July 1- 10:00 AM EP Transition Team, Presbytery Office
July 4- OFFICE CLOSED, Independence Day
July 7, 9, and 11 – Annual Audit – The Conference Room will not be available for meetings.
We have received word that Rev. John Wing Ackerman has passed away. Rev. Ackerman was the pastor at First Presbyterian Church of New Castle from 1972-1982.
Rev. Bill Stone and his wife Jennifer (Neshannock) have welcomed their first grandchild, Ewen.
A New Executive
Rev. Ralph W. Hawkins was installed as the new Executive Presbyter for Shenango Presbytery at last evening’s meeting. He was also elected to the position of Stated Clerk.
Pictured here are five of our six Shenango commissioners to the 221st General Assembly. From the left to right: Addie Domske (New Wilmington), Chris Weichman (Clen-Moore), Jim Latta (Faith), Frank Stratiff (Hillside), and Tom Wilson (Lebanon). Not pictured: Matt Pherson (Third, New Castle).
Read their summaries, along with a few other documents to help clarify what happened at GA last week.
Minister Information Form
It’s time to update the directories again! We are asking all minister to complete the Minister Information Form so that we can reflect the most accurate information possible in the upcoming directories. Forms are due to the Presbytery Office by August 1st! If you have no changes, or just a few updates, simply send an email to Autumn at firstname.lastname@example.org. New directories will be available at the September Presbytery Meeting.
Pulpit Supply Available
Bud Green is feeling great and would love the opportunity to preach for you this summer. Please contact Bud at email@example.com or 724-654-1513 (home) or 724-714-8645 (cell).
Christian Concert at the Lawrence County Fair
LATCOM is sponsoring a concert at the Lawrence County Fair on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 pm. The contemporary Christian band “Unspoken” will perform. Several of their songs are on KLove, and they’ve performed with several other very well-known bands. The tickets are very inexpensive ($15), and proceeds will benefit a camping ministry in Bolivia. Unspoken flier
The 2014 Northeast (PA) Wee Kirk Conference will take place on October 13-15 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mt. Pleasant, PA. If your church would like any brochures about the event, just stop by the Presbytery Office or call us and we’ll put a few in the mail for you.
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement will be coming to Grove City College on Tuesdays from September 9 – December 9 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Learn from a different Christian expert each week as they help you explore God’s kingdom from Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic perspectives. Get more details at www.perspectives.org or contact Pam Pope Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-748-3217 for more information.
CELEBRATE SUDAN 2014
On World Communion Sunday, Presbyterian churches in the environs of Shenango Presbytery will come together for the 5th year to celebrate and pray for our partnership with the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church and the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church. This event will take place on October 5th at East Main Presbyterian Church at 7PM.
As usual, we are asking churches to take up a special offering for Celebrate Sudan on World Communion Sunday, or another Sunday. Remember, session approval for this offering is needed.
This year the special offerings collected will be used to help the church in South Sudan provide assistance for South Sudanese refugees, and to assist the two schools in the north (Khartoum) which train church leaders, Nile Theological College and Gereif Bible School. Both schools face pressing needs, often finding it difficult to pay faculty on time and to provide scholarships that are much needed by their students.
News from the Churches
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Unity Presbyterian Church is having an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All are invited! No tickets necessary.
Office Chairs Needed
The New Wilmington Mission Conference Office is looking for 2 or 3 office chairs, if anyone is willing to make a donation please contact the NWMC office at 724-946-9770.
1st Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville is in need of an organist/accompanist to work with their music director in providing musical worship for services and possibly some extra events. Position opens at the end of summer. Please send inquiries to: Carol Scholl, Personnel Committee Chairperson, First Presbyterian Church, 603 Ridge Avenue, Sharpsville, PA 16150.
Hillside Presbyterian Church of Greenville is seeking applicants for a part-time secretary, with a starting date of 9/8/2014. The position would require the applicant to work four hours, M-F. Applicant should be proficient with computers and have communication and interpersonal skills, and secretarial experience is preferred, but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should send a resume to HillsidePersonnel@gmail.com.