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This Week:

April 10- 3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
April 12- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office

Presbytery Group Attending 1001 Worshipping Communities Conference

The Evangelism Committee and the “Right Here Right Now” group will be sending the following persons to a conference in Virginia April 10-12 on starting new worshipping communities in your neighborhood:  Angel and Charlene DeLaCruz, Jim Latta, Andrew Jillson, Miriam Gwin, Michael Spicuzza, Sam Marchetta, Steve and Tracie Mariner.

Dominican Republic Trip This Week

27 folks from Clen-Moore, New Wilmington and First, Sharon will be leaving on Friday for this annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  Please remember them in your prayers this week.

Sandy Lake, Stoneboro and Coolspring Elder Training

These three churches combined with 15 elders and their pastors for elder training together.  The LeaderFest workshop led by Ralph Hawkins was used for the discussion among the elders.

Communion Bread

Highland Church in new Castle has discovered that it is very much appreciated that they provide a gluten-free option when they serve communion.

Pray for Sudan from the Mission Yearbook This Week

Please remember our brothers and sisters in the Sudan and South Sudan this week when they are mentioned in the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  This link will connect you.  Please include prayers for these friends in your congregation’s Sunday worship.

Resource on Suicide Available

Russ Crabtree of Holy Cow Consulting has provided a resource that will help church leaders to address suicidal thinking.  If you are interested in the resource, or having Russ speak to your congregation please contact the Presbytery Office.

Board of Pensions Regional Benefits Conference

Attending the Regional Benefits Conference this year (April 17-18 in Philadelphia) will be Nathan Leslie, Adam Rodgers, Jerry Deck, and David Dawson.  There will be major changes in the Board’s medical plan next year.  These individuals will have up to date information on that development.

IF YOU ARE TEACHING CHILDREN

Come to “The Bus Stops Here: A Hands-On Approach for Driving the Children’s Ministry Bus” with Debbie Derrenbacher (Director of Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian, Sharon).  We’re gathering on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6-7:30 PM at First Presbyterian in New Castle.  A soup and sandwich dinner will be provided at no cost.  RSVP is requested, but not required, to Teri Perry at 724-652-7706 orTeriLPerry@comcast.net.

South Sudan Missionaries Visiting April 26th-30th

Jacob and Aliamma George, missionaries in South Sudan will be in Shenango at the end of this month.  You can meet them and get to know about their ministry at these events:  Saturday, April 27th – 9-11AM breakfast at Ryder’s Restaurant just outside of New Wilmington (RSVP); Sunday, April 28th – 11AM worship at Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage, 5 PM light supper, program to follow at 6 PM at 3rd Presbyterian Church in New Castle (RSVP); Tuesday, April 30th – 6:30 PM Presbytery meeting at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.  See this link for more information about the Georges visit and RSVP details.

Sudan Prayer Initiative

You are invited to join others in Shenango Presbytery in praying for Sudan and our Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ.  We are well aware of all of the problems in Sudan as well as the challenges of the new country of South Sudan. We wee the situation more clearly since our last Sudan travelers have returned and reported.  The Sudan Mission Network of Shenango Presbytery has organized a specific plan to pray for Sudan.  Please join us in this Initiative and we will send you a packet of what to pray for, and we will update you on a regular basis when specific needs for prayer are requested, either by email or regular mail.  We suggest you pray daily or weekly and join us when possible for a group prayer at a place and time to be announced on a quarterly basis.  Please contact Jim Leuenberger (pastor.northliberty@gmail.com) for questions or Betsy Barr (bbarr99_99@yahoo.com) to receive packet of information and prayer requests.

Continuing Education Opportunity

Summer workshops in emotional intelligence and human relations skills are available as follows: June 3-7, Claggett Center, Buckeystown, MD and June 24-28, Stony Point, NY.  Details are available from the Presbytery Office.

News From The Churches

Choir Director Wanted

Faith Presbyterian Church is still looking for a choir director.  If you are interested, or know of a musician who might be interested, please contact the church atoffice@faithpc.net or 724-962-4155.

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 singing and church.  Please contact Amy Na at 724-654-2322.

 Part-Time Administrative Assistant

The Presbyterian Church of West Middlesex is seeking a part-time administrative assistant (up to 24 hours per week).  This person will provide administrative and secretarial services to the pastor, ministry assistant, and other church staff.  A full job description and duties is available at the church office…724-528-3662 ormdaniels@wmpresby.org.

Mission Auction

Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church (3461 Sandy Lake New Lebanon Rd., Sandy Lake, PA) will host a Mission Auction on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  Door (and kitchen) open at 5 PM with the auction beginning at 6 PM.  Furniture, baked goods, services, gift baskets, and other items will be auctioned off.  The Mission team and their auctioneer, Chuck Mowry will host.  All proceeds will go to the mission trip to Native American Youth Ministries in Arizona in June.  Contact the church office with questions: 724-376-2630.

Annual Spring Flea Market

Saturday, April 20th at Northminster Presbyterian Church from 9 AM – 2 PM.  Household items, jewelry and books!  No clothes!

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