2016 PC USA Mission Experience

2016 PC USA Mission Experience

Out Of The Darkness…Into The Light

A group of Presbyterian women will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area in California, September 22–30, 2016, for PW’s fourth USA Mission Experience. They will connect concerns raised by past USA Mission Experiences and Global Exchanges with similar issues in the Bay Area. Participants will encounter challenges to God’s promise of a beloved community and witness to the faithful work being done by our sisters in the San Francisco and San Jose presbyteries.

 The USA Mission Experience equips women with an understanding of the region’s history and culture, the existing ministry of the church and the challenges faced by local women and children. On this trip, participants will

  • learn about human trafficking, domestic violence and immigration issues;
  • develop skills to advocate for immigrants and survivors of human trafficking;
  • identify resources women can use to help eliminate slavery and domestic violence;
  • examine the myths and realities of immigration; and
  • explore personal immigration stories.

Applications are due to your PW in the Synod moderator by July 15, 2015. Download an application now!

Perspective Bible Study


Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

The Presbytery of Northumberland is proud to help sponsor a 15 week Bible Course that will help transform your understanding of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. This same class is offered at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as an elective for its students.

Location: Northway Presbyterian Church, 1520 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.
Date & Time: Tuesday, (6:00-9:00) – September 6, 2015-December 15, 2015
To register and pay go to: http://www.perspectives.org

Course Description
The Perspectives course is a biblical, historical and cultural analysis of the impact of the world Christian movement, with specific attention given to strategy and the imperative of bringing the gospel to groups that have yet received it.

The material covered in Perspectives follows four sections:
1. Biblical: A study of the Bible exploring God’s eternal three-fold purpose of kingdom victory against evil, redemption and blessing for the nations, and global glory and worship for Himself.
2. Historical: A study of how God’s purpose has moved relentlessly from Abraham’s day until the present moment. It looks at different eras of history, pioneers of the world Christian movement, and the task remaining.
3. Cultural: A study of how culture interfaces with the spread of the gospel and of the incarnation as a model of missionary humility.
4. Strategic: A study of current world need, and the goal of spontaneous multiplication of churches in unreached areas of the world. It looks at what it means to live a life integrated with Christ’s global purpose.

There are four enrollment types:
• Key Reader: Students attend class, read a few key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what they are learning) throughout the semester. 4.5 Continuing Education Credits will be applied for Teaching and Ruling Elders
• Certificate Level: earns a certificate of completion from the US Center for World Mission. The work involves 2-3 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, and a project due at the end of the class. 4.5 Continuing Education Credits will be applied for Teaching and Ruling Elders who complete the certificate level.
• Undergraduate Credit is 3-5 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, 2 exams, and a paper (10-15 pages) due at the end of the class.
• Graduate Credit is 5-7 hours of reading per week, with weekly quizzes on the reading, 2 exams, and a paper 18-20 pages due at the end of the class.
How much does Perspectives cost?
Key Reader and Certificate Level: $285.00 or Early Bird registration $260.00 by August 25th
Undergraduate is $650.00 and Graduate Credit: $750.00

A scholarship of $150.00 can be applied to your registration costs for clergy and laity who are members of a Northumberland Presbytery congregation under 150 members, when you register use the scholarship code PRESBY1 to get a $150.00 credit applied to your tuition provided by the Synod of the Trinity Small Church Leadership Fund. Continue reading

Watsontown First Presbyterian Church

Bingo Balls Card How To PlayFirst Presbyterian Church, 401 Main Street, Watsontown will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Doors open at 12:30 pm and the Early Bird game takes place at 1:45 pm. Tickets are available at the church office Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to noon for a $20 donation.

There will be food available and there is a raffle and a Chinese Auction.

2015 – 2016 Presbyterian Women Synod Mission Project

Bethel Presbyterian Church ~ 19th & York After – School Enrichment Program
(Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Presbytery)
2015 – 2016 PW Synod Mission Project
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19th & York After – School Enrichment Program provides educational resources and family services in a manner that is profession and effective. The program seeks to become a premier & professional After School Enrichment Program providing resources and services to the families of North Philadelphia in vicinity of Bethel Presbyterian Church.

The core values of the program is to serve families in a way that is, “Spiritually Sensitive, Professionally Consistent, Culturally Competent, Outcome and Results Driven.

After-school programs offer more time for learning in new, fun ways for all students, especially those who may need extra help or individual assistance.  They also improve a child or adolescents chance that their interest in schools will increase.

Some of the programs and services provided are recreational programs and activities and counseling, mentoring programs and employment support.

Click on this link for more information: 2015 2016 Synod Mission Project

2016 Youth Triennium

Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 19-23 2016 – Plan now to attend! watch your emails for more information. If your youth groups are interested in attending contact the Presbytery Office.  Consider becoming the an adult delegate for the next Youth Triennium.


Pastor Retreat at Krislund Camp & Conference Center

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Crop Walk 2015

crop-hunger-walk-logo-thumbnailMany in our Church community participates in the Crop Walk every October.

First Presbyterian Church in Williamsport is already scheduled to participate on Sunday October 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the River Walk in Williamsport. 

“This year will be their 36th walk and to date they have raised over one million dollars to help CROP stop hunger! Last year they raised $18,080.18″ in the Greater Lycoming County area alone.

For Lycoming County, “25% of the money raised goes to the community and is distributed equally between the New Love Center in Jersey Shore, the Sonlight House of Muncy and the United Churches Food Pantry.  The other 75% is distributed by Church World Service nationally and internationally to help people who are hungry”

Join the First Presbyterian Church in Williamsport and other churches in our area, Bloomsburg First Presbyterian Church, Montoursville Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg First Presbyterian Church and Watsontown First Presbyterian Church.

Is your church participating?  Let us know!

Krislund Korner Newsletter

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

15 July Korner

2015 summer schedule


Parish Paper

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Vacation Bible School

vbsVacation Bible Schools in the northumberland presbytery for the summer of 2015



July 13 to July 17 – Galeton First Presbyterian Church * 19 Germania Street, Galeton.  Krislund Traveling Day Camp from 9 am to 4 pm.  Thursday July 16 will be an over night trip to Krislund camp.


July 26 to July 30 at Berwick First Presbyterian Church * 320 Market Street, Berwick.  “Pandamania”- a fun pack of pandas teach God is wild about you!   July 26 VBS begins at 5:30 ends at 8:30.  July 27 to July 30 VBS will be held from 6 – 8 pm.  Ages kindergarten to 5th grade.


July 27 – 31 ~ Montoursville Presbyterian Church * 900 Elm Street, Montoursville.  Krislund Traveling Day Camp, 9 am to 4 pm. Call the Montoursville Presbyterian Church at 570-368-1595


August 3 to August 7  ~ Bethel Linden Presbyterian Church * 2758 Bottle Run Road, Williamsport. Krislund Traveling Day Camp, 9 am to 4 pm.  Call Pastor Lisa Dabney at 507-435-2690 for information.


August 3 to August 7 ~ Milton First Presbyterian Church * 47  Walnut Street, Milton.  Krislund Traveling Day Camp, blend of outdoor ministries and congregational ministry.  For those who have completed grades K – 6th grade. Krislund will provide Christ centered programming (staff, art supplies, game equipment, curriculum resources and miscellaneous stories and activities) that encourages hands-on learning.  Call the church for more information 570-742-4491


August 9 to August 14 ~ Parkhurst Memorial Presbyterian Church * 302 W. Main Street, Elkland  http://parkhurstmemorialpresbyterianchurch.com/  in the evening. Contact The Church office at 814-258-7294 for  more information.