News from the Presbytery Office
Critical Moments for Prayer in the Sudan
On January 9, the people of the south Sudan will vote on forming a separate country. Please make this a matter of prayer in your weekly worship and in your daily prayers. Click here for suggestions for your prayers.
Missing Items on Website
We’ve receive a number of calls in the past few weeks about pages and downloadable files missing from our website. We’ve discovered that pieces are randomly disappearing and reappearing on the site with no explanation. We have submitted a support ticket to our server and are awaiting a reply. If you click on a link that goes nowhere, please try again at a later time…the information is there.
Mission Yearbooks Are In
Mission Yearbooks arrived a few weeks ago, and we still have reserved copies for several churches waiting to be picked up. We also have extra copies available for purchase at $9.00 each.
Intensive Perspectives Course
Do you know of a pastor, ministry or business leader, or missionary who you long to see take the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, but cannot commit to the regular 15-week format due to their schedule? Well, here is a chance for them to take a full Perspectives class with other such leaders from around the country in a 1-week intensive format. http://www.perspectives.org/intensive. January 18-26, 2011 (register by Nov. 30) in Fayetteville, Arkansas (home of the Perspectives national office…the course and housing are at a beautiful retreat center).
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
Community Thanksgiving Worship Service
The Westminster College Office of the Chaplain and Church Relation and the New Wilmington Ministerium are hosting a Community Thanksgiving Worship Service on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7 PM in the Westminster College Wallace Memorial Chapel. The evening’s speaker will be Rev. Dr. John Peterson, Pastor Emeritus at Center Presbyterian Church. The offering for the evening is canned goods and monetary gifts to support and develop a local Food Pantry.
Global Gift Market
The community is invited to celebrate and participate in the Global Gift Market sponsored by the Young Presbyterian Scholars program at Westminster College. The Global Gift Market will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Witherspoon Maple Room in the McKelvey Campus Center. Gifts purchased at the market will provide a gift of food, medicine, education, etc. to those with great need around the world…the perfect gift for that someone who has everything is a gift that helps others.
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.
An Advent Carillon at Calvin Presbyterian Church
Calvin Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City will be presenting an Advent Carillon on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 6 PM. Tickets for the program and catered dinner following the program are $12.00 ($6.00 for children under 10). Program only tickets are free. Contact the church at 724-758-4258 for more information.
Simply Christmas Service
Beneath the brightly colored packages, lights and preparations, Christmas reveals simple truths to change life here and now and for eternity. Join Covenant Presbyterian Church for Simply Christmas to experience these truths through lessons and carols on Sunday, November 28th. Dinner is at 5 PM (please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org) and the service begins at 6:15 PM.
Jackson Center Presbyterian Church is looking for a 2-octave set of handbells. If you can help, please contact the church at 724-662-2211 or Sandy Bachman at 724-662-3984.
Christmas Vespers at Westminster College
“Something’s Coming” Reflections and Carols from Around the World will be the theme for this year’s vespers service, Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 7 PM in Orr Auditorium. The community is invited, and a punch and cookie reception will follow in the Art Gallery and Orr Lobby.