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News from the Presbytery Office

This Week: 

October 1- 6:00 PM Christian Educators Gathering, The Tavern in New Wilmington
October 4- 2:00 PM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
October 6- World Communion Sunday
5:15 Celebration Choir Rehearsal for Celebrate Sudan Event, East Main
7:00 PM Celebrate Sudan Event, East Main

Web Updates on Hold

During a software transition, and new site creation, there will be no updates or additions made to the Presbytery website.  The new site should be up sometime in mid-to-late October.  All new information, such as the Presbytery Docket, Pastor Retreat registration form, etc. will be made available on eLink until the new site is up and running.

2014 Per Capita

The 2014 Per Capita budget was approved at last week’s Presbytery meeting.  The amounts are as follows; GA $7.02, Synod $2.20, and Presbytery $23.08.  Letters have been prepared using the reported membership figures from December 31, 2012, and were mailed to church pastors, clerks, and treasurers last week.

Minimum Salary for 2014

Presbytery has approved a minimum salary of $47,660 (+2%) for pastors in 2014.  For more information and details please contact the Presbytery Office.

2014 Terms of Call Worksheets

The Terms of Call mailing is going out this week.  If you would like to use the EXCEL spreadsheet, you can find the file here: TOC 2014.  Instructions are included in the mailing, but you can also view them here: Change In Terms of Call instructions 2013.  If you would like to see a sample form with the minimum terms of call, you can view it here: TOC 2014 Minimum.  Terms of Call worksheets are due to the Presbytery Office by January 31, 2014, so that figures can be compiled for the April Presbytery packet.

Register for the Fall Pastor Retreat!  Deadline is FRIDAY!

It’s time to register for the Fall Pastor Retreat on October 21-22 with George R. Hunsberger of Western Theological Seminary.  Registrations are due by October 4th (the Villa needs the food count ASAP)!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uv-i2nQ8gOMoGHbvRUtySUsC_gTZDnoZNJhLR4WqxjY/viewform

Commissioned Ruling Elder Training Course Begins in January

The next training program for Commissioned Ruling Elders begins at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in January, 2014.  Call 412-924-1346 for information.  Bob Loch jrloch@ysu.edu or Ralph Hawkins ralph@nwpresby.org can also provide information.

Sudanese Visitor

The Rev. Thomas Tut from South Sudan will be visiting our presbytery from Sunday, Sept. 21st through the presbytery meeting on Tuesday,Sept 23rd, and then again from Thursday, October 3rd – Tuesday October 9th. Here are some of the events already scheduled  where people can be with Thomas:

  •  Saturday, October 5th, 7:30AM – Men’s breakfast at New Wilmington Church (RSVP)
  •  Sunday October 6th, 11AM – Worship at Highland Presbyterian Church
  •  Sunday October 6th, 7PM– Celebrate Sudan event at East Main Church in Grove City
  •  Monday, October 7th, 7PM, – Gathering at Dave and Joan Dawson’s in New Wilm.
  •  Tuesday, October 8th, 9-11AM – Pastor’s event at North Liberty Presbyterian Church
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 6 PM – Junior/Senior High Dinner at New Wilmington Church (RSVP to 724-946-3541)  Youth from all of our churches are invited!

If anyone would like to schedule and event with Thomas in a church or home, please contact Jim Leuenberger at 724-813-1295, orpastor.northliberty@gmail.com .

Celebrate Sudan Event

The 4th Annual Celebrate Sudan event will be held at 7PM at East Main Presbyterian Church on the evening of World Communion Sunday, October 6th.  Our guest speaker at this year’s event will be Rev. Thomas Tut, a key leader in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church.  As usual, we are asking churches to take up a Celebrate Sudan offering during their World Communion Sunday services that morning, or on another Sunday if that proves more feasable. (Pastors and clerks, please remember that your sessions will need to authorize this offering at your September or October meetings.)  This year’s offering will go to support Rev Tut’s very vital prison ministry in South Sudan and other important ministries in both the Sudan and South Sudan.  We hope many Shenango Presbyterians will join us on October 6th for joyous worship, inspiring words from Rev. Tut, and great Sudanese food as we celebrate our partnership with Sudanese Presbyterians.

Celebration Choir for Celebrate Sudan Event

Calling all who like to sing to join in the Celebration Choir to sing for the Sudan Celebration, which will be Sunday, October 6th at East Main Church in Grove City.   There will be 2 rehearsals…..the first will be Sunday evening, September 29th at 7 p.m. at the Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road, (Route 318).  The 2nd will be at 5:15 p.m. at East Main the evening of the Celebration Event.  Music will be provided — no robes needed.   The anthem is called: “An African Psalm” based on an African fold song.  Please share this information with your choir and musicians.  Thanks.

News From The Churches

176th Anniversary

An invitation is extended to anyone from the Shenango Presbytery who is intersted in coming to the 176th anniversary celebration of Scotch Hill Church.  There will be a time for reflection and memories, with refreshments following.  Date: October 13, 2013  Time: 7:00 PM  Place: Scotch Hill Church, 489 Centertown Road, Grove City, PA  16127  (Take 208 east from Grove City, the third crossroads is Centertown Road.  Turn left, the church is on the left…around 1 mi., give or take).

Director of Christian Education Wanted

Trinity Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time Director of Christian Education. Position will be negotiable in terms of hours and salary and will be under the immediate supervision of the pastor. This position will emphasize, but not be limited to, children’s/youth ministry. Trinity Presbyterian Church is an equal opportunity employer and does require references and background clearances. If interested, please send resume to the church at: 110 East Market Street, Mercer, Pa 16137

Youth Director Wanted

The Jamestown Presbyterian Church is searching for a Youth Director. Position description and application form are available at the church’s web-site (www.jamestownpresbyterian.org) under the “Youth Ministry” tab. Or you can call Don Stanley (724-932-2101) for more information.
Rummage Sale

Northminster Presbyterian Church will be holding their Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 5th from 9 AM – 2 PM.

On October 6th at 3PM Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church, Ellwood City, will have a Blessing of the Animals. Bring your favorite, friendly animal (dogs must be leashed and cats in a carrier) or stuffed animal to receive a blessing. We will meet outside (weather permitting) for a brief worship service and share refreshments (for people and pets) afterwards. All are invited.

Organ Available

A Branson 2-level keyboard organ with beat cutter is available to be donated to a church.  Please contact John Bartlett at 724-662-0310 ASAP if interested.

Published by shenangopresby

The Presbytery of Shenango serves 49 churches in Mercer and Lawrence Counties of western Pennsylvania.

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