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July 13, 2017
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Being More Together

Look for a commemorative liturgy and bulletin insert in August to be used Sunday, Sept. 17, in honor of the Synod's 300th birthday!


Revealing Hope

DSC_7615ASouth Park Church looks outside its walls to grow congregation
With membership and attendance declining to single digits, the congregation at South Park Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV, reached out to the community -- and specifically the neighborhood youth -- to stay afloat.
See how this new focus has changed the direction of this church by watching this Revealing Hope video here.


Q How can your congregation better reach out into your community?
Q What unique ways do you see hope and resurrection in your life?
This video is
the seventh in a series created in honor of the Synod of the Trinity's 300th anniversary year.


Bring Home Martin FB
East Liberty Church steps out to become a sanctuary church

What does it take to be a sanctuary church? What is involved?
East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh recently made attempts to become a sanctuary church when one of its worshipers faced legal trouble. It was a leap of faith for the church's leadership and congregation.
“We are committed to loving all of God’s people without judgment," said the Rev. Patrice Fowler-Searcy, associate pastor for Mission Ministries at East Liberty. "They were in our midst, a part of our congregation, and so we’re going to support them in spite of the fact of how they got here. They’re here. God doesn’t tell any of us to qualify what we do for God’s people. God just says, ‘Love my people, feed my people, love my people,’ and that’s what we try to do.”
For more on this continuing situation, click here.

West Virginia
Prayer box helps connect Bream Memorial Church to community

Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV, was looking for a way to become more connected with its community. One thing it decided to do was construct a prayer box that people walking by could deposit requests into. It's been a success with close to a dozen concerns landing in the box on a weekly basis.
“It didn’t only help the people outside,” said Dennis Hudson, who came up with the idea, “it helped a lot of the people inside our church as well."
For more on the effect of the Bream Memorial prayer box, click here.

Upper Ohio Valley
Cadiz Church going back in time to celebrate its 200th birthday

The Presbyterian Church of Cadiz, Ohio, has endured a tornado and a fire during its 200 years of existence, but it hasn't stopped the congregation from continuing to serve its community. In honor of its milestone birthday, the congregation is celebrating its past through five monthly programs that look back at 30- to 50-year segments of the church's history.
“As you look at the history of the congregation, God’s hand is evident,” said the Rev. Erica Harley. “Our past sprung up under a grove of oak trees. It has not been without struggles, but they continue to thrive as faithful people. The Holy Spirit makes that happen.”
For more on Cadiz's bicentennial celebration, click here.
Is your church celebrating a 100-, 200- or 300-year anniversary? Let us know!

West Virginia
Troubled waters not enough to deter bridge building in West Virginia
Flooding has had a major impact on the state of West Virginia in recent years. Not only have homes crumbled because of the devastation, but many bridges have also been destroyed and not replaced, causing something like going for groceries to turn into an ordeal on a regular basis. And if an emergency occurs, it can greatly hamper the response time of personnel.
While there are volunteers willing to help reconstruct the bridges, many insurance companies won't insure them because the bridges are not being built by professionals. However, the WV VOAD (West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) was able to work through these issues and is getting construction completed on many bridges.
For more on these rebuilding projects, click here.


Carlisle continues to help and support those in need

The territory of the Presbytery of Carlisle has changed many times throughout the years, but one thing that has remained constant hCarlisle 2as been its passion and desire to step up when a need arises.
One of its main resources is Lend A Hand, which is a disaster response team that has helped in these efforts in New York, Iowa, Mississippi and locally. Lend A Hand has also helped to coordinate some medical missions to Haiti.

In each newsletter we will profile a different presbytery's history as part of the Synod of the Trinity's 300th anniversary celebration. Learn more about the Presbytery of Carlisle here.


Did you know...?

Southampton Presbyterian Church in New York stakes the claim of being the oldest Presbyterian church in the United States, having been established in 1640. However, Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Westover, MD, was started in 1683 by the Rev. Francis Makemie and calls itself the birthplace of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

Need a filing cabinet? Want a copy of 'The Steward' or 'Songs of Zion'?

