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Arkansas PC(USA) congregation reclaims holistic Lenten practices

Embracing season’s observance offers opportunities for transformation

From Presbyterian News Service

Not only is the Rev. Debra Carl Freeman’s extended family “well-steeped in Presbyterianism”—with a father, husband, two brothers, and a brother-in-law, who are all PC(USA) teaching elders, along with additional ministers on her husband Jim’s side of the family—but so is the congregation she currently serves.

Especially when it comes to Lenten practices.

Freeman was called four years ago as interim pastor of the 80-member First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and has served churches in the Presbytery of Arkansas for 26 years. She says her current congregation is no newcomer to the observance of Lenten disciplines, which have been largely reclaimed by Reformed churches only in the last few decades.

“For much of our history, Reformed churches have been uncomfortable with the observance of Lent,” says the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, associate for worship in the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s office of Theology and Worship. “In the past fifty years, however, many contemporary Presbyterian congregations have embraced the season as a regular opportunity for spiritual renewal and deeper relationship with Christ.”

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PYC Hunger Banquet

Sunday, March 6
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
(Fellowship Hall)
4369 South Buffalo Street
Orchard Park, NY  14127
RSVP by March 4 to:
(Linda Babcock ~ 863-2801)
PYC Youth and Advisors are cordially invited to enjoy - or not, depending on your “world” classification - a meal, activities and a speaker about hunger.  Be prepared to leave with a full tummy or the same empty feeling which 85% of the world’s population goes to bed with each night.
Admission = $1.25 per person which is the amount that 1.4 billion people in developing countries live on per day.  We will be passing a plate!
Guest Speaker: 14 year old Serene Shibly who visited a Syrian Refugee Camp in Lebanon over Christmas Break!
Special Worship at Crittenden Presbyterian Church

On Sunday March 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. Crittenden Presbyterian Church is having a special worship to honor and thanks those who have lead worship, been a member, or have needed our church through the 110 years of worship at Crittenden. 

New Jersey church prepares to welcome Syrian refugees

Congregation joins other denominations in effort to resettle families in the US

From Presbyterian News Service

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, has a long history of opening its arms to people coming to this country for a new start. In the 1970s, the church welcomed a Vietnamese family escaping the trappings of war in their homeland. Relationships with this family, according to pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney, are still strong today.

Now the church is preparing for an opportunity to host a Syrian family seeking to escape the devastation of war. While the American public is locked in debate over whether to open doors for those seeking to start anew, it was never a question for Willow Grove.

“I think the people here are quite sure what it means to sponsor a family even though we’ve only gone through the initial steps,” Cochran-Carney said. “The congregation really feels our calling comes from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25. If people are hungry, need shelter and come from a place of conflict like Syria, we want to be part of a larger community effort to welcome them.”

Cochran-Carney, working with other interfaith leaders, has formed a group called the Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP). The group has met several times to find out what they have to do be a host site.

Church World Service (CWS), an interfaith agency supporting refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, opened an office in Jersey City last February to begin the process of resettling Syrian families and others in the state. CWS staff began meeting with the interfaith group to put the wheels in motion.

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March 1
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Birthday!
Laura Norris Buisch - 3/7

Ordination Anniversary
Mark Woodward - 3/3/1978
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Around the Presbytery

March 4-5
You've Gotta Have Art Festival at Clarence Presbyterian Church

March 5
Live Auction at Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church

March 6
Women's Mini Retreat at Hamburg Presbyterian Church

March 6
Jazz Vespers Service at First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo

March 10, 11, & 12
Jesus Christ Superstar at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

March 11
Lenten Fish Fry and Theme Tray Raffle at Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church

March 12
Vocalis Chamber Choir at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

March 13
Freudig Singers and Buffalo Brass Choir present "Gloria" at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

March 17
Let's Do Lunch Series Begins for Spring at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

March 20
Lenten Pancake Breakfast and Basket Raffle at Faith United Presbyterian Church

March 20
Chicken Barbeque Spring Dinner at Lockport Presbyterian Home

March 25
Good Friday Men and Boys Breakfast, sponsored by Niagara Presbyterian Church

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Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 166 59th Street, Niagara Falls, NY, is looking for a part time secretary (20 Hrs Mon – Fri 9 am-1 pm).  Please call the church at 283-5744 for more information or to get an application.

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