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  • Dr. Ken Bailey had surgery today in Pittsburgh.  His wife Mickey is dealing with many health issues, and (adult) daughter Sarah, currently home with them in New Wilmington, must also have surgery this week.
  • Rev. Bud Green continues his stay at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, undergoing rehab for issues related to his spine and nervous system.  His son Jordan, meanwhile, just graduated from Army boot camp.
  • Please pray for the spouses of several of our pastors, who are dealing with health issues on several fronts.

Pastor Retreats

TE Bob McCreight offers a meditation on scripture during the closing worship service of our Fall 2014 Pastor Retreat.  Dr. Kenneth Bailey was, for the fourth time over the years, the retreat presenter, offering an introduction to the topic of his forthcoming book: “The Good Shepherd: A Thousand Year Journey from Psalm 23 to the New Testament.”  These retreats represent a long-standing commitment of the presbytery to provide semi-annual spaces for our Teaching Elders and Commissioned Ruling Elders to worship, learn, and fellowship together.  The Villa Maria Retreat Center, in western Lawrence County, provides the space for our gatherings.  Pictured is their beautiful Magnificat Chapel – a space for worship much beloved by many of our pastors.

2014 Fall Pastor Retreat






PW Gathering

The Presbyterian Women of Shenango Presbytery enjoy a gathering of fellowship before morning worship at the recent Fall PW Gathering at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church north of Grove City.  The spring PW gathering will be April 18, 2015.  Watch for more details about “God’s Girls”!

PW Fall Gathering 2014







Register NOW for a FREE Christian Education Dinner and Conversation

Please join the Presbytery’s Christian Education Committee for Educational Ministry in a New Season: Effective Tools for a Time of Change led by Andrea Hall, certified Christian Educator.  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM (conveniently held immediately prior to the presbytery meeting) at Hillside Presbyterian Church, 2 N. High Street, Greenville, PA.  Dinner catered by Carini’s Restaurant.  ALL are welcome to attend.  Reservations required for dinner by November 21.  Register online or by emailing Andrea Hall at andreabhall@gmail.com.  Every season comes with its own unique set of challenges, but every season is also beautiful – provided that you are prepared for it!  Join us as we prepare for this new (and beautiful!) season of ministry that we are facing.

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.

Young Presbyterian Scholarship

Westminster College has a 4-year PCUSA Young Presbyterian Scholarship of $74,000 ($18,500 per year) for qualified students in PCUSA churches…however, the qualified students must be nominated by their church (pastor, youth director, session).  To read more about this scholarship, click here (page also includes a link to the nomination form).

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.

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!

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.

Word Centered Fellowship’s Helps Project

will be at the MCAR Arts & Craft Show on Sunday, November 2 at 9:00 AM (850 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA) selling Walking Tacos & French Fries for $2, Pop & Water $1, Melted Cheese $.50.

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.

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

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