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Coming Events

March 6- 10:00 AM Synod Meeting Webinar, Presbytery Office

Prayers

  • Rev. Jim Wigley (Honorably Retired) died this morning.  Calling hours will be from 4-6 PM this Friday, March 2nd at the Smith Funeral Home in New Wimington, with the funeral immediately following.
Document From Last Evening’s Meeting Now Online
The documents featured in last evening’s special packet, as well as Rev. Na’s “Musings From Your Moderator” and Rev. Dawson’s presentation, are now available as PDF documents on the Special Committee page of our website.
Economic Growth Projected
The economic winds are blowing in a new direction in Lawrence and Mercer counties for the first time in 50 years.  How does this affect your church?  What do you need to do because of the economic growth from gas and race track infusion of capital?  What are the demographic impacts?  For more information come to First Presbyterian Church of Sharon at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 15.  Contact office@shenango.org to indicate your attendance.  Read the flyer.
Teach English This Summer in Ethiopia
If you are trained as a teacher you are needed to teach English in Ethiopia this summer for 4 weeks.  Presbyterian missionary, Rich Hansen, has sent an appeal for this help.  Contact the Presbytery office for more information.  Deadline is April 15.
Relevant Church in a Changing World
is the theme of this year’s World Mission Initiative Conference.  Participants will have three Keynote speakers (Rev. Dr. Hunter Farrell of the PCUSA World Missions Division, Dr. John Azumah a specialist in Christian-Islam relations, and Chris Shaw co-author of Jesus for President) and 18 workshops to choose from March 23-24 on the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Registration is $35 (meals are extra) and the deadline is March 9th.  As a sponsor church, pay $140 and send an unlimited number of members from your church – a great value!  For more information, visit http://www.worldmissioninitiative.org or pick up a flyer at the Presbytery Office.
A Reformed New Testament Theology Group
with Professor Kang Na of Westminster College is forming to study New Testament theological themes and how these themes are informed by Scripture including the Greek New Testament.  This group will be picking themes to study and the New Testament passages that inform these themes.  Prior Greek knowledge is not necessary.  History of Biblical interpretation will be part of this study.  Beginning with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and studying eschatology (last things), the group will meet every other week, starting March 21st, on Wednesday mornings at Westminster College.  Then we will move into 1 Corinthians 15 studying Christology, soteriology (salvation), and current “hot topics”.  All are welcome to attend.  No commitment is necessary.  Contact Aaron Christy at Clen-Moore Church to sign-up or with any questions at dyfmclenmoore@gmail.com.
Spring Clean-up Days at Westminster Highlands and Camp Lambec

Spring Volunteer Work Days have been set for both sites. The dates are as follows: Westminster Highlands, Saturday, May 5 and Camp Lambec, Saturday, May 12. Works may arrive beginning at 9 a.m. at both sites and can work as many hours as they like. Volunteers able to spend an hour or two are just as welcome as those who are able to stay all day. Individuals as well as large groups participate. There is sure to be something for everyone to do!  A list of jobs will be available from the facility manager at each site. Choose any item(s) that fit with your time frame and skill set. Jobs range from clearing trails and cleaning cabins to cutting down trees or repairing roofs.  Workers will be treated to lunch on both work days as a thank you from CAPNWP for all their hard work.  Please join us in helping get YOUR camps ready for summer!

News From the Churches

Messiah College Concert Choir

Faith Presbyterian Church is hosting the Messiah College Concert Choir.  The 44-voice choir will present sacred and secular musical selections on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 PM.  The concert is free and everyone is invited.  Faith Church is holding the concert as part of their 175th anniversary of the founding of their church.  The church is located at 2370 North Hermitage Road in Hermitage.

Women’s Retreat at East Main

Dr. Alice Palmer Mathews, a contributor to RBC ministry and the daily radio program Discover the Word, and current Academic Dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will be the guest speaker for the 2012 Women’s Retreat at East Main Presbyterian Church on March 16-17.  Registration and details are available onEast Main’s website under Ministries and Women’s Ministries or contact Amy Biddle at 724-458-8270.

Director of Choirs Wanted

Jamestown Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Choirs.  The full job description and application procedure can be found on their website,http://www.jamestownpresbyterian.org.

Youth Director Wanted

Coolspring Church has an opening for a Youth Director.  This position is a paid part-time position.  This person will be working with youth from 4th-12th grade in two groups.  The successful candidate will enjoy working with young people, will be able to involve the adults of the church in Youth Ministry, and will display a mature Christian faith.  Interested applicants should submit a resume or a letter of interest to Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 787 Coolspring Church Road, Mercer, PA  16137 or by email to coolspringpc@windstream.net.

Greetings from the Mission Team of Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church

We are hoping to return to one of our mission partnerships by going to Hardrock, AZ to help the Navajo nation with another building project. We are somewhat short of younger men at our church that are able to goto complete our team. Therefore we are looking for help from other interested churches. We are in need of 6 to 8 more Christian men that are ready, willing and able to serve God in the capacity of carpentry, plumbing or electrical projects.   We are planning to go from May 5th thru May 12th.  If this is something you feel called to do, please contact us as follows: Jill at 724-992-1226 or Mark at 814-657-0128 if you are unable to reach either of us. You may call the church office 724-376-2630 for more information.  Ask for Beth, our pastor.

2012 Mission Trip to Slovakia

Join Dave and Anne Dayton on a mission trip to Slovakia June 10-25, 2012.  The trip, which is sponsored by East Main Presbyterian Church and Slovak Folk Crafts includes a two week work camp in Hermanovce, Slovakia and costs approximately $2,895 per person.  If interested, please contact anne@daytons.org or call 724-458-9215 for more information.

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