2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women

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Registration is officially open!


Ready to make a multitude of Minneapolis memories! Now’s your chance! The much-anticipated day has finally dawned! Registration for the 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women is (drumroll, please) officially open!
Full Gathering registration is just $395 (less than in 2012)! And if you register online or postmark your registration by March 20, you
• will receive a special-edition Gathering pin. Register by March 20 and you will get a ticket at Gathering check-in that you can redeem for a special-edition pin.
• are a good steward! Your prompt registration helps Presbyterian Women anticipate attendance more accurately, ensuring that the Gathering offers the right programs for the right number of participants.
• will have priority to purchase a limited-edition Gathering tote bag. Register early to purchase one of these eco-friendly totes!
• can vote for the official Gathering theme song. Provide an email address with your registration and you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to hear the contenders and cast your ballot.
Are you ready to register? If so, visit the official Churchwide Gathering website: www.presbyterianwomen.org
On the official Gathering website, you will see
• the Churchwide Gathering registration booklet pdf. If you wish to receive a printed copy of the book, please visit the Church Store (http://store.pcusa.org/) and enter the item number PWR15001 in the search box (or call PDS toll free, 800/524-2612);
• the Churchwide Gathering promotion video (ready to share with your PW friends);
• logos with instructions on how to create your very own custom Churchwide Gathering logo items;
• wallpaper of the logo for your smart devi
• and of course, the link to register for the Gathering (and information about hotel accommodations, travel, and exhibitor information).

Human Trafficking Awareness

An important message from
Grace Marable
Social Action Coordinator (Philadelphia Presbyterian Women)

 2f77c80a7cbbc2bcd61dfc5a40526c3fJanuary 11, 2015 was Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  You can find many resources to share with your congregations at http://www.traffickfree.org

The hotline number is 888-3737888

There is a film available at http://www.polarisproject.org

There is literature available on the Presbyterian Mission website (bulletin inserts)

There are organizations around that are working hard to put a stop to this crime

SOAP (start a) Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution campaign www.trafficfree.com

Work with ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking)

www.thecode.org      www.ecpatusa.org

You can support organizations working with-at-risk women and girls to prevent trafficking

Eagles Wings –   Lifeboat Project – Ecumenical Women’s Coalition against Human Trafficking- Restore Hope www.facebook.com/ewcahumantrafficking



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2015 Winter Leadership Conference

put_this_on_calendar_clip_art-285x300FEBRUARY 28, 2015 ~ THE 2015 WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
will be held at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church * 900 Elm Street, Montoursville, PA
8:30 Registration and Refreshments
                                                     Workshops begin at 9:00
                                                     Closing 12:00 pm
Click below to Register or contact the Northumberland Presbytery Office at 570-368-3906 or presbynorth@comcast.net
SNOW DATE: Saturday March 7, 2015
Ruling Elder Training: This class is important for newly ordained Ruling Elders to prepare them for their role as spiritual leaders.  Facilitator will be the Rev. Dr. William Knudsen.  Handbook will be provided.
Deacon Training: {Deacons and other caregivers} How to harness the power of caregivers in your congregation.  This class is very important for all newly ordained deacons to help them understand the biblical concept of providing compassionate care to those in their congregation.  This class is open to anyone in your congregation that is providing care to others.  Facilitator will be Rev. Elizabeth Affsprung.  Handbook will be provided.
Change bags aren’t  just for change anymore: There are a variey of tools that do not require high tech equipment or a brain surgeon to use when teaching others about Jesus Christ.  Change bags, evangecubes, stickers, flaming Bibles, and other items can be used to teach children, youth and Alzheimer patients.  Simple messages about the love of Jesus.  Persons attending the seminar will learn how to use such tools to minister to the needs of others, and how to obtain them.  Facilitator will be the Rev. Dr. James Behrens.
Perspectives: “God has a world-sized role for every Christian in God’s global purpose: Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.  This class will introduce you to “Perspectives: a 15 week course that will be offered this year, designed around four vantage points or ‘perspectives’ – Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic.  Each one highlights different aspects of God’s global purpose.”  Facilitator will be Roberta Updegraff


Williamsport First Presbyterian Church

The Williamsport First Presbyterian Church ~ 102 East Third Street, Williamsport, 570-326-3706, will host a forum on racial justice and harmony on Tuesday, January 13, from 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

The decisions to legitimize the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island have sparked massive protests across the nation and stirred countless conversations — some helpful, but mostly knee-jerk reactions. In the aftermath of the incidents, many white Americans came to the conclusion that the grievances of the African-American community are legitimate, sharing in their grief and standing with them, while others, refraining from indicting the scandalously racialized criminal justice system, insisted that they “have black friends and are not racists.” But something seems serious amiss when a person who finds racism abhorrent turns a blind eye to institutionalized racism.

To counter the absence of a moral dimension in the media coverage of the incidents, and to help interpret them from a biblical viewpoint, we will be hosting a forum on racial justice and harmony.

The panelists will discuss and examine the deeper moral issues behind the often heard comments in the aftermath of racially-charged incidents.

You may bring your own lunches.

Parish Paper

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Krislund Korner Newsletter

 Click on the link to receive the December issue of the Krislund Camp Newsletter – the Krislund Korner: 

Nov Dec Krislund Korner

Northway Presbyterian Church

Northway(1)Northway Presbyterian Church * 1520 Northway Road, Williamsport is searching for a part time church organist. 

For more information contact the church at 570-323-4293 or northwaychurchoffice@verizon.net



Pray For Our Missionaries – December

burkhard_petzold_001-2_medium250Burkhard Paetzold ~ Mission co-worker in Germany  since 1998
Serving as regional liaison for Central and Eastern Europe
and facilitator of work with the Roma people.

As regional liaison Burkhard Paetzold helps connect Presbyterians in the United States with partner churches and programs in Eastern and Central Europe. He also implements regional strategies and provides support for mission personnel. Much of his ministry is with the Roma people of Central and Eastern Europe. Formerly referred to as “Gypsies,” a term now considered pejorative, they have encountered discrimination and oppression for centuries. Burkhard works with partners to promote the participation of Roma in congregational and church life, develop Roma leadership, and improve the economic development and education for Roma.

Burkhard Paetzold is helping PC(USA) partner churches to get a fresh vision of the Christian faith that transcends old divisions and builds on new opportunities. “Christians and non-Christians need to be enabled to see Christianity in a new light,” Burkhard says. “The challenge for Christians is to work for peace, justice and the integrity of creation and to communicate expressions of faith, hope and solidarity within a seemingly overwhelming “new world‟ of greed, selfishness and material temptations.”  {you can read more on Burkhard by clicking here ~ presbyterianmission.org mission connections – paetzold-burkhard/

You can also download a prayer card here ~ Prayer Card


Christmas – Presbytery Office Closed

The Northumberland Presbytery Office will be closed on December 25 and 26, 2014 and January 1 and 2, 2015

 forgivingandforgivenLet how we live reflect the Light of Jesus during this season of His Birth and let us carry His Light with us through the New Year.