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News from the Presbytery Office

“We Have Lots of Little Kids! What Shall We Do With Them?”

Find answers to this question this coming Saturday morning, July 11th, when we will have a special event to introduce the Wee Believe program to Sunday School teachers and Children’s Church leaders in our Presbytery. It will be from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. Those attending will see and use the material, listen to the music, have refreshments, share ideas with other teachers, and take home lots of ideas and samples. Everyone attending will also have a chance to win a beautiful “Bible Storytellers” bag for teachers. Babysitting will be provided. Register by calling Margaret at the Presbytery office or e-mail her at ched@shenango.org to let us know if you are coming or need babysitting. There is no charge for this event.

Good News!!! No Board of Pensions Increase, but Enhanced Coverage
The Board of Pensions (medical, pension, disability, life insurance) has announced that there will be no increase in the dues that churches pay. This is the third straight year with no increase. For more details, click here: http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2009/09563.

Mercer County Church Needed to Host Missionary Reception
We are looking for a centrally-located Mercer County Church for hosting a reception to introduce Darren and Elizabeth Kennedy (missionaries in Cairo) to mission committees of our churches. If your church would like to host this reception on Sunday evening, August 30, please contact Ian Noyes (724-458-8270).


College Scholarship Winners Announced
The Higher Education Committee of Shenango Presbytery has announced the list of college scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year. Abby Pherson (3rd, NC); Ryan King (East Main); Leah Hunter (New Wilmington); Samuel Leuenberger (Bethany); Samantha Clark (Covenant); Brett Glavey (1st Sharpsville); Katie Tomko (Lebanon); Nicole Grove (Amity); and Abigail Trotter (Westfield). Congratulations to all of the recipients!

News from Our Churches

John Calvin 500th Birthday Celebration at Calvin Presbyterian Church

On July 12, Calvin Presbyterian Church, 615 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, will be celebrating the 500th Birthday of the Protestant Reformer John Calvin with a special 10:00 AM worship service including the Lord’s Supper with a birthday lunch following the service. Special guest preacher for the day will be the Rev. Dr. Charles B. Partee, recently retired from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he was P.C. Rossin Professor of Church History from 1978 to 2009. Most recently, Dr. Partee published a scholarly expostion of Calvin’s theology and examination of the development of later Calvinism entitled, The Theology of John Calvin. For more information, please contact Calvin Church at 724-758-4258.

Workshops, Conferences and Local Events

Silk Road Collection
It’s that time of year again for the Silk Road Market sock and undie collection for the homeless youth in our area. Last year you brought in an amazing 496 pr of undies, 77 undershirts, and 442 pr of socks. I’d like to beat those numbers this year. The tight economy is hurting us all, but it’s especially frightening for those who are losing their homes or their jobs. This isn’t a big city problem. These are our neighbors and our friends in this situation. A pack of new socks or undies is such a small investment in our youth, but has a tremendous impact of love. So, here’s my wish list for this summer. In order to help the largest group of kids, I’m looking for boys sizes 4 to 20 and girls sizes 4 to 16. Also on the top of the list are beginner (training) bras. Won’t you help in this time of need. For more details or flyers contact Wendy at 724-946-8502 or e-mail wendy@silkroadmkt.com. Thanks, Wendy Farmerie.

Special Offer from PTS
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary invites new evening students to take their first class at half price. Pick from Historical Studies or the Study of Prophets and Psalms. Classes meet one evening in a week from 6:30-9:00. Discern the ministries of preaching and teaching and experience theological study with seminary professors. Incoming students must complete the standard admissions process. Download the application online, visit http://www.pts.edu/application-request. Applications will be accepted until August 1. Contact the Seminary at 1-800-451-4194 or admissions@pts.edu. Learn more about the evening program online at http://www.pts.edu/evening.

Needed / Wanted
Items Needed By Root International
Root International is in need of 250 crayon boxes, pencils, glue and scissors. They also need zip lock bags to place the items in. Each bag will go out to a child attending a dining facility in Juarez and in Torreon, Mexico. They are also in need of primary Sunday School material, even if it is in English. Arts and craft material are also welcomed. Thank you all for your help and prayers. Contact Becky Vogan at 724-699-1182. Items are needed no later than the third week of August.

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