News from the Presbytery Office
October 14- 12:00 PM MCS, New Wilmington PC
1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington PC
2:00 PM COM sub-group (Interview), Presbytery Office
October 19 – 9:00 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office
7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
Teresa Kendall’s mother died at 12:45 AM Tuesday, October 12th under care of hospice at home with her husband and Teresa present. The memorial service will be the weekend of the 25th in Oregon.
Meeting Date Change
The Council Meeting originally scheduled for October 26th has been changed to Tuesday, November 9th. It will take place at 9:30 AM at Shenango Presbyterian Church in New Castle.
Thirty members from our churches and four pastors were present at Leesburg for the discussion this past Sunday evening.
Need a Coach?
Pastors, if you are going through some kind of transition in your church or even if you just want to step back and reflect on your leadership, you have an excellent resource available in our Synod Executive, Bruce Stevens. Bruce spent a number of years as a pastor, redeveloping three churches. He also has extensive experience as a presbytery and synod executive. He is presently in a training program for coaching certification and needs to accumulate some hours coaching…which makes this free to the pastor! Please be in touch with Dave Dawson for more information or directly with BruceBStevens@syntrinity.org (717)364-8879.
Shenango Presbytery Fall Mission Bus Trip
Thanks to Tom Kaufman and Robbie Arnold for arranging the annual (not every year, but it began c. 1970) trip to Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. http://www.massanettasprings.org. The group of eleven did light maintenance, repair and painting from September 26 – October 1.
Evolution Today: The New Challenge to Christian Faith…a series on Theology and Science / A Broadcast Program
Ronald S. Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, PTS The theory of evolution presents Christianity with its most profound challenge ever, going right to the heart of what we believe about Scripture, God, human nature, and the meaning of salvation. The challenge is even more difficult because the theory of evolution itself keeps evolving, raising new insights and new questions. This course will sort through the main claims of evolution from Darwin to today and ask how Christians can affirm a rich faith while living in an age of evolutionary biology. / Wednesday evenings, Oct. 20, 27, and Nov. 3, 2010 / 7:00-8:30 p.m. / $35 / 0.5 CEUs at Westminster College, Old Main 213.
Is God Calling You to Mission Work?
All kinds of Christians are being called to all kinds of mission work. Maybe the Holy Spirit is prodding you. One place to listen more closely to God is at the event at Pittsburgh Seminary. Click here for more details.
News from the Churches
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).
Ministry Assistant Wanted
The Presbyterian Church of West Middlesex has a full time opening for a Ministry Assistant. The Ministry Assistant, alongside the pastor, will be responsible for leadership development among our community of faith, creating visions and helping ministry teams carry them out; providing ministry support and guidance where needed as our teams engage our community of faith and the broader community with the love, witness, and action of Jesus Christ. A Bachelor’s or other equal degree is preferred but experience in ministry will also be considered. For a full position description please stop by the church office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and give our name, address, email and phone and a copy of the position will be sent to you.
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 5thoctave 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.