eLink News – August 26, 2008

This Week:
August 29 – 12:00 PM MISSIONAL PASTORS LUNCH, Presbytery Office
September 1 – OFFICE CLOSED, Labor Day
September 2- 9:30 AM COUNCIL, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
September 3- 9:30 AM CHURCH & COMMUNITY COMMITTEE, Presbytery Office

Steve’s Sermon online
Last week’s eLink noted the anniversary celebration at Faith Presbytery Church and menitoned that Steve Stelle’s sermon would be online this week. It can be found on our News page at http://www.shenango.org/News/index.htm.

PFR Regional Gathering to Discuss GA
Sunday, September 7, 2008 at East Main Churh, Grove City
Paul Detterman, Director of Presbyterians for Renewal, http://www.pfrenewal.org will offer a time of worship and prayer along with opportunities to ask questions about the actions of the General Assembly and next steps. 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.

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.

Considering a D.Min.?
The Center for Parish Development is holding a workshop in Pittsburgh on September 10 on a D.Min. program for those interested in misisonal church efforts. Further information is available on the News page of our website at http://www.shenango.org/News/index.htm.

Expert on Islam at PTS
Dr. Dudley Woodbury, one of the world’s top experts on Islam and retired Fuller Seminary professor, will present the McClure Lectures at Pittsburgh Seminary on September 29-30. Some folks from Shenango Presbytery will be attending. Contact Glenn Hink (724-981-2211) for ride-sharing. For more information, http://www.pts.edu/conted9.html#27.

Kang Na Published in These Days
Dr. Kang Na, Westminster College, has written several articles for the July-August-September issue of the popular devotional magazine These Days.

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!

NWMC Videoas/Podcasts Available
We invite people to view the videos/podcasts of the 2008 Conference speakers including Rodger Nishioka, Dr. Ken Bailey, Rev. Hunter Farrell, Dr. Edith Humphrey, International Justice Mission, Global Worship with Corey Nelson and others, http://www.NWMCmission.org.

Root International Fundraiser
Root International will be having it’s first fundraiser starting September 1st. For a contribution of $5.00 (the full amount will go to Root International projects) a ticket you will be able to receive discounts and sign up for prizes for the “Shop for a Cause” day sponsored by Macy’s Department Store. Tickets can be used only on September 20th at any Macy’s store nationwide. Board members will be contacting the churches in the Presbytery. For more information or to acquire a ticket, call Vicki Narlee 724-662-4288. This will be an opportunity for you to get some great discounts and shop for a worthy cause. We appreciate your participation. Root International addresses the needs of entities trying to serve their communities with limited resources, in the form of benevolence, educational opportunity and partnership, so that they can strengthen and support each other.

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.

Teacher Training Offered
Would you like to have a teacher-training program tailored to the needs of yoru particular Sunday School? Margaret Trautman, volunteer staff person in Christian Education for our Presbytery, is available to lead such programs. Margaret is a retired teacher and administrator who is certified as a Christian Educator and can do workshops on topics such as preparing to teach, how to use resources, adapting curriculum to meet a church’s needs, ways to make the learning more exciting and memorable, and many others. You can reach her at the Presbytery office, 724-528-1610 or Monday-Wednesday mornings or at home at 724-533-5851 the rest of the time. If you want to e-mail her at the office, it is ched@shenango.org or at home, it is mardave3@comcast.net.

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