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Coming Events

May 8 – 9:00 AM New Pastor Orientation, Presbytery Office
11:00 AM Educator Luncheon, The Tavern Restaurant in New Wilmington
3:15 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
 May 10- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
May 14-15- Pastor Retreat, Villa Maria Conference Center
May 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW 

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.

College Scholarship Deadline

Don’t forget that the deadline to apply for a Shenango Presbytery scholarship to either Grove City or Westminster College is this Thursday, May 10th!

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).

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.

The Right Now, Right Here Missional Project

How are you and your congregation doing with the emerging focus of ministry outside the doors of your church?  building relationships with people who don’t go to church?  building relationships with people who have questions about Jesus, or who don’t know about Jesus at all?  How would you like to do better?  A missional experiment is beginning in Shenango Presbytery, right here, right now.  Interested pastors, elder, mission team representatives, etc. have begun discussions and planning to have Rev. Dr. Angel De La Cruz work as an outreach ministry in our Presbytery.  If you would like to be part of this missional experiment come to the next meeting on Sunday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer, PA.

News From the Churches

“Hands and Feet of God”…a one day women’s retreat led by Pastor Robbie Arnold of First Presbyterian Church, Sharpsville, PA

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Location of event and Sponsored by: First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State Street, Sharon, PA
Reservations required by calling 724/981-2211; Reservations are limited to 20 women.  Cost: $20 (Includes lunch, hand massage by a licensed therapist, live music and a fruit smoothie)  Pastor Robbie has created a thought-provoking study based on Scripture and centered on lesser recognized ways of being the hands and feet of God in the world.

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.

Choir Director Wanted

Are you looking for a fun and blessed challenge in the church?  Please consider coming to work at Shenango Presbyterian Church beginning in August of 2012. We are looking for a director to lead our choir.  We enjoy Christmas and Easter cantatas, we have the possibility of chime and children’s choirs too.  We are fun and flexible.  This is a paid position.  Please call Amy Na 724-654-2322 or 724-510-4357 for more information.

Pasta Dinner

Sunday, May 20th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City.  Dinner includes pasta and meatballs (vegetarian sauce available), salad, bread, dessert, and beverage.  $7.00- 10 years and older.  $3.00 ages 5-9.  Under 5 FREE.  All proceeds will benefit Pastor Tod Custer’s trip to receive his Master Chaplain Certificate in Spokane, WA.

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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