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This Week:

October 13- 12:00 PM MCS Committee, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
October 16- 7:00 PM Commissioned Lay Pastor Gathering, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
October 17- 4:00 PM Leadership Development Team, Presbytery Office
October 18- 9:00 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office
7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, New Wilmington 

Celebrate Sudan Held at East Main 

The Celebrate Sudan event was held at East Main Church on World Communion Sunday with approximately 140 in attendance.  Rev. Tut Kony was the speaker, reporting on the importance of the partnership of 15+ years.  The Church in the Sudan has grown from 8 to 150 pastors and is now 4 presbyteries.  Music was led by Jane Bartholomew.  Jim Leuenberger, Sudan Team leader, was moderator for a wonderful evening of reflection on our partnership with the Sudan.  Churches brought offerings for Nile Theological College which now has campuses in Khartoum and Malakal.  Contributions will continue to be received through October.  Our churches have been giving approximately $150,000 per year for Sudan-related mission.

Fellowship of Presbyterians Regional Meeting

A regional meeting of the Fellowship of Presbyterians (Minneapolis) will be held on Wednesday, October 19 at the Hampton Presbyterian Church, 2942 East Hardies Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 (close to the Rt. 8 – PA Turnpike intersection).  Rev. John Crosby of Christ Church, Minneapolis (one of seven core leaders of the Fellowship) will be the speaker.  For more information call 724 443-3201.

Videos from The Fellowship of Presbyterians – Minneapolis

One of the best ways to get a sense of the vision of the Fellowship is through the videos of the plenary speakers.  This linkhttp://vimeo.com/user8497691/videos/sort:date will connect you to those.  All are important, but I would suggest especially Ken Bailey, Richard Mouw, and Jim Singleton.  –David Dawson

Sudan Visitors

Ismail Kanani and Elizabeth Koko have just told us that they received VISAs to come from Sudan to the United Stated in mid-November.  More details will be published later.

Alert for Board of Pensions Major Medical and Prescriptions

Several items:

  • If your pharmacy is a Walgreens and you are confused about the Walgreens/Express Scripts split reported in the media, call Dave Dawson
  • Routine eye exams are covered by VSP through your Highmark major medical plan…tell you provider so that you won’t be charged
  • If your prescription costs increase significantly, call 800 773-7752 and make sure that it is correct so that you are not over-charged

Housing Needed

A minister member of Presbytery is looking for modest cost housing in Lawrence County.  If you have a suggestion, please contact Dave Dawson.

God Has a Vision for Your Church!

On Saturday, October 22 from 9AM to Noon (followed by lunch) at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, you can discover how your church can better tune into what God is doing in the world today, take home “tools” you can use, and meet others with a shared vision.  Bring a group from your church!  Please RSVP to the Presbytery Office.  This workshop is a FREE event sponsored by the MCS Committee.
Help Hungry Families
To find out what the Presbyterian Church is doing and how your congregation can help address hunger issues in your community, visit the News & Events page of the Presbytery website for links and contact information that will help you connect with local distribution centers.
Thank You!
Thank you for the kind card that Amy Na sent us on behalf of the Presbytery.  It means a lot knowing that we are remembered and that people are praying for us.  – Terry & Chris Greenlee

News from the Churches

Ordination Celebration

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon will be celebrating Pam Maloney’s 40th year of ordination on October 23rd.  If you are able to attend, you are more than welcome.

Brent Vernon Concert at Bessemer

Brent Vernon will present a free concert sponsored by Bessemer Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM.  Brent is a singer, songwriter, author, illustrator, and ventriloquist who hails from sunny Florida.  Join Bessemer for a special time of laughter, Worship and reflection with Brent and his pal Sam.  A love offering will be collected for Brent’s travel and ministry expenses.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 25th at Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church.  Please contact the church at 724-667-7258 if you wish to volunteer.

Deborah Sanders Evangelist/Gospel Singer at Cana’s Corner

Deborah Sanders will once again appear at Cana’s Corner to bless your soul with beautiful heartfelt singing.  Join us on October 11th from 7-9 PM at 710 Carnegie Street (Sharon, PA), 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!

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