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News from the Presbytery Office

Upcoming Meetings:

August 31st – 9:00 AM Steering Team, Presbytery Office*

□         September 6- OFFICE CLOSED, Labor Day

□         September 7- 9:00 AM Council, First, New Castle

□         September 9- 1:30 PM Evangelism, First, New Castle

Pray for the World During Worship This Week

□        Debbie Blane is our Presbyterian missionary at Nile Theological College in Khartoum, Sudan.  You can read a recent newsletter here.

Prayers

david bailey is back in the hospital for observation following some swelling in his legs.  He is extremely weak, unable to walk, has little use/control of his left hand, is distraught, and discouraged.  His wife is considering options for home healthcare.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Register Now for the Fall 2010 Pastor Retreat!

October 4-5 at Villa Maria Conference Center
with Rev. Paul Detterman, Executive Director of Presbyterians for Renewal (PFR)

We’re on a tight timeline with the Villa for registrations- so we really need to hear from you by this Friday, September 3rd if you are planning to attend the retreat.  Call the Presbytery Office at 724-528-1610 or email Autumn at office@shenango.org.  Registration costs remain the same at $40 to commute and $75 to stay overnight.  Topics for the sessions include: “Bringing Life Back into Worship” (intentional double meaning), “Bringing Worship Back into Life”, “Re-discovering the Psalms” (through Image and Sound), “Remembering the End Game”, and “Response to the 219th General Assembly”.

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.

Register for the Fall Equipping Pastors Event

The deadline for registrations is fast approaching for the 3rd Equipping Pastors Training Event at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock.  The event will take place on September 9-10, 2010 and will focus on Missional Stewardship, providing a wealth of guidance for our daily struggle relating to money.  Reservations must be in the Beaver-Butler Presbytery Office by this Friday, September 3rd.  Call 724-452-7515.

Pastor Fellowship

Several Lawrence County pastors meet for breakfast at EatnPark in New Castle on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 8:00 AM (starting this week).  You are welcome!

Adult Children to Age 26 Will Be Covered Under the Board of Pensions Medical Plan

If you are a Medical Plan member you will receive an enrollment application.  The enrollment period will run through October 30, 2010.  If you have not received the letter by September 30, 2010, you may call the Board to request a copy.  If you have questions about this healthcare reform provision or the Board’s Adult Child Enrollment process, please call Member Services at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

Calling All Teachers and Youth Leaders!

Saleem Ghubril will be the Keynote speaker at Pittsburgh Presbytery’s annual Teacher Training event on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Pittsburgh Seminary.  Saleem made a lot of fans at the New Wilmington Mission Conference and you will want to hear him again (or for the first time).  In addition, you can choose among 12 workshops that will inform and inspire you as the school year begins.  The fee is $20 which includes lunch.  Our Presbytery’s Christian Education committee has approved paying scholarships for those who need them.  To register, call Barb Grogan at 412-924-1345 or email her at bgrogan@pts.edu.  If you need more information, call Margaret Trautman in the Presbytery office M-W mornings.

Ken Bailey Speaking at Princeton Seminary

Ken Bailey will deliver a series of lectures at Princeton, October 25-29 as part of the annual alumni/as reunion.  His lectures will be based on his soon to be published commentary on 1 Corinthians.  Register early!  Additional information available athttp://www.ptsem.edu.

Celebrate Sudan 2010

The Sudan Partnership team is excited to announce the first annual, “Celebrate Sudan” event. It will take place on the evening of World Communion Sunday, October 3rd, 7PM at East Main Presbyterian Church. The purpose of this event will be to celebrate our partnership with the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) and to raise funds for two special projects that will go beyond our regular giving to the partnership.  These projects have been chosen with input from SPEC’s leadership.  The first project involves helping the Salaama congregation in Khartoum build 2 kindergarten classrooms and to construct a wall that is needed to keep others from encroaching on their property rights.  The Salaama church building was constructed in January, 2006 with funds raised by our presbytery.  A team from Shenango helped with the actual construction of the building.  The second project is directed at raising much needed funds for Nile Theological College.  NTC does an excellent job in training SPEC pastors and church leaders and the partnership committee feels it important this year to supplement Shenango’s normal giving to NTC.

More information is available on the Presbytery website, and an informational mailing will go out to each church later this week.

News from the Churches

Ministry Ideas Needed

The Deacons at North Liberty Presbyterian Church are interested in starting a widows/widowers and caregivers ministry.  If your church currently offers this type of ministry, or you have some ideas to share, please contact Beth Black atmrsbethblack@yahoo.com.

Available

East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City has many student desks available for $15 each.  They also have, free to any church in the Presbytery, two cassette duplicators, a laser printer, many copies of “Hymns for the Family of God,” Book of Confessions, Purpose Driven Life and Purpose Driven Church, and miscellaneous songbooks and Bibles.  Call t

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