eLink News – September 9, 2008

This Week:
September 10- 3:30 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
September 16- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW

Prayers
– Ruth Doyle (member at large) will be having back surgery on September 11th.

Phone Number Discontinued
After the end of this month you will no longer be able to reach the Presbytery Office by dialing the 724-652-1600 number. We have changed phone service providers and all incoming calls will now be run through the 724-528-1610 number only. Please update your records to reflect this change.

Missional Church Luncheon for Pastors
Pastors of Churches in Shenango Presbytery will have received a letter inviting them to a lucheon next Wednesday, September 17th at NOON at Shenango on the Green (across the street from New Wilmington Pres.). Note: This luncheon is specifically designed for pastors – there will be a later event for session members. Please call the Presbytery office to register for this FREE lunch.

McClure Lectures on World Mission and Evangelism
Dr. Dudley Woodberry, Dean Emeritus of the School of World Mission at Fuller Seminary, will present lectures on “Islam and Christian Mission” at Pittsburgh Seminary on September 29-30. http://www.pts.edu.

Budget Planning for 2009
The per capita for 2009 (based on a church’s membership December 31, 2007) wil be $25.45. (GA: $6.15; Synod: $2.10; Presbytery: $17.20)

Update on Western PA Table Project
100 tables, 72 benches and 140 folding wooden chairs have been sent to Katrina victims. Plans are underway for 500 more tables and 1,000 more benches by next spring. A new design has been developed for the tables. Jim Moose will report on the recent hurricane damage and more details on the table project at the September 23 Presbytery meeting.

First Come, First Serve!
Rev. Yousif Matar Kodi, from Sudan, is coming as an International Peacemaker to Shenango Presbytery. He will be with us from October 3rd to October 6th and is currently available to come to your church on Friday, October 3rd. Rev. Kodi is from the Nuba Mountains and studied at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. He pastors a church in North Khartoum and teaches at Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church Bible School. Please call Rev. Jim Mohr (724-946-7116) at Westminster College, to check availability and reserve times.

Last Call…
to register for “Wee Kirk Northeast” to be held Monday – Wednesday, October 13-15 at Laurelville Conf. Center. Great time for people from smaller churches…purpose is to equip, inspire, and motivate small PCUSA churches and to provide rest and refreshment for leaders…to register: send check for $50 registration to: Ne (PA) WKC to Presbyterians for Renewal at 8134 New LaGrange Road, Suite 227, Louisville, KY 40222-4679. Questions: Contact Mark Unrue at 740-922-9190 or revun@sbcglobal.net.

Choir Music Available
The Worship Commitee of Council still has used choir music available. Call Jane Bartholomew at 724-981-2377 to look through…

You’re Invited
Prayer Partners Plus of Jamestown Presbyterian Church invites you to a Day of Prayer, Learning and Fellowship on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Jamestown Presbyterian Church. Rev. Mary Kathryn Crom will be leading this day of learning about the ancient Christian way of prayer known as centering prayer / contemplative prayer / meditative prayer / contemplation or meditation. For more information including how to register and prices, please read the entire news release on our “News & Events” page at http://www.shenango.org/News/index.htm.

Young at Heart Retreat @ Westminster Highlands
The annual fall Young at Heart Retreat for those aged 50 and older, will be October 7-10, 2008 at Westminster Highlands Camp, Emlenton, PA. Led by Kay Hilliard, a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, and herself a Young-at-Heart camper previously, the event will feature daily Bible study with the theme of “You’re Never Too Old for Abundant Life”, crafts, hiking, picnicking and a hayride (weather permitting) as well as morning chair exercises and evening speakers. Check-in time is 4 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 7 and departure follows breakfast on Friday, Oct. 10. Cost is $60 per perosn for those using camp-provided lodging and $45 per person for anyone staying in their own RV. Fees include all meals and program costs. Call Lisa in the Camping Office for more information or to request a registration form.

Pasta Dinner at 1st New Castle
New Castle 1st is having a pasta dinner on September 13th from 4-8. Proceeds will be used to purchase building supplies for Pearlington, MS. Adults $10. Questions, call the church office at 724-652-7706.

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