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PROVIDING CLEAN WATER FOR TEN YEARS

Posted June 15, 2021

For the past ten years, Water for Woodlands, a ministry of the White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church, has been providing clean drinking water for the Butler County residents of The Woodlands in Connoquenessing Township. Every Monday volunteers gather at a side entrance to the church near the town of Connoquenessing to distribute water to families whose well water has been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing.

HELP FOR MT. PLEASANT CHURCH AFTER FIRE

Posted June 8, 2021

Early on the morning of May 24, a fire destroyed Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Darlington. Fire crews from more than eight companies responded. No one was in the building and none of the first responders were hurt. The fire had a devastating effect on the building.

MISSION CO-WORKER JOINS US LIVE FROM GHANA

Posted May 25, 2021

We are pleased to welcome Josh Heikkila, mission co-worker in Ghana since 2009, who serves as World Mission’s regional liaison for West Africa for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Josh will join Beaver Butler Presbytery live by Zoom from Ghana during Tuesday’s May Presbytery meeting. 

BUTLER AREA PRESBYTERIANS ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

Part Two of Two: Advice for Collaborating Churches

Posted May 25, 2021

Last week’s article explored how seven of the PC(USA) Churches in Butler came together for a virtual Ash Wednesday service. The service was the result of a collaboration with some history as well as growing edges. Let’s explore this unique partnership further.

The “Butler Area Presbyterians,” or BAP for short, has worked on much more than just this Ash Wednesday service that was covered in Part One of this series. Other joint worship services have included a Blue Christmas service and an annual Good Friday service.

JOINT ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE GOES VIRTUAL

Part One of Two: Butler Area Presbyterians Work Together

Posted May 18, 2021

Recently seven of the PC(USA) Churches in Butler came together for a virtual Ash Wednesday service. Intrigued, we decided to explore this unique partnership further.

The “Butler Area Presbyterians,” or BAP for short, is a group of pastors and lay leaders that come together to explore ways to join in mutual ministry, worship, programming, and fellowship. This collaboration gives congregations a bigger sense of call and belonging as part of the larger church.

TAKING STEPS OF FAITH

New Beginnings for United Presbyterian Church in Ambridge

By The Rev. Beth Wierman

Posted March 30, 2021

In 2019, the United Presbyterian Church in Ambridge (UP) placed the church building on the market. After much prayer, conversation and discernment, the Session decided to continue as a community believing they were (still) called by God to serve together. Like many congregations, the aging physical facility of the church had become cumbersome and a financial burden preventing resources to flow toward mission and growth.

Introducing The Rev. Mark Allio

Posted March 25, 2021

Mark Allio, who will begin his ministry this summer at Jefferson Center in Saxonburg, sends greetings to Beaver-Butler Presbytery. He goes by Mark but claims to having been baptized as Meatball. There’s a sermon illustration in that!

Photo by Peter Keller

A Message From Our New Executive Presbyter,

Rev. Dr. Thomas Harmon

Posted February 10, 2021

Growing Together

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 NRSV

Dear Beaver-Butler Presbytery,

Grace and peace to you during the winter season as we turn our gaze toward brighter days ahead.

I am beginning my new role in ministry as your Executive Presbyter. It is a calling that God has placed on my heart for nearly two decades, as I feel the confirmation of your call to prepare, equip, and nurture the congregations of Beaver-Butler Presbytery.

Introducing Our New Executive Presbyter

Posted January 19, 2021

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Harmon was elected to the position of Executive Presbyter of Beaver-Butler Presbytery on Thursday, January 14, 2021 during a Special Meeting of the Presbytery. You may consider Tom to be “one of us” as he has been a pastor in this presbytery since 2014.

Concluding Letter from Temporary Part Time Executive Presbyter, Rev. Dr. David Oyler

Posted December 15, 2020 

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to observe—and participate—in the work of the Kingdom of God through Beaver-Butler Presbytery. I have learned a great deal from you. It is wonderfully evident that you have a passion for the Gospel and a desire to live out Kingdom principles in your daily lives.

In Memoriam 

Rev. James Michael Moran

1950—2020

Posted October 19, 2020

James Michael Moran, 69, of Powell, OH, passed away on October 13, 2020 after courageously battling autoimmune interstitial lung disease. 

Jim has served Presbyterian churches in Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania in forty-one years of ministry. He retired from the ministry on September 30, 2020 having served the last 13 years as the Senior Pastor of the Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, PA.

Jim was active in the Beaver-Butler Presbytery serving as chairperson of the Ministry and Vocation Committee.

Children Can Be A Part of Giving!

Posted October 19, 2020

Recently a guest post was published on the new Stewardship Blog hosted by PC(USA) Special Offerings. It was written by Karen Keller, a member of Ohio  Church in Aliquippa.

Karen’s piece serves to inspire others to involve children in raising money for mission. Well done, Karen and Ohio Church!

The Disease of Division

A Letter by Pastor Robin Swinsburg, Westminster Church, Sarver

Posted October 12, 2020

In his congregation’s newsletter, Pastor Rob Swinsburg of Westminster in Sarver, recently shared a letter addressing his concerns for our nation and restoring steps we can take. He felt compelled to share it with a larger audience. With his permission, we are publishing a version of it as a resource for churches in our presbytery and beyond.

Meet the Newest Member of the Office Staff

Posted September 14, 2020

Elaine Nucci started on August 17 as financial assistant to treasurer, Lauren Cesnales. Elaine is taking on accounting tasks such as processing remittances and expenses to allow more time for Lauren to work with church members and staff. When asked about her new position she said, “I’m looking forward to working on special projects as well and to meeting and serving our presbytery members. The work and support of churches has never been more vital than it is today.”

Presbytery Office Hours Change

Posted June 8, 2020

Recommended by the Personnel Committee and approved by the Coordinating Team, the office hours have now been changed to 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In addition, the office is open at other times, by appointment, if there is a need to access the Resource Center or the conference rooms for meetings.

Putting On a New Face

Our Presbytery Center building is in the middle of a multi-year facelift and maintenance upgrade.

Hymnals Available…

Songs of Faith and Praise (blue) — Howard Publishing Co., Inc., 1994

The Hymnbook (red) — Presbyterian Denominations, 1955

If you are interested in having them, contact ChrisAnn Goossen or call the office at 724-452-7515 X112.