Presbytery of Donegal E-News   

August 13, 2018
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Scottish Festival
Back to School Mental Health
  The Emotional Challenge in Leading Change: Building Capacity on the Journey  
St. Thomas Episcopal Church  
Lancaster, PA
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Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival
Saturday, September 8, 9am-5pm 
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church
Quarryville, PA
The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation will hold its fifth Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival, on the grounds of Middle Octorara PC on September 8. The Washington Memorial Pipe Band, Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks, Fire in the Glen and Harpist Kendrah Tozzo will be performing throughout the day. Athletes will be competing in the Penn's Wall Highland Games, solo pipers will participate in competitions and Highland dancers will be competing. Scottish clans and organizations will be represented, and vendors will be selling Scottish goods, food and locally made ice cream. Demonstrations will include spinning and weaving, Irish dancers, a haggis ceremony, sheep herding and more.
Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults (age 13 and older), and ages 12 and under enter free. Discount tickets can be purchased at the Foundation's website,
The event benefits the ongoing preservation and restoration of the Octorara Covenanter PC and attached schoolroom museum.  Please click here to download an event flyer. 
Back to School Mental Health Presentations
Sessions for Adults & Teens
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 4pm 
First Presbyterian Church of West Chester 
Heading back to school can be one of the most challenging times for kids, teens, parents, and grandparents. Young people today are facing enormous challenges, many of them different from those that were experienced even a generation ago. For teens, it can be tough to know when and how to ask for help for themselves or a friend, and parents do not automatically know how to respond when they do come forward, nor what help is available.  
For adults: Marriage and Family Therapist Dr. Suzanne Levy and psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Levy will lead a panel presentation and discussion for anyone who has questions about how to support kids and teens through mental health challenges. They'll talk about the differences between typical anxiety or sadness and something that benefits from treatment, helpful ways to respond when your child comes to you seeking help, and what resources are available. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and share ideas.
For teens: Child/Adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Amanda Castro and counselor April Hankins will lead a discussion on some common back to school stressors and how to have conversations with parents, friends, and other adults about challenging topics like suicide, drugs, and relationships. Topics like depression, anxiety, social media use, and substance use will be addressed. This will be a lecture-free, open discussion session where teens can feel free to bring up topics that they want to talk about.