eLink News – February 10, 2009

This Week:
February 11- 10:00 AM Church & Community Committee, Presbytery Office
3:30 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
February 12- 1:00 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office

Prayer Vigil Calendar for this week
February:
9th Millbrook
10th Shenango
11th Westminster College (Jim Mohr)
12th Unity
13th Presbytery Office

Stories Needed ASAP
We are looking for churches actively involved in water ministries around the world (ex. providing clean drinking water). If you have a story to tell, please contact the office (724-528-1610) by Friday.

Joys
Margaret Trautman was nominated by Eastern APCE (Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators) for Educator of the Year at the APCE annual event last month.

Presbytery Annual Report Forms Were Due 2 weeks ago…
The Presbytery Office has only recieved annual report forms from 41 of our 69 churches. Most immediately, we need your Necrology reports so that we may compile a listing for the worship service at the Presbytery meeting on the 24th. If Autumn does not recieve your Necrology report by next Tuesday, the 17th, your elders will not be included in this remembrance.
Also, please note:
– Terms of Call worksheets were also due on January 31st – we’re missing several.
– the online report for GA must be completed by midnight on February 24th. (Note: the figures we receive from GA, which are compiled from these reports, help us to calculate things like per capita – if you do not complete this online report our records will not accurately reflect the numbers you may have. This is especially important if you have recently updated your rolls.)

Note from Rev. Douglas Etter who is serving in Iraq again
Dear Friends and Family…I hope this finds you well…Currently we are stationed at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad…Please don’t feel an obligation to send us anything…but if you insist our most immediate needs are ATT phone cards, shaving cream, razors, soap, shampoo, deodorant, snacks, and of course cigars. (Doug’s translator is an Iraqi Christian, a group which is suffering greatly, many having immigrated.)

Chaplain (LTC) Douglas A. Etter
HHC 1-112, 56 SBCT
Unit # 6260
APO, AE 09378

Special Opportunity – Don’t Miss This!!
Philip Jenkins, professor at Penn State, is one of the most important writers on the dramatic emergence of the church in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 70% of the world’s Christians are now found on those continents. He will be speaking at 9:30 AM at the Grove City College Chapel on Thursday, February 12. In addition, these events are open to the public on Wednesday, February 11th:
– 4:00 PM in Sticht Auditorium, Dr. Jenkins will lecture on “The Emerging Global Christianity”
– 7:00 PM in Sticht Auditorium, Dr. Jenkins will lecture on “What Will the Church Look Like in 2050?”

Grove City Evangelical Scholarship Conference
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III will speak at Grove City College on February 16 & 17. Dr. Duncan is the Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS and has written or edited numerous books and articles including Give Praise to God, The Westminster Confession in the 21st Century and In My Place Condemned He Stood. He will speak at 7:00 PM on February 16th in Harbison Chapel, at 9:30 AM on February 17th in Harbison Chapel and will offer “Remarks on Church History” at 1:00 PM on the 17th in Sticht Lecture Hall.

The 6th Annual Dr. J. Calvin Rose Memorial Seminar – Westminster College
Monday, March 2, 2009 “Theology of John Calvin” will be presented in a panel discussion format featuring Rev. Glenn Hink, Rev. Bill Crooks, & Rev. Bob McCreight. The seminar will be presented by Rev. Dr. Charles Partee, the P.C. Rossin Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Advance registration fee of $7.00 (includes breakfast and lunch) is due by February 23, 2009 to Westminster College Chapel Office, 319 S. Market Street, Box 66, New Wilmington, PA 16172.

New and Improved Sunday School Curriculum
Now is the time to start thinking about the Sunday School materials you will be using next fall. If your church is willing to think about changing to a curriculum that accurately reflects the Reformed Theology of our church, that is based completely on Scripture, that is appropriate for each age groups, that includes Bible Background for teachers, and that has oodles of a variety of activities, then you need to talk to Debbie Forsberg and Margaret Trautman. In late January they attended a training event about the many changes in the denomination’s We Believe curriculum, exciting changes that every church should hear about. Call the office at 724-528-1610 to set up a time for them to meet with your Christian education committee (or anyone else interested in what is being taught.)

Secretary Wanted
Neshannock Presbyterian Church of New Wilmington is seeking a church secretary. This is a part-time position of 23 hours/week. Inquiries are welcome at 724-946-2081, or 330 W. Neshannock Avenue, New Wilmington, PA 16142.

Church Secretary Wanted
CHURCH SECRETARY needed to provide secretarial and administrative services to the pastor and professional church staff. Must be a professing Christian and possess good interpersonal, writing and computer skills. Hourly position with no benefits for 15 hours per week. Send resume by February 25 to: Center Presbyterian Church, 333 Center Church Road, Grove City, PA, 16127 or e-mail resume to: bwoodman.2@gmail.com.

Part-Time Music Director Wanted
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Grove City is looking for a part-time music director, stipend $25 a week. This person would pick out music and lead choir rehearsal. We have an accompanist and the choir numbers around ten. A person with conducting training would be a plus. Anyone intersted should contact Rev. Nicola Vitiello at 973-897-7813.

Summer Staff Wanted
The Camping Association is seeking summer staff for Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands. For more information, please see the publications that are available on the News & Events Page of our website at http://www.shenango.org/News/index.htm.

Handbells Wanted
The Bell Choir of Hillside Presbyterian Church in Greenville, is looking to complete a 3 octave set of handbells. The needed handbells are:F4, F#4, E4, D4, D#4, C4, C#4, B6, C7, C#7. We would prefer information on Schulmerich bells, but would consider other companies as well. Please contact Connie Greenfield, 724-588-6449, jwgreenfield@verizon.net.

Soup Supper
Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer W Middlesex Road, Mercer, PA 16137 is sponsoring a Soup Supper on Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 2 PM to 5 PM to benefit the camp scholarship fund. Donations are adults $5.00; children 6-12 $2.50; children under 5 eat free. Bring your own soup mug or bowl and a spoon and enjoy. Dessert is included.

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