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It is with sadness that we announce the closing of Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 3898 Meadowdale Rd., Monterey, VA. The Members and Session of Pisgah PC invite you to join them for the closing service on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Pisgah Presbyterian Church. A catered meal will be held on the church grounds (rain or shine) at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge for the meal. The meal will be served under a large tent with picnic tables available. For extra seating, people may want to bring a lawn chair. Communion will be celebrated during the worship service. The Rev. Dr. Roy Martin, Transitional Presbyter for Shenandoah Presbytery, will be bringing the message. Teaching Elder Beth Pyles will give leadership to the worship service and music will be provided by Debbi Stephenson and Rebecca Walker. An offering will be collected and given to the Highland County Evangelistic Association for its funds to help with stranded travelers, rent assistance, utilities, and other crises. Checks should be made payable to Pisgah Presbyterian Church. If you cannot be present for the closing service but would like to donate to the Highland County Evangelistic Association, please send your check to Debbi Stephenson, Pisgah PC Treasurer, 3772 Meadowdale Rd., Monterey, VA 24465 by August 10, 2016. Be sure to designate on the memo line that it is for Highland Co. Evangelistic Assoc.

All present and past members of Pisgah Presbyterian Church are encouraged to become active members of another church. If your membership is on the rolls at Pisgah PC or has been in the past but never transferred to another church, please contact Holmes Stephenson, Clerk of Session, and ask for a Membership Transfer Request form. A copy of the form can also be downloaded from the Parish of the Maples website (see link below this announcement). Complete the form and send to Holmes Stephenson, Clerk of Session, 3136 Meadowdale Rd., Monterey, VA 24465 by July 25, 2016.

All are welcome! If you have questions regarding the closing service or church membership, please feel free to contact Holmes Stephenson, Clerk of Session. He can be reached by phone at (540)468-2454 or by email at stephensonh@htc.net .



While we wait for a new pastor, we are maintaining Sunday School, weather permitting, at 10:00 am on all Sundays. Please contact Holmes Stephenson with any questions.



Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 11:15 am: The Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing and Picnic was held at Pisgah PC. The day was perfect, the food was bountiful and delicious, and everyone enjoyed the event:

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Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 2 pm: Pisgah PC’s Triple Crown Event! The Annual Congregational Meeting for 2015, a Bible Study, and a Souper Bowl of Caring Celebration and Offering  was held at the home of Holmes and Ardis Stephenson. The day ended with a sumptuous baked potato supper (choice of toppings) and dessert (including a chocolate fountain). Here are some pictures:

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 2 p.m.: Pictures from Pisgah’s Christmas Goody Box Project Eleven goody boxes were put together and distributed. Well done, people, but everyone needs to take lessons from Becky on how to pose for the camera! :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014 – 9:45 a.m.: Pisgah members and friends held a “Hanging of the Greens” worship service led by Rev. Melissa.  Following the service there was brunch at the church. A few pictures:

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Sunday, April 10, 2016: The One Great Hour of Sharing will be collected during the worship service.

Sunday, February 7, 2016 is also the final collection day for Pisgah’s Cents-Ability Offering. Be sure and bring in your spare change to contribute to the Presbyterian Hunger Project by this date. The Cents-Ability jar is on the table in our vestibule.

Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2 pm: Pisgah PC’s Congregational Meeting will be held at Pisgah PC. Snow date, if needed, will be the following Sunday (Feb. 14) at 2 pm.

Sunday, January 31, 2016: 10 am – Sunday School at Pisgah. 11:15 am – Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing at Beulah, followed by a covered dish dinner.

Sunday, January 10, 2015, 9:45 am: Pastor Bill Cox will preach and we will have communion.


Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., Souper Bowl of Caring: Yes, you read it correctly…Pisgah’s 2016 Souper Bowl of Caring Celebration will be held at the home of Winifred Stephenson. Come, have fun, while helping to raise money to fight hunger and poverty. The offering goes to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, VA and Cents-Ability. The event will include…lunch, program, offering, fellowship, and lots of fun!! All are welcome! Please RSVP to Winifred by calling 499-2383 or emailing her at 2winifred@bellsouth.net by Oct. 16.


Sunday, October 11, 2015, Beulah PC, 12:30 p.m.:   A Parish Farewell Covered Dish Dinner will be held at Beulah Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 11, at 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish and spend time with Rev. Melissa and her family.

