The Donegal Summer Festival of Worship is in Full Swing!
Festival of Worship

Festival of Worship
Line-Up for Aug 23 & 30
An email will be sent each week with the links for the following two Sundays. You can always find information and the full summer schedule at

Sunday, August 23 - First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster  
Pre-recorded available on website at 8am and later on Sunday Sunday Worship may also be viewed on Lancaster Community TV airing on Comcast Channel 66 on Sunday at 1pm.

Sunday, August 30 - Westminster Presbyterian Church of West Chester 
9:45am traditional; website; FB Live; YouTube Live; Roku 11:10am Contemporary
same sites/platform

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.)
To register your congregation to attend on your chosen Sundays, simply fill out the SurveyMonkey form below. 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 have not signed up, that is fine

The Apostles Creed
Shared with us by our congregation from Honey Brook Presbyterian Church. Feel free to use it in your worship or education! 

A Message from Charlie Gross
RE: Encouragement Podcast and Book
God richly blessed me, no, extravagantly blessed me with the gift of encouragement. Spiritual gift surveys have repeatedly shown this over the years and some of my colleagues have called me a cheerleader. Don Lincoln even used a megaphone and led a cheer to celebrate my executive ministry with the presbytery in 2011. So fast forward to April 2020. Lisa and I had just returned from an amazing cruise from Buenos Aries, Argentina to San Diego, California. I was following ‘stay at home’ orders as I sat at my desk, asking God, “What now? How do I use my gifts for your glory?” The result was an Apple Podcast series titled, “Encouraging Words from Charlie Gross.” Here’s the link:

For non-Apple Podcast users, the episodes are also available, without any description, on my bare bones (no frills) website: The episodes are three to four minutes in length. They typically connect daily observations and ideas with God’s word and offer practical encouragement. At the end of July, I turned the first thirty-nine episodes (there are now forty-three) into a Kindle book and paperback, titled: Encouragement: hope for your path, published by Amazon. My hope and prayer is that the podcasts, Kindle book or paperback will encourage you along your path and offer real life connections to God’s eternal and encouraging word. As always,

Extravagant Blessings,
Charlie Gross

Copyright Laws
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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
September Presbytery Gathering
September 22, 2020
The Leader Team is finishing plans for our Virtual Presbytery Gathering on September 24. We are looking forward to gathering together from the safety of our homes for a time of worship, learning, and the work of the Presbytery. Stay tuned for details coming soon.
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
Virtual Conference Registration is Open
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you. – Isaiah 43:1-2

Please join us in the Fall for three consecutive Tuesdays: September 22, September 29, and October 6 at 11:30 a.m. eastern/8:30 a.m. pacific. Each week we will hear theological, practical, and actionable perspectives. After the presentation a live Q&A session will follow – allowing additional time to share and learn further.

  • September 22: Hear from Eric Barreto of Princeton Theological Seminary on the Acts of the Apostles in the 21st century — imagination, vision, and creativity in responding to our call;
  • September 29: We will learn with consultant Bonnie Ives Marden about the ways in which faith shapes our financial health, and get practical tools for church financial management;
  • October 6: Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow will provide perspectives on engaging congregations across generations, cultures, and ethnicity to imagine building the church for forward thinking funding and functioning.

A link to participate in the weekly events will be emailed to registrants a few days prior to each program.

Register Here and see more at
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
  • Interim Pastor Position - The First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, PA
  • 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
  • Full Time Director of Caring Ministry and Community Outreach - First Presbyterian Church, York, PA
  • Preschool Director - Part Time – Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown, PA
  • Part-time Director of Worship Arts - Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA
  • Executive Director - Friends of Presbyterian Education Board, Thorndale, PA
For detailed information about these positions,
visit the Donegal Presbytery website HERE