Meet Our Ministers
Sunday, June 24th - William Carter
Reverend Bill Carter serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, PA. Bill is also a well known jazz pianist with “Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet,” a traveling jazz group performing concerts around the country. Bill frequently weaves music into ministry. Combining jazz with church worship creates unique opportunities to spread the gospel while entertaining worshipers.
Presbybop is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a number of concert celebrations planned throughout the year. First started as a Labor Day weekend jazz communion in Clarks Summit, Presbybop continues to tour regularly and record new music.
A native of Owego, NY, Rev. Carter received his B.A from Binghamton University and his M. Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bill is the author of eight books of sermons and numerous published articles. A highly regarded speaker, teacher, and workshop leader, Bill has spoken many times on Day 1, a radio ministry that reaches two million listeners each week.
Bill’s message for us this Sunday, June 24 is “How do you keep a Sabbath?” based on Psalm 92. Bill will play “Sabbath Song” and several jazz versions of familiar hymns for the congregation to sing.
The Presbyterian Church of Eagles Mere is located at 23 Pennsylvania Avenue. Service begins at 10:00 AM and casual dress is always welcome. A social in the side garden with light refreshments will immediately follow the service. Come for a solid message of faith and great jazz music!
Sunday, July 1st - Lisa Day
Lisa Day spent her early years in Guam as the daughter of a Navy pilot father and a middle school guidance counselor mother. For her higher education, Lisa went to Occidental College in Los Angeles where she graduated in 1983 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She was also Phi Beta Kappa. From there she went to law school at UCLA and was awarded a J.D. in 1986. She worked as a public interest lawyer as an advocate for low income clients and persons with disabilities in both Los Angeles and later in Philadelphia before feeling the call to ministry. She received a Master of Divinity from Princeton (NJ) Theology Seminary in 2007.
As a second career minister, Lisa was Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Older Adult Ministries for over 7 years at Swarthmore (PA) Presbyterian Church. In 2014, she was called to be Pastor of Hightstown Presbyterian Church in Hightstown, New Jersey. She also resides in Hightstown.
Lisa is the proud single mother of three adult children and is a BIG Phillies fan!
Sunday, July 8th - Henry Brinton
Reverend Henry Brinton, Sr. Pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia is guest preacher this Sunday, July 1 at Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Brinton recently spent a month in Honduras totally immersing himself in the Spanish language to help him and his staff personally reach out to the growing Latino community in Fairfax, VA. His church is also actively involved in building affordable housing on nearby church property in coordination with Habitat for Humanity.
Rev. Brinton co-wrote a book on faith and physical exercise called “The Ten Commandments of Faith & Fitness”. Rev. Brinton has completed both a marathon and a triathlon. He also authored books on church hospitality and balancing issues of faith. Rev. Brinton’s message this Sunday will be "Come and See" based on the first chapter of the gospel of John. A special children’s message is included.
Special music this Sunday provided by the Leibowitz Family Orchestra featuring Kate Sullivan Nelson, vocalist. This ensemble recently performed to a large audience at the DeWire Center in Eagles Mere. Patriotic hymns will also be part of Sunday’s service.
A social in the garden after the service hosted by Marilyn Cromartie, an active member of Fairfax Presbyterian will serve light refreshments. All are welcome for worship and fellowship at 10 AM. Casual wear is always acceptable and children most welcome. The church is located at 23 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Sunday, July 15th - Jack Clark
Reverend Jack Clark returns to the pulpit of Eagles Mere Presbyterian for Sunday service on July 15 at 10 AM. You will hear a solid message of faith in God together with great jazz and big band music that will add spice to hymns and amazing special music. Reverend Clark and his wife Susan are longtime summer residents of Eagles Mere who come back every summer to enjoy the mountains and minister to the community. Jack and Susie spend their winters in Mt. Dora, Florida.
Special music will be celebrated by Dan Levinson and his Jazz Band. Dan has been playing jazz in Eagles Mere for over 30 years. Dan and Rev. Clark have formed a special bond over many years of Sunday services in Eagles Mere. You can be sure the music will fill the church with a reverent swing sound that will move your spirit and maybe your toes.
A social in the church garden will be held immediately after the service with light refreshments. All are welcome to join us for worship and fellowship at 10 AM. Casual wear is always acceptable and children are most welcome. A children’s message is included in the service. Eagles Mere Presbyterian is located at 23 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Come join us as Reverend Clark and Dan Levinson lead a memorable service! Come early to hear the band warm up!
Sunday, July 22nd - Peter C. Hodgson
Eagles Mere summer resident Dr. Peter C. Hodgson is guest preacher this Sunday July 22 at 10:00AM. Dr. Hodgson taught theology courses at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee from 1965 until his retirement in 2003.
In 1957 as a young student, Dr. Hodgson attended a Christian conference in Eagles Mere. From that summer on, his parents paid regular visits to the Forest Inn. The family purchased a cottage in the Park in 1966 and have spent summers in Eagles Mere ever since.
Dr. Hodgson has published numerous books on Christian theology. His latest book is “Summer Sermons, Winter Thoughts. It includes a collection of sermons given at Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church over the past 15 years. It is available at Amazon along with his other books.
Dr. Hodgson’s sermon this Sunday is titled “Abba” based on Mark 14. The word “Abba” is translated as “Daddy.” Special music provided by Jessica Reese, vocalist. Our pianist is Jane Rhone. Communion will be served.
An outdoor social in the Lundy Garden after the service will feature light refreshments. Casual dress is always welcome.
Sunday, July 29th - Bob Brown & The Eagles Mere Union
Rev. Bob Brown will lead the worship service at Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 29 at 10 AM. This service will feature leaders from local charities and how the church supports their much-needed work in Sullivan.
During Sunday’s service, Barbara Davis, Coordinator for the Dushore Food Pantry will speak about how they feed many families in Sullivan County each week. Lauren Edkin, Executive Director of Sullivan County Victim Services will talk about helping families in crisis. Both organizations are dependent on fund raising to support the many needs of Sullivan County residents. Both ladies will explain where the money goes and their biggest needs.
For many years the Presbyterian Church has used special envelopes for those wishing to donate directly to local charities in Sullivan County. Last year the church collected $2,626 from these envelope donations with most of the money supporting the Food Pantry and Victim Services.
Rev. Brown, retired pastor, served the United Church of Christ for 20 years and the United Methodist Church for 20 years. Rev Brown has always been involved in supporting charities that help people with urgent needs.
Eagles Mere Union will provide special music for the service. Band members include Ray Schrekengaust, Harmonica, Evan Alley and Jim Crum, Guitarists, Lou & Danny Leibowitz on bass. “Kumbaya” is a song they often perform. The New York Times recently featured an article identifying the origins of this famous folk song from the Gullah Geechee of West Africa who came to Southeastern America over a century ago.
An outdoor social featuring light refreshments in the Lundy Garden will follow directly after the service. All are invited to attend and casual dress is always welcome. The Church is located near the Sweet Shop on Pennsylvania Avenue.