eLink News – August 19, 2008

This Week:
August 19- 7:00 PM Presbytery Meeting, Leesburg Presbyterian Church
August 22- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
August 26- 9:00 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office

Special Meeting of Presbytery – August 19, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Leesburg Presbyterian Church
The business to be discussed:
– Examine a candidate for ordination
– Approve call of same candidate to the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
– Approve installation commission for new pastor to First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville.

Faith Church Celebration
Faith Church celebrated the 10th anniversary of Steve Stelle’s pastorate and the 25th anniversary of his ordination. Faith has been the fastest growing church in the Presbytery during the past 10 years. Demographics is helpful (Hermitage is one of the few places with a growing population), but population alone does not make a church grow. Faithful leadership by pastor and elders has been important. Steve’s sermon on Sunday was a helpful reflection on Faith’s past 10 years – we will be posting it on the Presbytery website next week.

Stewardship Story and Resources
Wampum Presbyterian Church did the Consecration Sunday stewardship program last year. At that time the chruch was $1,500 behind budget. This year they are $1,000 ahead. For more information on Consecration Sunday contact Debbie Forsberg at the Resource Center.

Also, please take a look at the recent issue of The Presbyterian Outlook http://www.pres-outlook.com/reports-a-resources.html for five excellent articles on stewardship by Dave Crittenden (2), Karl Travis, Bob Sheldon and Rolfe Grannath.

Teacher Training Workshop
“We Will Tell the Next Generation”, the 25th Annual Teacher Training Workshop presented by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. The Featured Keynote Speaker will be Cynthia L. Rigby (recent pastor’s retreat leader), the WC Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Christian Education Commitee of Shenango Presbytery is planning to take a van to this event – if you would like to ride along please contact Margaret Trautman at ched@shenango.org.

Event after General Assembly
Paul Detterman, Director of Presbyterians for Renewal, http://www.pfrenewal.org will be leading our Pastor’s Retreat on September 8-9. He will also speak on Sunday evening, September 7, at East Main Church in Grove City. There will be a soup supper at 6:00 PM (donations received). Reservations needed by August 29. Please contact the Presbytery Office at 724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org.

Bethel Church Celebrating 210 Years
Bethel U.P. Church of Enon Valley will be celebrating 210 years of serving the Lord. They are offering a church replica as part of the celebration. It can be seen on http://www.bethelupchurch.org. The cost is $12.00, if picking up at the Oct. 11,12 celebration weekend. If mailed, the cost will be $12.00 plus $3.00. Orders may be mailed to the church and checks made payable to Bethel U.P. Church. On the memo please write replica. It will be a weekend of renewing friendships, sharing memories, having a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and viewing many church historial memorabilia including a 1775 Certificate of Transfer of John Lecky. And who is John? Come and find out on Oct. 11 & 12. Stay tuned for more information to come as the date gets closer.

David M. Bailey in concert
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Sharon and UPMC are passionate about sponsoring and presenting David M. Bailey to the community. The “concert of hope” is FREE and a freewill offering will be collected with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and the UPMC Horizon Oncology Patient Care Fund. See David in concert Tuesday, September 16 at First Presbyterian Church in Sharon and Wednesday, September 17 at St. Michael Church in Greenville. Both shows start at 7 PM. Come and listen to this songwriter and join in the celebration of hope!Seeking OrganistTower Presbyterian Church in Grove City is still seeking an organist. Details are available on the Presbytery web site at http://www.shenango.org/News/jobs.htm.

Do you have this book?
Angel De La Cruz is looking for a copy of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. Contact Angel at 724-699-5675.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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