eLink News – June 25, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 28 – General Assembly ends
July 1- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Leesburg (the docket will be online as soon as Auutmn receives it)

Joys
Bill and Jenny Stone’s (Neshannock, NW) son, Bill, received his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary in May. He will remain at Princeton for the next year working on his Th.M.

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.

IRS Mileage Increase
The IRS rate for mileage reimbursement will increase on July 1st to 58.5 cents per mile. This rate will be good through December of 2008.

Grant Deadline Extended
The deadline for “Small Church Grants” has been extended to July 1st. Applications are available on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery web site.

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.

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 19, 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 19, 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

Beth Moore Simulcast @ Covenant, Sharon
Beth Moore, well known author and Bible study leader, will appear live via satellite at Covenant, Sharon on August 1 & 2 for a life-changing time of Bible teaching and authentic worship. Contact Michelle at 724-981-3535 for more information.

New Print Cartridges Available at Presbytery Office
We have several brand new ink cartridges here at the office that fit printers that we no longer own. They are available for $10.00 – first come, first served

  • 2 HP 15 – black inkjet
  • 1 Lexmark 82 – black
  • 1 Lexmark 83 – color
  • 1 HP 78 – tri color inkjet

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