eLink News – EXTRA!

The Presbytery Office will be closed tomorrow, February 5th, due to the predicted winter storm.  Staff can still be reached via email.  In addition, the Christian Education Committee meeting scheduled for 1:00 PM tomorrow, has been postponed until next week, February 12th.

Upcoming Events:

February 6- 10:00 AM EP Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
February 7 at 5:30 PM(through noon on the 8th)- EP Recommendations Retreat for Council, Presbytery Future Committee, and EP Nominating Committee, Grove City College

Praises

  • Sean and Andrea Brubaker (Student Pastor at Calvin) welcomed a new daughter yesterday.

You Are Invited

As you may be aware, effective March 1, 2014, Dave will retire as Executive Presbyter of Shenango Presbytery. Surely, his over-20-years of ministry, service and leadership are greatly appreciated by us all.

To recognize Dave and Joan’s great contributions, the Presbytery Council is planning a celebration for Friday, February 28, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. We will meet in the Witherspoon Rooms, on the third floor of the McKelvey Center of Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA (Dave is a Westminster alum) for dinner and a program.

The dinner will be catered by the Food Service of Westminster College, and will include a buffet of Chicken Sorrento, Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions, House Salad, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Coffee, Tea, or Water, and concluding, of course, with pie. The cost is $25.00 per person (make checks out to “Shenango Presbytery”).

Please respond to the Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA 16143 or 724-528-1610) by Monday, February 10, with your intention to be present. We ask that all payments be made by that date, as well, so that the Food Service can be good stewards of the food being prepared.

The program will feature reflections by some who have known or worked with Dave and Joan along the way, as well as a few surprises, all of which we are sure you will appreciate.

We hope that you will be able to join us to thank Dave and Joan for their faithful friendship and encouragement over the years.

Sincerely,

The Dawson Retirement Planning Committee

P.S. Please share this invitation with anyone to whom you think it should be extended.

Annual Reports

The deadline to complete GA Online Statistical Reports is February 19th at midnight…approximately 16% of our churches have completed their reports at this point.  Check the box in the lower right-hand corner of our homepage http://www.shenango.org for more information on annual reports.

Income Tax Information from the Board of Pensions

The Board’s web resources for the current tax season, Tax Tips for Members and Churches – Tax Year 2013, is available now at Board University at https://pensions.adobeconnect.com/_a701962636/taxtips2013.  Other links are also found there.

Ingrid Reneau Serving in Ghana

Ingrid Reneau left yesterday for her new location of missionary service in Ghana.  She will arrive this afternoon our time.  Ingrid will serve with her husband Andrew Walls at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute http://www.acighana.org/site/  They will both be back in Shenango Presbytery this summer for the New Wilmington Mission Conference.

South Sudan Missionaries to Visit in April

Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, missionaries working in the South Sudan, will be visiting Shenango Presbytery with baby Jordan for the first time April 5-10.  You can learn about them here http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionconnections/smith-mather-shelvis-nancy/  They were interviewed about their work in Sudan on CNN last week http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/24/americans-plead-for-south-sudan/?iref=allsearch

CAPNWP Updates

  • The 2014 Summer Schedules, Camp Brochures, and Registration forms are online for Westminster Highlands and Camp Lambec athttp://www.capnwp.org/17/Summer+Camps.html.  Online registration will be available in February.
  • Find out about Summer Staff opportunities at Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands at http://www.capnwp.org/37/Seasonal.html
  • Find out about Summer Volunteer opportunties at the camps athttp://www.capnwp.org/6/Volunteer.html
  • Calling Camp Pastors – spend a week at Camp Lambec or Westminster Highlands this summer!  Lead evening vespers, sharing experiences and shepherding youth and families.  Call or email the CAPNWP office to discuss this opportunity, check available dates, and with any of your questions…724-738-0058 or office@capnwp.org.

Open Door Worship at Westminster College

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Wallace Memorial Chapel, Westminster College.  Guest speaker will be BJ Woodworth, the lead pastor of the Open Door, a six-year-old PCUSA church plant in Pittsburgh’s East End.  He serves the community by being a visionary guide, worship choreographer, mission equipper, community catalyst, and prophetic poet.  He is also the abbot of World Christian Discipleship (WCD) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  WCD is a year-long missionally contemplative communal experience in spiritual and vocational formation for young adults.  Music will be provided by the Second Chance Praise Team and the Westminster College Chamber Singers.

Former Steeler at Westminster College

Former Pittsburgh Steeler and current KDKA TV Color Analyst, Edmund C. Nelson will be speaking on Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 PM in the Wallace Memorial Chapel, Westminster College.  He will share his faith journey and his stories from his time playing football.  Mr. Nelson was a coveted Guy Toph Award winner, and a Cliff Hare Award winner.  He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1982 in the 7th round and played professional football for the next seven years, also playing for the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns.

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