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News from the Presbytery Office

Upcoming Meetings:

August 17, 2010 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW

August 18, 2010 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, New Wilmington

August 19, 2010 1:00 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington

□ August 21, 2010 6:00 PM Retired Ministers & Missionaries Picnic, the Dawson’s

Prayers

david bailey will be going to Duke tomorrow for possible surgery.  The doctors believe he has an infection at the site of his previous surgery.

Keys Still Missing

The extra keys for the Presbytery office are missing.  If you borrowed a key for a meeting, please return it to the office as soon as possible.  One key has a blue and yellow “Sudan bead” lizard keychain, and the other has a black and white “Sudan bead” lizard keychain.

Some Insurance Questions to Consider

Some of our churces (and the Presbytery) have their insurance with Church Mutual http://www.churchmutual.com.  Whether or not your church is insured by Church Mutual, you may want to check their website for issues like Employee Practices Liability, a Sexual Misconduct Policy, etc.

For Those Who Work With Youth

Kenda Creasy Dean of Princeton Seminary has an excellent article “Faith, nice and easy: The almost-Christian formation of Teens” at http://www.christiancentury.org/article.lasso?id+8654.

From the Ancient Church
In September, the Ancient Christian Faith Initiative (www.ancientchristianfaith.org) will be offering its fall seminar: “The Early Church in Devotion to Scripture.”  The seminar will last eight weeks, from September 20 through November 8.  The seminar will focus on the power and beauty with which the Early Church read and taught the Scriptures.  We expect it to equip people with a greater reverence for the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles.  As before, seminars will be offered Monday nights in Pittsburgh and online.  For more information on the seminary, you can go here: http://www.ancientchristianfaith.org/seminars.

Unique Opportunity to Reach Out to International Students

You are invited to donate furniture and household goods to new International students arriving into the Pittsubrgh Area during Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries Annual Garage Giveaway on August 21, 2010 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  Needed are apartment sized furniture and household items such as small chairs, desks, beds, tables, appliances, etc.  Also needed are pickup trucks or vans with drivers to transport furniture to students’ apartments.    Please contact the PRISM office for details, 412-683-0342, office@prismpgh.org.

Pittsburgh Teacher Training Annual Event to Feature Saleem Ghubril

Teachers, educators, and anyone who heard about how great Saleem Ghubril was at the New Wilmington Mission Conference have a chance to hear him as the Keynote Speaker at the September 25th event at Pittsburgh Seminary. His topic will be “Teaching for Living: Experiencing Faith Beyond Sunday Mornings. In addition, he will lead a workshop, “Teaching for Living: Drilling Deeper.” If you want to know more, call Margaret Trautman at the Presbytery office.

Two Board of Pensions Seminars Offered at Westminster College

□         Growing Into Tomorrow…Today – an holistic retirement planning education seminar will be offered September 20-21.  Registrations must be received by August 20th.

□         Render Unto Caesar – a clergy tax and terms of call seminar will be offered on September 22.  Registrations must be received by August 20th.

□         Free, secure online registrations for both seminars may be completed athttp://www.pensions.org.

It’s Time for the Semi-Annual Volunteer Work Days at Your Presbyterian Camps!

Westminster Highlands is hosting its Work Day on Saturday, August 28 beginning at 9 AM and lasting until the final volunteer leaves for the day.

Camp Lambec’s Work Day is set for Saturday, September 18 from 9 AM until everyone leaves the campsite.

All skill levels are welcome as are all ages to help the camps get ready for the fall and winter seasons.  As always, a list of jobs needing done at each site will be posted and volunteers can choose the specific project or projects they want to tackle that day.  Jobs needing done may include trail clearing, wood cutting, weeding/weed eating around flowerbeds or buildings and/or general clean-up at the sites.  Workers are welcome for one hour or all day!  CAPNWP is grateful for any time and toil you can give to helping maintain YOUR Presbyterian camps!

News from the Churches

Wanted: Sunday School Teacher

Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City is looking for a teacher for a small group of children (ages 4-10).  Worship begins at 10 AM.  Sunday School is 10:30-11:15.  Compensation is $35-$50 per week.  Qualifications include prior experience working with children and a desire to learn and grow in faith.  Lesson plans are provided.  Clearances are a must.  For more information and to apply for the position, please contact Pastor Julia Williamson at 724-752-8892.

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