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This Week:

  • December 2-4 – Sudan Mission Network Meeting, Louisville, KY 
  • December 5- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
  • December 7- 1:00 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office

Note from Nancy McGaughey

Greetings and wishes for a blessed Christmas to all in Shenango.  I hope to make the move to Pibor in South Sudan in a couple of weeks.

Sudan Mission Network 2012 Annual Meeting

Annually in early December approximately 60 Presbyterians committed to mission in the Sudan come from across the country to meet and compare notes on how the work is going.  This year Jim Leuenberger (Sudan Team leader), Miriam Gwin (Mission moderator), Betsy Barr, Steve and Brenda Stelle, Alan Rice, Claire Zuhosky, and Dave Dawson have been attending this meeting since Sunday.  Fore some stories, click here.

Orphan Children Trauma and Healing Center, South Sudan

Click here to read about a special opportunity to provide some simple Christmas gifts to children in South Sudan this December.

Kindle Collection

Is a new Kindle on your Christmas list this year?  Maybe you’re thinking of upgrading to a new Kindle Fire in the New Year.  If so, please don’t throw your older basic Kindle model away.  The Sudan Partnership Team is collecting kindles for our Christian brothers and sisters in the Sudan.  As Rev. Tut told us in a recent letter, “I am really enjoying my kindle. It is really helpful to us and it is applicable to our situation here where there is no electricity.”  The basic Kindle has a long battery life and can hold so many books.  This, combined with the fact that books are so scarce and costly in the Sudan, makes the Kindle an excellent way to help serve our pastors in the Sudan. Please note that we can only use basic Kindle models at this time (not the Kindle Fire because the Sudan has iffy internet connections).  If you or your church is interested in this project, please contact Brenda Stelle (724) 342-7447.
The Prespectives on the World Christian Movement course will be held at Westminster College

Please share information about this upcoming opportunity with your whole church family.  Especially:

-those who like to learn in your adult Sunday school classes and small groups

-savvy businessmen and women

-those who know the power of prayer

-college students and seniors in high school making career choices

-travelers who love culture

-school teachers who influence others

-those about to or recently retired

A different expert shares each week for 14 weeks covering biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives on how God has been, is now, and continues to be involved in the world.  Visit www.perspectives.org for more information and a list of the dates and instructors. The first session, Sunday, January 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, is free and open to the public with Rev. Jen Haddox of the World Mission Initiative sharing the first lesson.  Please feel free to use the poster (psp2013 poster 4) and bulletin insert (Psp bulletin 2013 d).

Scholarship funds are available from the Presbytery Office for the Perspectives course.  You must contact the Presbytery Office after you register for Perspectives in order to receive the $100 scholarship.

Hold the Date ! – Regional Workshop and Hymn Festival

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 9:30 AM, there will be a workshop and hymn festival to introduce the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God.  There will be 2 morning workshops, lunch, and a hymn festival.  Details will follow in future eLinks.

News From The Churches

Soupfest Benefit Dinner for Santana Reithmiller on December 8, 2012 from 4-8 PM

This event is being held to assist Santana’s husband, Brandon Riethmiller with funeral and medical bills.  Brandon is a member of Unity Presbyterian Church, and the couple were without insurance at the time of Santana’s fatal accident.  Lebanon Presbyterian Church is joining with Unity in this effort, and will hold their monthly music event in the Unity Pres. fellowship hall.  There will be multiple music groups who will provide country music in a coffee shop style atmosphere as those who attend mill about sampling a wide variety of soups.  Live Country music will begin at approximately 5:00 pm.  Henry Troyer, of Lebanon Pres. will be the MC for the evening.

We are asking that folks bring a soup bowl or mug and their own spoon.  The recommended donation is $5.00, which of course does not limit those who wish to make a special gift.  Unity Pres. is located at 1857 Mercer-West Middlesex Rd., Mercer, PA, 16137.  Contact Rev. Hunt at 724-854-8022, if you wish to make a donation of a crockpot of soup or other donations as appropriate.

Organist/Eventual Choir Director Wanted

Shenango Presbyterian Church is looking for an organist who would eventually lead their choir.  This is a part-time position.  They are seeking a faithful musician who is excited about music and singing and church.  Please contact Amy Na at 724-654-2322.

Song/Accompaniment Books Wanted

The Music Department of Center Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock is looking for any of the Avery and Marsh song books and especially the accompaniment book.  They would be willing to purchase if anyone wishes to sell or donate them.  Please contact Eleanor Gregg at emgregg@verizon.net.

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