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This Week

  • January 9, 2009 – 9:00 AM PMC New Cluster Orientation, Beaver-Butler Presbytery Office
  • January 11, 2009 – 3:30 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
  • January 13, 2009 – 9:00 AM PMC Continuing Covenant Pastors, Beaver-Butler Presbytery Office
  • January 14, 2009 – 12:00 PM Mission, Communication and Stewardship, New Wilmington PC

News from the Presbytery Office

Possible Web Service Disruption
The Presbytery Office is changing web/e-mail hosts. Although we hope the transfer will be seamless, there may be some service disruptions as we make the change this week.

Prayers
david bailey (son of Ken Bailey) sent out an email on New Year’s Eve asking for prayer. A recent MRI showed “an area of concern” in his brain. david will have another MRI within a month; then, if necessary, a biopsy will be performed. He is very grateful for all our prayers.

Early Bird Registration for LeaderFest Ends on Monday, January 11th
Those who register by January 11 pay only $10.00 for LeaderFest, which includes inspirational worship, keynote speaker Andrew Purves, your choice of two interesting seminars, access to informative displays, browsing through the Cokesbury bookstore, and a delicious lunch! Registration Brochures are available at every church in the Presbytery from either the Pastor or Church Secretary. Or, you can see the Registration Brochure online at http://www.shenango.org. You can send in a paper registration or e-mail your information to office@shenango.org or call the Presbytery Office at 724-528-1610.

Who Should Attend LeaderFest?
This year’s LeaderFest will have seminars for:

  • Elders, Deacons and Clerks of Session
  • Trustees and others interested in saving energy in their church buildings
  • Music leaders and singers
  • Those who want to further develop their prayer lives
  • Parents who know they’re responsible for their children’s spiritual development, but don’t know what to do
  • Everybody who needs to learn more about Reformed Theology
  • Mission committee members
  • Sunday School superintendents, teachers and Christian Education Committees
  • Anyone who wants to see their church grow
  • Church leaders who want to consider using Ministry Teams (a la Stan Ott) instead of committees
  • Personnel committee members and those who want to help their Pastors do a good job
  • People who have heard Andrew Purves speak and would like to spend time talking to him.

Sudan Travelers Leave on January 20…Please Pray for Them
Their visas have not come through yet (which is a regular problem with travel to the Sudan) so your prayers and those of your congregation on the Sundays of January are deeply appreciated. These folks are part of a group of 11 and they look forward to reporting back about our church partners in the Sudan. Jim Leuenberger (Bethany), Miriam Gwin (Mt. Jackson), Phyllis Buck (Jamestown), Derek Longbrake (Bell Memorial), Tom Kaufman (Third, New Castle), Betsy Barr (Mt. Jackson).

Shenango Presbytery in the Mission Yearbook
You can read about the Western PA Table Project on the day on which Shenango Presbytery appears in the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study. That date is February 1 this year. Click here: http://www.pcusa.org/missionyearbook/Feb/01.htm

Update on Board of Pensions Changes in 2010
Be sure to note:
  • ActiveHealth Management now handles pre-certification for medical procedures (866-794-3127)
  • Members of the Major Medical Plan should have received by now a new medical card
  • See http://www.pensions.org for other information on major medical, pension, etc.


News from Our Churches

Bessemer in the New Castle News

Bessemer Presbyterian Church was featured in the New Castle News on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. The article showcased their school bus stop ministry which invites several students inside the church three days each week for food, beverage and conversation.

Workshops, Conferences and Local Events

Interested in What God is Doing in Haiti?
An open meeting will be held on Monday, January 25, from 7-9:00 PM at the Pittsburgh Presbytery Office (901 Allegheny Ave. – North Side). Come and join in the discussion — this may be the open door for you or your church to join in the mission to Haiti. Please RSVP to Suzanne McHenry by email or call 412-323-1400 X 312 by Monday, January 18, 2010.

Equipping Pastors Leadership Events for 2010
Many of our first-call pastors attended the 2009 Equipping Pastors Leadership Events. The 2010 events are designed to help you understand and execute a “missional community”. There will be four events in 2010, and the first will take place February 11-12 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock and will focus on Misisonal Leadership. Cost per event is $40.00 which includes overnight accommodation, three meals and all seminar materials. Brochures are available on the Presbytery website.

Westminster College Continuing Education Event
“The Early Church at Prayer and Worship” led by Ancient Christian Faith Initiative
Wednesdays beginning February 3, 2010. Sessions at Westminster will be from 7:00 PM -8:30 PM in Old Main Room #210 on the following 3 dates: February 3, February 24 and March 24. The other sesisons will be offered online. Contact the Presbytery Office for a brochure. Registration deadline is January 29th.

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