Our first SER event of 2017 will be Sunday, March 19th, in the Chapel at 5:30 p.m. It will be a Concert and Conversation with Bill Carter, a Presbyterian pastor with the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit in PA.  Bill will focus on reclaiming the Sabbath for our lives and how James’ sabbatical is an opportunity for all of us to reclaim the Sabbath for ourselves and our church.

The theological meaning of Sabbath is rooted in the importance that God rested following six days of creation. Bill explains the Sabbath this way: “To live a flourishing life means doing the things that feed us and make us well.”

Bill Carter is a graduate of Binghamton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Bill has maintained a dual career as a jazz pianist and a Presbyterian minister. He has served for over twenty years as the pastor and head of staff at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, PA. The author of seven books and numerous published articles, Rev. Carter is a highly regarded speaker, teacher, and workshop leader.

Bill is the founder and leader of the Presbybop Quartet and has taught jazz piano and jazz history at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania for the past eleven years. Over the course of his career, he has studied or performed with jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. He has been composing and arranging music for thirty years. Rev. Carter is regarded as a national authority on the use of jazz music in liturgical settings, and a growing number of his compositions are being performed in concert and jazz vespers formats. For more information on Bill and the Presbybop Quartet, please visit the website:

We are blessed to have him join us on March 19th. Dinner will be served in the Mill Creek Room following our Conversation and Concert with Bill. A free will offering will be collected for the meal.