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Please Pray for Sudan

The situation in the Sudan has been difficult, at best, for years.  At this moment it is more critical than ever, especially with the January 9 vote on forming two countries!  The Shenango Sudan Leadership Team has called for two special Prayer Meetings for the Sudan.

– Sunday, November 14 at 7 PM at the New Wilmington Church

– Friday, January 7 at 7 PM at Northminster Church (New Castle)

We will hear updates on the situation and pray together for the Sudan and our sisters and brothers in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church.  Please include prayers for the Sudan regularly in your church.

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, seehttp://www.pensions.org/growingintotomorrowtoday.

News from the Churches

Alternative Christmas Mission Fair

Jamestown Presbyterian Church will be holding the fair on Sunday, November 7th from 12:30 – 3:00 PM.  This is an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and help people in need in our area and around the world.  A free lunch will be provided.  For more information, contact the church at 724-932-2101.

Fall Craft and Home Based Business Bazaar
@ Shenango SeniorCare Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

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.

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.

Bake Sale

Shenango SeniorCare will be holding a Bake Sale on December 3 & 4 from 9 AM to 3 PM to benefit their benevolence fund.

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.

Blue Christmas Service

New Wilmington Presbyterian Church will be offering a “Blue Christmas Service” on Sunday, December 5th at 6 PM.  This service will be an opportunity to gather for a quiet time of hope and celebration in the midst of sadness or stress.  This time is less about colored lights, and more about Jesus, the Light who shines into our darkness.  This worksho is less about sparkling holiday cheer, and more about finding quiet, divine holiday strength.  Open to the community.

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