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This Week:

November 9- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
November 10- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington PC
November 15- 5:30 PM Committee on Ministry, New Wilmington PC
6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, New Wilmington PC


  • Jim Bibza (Grove City College & Center Church, NC) is recovering at home from back surgery
  • Jim Cossin (Seneca Hills) is recovering at home from bypass surgery

Nancy McGaughey a Mission Co-Worker in South Sudan Will be Visiting Our Presbytery This Weekend!

Nancy was appointed in January 2009 as a mission co-worker to serve as health coordinator with Across, the Association of Christian Resource Organizations Serving Sudan.  Nancy is charged with building the capacity of ACROSS’ field staff who work in health, HIV/AIDS and household food security.  She provides training, technical advice, guidance and support.  She is also charged with working on long-term strategies and policy development.  To read more, you can visit her profile on the PCUSA website.

Here are some events with Nancy that you might like to attend:

  • Friday, November 11th at 7:30 PM – dessert at Miriam Gwin’s house in Mt. Jackson.  For directions call 724-667-8321 and cell 724-333-6222.j
  • Sunday, November 13th – Sunday school (9:30 AM) and Worship (10:30 AM) at Shenango Presbyterian Church on Rt. 18 in Neshannock Twp.
  • Monday, November 14th at 1:00 PM – lunch at Brown’s Country Kitchen in Portersville, PA.  Reservations are encouraged.  Call Miriam for details at 724-667-8321 & cell 724-333-6222.
Ismail and Alizabeth, our friends from Sudan, are finally coming!
They will be arriving in our Presbytery very late on Nov. 18th.  Check their schedule below and come hear them speak about what is going on in Sudan!
  • Sunday, Nov. 20th -They will be preaching during morning worship at East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City.  At 7 PM they will be at New Castle’s Thanksgiving Worship service.
  • Monday, Nov. 21st – at 7 PM – dessert at the Arnold’s home in Mercer.  Contact Judy Arnold, 724-662-3227 for more details.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at 6:30 PM – dessert and coffee at Highland Presbyterian Church in New Castle.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26th at 7 PM – dessert at Beth Arnold’s home in Sandy Lake.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27th – they will be preaching during worship at Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church.  At 6 PM there will be a youth event at Shenango Presbyterian Church in Neshannock Twp.  7th-12th graders are welcome!
  • December 4th-6th – they will be at the Sudan Network Meetings in Louisville, KY.
Presbytery-Wide Youth Event…
for 7th-12th graders and individuals interested in the topic on Sunday, November 27th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Be inspired by the experiences and testimony of a Christian couple from across the globe, Ismail and Alizabeth, who are visiting us from the Sudan.  You will also have an opportunity to ask them questions as well as enjoying some of the native foods and pizza.  You don’t want to miss this engaging cultural experience!
Mission Yearbooks Are Here!
Mission Yearbook orders have arrived and can be picked up anytime during normal business hours (M-F, 9AM-4:30PM).  We also have a limited number of extra copies ($12.75 each), just in case you forgot to place your order.
Westminster College’s Global Gift Market
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 10 AM – 7 PM in the McKelvey Campus Center, sponsored by the Young Presbyterian Scholars Program.  Choose from a wide variety of gifts that change lives, from medical supplies to school supplies to farming equipment to micro-loans.  Also featuring items from The Silk Road in New Wilmington.

News from the Churches

Special Taize Worship Service

You’re invited to come to a special meditative service of Christian worship including scripture, song and prayer that was first developed by an ecumenical group of fellowship in Taize, France.  It is Sunday evening, November 13 at Lovelight Boutique, 116 East Washington St., downtown New Castle.  The service is sponsored by the Missional Church Fellowship (part of the Partnership for the Missional Church challenge of Mt. Jackson Presbyterian Church).

Retirement Dinner

Coolspring Church will be holding a retirement dinner to honor Phil Chalfant on Saturday, December 17th at 5:30 PM.  Meat, drink and table service are provided.  Each family is asked to bring a dish to share.  Reservations are required and seating is limited.  To place reservations, call Linda Kellogg at 724-475-4574.  Deadlines for reservations is Friday, November 10.

