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News from the Presbytery Office

Upcoming Meetings:

September 17- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office

□         September 21- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW

□         September 24-25- PMC Cluster Event, Westminster College

Pray for the World During Worship This Week

□        Darren and Elizabeth Kennedy are beginning their 12th year teaching at Cairo Seminary.  Please remember them and their two sons, Calvin and Sammy who are in an Arabic-language elementary school.

Prayers

□         Ingrid Reneau had surgery this past Monday in Oakland, CA.  If you would like to send Ingrid a card, the address is: 2423 E. 24th Street, Oakland, CA  94601.  She hopes to be back in Africa by mid-October.

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.

Join the “Celebrate Sudan 2010″ Choir

Jane Bartholomew of Unity Presbyterian Church will be directing a choir to sing an African inspired anthem at the “Celebrate Sudan 2010″ event (East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City, October 3rd, 7 PM).  She hopes many people from Shenango Presbytery churches will join her at Unity Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 26th at 7 PM to rehearse this anthem.  Unity is located on Rt. 318 between Mercer and West Middlesex.  You may call Jane with any questions at 724-981-2377.

Speaker Available

Intervarsity Mission Fellowship at Grove City College is hosting Mr. Richard Sharpe (http://www.omusa.org/resources/speakers/richard-sharp) from Operation Mobilization for the IFV Missions Conference.  Mr. Sharp is a dynamic speaker and is available to speak on Sunday morning or evening, September 26.  If you would like to use him that day, please contact Dr. Stan Keehlwetter at Grove City College,fskeehlwetter@gcc.edu.

Grove City Evangelical Scholarship Conference

Grove City College will be hosting their annual series beginning on September 22nd with an evening lecture featuring Dr. James G. Dixon, Chair of the Department of English at 7:00 PM in the Sticht Hall, Hall of Arts and Letters.  Dr. Dixon will present a lecture regarding the relationship of Christianity and the great literary bard, William Shakespeare.  For more information, contact Sean G. Morris at sgmorris@evangelicalconference.org or visit http://www.evangelicalconference.org.

Don McClure Lectures at Pittsburgh Seminary

“Christian Faith in a Post-Christendom World” is the theme for the 2010 W. Don McClure Lectures September 27-28th at Pittsburgh Seminary.  Dr. Jonathan Bonk, executive director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center and editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is the speaker.  The lectures are free and open to all.  Reservations are needed for the World Mission Initiative dinner September 27 at 6 PM.  See http://www.pts.edu/Jonathan_Bonk_Addresses_Christian_Faith_During_McClure_Lectures for full information.

News from the Churches

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 the church office for more information 724-458-8270.

In Search Of…

Mount Jackson Presbyterian Church is in search of a choir director and/or organist.  Will be expected to play for Sunday services and special services.  Will discuss salary and hours at interview.  Send resume to Mount Jackson Presbyterian Church; 129 Mount Air Road, New Castle, PA  16102.

Other Requests

Request for Information

Rev. Patrick Ewing at the Ardara Presbyterian Church (Redstone Presbytery) is looking for samples of sensitively-written and well-received letters that churches have sent to inactive members that they are removing from the church roll.  Information can be emailed to him at pastorewing@comcast.net.

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