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This week:

October 13-14 Sudan Mission Network Gathering, Louisville, KY
October 17- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
October 18 PW Fall Gathering, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church
October 20-21 Pastor Retreat, Villa Maria Conference Center
October 21- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
October 22- 9:00 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office


Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, is preaching at Highland (Oct 19), and Enon (Oct 26).  He is meeting with the ordained leadership of the Scotch Hill and Millbrook churches (Oct 28).  In November, Ralph will be traveling with TE Rich Kinney (Highland) on a 16 day official visit to Cairo, Egypt (participating in a PCUSA delegation led by Rev. Hunter Farrell) and Sudan (visiting with our Sudan partnership leaders).  Stay tuned for more about that trip in the coming weeks.  Ralph welcomes opportunities to preach or bring greetings during a worship service, as well as opportunities to visit Session and Deacon meetings.   Schedule a Sunday or a meeting time by contacting him at 724-528-1610 or ralph@shenango.org.

Resources for Caregivers

Helpful information and handouts from the Resource Center for Caregivers from The Association of Christian Educators prepared by Rosemary Banta, a Life Achievement Award Winner and presented at the 2011 APCE event are available here: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f1091badc1c8a3f7a42ceac12/files/Caring_Conversation_Handouts.pdf.

Fresh Expressions Vision Day at PTS

Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world.  Learn more about Fresh Expressions and the Mission-Shaped Church on November 14 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  Registration is $35 per person at www.freshexpressionsus.org or www.pts.edu.

Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Tull – Upcoming Guest Speaker at Westminster College

Dr. Tull, the A.B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, will be participating in Vespers Worship on Sunday, October 19th at 7:00 PM in Wallace Chapel, Chapel Worship on Monday, October 20th at 11:40 AM in Wallace Chapel, and will be presenting “Inhabiting Eden: Christians, The Bible, and the Ecological Crisis” with a Q&A on Monday, October 20th at 7:00 PM in Witherspoon Lakeview.

New Movie Experience

Presbyterian World Mission encourages congregations to see the upcoming movie “The Good Lie”, which focuses on the “Lost Boys” who were orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan beginning in 1983.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.  The movie opened in most theaters nationwide on October 3rd.  For movie resources, go to www.thegoodlieresources.com.  If you decide to host a discussion group to talk about the movie, World Mission will supply mission co-workers, who have lived in the Sudan, to speak to your audience.

Easy Opportunity to Hear PCUSA Peacemaker and Sudanese Guest Share Their Thoughts

Watch this video from Westminster College of an Open Door Reflection on Monday, October 6, 2014 in Wallace Memorial Chapel with Moses Mkandawire, PC(USA) Peacemaker from Malawi and Rev. Madut Ngor from South Sudan.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qif6JiXl6IQ

News from the Churches

New Series at Northminster

Experience contemporary and ancient worship with a new sermon series, The Blood Covenant, starting in October at Northminster Presbyterian Church, (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  The series will take place on Thursday evenings, October 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 7:00 PM.  It is open to the community and childcare is available.

Soup and Pie at Bessemer

Bring your favorite bowl from home (any size) and fill it up for only $5.00 at Bessemer Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 18th at 7:00 PM.  Bread, crackers, beverages, and refills (and bowls for those that forget) will be provided.  Choose from Chicken Noodle, Chili, Ham and Bean, or Vegetable.  Stay for dessert with a “Surprise Inside Pie Auction”.  All pies will be homemade!

Magic-Agers Luncheon

All seniors are invited to attend Unity Presbyterian Church for their Magic-Agers luncheon on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM.  Bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert to share and enjoy lots of good food and a program.  Good food and good fellowship too!

Spaghetti Dinner

Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM at Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church, New Castle.  Adults $9.00, Ages 5-10 $4.00, Family $20.00.  Proceeds to benefit missions.  Take-Outs Available!

Rummage Sale

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer will have a Fall Rummage Sale on Friday, October 24 from 8 AM – 4 PM and Saturday, October 25 from 8 AM – NOON.  Saturday is 1/2 off day with clothing $1/bag.

Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church will be holding a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, November 1st to benefit the church’s General Fund.  Eat in from 5-7 PM or take out will be available.  Call the church office for tickets at 724-667-7255.

Music Director Wanted

Coolspring Presbyterian Church is looking for a Music Director responsible for 1 Sunday service and Choir.  Piano and/or organ experience.  This is a paid position.  Please call 724-475-3712 and leave a message with your contact information if interested.

Executive Director/Affiliate Manager Wanted

Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a 30 hour per week Executive Director/Affiliate Manager.  The responsibilities are to maintain the Christian spiritual basis of Habitat for Humanity by promoting the mission of HfH in the community, coordinate and direct the activities of the affiliate, oversee fundraising, and actively lead the staff and volunteers to achieve the goals set by the board of directors.  Submit resumes to LCHfH, 138 West Washington Street, New Castle, PA  16101

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

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