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Coming Events

May 1– 7:00 PM Mercer County Session Records Review, Bethany
May 3- 7:00 PM Lawrence County Session Records Review, Northminster
May 8 – 9:00 AM New Pastor Orientation, Presbytery Office
11:00 AM Educator Luncheon, The Tavern Restaurant in New Wilmington

Representatives from ECO Visiting Shenango Presbytery

Representatives from the leadership of ECO (Covenant Fellowship of Evangelical Presbyterians) will be in Shenango Presbytery on June 5 – 6.  Several churches are considering ECO for a request for dismissal from the PC(USA) and Shenango Presbytery’s Special Committee on Denominational Issues is providing this assistance for their discernment.  A public meeting will be held at East Main Church (Grove City) at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5.  There will be opportunities for individual sessions and others to meet with the representatives on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.  Contact the Presbytery Office if you would like to be included.

Prayers

– Bill Crooks’ (Trinity) father passed away last week.

Prayer Request from Bud Green

I would like the churches of Shenango to join with me in praying that the Lord would move the hearts and spirits of His people in helping me find someone who would literally give the gift of life in the form of being a live kidney donor for me.  The CORE website outlines what is necessary to donate a kidney, but the same blood type is the first place to begin.  Over the age of 18 is necessary.  I am A-positive, making me a universal donor and recipient.  God bless our common ministry of prayer together.  Sincerely in Christ, Bud Green and side-kick Albert (my new guide dog).

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.

Rev. Jason Santos will be speaking on “Something Old, Something New: How Intergenerational Youth Ministry Might Actually Save Your Church.”   Jason has been involved with youth ministry work for over 2 decades and brings a variety of experiences to the Shenango Presbytery.  Having written his own book and published many youth ministry articles, Jason regularly speaks at conferences and workshops all over the United States on youth and young adult spiritual formation.  Jason is a current Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Seminary, focusing on Christian Education, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship.  Jason was a research assistant for the popular book by Kenda Creasy Dean: “Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church.”

An Informational Gathering

The Neshannock & Eastbrook Presbyterian Churches are joining together to present an informational gathering on Saturday, May 12th at  6:00 PM at the Neshannock Presbyterian Church, 154 Fairground Rd; New Castle, Pa.  Pastor Jason Schepp will lead the discussion, everyone is welcome to attend.

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!

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

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.

Cana’s Corner Hosts the Georges & David Hamilton

Come and join us as Cana’s Corner hosts two of the area’s finest musical groups.  Bonnie and Julian George are from Nashville, Tennessee and sing country gospel.  David Hamilton has been musically linked with many regional recordings, performances, and groups for years and will be blessing us with his solo  Christian 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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