Monday, May 8, 2017

The growing ministry of our Krislund Camp and Conference Center

The Golden Warbler

With support and encouragement from our friends at Penn State University, our Krislund Camp has received a significant grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service for the habitat development of the Golden Warbler. Over thirty acres of forest land at Krislund will be set aside and specifically protected to encourage the habitat development for this gorgeous, song bird. This is yet another piece in the continuing growth of our Krislund Camp!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

A study tour of Palestine and Israel, April 2018

Mosaic of Peace April 29 to May 12, 2018

In 2016, I participated on the Mosaic of Peace study tour sponsored by our Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. This was a beautiful, transformative, experience for me in two ways.On one hand, visiting and experiencing the places of Jesus was a deep and abiding joy. This study tour visits all the great places in the life of Jesus. This experience will deepen your spiritual life and truly make the Gospel stories come alive. On the other hand, this study tour also immersed us in the trauma and pain of the Middle East from the perspective of the Christian Church. There are still Christians in Palestine who are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to support them and know their story.

I hope to participate on the Mosaic of Peace study tour again in 2018. I hope to be a small group leader for a group from our Presbytery on the tour. Please consider join using. The details of this study tour are now available at

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Learning to be the Church

A letter from Tracey King-Ortega, Regional Liaison for Central America, based in Nicaragua

The mission newsletter linked here is the fulfillment of a dream of mine and a lot of work on behalf of many, many Presbyterians. Please read Tracey's beautiful report here:

Our Presbytery works very close with Tracey who serves as the regional liaison for Central America with our Presbyterian World Mission. With Tracey's leadership and abundant support from the Honduras Mission Network including our presbytery, we have begun a comprehensive program in theological education in support of our Presbyterian brothers and sisters in Honduras. This program has been a long time in coming, and I am abundantly grateful that this is now happening. We need your financial support to sustain this vital ministry. Please give generously.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Reformation 500

The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's famous 95.

Our Presbytery of Carlisle will celebrate a special, Presbytery-wide worship service in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Hosted by our Market Square Presbyterian Church our service will be on Sunday, October 29 at 4:00. Mark the date! Please join us!

Do you know about the Protestant Reformation or would you like to learn more? A flurry of new books have been released in honor of this anniversary:

Martin E. Marty. October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World.

Lyndal Roper. Martin Luther: Renegade or Prophet.

Alec Ryrie. Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Theological Education in Honduras

Our exciting partnership in Honduras.

Many members of the Presbytery of Carlisle have supported and participated in the housing ministry we have created in partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Honduras. Our mission team going to Honduras next month will be contributing to the twelfth new family home as part of this ministry. This is truly a partnership between our Presbytery, leaders in the Presbyterian Church in Honduras and the families that receive the new homes.

But this ministry is only one aspect of a larger and growing partnership between USA Presbyterians and Honduran Presbyterians. We have also recently initiated a robust program of theological education into this relationship. Our World Mission Co-worker Karla Koll, who serves with the Latin American Biblical University in Costa Rica, has written about this new aspect of our ongoing mission partnership.

The link to Karla's recent World Mission enews article about this work is here:

We expect soon to offer a mission trip to Honduras which will participate in this theological study with our Honduran brothers and sisters. For those who may be more interested in Bible study and theological reflection than mixing mortar and carrying concrete blocks, please consider joining us in this important work.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Theological Conversations

Theological Conversations
"The First 500 Years" by Jerry Andrews

As part of a series of papers sponsored by the General Assembly Mission Agency, Jerry Andrews offers us a beautiful reflection on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. What is the gift that our PC(USA) brings to our cherished Reformed project? Andrews' answer: "This is the gift of the PC(USA) to the next 500 years - a church that thinks through, teaches, and tests the Faith expressed in distinctly Reformed terms, appropriated by conversing with those who first thought through the Faith be being the first interpreters of Scripture."

Let us be a Church in conversation "with the testimony of the ancients."