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LAST CHANCE! Register for the Fall 2012 Pastor Retreat

Dr. Laura Smit from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) will be speaking in Shenango Presbytery on the topic “Why Reformed Theology Matters in the 21st Century”.

  • Open meeting at 5:30 PM on Sunday, October 21 at the McKelvey Center, Westminster College
  • Pastors Retreat – October 22-23.  Click here to register.

Resolution recommended by Presbytery Council to Shenango Presbytery (September 25)

The Council (September 4) recommended that the following resolution by approved by Presbytery at the November 13th meeting at Word Centered Fellowship (Bethlehem Campus).

Committee on Ministry Recommendation for 2013 Minimum Salary

The COM is recommending to Presbytery (September 25) that the minimum salary/housing for 2013 be $46,725.  This is an increase of 1.5% from 2012.  All new calls must meet and maintain minimum.  The 1.5% is a guideline for increases for those pastors who are above minimum.  The Board of Pensions dues in 2013 will be 33%.  The dues have been increased 3/4% in 2012 and 2013.  This is not related to the domestic partners provisions.  The salary/housing and pension/major medical increases add approximately $1,000 to the minimum cost for a full-time pastor.

New DVD Series by Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey, with the support of the Synod of the Trinity, has produced a new DVD series on “Christian Leadership in the New Testament”.  Click here http://www.syntrinity.org/182/Ken_Bailey_Video_Leadership_Series.html to find them on YouTube.  We will also have copies in the Resource Center.

Right Here / Right Now

It’s happening…get on board!  This special local mission program for churches in Lawrence and Mercer counties will begin in October 2012.  The mission experiment will focus on training members of partner churches to build relationships with people outside churches, and form various types of Christian communities (i.e. studies, discussions, prayer groups, and maybe even a worshipping community).  All pastors, mission teams, elders and church members who are interested in participating in this mission, or in finding out more, are invited to a meeting at the Penn State Shenango (147 Shenango Avenue, Sharon) Student Center, Sunday, September 30, 5:00-6:00 PM.  Contact Rev. Nathan Loudon (revn8loudon@yahoo.com) or Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org) for more information.

“Staying In” Lunch and Discussion

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 9th, 11:30 – 1:30 PM at the “Something’s Brewing” coffee shop in the Shenango Valley Mall, Hermitage.  This discussion will include: 1-a possible theological project for a Presbytery statement of faith, 2-rethinking Presbytery structure for ministry and mission in the 21st C., 3-partnerships for pastors and churches that encourage support, accountability, learning, and listening for God.  If you plan to come, please contact Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org or 724-981-2211 ext. 2) by Wednesday, October 3rd, so lunch preparations can be made.  The deadline for reservations is October 3rd.

Celebrate Sudan 2012 – World Communion Sunday

This year’s Celebrate Sudan event will take place on the evening of World Communion Sunday (October 7th) at East Main Presbyterian Church in Grove City.   Sessions need to vote to authorize the Celebrate Sudan offering which we hope can be received at our churches’ World Communion services the morning of October 7th.  You may want to make sure that steps along these lines are being taken at your church.  Information and promotional materials about the Celebrate Sudan event will be mailed to churches in early in September.   We hope many people from our churches will attend this informative and exciting event.

Join the “Sudan Celebration Choir”

Calling all who like to sing to be part of the “Sudan Celebration Choir” which will sing at the Celebration at 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 7th.  Practices will be: Sunday evening, September 30th – 7 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road.  There will be a practice before the program on Sunday, October 7th at East Main Presbyterian Church at 5:30 PM.  The anthem is based on an African folk song and is entitled “He Is Mine”.  Those interested in singing should come to one or both of these rehearsals so that we might make a beautiful sound of praise together.  For more information, contact Jane Bartholomew at 724-981-2377 or jraysing@verizon.net.

ENGAGE Workshop Coming Soon – Register Now!

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Leesburg Presbyterian Church from 9 AM to 2:30 PM (Please note the change in ending time), join the Evangelism Committee for a special workshop with Ray Jones returning from the Office of Evangelism and Church Growth in Louisville.  This workshop will focus on the newly revised Engage Resource.  Topics to be addressed include Engage the Gospel, Engage Discipleship, Engage Mission, How to Use the Engage Resource, Walking Through a Gathering, and Next Steps.  There is no registration fee.  Lunch will be provided as will copies of the new Engage resource for each participant.  To register, please call or email the Presbytery Office with the number attending from your congregation – office@shenango.org or 724-528-1610.  SHENANGO ENGAGE WORKSHOP 2 fLYER – 2 (NOTE: The ending time has been changed to 2:30 PM!)

