Presbytery of Donegal E-News   

March 1, 2019
In This Issue
Lenten Tea
Quilting Talk
Immigrant Program
St. Patrick Concert
Lenten Retreat
Opioid Seminars
Day of Service
PMA Article features Unionville PC & Rev. Korengel
Presbyterians Today
Rural Realities: Opioids on Main Street U.S.A.
Donna Frischknecht Jackson

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Women's Spring Retreat
hosted by FPC Phoenixville
 Love, Light & Life
Selections of the Gospel of John
...and Laughter too!
May 3-5 at St. Mary of Providence Retreat Center

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Ladies Lenten Tea 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2pm
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church
Quarryville, PA 
Ladies, you are invited to a Lenten Tea. The program will feature singer/song writer, Frances Drost, which will be enjoyed by all ages. The program begins at 2pm with tea to follow.  Gather up a group of friends. Come and enjoy the fellowship and get those 'cabin fever' cobwebs out.  
Please contact Boni Henry to RSVP with the number in your party, or 717-808-4534. 
Seniors by the Wayside: Quilting 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12pm
Wayside Presbyterian Church
Landisville, PA 
This month is a treat for quilters with presenter Phyllis Thompson, a member of Highland PC, who quilts as a hobby. She will share her creative expertise in needlework and textiles that she developed over a 25-year period. Phyllis uses a lot of bright colors and many different techniques in her quilts; she will bring several quilts to share.

Our Senior group meets on the second Wednesday of each month over a brown bag lunch to hear invited speakers on various topics. We will provide the beverages. While we focus on the interest of senior adults, we have no age limit and persons of all ages are welcome at these meetings!
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Detained Immigrant Visitation Program 
Walking Together: Information and Training Session
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7pm
First Presbyterian Church of York, Room 209 
This past fall, the FPC Perspectives Adult Sunday School Class completed a course entitled "Welcoming the Stranger: A Biblical View of Immigrants, Refugees, and other Outsiders," and class members were struck by the overwhelming Biblical witness to God's heart for foreigners and strangers and by God's repeated commands to welcome and care for refugees in our midst. We also learned that the York County Prison is one of the east coast's largest detention facilities for asylum-seekers who are navigating the complicated legal process of requesting sanctuary.  
We wanted to know how we could show Christ-like love and friendship to these vulnerable people in our own backyard. We discovered a new local initiative called Walking Together, which is co-sponsored by Landisville Mennonite Church, the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, and the York County YWCA. Anyone who is potentially interested in volunteering-or who would simply like to learn more about the visitation program-is invited to attend this informational session. You're not committing to anything by coming to this meeting! All members of the congregation and the broader community are welcome.
Saint Patrick's Concert with Charlie Zahm 
Presented by Octorara Covenanter  
Presbyterian Foundation
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7pm
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, Quarryville, PA 
Join the Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation for "Saint Patrick's Concert with Charlie Zahm". The concert will be upbeat and entertaining in honor of Saint Patrick and the Irish. Charlie Zahm is a very talented Celtic musician, who will delight you with songs from Ireland and possibly a few from Scotland! Charlie will be joined by the Paloma School of Irish Dance from Lancaster, PA   They have performed at many venues and Celtic events and have many dancers who compete around North America and the world. Also performing is, Kendrah Tozzo, a young and very skilled harpist. She also performs with the Brandywine Harps.    
Before the Concert, from 5pm to 6:30pm, there will be an open house at the Covenanter Church. Located across the road from Middle Octorara, the maintenance and restoration of the Church and attached one-room school is the mission of the Foundation. Come view history and discover the collections which brings it to life. See  for more information and to register. 
Lenten Retreat: Praying the Life Cycle 
With guest facilitator Rev. Lisa Nichols Hickman
Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9am-3pm 
First Presbyterian Church of York, Room 208  
This one-day Lenten experience will be a wonderful time apart for all of us, no matter our "age or stage." Join us for fun and fellowship, along with encouragement in nurturing a life-giving spirituality that helps us discover God's purpose and wholeness wherever we find ourselves along life's journey. This lively and thought-provoking day will include engaging teaching on expanding our prayer life and delving into Scripture from two of Lisa's interactive books-26 Ways to Pray the Alphabet: Daily Spiritual Practices to Help You Ask, Begin, Center, and Do and the fascinating Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible. This event is offered at no charge (although donations to defray the cost are greatly appreciated), continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, and childcare is available. All are warmly invited, and guests are especially welcome!
Opioids: The Present Crisis Affecting All of Us!
Three Sessions: March 21, 28 & April 4 at 7pm 
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church 
Quarryville, PA 
Session 1 on March 21:  
How Did We get here? How Big is the Problem? Pathways in your Brain with Doug Cwienk

Session 2 on March 28:  

Addiction and Recovery, The place of Faith with August Feliccia

Session 3 on April 4:  

Opioid Impacts on the Family, Helping Struggling Teens with Doug Cwienk and Jacob Riley

Doug Cwienk used his strong background in science to help his son by learning about the changes that take place in your brain as a result of addiction. When Doug realized how significant this information was and how little is known about it by the general public, he decided to spread this knowledge. He and his son, Nate, intended to work together, but unfortunately Nate died of an overdose in 2017. So, Doug now speaks on the science and the experience that Nate went through.
Speaker Augustus Feleccia was an athlete all his life and grew up the oldest of three children in a happy family. When he got to college, a football injury left him paralyzed, lost, and addicted to opiates. Depressed and nearly dead, Augustus was then blessed with the gift of faith that changed his life immediately and for the better. Now, he works for a non-profit where he spreads a message of hope to young people in need of it, and shares how recovery is not only for the addict.
Jacob Riley, who lost his brother to an overdose, will share out of his family experience.
Call Pastors Richard or Mary for more information at 717-969-0019 (Richard) or 717-660-8100 (Mary). There will be some breakout session that will be provided for interaction and support as well as refreshments and prayer as well!
Coming Soon: May 4 Day of Service 
Saturday, May 4, 2019 
FPC West Chester, Central PC, & Westminster PC West Chester 
Join a dozen other churches from Chester County and the Main Line to serve together in the community on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Your congregation members will be able to choose from service projects offered at local churches or neighborhood organizations.  These are some of the opportunities already identified:
  • making hygiene kits and prepare meals for the homeless
  • cleaning the grounds of a school for the blind
  • engaging with seniors at assisted-living facilities
Please mark your calendar for May 4.  To learn more and to sign up, visit