April 8-9- PMC Cluster Event, Westminster College
April 10- 7:00 PM Sudan Prayer Service, Northminster
Register for the Spring Pastor Retreat
Pastors: Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Ken Bailey speak on his latest book. Register for the Spring retreat to be held at Villa Maria Retreat Center on May 9-10 – deadline to register is THIS FRIDAY, April 8th! Get the form here.
For All Educators: Volunteers and Paid Staff
“Creativity and Imagination with Children” is the theme of the Church Educator Luncheon planned for Tuesday, May 3 from 11 AM – 1 PM at Tuscany Square, 3470 Wilmington Road (Rt. 18), New Castle. Free lunch. Order off menu. Hosted by the Shenango Presbytery Christian Education Committee. Guests are Debbie McClain (Westfield) who will share information about a creative Jesse Tree Project and Terri Perry (1st New Catle) who will speak on “Wondering With Your Children in Worship”. Plus, sharing about creativity with Bible Study in VBS and lots of resource ideas. Come and be inspired! Register by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 724-667-7045. Deadline: May 2 at 10 AM.
College Scholarship Applications Available
Is there a High School Senior in your congregation who is planning to attend Grove City or Westminster College in the fall? Let him or her know about the Shenango Presbytery Scholarship…applications are available on the Presbytery website at http://www.shenango.org/Publications/index.htm#scholarship. Applications are due by May 10, 2011.
Wanted: Pastors and Elders to Consider Going to Sudan
Many of your churches have prayed for Sudan and given generously to our Presbytery’s partnership with the Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church. This partnership goes beyond money and prayer. Relationships between individuals are key to this partnership. We need pastors and elders to go to Sudan to meet and get to know our brothers and sisters there. If you or someone in your congregation are interested in going to Sudan on our presbytery’s next trip (possibly in early 2012), please contact Jim Leuenberger email@example.com.
A Report from Adam Soliz (Sierra Blanca Presbytery, NM)
Many of you will remember Adam’s plea for prayer for this service during his visit here in February….
On March 5th a joint service was held between the Presbyterian Church along the border between Mexico and the US. This took place at the border of Anapra and El Paso. Anapra is where over 5,000 women were violated and murdered in the last several years. We sang a few songs, and then I had the privilege of leading both nations in prayer. Dr. Rev. Wayne Hawkins preached a very beautiful sermon in both languages on immigration. Our Mexican brothers sang the last song (Lord I Lift Your Name on High) in Spanish, and I closed with the benediction. The Holy Spirit was so present as everyone was crying, including our Executive Presbyter, Sallie Watson. She told me that she was so ashamed. I took that as she had never seen this particular type of poverty and pain all in one place. In closing, let us continue praying for all nations. God Bless You and Keep You. A Servant for Christ our Lord, Adam Soliz.
News from the Churches
Support for Terry Greenlee
Terry Greenlee, former pastor at Jackson Center and Millbrook, who is now on disability because of Parkinson’s, continues to struggle with declining health. He cannot go upstairs to the bedroom and bathroom because of risk of falling. Some modifications are being planned for the house. The cost will be $6,000. $3,700 has been raised. Contributions can be made to the “Terry L. Greenlee Medical Fund”, Mercer County State Bank, PO Box 38, Sandy Lake, PA 16145-0038.
Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 PM at the Stoneboro United Methodist Church. Music by Team Descendants Praise and Worship music, also 50′s, 60′s & 70′s. Funds will go to help pay for a stair lift for Terry Greenlee, due to his Parkinson’s.
This Saturday, April 9th from 9 AM – 2 PM at Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, April 16th from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at Northminster Presbyterian Church. For children through 6th grade; younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Good food, fun games and of course, the Easter Bunny! If you can, please call Northminster at 724-658-9051, Monday-Thursday, to register your children in advance.
Last Supper Soliloquy at Tower Church
Since 1984, in alternating years, the men of Tower Church have presented a dramatic rendition of the Lat Supper, bringing to life the thirteen men portrayed in Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting. Once again, this year, the moving monologues will be presented on Maundy Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM. A service of communion will follow the program. Tower Church is located at 248 South Broad Street, Grove City, next to the Grove City College campus. For more information, call 724-458-7260.
Full Time Youth and Christian Education Director
Faith Presbyterian Church (Hermitage) is looking for a full-time (40 hour/week) staff person as both a Youth and Christian Education Director. If you are interested in this position, please contact the church office at 724-962-4155 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please forward this message to anyone you may know who would be interested in this position. A complete job description with compensation package is available upon request.
On April 9th from 8 AM – NOON at Enon Presbyterian Church to benefit 2-1/2 yr. old Mason O’Donnell who has been battling leukemia for the past year. $8 adults, $5 children 12 & under. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage or bacon.
Lenten Coffee House
Westfield Church invites you to attend a Lenten Coffee House in April. On Monday, April 4, the featured speaker is Rev. Shawn Cossin, pastor of Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church. On Monday, April 18, they welcome Rev. Patti Harbison, the Erie-Meadville area Superintendent of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Join them from 7:30 – 8:30 for light refreshment for your body and some serious refreshment for your soul!
Youth and Young Adult Ministry Pastor Wanted
Bethel United Presbyterian Church in western PA is seeking a full-time Youth and Young Adult Ministry Pastor. The candidate will hold a Reformed and evangelical view of theology. The successful candidate will have a passionate and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and a strong call to serve youth and young adults. Bethel is a vibrant rural congregation blessed with a strong sense of community and many young families. Please submit resumes to email@example.com.
Cana’s Corner Presents The Maynards in Concert
On April 12th from 7-9 PM, at 710 Carnegie Street, Sharon, PA, Mark and Cindy Maynard, from Columbus, OH will appear in concert at Cana’s Corner coffeehouse. They have been singing Southern Gospel music for 36 years together. They have appeared with the Imperials, the Oak Ridge Boys, and the Stamps Quartet. This concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served with free coffee and doughnuts. There will also be special treats for sale.