Second Presbyterian Church of Oil City hosted a 4K4 Cancer bicycling group for the third year this summer. This group is bicycling from Baltimore to Seattle in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. Each person in the group has been personally impacted by cancer. The group of 25 youth were hosted by the church for dinner and overnight. Some of the young adults told their story of the devastating impact of cancer on their lives. The church also provided several hundred dollars of supplies for them as they sent them off early the next morning with prayers and good wishes.
Two local businesses graciously contributed to the 4K4 Cancer event in Oil City. The “Northside Eatery” donated lunches for all 25 cyclists and “World of Wheels” provided the cycling supplies at cost. A big THANK YOU for their support.
The Garland Presbyterian Church in western Warren County is marking a special milestone. Members of Garland Presbyterian are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. The Garland Presbyterian Church began to worship together faithfully early in 1817. In honor of their 200th anniversary they shared a weeklong celebration of their past in anticipation of the future. One evening included a number of church members dressed in period costume. The congregation is served by Commissioned Ruling Elder Tim Olsen. Happy 200th Anniversary Garland!
Britney Knight, Director of Youth and Family Ministries at First Covenant in Erie, was the speaker for the most recent gathering of retired pastors and surviving spouses. The event was hosted by the Ripley, NY Church. It was a spirited gathering with a dynamic presentation. This group meets twice annually for food, great conversation and an opportunity to learn more about the church.
The Rev. Sue Montgomery of the Nickleville Church in Emlenton, celebrated a lifetime of Ministry on May 27, 2017. Most recently Pastor Sue had served the Nickleville Church for nearly 18 years and officially retired on May 31, 2917. She had been ordained July 17, 1977 – nearly 40 years ago. At here retirement dinner she was surrounded by church family, presbytery representatives and out of town guests, including her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Joel and Rev. Janis Montgomery. Pastor Sue plans to continue to serve in Ministry as a Chaplain at Polk State Center. Sue and her husband Jay, also a retired PCUSA pastor, plan to enjoy other activities including kayaking and attending the Scottish Highland Games.