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March 4, 2015
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Bruce Stevens named Synod of the Trinity's Executive Emeritus

BruceFormer Synod of the Trinity Executive the Rev. Dr.  Bruce Stevens was honored with Executive Emeritus status for "his long and faithful years of service to the Synod" during the Presbytery of West Virginia meeting on Feb. 28. Pictured with Bruce are, from left, Synod Transitional Executive Susan Faye Wonderland, 2014 Synod Moderator Jim Robinson and former Synod Executive Tom Johnston. Ideally a presentation like this would take place at a Synod Assembly meeting, but in this case Susan asked, with a smile, if those in attendance would stand in for the rest of the Synod of the Trinity! The back of the framed certificate was signed by the Synod's Executive Presbyters.


J. Herbert Nelson among speakers at two-day race seminar in Philadelphia

For two days in mid-February, “Race and Christian Witness” and other race-related topics were discussed in Philadelphia. It offered a chance for people to be involved in conversatioPhilly-talksns centered on racial equality and justice and how those talks need to be started in a church setting.
Organized by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia Chapter of the Presbyterian National Black Caucus, the weekend event’s featured speaker was the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, the director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness. In the neighborhood of 75-100 total people turned out for the two rounds of talks.
"One thing that I always believed is that communities of faith that are diverse have a wonderful opportunity to give something to the larger society by having these types of conversations in their midst,” said Kevin Porter, the stated clerk for the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
To read more about the two-day forum, click here.


Ash Wednesday drive-thru service a success at Westminster PC

There are a lot of things you can get conveniently at a drive-thru. Big Macs, banking services and prescriptions are just a few of them. Westminster Presbyterian Church has added to that list.img_1323-300x225
For 90 minutes on the morning of Ash Wednesday, the West Chester congregation offered drive-thru ashes – along with a free cup of coffee – to all of the passers-by willing to drive around the circle by the church’s front door, located just off well-traveled Route 202. From 7-8:30 a.m. on Feb. 18, all four of Westminster’s pastors were on hand to distribute the ashes and serve people who might otherwise not have the time or desire to participate in an Ash Wednesday service.
“Some Westminster members showed up who would otherwise not have been able to receive ashes,” said the Rev. Don Lincoln. “Some folks from other congregations that didn’t have an Ash Wednesday service at a time that allowed for them to participate came and shared the beginning of Lent with us."

To read more about the service, click here.


Kreutz Creek PC's Sandi Hoover finds her passion in Palestine

About five years ago, Sandi Hoover was on a sight-seeing trip through the Middle East, making stops in places like Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Israel. The final stop of the tour was in Bethlehem, and while she was taking in the Hoover-1scenery she bumped into a group of students from the city’s local university.
As they talked, the students shared their stories to Hoover, including what daily challenges and limitations they face growing up in a militarily-occupied country in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
What Hoover’s been doing ever since that encounter is making about two trips per year back to Palestine working in the school system teaching English. Or she’s helping mothers in a refugee camp who have disabled children who do not otherwise receive support from their own country.
Read more about Hoover's travels to Palestine here.


Carlisle's Mark Englund-Krieger takes look back at influential mission leaders in book

The Rev. Mark Englund-Krieger enjoys writing. He also enjoys research and history, so it’s not a stretch that the executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Carlisle just receEnglund-Krieger-Mark-300x199ntly polished off his second book. “The Presbyterian Mission Enterprise: From Heathen to Partner,” which became available on Amazon.com in mid-February for $22.50, traces the history of mission work by the Presbyterian church by profiling a different mission leader (or two) in each of its 13 chapters.

With the foreword written by Hunter Farrell, the director of Presbyterian World Mission, the book was a labor of love that took nearly two years to complete, but it’s a subject that’s close to Englund-Krieger’s heart.

“The world mission conversation has been something we’ve been very involved with here (at the Presbytery of Carlisle),” he explained. “It’s been very important to me, and we have this partnership in Honduras that’s been a big piece of our ministry in the presbytery.”
To read more about the book, click here.


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Did you know?
The only Christian minister to sign the Declaration of Independence was Presbyterian. The Rev. John Witherspoon went on to become the president and head professor of the small Presbyterian College of New Jersey, which is now known as Princeton University.


SDOP Sunday is March 15. Please consider giving

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Each year, on a Sunday in Lent, Presbyterians celebrate the ministry of Self-Development of People, a ministry of the One Great Hour of Sharing. This year, SDOP Sunday is March 15. Presbytery SDOP committees receive half of SDOP's 32 percent of the One Great Hour of Sharing monies collected by their presbytery.
Pastors can find Sunday worship resource materials like hymns, liturgical suggestions and stories about SDOP here.
SDOP continues to do great work in the bounds of the Synod of the Trinity. Read about it here.


Remembering a helping hand – some 30-plus years later

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It’s been nearly 40 years since “Brian” graduated from college. The education he received has helped pave the way for a successful career in engineering for the man who now lives in Texas.

As “Brian” begins to reflect on that profession as retirement looms, the 60-year-old can’t help but think back to his days in college. And when he does reflect, he fondly remembers the financial support he received that enabled him to attend the college of his choice, which also happened to be a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affiliated school. Those funds were mostly in the form of a grant from what was then known as the Synod of Pennsylvania (now the Synod of the Trinity) that covered nearly all of his tuition costs.
“Brian,” who is not Presbyterian, elected to remain anonymous for this story. He expressed his gratitude toward the Synod by donating $5,000 in late December to the Synod.
Read about the gift here.


Synod Assembly meeting set for March 23-24

IMG_1261 2The Synod of the Trinity's assembly meeting will be held March 23-24 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College. Please be in prayer for the Synod as it meets to move forward on the Policy Governance Manual. Also, new Moderator Barbara Chaapel and new Vice-Moderator Johnnie Monroe will be installed at the meeting on Monday morning.


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