eLink News – July 15, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
July 16- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
July 19-26 – New Wilmington Mission Conference (get the schedule here)
July 20- 4:00 PM CLP Picnic, the McGary farm

Note: The staff will be attending portions of the New Wilmington Mission Conference next week – we invite you to join us there!

Please remember in prayer Bill and Alice Knechtel (Lebanon Church) who lost their baby son William James just before birth last week.

Tower Presbyterian Church celebrated John Culp’s 10th ordination anniversary this past Sunday (July 13).

There will be a memorial service
in thanksgiving for the life and witness of Dorothea Meloy on Saturday, July 19, 4:30 PM at Neshannock Church (New Wilmington). Dorothea who died on March 1, 2008, was a beloved member of Neshannock Church who served in mission work from 1946-1986 in Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan. Members of Dorothea’s family will be present for the service of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Serving on General Assembly Committee
Kang Na (professor at Westminster College) has been serving on the General Assembly Cooperative Exam Committee. This committee oversees the standard exams given to those preparing for ordination. Angel de la Cruz (Word Centered Fellowship) was also elected to that committee at the recent General Assembly in San Jose.

If you are Under 50…If you are Over 50
The Board of Pensions offers a financial health seminar entitled “Render Unto Caesar” for those under 50 (September 10) and a Retirement Planning Seminar (September 11-12) if you are over 50. Both of these events are in Bedford, PA. For details, go to http://www.pensions.org and click on “Educational Resources”.

Mission in Darfur
“As Lee Watenpaugh was preparing to depart Sudan’s Darfur region in late 2006, he received an astonishing request from a Muslim village sheik. The sheik asked the Presbyterian elder from Virginia to send teachers to start a school and to help people learn more about Jesus.” Read the entire article at http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2008/08482.htm. Lee will be speaking with a small group at NWMC next week (Thursday at 1 PM). If you would like to be included in this discussion, please contact the Presbytery office by Friday.

Mission Opportunity in Egypt
There are a lot of exciting developments in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt. A group under the leadership of Jim Mohr visited Cairo Seminary in January and returned quite excited to see what God is doing there. One particular ministry that may be of interest to your mission committee is the Salam Clinic in Cairo. You can learn about it at http://www.smcegypt.org. Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, Director, will be visiting in the Pittsburgh area in September. For more details on his schedule contact Rev. Karl McDonald (who was on the Cairo trip with Shenango pastors) from Ken Mawr Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh kenmawrchurch@msn.com.

Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City seeks Organist
See the full job description and contact information on our “Help Wanted” page (available under “Quick Links” on our home page.)

VBS at Unity
“God’s Big Backyard” at Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer-West Middlesex Road will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Sunday, July 20 thru Thursday, July 24. Ages 3 years old thru 6th grade are welcome. For registration information contact Lixlee Schroyer at 724-342-2356.

Published by shenangopresby

The Presbytery of Shenango serves 49 churches in Mercer and Lawrence Counties of western Pennsylvania.

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