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  • December 31-January 1- OFFICE CLOSED, New Year’s Holiday
  • January 5, 2009 MIssion Giving Deadline

News from the Presbytery Office

Prayers
Harold Kurtz, missionary and director of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, died on December 18 in Portland, OR. There will be a memorial service in Portland on January 9.

Joys
Sarah Grace was born to Alice and Bill Knechtel (Lebanon Church) on December 22.

News from the Missionaries of the Nile Valley
Christmas in the south Sudan
Nancy McGaughey, medical missionary and colleague of Ingrid Reneau, just sent this account of her Christmas.
http://www.shenango.org/PDF/Sudan/Christmas%20Dinka%20Style.pdf
Dissertation Defended
Elizabeth Kennedy, teacher along with her husband Darren in Cairo, successfully defended her dissertation in Edinburgh, Scotland in December. Both Elizabeth and Darren have completed doctoral degrees to advance their teaching at Cairo Seminary.

News from Our Churches

Work Trip to Houma, LA

Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church is planning our work trip south and would like to invite other churches to join us. This year we are going to the Presbyterian Disaster Camp in Houma, LA. The camp in Pearlington, MS is closed. There are no longer any camps in Mississippi. The dates of the trip are Saturday, February 13 – February 20. They do not start working until Monday. We plan to leave Saturday and arrive in Houma on Sunday. The cost of the camp is $20 per day for room (pod) and meals plus the cost of the vans. We figure it will be approx. $275 pp if you are riding in the vans. Please let us know by December 31 if you want to join us this year for Katrina relief. Please contact Bill Gwin at wlgwin@att.net or 724-667-8321.

Workshops, Conferences and Local Events

Continuing Education Opportunity

Westminster College will host a live broadcast of “Main Themes in Orthodoxy: How an Ancient Tradition Illumines Our World” presented by Dr. Edith M. Humphrey, the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. These seminars will take place on January 13, 20, and 27. For a copy of the brochure, contact the Presbytery Office. These seminars will be FREE for pastors and church members in Shenango Presbytery!

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