eLink News – October 28, 2008

This Week
October 28- 9:30 AM Council, Unity PC
October 30- 1:00 PM Mission, Communication & Stewardship Committee, East Main
November 5- 1:30 PM Bills & Overtures Committee, Presbytery Office

Featured Headlines from Previous Weeks
Full text available on our blog at http://www.shenango.org/spnews.html
– Sabbatical Opportunity for Pastors

Prayers
– Ingrid Reneau’s, mission worker in the Sudan, father is gravely ill with advanced bone cancer. Please keep Ingrid and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.
– Randy Stringer, Grove City College Faculty Member who is presently serving as an Interim in Cranberry, had successful heart surgery earlier this month and is recovering at home before returning to the classroom.
– Jim and Jill Mohr’s (Chaplain, Westminster College) daughter is a Young Adult Volunteer with families of death row inmates. For the story click here, http://www.pcusa.org/missionconnections/letters/yav/yav_mohrk_0810.htm.

Joys
– On October 26 First Church, Sharon recognized 50-year members. The church has over 100 who have been members 50 years or more.

Tax Tips for Ministers and Churches Teleconference
December 11, 2008 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST. Join the Board of Pensions for this web-enhanced teleconference, a free event that helps ministers and churches understand clergy taxes. You can register online or by phone at 800-355-4487. You can also submit your tax questions when you register for this conference. Space is limited, so sign up today. Registration ends November 21.

Do you think you have a difficult job?
Check out what Ingrid Reneau, our missionary in the Sudan, deals with on a daily basis. Go to http://sudanseed.blogspot.com to check out her blog. Send her some words of encouragement or just let her know your’re thinking about her. Remember we pledged to support her not only financially, but with prayers and encouragement. On Sunday November 23, lift Ingrid up with prayers in your churches.

Iraqi Presbyterian Fleeing
Victor Makari, son-in-law of Ken and Ethel Bailey, presented a minute for mission in the New Wilmington Church on October 19. He told of a meeting in Damascus, Syria with Presbyterians who have fled Iraq. You can read more here, http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2008/08773.htm.

Continuing Education Opportunity at WC
“The Brain Technique for Preaching Without Notes” presented by Dr. William J. Carl, President of PTS will by at Westminster College on Monday, November 17th from 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM (concludes with lunch). Registration includes breakfast and lunch – $7.00 advanced, $10.00 at the door. Please register by November 10th with the Chapel office 724-946-7117 or gabriedl@westminster.edu. Please bring 2 or 3 sermons with you. Dr. Carl will be teaching you the technique of preaching without notes…using your own work.

WMI to Host Special Event
Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University in Beruit, Lebanon, will speak at PTS from 4:30 – 5:30 PM on Monday, November 10th. A pastor in the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Dr. Haidostian will address the current crisis for Christians on the topic “The Future for Christians in the Troubled Middle East.” World Mission Initiative is sponsoring this event held in Room 2 of the Administration Building at the seminary.

Come In Out of the Cold
Presbyterian Media Mission is again offering resources for your use during the Advent season. You can find this information at http://www.pmm4u.org/ciotc.

Equipping Pastors
November 20-21 – Antiochian Village (Ligonier) – “Organizational Skills” – info & registration at 724-452-7515.

Soup Supper at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City to Benefit The Carpenter’s Project
on Friday, October 31, 2008, 4:00 – 6:30 PM. Adults $6.00, Children $3 (at the door). Soup, Bread/Crackers, Cake and Drink – – Chicken Noodle & Ham and Bean. Quarts @ $6 [containers provided].

Organist Wanted
Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Sharon is looking for an organist. If you or someone you know is interested, please call Eleanore O’Hare at 330-448-8369.

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