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Nov. 5, 2014
The Synod of the Trinity * Enews

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Rhythm of the Synod details October Assembly Meeting in State College

The Synod of the Trinity's third Assembly Meeting of 2014 was held in early October at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA. Over 50 commissioners and ex-officiosIMG_1291 2 made the trip to the campus of Penn State University for the two-day gathering. Among the highlights was an overview discussion on Policy Governance, which is a “comprehensive set of policies by which (a body) governs itself, proposes ends (results) to be accomplished by the organization and that limits the executive and other staff in the implementation of means by which the ends are accomplished.”

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Last-minute change sees Sewickley's mission carried out in Haiti and W.Va.

Ever put everything you had into something only to have it fall apart in the end? Remember the disappointment in not being able to accomplish something you had your heart set on for a long time?3 4
That was the feeling on a June morning in Sewickley, PA, for 42 people who had their dreams of a trip to Latin America crushed by an unforeseen circumstance. However, the group did end up south – about two-plus hours by car, not three-plus by plane as it hoped – for a mission trip that wound up having the same powerful impact the team had envisioned.
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Lehigh opts to close doors at Brainerd, open new ones with Philadelphia

Sixty-two years is a long time. A lot has happened since 1952 when Lehigh Presbytery purchased Camp Brainerd in Stroudsburg, PA. In fact, a pair of fires in consecutive years in the early 1960s destroyed buildings on the property, but hard work and determination enabled the camp to survive and flourish through the years. Until now.Brainerd4

Due to financial reasons, Lehigh Presbytery has been forced to close Camp Brainerd’s doors for good at the end of the year. While it is a sad time for many people in the presbytery who attended activities there as youths and who in turn sent their own children to Stroudsburg for summer camps, Lehigh will not be without a camp in 2015. Thanks to a proposed partnership with the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Lehigh is working toward calling what is currently known as Kirkwood Camp and Conference Center – located about 10 minutes from Camp Brainerd – its new home for youth ministry.

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Brotherhood Insurance giving back to congregations around the Synod

Insurance can be a tricky thing. Sure, when there’s an accident, insurance companies are there to help you out in urlyour time of need. But what if you’re careful and manage to stay out of harm’s way? It can seem like those regular premium payments are being made but nothing is received in return.
The Synod of the Trinity this fall wrote checks totaling nearly $84,000 to churches, camps and presbyteries within its bounds that participate in the Brotherhood Insurance Partnership.
Read more about the partnership and find out how to join by clicking here.


Synod office closed Tuesday, Nov. 11
In observance of Veterans Day, the Synod of the Trinity office will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11. The office will reopen Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m.
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Did you know?
There are roughly 200 churches in the Synod of the Trinity that have "First" in their name. Specifically, the Presbytery of West Virginia has 29 in its bounds. Conversely, there are two churches with "Raccoon" in their names.


Westminster Foundation still reaching out to W.Va. students

DE2 2The Westminster Foundation of West Virginia supports several universities in its state, including West Virginia, Marshall, Shepherd and West Liberty. Westminster also has a partner campus ministry with Davis & Elkins College. To read more about what is being done in these institutions, click here.


PW Synod of the Trinity continuing strong work

pwlogo-smallThe Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Trinity have their own website. See what’s going on with them by clicking here.


What's happening in churches around the Synod?

Did you know that the Rev. Dr. Ken Bailey's musical drama "Open Hearts In Bethlehem" will be performed at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer in December? Many congregations in the Synod of the Trinity are holding celebrations and other special events this fall. To keep up to date on events, check our website's church news page regularly.


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