in Allentown, PA. Thursday night is an hour lecture and book-signing opportunity; Friday morning features breakfast and a more expansive lecture.

Sign up for both events here and receive discounted registration. More information on the lecture is available here.

Church safety resources available on Synod website

The Synod of the Trinity has created a page on its website that lists some resources and a video on church safety preparedness and response. If your congregation has a safety plan in place and would like to share it or any other resources, let us know and we'll be happy to add them to this page.
Find the resource page here.

Youth Peacemaking Summit set for Kirkwood

Kirkwood Camp and Retreat Center, located in Stroudsburg, PA, is offering its first Youth Peacemaking Summit for teens in grades 6 through 12. The summit will be held Feb. 23-25. RSVP to by Feb. 15 to ensure a space.

There’s a lot going on in the country these days – and it can be hard to know how to help make things better. Join us as we share experiences and discuss social justice, faith and peacemaking at the youth level. We’ll be mixing in some fun challenges and games – it’s going to be fun!

More information and a flyer are available here.

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