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This Week:

  • October 6- 8:15 AM, ENGAGE Evangelism Workshop, Leesburg
  • October 7- 7:00 PM, Celebrate Sudan Event, East Main
  • October 9- 11:30 AM, “Staying In” lunch and discussion, Something’s Brewing Coffee Shop, Shenango Valley Mall

Temporary Housing Need

A very allergic person (no pets) would like to rent a room as temporary housing near the center of the Presbytery while she is seeking a permanent residence.  If you know of a possibility, please contact the Presbytery Office.

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 herehttp://www.syntrinity.org/182/Ken_Bailey_Video_Leadership_Series.html to find them on YouTube.  We will also have copies in the Resource Center.

“Staying In” Lunch and Discussion- LAST CALL!!!

The “Staying In” lunch and discussion for all pastors and CREs will meet  Tuesday, October 9th, 11:30 – 1:30 PM at the “Something’s Brewing” coffee shop in the Shenango Valley Mall, Hermitage.   If you plan to attend, please contact Rev. Dr. Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org or 724-981-2211 ext. 2) by Wednesday, October 3rd, so appropriate lunch reservations can be made.  The discussion will focus on: 1-the possibility of an essential theological statement for the Presbytery; 2-rethinking the structure of the Presbytery for the realities on ministry in the 21st C.; 3-the formation of covenant partnerships between churches and between pastors for support and best practices.

You Can Still 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.  Even if you missed the practice session this past Sunday, you are still invited to join in.  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”.  For more information, contact Jane Bartholomew at 724-981-2377 or jraysing@verizon.net.

Christian Education for Adults

Teachers and Leaders of 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).  Our speakers will be Alice Otto from Highland Church, and Rev. Bob Bardeen and Keith Breuer from Westfield Church.  No need for reservations, just come!  The dinner is free.

News from the Churches

New Wilmington Area Ministerium 2nd AnnualChurch Leadership Summit

The New Wilmington Area Ministerium is hosting its second annual Church Leadership Summit, featuring the Rev. Jim Walker, former co-pastor of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community in Pittsburgh and current regional church planter for the United Methodists of western Pennsylvania.  Jim will teach on “Bridge-Building in the Kingdom of God,” inviting congregations to move from a “build it and they will come” mentality to one of participation and sharing in ministry.  The Leadership Summit is open at no cost to all elders, deacons, trustees and other local church leaders.  Sunday, October 7, 2012; 6pm-8:30pm, New Wilmington United Methodist Church, 125 South Mercer Street.  Neshannock and New Wilmington Presbyterian Churches are both active participants in the sponsoring Ministerium.  For more information, contact Ralph Hawkins at ralph@nwpresby.org or 724-946-3541.

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.

Soup and Rummage Sale

At Shenango Presbyterian Church, New Castle on October 6-7.  Soup will be sold on Friday and Saturday, $6 a quart: Beef Vegetable, Stuffed Pepper, Chicken Noodle, and Cheesy Bacon Potato.  You may call ahead and order your favorites 724-654-2322.  The Rummage Sale will be on Friday from 9-1 and Saturday from 9-12 noon.

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