This Week:

  • May 19- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
  •  May 20- 1:00 PM Christian Education Commmittee, Presbytery Office
  • May 21- 12:00 PM Sudan Trip Meeting, Presbytery Office
    1:00 PM Sudan Team Meeting, Presbytery Office
  • May 25 – OFFICE CLOSED, Memorial Day Holiday

News from the Presbytery Office

Youth Event CANCELLED Due to Lack of Registrations
Despite all of the preparations that have been made (especially on the part of the Table Project), we have decided to cancel the Youth Event that was scheduled for May 30th due to the fact that we had a grand total of 4 people registered.  An annoucement about the cancellation will be mailed to youth leaders this week.  


Can Your Church Afford a Full Time Pastor in the Future?
Several churches who are concerned about their future ability to afford a full time pastor are having a session representatives meeting at Shenango Presbyterian Church (New Wilmington Road, north of New Castle, by Giant Eagle) on Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00 PM.  If you plan to attend, please contact the Presbytery office.


First Call Pastors Event

“Stewardship and Finances 101” will be the topic of the next event for First Call pastors at Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare on May 29, 2009.  The program starts at 8:30 AM with breakfast, followed by considering the “big picture” of stewardship and an introduction to specific stewardship programs.  Call the Presbytery office by May 27th to register for this event.

News from our Churches

Mission Breakfast at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
There will be a mission breakfast on Wednesday, May 20th at 8:00 AM at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.  The featured speaker will be Richard Maag of Project Homecoming (the recovery group from the Presbytery of South Louisiana who spearheaded the distribution of the first tables created by the Western PA Table Project).  For more information, or to register for this breakfast, please contact Jim Moose at 724-652-6731.

Family Concert by Singer/Songwriter Chip Richter

on Sunday, June 7th at 6:30 PM at East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City.  A freewill offering will be received.  There will be a cookie reception following the concert.  See http://www.eastmainpc.org for more information.

Nearby Mission Trip Opportunity
First Presbyterian in Greenville will be taking their mission trip to Westminster Highlands this year on June 21-24 to do maintenance work for the camp.  They are looking for partners from other churches.  Contact Terry Cooper at 724-588-9429.

Workshops, Conferences, & Local Events


Synod Summer Conference Shortened
Due to lack of registrations, the Synod Summer Conference has been shortened from 3 days down to 1-1/2 days.  The event will begin with lunch on Wednesday, June 10th and end with a box lunch distribution on Thursday, June 11th.  Please contact the Synod Office with any questions or concerns about these changes at 1-800-242-0534.

What in the World is God Doing?
Registration is now open for the Perspectives class, sponsored by World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Seminary.  Classes will be held at the Grove City Alliance Chuch. Join the thousands of students, lay leaders, business professsionals, mission committee members, and pastors who will be takingPerspectives somewhere this year!  Mark your calendar now to come to the first week free!  Classes bein Monday, August 31st at 6:30 PM. Check the flyer for more details. Learn more athttp://www.perspectives.org or contact Area Coordinator, Jen Haddox for more info: jhaddox@pts.edu
Needed / Offered

SPSC Needs a New Van
In 1995, with the help of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care (SPSC) Auxiliary and donations from many friends, SPSC purchased a 12 passenger customized van with wheel chair lift.  After thousands of doctor’s appointments and special outings later it’s time for a new van.  As I’m sure you know, transportation is vitally important to our residents on a variety of levels. Our residents rely heavily on the van for getting to and from appointments.  Most families do not have vehicles that are handicapped accessible.  So for these families, the van is a godsend.  Not only does the van help residents with their physical needs, but also it helps to lift their spirits.  Afternoon rides and stopping for ice cream can do wonders for them, not to mention attending concerts, plays, and going to restaurants.  We need your help. We are in desperate need of a new van.   Please prayerfully consider what you may be able to give to “Help Us Get on the Bus” fundraiser at Shenango.  Contact SPSC at 724-946-3516 for more information.

Hymnals, Bibles, and Paraments Available
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church has 75 Red Presbyterian Hymnals (56 edition), 40 King James Pew Bibles, and a set of paraments to give away.  Either call the church at 724-924-2780 or email Marsha Parrish at parrisma@yahoo.com. 

Orchestral Chimes Needed
The Jubellation Ringers at Calvin Church, Ellwood City, are in need of a set of Orchestral Chimes…Please call 724-758-7711 (John Van Gorder) or 724-674-0299 (Andy Kindle).
 
Chaplains Needed
Camp Bucoco, an area Boy Scout Camp (Slippery Rock), and Camp Agawam, an area Cub Scout Camp (New Castle), are looking for a volunteer chaplain to bring a brief message and prayer to their times of meeting for chapel at camp.  Interested parties should contact Chris Stone at 724-674-1711.

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