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News From the Presbytery Office

This Week:

September 8- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
3:30 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
September 14- 7:00 PM Special Committee Event (see note below), Northminster

Special Committee to Monitor Denominational Issues
Upcoming Events 

   The special issues team is hosting an event featuring Drs. Kang Na & David Dawson at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Wednesday Sept. 14, from 7-8:30 p.m.    Kang will be speaking about Reformed understandings of the authority and interpretation of Scripture – an issue that is critical to our thinking about the recent change in the PCUSA’s ordination standards.  Dave will give a brief overview of some of the main ideas that came out of the recent Fellowship of Presbyterians meeting in Minneapolis.  Elders and pastors are especially encouraged to attend, as well as interested members of our congregations. 



Click here to see more SCMDI events and read comments on the Fellowship Gathering in Minneapolis last month!

Sudanese Guests

Visit our “News & Events” page to see the schedule and bios for our Sudanese Guests who will be visiting from September 17-October 2, and leading our Pastor Retreat.

Celebrate Sudan Event – October 2nd

The second annual Celebrate Sudan Event will take place on Sunday, October 2nd, 7 PM, at East Main Presbyterian Church.  Read more about it here.  Once again we are asking churches to take up a Celebrate Sudan offering during their World Communion Sunday worship service the morning of the event (or anytime before), and to bring their offerings to present at the Celebrate Sudan event that night.  This year’s offering will go to support the Nile Theological College as they face the challenge of opening a campus in South Sudan and bolstering ongoing work at the Khartoum campus in the North.

Choir Rehearsal for Celebrate Sudan Event

Sunday evening, October 2nd – 7:00 p.m. –SUDAN Mission CELEBRATION  at East Main Church.–A Celebration CHOIR rehearsal will be held on Sunday evening, September 25th at 7:00p.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church.  ALL people who loved to sing are invited to take part.  For more information call Jane Bartholomew at 724-981-2377.

Save the Date!

Food for the Hungry presents Sounds of Hope Tour featuring Building 429, Leeland, and introducing Royal Tailor.  Benefit concert for New Wilmington Mission Conference’s Anderson Amphitheater on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Orr Auditorium, Westminster College.  Tickets are $25 and $15 ($2.00 discount on groups of 10 or more).  Call 724-946-7354.  (More information, including a bulletin insert that you can use, will be available on the Presbytery News page.

Interested in Learning or Reviewing New Testament Greek & Reformed Theology?

We would like to invite anyone who has an interest in learning or continuing their study of N.T. Greek to join us every other Wednesday morning at Westminster College from 9:30 – 11:00 am, starting September 14th.  We are a diverse group, both young and wise, from several denominations, who meet together to do N.T. exegesis and discuss the theology that sprouts from the text with a reformed bent and under the careful watch of Rev. Dr. Kang Na.  We are currently moving through the Greek of 1st John, slowly and verse by verse.  We do not have quizzes, final exams, nor do we check to see if your homework is done.  Give it a try!  For more details, please contact Aaron Christy, dyfmclenmoore@gmail.com.

Continuing Education with Andrew Purves

You can participate in a continuing education event with Andrew Purves on 4 Tuesday evenings beginning September 27.  It will be a video link at Westminster College.  Click here for information.

Wee Kirk Conference

October 10-11-12 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleaseant, PA — ALL from small churches are invited to attend.  The purpose is to inpsire, equip, motivate and encourage people who are a part of small churches.  Cost to attend: $50 per person for people in churches 125 members or less.  $75. for those in churches 126-200.  Special rates for couples.  One of the featured speakers is Dr. James Bibza of Grove City College.   Questions?  Contact Rev. Mark Unruh at 740-922-9190 Registrations (with check) can be sent to:  Wee Kirk NE (PA) Presbyterians for Renewal, 8134 New La Grange Road, Suite 227, Louisville, Kentucky 40222.  Many from Shenango Presbytery have attended this wonderful time of fellowship.
Be involved in something exciting, thought-provoking, God-centered and Kingdom-oriented this fall!

You are invited to come for free to the Westminster College Chapel Tuesday, September 13th  and hear the first lesson of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course taught by Shane Bennett of Frontiers. Shane was the Morning Meeting  speaker at NWMC2011.  See if this 14-week class is for you.  Each week a different expert will teach the lesson.  Take the course for certificate credit (homework but no tests) or 3 college credits. The Shenango Presbytery MCS Committee is offering $100 scholarships to encourage participation in this great opportunity.  For more information and a list of speakers, or to register, visit www.perspectives.org and click on the New Wilmington class.  E-mail Pam Pope Courtney (mail@dcourtney.net) if you would like a bulletin insert to use in your church.

News from the Churches

Mt. Hermon Remembers

On Sunday, September 25, 2011, the Mt. Hermon congregation will host a “Homecoming Sunday” to remember the 55th anniversary of the dedication of the church at its Frew Mill Road (3116) location.  Former members of the congregation and friends are invited to join the remembrance.  Read more details here.


Basement Sale

The annual Enon Presbyterian Church Basement Sale is being held on Thursday, September 15, Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM to 3 PM daily.  This annual sale, sponsored by the church Women’s Association helps the Association in its support of local, national and international mission projects.  Delicious lunches will be served daily.

Spaghetti Dinner

Shenango Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 4-7 PM.  Tickets are $6 for Seniors age 60+, $7 for Adults 11-59, $5 Children 4-10, and children under 3 are FREE.  Proceeds benefit general fund and mission.  Call 724-654-2322 for more information.

Fall Fest at Wurtemburg

Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM to 3 PM Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church will be holding a Fall Fest with crafts, food court, and soup.  The church is located at 291 Wurtemburg Road, Ellwood City.  Table reservations, call 724-758-6785.

Sunday School Teacher Wanted

Slippery Rock Presbyterian in Ellwood City is looking for a Sunday School teacher to teach a small group of children ages 4-10 on Sunday mornings. The stipend is $35-$45. Experience working with children and a desire to grow in your faith are a must.  Please contact Pastor Julia Williamson at 724 752-8892

Choir Music–and the Price is Right!

The choir at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer is retiring some anthems and would gladly donate them to supplement your supply or to provide “new-to-you” selections. Most are SATB, and most are between 15-25 copies. First come, first served. If interested, contact Jim Sankey, Trinity’s music coordinator at jamesasankey@hotmail.com

Part-Time Secretary Wanted

Part-time Secretary for Mt. Jackson Church.  Good organizational skills, computer skills, eighteen hours per week.  Will discuss salary at interview.  Please send resume to 129 Mt. Air Road, New Castle, PA  16102.

Dave Buchanan at Cana’s Corner

Dave Buchanan will be singing praise and worship songs for us once more. If you love to listen to praise and worship music in the genre of Chris Tomlin, then come hear Dave. So come on over and join us on September 13th from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.   We are located at 710 Carnegie Street, across from the Wengler baseball field.  For more information, call (724) 983-0194 and ask for Pastor Robbie or (724) 866-3061 and ask for Robyn.  Hope to see you all there!

Organist/Piano Player Wanted

Petersburg Presbyterian Church is seeking an organist or keyboard player for our Sunday morning 10:30 am service.  Compensation will be on a per diem basis.  We are a community-oriented, small congregation of people who like to sing!  We are flexible and can work around some scheduling conflicts.  PPC is located in the south eastern corner of Mahoning County, Ohio just a few miles west of the Ohio- Pennsylvania border.  Please contact the PPC Musician Search committee at search219@comcast.net or mail a resume to Petersburg Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 219, Petersburg, OH 44408.






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

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