Sunday, October 11, 2015, Collection time is 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon, “Phillip the Barrel” Project and Peace Offering: Everyone is invited to help “Phillip the Barrel.” This is an opportunity to help local families in need by donating food and other items to the Word of Faith Food Pantry. Bring a can or two or however much you would like to donate.               Non-food items are especially needed:  paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, bar soap, dish detergent, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, household cleaning supplies, etc. Food items such as the following are also appreciated (Items should be commercially canned. No home canned or prepared items will be accepted.): Canned Meats: tuna, chicken, spam, meat spreads Canned Vegetables: beans, beans & franks, corn, peas, etc.  Canned Fruits: peaches, pears, pineapple, fruit cocktail, applesauce, etc.Canned Stews & Soups: chili, beef stew, Spaghetti O’s, Ravioli, chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, etc. Grains, Pasta, & Sauces: cereal, oatmeal, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, rice, dried beans           Beverages (non-refrigerated): 100% juice                                                    Miscellaneous: No-cook Jello/Pudding, crackers, peanut butter, nutritious snacks, etc. We will also be collecting the Peace Offering during the October 11 service. Please take time to read this important background on our Peace Offering: The Peace Offering, now known as the Peace & Global Witness Offering, is one of the four church-wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). These offerings play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church in the twenty-first century, bringing together the diversity of the PC(USA) to focus and take faith-based action on shared concerns. The Offerings offer opportunitiesfor partnership, learning, and witness and profoundly affect the life of the church as a collective witnessto Jesus Christ’s love for the whole church.A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries. Gifts to the 2015 Peace & Global Witness Offering will support Syrian refugees who still hope for an end to violence and a peaceful future for their children. Because of the work of our church partners in Lebanon, the children of Syrians displaced by war and sheltering in camps will be able to resume their education, disrupted when their families fled the conflict. Your gift makes it possible for children to learn and teachers to teach: these are tools of hope for people struggling to make a life in camps and nourish hope for a return to their homes. Your gift helps these children sing a new song. A violent and broken world calls all of us to play our part in creating and singing this song. Through our gifts, we join in God’s mission of peace and reconciliation. Please give generously to the Peace & Global Witness Offering.

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 4:30 pm at Pisgah PC: There will be a called congregational meeting held at Pisgah PC to discuss results of a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, when the sessions of Monterey, Beulah and Pisgah met with Rev. Dr. Roy Martin and teaching elder Lisa Webb. If you have any questions, please call Holmes Stephenson, Clerk of Session.

 Sunday, 8-23-15: Announcements and Reminders: Bulletin Insert 8-23-15

July 12, 2015: Announcements and Reminders: Bulletin Insert 7-12-15

June 28, 2015: Announcements and Reminders: Bulletin Insert 6-28-15

June 14, 2015: Announcements and Reminders: Bulletin Insert 6-14-15

May 24, 2015 Announcements and Reminders: Bulletin Insert 5-24-15

May 10, 2015 Announcements and Reminders:  Bulletin Insert 5-10-15

May, 2015 – first week’s announcements: Bulletin Insert 4-26-15 #2

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 9:45 am – Worship service at Pisgah PC; 10:50 am – Sunday School; 3:00 pm – Pisgah Stated Session Meeting, Pisgah PC.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:00 am – Sunday School . 2:00 pm – Bible Study at Pisgah PC, study leader is Holmes Stephenson. Pisgah Planning and Update Meeting will immediately follow Bible Study.

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 9:45 am – Worship service at Pisgah PC . Communion will be celebrated; the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be collected; and, Baptism Anniversaries for April, May and June will be celebrated. 10:50 am – Sunday School.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8:30 am to approx. 1:00 pm – Shenandoah Presbytery PW Spring Gathering, Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA (pre-register by April 6, unless someone has special needs or needs childcare. If so, pre-register by April 1). Brochures with registration are available for download at www.shenpres.org/presbyterianwomen, or, contact Pisgah PC’s contact person, Crystal Stephenson, for a brochure.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1 pm – Beulah PC. Parish Presbyterian Women’s  Bible Study (2 Corinthians)

Sunday, April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday . No services at Pisgah PC.  9:30 am – worship service at Beulah PC, 11:00 am – worship service at Monterey PC.


Sunday, March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday. 10 am-Sunday School @ Pisgah PC, then, at 11:15 am – Fifth Sunday Service @ Monterey PC.

March Maple Sundays for the Parish of the Maples will not be regular services, but rather workshop rotations on John 3.1-21. Both Sundays will have the same activities, so only attend once – unless you really like it the first time.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 – 9:30 am: Maple Sunday at Beulah.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 9:45 am: Maple Sunday at Pisgah.

