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This Week:

June 21- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
June 28- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Shenango, NC
June 29, July 1 & 6- Annual Audit, Conference room will not be available for meetings
July 4- OFFICE CLOSED, Independence Day 


Jim Wigley’s (Honorably Retired) wife died on Sunday.  Calling hours are tomorrow from 2-4 and 7-9, and the funeral is Thursday at Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington.

Revised Resolution from the Bethel Church Session

This revised resolution will be considered at the June 28 meeting of Presbytery. Click here to read it.

Conversation for Elders and Ministers on General Assembly Issues

The Special Issues Committee will hold a conversation on Tuesday, July 12 from 7-8:30 PM at the East Main Church in Grove City on denominational issues.  There will be two parts:

  1. A presentation by Dr. John Burges and discussion of what we believe about Jesus Christ and how this relates to denominational issues.
  2. A review of “frequently asked questions” so that everyone has accurate information on what is happening in the denomination.
Scholarships Available from the Evangelism Committee
The Evangelism Committee is offering a limited number of scholarships to cover the registration cost for the Evangelism and Church Growth Conference at the Big Tent Event, Indianapolis, IN, July 30 — July 2, 2011 (http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/big-tent/), or for the Engage Conference, St. Pete Beach, August 8-11, 2011 (http://www.pcusa.org/events/12358/engage-conference/ ).  Registration deadline for The Big Tent is June 15; for the Engage Conference, regular rate, it’s June 30.  For more information about these events, please see their websites.  For further information about the scholarships contact the moderator of the Evangelism Committee, Jim Latta, via email topiperjim@zoominternet.net , or by phone, 724-816-9550.
URGENT! Now Is a Critical Moment for Prayer for the Sudan
Our friends in the south Sudan have voted overwhelmingly to form a new nation of the South Sudan on July 9.  However, the government in the north is doing everything it can to disrupt that event.  Presently there are atrocities occurring daily in the Nuba Mountains town of Kadugli.  This is near the north-south border and a place where a team from Shenango Presbytery (including Jere Donovan) visited in 2004.  Please pray for the U.S. special convoy to Sudan, Princeton Lyman, and all in positions of power that another tragedy like Darfur does not happen.

Start Planning to Attend the 2nd Annual Celebrate Sudan Event

The 2nd annual “Celebrate Sudan” event will be held on World Communion Sunday, October 2nd, 7PM, at East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City. This will be an exciting time for all the churches in Shenango Presbytery to come together, worship God, and Celebrate our Partnership with the Sudan PresbyterianEvangelical Church.

This year we are honored to have guests from the Sudan– Rev.Tut Kony and Rev. and Mrs. Ismail Kanani.

The special offerings collected this year will be used to assist NileTheologicalCollegeas they move the English tract to Malakal in South Sudanand deal with the ongoing challenges the college faces in supporting the Arab tract in the North.  We encourage churches to take up this offering at their World Communion Sunday worship services.

Mark your calendars and join us for a time of music, fellowship, and authentic Sudanese food.

Pastors and all session moderators, please ask you sessions soon for permission to take up a special “CelebrateSudan” offering.  Over $13,100 was raised last year in our first “CelebrateSudan” event.

Christian Speakers

A great line-up of Christian speakers will be coming to New Wilmington, July 23-30.  Take a look at the schedule and add the dates to your calendar.  2011 NWMC Speakers and Schedule.  All of the programs at the New Wilmington Mission Conference are free and open to the public, and you are welcome to attend as many as you are able.

It is NOT too late to register to stay on campus.  Are there junior high, high school, or young adults in your congregation that might like to spend a week on the Westminster campus meeting other youth from all over the country and hearing about what God is doing in the world?  The cost is $340 and includes food, housing, program costs and registration.  Offer them a church scholarship and register by June 30 to save the late fee.  Your church will be blessed by their experience.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity right in our backyard.  For more information, visit http://www.NWMCmission.org.


Perhaps you’ve heard about this internationally taught course? Westminster College is hosting the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course for 14 weeks Tuesday nights this Fall.  What a great opportunity to take it so close to home. One of the things that makes this course unique is that each week a different instructor will present the lesson incorporating his/her experience. The course costs $275 for the certificate level which includes weekly reading, homework and a final project. ($550 for 3 undergraduate credits) It may be used for Act 48 and CEU credit for teachers, continuing education for pastors and just a great way to learn more about the Bible and God’s Plan for the world for everyone else. The Shenango Presbytery is offering some scholarships.  Send a team of 3 or 4 from your church and see what happens as they learn together about God’s unfolding purpose for His people. Visit the website www.perspectives.org to learn more or to register. It will also be offered in Franklin on Sunday evenings and at PTS in Pittsburgh on Monday evenings in case you have to miss a Tuesday class. Save $25 by registering before August 12. Contact Pam Pope Courtney if you have questions. (724-748-3217 or  mail@dcourtney.net)

Partner with ROOT International to Help Tornado Victims

ROOT International invites you to partner with them in helping tornado victims in Choctaw County, Mississippi.  Please visit the “NEWS” page of the Presbytery website to read the full list of items requested and other information.

News from the Churches

Folding Machine For Sale

First Sharon has a Pitney Bowes FD60 folding machine for sale.  It can accommodate all standard folds, paper sizes from 6″x5.75″ wide to 8.5″x14″ long.  Great for smaller churches.  Call Robyn at 724-981-2211 ext. 1 for more info.

Job Opportunity

Camp Lambec is in need of a Kitchen Assistant.  There will be work from June 24th – August 2nd.  If you are interested in a summer job opportunity, please contact Bill Mills at 724-738-0058 or 724-372-9340.

Electronic Organ – Free for the Haulin’

Kahn Electronic Organ, 2 full keyboard, full pedal board and bench.  Free for the haulin’ (must pick-up, no deliveries).  Contact John Sloat at 724-667-0553.


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The Presbytery of Shenango serves 49 churches in Mercer and Lawrence Counties of western Pennsylvania.

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