April 24- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Tower PC
April 25- 9:00 AM Budget & Finance Committee, Presbytery Office
April 27-28 – PMC Cluster Event, Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church, Butler
April 27, 30 & May 2 – ANNUAL AUDIT, Conference Room unavailable for meetings
May 1– 7:00 PM Mercer County Session Records Review, Bethany
May 3- 7:00 PM Lawrence County Session Records Review, Northminster
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.
Violence at Gereif Bible School, Khartoum, Sudan
Please be in prayer for the church in the Sudan. On Saturday a radical group severely damaged Gereif Bible School and Gereif Church. Below is a link to a video of the incident and a call for prayer from the PC(USA).
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 email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org WMI associate director and regional coordinator for Perspectives.
Ham Loaf Dinner
Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer, PA) will be holding a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 5-7 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. Limited number of tickets will be sold at the door! All proceeds from this dinner benefit the Bessemer Presbyterian Church Building Fund. Questions, call Beth Ann Nord at 724-667-7255 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings 9-12 noon.
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 email@example.com.
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.