There will be no Bible Study scheduled for February, 2015.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm: Ash Wednesday service at Monterey PC is cancelled due to weather!

Sunday, February 15, 2015 – 3:00 pm:    There will be a Parish Session Meeting (for elders from Beulah, Monterey & Pisgah PC)  at Monterey PC.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015: PW Coordinating Team Meeting (see PW page for details).

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 3:00 pm: A Stated Session Meeting will be held at Pisgah PC. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 2 pm: Pisgah PC’s Triple Crown Event! The Annual Congregational Meeting for 2015, a Bible Study, and a Souper Bowl of Caring Celebration and Offering  will be held at the home of Holmes and Ardis Stephenson. The day will end with a sumptuous baked potato supper (choice of toppings) and dessert (including a chocolate fountain). Members, don’t forget your “family page” for the church scrapbook!! All are welcome!

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 5:30 pm: Parish of the Maples and community “Going Stir Crazy” Party at Beulah PC. The event will begin with a soup and sandwich supper followed by a stirring party. All are welcome!

Sunday, January 11, 2015 – 9:45 am: Communion and Baptism Anniversaries will be celebrated during the worship service at Pisgah.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – 6:00 pm: A Parish-wide Christmas Eve Program will be held at Pisgah PC. Dorothy Stephenson is responsible for organizing the program.

CANCELLED! Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.: A Parish-wide Christmas Program will be held at Monterey PC .   Communion will be celebrated.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 1:00 pm: Presbyterian women from Beulah, Monterey and Pisgah churches continue our combined Bible Study for 2014-15, focusing on 2 Corinthians. The next meeting will be held at the home of Norma Reynolds. All interested women are welcome!

Friday, December 5, 2014 – 7 pm: Highland Community Choir Christmas Program, Beulah PC.

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 11:15 am – Beulah PC: The Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing and covered-dish dinner for all three churches will be held at Beulah, beginning at 11:15 am. Since this is the first Sunday of Advent, the hymn sing will have a Christmas theme. Come join the worship, singing and fellowship. Please bring a favorite dish to share at the lunch following the service.

November 1 through 23, 2014: Pisgah PC will again be collecting items for Zacchaeus’ Kitchen.  This is a presbytery program that supports the homeless through the former DC Central Kitchen program in Washington, DC.  NOTE:  Only the following items will be accepted…NEW hats, socks, gloves, & mittens, as well as winter coats and boots in like new condition. Donations may be dropped off at Pisgah PC or Monterey PC.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.: Parish Session Meeting (for elders from Beulah, Monterey & Pisgah) will be held at Beulah PC.

Saturday, November 1, 2014: The annual meeting of the Shenandoah PW Coordinating Team and local church PW Moderators/PW Contact Persons will be held at Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served.  Brenda Brown, Synod PW Moderator, will be giving a presentation.  If a PW Moderator or PW Contact Person cannot attend, please invite another PW member to represent your church.  Pre-registration is required so please let Ardis Stephenson know by Thursday, October 23, 2014 who will be representing your church.

 Sunday, October 26, 2014:  No worship service or Sunday School will be held at Pisgah on Oct. 26th.

Sunday, October 19, 2014: Bible Study, led by Crystal Stephenson, will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Pisgah PC.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

  • Communion will be celebrated during the worship service at 9:45 a.m. at Pisgah.
  • Baptism Anniversaries for October, November & December will be celebrated.
  • Please help “Phillip the Barrel” for the Word of Faith Food Pantry.  Both food and non-food items are needed.  Items must be brought to Pisgah PC by 12:00 noon.

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10:00 am: Pisgah Update and Planning Session will be held at Pisgah PC. Bring your suggestions, observations and questions.

WRE Dinner Reminder: The next Weekday Education Dinner was rescheduled and held at the firehouse in Monterey on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Assignments:                            2 pounds of macaroni (uncooked) – Jim Stephenson                                                                         Turkey with broth – Crystal Stephenson                                                                                             Cake – Ardis Stephenson                                                                                                                          Helpers – TBA

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm: Bible study will be held at Pisgah PC, with Rebecca Walker serving as leader.

Click on the link for a pdf file copy of our August newsletter:

Pisgah Bulletin Newsletter 7-27-14 *

*Please note that following event in the above newsletter has been CANCELLED:

CANCELLED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Highland/Augusta Mission Community will meet at 6:00 p.m. at
Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant.

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