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June 30-July 7 – General Assembly, Pittsburgh
July 4- OFFICE CLOSED, Independence Day

Anniversaries Celebrated

– Calvin Church celebrated David Davis’ 55th ordination anniversary on June 24th.

A note from Dave Dawson at GA
Please see this GA comment from my friend Clark Cowden.

Where Can I Find Out What’s Happening At GA?

  • The latest news updates are posted here on the denomination’s website.  If you aren’t able to attend GA, this is a great way to keep up on what’s happening.
  • Watch streaming video…here.
  • View photos…here.

Note from Bud Green

Bud has many Sundays available this summer for pulpit supply.  He would love the opportunity to preach and would gladly fill the pulpit for anyone going on vacation or study leave.  You can reach Bud at home (724-654-1513) or on his cell (724-714-8645).

Volunteers for General Assembly

There is reimbursement money for your mileage and parking while you are volunteering at General Assembly. To receive the reimbursement, fill out the Expense Voucher from the Presbytery website, and mail it to Teresa Kendall (739 Portersville Rd #D, Ellwood City PA 16117), for authorization. A check will be mailed to you from the Presbytery Office.  (NOTE: Please use .555 cents/mile when figuring your mileage.  The form is outdated as mileage amounts change frequently.)

Ministry and Mission in Shenango Presbytery

Back in June, 25+ pastors from around the presbytery met for lunch to discuss ministry and mission in Shenango for churches who are not planning to leave the PCUSA, or at least not yet.  We are meeting a second time, and anyone is welcome.   Come for lunch at Westminster College on July 19, 11:30am.  We will continue the lively discussion, as well as hear 5 minute reports from those who are fostering creative ideas for presbytery mission in this fluid, messy, post-denominational era.  Note that this is not intended to become club for those who are “loyalists” or always and forever opposed to leaving the denomination; it is simply a forum for a different kind of theological conversation about work and witness within the bounds of Shenango as the PCUSA becomes less relevant.  Questions?  Contact Ralph Hawkins, Bill Crooks, or Glenn Hink.  Please RSVP for lunch at office@nwpresby.org or 724-946-3541.

Mark Your Calendars Now for the 2nd Annual Celebrate Sudan Event!

The 2nd annual “Celebrate Sudan” event will be held on World Communion Sunday, October 7th, 7PM, at East Main Presbyterian Church, Grove City. This will be an exciting time for all the churches in Shenango Presbytery to come together, worship God, and Celebrate our Partnership with the Sudan Presbyterian EvangelicalChurch.

The special offerings collected this year will be used to assist Gereif Bible School in recovering from the destruction experienced on their campus when it was ransacked by Muslim extremists this spring. We encourage churches to take up this offering at their Wrold Communion Sunday worship services.

Mark your calendars and join us for a time of music, fellowship, ands authentic Sudanese food.  Rev. Steve and Brenda Stelle from Faith Presbyterian Chuch in Hermitage, recent first time visitors toSudan, will be sharing about their visit and it’s impact on their lives and church.

Pastors and all session moderators, please ask you sessions soon for permission to take up a special “CelebrateSudan” offering.  Over $20,000 was raised in our first two “CelebrateSudan” events.

Opportunity to Assist Gereif Bible School in Khartoum Sudan
We were all moved greatly this late spring by news that Gereif Bible School in Khartoum, Sudan, experienced extensive damage and loss of critical resources when it was ransacked and burned by Muslim extremists.  Communication from our partners at Gereif estimate the value of damaged furniture, equipment, and buildings  at $13,935.00 and stolen cash at $7092.00, for a total of $21027.00   The cost of burned library books is much higher and will need to be addressed over a long period of time.  We hope to help our partners recover from their more pressing needs in light of these losses and have designated our Celebrate Sudan 2012 offering for that purpose.  However, some churches in our presbytery have indicated a desire to respond to this situation now.  We are hoping that Daniel Hamad, principal of the school, will be with us during the time of the New Wilmington Mission Conference.  If he is, we will be able to send any gifts sent in to the presbytery office for Gerief by Tuesday July24th, back with him.  If Daniel is unable to be with us, we will make every effort to send these more timely gifts to Gereif as soon as is practically possible.
A Few Needs for the New Wilmington Mission Conference
  • Life guards for the pool at Westminster during the week of Conference…afternoons July 23rd through the 27th from 2 til 5 PM. Guards need to have current certification. Will be paid throught Westminster College.  Call Dan Forsberg @ 724-971-3448 or NWMC Office at 724-946-9770 for information.
  • Volunteer drivers to go to the Pittsburgh Airport to pick up delegates and speakers.  Drivers will drive one of the College’s mini vans to and from the airport. People are needed the week of the 21st through the 28th. Especially needed during  the first days, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd and then and then the end of Conference the 27th and 28th. Drivers will be on call as needed according to demand.  Maximum one trip per day.  Current drivers license required. A cell phone is not necessary but is a plus!  Call Dan Forsberg at 724-971-3448 or the NWMC Office at 724-946-9770.

News From the Churches

 
Musician Wanted
Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is looking for both an organist and a choir director.  If you are interested or know a musician who might be interested in either of the positions, please contact the church at office@faithpc.net or 724-962-4155.
Cana’s Corner Hosts Terry Leonard and “His Own”
On July 8, from 5-7 PM come and join us as Cana’s Corner hosts Terry Leonard and “His Own”.  Both groups sing a mixture of your favorite oldies as well as the finest gospel music.  You won’t want to miss this concert.  Refreshments are free.  Free will offering will be taken.  The concert will be held in the air-conditioned fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Sharon, 600 East State Street, Sharon, PA.

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