eLink News – February 25, 2009

This Week:
No meetings or events this week.

Presbytery Annual Report Forms Were Due 1 month ago…
The Presbytery Office is still missing annual report forms from Bethlehem, Center (GC), Covenant, 1st Greenville, Hadley, Harlansburg, Hillside, Kennard, Lebanon, Milledgeville, Moravia, Neshannock (NC), North Liberty, and Northminster.

Please Pray for the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church
The annual meetings of the Synod and General Assembly of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church will be held in the next two weeks. Please pray for them. We have asked our Sudanese friends to pray for the Presbytery meetings in the US.

Action that you can take on the Global Food Crisis – Sudan
The first weekend of each month this year will be dedicated to a fast for global hunger. The first will be for the Sudan on February 27 – March 1. You can learn more about this at http://www.pcusa.org/foodcrisis/archive/march/index.htm.

Seder Meals
If you have experience with or resources for Seder Meals, please contact Eric Peters at eric.peters@earthlink.net.

Tax Preparers for Ministers
If you have a suggestion for a tax preparer who understands ministers taxes, please let Dave Dawson know david.dawson@presbynet.org.

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.

From the Evangelism Committee:
The closing video at the February Presbytery meeting titled “The Point” is available as a free download from http://www.floodgateproductions.com. There are other downloads available on that webpage and also at http://www.faithvisuals.com. There are also many free and/or low cost evangelism products at http://www.evantell.com. If you find any other good places for evangelism and outreach, please let Rev. Herb Goetz know at pgpc@shenango.org.

Visit Word Centered Fellowship
Introduce your congregation to a multi-ethnic church in our Presbytery. Recently Fredonia and East Main, among others, have visited WCF for Sunday morning worship. Contact Rev. Angel De La Cruz about a learning visit, 724-699-5675.

Crossing Cultures Workshop
This eye-opening WEEKEND WORKSHOP will help you and your church build bridges with the lives and needs of ETHNIC COMMUNITIES close to home, many with little opportunity to hear the gospel. The training, experience, and debriefing will challenge your church for fresh local and global outreach and wider involvement in ministry. May 1-2, 2009, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Contact Ellen Dawson at EDawson@pts.edu.

Tenth National Multicultural Conference – June 11-13, 2009 – Atlanta, GA
Featuring two cutting-edge plenary sessions, and multiple workshops. Early Bird Registrations must be completed on or before March 9th ($285). To complete online registration, please visit http://www.pcusa.org/bigtent.

Need Help with Financial Stewardship?
Bethany Church (Mercer) used the Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program and realized a 19% increase in projected giving for 2009. For more information, please contact the Presbytery Office.

Group Publishing VBS Training Event at North Liberty
North Liberty Presbyterian Church, Grove City will be hosting Group Publishing’s only Pennsylvania Networking/Training Party for Holy Land Adventure Bible School Rome! You can check the program out without making a commitment, gather ideas and make plans to share props and supplies. A representative from Group will lead the “party” on March 21st from 9 AM – NOON. $25 for the 1st attendee, $10 for each additional person from the same church. Please register by March 14th with Tonya Beatty, tmbeatty22@aol.com or 724-458-4015.

Lawrence County Habitat Needs Your Help
There is a family in need, land available, and volunteers ready, but funds are needed. Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity is asking you to consider a fundraiser at your church to help – a coin drive, a music fundraiser, a 2×4 sale, VBS, one-time donation, or create your own. If you would like to be a part of the blessing of providing decent, affordable housing and boost your own congregation’s heart for mission, please contact LCH by March 16th at 724-652-3438.

Free Christian Education Help
Rev. Dr. Beverly Cushman, Director of the Christian Education program at Westminster College is looking for congregations who would be interested in working with Christian Education students in their three year internship. Interns work with the same congregation over the three year period, with specific projects that reflect the classes they are taking. The internship is non-stipendiary. If your congregation would be interested in three years of free Christian Education help, please contact Rev. Dr. Beverly Cushman, Westminster College, 724-946-7127, cushmabw@westminster.edu.

Ziti Dinner at Westfield
The youth group at Westfield Church is hosting a ziti dinner on Saturday, March 7, at 6:00 PM. Menu includes baked ziti, green salad, and bread, served family-style, with choice of beverage and dessert. $7.00 per person, children 10 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the group’s summer mission trip to Mexico in June. Advance reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 724-667-7045 or by visiting Westfield’s website at http://www.westfieldchurch.org.

Church Organist Needed
8:30 AM and 10:50 AM Sunday services. Accompany adult choir, Wednesday evening rehearsals. Tower Church, 248 S. Broad St., Grove City, PA 724-458-7260.

Choir Director Needed for Fredonia Presbyterian
We are a small, rural congregation just north of Mercer and south of Greenville. For information, please contact Eric Peters at 724-854-0310.

To all local church in the Shennago Presbytery: could you run this small annoucment in your bulletin for the month of March? Thanks from Amy Na.
Attention all Neshannock High School alumni. If you graduated from Neshannock High School from 1958-2000, the school is looking for you! Please contact Dr. Mary Todora (tel. 724-652-8709 or mtodora@neshannock.k12.pa.us) or Gretchen Sink (tel. 724-654-1433). Thanks!

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