eLink News – January 13, 2008

This Week:
January 14 – 9:30 AM Church and Community Committee, Presbytery Office
12:00 PM PMC Luncheon for Pastors, West Middlesex
January 17- LeaderFest, Westminster College

Seminar for Clerks changed. CORRECTION
Because of a schedule conflict, Jerry Mahaffey will not be presenting his annual workshop for Clerks of Session at LeaderFest this year. Instead, he has offered to host an event for clerks at his church, North Liberty Presbyterian either Saturday, Jan. 24, or Monday evening, Jan. 19th. (or some other time that suits everyone). Clerks can contact Jerry at 724-794-4383 to find out more. Jerry also encourages clerks to call him at any time with their questions.

Prayer Vigil Begins Thursday
The churches of Shenango Presbytery are participating in a prayer vigil for 30 days leading up to the vote at the February meeting of Presbytery regarding the proposed changes to the Book of Order. There will be an article in the New Castle News tomorrow with more details, and the entire schedule will be available on the Presbytery website later this week.

  • The vigil will begin on Thursday, January 15th at 12:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville.
  • Friday, January 16th at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Ellwood City.
  • Saturday, January 17th at LeaderFest
  • Sunday, January 18th all churches are asked to participate

IRS Rate for 2009
The IRS mileage reimbursement rate for 2009 will be 55 cents per mile.

There’s Still Time! – You can call in or e-mail your registrations for LeaderFest clear up until Friday. (In fact, you can show up Saturday morning without registering.) Don’t let this opportunity for inspiration, training, and sharing pass you by.

The Keynote Address at LeaderFest will be “Leadership in an Age of Choices”
Russ Crabtree, our LeaderFest speaker, wrote the following about his topic.
“We are living in an environment in which people have choices. This creates pressure on all organizations, including churches, to take seriously the quality of the experience that they are creating for those who live within them. Providing high quality experiences for people requires leadership skills that foster the development a spiritual “field” within the Body of Christ in which people are strengthened, healed and energized. For most churches, this requires a change from solving problems to shifting a culture. Churches have thousands of problems, but the solutions are few. This address will focus on those solutions.”

Don’t Forget to Read Your Mission Yearbook!
This period of the year features the presbyteries of the Synod of the Trinity, including Shenango Presbytery. Also, there is a special article by Miriam Gwin and the Mt. Jackson congregation featured in the Children’s Mission Yearbook this month.

Please Pray for Those Suffering in Israel/Palestine
Dr. Ken Bailey has suggested that we read the statement by church leaders in the Middle East and pray for those suffering in the present war. http://www.perth.anglican.org/web/News/World_News/?pageid+151&article=255.

Has Your Session Heard about the “Partnership for the Missional Church?”
Your Session faces important challenges as your lead your church. Thirteen of our churches have learned that “Partnership for the Missional Church” (PMC) can be a very important support in these difficult times. If you would like to learn more, please go to http://www.shenango.org/PMC/index.htm and call Dave Dawson about an opportunity for your session to hear the PMC story and how it can help your church.

First Church in Sharon, 600 East State Street, will present it’s first Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival on Saturday, January 17th.
Prelude music will begin at 6:15 PM. There is no admission fee for the Festival, which celebrates Christ’s birth, His Epiphany, and His victory over evil and darkness. It is a reenactment of an ancient medieval Festival that is full of pageantry and music. The congregation participates in the Festival as well. If you have questions, please call 724-981-2211.

Director of Support Services
Full time managerial position available immediately to oversee maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, security and transportation operations in our beautiful Continuing Care Retirement Community. Construction experience and bachelor’s degree preferred. Competetive wages and benefits. Apply in person, fax cover letter and resume to 724-946-3412 or e-mail jobs@shenangopsc.org. Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare 238 South Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142. EOE.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance needs Presbyterian Volunteer Village (PVV) managers.
The position description is: to oversee the management and function of a PDA volunteer village in the Gulf Coast, including hospitality, administration, logistics, leadership, delegation and group facilitation. These are positions needed year-round. A small stipend and expenses are provided. A minimum 3 months is required. Complete information and an application can be found here:http://www.pcusa.org/pda/response/usa/villagemanagerneeded.htm.

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The Presbytery of Shenango serves 49 churches in Mercer and Lawrence Counties of western Pennsylvania.

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