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Coming Events

April 17- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
April 18- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
April 19- 1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington PC
April 20- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
1:00 PM GA Delegate Orientation,  New Wilmington PC
April 21- 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM ENGAGE Evangelism Workshop, 1st Sharon
April 24- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Tower PC 

Special Prayers for Sudan

April marks an important time for our friends in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC).  Easter brought a celebration of the resurrection, but it was also the deadline set by the government for all southerners to leave the north.  This will be very difficult.  SPEC also has important meetings this month culminating with the Synod Assembly (annual churchwide decision-making body) on April 26-27.  Please include SPEC in your personal and congregational prayers during April.

PW Spring Gathering

Presbyterian Women will have their Spring Gathering at Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church, Ellwood City on April 19 with registration at 9:00 AM and closing with lunch at 12:30 PM.  $6.00 registration.  Call Vickie White at 724-924-2127 for reservations.
Coming Soon!  Regional Elder Training!

The Presbytery’s Christian Education Committee is sponsoring this great opportunity for every member of your Session to receive relevant and valuable training as Bell Memorial Church in Ellwood City hosts this gathering on Sunday, April 29, from 4-6 p.m. A DVD of Ralph Hawkins’ Leaderfest workshop “New Elder Training:  Some Tools and Theology for New Ruling Elders” will be presented. This seminar draws on the teaching of Acts 6:1-7 for insight. The first hour casts a fresh vision for shared authority between Presbyterian elders and pastors, while the second hour develops 10 practical tools that challenge you to be a good steward of your time in leadership.  There will also be time for questions and comments, facilitated by Rev. Tod Custer. Specifically for the Ellwood City area but open to everyone in the Presbytery. A regional training for the northern portion of the Presbytery is planned for this fall.

For All Educators!

All volunteer and professional educators are invited to a free lunch (order from the menu) at The Tavern Restaurant in New Wilmington on Tuesday, May 8, from 11-1. Guest speaker is Rev. Jason Santos, Associate Pastor at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the Presbytery’s Christian Education Committee. Reservations are appreciated. Make yours here, or by calling Westfield Church at 724.667.7045.

The New Testament and Reformed Theology Study Group will be discussing eschatology, end times, beginning Wednesday, April 25th.  Our primary text is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  We meet in the morning at Westminster College under the leadership of Professor Kang Na.  Contact Aaron Christy for more information at dyfmclenmoore@gmail.com.  All are invited, no long-term commitment is necessary.

Save the Dates – Session Records Reviews!

Pastors and Clerks of Session should have received a mailing last week  detailing information about the upcoming Session Records Review Dates.  Mercer County Churches are reviewed at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1st at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Mercer.  Lawrence County Churches are reviewed at 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 3rd at Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle.

Pastors, Missionaries, and Church Leaders – Perspectives Intensive August 12-18, 2012 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary- See flyer

Perspectives is a discipleship training course about the reality of God’s worldwide movement and how we can be involved, no matter our location or vocation. Each lesson is taught by a different ministry expert. Students learn to find God’s perspective through the biblical foundations, historical evidence, and current cultural and strategic work of the expansion of the Church worldwide. Along the way, students are challenged to discover their role in God’s plan.  Perspectives is a program from the U.S. Center for World Mission and is taught worldwide. There are currently more than 70,000 alumni in North America alone!  Visit the Perspectives website for more information, or contact Jen Haddox, jhaddox@pts.edu WMI associate director and regional coordinator for Perspectives.

News From the Churches

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.

Annual Flea Market at Northminster

Annual Flea Market at Northminster Presbyterian Church (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle) on Saturday, April 21 from 9 AM – 2 PM.  All proceeds benefit mission projects.

Cana’s Corner Hosts Dave Buchanan & Amanda Getway

On April 24, come and join us as Cana’s Corner hosts two of the area’s finest young people.  Dave Buchanan will be singing praise and worship music reminiscent of K-love radio.  Amanda Getway will be singing Celtic and Celtic-style music.  You won’t want to miss this concert.  Refreshments are free.  Free will offering will be taken.  Remember, we are open the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-9 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Sharon, 600 E. State Street, Sharon, PA.

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