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PA DWM One Day Event

An Educational Opportunity for Women and Men

Come early to learn general information about Disciples Women’s Ministries
11:00 - 12:00              All About Disciples Women’s Ministries
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch      (Free-will offering to cover lunch and Women’s Shelter)
1:00 - 3:00                  Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking

Speakers:
DWM Executive Director                       Rev. Dr. Patricia Donahoo
Deputy District Attorney                       Traci McDonald
Domestic Violence Services                   Lisa Hannum

Call for reservations:
 
Fairhill Manor Christian Church
351 Montgomery Avenue
Washington, PA 15301
724-225-8610

Janet Shriver
724-263-1840
 


Tri-County Men's Dinner/Meeting

On Thursday, March 19, the Tri-County Christian Men's Fellowship will have their quarterly meeting at the First Christian Church of Carmichaels. Registration begins at 5:30pm. The menu will be the church's famous "baked steak", mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, salad, rolls & butter, drinks and desserts. The cost of the dinner is $10.

PLEASE RSVP BY THURSDAY, MARCH 12!!! 

You may email your numbers to reaganfike@hotmail.com or fcc193@yahoo.com or by calling and leaving a message at the church at 724-966-5174.


2015 Camping Season Dates

The dates for the 2015 camping season are:

Conference II
6/14 – 6/20
Entering grades 11-12, New Grads

Conference I
6/21 – 6/27
Entering grades 9-10

Mini Camp
6/28 – 7/1
Entering grades 1-3

Chi Rho
7/12-7/18
Entering grades 7-8

Junior Camp
7/26 – 8/1
Entering grades 4-6

The Spring retreat is April 10-12 for Chi Rho-aged campers and older.

Spring Retreat registrations begin March 1, and summer camp registrations open April 17.

For more information, visit laurelview.org.


Special Statement to the Region #2

Special Statement to the PA Region

Last week, we shared that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania finds itself in the midst of transition, and more information will be shared as it becomes available. This week, we can report several steps have been taken to care for the ministry of the regional church:

  • The Reverend Dr. Jack Sullivan has formally completed his duties as our regional pastor. His transition is complete and both the Regional Executive Committee and the Regional Board have approved a formal agreement that provides care for both Dr. Sullivan and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania.   
  • Regional Leadership is taking first steps to assure that the Regional Minister’s duties and responsibilities are properly covered while we begin to discern the shape of our future Regional Ministry. We have been in nearly daily contact with the General Minister and President and have graciously received support from the Regional Minister and Staff of the Christian Church in West Virginia. Look for more information on this next week.
Our region stands poised and united as we live into the bright future that God holds for us. Please continue to hold our church in prayer and please continue to let your light shine in the places you live and serve.

Special Statement to the PA Region #1

Special Statement to the Pennsylvania Region

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania finds itself in the midst of transition. We celebrate that new officers have been elected and installed. We say thank you to those who have served. The Disciples Center for Public Witness has announced that The Reverend Dr. Jack Sullivan has joined their team in order to advocate for fairness in the nation’s public education system. While details of the transition are still being worked out, your board and officers are working closely with the Office of General Minister and President and more information will be shared as it becomes available. God’s grace continues to shine brightly upon us and we give thanks for leaders past, leaders present and leaders future. We may be in the midst of a hazy summer and time of transition, but the light and love of Christ shine and rest upon us always. 


Special Statement to the Region #3

In times of transition we all feel heightened anxiety about life and our future. Transitions in our Regional Church are no different. How will the needs of ministry be met? How will our relationships as God’s people change? In the midst of these questions there is one assurance that helps to calm our anxieties, namely the constant presence of God. Sometimes we can see the presence of Christ in our midst more clearly because of life’s varied circumstances.

Take a look and see what God is doing at Camp! It has been a fast-paced summer filled with camps in the holy locations of the Hartman Center and Laurelview. Our children, youth and adult staff entered these holy grounds and left these sacred places deeply changed and full of God’s love. Christian formation (what camp is about) is just one of the important ways that God binds us together as church. Camp helps us love the church - Christ’s very own body!

We can also see God in knowing that some of our basic needs are met. Your regional leadership is seeking to assure that some of the pressing duties and responsibilities of our life together are properly covered as we continue to discern the shape of our Region’s future. We are part of a denomination that cares for each other, and thus cooperation and support of the Christian Church in West Virginia is available to us. The Pennsylvania Executive Committee is working closely with the Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, WV Regional Minister, and the Rev. David Chafin, WV Deputy Regional Minister, to provide a bridge to the next phase of leadership. Revs. Allen and Chafin are available to work closely with our PA pastors and congregations in the search and call process. They are available to offer and provide pastoral support as well.

Through regional partnerships and our calling to Christian formation in our camping program we can see God at work - even in the midst of transition! In the coming months we anticipate our next gathering as the Regional Church in our School of Congregational Life. Indeed, God has accomplished some great things with us since the regional assembly; and we can trust that God will be made known in this gathering of the church too!   

As we celebrate God’s love, let us strengthen our faithfulness, and grow together to be a church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8) Let us work to be greater than we could ever imagine, as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ by witnessing, loving, and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Take a look and see what God is doing right in our midst, as we live life together!