Braised Steak Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer, PA) will be holding a braised steak dinner on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 5 PM – 7 PM.  Adults $8.00, Children 6-12 $4.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Take Outs will be available!  Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the church office at 724-667-7255 or Janice Young at 724-667-8825.  All proceeds from this dinner will benefit the church’s General Fund.

Help Wanted

Coolspring Church has positions open for an Administrative Assitant and a Treasurer.  Both positions are paid and part-time.  Job descriptions are available.  These positions may be considered separately or be combined.

Additionally, Coolspring Church has a position open for a part-time Youth Leader.   This is a paid position.

Interested parties may contact Phil Chalfant at 724-376-6040 or leave a message at the church office at 724-475-3712.

Copier and Laminator Wanted

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Butler County is looking for a good free copier and laminator.  If you know of one, please contact Don Hurray at donhurray@gmail.com.

Parenting Seminar

Dr. Missa Eaton will lead a free two-day Parenting Seminar at First Presbyterian Church on November 11 & 12, 2011 for parents/grandparents/guardians of young children and elementary age children.  Dr. Eaton is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Penn State Shenango and has done research in the area of developmental psychology with a focus on parent-child relationships.

The parenting seminar is free to the public and will be held on Friday, November 11 from 6-9 p.m and Saturday morning, November 12 from 9-12 a.m. Light snacks will be provided on Friday night and a light breakfast on Saturday morning. A children’s program called “A Firm Foundation” will be held for children ages 4-5th grade. Nursery for children 3 and under will only be available upon request with an RSVP.  This event is open to the public — all are welcome with an RSVP by calling Debbie Derrenbacher, Director of Discipleship for Adults and Children at the church 724/981-2211, x 3 or email dcm@1stpcs.org by November 9.

Spiritual Formation and Fellowship

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon is offering several free opportunities for spiritual formation and fellowship in October and November. The Overview of the Bible class continues on Tuesday nights till November 22nd from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 206 of the church located at 600 E. State St., Sharon, PA. The focus this fall is on Acts and Paul’s Letters. This class is for adults who want to learn more about the Bible and is in a college lecture format taught by Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink, Pastor of the church.

The church also offers four small groups for women.  Mom’s On The Town is a new fellowship opportunity geared toward Mom’s of all ages. The group will meet at Hickory Grill on Monday, October 24th at 8:00 p.m.  If you would like to do old time crafts and have dessert after learning about women in the Bible, the new YoYo Sisterhood  Group meets every other Thursday  at 7 p.m. outside the church. Call for directions.  The Lonely Hearts Cardmaking Class will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Church from 9-11 a.m. Learn how to make homemade cards and then send them to people who have lonely hearts during the holidays or keep some for yourself.  Mary/Martha Class is studying the Beatitudes on the second Monday of every month from 12-2 p.m.  All are welcome. All classes are free. If you would like to know more about these classes, call Debbie Derrenbacher, Director of Discipleship for Adults and Children: 724/981-2211 x3 or emaildcm@1stpcs.org.

Gospel Music Concert

SLIM Brothers 4th Anniversary Concert.  The SLIM Brothers (Serving the Lord in Music) a southern gospel singing group from the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church, will be having their 4th Anniversary concert on Sunday, November 13th at the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church (just north of Sandy Lake on Rt. 173).  There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken.  Members of the SLIM Brothers are: Chuck Mowry, Marm Snyder and Tom Eidenmuller.

Mission Auction

Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church is hosting its annual mission auction on November 16th at 6 PM.  This is an auction to raise funding for the regular mission projects that include local and international mission.  Donations include: treasure baskets, gift certificates, donations from local businesses as well as homemade baked goods, etc.  all donated by members of the congregation and friends.  Doors open at 5 PM.  Refreshments will be served.  Auctioneer: Chuck Mowry.  Call the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church office with questions: 724-376-2630.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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