The Synod of the Trinity did some much-needed house cleaning this week and now has a couple of empty filing cabinets that are available free to a good home.
We also unearthed a box of soft-cover books titled "The Steward: A Biblical Symbol Come of Age." Written by Douglas John Hall, this book aims to recapture the most basic meaning of the biblical metaphor of the 'steward' and to apply that meaning to our social context. These are also available free on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Another box of "Songs of Zion" hymnals was found as well, and these are also available to anyone who would like them.
Call us at (717) 737-0421 for more information and pickup details on any of the above items.

Pine Springs Camp dedicates new building

Pine Springs Camp, located in Jennerstown, PA (associated with Redstone and Washington Presbyteries), held ribbon cutting ceremonies in late June for its new new dining hall and multi-purpose building, which is being called “The Refuge.” An extensive capital campaign, called "Faith for the Future," was held to raise funds for the structure. Of the $1.8 million being sought, as of today $1.713 had been acquired.
The event also doubled as an anniversary party for Pine Springs, which is celebrating its 70th summer of camp.
For more information on the camp and festivities, click here.

New Wilmington Mission Conf. set for July 22-29

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.

Lackawanna presenting 'Whisper Sabbath' program

The Presbytery of Lackawanna’s Congregational Innovation Team invites pastors, elders, teachers, church leaders and volunteers to “Whisper Sabbath” on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Camp Lackawanna.

Whisper Sabbath is a time to stop and listen for God’s still, small voice in the midst of a chaotic world. A flexible schedule is planned, including time for silence, stillness, discussion and activities. All pastors, elders, teachers and church leaders or volunteers are welcome. Come and take a sabbath from the rest of the world for just one day, and see what God may have to say to you!

More information is available here. Registration is requested by Aug. 4 here. The $10 registration fee includes meals.

Kaleidoscope conference focuses on stewardship

Stewardship Kaleidoscope will be held Sept. 25-27 in St. Petersburg Beach, FL. Kaleidoscope is the Presbyterian Foundation sponsored Annual National Stewardship Conference. It is for pastors, lay leaders and anyone who is looking to learn more about stewardship in today’s church context. Over 30 workshops will be offered. To register or for more info, click here.

Anti-racism resources available through PCUSA

As part of Facing Racism, the church's ongoing anti-racism campaign, the PC(USA) offers resources based on the Confession of Belhar, the newest addition to the Book of Confessions (some resources also available in Korean and Spanish).
For more information, click here.

Loan helps churches become more accessible

Congregations wishing to make their facilities more accessible and inclusive of people living with disabilities have a new option for funding related enhancements to their campuses: The Accessibility Loan from the Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program.
More information is available here.

Wee Kirk NE Conference to be held Oct. 9-11

The 2017 Wee Kirk Northeast Conference will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mt. Pleasant, PA. The purpose of the conference is to inspire, equip, motivate and encourage small Presbyterian Churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the clergy and lay leaders of those churches. More information is available here.

Children's lesson available to celebrate Martin Luther

A free children’s lesson on Martin Luther and the gospel of grace is available through the PCUSA. Written in the format of Growing in Grace & Gratitude, this is a downloadable lesson and supplemental resource for children for Reformation celebrations. The children's lesson can be found here.
There are also books available in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation for group or individual study. Reflections illuminate this formative church event and provide a fresh look at Martin Luther, the theologian whose ideas sparked a revolution.
Resources are available here.

Mid Council Financial Network Conf. meeting in California

The 2017 Mid Council Financial Network Conference will be held Nov. 15-17 in Long Beach, CA. The theme this year is “Kicking & Screaming into the 21st Century.” Several experienced and well-qualified speakers are lined up, including keynote speaker Rev. Denise Anderson, co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly.
Registration brochure is available here. For more information, contact Diane Dulaney, treasury assistant, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at (888) 728-7228 ext. 5542.

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