Wee Kirk Northeast (PA) Conference

Wee Kirk Northeast (PA) Conference

2013-NE PA Wee Kirk Conference

Wee Kirk
October 13 -15, 2014
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania
A Ministry of Presbyterians For Renewal
The purpose of Wee Kirk is “to inspire, equip, motivate and encourage small PC (USA) Churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the Clergy and Lay Leaders of those Churches.”
Online registration is available at www.pfrenewal.org or for questions please contact Helen Kester at (424)980-9565 or helen.kester@gmail.com

Tremendous Bookroom provided by
Hearts and Minds Books
www.heartsandmindbooks.com
Onsite Discount and church billing available

Observe ORANGE DAY on the 25th of each month

Orange Ribbon Campaign-FBWitness and act for an end to violence against women and girls

On the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work for an end to violence against women and girls. This call comes from Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls that is related to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

orangedayPray and Worship

  • Pray for guidance for all those who work to end violence against women. Pray that all people turn from violence.
  • Opposing violence against womena prayer by the Rev. Sarah Henkel
  • Teaching elders can preach on the issue of ending violence against women and girls. Check out this sermon by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary of the White Plains Presbyterian Church.

Advocate

Act

  • Take part in the Stop Rape Now campaign to stop the use of rape in war.
  • Plan to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network provides ideas and liturgical resources.
  • Wear orange. Tell those you meet why you are wearing orange. Take pictures and share them on social media with an explanation of why you are wearing orange.
  • Join Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence.
  • Create a group in your worshiping community, mid-council, school or other location to work to end violence against women and girls.
  • Sign the global call for action to tell governments around the world that you want them to make ending violence against women and girls a top priority.
  • Ask 3 people you know to sign the call to action.
  • Join SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on Facebook and share why you think ending violence against women and girls should be a priority for decision makers around the world.

Connect with other Presbyterians

Learn what others are doing and use your imaginationUNiTE Orange Day Banner

Watsontown First Presbyterian Church

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Pastoral Letter on the Actions of the 221st General Assembly

To: The Pastors and Congregations of Northumberland Presbytery
From: William Knudsen, Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk
Subject: Pastoral Letter Reporting on the Actions of the 221st General Assembly

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This pastoral letter is to share information that we hope will help you interpret the actions of the 221st General Assembly to your congregations. I have included resources, thoughts from various Presbyterian related groups and pastoral letters. The actions of this last General Assembly have set our denomination on a new course. For some of you these actions have been long awaited and are very much welcomed. For others these actions are devastating. You are all in my prayers as we try to help interpret these actions to our congregations and as we discern God’s will as we vote on the proposed changes to our constitution.

Issues addressed in this Pastoral Letter:
1. A Thank you to our GA Commissioners
2. The Prayer of Moderator Heath Rada
3. Marriage and Civil Unions
1. Authoritative Interpretation
2. Proposed Amendment to the Constitution
3. FAQ on Same-Gender Marriage
4. Divestment
1. Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) – How We Got Here
2. GA Text Approving Divestment
3. Positive Investment Overview Video, Presbyterian Foundation
4. FAQ on Divestment
5. Letters from Presbyterian Related Groups
1. Fellowship of Presbyterians
2. Letter from the Outreach Foundation

On behalf of our Presbytery family, I want to thank our commissioners from Northumberland Presbytery for representing our congregations and pastors during this General Assembly. Our Teaching Elder Commissioner was Rev. Glen Hallead the pastor of Wellsboro First Presbyterian Church. Our Ruling Elder Commissioner was Elder Debbie Button the pastor of Tioga United Trinity Presbyterian Church. If you have any specific questions about the process or decisions of the assembly they would be more than happy to talk with you about their experience. They will be making a report our September meeting of Presbytery. We plan on voting on the amendments at our January 2015 meeting of Presbytery at Watsontown Presbyterian Church.

To read the Pastoral Letter click on the link below:                                                                            Pastoral Letter on the Actions of the 221st GA

Protestant Campus Ministry Bloomsburg University

Bloomsburg Campus MinistryProtestant Campus Ministry (PCM) is a multi-denominational fellowship that offers members of the university community opportunities for exploration and growth in the Christian faith. PCM is staffed by the Reverend Jill Young, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and is also led by a group of students committed to their discipleship in Christ. 

Groups that sponsor PCM include…

  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)
  • The United Methodist Church
  • The Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Local Churches
  • Parents of University Students
  • Bloomsburg Alumni    

The Protestant Campus Ministry’s (PCM) mission is to provide a Christian witness on the Bloomsburg University campus through providing quality worship, education, service, fellowship and programming. PCM offers and supports various cultural, educational, and religious activities that call students, faculty, and staff to seek the manifest love of Christ, that challenge them to a deeper level of spiritual growth, wholeness and wellness and encourage them to enrich their lives. 
PCM offers leadership opportunities in all aspects of its ministry and considers these opportunities to be an integral part of its work and mission.  Such development helps raise up a new generation of leaders within the church and helps students discern their calling as leaders in worship, education, fellowship, and service.

more information

Music Director Watsontown First Presbyterian Church

 The First Presbyterian Church of Watsontown is in search of a Music Director for their Sunday Services.  Those interested may contact the church office 401 Main Street, Watsontown from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday through Thursday or call 570-538-1491.

Vacation Bible School

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Vacation Bible Schools in the northumberland presbytery for the summer of 2014

 

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 June 23-27, 2014 ~ 6-8 pm First Presbyterian Church of Bloomsburg. 345 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 570-784-2322

“Workshop of Wonders” Explore God’s word and discover the wonder of who God is for us! Crafts, singing, videos, storytelling, outside play and so much more! Ages: pre-K through grade 5. Nursery care will be available. Register now by contacting the Church Office!

