- Rev. Willis Kearns (Hon. Retired) died yesterday following a lengthy illness. His memorial service will take place on August 18th at 1:00 pm in Bellefonte, PA.
Twice this summer an open forum has been held over lunch for any Shenango pastor interested in discussing ministry and mission in the presbytery for churches NOT currently considering leaving the PCUSA. Each gathering saw nearly 30 folks. At a July lunch at Westminster College, a number of Shenango-specific proposals were offered to the group for consideration. These ranged from presbytery structure to “Right Here, Right Now” to revamping the Commissioned Ruling Elder role to better serve our context. The next step? … an ACTION team to perfect these proposals and, at some point, place them before the appropriate body of presbytery. Stay tuned for information on the next open meeting, in October. Willing to serve on an action team? Contact Glenn Hink at 724-981-2211 or email@example.com Interested in this conversation in general? Contact Ralph Hawkins at 724-946-3541 or firstname.lastname@example.org … or Bill Crooks at 724-662-2680 or email@example.com.
Hymnal Samplers Wanted
Every church in the Presbytery should have received a preview copy of “Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal”. This is a paperback book, purple cover, and is a “sampler” of some of the hymns/songs and worship aids that will be in the new Hymnal. If you do not need or want your copy, Pam Maloney (First, Sharon) can use your copy when she introduces the Hymnal to interested congregations. You can either drop off your copy at the Presbytery office or contact Pam directly (724-981-2211 x5 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for the easiest way to get your copy of the Sampler to her. Thank you!
News from the Churches
August Mission Trip To Missouri
Curt Savage and a crew from New Castle will be traveling to the Joplin, Missouri area from August 14-20 to aid families with rebuilding after the May 2011 tornadoes. If you have basic construction/carpentry skills or can provide labor to load/unload and stage materials, they would love to have you along on this trip. If you can’t go, financial help is needed, and prayers are treasured! For more information contact Curt at email@example.com.
Mt. Hermon Re-Dedicates and Names Facilities
Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church will re-dedicate its newly renovated fellowship hall and name that facility the “Lloyd Kildoo Fellowship Hall” on Sunday, August 12. Additionally, they will name the recently established library as the Wigley-Borter Library to honor and remember two former pastors – Rev. James E. Wigley and Rev. John P. Borter.