News From the Presbytery Office
September 21- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
September 23-24- Missional Church Cluster Event, Westminster College
September 27- 6:30 PM Presbytery meeting, Bessemer Presbyterian Church
Special Committee to Monitor Denominational Issues
Proposed Dismissal Policy to be previewed at a special Pre-Presbytery meeting at Westfield Church 5:00-6:15 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The creation of such a policy comes in response to presbytery’s action at the June meeting. Elders, pastors, and other leaders who are especially interested in this policy by which a congregation would explore being dismissed from the PCUSA to another Reformed body are strongly encouraged to attend this special pre-presbytery event. While the policy will be presented for a first-reading at the presbytery meeting later in the evening, the presentation there will be very brief and without discussion; thus the best opportunity to hear the rationale behind the proposed policy and to offer input will be at Westfield, beginning at 5:00 PM.
Presbytery-Wide Youth Event on Saturday, October 1st
7th-12th graders and individuals interested in the topic are invited to Northminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 1st from 12 PM to 2 PM. Be inspired by the experiences and testimony of our brother in Christ, Rev. Tut Kony who is visiting us from the Sudan. You will also have an opportunity to ask him questions as well as to sample some of his native foods.
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
Ever had any interest in learning how to read New Testament Greek, but have not had the opportunity to do it? Well here it is. As part of both the 1st John study and as an independent separate group, there is a Greek Beginners Group forming to learn N.T. Greek. We will meet regularly for several weeks this Fall to introduce you to NT Greek with the options of continuing on your own and/or with the 1st John study group with Rev. Dr. Na. The beginners group will introduce you to the Greek alphabet, vocabulary, syntax, reading, and interpreting N.T. Greek at a beginners level. There is no charge, except materials. There are no quizzes, exams, or grades. We’ll move at a pace so everyone can keep up. Take the plunge and journey into the New Testament world of Greek. This group is beginning soon, so contact Aaron Christy without delay, firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from the Churches
Christ Church in Ellwood City honored Tod Custer this past Sunday on the 15th anniversary of his ministry with their congregation.
Westminster Confession Seminars
Would you like to know the essential tenets of our faith? Would you like to know how Reformed Theology should impact your life? On 6 Monday evenings (October 3rd – November 7th) Covenant Presbyterian Church ( 263 E. State St., Sharon) will host Dr. Jack White, Dr. Terry Thomas, and Dr. Dean Smith all of Geneva College. They will be teaching on the Westminster Confession and the practical application of Biblical orthodox truths. These evenings will run from 7-8 PM and will be 40 minutes of lecture and 20 minutes of discussion. Childcare will be provided. To view a copy of the Westminster Confession and to register your attendance, visit the Institute link at http://www.cpcsharon.org or by calling Covenant Church at 724-981-3535.
Coolspring Church will be having a Meatloaf Dinner on Saturday, October 8th from 4 PM – 7 PM. Tickets for adults $8.00, ages 4-10 $4.00, under 3 free. Take-outs are welcome. Proceeds will support Mission Outreaches. The church is located at 787 Coolspring Church Road, Mercer. Call for tickets and information, 724-475-3712.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.