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This Week:

December 10- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
December 11- 1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington PC

EP Activity this Month
Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching this month at Slippery Rock church (Dec 7) and Third New Castle (Dec 14).  He will participate in the commission to ordain candidate James Benson, member of the Highland church (Dec 14).  Ralph welcomes opportunities to preach and/or bring greetings during a worship service, as well as opportunities to visit Session and Deacon meetings.   Schedule a Sunday or a meeting time in 2015 by contacting him at 724-528-1610 or ralph@shenango.org.
Stated Clerk Updates
Major items from the December 2 stated meeting at Hillside church:
– Approved reductions to the presbytery’s overall committee structure, eliminating 3 committees and reducing the membership of 5 committees
– Approved 2015 Per Capita and Mission and Ministry budgets
– Approved presbytery portion of the 2015 per capita offering rate of $28.06 (total 2015 per capita: $37.33 per member)
– Agreed with 6 out of 7 Book of Order amendments proposed by the 2014 PCUSA General Assembly
– Disagreed (18 for – 49 against) with Amendment 14F, a proposed change to the Book of Order definition of Christian marriage
– Dismissed First Presbyterian Church, Greenville to ECO: Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
– Recognized the honorable retirement of Rev. Rick Vogeley
– Elected three new members to the Christian Education committee
– Heard a report from Teaching Elders Rich Kinney and Ralph Hawkins on their recent visit to Egypt and Sudan

Per Capita

Last evening Presbytery passed the 2015 Per Capita Budget.  Letters detailing the amounts will be going out shortly to pastors, clerks, and treasurers.  For those of you working on your budget now, here is the breakdown: GA- $7.07, Synod- $2.20, Presbytery- $28.06….Total: $37.33.

Mission Giving Deadline

The deadline for the Presbytery Office to receive mission moneys for the 2014 calendar year is coming soon.  Monies must be postmarked by Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Christmas Vespers at Westminster College

On Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM Westminster College invites you to attend “Wonder, Wonders, and Wandering” in Orr Auditorium.  With music by the Westminster Combined Choirs, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Westminster & New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Handbell Choirs, Flute Choir, and Gospel Choir, the evening’s offering supports the Campus Ministry and Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Work Trips to Georgetown, DE and Georgetown, SC.  Following the service will be a punch and cookie reception.

News from the Churches

Blue Christmas Service

Recognizing that Christmas is not so merry for those who have suffered loss, the Jamestown Presbyterian Church is offering a “Blue Christmas” service of healing and hope, Sunday, December 14, at 7:00 PM in their sanctuary.  All are invited.

You’re Invited

A reminder to interested persons to make reservations for the musical drama “Open Hearts in Bethlehem,” to be staged at TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Mercer at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 and at 2:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14.   Information is available, and reservations may be made at the church web site:  http://trinitypc.wix.com/mercer and click on “Play Reservations”.  Admission is a free-will donation for Missions. Author Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey will sign books and answer questions at a reception following each 50-minute production.  The church is accessible for all people.

Holiday Bake Sale

Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare at S. Market Street in New Wilmington on Thursday and Friday, December 4th and 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM.  All proceeds support Shenango SeniorCare Benevolence Fund.

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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