December 16 – 10:30 AM Committee on Ministry, Presbytery Office
12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
December 23-January 2- OFFICE CLOSED
(Note: The Presbytery Office will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s while the staff uses the remainder of their vacation time. If you need something during that week, please call Rev. Dawson at 724-946-8828.)
Fellowship of Presbyterians
The Fellowship of Presbyterians has released their theological and church governance plans, http://www.fellowship-pres.org/ anticipating the meeting in Orlando on January 18-20. If you are planning to attend, please make this known to Dave Dawson so that we can keep in touch. Council has asked Amy Na (Moderator), Glenn Hink (moderator of Council), Jim Latta, Ralph Hawkins, and Dave Dawson to attend.
Online Registration for LeaderFest Now Open!
Register online for LeaderFest (January 14, 2012) – it’s fast, easy, and will help you be among the first registered for those classes offering free books to the first 50 registrants. Click here, or click on the red button on the Presbytery homepage to complete the registration form. Your registration fee can either be mailed to the Presbytery office, or you can bring it with you to LeaderFest in January.
PTS Broadcast Seminar at Westminster College
Edwin Chr. van Driel, Assistant Professor of Theology will present “The Future of the Church” Tuesdays from January 10-31, 2012 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM in Old Main 213 on the Westminster College campus. Registration deadline is December 16th by calling the Chapel Office at 724-946-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE to all faculty, staff & students of Westminster College and members of the Presbytery of Shenango
News from the Churches
Bethlehem Blvd. at Faith Presbyterian Church
Faith Presbyterian Church will present Bethlehem Blvd. on Sunday, December 18 from 4-8 PM. Come celebrate the joy of Christmas by wandering the streets of ancient day Bethlehem on the day when Jesus was born. Visit the Synagogue, a Jewish Home, a Marketplace, and conclude your night by visiting the Holy Family in a live nativity. Self-guided tours run continually from 4-8 PM and take approx. 1 hour to complete. Admission is FREE!
Community Advent Luncheon
The 14th Annual Community Advent Luncheon, hosted by First Presbyterian Church of New Castle, will be held Wednesday, December 14 at 12 noon. Speaker is Rev. Nathan Loudon. $5.00 donation for lunch. The event is sponsored by the Downtown New Castle Churches: First Christian Church; Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, and 1st Presbyterian. Reservations not needed, call the church office 724-652-7706 for more information.
Annual Christmas Cantata at Covenant
On Sunday, December 18th at 7 PM Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sharon will hold their Annual Christmas Cantata – a 75 voice community choir and a 20 piece orchestra will perform Tom Fettke’s cantata “The Glory of the Lord”. Nursery care will be available.
The Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival
Presented by the Shenango Valley Chorale Madrigal Singers and the Sanctuary Choir, members and friends of First Presbyterian Church in Sharon, PA on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM. (600 E. State Street, Sharon). This magical afternoon features beautiful music, a story filled with wonder, and giving glory to God. Bring your family and friends – this Festival is presented a gift to the community.
ROOT International needs your help
ROOT International is being blessed with 40,000 lbs. of rice for Mexico. They need help raising $5,000 before Christmas. The food will go to feed children and the elderly, and will be distributed among dining facilities, orphanages, and schools. They are partnering with other groups, and prayers are needed for protection over the food and for the workers, pastors, and ministry workers who will distribute the food. Donations can be sent to: ROOT International, PO Box 26812, El Paso, TX 79926 or go to http://www.rootinternational.org to donate through PayPal.
If your church is in need of an upright piano, please contact Mark Hughes of Center Church, Grove City. The church has one that they would like to donate. Mark’s number is 724-992-1548.
Westminster Highlands to Host Music Festival in August
Mark your calendars now for “Highland Rocks”, a day-long series of concerts by Christian bands, both locally and nationally known, will begin at 10 AM on August 4, 2012. Further details are available on the Presbytery news page.