e-Link News – June 17, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 17 – 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry Meeting, Neshannock, New Wilmington

June 18 – 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
June 19 – 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
June 20 – 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
June 21 – General Assembly Begins
June 22 – 7:00 PM Commissioned Lay Pastors

Prayers
Barry Almy’s mother is seriously ill with cancer, so Betsy and Barry will be in Georgia with her for the next few weeks.

Keep up with GA
You can keep up with the events at the upcoming General Assembly meeting by clicking the GA button on our homepage or the “News & Events” page of our website. There is also a photo of our Commissioners and YAD on the “News & Events” page.

A Finalist!
New Wilmington Presbyterian Church’s Senior High Youth Group is one of the 15 finalists in the YMIlive video challenge. The three winning videos will be selected by the Youth Advisory Delegates at GA next week.

Shenango Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration
July 27, 2008 in Anderson Auditorium at Westminster College. The day will include a dinner served at the back of the auditorium at 5:00 PM ($10.00 adults, ages 5-12 $5.00, under age 5 – Free). The service will be a traditional Presbyterian Season of Communion as observed in Scotland and America. The five Reformed traditions of our Presbytery will be recognized with words, banners and hymns. Further information was mailed to the pastor of each church this week.

Thank You!
ROOT International would like to thank the churches that partnered in helping with sorting, packing, providing donations and financial support. We still need volunteers to load the trailers for the trip west. Call Becky for information on time and place at 724-699-1182.

Pastor – Theologian
Pastors, would you like to be part of a group meeting for three days doing serious theological reflection together? Check out the link to this program in Joe Small’s office http://www.pcusa.org/theologyandworship/whatwedo/pastor-theologian.htm. Note: If this link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar.

Equipping Pastors
The Board of Pensions has provided a grant of $20,000 to the eight presbyteries of western PA to provide a program over the next year for “Equipping Pastors” with support to their ministries. You have probably seen the flyer for the four retreats (available on our “News & Events” page). There will also be monthly meetings here in Shenango Presbytery. Margaret Trautman is providing staff support to a planning team consisting of Ray Hylton, Jason Hickman, Amy Na, Monica Hamilton and Dave Lingle. If you have topics on pastoral leadership of concern to you, please contact Margaret ched@shenango.org so that she can share them with the planning team.

Day of Prayer at New Wilmington Mission Conference – July 29, 9 AM – 4 PM – Witherspoon Room, McKelvey Center – Westminster College
You are invited to join in the New Wilmington Mission Conference Day of Prayer on July 29, 9 AM – 4 PM. The Day of Prayer has been a long-standing tradition for the staff at NWMC. It is a standard part of our preparation for the week. This year we are expanding the Day of Prayer by expanding our invitation to everyone and by focusing our prayers more on the world.
This expanded Day of Prayer is in response to a new spark of mission fervor and commitment in the PC(USA).

Singers needed — for CELEBRATION CHOIR for the Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration
(Sunday, July 27th) Rehearsals — Friday evening, July 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Unity Presbyterian Church at Greenfield, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road (Route 318) in Lackawannock Township — and a 2nd rehearsal on Sunday, July 27th — 4 p.m. at the Anderson Auditorium on the Westminster Campus. ALL SINGERS welcome to either or both rehearsals. For more info call: Jane Bartholomew 724-981-2377

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