Presbytery Updates:
5 Things to Know Right Now!
The Donegal Leader Team and Connecting Our Ministry Commission are working on the next COVID advisory when the current advisory expires on February 28. Like you, we are encouraged at progress towards vaccination and alarmed by the new variants which increase risk

has launched. The group has had their first meeting. The goal is for them to lead much of the May Presbytery Gathering.

This lively virtual 9:30 – 3:00 Gathering (with a lunch break) will focus on Full Inclusion for People with Disabilities led by Pastor Caroline Cupp of First, West Chester and Professor Erin Rafferty of Princeton. The day will also include a workshop led by the Presbyterian Foundation on Stewardship, our annual Witness to the Resurrection for Ruling and Teaching Elders who have died in the past year, and great tips on document archiving and retention from the Presbyterian Historical Society.

All pastors and church leaders are invited to this time of sharing, support, networking, prayer and fellowship. Stay connected, even while we are apart!

Many congregations need to figure out how to do their work: annual meetings, election and ordination/installation of officers, pastoral searches in new ways to include virtual meetings. Or hybrid virtual and in-person meetings. If you are trying to figure out how to conduct a meeting or how to vote, be in touch with Michael Wilson and Erin Cox-Holmes. We are gaining experience every week in “how” to do these meetings and are happy to provide support.
Blessings to you all in the Season of Light
Blessings to you all in the Season of Light,

Rev. Dr. Erin Cox-Holmes
Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson
Presbytery of Donegal
Leader Development Day 2021
Save the Date: Sunday, March 14 @ 2PM
You don't want to miss:
Leadership training & relevant workshops for new & experienced Clerks of Session, Ruling Elders, and Deacons.
Be on the lookout for a full listing of workshop topics and speakers as well as Leader Development Day registration coming soon!
IRS updates mileage rates for 2021
The Internal Revenue Service in December 2020 issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) are:

  • 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020,
  • 16 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes for qualified active duty members of the Armed Forces, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020, and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, the rate is set by statute and remains unchanged from 2020.

The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.
New Wilmington Mission Conference
Annual NWMC
gathering will be hybrid in 2021
The New Wilmington Mission Conference, which in 2020 held its first online gathering in the 115-year history of the event, is planning to hold a hybrid conference (online and in-person) this year.
Details for the July 17-23 event are still being finalized.

Entering its 116th year, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. More information is available at the NWMC website here.
Pittsburgh Chapter
National Black Caucus
Rich Heritage of African Americans event slated The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus will gather Saturday, Feb. 20, for its second annual Rich Heritage of African Americans in the Presbyterian Church event. The gathering will run from 1-3 p.m. by video conferencing system Zoom.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Warren Lesane, the synod executive and stated clerk of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. Discussion topics include the contributions of African Americans in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the past, present and post-pandemic times.
Registration for this event is required and can be completed by clicking here.

Newsletter - Read the December issue of "The Voice," the official newsletter of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus, by clicking here.
Presbyterian Women
Prayer Calendar
for new year
available online
The Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Trinity have created their Prayer Calendar for 2021. Click here to view the calendar.
Registration now open for online APCE event
“Anything But Ordinary Time”
February 4 - 6
The Association for Presbyterian Church Educators, invites all involved in educational ministry to embark on a 3-day, “Anything But Ordinary Time” virtual adventure like never before! While 2020 may have felt like anything but ordinary, we know God is “making all things new.” 

More information on the annual gathering and registration details are available here.
The Winter Session
Will Run Sundays through FEB 28

To register your congregation to attend worship on your designated Sunday,
fill out this SurveyMonkey form:

You can view the Festival of Worship Schedule HERE

This will let the presbytery and the host congregation know you are planning to join them and allow your congregation to be greeted by name. If you need to have your congregation join at the last minute and haven’t signed up, that’s fine too.

The list of host congregations, and how to access the worship service will be posted on the presbytery Festival of Worship section on the presbytery webpage. Every Thursday this information will be sent out to pastors and clerks of sessions by email as well.

If you need to have your congregation join at the last minute and have not signed up, that is fine too. If we hear from you, we will let the host congregation know and ask them to greet and welcome your congregation.
Parish Resource Center
Offers Workshops for Pastors
& Church Leadership
Parish Resource Center has several webinars coming up in February and March that are focused on pastors and church leadership. For more information and to register for these workshops and others, go to 
Spiritual Care in Crisis
FEB 17 / 2 - 3:30pm
Churches have been forced to adapt how they provide spiritual care during COVID. What did we learn from the temporary changes in spiritual care and practical ministries of the church? What changes do we hope to make permanent? Join three local pastors to check-in on their transitions: Mandy Mastros from Lancaster Moravian Church; Don Hackett from Centre Presbyterian Church; Stephen Verkouw from Grace Lutheran Church.
Listening Across Differences
MAR 10 / 10am - Noon
Power structures are deeply embedded in society. How do you listen, relate, and learn with those who are experiencing the world very differently than you? For spiritual directors, pastors, and others providing spiritual care, this panel conversation will address how to listen sacredly to another’s experiences across large differences. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Soto will facilitate the panel discussion with Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson, MDiv (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd), Rev. Dr. Noé Juarez (Highland Presbyterian Church) Rev. Julia Bruton-Sheppard (Mt. Carmel Baptist Church).
  • Transitional Co-Pastor or Associate Pastor - Covenant Presbyterian Church, Frazer, PA - Send cover letter, PIF or resume and references to:
  • Communication Coordinator (FT) – Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA - submit resume to
  • Pastor for Shared Ministry (FT) – Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Felton, PA & Pine Grove Presbyterian Church, Airville, PA 
  • Pastor Position (HT) - Westminster Presbyterian Church of York, PA 17403
  • Engagement Officer (20hrs per wk) - Bible2School - submit resume to Stephanie Smith (
  • Director of Youth Ministry (PT) - First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579
For detailed information about these positions,
visit the Donegal Presbytery website HERE