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July 14-18, 2014 ~ First Presbyterian Church of Galeton will hold summer vacation bible school. The sessions are open to the community and will be held in the pavilion of Galeton Center Town Park. For more information contact the First Presbyterian Church of Galeton at 814-435-6855

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July 21 – 25, 2014 ~ 6-8 pm Grove Presbyterian Church, 330 Bloom Street, Danville, PA 570-275-0692.  Join Grove Presbyterian Church for Jungle Safari .  Contact the church office for more information.

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July 28 to July 31 * 9:00 am -4:00 pm (grades 1-9). Montoursville Presbyterian Church.  900 Elm Street, Montoursville.  VBS Day Camp sponsored by Krislund Camp.  A fun filled, faith filled day camp for children and young adults.  Cost $25 – lunches and snacks are included.

Grades 5-9 will also travel to Krislund Camp for an overnight stay July 31 – August 1.  Space is limited! Registration is required to attend.  Please visit the church office at 205 Tule Street, Montoursville (570-368-1595) www.montourpres.org or contact Rachel Bradly at (570) 419-8217

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August 4 to August 6.  Milton First Presbyterian Church, 47 Walnut Street, Milton PA (570)742-4491 or pcmilton@uplink.net

Blast Off ~ Launching Kids on a Mission of God’s Love.  The theme is God Loves Us, so – love each other.  Verse: “Let us continue to love one another” 1 John 4:7.  Ages preschool – Grades 6 (K-6th in multi age groups; preschoolers have a separate curriculum).  Kids will explore God’s infinite love and practice down to earth ways to love each other.

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Presbyterian World Mission

Support our Missionaries from Presbyterian World Mission through prayer and financial support.

ayoub-card_medium250Our June Missionary is Rev. Nadia Ayoub who serves in the Ukraine.  Nadia serves as a trainer in an early childhood education program that is an outreach of the Reformed Church in Carpath-Ukraine to the Roma People.  The Roma are one of the most marginalized groups in Europe.  “I believe through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit, I was called and enabled to serve Christ among unreached people,” Nadia says.  Home Presbytery: Elizabeth; E200473, D506029

For more information on the Presbyterian World Mission in the Ukraine click on this link: World Mission Ukraine.

 

What’s Next What’s Now ~ Young Adults

PCUSA logoWhat’s Next What’s Now’ for young adults ~

When we crafted our young adult directional goal—one of six in the mission work plan that guides the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency—we intentionally stressed “joining” with young adults in the reformation of the church: not doing ministry on their behalf, but rather joining with them in doing Christ’s mission.

Perhaps no one exemplifies the spirit of joining with young adults more than Rob Fohr—our young adult catalyst—and the members of the agency’s Young Adult Ministries Team. Rob is especially excited to share with you not only our progress in engaging young adults but also the timely launch of a new young adult website, the theme of which will be a highlight at General Assembly next month. Read more about it in Rob’s message below.

Faithfully yours,  Linda Valentine

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In early March, I met with some young adults in Orlando, Florida. We had a great conversation. They spoke with me about their hopes for the church and their frustration that so many of their peers have little or nothing to do with communities of faith. One young woman said: “I know how awesome God is, but it is because I grew up in the church and had a very positive experience. Not everyone my age has had that.”

Their general thinking was that the church, and Christianity more broadly, has fared poorly in public perception these past couple of decades—partly deserved, partly not—which has led many young people to disengage. These particular young adults, however, were very engaged—and also hopeful about the future of the church—though, admittedly, their generation often connects with faith and faith communities in ways different from ours.

Since 2012, agency staff members on the Young Adult Ministries Team have engaged in similar conversations with young adults (18 to early 30s) during an open-ended “season of listening” in order to connect with them and discover how they are living out their faith or would like to do so.

After many conversations, three major themes have emerged. It seems that many young adults
1. seek out authentic intergenerational community;
2. desire opportunities for faith in action through community service and engagement; and
3. wrestle with persistent transitional questions such as “What am I going to do with my life?” and “What’s next for me?”
We wanted one place where young adults and those in ministry with them could find service opportunities, identify welcoming worshiping communities in their area, learn more about issues of interest, and explore what might be next for them in conversation with others from across the country.
After much thought and hard work, that “one place” is finally here—our new young adults website WhatsNextWhatsNow.org!

“What’s next” has become the uniting theme of all Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries related to young adults. We hope this website will serve as a hub for these ministries and continue their connectional work as we focus together on the needs of young adults and those who engage in young adult ministry.

To that end, we want to lift up churchwide opportunities going on now—hence the “what’s now”—such as the Young Adult Volunteer program, where people ages 19–30 give a year of service; and Financial Aid for Service, which assists college and seminary students with educational expenses. We also want to highlight other agency ministries many young adults are already involved in, such as the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Camp and Conference Ministries, Young Women’s Leadership Development, and UKirk (college-aged ministries). We hope to expand these connectional opportunities far beyond just the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. We are partnering with mid councils, congregations, new worshiping communities, and other PC(USA)-related entities to learn about all the places where young adults can connect their faith to action, their creativity and curiosity to community, and their passions and interests to advocacy.

We’re spreading the word about WhatsNextWhatsNow.org far and wide. We’re even shaping the young adult display for General Assembly around the question “What’s next?” Our hope is that the website will serve as a key tool in our agency-wide effort to “join with young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission.”

We ask you to join us in this journey. Check out WhatsNextWhatsNow.org to get a feel for the site, and share the website with young adults, those involved in ministry with young adults, those who want to connect with young adults, and anyone else you can think of who is asking the question “What’s next for me?”

Rob Fohr
Young Adult Catalyst