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This Week:

November 17- 7:00 PM Dismissal Teams Orientation, Presbytery Office
November 18- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
November 22- 10:00 AM Dismissal Teams Orientation (Alternate Date), Presbytery Office
November 24-25 OFFICE CLOSED, Thanksgiving Holiday 

Joys

  • Nathan Leslie (Bessemer) got engaged over the weekend
  • Jim and Pam Leuenberger (North Liberty) welcomed their first grandchild, Evelyn Noel, on Saturday night.

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.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23rd at 10 AM – continuing the conversation from the Pastor Retreat at the Dawson home (30 Willow Drive, New Wilmington)
  • 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

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.

“Blue Christmas Service”

For many people, the approaching Christmas holidays do not bring with them the joy and merriment that is advertised on television or in greeting cards.  Some persons are experiencing losses of various kinds, and may be grieving.  New Wilmington Presbyterian Church will be offering a “Blue Christmas Service” on Sunday, December 4th at 5:30 PM.  This service will offer an opportunity to gather for a quiet time of hope and celebration in the midst of any experiences of sadness or stress.  This time is less about colored lights, and more about Jesus, the Light who shines into our darkness.  This worship is less about sparkling holiday cheer and more about finding stillness and divine strength.  Open to the community, we encourage you to invite any family or friends who may find Christmas a difficult season.

Treasured Hymns Ministry to Appear at Cana’s Corner

“Treasured Hymns Ministry”, father and son group from East Palestine, OH will be with us singing medleys of your favorite hymns on Tuesday, November 22nd.  The coffeehouse meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7-9 PM.  We are located at 710 Carnegie Street, Sharon, across from the Wengler baseball field.  For more information, call 724-866-3061 and ask for Robyn.  Hope to see you all there!

Church Musician Available

Robyn Ruth is a church musician who is available for service in congregations.  She has been a worship director, solo artist, substitute pianist, choir director, and speaker for church groups.  Contact her at 724-866-3061 or office@1stpcs.org.

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