eLink News – October 14, 2008

This Week
October 15- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
October 21- 9:00 AM – Steering Committee, Presbytery Office
7:00 PM CLPs, Chalfant Home
7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
October 22- 1:00 PM Committee on Representation, Presbytery Office

Joys
– Bethel Church celebrated 210 years over the weekend.
– North Liberty dedicated a new addition on Sunday.

Featured Headlines from Previous Weeks
Full text available on our blog at http://www.shenango.org/spnews.html
– For updates on the Western Pennsylvania Table Project, visit http://www.westernpatableproject.org/Home.html.
– PW Fall GatheringFall Gathering will be held Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Faith Presbyterian Church from 9 AM – 3 PM.
– Reflections of the meeting of the General Assembly Council (GAC) and executives from Middle Governing Bodies (MGB) (presbyteries and synods). can be read on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery web site.
– How Does the Financial Markets Crisis Affect Pensions? Read the letter from President Rob Maggs.

Read the lastest letter from Ingrid Reneau
http://www.pcusa.org/missionconnections/letters/reneaui/reneaui_0810.htm.

Ingrid Reneau has a blog – read her updates
http://sudanseed.blogspot.com/

STATION Retreat – All Young Adults Welcome
STATION (young adults in their 20s & 30s) will be having a fall retreat, October 31 – November 2 at Westminster Highlands Camp in Emlenton, PA. All young adults in the Presbytery are invited to participate, even if they’ve never attended a STATION meeting before. More information is available on the News & Events page of the Presbytery website. Registrations are due to the Presbytery Office by October 24.

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.

Sabbatical Opportunity for Pastors
The Board of Pensions is providing a $3,000 sabbatical grant to one pastor in each presbytery in our Synod. You must be serving a church of less than 200 members and have been there 6 years. Other details at http://www.pensions.org/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=245&mode=2. For more information contact David Dawson. The application should include the following information: Sabbath Sabbatical purpose; Sabbatical description; Estimated total sabbatical cost, budget and funding sources; Expected dates of Sabbath Sabbatical; Benefits you expect to gain from the experience. A completed application must be in the Presbytery Office by December 1.

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.

Looking for Housing
Hi. My name is Ellen Keefer. I am a member of Covenant-Central Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, PA and a 2008 graduate of Grove City College. I recently accepted a position with Americorps and I am looking for an apartment or room to rent within a 30-minute commute of New Castle. I would consider house-sitting as well. If you think you might be able to help me or know someone who could, please call 570-916-9911. Thank you.

Volunteers Needed
Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare is looking for volunteers to wrk a weekend day a month at the front desk. For more information, please contact them at 724-946-3516.

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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