Christian Education for Adults

If you are leading – or want to lead – an Adult Bible Study or an Adult Sunday School class or a Small Group, come to the Dinner for Leaders of Adult Education on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 PM at The Tavern on the Square (108 N. Market St., New Wilmington, PA). Our speaker will be Rev. Bob Bardeen and a Home Group Leader from Westfield Church. No need for reservations, just come! The dinner is free.

CAPNWP Volunteer Work Days

  • Camp Lambec – Saturday, September 29th
  • Westminster Highlands – Saturday, October 13

Both days will include lunch and will run from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  All ages and skill levels are welcome.  Feel free to bring your favorite tools for yard work or indoor cleaning.

Opportunity to Host Rev. Wilfred Orr, PCUSA International Peacemaker on Saturday, October 6

Spend the morning and afternoon with Rev. Orr showing him around Western PA and hearing about what God is doing in Northern Ireland.  Some background information:

In 2012, Wilfred was presented with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s honors list for “Service to Community Relations.” Throughout his time in Newtownbreda he has been a leading figure in the Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship and has worked tirelessly to promote both stronger ties between churches of all traditions in the district and between those from different cultural, social and political backgrounds. The proactive role played by the Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship is viewed as significant in contributing to this district remaining one of the areas in Northern Ireland most balanced between Protestant/Unionist and Catholic/Nationalist populations in spite of the polarizing impact of “The Troubles.”

News from the Churches

175th Anniversary of Faith Presbyterian Church

This Sunday, September 30th, Faith Presbyterian Church will hold its 175th Anniversary Celebration at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Don McHenry, minister at Faith Church from 1964 until 1996 will be our special guest.  Colleagues of Don and friends of Faith Church are invited to join them for this wonderful day.  Presbytery Moderator, The Rev. Jim Mohr, Mrs. Pat Milligan (widow of Rev. Bruce Milligan – interim pastor from 1997-1998), State Representative, Mark Longeittti and many former members will also be present for this event.

Special Event @ Unity – World Communion Weekend

World Communion Weekend – October 6 & 7, 2012, Unity Presbyterian Church presents Carmen Fowler-LaBerge, President and Executive Director for the Presbyterian Lay Committee, “Making Christ Known In The Breaking Of Bread” Luke 24:13-15.  Space is limited!  Saturday evening will be a presentation of the Luke passage.  Everyone with questions is invited to the Sunday morning event.  ”Friend” Unity Presbyterian Church on Facebook for more information.

Bible Study at Clen-Moore

People who have intellectual disabilities deserve the opportunity to know about God and feel God’s love.  They also deserve to be treated with respect, and to have friendships with others who know and love God.  Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church would like to invite members of our community with intellectual disabilities to attend our Bible study and learn about God.  The Bible study will be held twice a month with refreshments.  Kick-off date: October 4th.  Time: 6-7:30 PM.  Location: Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church (220 Clen-Moore Blvd., New Castle).  For questions, please call Natalie 724-971-0254.

Fall Flea Market & Bazaar

Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main Street, Bessemer) will hold a Fall Flea Market & Bazaar on Saturday, October 13th from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Lunch and baked goods will be available.  Plenty of treasures to be found!  All proceeds will benefit the Bessemer Presbyterian Church’s General Fund.

Events at Northminster

  • Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 13th from 9 AM – 2 PM.  Jewelry, Shoes, Clothing & Accessories, along with Books will be for sale.  Stop by 2434 Wilmington Road in New Castle for some great deals.  The Willing Workers Sunday School Class will be giving the proceeds to mission projects.
  • Semi-Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 3rd from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.  Take-out is available!  Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-10), ages 2 and under FREE.  Dinner includes drink, salad, bread, spaghetti, meatballs, and dessert.

“Day of Prayer” at Sandy Lake

You are invited to join the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church for a Day of Prayer on October 3, 2012.  Doors open at 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  Vesper Service at 7:00 PM.  Praying for our nation, our churches, our community, our world, and personal concerns.  SLPC is located 1/2 mile north of Sandy Lake on Rt. 173.  Look for the bell tower with 3 bells on the left.

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