- Bob Huck (former pastor at Christ Church in Ellwood City and Ebenezer Church near Grove City) died last Friday (August 3) near Waverly, OH. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Waverly at 3:00 PM on Sunday, August 12.
- Westfield Presbyterian Church celebrated Bob Bardeen’s 40th ordination anniversary on Sunday July 22nd.
Ingrid Reneau’s Visit
Ingrid Reneau will be visiting Shenango Presbytery from August 20-24. Watch upcoming eLinks for further announcements about how you can meet her!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Interested in this conversation in general? Contact Ralph Hawkins at 724-946-3541 or email@example.com … or Bill Crooks at 724-662-2680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at 11:00 AM. 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.
Tower Presbyterian Church hosts Harvest America Evangelistic Event
On August 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM, Tower Presbyterian Church (Grove City) will host a nationwide simulcast of the Harvest America Revival (www.harvestamerica.org). They are looking for interested instrumentalists and vocalists for the pre-simulcast worship service, as well as ushers, greeters, and counselors who will speak with people who come forward to commit or recommit their lives to Christ at the conclusion of the event. If you are interested in more information, contact Janice Good at Tower Church 724-458-7260.