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Upcoming Presbytery-Sponsored Events:

Breaking the Chains

Clergy-Spouse Retreat

Big Ideas in Youth Ministry

Clergy Self-Care: Backpack and Bagels

Presbyterian Women Church-wide Gathering

Big Tent

Upcoming Congregation-Sponsored Events:

Presbyterian Women's Tea

Pruning Workshop

Walter Brugemann Preaches at Forest Hill Church

Upcoming Ecumenical Events:


Stated Meetings:






Upcoming Presbytery-Sponsored Events

Breaking the Chains--Mass Incarceration & Systems of Exploitation: Friday, April 17--Monday, April 20, 2015
Doubletree Hotel, Crystal City: Washington, D.C.

Come to Washington, DC, April 17-20, 2015, for the 13th Annual National Gathering of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice titled, “Breaking the Chains:  Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation.” Click here for more information. (Opens new window)

Clergy-Spouse Retreat: Thursday, April 23 7:30 p.m.--Saturday, April 25 12:00 p.m.
Clergy, bring your spouse for a rejuvenating and well-deserved retreat!

Our theme is “Together on the Couch: A Lighthearted Look at Biblical Couples.” We are staying at the Red Maple Inn, Burton. Cost: $175 for first-timers or $280 for couples who have been before. Send $100 deposit ATTN: Susan Holderness. Please write checks to: PWR. Memo: Clergy-Spouse Retreat.

Limited rooms! Sign up early. If aid is needed, talk to your session or Susan Holderness (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Big Ideas in Youth Ministry: Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2, 2015
Fairmount Presbyterian Church
: 2757 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

May 1st, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
May 2nd, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Will youth ministry look the same in five years? Do our young people 
 really know the Bible? Can they speak the language of faith? 
How do we lead them into deeper discipleship? We cannot let fear motivate our Christian education. 
Transformative youth ministry is possible in our changing church. Explore some BIG IDEAS for youth ministry in any size church, 
best practices for some of the day to day tasks in youth ministry 
and take home some practical plans to cultivate a deeper discipleship.

More information on the Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Event

Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Flyer

Clergy Self-Care: Backpack and Bagels: Monday, May 18 10:00-11:15 am
Presbytery of the Western Reserve Office
2800 Euclid Avenue
Suite 500
Cleveland, OH 44115

Rev. Lois Annich is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a certified member of the International Coach Federation. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, Lois frequently leads workshops and retreats on topics related to health and wellness. She has worked as a parish pastor, hospital chaplain, and corporate consultant, and currently runs a private counseling/coaching practice in Cleveland Heights.  She is also a teacher of yoga and meditation. Lois has a longstanding passion for helping faith leaders develop practices that will sustain them personally and professionally. Her workshops are informative, inspiring, and very practical.

R.S.V.P. to Susan Gillespie by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 15th so we can plan to welcome you with bagels, coffee, and juice!

Click here to download the Clergy Self-Care Flyer

Presbyterian Women Church-Wide Gathering: Thursday, June 18--Saturday, June 21
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Registration is now open!

The Gathering will be held June 18-21, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme of the Gathering is "One Body, One Spirit," based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. As always, workshops, plenary sessions, worship, mission opportunities and all Gathering programming will explore the theme in the context of a diverse, faithful sisterhood. Full registration for the event is just $395 (less than in 2012!), plus lodging and transportation.

Links below open new windows on the Presbyterian Mission Agency website.

Learn about registration options! 
See the daily schedule! 
Promote the church-wide gathering in your church!

We will see you there!

Big Tent: Thursday, July 30--Saturday, August 1, 2015
University of Tennessee Campus, Knoxville, Tennessee

Experience that deep sense of community one would expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians—a great big family reunion!  Join us for a wide variety of workshops, all under one Big Tent, a conference that will inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally. Click here for more information! (opens in new window)

Upcoming Congregation-Sponsored Events:


Presbyterian Women's Tea: Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p.m. 
Sponsored by Independence Presbyterian Church
6624 Public Square, Independence, OH 44131

Florence Roseman will present her inspiring story "My Night of Terror"--her account as a survivor of the SS Athenia, the first ship that was sunk in World War II. Refreshments will follow the presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend.  

Pruning Workshop: Tuesday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.-noon 
Sponsored by Independence Presbyterian Church
6624 Public Square, Independence, OH 44131

Arborist Alan Klonowski will conduct a pruning workshop at Independence Presbyterian Church. After a tabletop demonstration, he will take us outside to practice techniques of successful pruning. 

Walter Bruggemann Preaches at Forest Hill Church: Sunday, June 14, 2015 
3031 Monticello Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Dr. Walter Bruggemann will be speaking and preaching at Forest Hill Church on June 13-14, 2015! A public lecture with the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute pending confirmation, but he will definitely preach and teach on the 14th! Contact Forest Hill Church for more information: 216-321-2660

Upcoming Ecumenical Events:

Bridges:  Saturday, April 18 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Avon Lake United Church of Christ
32801 Electric Boulevard, Avon Lake, OH

Avon Lake United Church of Christ invites all Presbyterians to a one-day conference. “Bridges” is a program that is helping congregations get more young people involved in worship on a regular basis  The conference fee is: $50 per person.
Contact: Rev. Jon Fancher email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for further information.

Stated Meetings:

Click the link for a summary of the meeting or the link on the name of the church for information about the host church. Meetings start promptly at 6:00 p.m. Dinner by reservation-only available at 5:00 p.m. RSVP for dinner to the Presbytery Office at 216-241-3966. Meeting summary available within 1 week of the meeting.

Presbytery of the Western Reserve 2015 Stated Meetings:

Monday, January 26 at Parma-South Presbyterian Church
6155 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
January Meeting Summary

Monday, March 23 at Heritage Presbyterian Church
515 Leavitt Road
Amherst, OH 44001
March Stated Meeting Summary

Wednesday, May 27 at Christ Presbyterian Church
12419 Chillicothe Road 
Chesterland, OH 44026

Monday, September 28 at Rocky River Presbyterian Church
21750 Detroit Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Monday, November 23 at Church of the Western Reserve
30500 Fairmount Boulevard
Pepper Pike, OH 44124