Date And Location Of The 2017
PA State Sunday School Convention
Announced...






It has been announced that the 155th Anniversary Pennsylvania State Sunday School Convention will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Plainfield Church of God, Route 641, Plainfield, PA (just 5 miles from Carlisle)(GPS Address:  2089 Newville Road, Carlisle, PA 17015)

The convention will feature...

- An opening Devotional Session with a message by P.S.S.S.A. State President, Pastor Bob Bishard (pastor of Young's United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg, PA).
















- Over 25 Different Workshops on a wide variety of topics to help all Christian education teachers and leaders learn how to be even better and more effective in their work for the Lord.

- Displays and Exhibits.

- Lunch at the Host Church.

- And, Much More!

The following is the schedule for the 2017 event...

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Displays Open
9:00 to 9:45 a.m. - Opening Devotional Session * PSSSA Business Meeting
10:00 to 10:55 a.m. - Workshop Period #1
11:05 a.m. to 12:00 noon - Workshop Period #2
12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. - Lunch Break and Displays Open
1:15 to 2:10 p.m. - Workshop Period #3
2:10 to 2:30 p.m. - Visit Displays
2:30 to 3:25 p.m. - Workshop Period #4
3:35 to 4:30 p.m. - Workshop Period #5

2017 Convention Workshops & Workshop Leaders...

PLEASE NOTE:  Workshop titles, leaders and times are subject to change without notice. Main areas of concern: (C) - Children; (Y) - Youth, (A) - Adults, (L) - Leaders; (G) - General Interest.


WORKSHOP PERIOD #1
(10:00 to 10:55 a.m.)
“Meeting the Needs of Children in Your Church & Sunday School”  (C, L) Leader - Carol Niblette, retired Instructor in Early Childhood Education at Harrisburg Area Community College, from Lancaster, PA
“Building a Dynamic Youth Ministry” (Y, L) Leader - Alan Wilson, U. S. Field Coordinator for Regular Baptist Press
“The Bible in Perspective: Significant Texts in the Protestant Reformation”  (A, L, G) Leader - Dr. Timothy Dugan, Pastor of St. Matthew’s U.C.C., Carlisle Springs, PA
“The Power of Purity” (A, L, G) Leader - Travis Zimmerman, Co-founder of “A Faithful Dad” ministry, Hershey, PA
“Marriage Mentoring at Your Church”  (G) Leaders - David & Anna Lee Kopp, Marriage Mentors at Lifehouse Church, Hagerstown, MD

WORKSHOP PERIOD #2
(11:05 a.m. to 12:00 noon)
“Classroom Management in the 21st Century” (C, L) Leader - Carol Niblette, retired Instructor in Early Childhood Education at Harrisburg Area Community College, from Lancaster, PA
“Q & A: Youth Ministry” (Y, L) Leader - Pastor Michael Burns, Founder of “Burned by God” youth ministry, from Sunbury, PA
“Priceless Jewels: Hiding God’s Word in Your Heart” (A, L, G) Leader - Travis Zimmerman, Co-founder of “A Faithful Dad” ministry, Hershey
“Revitalize the Stagnant Congregation” (L, G) Leader - Alan Wilson, U. S. Field Coordinator for Regular Baptist Press
“First Prophecies of Jesus Coming” (A, L, G) Leader - Rev. John Metzger, Missionary/Educator for Ariel Ministries, from Lititz, PA
“Plenty Good Room (a Bible study on African-American spirituals)(Part 1)”  (G) Leader - Ruth Hodge, Organist at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA, and Allen Mowery, accompanist

WORKSHOP PERIOD #3
(1:15 to 2:10 p.m.)
“How Do Children Learn?”  (C, L, G) Leader - Rodney Pry, Executive Director of the PA State Sunday School Association
“Relevancy Over Facts” (Y) Leader - Pastor Michael Burns, Founder of “Burned by God” youth ministry, from Sunbury, PA
“Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Sunday School Growth” (Part 1)  (A, L) Leader - Dr. Bill Niblette, East Regional Director for Bible League International, from Lancaster
“Demystifying Disabilities and Special Needs: Learning to Love While We Worship in Churches” (G) Leader - Mindy Hartman, vocalist, narrator, blindness educator and natural health advocate, from Chambersburg, PA
“Teaching to Transform Adult Students into Disciples” (A, L) Leaders - Nona & David Gehman, Adult Sunday School Coordinators at Faith Bible Fellowship Church, Lancaster, PA
“Kairus Prison Ministry” (L, G) Leader - Stephen Zeigler, Lay person from Zion Lutheran Church, Newville, PA, active in the Kairos Prison Ministry

WORKSHOP PERIOD #4
(2:30 to 3:25 p.m.)
“A Purpose Driven Children’s Ministry” (C, L, G) Leader - Deb Chatley, Kids Club Leader at Kasiesville Bible Church, Mercersburg 
“The C.I.A....The Church In Action (A workshop about church growth through community outreach & involvement)” (A,L,G) Leader - Rodney Pry, P.S.S.S.A. Executive Director
“Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Sunday School Growth” (Part 2)  (A, L) Leader - Dr. Bill Niblette, East Regional Director for Bible League International, from Lancaster
“Becoming A Healthier You: A Discussion of Diet & Lifestyle Changes That Make a Difference” (G) - Leader - Mindy Hartman, vocalist, narrator, blindness educator and natural health advocate, from Chambersburg, PA
“Plenty Good Room (a Bible study on African-American spirituals)(Part 2)”  (G) Leader - Ruth Hodge, Organist at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA, and Allen Mowery, accompanist

WORKSHOP PERIOD #5
(3:35 to 4:30 p.m.)
“D.I.Y. V.B.S. & Beyond: Creating the Show” (C/Y) Leader - Wayne Reich, Outreach Team member from Fishburn United Methodist Church, Hershey, PA
“7 Elements of a Discipleship Lifestyle” (A, L, G) Leader - Deb Chatley, Kids Club Leader at Kasiesville Bible Church, Mercersburg, PA
“Christ’s Welcoming Acceptance” (L, G) Leader - Rev. Dianne Salter, retired United Methodist minister, from Chambersburg, PA
“Teaching as Jesus, the Master Teacher, Taught” (A, Y) Leader- Rodney Pry, PA State Sunday School Association Executive Director
“Israel: Past & Present” (G) Leader - Rev. Ron Martin-Minnich, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Upper West Conococheaque, Mercersburg, PA

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Individual Registrations - $25.00
Church Registration - $125.00*
(*) - Under the church registration, you can bring as many of the teachers, leaders and members of your church to the convention as you wish for a single payment of just $125.00)

To Register:  Contact the Pennsylvania State Sunday School Association, 5915 Fox Street, Harrisburg, PA 17112.  You can also register by phone (using your VISA, MasterCard or DiscoverCard) by calling 717-652-1930 or 1-800-358-2303.

HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?
Call 1-800-358-2303 or 717-652-1930.

Pastor Bob Bishard