eLink News – March 3, 2009

This Week:
March 4- 12:00 PM PMC Intro Lunch for Pastors, West Middlesex

– Bud Green had surgery yesterday to remove an eye. He is home now and doing well.

The 22nd Annual Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture – Sunday, March 8, 2009
7:00 PM – Wallace Memorial Chapel. Guest speaker, Rev. Dr. William Jackson ’57 will lecture on “The Servant Strategy” (Witnessing in a Secular, Multi-Sensory Society).

January 2010 Trip to Sudan
For information of the January 2010 presbytery trip to Sudan, contact Dave Lower at 724-752-9348, dhlower412@yahoo.com, Jere Donovan at 724-735-4444, jdonovan@zoominternet.net or Autumn Covert at the presbytery office. Now is the time to get your name on the list for the trip informational meeting to be held in late April or early May.

Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie to Speak at Grove City College
Rev. Dr. MacKenzie will speak on “Calvin’s Contributions to Education” at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 16th in Sticht Lecture Hall, and at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, March 17th in Harbison Chapel. MacKenzie is currently Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL; he also served as the fifth president of Grove City College from 1971-1991.

Rev. Dr. Donald McKim to Speak at Westmisnter College
Rev. Dr. McKim will speak at the 7:00 PM Vespers at Westminster College on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30, 11:40 AM. Both services will be in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. he will be speaking on the topic of John Calvin as we recognize his 500th birthday. Don is Executive Editor for Theology and Reference for Westminster John Knox Press. He is a son of the Wampum Church, a graduate of Westminster College and Pittsburgh Seminary.

Synod Summer Conference
Many from our churches enjoyed the Synod Summer Conference last June at Westminster College. This June (10-12) this event will be held at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, another beautiful Presbyterian-related campus. Beau Weston is the main speaker. For all the details, click here: http://www.syntrinity.org/home/annoucments/Summer_Conference_2009/MainPage.htm.

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.

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.

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.

NOON Music at Christ Presbyterian
You are invited to several free concerts that will be held on the Tuesdays of March at 12:15 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City. March 10th will feature Nancy Thomas on flute and Marlene Holland on organ. March 17th will feature Donna Groom, organ. March 24th will feature Terri Miller on harp, and March 31st will feature John Thickey, organ.

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.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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