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Presbytery Survey of Elders Launched

All ruling elders (active and inactive) as well as all teaching elders and commissioned ruling elders are asked to NOW complete the survey at this link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/shenangopresbyterysurvey

You can also access the online survey by clicking on the small red button that reads “Take the Elder Survey” on our homepage, http://www.shenango.org.  Please alert all ruling elders that NOW is the time to complete the survey.  The survey will end at midnight on April 30.

Letters with details have been mailed to pastors and clerks of session.  They are also available on the Presbytery webpage under Special Committee to Monitor Denominational Issues.

You can also see them here:

Dominican Republic Visit This Week

27 folks from Clen-Moore, New Wilmington and First, Sharon are on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic this week, sharing in medical, construction, sports, and educational ministries with members of the Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana in the village of Sabaneta de Yasica.  Please remember them in your prayers this week.   Keep up with their activities via the partnership blog: http://sabanetadeyasica.blogspot.com.

Practical, Hands-on Projects for Teachers of Children

Do you want practical ideas on how to welcome the children you are teaching into the Bible story?  Are you looking for creative ideas on how to do Sunday School projects based on a Biblical theme, from beginning to end?  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 6-7:30PM 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 or TeriLPerry@comcast.net.

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.

A Book Study Lunch Group Being Formed:
“The Juvenilization of American Christianity” by Thomas E. Bergler is a book that deals with research of youth in church & culture throughout the 20th century and how these findings have impacted the faith of today’s adults in the American church current.  It deals more with past trends & current implications, less with present trends & future implications, while giving practical advice for both youth workers and pastors.  Rev. Jim Mohr will be facilitating the group.  Weekly meetings will be  Wednesday’s over lunch in New Wilmington starting the first week of May.  Duration of the group will depend on the amount we agree to read each week (5-8 weeks).  Contact Aaron Christy at Clen-Moore P.C. with interest or via email: dyfmclenmoore@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Camp Lambec & Westminster Highlands Work Days

  • Westminster Highlands -May 4th, 9:30-2:30PM, lunch provided by CAPNWP
  • Camp Lambec – May 11th, 9:30-2:30PM, lunch provided by CAPNWP

Summer Staff Opportunities – Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands

Seeking male and female staff, 18+ years old or older. CAPNWP will pay for lifeguard certification, provides CPR/First Aid certification training and extensive training before camp starts.  7-8 week seasonal employment from late June through August 3 includes salary, room and board. Great leadership experience, lots of opportunities to grown in mind, body and spirit sharing in the camps’ faith community. Some college students can receive in-service credit hours. CAPNWP staff can help with that documentation. Summer staff job description and application is available on the CAPNWP website:  http://www.capnwp.org/37/Seasonal.html.  Scroll down the page for the downloadable forms. Our call the CAPNWP office (724) 738-0058

Summer Camp at Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands

Lots of great opportunities for a fun, meaningful week of summer camp for children, youth and families at both sites. New recreation options, new activities and a great summer curriculum. Some camperships are available based on need. Bring a friend and both you and your friend receive a discount. Children, youth and families who register for summer camp before April 30 receive an early registration discount. Summer camp brochure, schedule and online registration available at http://www.capnwp.org/17/Summer+Camps.html  or call the CAPNWP office 724-738-0058 for a brochure or for help with any questions.

Volunteer Opportunities
We have summer volunteer options available at both Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands: weekly volunteer directors, volunteer counselors or support staff – all work with our Resident Director at each site. More information available at http://www.capnwp.org/37/Seasonal.html
Scroll down for the downloadable Volunteer Application. Call the CAPNWP office if you have any questions or need assistance 724-738-0058

Seasonal Food Service Employment – Camp Lambec
We are seeking a food service manager for Camp Lambec. Duties include planning and preparing meals Sunday dinner – Saturday breakfast. CAPNWP provides training and orientation. This is a really fun way to be a part of our summer camp program. Position includes salary. We can provide housing on site if needed. This can be annual, seasonal employment for the right person. If you know of someone or can refer someone please contact Scott Henderson at the CAPNWP office: scott.henderson@capnwp.org or 724-738-0058. A Summer Staff application form can be downloaded at http://www.capnwp.org/37/Seasonal.html

Highlands Rocks Family Festival
Highlands Rocks Family Festival will be held at Westminster Highlands June 1st, noon-8pm. No fee at the gate. Lots of games and activities, cornhole tournament, horse shoe tournament, Highlands Amazing Race for 2-3 person teams, swimming pool open, zip line open, hayrides, prizes and several bands and musicians will play throughout the afternoon and evening. Look for information on the CAPNWP website and coming via mail and email to each church.  Highlands Rocks Family Festival is an outreach to families throughout our region. Any proceeds are reinvested in facility improvements at Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands. We are seeking event sponsors, prize sponsors, vendors and volunteers. Visit http://www.highlandsrocks.org/ for forms and information or call the CAPNWP office 724-738-0058

News From The Churches

Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer, PA) will be hosting a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, April 27,  2013 from 5-7PM.  Adults: $9.00, Children 6-12: $4.00, Children 5&under: FREE.  Take-outs will be available!  Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the church office: 724-667-7255.  Limited number of tickets will be sold at the door!  All proceeds will benefit the Bessemer Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

Real Men United for Faith & Fellowship

will be having a Men’s Day on Saturday, April 20th to raise money for a Boys & Girls Group Home in Farrell.  The theme of the event is “giving God the whole man: mind, body, & spirit”.  There will be classes of Saturday, worship on Sunday, and the men will also cook and serve breakfast to the women of the church on Sunday morning.  For more information, contact Rev. Angel DeLaCruz at 724-308-6502 or ezekiel3_99@gmail.com.

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.

Excess Choir Music

Tower Presbyterian Church has quite a bit of choral music that they are looking to get rid of.  If you are interested in taking a look, contact Rev. Jerry Deck at jerryldeck@gmail.com.

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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