January 10- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
January 11- 8:30 AM LeaderFest, Westminster College
Survey for EP Search
Session members, Pastors, Ministers, and CREs received an email with a letter from Jim Mohr, moderator of Presbytery Council, with information on the survey to be completed by sessions giving their comments on the search for our next Executive Presbyter. Many session members received this email multiple times due to a server glitch. We’re sorry that our server has not served us well this week and that so many of you were inconvenienced by the volume of emails that were delivered. A second survey will be sent later this week to committees of Presbytery.
We’re Still Accepting Registrations for LeaderFest
LeaderFest is Saturday! While the Early Bird Deadline has passed, registrations are still being accepted at $20.00 each…please register ASAP by clicking on this link.
The GA online statistical program is located at http://oga.pcusa.org/stats. The system should be accessible to churches now. Clerks will use the same “user name” and “password” as they have used the past few years. Please note the the password should contain an “!” and is case-sensitive. The deadline for entering your statistical information is February 19, 2014 at midnight. If you have forgotten your user name and password, please call or email the Presbytery office.
Presbytery annual reports are available on the “Publications & Information” page of the Presbytery website. They are downloadable as WORD and EXCEL files and the completed forms can either be mailed to the office or emailed to Autumn at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for completing these forms is January 31, 2014. Several churches have not been able to complete their reports by the January deadline in the past, please note that in order for your deceased elders to be included in the special service at the February presbytery meeting, your Necrology form MUST be received at the office by February 14th!
We’re Still Seeking a Youth Advisory Delegate for GA
We are seeking a Youth Advisory Delegate to represent Shenango Presbytery at the 221st General Assembly…June 14-21, 2014 in Detroit, MI. Applications will be taken online this year, and interviews will be conducted ASAP.
Crisis in South Sudan
There has been a great deal of internal conflict in South Sudan over the past several weeks. Violence among soldiers in the capital city of Juba has spread terror there and into other parts of the country. More than 1,000 have been killed, many people have been displaced and humanitarian needs are pressing.
You can respond to this crisis through the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA). To send such a gift click here or send a check through the Presbytery office, marking “South Sudan Relief” in the memo portion.
This link from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, made before the recent outbreak of hostilities in Juba, will help you understand the situation. http://vimeo.com/82003944 Most important, please pray for the people of South Sudan, for our partners in SSPEC (South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church), and all others who are working to respond to this crisis.
Moving Forward Theological Task Force
On December 4, more than 25 Teaching Elders and CREs met at Shenango SeniorCare in New Wilmington to discuss the document: A DECLARATION OF FAITH FOR SHENANGO PRESBYTERY. This document was produced by a team of pastors and is intended to spark theological conversation about faith and ministry in our fluctuating church context. As we had hoped they would, a few informal groups of Teaching Elders and CREs around the presbytery are engaging the document on a regular basis. If you would like to a part of such a group, please contact Rev. Bill Crooks at email@example.com.
Going forward, we anticipate hosting another presbytery-wide lunch sometime before Easter. In that gathering, we will take a section of the document and open it up for group discussion. As great energy is being poured into EP succession plans and a search process, we believe it is also important for Teaching Elders and CREs to keep up their theological functioning. Stay tuned for more information on that gathering and other activities.
Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2014
Young Presbyterian Scholarship
Westminster College offers Presbyterian college applicants a substantial scholarship. Two per church can be accepted. Contact Care Ann LaSor firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Mohr email@example.com for details.