Presbytery Gathering

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Online Zoom Meeting / 9am - 12:30pm 


Meeting Docket - Coming Soon!
Documents to download password: welcomedonegal
Presbytery Gathering Information
You may register for the gathering using the link to the left. Information about voting commissioners and downloading documents are posted on the Presbytery website by following the link to more information.
First Time Using Zoom?
Attend a Practice Session!
Monday, September 21 at 3pm
or Monday, September 21 at 7pm

Orientation for
First Time Attendees
of Presbytery Gatherings
Tuesday, September 22 at 8:30am

The Presbytery is excited to be able to host Pastor Eugene Cho to preach for worship and lead us in conversation around his recent book Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging in Politics. In our extremely polarized political climate, Pastor Eugene equips us to engage with politics while staying rooted in Christlike discipleship.

Drawing on Biblical and historical examples, he explores how to find points of agreement with others and work for the common good, the difference between being passionate and mean-spirited, ways to listen to each other – especially the vulnerable, and why politics should be an expression of our relationship with Christ. During our time of worship, we’ll have the privilege of hearing Pastor Eugene preach a pre-recorded sermon and then be offered a time for live questions and answers/conversation with him as we seek to lead our congregations through these divided times. 


A Little Bit About Eugene Cho
Rev. Eugene Cho is the President/CEO of Bread for the World and Bread Institute, a prominent non-partisan Christian advocacy organization urging both national and global decision makers to help end hunger – both in the United States and around the world. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.

The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. He is also the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. After 18 years, Eugene stepped aside at Quest in 2018.

For his entrepreneurial work, Eugene was honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass 200 – included in a list of 200 people around the world who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass, one of the most influential figures in history. Eugene was also the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Princeton Theological Seminary. 

The Donegal Presbytery Task Group on
Racial Injustice, Reconciliation and Healing
The Leader Team of the Presbytery of Donegal has acted to establish a Task Force to lead the presbytery in responding to systemic racism. We seek to follow Christ to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

The Leader Team will assemble the Task Group from applicants, with the goal of a diverse membership. The Task Group will begin work in September 2020 with a broad range of responsibilities, from education and training to action. Applications to be considered for the Task Group can be made on this SurveyMonkey form.

The June 5, 2020 Statement on Racial Injustice from the Leader Team of the Presbytery of Donegal may be accessed here:
The Donegal Summer Festival of Worship
Festival of Worship
September 13

Sunday, September 13 - Penningtonville Presbyterian Church
Available by late Saturday night. Viewed on Facebook with link on church website www.penningtonvillechurch.org/

We also have a group of “on-demand” or “encore worship” services. (Thanks to those who provided them. If you have not yet sent some, please send links to Chrissy Wells.)
Central Presbyterian Embraces “Masks for Neighbors” Mission
(Article from "The Presbyterian Outlook" Sept. 1

Like many other congregations, Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, found itself having to reimagine mission as the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic threw obstacles into the various ways they had always done it before. No more mission trips, no more on-site local home repair, no more after-school program with the neighborhood elementary school. Even the active knitting and quilting ministries were sidelined as hospitals and care facilities stopped receiving things from “the outside.”
Honey Brook Presbyterian's
Shepherd's Pantry
Covid 19 has temporarily stopped the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church’s Shepherd’s Kitchen Meal Ministry but we are pleased to announce our newest ministry to our community, the Shepherd’s Pantry. 

We will stock the pantry with canned food goods for anyone in need. If anyone has extra to donate, leave it in the pantry. The pantry is located under cover so rain or shine, you can have access. 

We hope this will be a blessing to the Honey Brook Community.

For more information on the Shepherd’s Pantry or the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church go to www.honeybrookpres.org or call 610-273-2848.
Copyright Laws
Check out the Article from Brotherhood Mutual
News from the Board of Pensions

New benefits for 2021:

Check out the latest Board of Pensions newsletter that includes some key updates including a Statement on Racial Justice HERE
Coming Up:
7th Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival
September 12
Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to announce our annual Covenanter Scottish Festival and Highland Games will still be held on the grounds of the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church and Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Church on
September 12, 2020, from 9:00am.

For more information about the schedule of events and tickets
A Time For Seeking . . .
The Beloved Community

Series begins Sunday, Sept. 27
7 p.m. (EDT) by video conferencing system Zoom.

The Synod of the Trinity is offering opportunities for us to consider and engage some of the issues and concerns of our times in light of Martin Luther King's Beloved Community.

Rev. Dr. James Calvin Davis, of Middlebury College, will set the stage for the series by discussing: "Characteristics of the Beloved Community." In later weeks, we will move on to look at a variety of issues, including racism, hyper partisanship and technology. James' name may be familiar to you if you have read his book "Forbearance."

Registration is mandatory here.
For more information, including a review of James' book "Forbearance" and how to order it at a reduced cost, click here. It is not necessary to read the book to be part of the presentation.

Download complete flyer here
Consider having your congregations form "watch parties" for this online event. Time will be allotted at each presentation for online audiences to enjoy guided discussion.
Kairos Spiritual Direction Training Program Enrolling Now

The Parish Resource Center is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for a new cohort of the Kairos Spiritual Direction Training program. The next cohort for this two-year certificate program begins in January. This cohort will have a new emphasis on practicing spiritual kinship with those on the margins who have not had the opportunity or means to participate in spiritual direction. This focus grew out of PRC’s work in food insecurity, immigration, and restorative practices.

The training is designed not only for spiritual directors, but for all those who offer spiritual care and companionship. Through this course, students will learn and develop skills in deep listening and noticing the presence of God as they practice spiritual companionship.

The program is based on the Ignatian tradition and emphasizes in-person instruction and training nine weekends a year. PRC will continue to reassess as the situation changes and has the ability to move the program online on an as-needed basis.
There is an early bird discount of $500 if you register before November 1, 2020. You can find more information and apply online at parishresourcecenter.org/kairos.
PASTORAL POSITIONS:
  • Transitional Pastor Position – Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Felton, PA & Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, Airville, PA 
  • Half Time Pastor Position - Westminster Presbyterian Church of York, PA
  • Half Time Pastor Position Available - Bethany Presbyterian Church, Mendenhall, PA
OTHER POSITIONS:
  • Sexton - Part Time - Trinity Presbyterian Church, Berwyn, PA
  • Preschool Director - Part Time – Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown, PA
  • Executive Director - Friends of Presbyterian Education Board, Thorndale, PA
For detailed information about these positions,
visit the Donegal Presbytery website HERE