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News from the Presbytery Office

To Pastors, Sessions, and Evangelism/Outreach committees:

On Saturday, November 6, 2010, the Shenango Presbytery’s Evangelism Committee and Leadership Development Team are offering a workshop on the theme of how to grow your church.

Titled the “Reversing the Decline Workshop,” it will be led by the the Rev. Dr. Scott Sunquist, Professor of World Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and an international leader in evangelism and mission.

The workshop will be held at the Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. (registration starts at 8:30 am.), with lunch included.  Please see the attached brochure for more information.

There is no registration fee–all costs are being covered by the sponsors.  We just want you to come, learn and grow, so that together we may be more faithful and effective in our ministry and mission.

Please help us get the word out in your church and community, starting with getting together a team in your congregation and registering through the Shenango Presbytery Office as described in the brochure by Monday, November 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Jim Latta,  Evangelism Committee Chair by email at piperjim@zoominternet.net or by phone, 724-758-4258.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Something Important is Happening in Cape Town, South Africa Right Now

One hundred years ago the greatest mission conference ever was held Edinburgh, Scotland.  Part of the celebration of that event is happening right now in South Africa.  Dr. Scott Sunquist, who will be speaking at the “Reversing the Decline Evangelism Workshop” on November 6, is attending.  His roommate, Richard Haney writes this blog http://www.pres-outlook.com/blog/Day-One-Part-One.html.  You can learn more at http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010 (loads slowly).

Learn About the Belhar Confession

Dr. Joe Small (Director of the Theology, Worship and Educational Ministries, PC (USA)) will present a lecture on this confession at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Friday, December 10th, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  The cost is $20.  Register online: http://www.pts.edu/CE_Registration.  If anyone is interested in carpooling, or if there’s enough interest riding a 13-passenger bus, contact Rev. Glenn Hink, 1st Sharon (724-981-2211 ext. 2 or pastor@1stpcs.org).  “Carpoolers” with Glenn will leave about 7 AM , and stop for lunch on the way home.

A Magnificent Story from the South Sudan…including a Presbyterian Church

The November National Georgraphic has a fine story about migratory animals in the south Sudan.  It is followed by “A Shaky Peace” by Matthew Teague.  This will help us understand why our prayers for the Sudan are especially important now as the January 9 Referendum approaches.  http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/11/southern-sudan/teague-text.

Growing Into Tomorrow…Today – A Holistic Retirement Planning Education Seminar

December 7-8, 2010 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary…learn about steps you can take today to prepare for your best tomorrow.  Registration with the Board of Pensions by November 12th is required, and seating is limited to the first 30 registrants.  For more information, see http://www.pensions.org/growingintotomorrowtoday.

News from the Churches

Soup Supper at Oak Grove

The Soup is on at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 7152 Old Rt. 422, Portersville on Saturday, November 13th with Vegetable, Cream of Broccoli, and Cream of Potato, salad, dessert for only $7.00.  Tickets are available by calling: 724-924-2093, 724-924-9461.  Proceeds will go for Missions.

Stuffed Cabbage Sale!

Bethlehem Church is offering pork ‘pigs in a blanket’ for sale on Saturday, October 30.  Pick-up is at the church, 710 Carnegie Avenue, Sharon, from 10 AM until 1 PM.  Cost is $2 per “pig”.  Phone your orders into Pastor Robbie, 724-983-0194 by Wednesday, October 27.  Thanks for your support!

 

Fall Spaghetti Dinner

Northminster Church in New Castle will be having their annual Fall Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 6th from 4:30-7:00 PM.  Tickets are available at the door; adults are $7.50 and children ages 3-10 are $3.00.  Dinner includes salad, spaghetti, dessert and beverage.

Calling Crafters and Vendors:

Bethlehem Church will hold a “Come to Bethlehem for Christmas” craft sale, Saturday, November 20, 9-5 PM.  Tables are $20 for an 8 ft. table, $15 for a 6 ft. table, and $10 for a card table.  The church will provide the tables.  Call Beth Bottenfield to register, 724-813-7921.

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.

 

 

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