September 2020
Presbytery Gathering Summary

Greetings Donegal Ministers and Members,
Thank you all for a great Presbytery Gathering this past Tuesday. You are a remarkable Presbytery that has done an amazing job navigating the pandemic and our national reckoning with racial injustice.

We Would Like to Hear from You: As we plan for future presbytery gatherings (both virtual and in person), we are interested in your feedback. Here is a link to give your feedback on the September 22, 2020 Presbytery Gathering: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Sept2020pbysurvey

Welcome to Our New Members: Welcome to The Rev. John Barlow (revjohnbarlow@aol.com), The Rev. Sarah Weisiger (pastor@trinityberwyn.com) and The Rev. Josh Gill (jdgillsr@gmail.com). As we did not get to greet them in person, we encourage you to send them an email.

Information on Further Engagement with Pastor Eugene Cho
  • Thank you for your participation with Pastor Eugene Cho. If you would like to view the worship video, you may do so here: www.donegalpby.org/presbytery-gatherings/ We did not record the Q&A. (Basically, we forgot. However, we also did not have Pastor Eugene’s permission to record it!)

  • Pastor Eugene’s sermon is available for congregations in Donegal Presbytery to use this fall. You may use it during your worship time as the sermon, post it for people to watch and or use it for discussion groups. Because this is a large download, please contact the Presbytery Office to receive the file. (christine@donegalpby.org). We encourage you to use this resource. Please contact us with any questions – we are happy to work through any technical details to make this available to you. The paragraph below is from Pastor Eugene, with parameters of how long the video may be available publicly through your website:  
    
The sermon video may live on a church’s website, but the church must agree to remove the sermon from any public video platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) after 30 days. In other words, a church can stream their services on video platforms, but we are requesting that the ‘service’ be removed after 30 days.

  • If you do use the sermon from Pastor Eugene, we are asking that you consider a gift to the Presbytery Mission budget to help with the cost of having Pastor Eugene join us.

First Read of the Presbytery of Donegal Budget: The Presbytery received the 2021 budget for a first read. Please contact Doug Good (dgood43@comcast.net) the chair of the Administration Committee, with any questions or suggestions. The proposed budget has the per capita amount remain the same for 2021, at $35.38 per member. Thank you for your support of the mission and per capita budgets of our Presbytery.

Yours in service to Christ and the Church,
Michael and Erin
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.
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:
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