This Week

  • November 18- 1:00 PM Sudan Team Meeting, Presbytery Office
  • November 25- Church & Community Committee, Presbytery Office
  • November 26-27 OFFICE CLOSED, Thanksgiving Holiday

News from the Presbytery Office

Nominate a Youth Advisory Delegate for GA

Applications and information were mailed to the churches a few weeks ago to nominate YADs for the upcoming GA meeting. Copies of the application are available on the Presbytery website athttp://www.shenango.org/Publications/index.htm.

Grief Ministries Request
Cheryl Waguespack, CLP at Princeton has inquired about churches that have grief ministries. If you can help, please contact Cheryl at chewags@7@hotmail.com.

Support the Work in the Pecos Valley
Many of you heard Adam Soliz speak at Presbytery last evening. If your church (or even a PW group, Sunday school class, etc.) would like to support the work that Adam and his wife Esther do among the Hispanic population in the Pecos Valley of New Mexico, funds can be sent to the Presbytery Office. Please write “Pecos Valley Hispanic Ministries” in the memo space. If you would like more information about the work that is being done in the Pecos Valley, please contact Autumn at the Presbytery Office (724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org) or Jerry Mahaffey (724-794-4383 or jerrymahaffey@zoominternet.net).

News from Our Churches

Reunion For Pecos Valley, New Mexico Travelers – DATE CHANGE

North Liberty Presbyterian Church will be hosting a reunion for everyone who has traveled to the Pecos Valley from our Presbytery on Sunday evening, November 22nd at 6:00 PM. There will be a potluck dinner with a “jam” session and fellowship time to follow. Contact Autumn if you would like more information.

An Advent Carillon at Calvin
Calvin Presbyterian Church, Ellwood City, will present “An Advent Carillon” on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM. The hour-long service will be filled with music, pageantry, scripture, choir, organ, bells, bagpipe and chimes. Tickets for the program and catered dinner are $12.00 (children 10 and under $6.00). Program-only tickets are FREE. For tickets and information, contact Calvin Church at 724-758-4258.

Blue Christmas Service
For many people, the approaching Christmas holidays do not bring with them the joy and happiness advertised on television, or in greeting cards. The experience of loss, whether financial, job related, an illness, death, or caused by other stressors can bring with it feelings of sadness or grief. Finding peace can be difficult. New Wilmington Presbyterian Church will be offering a “Blue Christmas Service” on Sunday, December 6th at 6 PM This service will offer an opportunity to gather for a quiet time of hope and celebration in the midst of sadness or grief. This time is less about colored lights, and more about God’s Light which shines into our times of darkness. This worship is less about sparkling holiday cheer, and more about finding quiet, divine holiday strength. Open to the community, we encourage you to invite family or friends who may find the Christmas season a difficult time of year.

Workshops, Conferences and Local Events

Paul Rusesabagina will be speaking at Westminster College – Wallace Memorial Chapel on Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 PM
Paul Rusesabagina was the manager of the Sabena Hotel des Mille Collines and Hotel des Dplomates in Kigali, Rwanda during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Mr. Rusesabagina used his influence and connections as temporary manager of the Mille Colines to shelter over 1,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by the Interahamwe Militia. Mr. Rusesabagina was portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film HOTEL RWANDAin 2004.

Thanksgiving Praise Breakfast at New Castle Community YMCA
Be joyful and give thanks at the New Castle Community YMCA’s Thanksgiving Praise Breakfast! Tuesday, November 24th at the downtown YMCA. Speaker will be Rev. James R. Gretz, Director, Department for Worship & Master of Ceremonies, Diocese of Pittsburgh. Full complimentary breakfast begins at 8 AM. Reservations requested, but not required, 724-658-4766.

Register for the Calvin Symposium on Worship!
Registration is now open for the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 28-30, 2010. Pam Maloney and Don and Doris Stanley reported on this continuing education event at the September meeting of Presbytery. You can check it out at http://www.calvin.edu/worship/sympos/2010/.

Alternative Gift Market at Westminster College
Alternative Gifts International is a non-profit organization which screens existing agencies working throughout the world in order for consumers/shoppers to purchase shares of their work in honor of someone. The Young Presbyterian Scholars at Westminster College will be holding their 6th annual Alternative Gift Market on Wednesday, December 2nd from 9AM to 9PM in the McKelvey Campus Center on the the Westminster College Campus. Also available for purchase will be fair trade coffees/teas from Equal Exchange (the Presbyterian Coffee Project) and items from the Silk Road, a fair trade market in New Wilmington.

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