Presbytery Gatherings

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:30am

Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA







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Gathering Information

Workshop Descriptions


Growing Leadership in Communities of Practice

Rev. Steve Clark

Leading congregations to navigate the changing landscape of our time often leads to frustrated pastors and annoyed congregations. What if a critical skill leaders need is not The Next Best Program, but better awareness of our own behavior in the congregational system? Come and hear about how communities of practice can provide a context for mutual learning that leads toward more faithful and effective ministry.

Practical Spiritual Practices

Rev. Patty Stoltzfus

Does your life feel more stressed than blessed sometimes? Do you wonder how your spiritual life could be deeper and more fulfilling? Join Patty Stoltzfus for practical ways to enrich your faith.

The Qualified Charitable Distribution: an alternative to traditional Church Giving

Ruling Elder Dick Witzke

With the increase in the Standard Deduction in the new Tax Bill, a Qualified Charitable Distribution allows taxpayers to make individual retirement account distributions payable directly to a qualified charity without treating the distribution as taxable income.  Learn how to donate to the church and make the contribution from the taxable income side of your IRS Form 1040 instead of the deduction side.  And, you still get to keep all of the new Standard Deduction increase.  You may not have heard much about this distribution because it was just made permanent for the 2016 tax year.

Immigration and Refugee Issues

Christine Baer, Congregational Resource Developer with Church World Services

What is the current situation for immigrant and refugee issues? What do we need to know legally? How are congregations engaging with people new to our country? What can we do? Christine Baer, of Church World Service, will share updates and lead a conversation.

Small & Mighty Congregations

Rev. Breda Moore

Rev. Brenda Moore will lead a conversation on how Second Presbyterian Church of West Chester has grown into a small and mighty church, and how other small congregations can grow. It’s all about finding the ways that a small congregation can connect to needs in the community, grow in faith and be blessed as a community.

Faith Formation in the 21st Century

Rev. Emily Chudy

Join Emily for a conversation around how we think about and practice Faith Formation/ Christian Education as Presbyterians in today's religious landscape. Hear updates from the GA Special Committee on the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century, and what your congregation's leadership can be doing to nurture faith in Christ for your community with all ages.

Vision and Direction of the Presbytery

Rev. Dr. Erin Cox-Holmes & Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson

Erin Cox-Holmes, Executive Presbyter, and Michael Wilson, Stated Clerk will lead a conversation on the Vision/Direction of the Presbytery of Donegal for 2019 and 2020. Come learn about the ways that God is at work in our midst!



Host Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility - YES

Hearing Enhancement - YES

WiFi Access - YES

Special Dietary Meals - YES upon advance request

Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options Available

Childcare Available- YES

The Presbytery has a commitment to offer childcare at meetings for infants through pre-K when this can be provided safely. Please call the Presbytery office at 717-392-4035 at least 1 week in advance if childcare is needed.  Please click here for child food policy and other childcare information.  


Voting Commissioners:

All sessions are permitted to elect at least 1 Ruling Elder Commissioner.  Churches with memberships over 100 will be represented as follows: 100-299 - 2 Ruling Elders; 300-499 - 3 Ruling Elders; 500-999 - 4 Ruling Elders; 1000-1499 - 5 Ruling Elders & Above 1500 - 6 Ruling Elders.  All other Ruling Elders or members are invited to attend the Presbytery Meeting as guests.

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Presbytery Gatherings-2019

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 9:30am - Highland
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 4pm - Trinity
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 9:30am - First, Lancaster
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4pm - Wayside
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 9:30am - First, York

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