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News from the Presbytery Office

Upcoming Meetings:

  • · October 3, 2010 7:00 PM Celebrate Sudan Event, East Main Presbyterian, Grove City
  • · October 4-5, 2010 Pastor Retreat, Villa Maria Retreat Center

Pray for the World During Worship This Week

Ingrid Reneau’s surgery has been successful and she is recuperating with her family in Oakland, CA.  She hopes to return to the Sudan in mid-October.  Please pray for her full recovery.

2011 Per Capita

Letters have been sent to the Pastor, Clerk and Treasurer of each church with the amounts for the 2011 Per Capita.  The breakdown is as follows: GA $6.50, Synod $2.20, Presbytery $19.19 with a total of $27.89.

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.

Peacemaking Speaker At Westminster

Rev. Oruzo, a church leader from South Sudan will be speaking at 11:40 AM tomorrow morning, October 1st, in the Westminster College Chapel.  You can also hear him during Sunday morning worship at Mt. Jackson on October 3rd, and at evening vespers (7:00 PM) on October 3rd in the Westminster College Chapel.

News from the Churches

Roundtable with Dominican Republic Partners

Rev. Miguel Cancu (General Secretary of the Evangelical Church of the Dominican Republic) and his wife Altagracia will be visiting Shenango Presbytery for a short time in October.  Several congregations in Shenango Presbytery have shared a mission partnership with a congregation in the Dominican Republic.  Elder, Deacons, and anyone else interested, are invited to join New Wilmington and Clen-Moore Churches for a roundtable discussion with Rev. Cancu on Sunday evening, October 10 at 7 PM in the Social Hall of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church (dessert provided).  Topics will include: importance of taking the long view in local ministry, discovering and serving the real needs of a community, raising up leadership for ministry in every generation, accountability and prudence in ministry, and the promise of cross-cultural mission partnerships.  Contact Rev. Ralph Hawkins for more information at Ralph@nwpresby.org.

Braised Steak Dinner

The Bessemer Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Braised Steak Dinner on Saturday, October 9th from 5-7 PM.  All proceeds will benefit the Bessemer Presbyterian Church’s General Fund.  Cost is $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for children 6-12, and FREE for children 5 and under.  Take-outs are available!  For advanced ticket purchases, call 724-667-7255.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.  Call 724-667-7255 for more information (Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 9 AM – 12 PM).

Part-Time Choir Director

Bethany Presbyterian in Mercer is searching for a part-time choir director.  This will involve approximately 20-30 hours per month paid at an hourly rate commensurate with experience.  Primary responsibilities will be to direct Bethany’s adult choir, selecting and acquiring music, working with pastor and worship leader/music coordinator in scheduling choir performances.  Those interested should submit a letter of interest and resume to Bethany Presbyterian Church’s Personnel Committee by October 20th.  The church’s address is 100 West Venango Street, Mercer, PA  16137.  Inquiries about the position can be made to Bethany’s Senior Pastor, Jim Leuenberger (724-813-1295).

Wanted

First Church, Sharon, is interested in purchasing or borrowing the 5th octave of handbells (C3 through F#3; and G#7 through C8).  If your church has the 5th octave of handbells and you are not currently using them, would you be willing to sell the 5th octave to First Church, or let First Church borrow those bells?  If so, please contact Rev. Pam Maloney at 724-981-2211 x.5.

Other News

“Shop for the Cause”

ROOT International is participating in the “Shop for the Cause” fundraiser sponsored by Macy’s Dept. stores.  They are selling tickets that give extra discounts up to 20% on some store items.  Each ticket costs $5.00 and all proceeds will go to ROOT International.  By buying a ticket, you are not only eligible for discounts, but can also enter to win a $500 shopping spree.  All Macy’s stores will hold this event on Saturday, October 16th.  To purchase a ticket, contact Ariel Thompson at 724-699-2351.  Thank you all for your support on this project.

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