eLink News – October 7, 2008

This Week
October 8- 3:30 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office

Prayers
– Randy Stringer (former CLP at Amity) is recovering from heart valve surgery in UPMC Passavant. The surgery went well.

Charles Crane Stationed in Iraq
We have a corrected update on Chaplain Charlie Crane’s assignment in Iraq. He is stationed with a Navy construction battalion in Iraq. He anticipates being home in March.

Featured Headlines from Previous Weeks
Full text available on our blog at http://www.shenango.org/spnews.html
– Bethel Church Celebrating 210 years – October 11 & 12, 2008
– Fall Apple Festival at Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church, October 11th
– New david bailey CD for Pastors

You’re Invited
Janice Good will be ordained at Fairfield Presbyterian Church and installed as the Associate Pastor at Tower Presbyterian Church on October 12. (This is believed to be the first ordination ever to be celebrated by the Fairfield congregation in its 209 year history. More information and directions to Fairfield are avaialble on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery website.)

Western Pennsylvania Table Project
Jim Moose gave an update on the project to build tables for Katrina victims at Presbytery in September. Requests have come for 2,000 more tables next year. For more information, go to http://www.westernpatableproject.org/Home.html.

PW Fall Gathering
Fall Gathering will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Faith Presbyterian Church from 9 AM – 3 PM. Workshops on Bible study, nutrition, finances, spiritual fitness, music, physical fitness and women’s health issues will focus on the them “Healthy in Christ”. You can even check to see if you are smarter than a Sunday School 5th grader. Luncheon reservations ($6) for this Presbyterian Women sponsored event are due October 7th. For further information, call 724-336-4523.

Reflections of the meeting of the General Assembly Council (GAC) and executives from Middle Governing Bodies (MGB) (presbyteries and synods). September 28 – 30, 2008
A copy of this document is available for you to read on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery web site.

How Does the Financial Markets Crisis Affect Pensions?
The Board of Pensions (which also covers medical expenses) has had a long history of making very safe investments of pension funds. You will find this letter from President Rob Maggs encouraging. Also, please remember, if you have a medical procedure requiring pre-certification, you must call 800-237-3015. If you aren’t sure…CALL.

Paul Detterman to Speak in Pittsburgh
Some were not able to hear Paul Detterman (Pastors Retreat speaker) of Presbyterians for Renewal at East Main. He will be speaking again in Pittsburgh at the Hampton Presbyterian Church (near the Rt. 8 exit on the Turnpike) on Wednesday, October 15 from noon – 3:00 pm ($5 lunch). RSVP at 724 443-3201.

Continuing Education Event at Westminster College
“Being a High Touch Church in a High Tech World – How to use high tech tools in a loving and personal ministry” will be presented on October 14th by Mr. David Roberts of New Martinsville Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Media Mission. Registration and gathering will be at 5:30 PM in the Witherspoon Rooms, with a buffet dinner at 5:45 and the seminar from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Advance registration is $10.00 (due by October 6th), or you can pay $15.00 at the door. Contact the Chapel Office for more information at 724-946-7117.

Small Church Pastors
The Summer Collegium: a Project in Support of Small Congregations is an ecumenical project. The theme for 2009 is Body, Mind and Soul: Celebrating, Strengthening and Sustaining Clergy Wholeness in Small Congregations. Spouses are invited to attend the first half of the nine-day conference to strengthen their support of their spouse’s ministry. All expenses for the 25 participants chosen, including travel, meals, lodging, books, pulpit supply and child care at home, are paid by the grant. There is no cost for participants. Single clergy and commissioned lay pastors are encouraged to apply. The dates of the conference ar June 24-July 2, 2009. The application is rather lengthy and due by December 15, 2008. http://www.vts.edu/education/collegium.

2009 Sudan Trip Application Deadline October 15
The Sudan Leadership Team is planning a trip to the Sudan in early 2009. Interested persons should click here for a copy of the application form and more details. The completed form should be mailed to the Presbytery Office and arrive by October 15.

Discerning Your Call to Mission
The World Mission Initiative invites you to discern your call on Saturday, November 1 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Discerning Your Call to Mission event at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This free event is designed to encourage and guide those who sense a call to missionary service. Not sure if you have a call? Come and explore the possibilities…and enjoy a free lunch! Contact Caitlin Rohrere (crohrer@pts.edu or 412-362-5610 x2189) or Don Dawson (ddawson@pts.edu or 412-362-5610 x2149) to register or for questions.

PAM Seminar at PTS
“History of Worship as Seen Through Art & Architecture” will be presented by Dr. William J. Carl, PTS President on Monday, November 3, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM and is $13.00 per person. Reservations are required by October 28th – call Lynne Williams at 724-274-0329.

I Care House Senior Program
New Castle area residents age 55 and over are welcome to join the Slippery Rock I Care House Senior Program at 602 Court Street, New Castle. Meetings will be hold Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Activities will be determined by participants and volunteers, but currently include Movie Day on Wednesdays and Soup and Bingo Day on Fridays. If intersted in joining or getting more information, come to a meeting or contact Colleen at 724-658-8873.

Position Wanted
Pietro Vincenzi, friend of AmyNa and Italian national, is looking for a short-term job at your church. He is a contractor, but he will be your custodian or manager of special projects. He hopes to earn some money and to learn a little English. If you or your church is intersted, please call Amy Na 724-657-0147 or 724-654-2322.

Braised Steak Dinner @ Bessemer Presbyterian Church
Saturday, October 25, 2008, 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Adults $8.00, Children 6-12 $4.00, Children 5 and under – Free. Carry outs will be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance from any church member or by calling the church office at 724-667-7255.

Mt. Jackson PC has a Copier for Sale
Savin #2545 Series Copier and Stand – $750.00. 45 copies per minute, 2 sided copy capability, 2 paper trays, holds 8-1/2 x 11 or 8-1/2 x 14 paper, Serial Number H7637400439, 5 years old. Contact Mark Andrews at 724-667-9597.

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