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This Week:

March 11- 5:30 PM Budget & Finance Committee, Presbytery Office
March 12- 12:00 PM MCS Committee, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church
1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
March 16- 9:00 AM PW CT Meeting, Presbytery Office
10:30 AM Nominating Committee, Shenango Presbyterian Church

March 17- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Presbytery Office

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be teaching adult Sunday School at New Wilmington (March 8) and at First Sharon (March 15).  He will be leading a Sunday evening Lenten devotion at Ebenezer (March 8) and, with Rev. Rich Kinney (Highland), presenting stories and pictures from their Egypt/Sudan visit, at New Wilmington church (March 15 — rescheduled because of weather last month).  He will be attending the spring Synod of the Trinity meeting at State College (Mar 23-24) and giving a lecture on Christian vocation at Montreat College (March 30).  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.

 

Ride-Share Wanted

Robbie Arnold is looking to ride-share to the PTS program, “Journey Within, Journey Without” on March 17.  Is there anyone that she might ride with, sharing the cost of gas?  Contact Robbie at 724-983-0194 (Hermitage).

 

World Christian Discipleship

The World Christian Discipleship program is receiving applications for 2015-16.  WCD, a program of World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is a nine-month immersion in missional formation for young adult Christians.  Participants are formed spiritually as they engage in the church’s rich heritage through reading, prayer and regular fellowship with one another (a rule of life for the 21st century), while participating in ministry in the local church and mission to the world.  Evann Wildhack, recent Westminster College graduate and member of the New Wilmington church, is a graduate of the WCD program.  Contact Rev. Tom Ribar for more information.

 

World Christian Pilgrimages

World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Seminary

In October 2015, WMI is offering two opportunities for travel:

– South East Asia – This October 15-27 journey led by Don Dawson will continue to build on WMI’s long-standing relationship (12 years and 19 visits) with an Unreached People Group in SE Asia.  Participants will meet with and encourage leaders of the Christian movement among this People Group, and share with and learn from our brothers and sisters.

– Armenia – In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, join World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Seminary on a 10-day journey to a beautiful, ancient Christian homeland October 8-19, 2015. Enjoy worship, warm hospitality, and discussions with all three ecumenical church partners – Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical.  You will be immersed in the faith-based community development projects of the Jinishian Memorial Program in this post-Soviet republic.  Eliza Minasyan, Executive Director and Cara Taylor of JMP will be the leaders.  Seehttp://www.worldmissioninitiative.org/index.php/trips/fall for details.

 

News From The PC(USA)

The Young Adult Volunteer program is on its way to tripling its size. With sites in 6 countries around the world and 12 sites in the United States, young adults are committed to a year of service while living in intentional community and engaging in vocational discernment. Up to a third of the alums go on to seminary.  Read more here.

 

Looking For Donations For The Dominican Republic

25 persons, most from Shenango churches, will make the annual ministry visit to Sabaneta de Yasica, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.  At least three Shenango churches have shared in a partnership with a Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana congregation in that community.  The IED was founded by American Presbyterians, Methodists, and Moravians.  To support the ongoing ministry of the Sabaneta congregation, we are looking for donations for the following items:

– working video projectors, new or used

– new or gentle used baseballs and gloves

– pencils, paper, crayons and general school supplies

– new or gentle used liturgical stoles for a female pastor

– a gently used communion set (trays for small cups and plate(s) for bread)

Items can be dropped off at the presbytery office by April 13, 2015, or contact the office if you need someone to pick up some items.

 

The World Christian Discipleship program is receiving applications for 2015-16

– www.wcdpittsburgh.com.  WCD, a program of World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, is a nine-month immersion in missional formation for young adult Christians.  Participants are formed spiritually as they engage in the church’s rich heritage through reading, prayer and regular fellowship with one another (a rule of life for the 21st century), while participating in ministry in the local church and mission to the world.  Contact Rev. Tom Ribar – tbribar@gmail.com.

 

Westminster College Office of Faith and Spirituality Chapel Drama will present the musical “Leap of Faith” on Friday, March 20th at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 22nd at 6:00 PM in Wallace Memorial Chapel.  The musical is free and open to the public.  A free will offering will be received at the intermission in support of the show and Campus Ministry programming.

 

Westminster College Office of Faith and Spirituality extends an invitation to the community to attend our Palm Sunday Vespers on Sunday, March 29th at 7:00 PM in Wallace Memorial Chapel.   The service will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion, Rev. Jim Mohr, College Chaplain will be preaching “In the Crowd, Waving”, and music will be provided by the Second Chance Praise Team and the Westminster Women’s Chorus.

 

Making a Wake: Integrating Faith, Life, and Work as We Follow Christ

Join Christopher Brown, Co-Pastor of The Upper Room Presbyterian Church and Vera White, Associate of 1001 Worshipping Communities on March 17th from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM in the Knox Room, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for a time of learning and reflecting on the example of Celtic saints and its meaning for us today.  For more information, visit http://www.pts.edu/JIJO_2015.

2015 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry

Engaging, reflective, and theologically substantive, the 2015 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry will focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in youth ministry.  The Brothers of Taize will lead worship in Princeton University Chapel, and an exciting cast of leaders will give lectures and offer classes.  Renew your energy for ministry as you create vocational friendships, stretch your imagination, and give Sabbath to your soul.  Learn more and register at http://www.iym.ptsem.edu.

 

News from the Churches

Love & Respect Event

How many of you want a better marriage?  How many of you yearn for a more complete understanding of your spouse?  Love & Respect is a revolutionary view of marriage based off of Ephesians 5:33 “Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”  Join Northminster Presbyterian Church (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle) on March 12th at 6:15 PM for an opportunity to walk away with a better understanding of your spouse, better communication skills, and a better grasp of what the Bible teaches about marriage.  Childcare available.  Questions, call 724-658-9051.

 

FREE Resources

Debbie Derrenbacher, Director of Discipleship at First, Sharon, has a whole box of curriculum and resource books for children’s ministries for free.  If interested, please contact Debbie at 724-981-2211 ext. 5 or dcm@1stpcs.org.

 

Indoor Yard Sale

The Presbyterian Women of Unity Church, 1857 Mercer W. Middlesex Rd., Mercer, PA are holding an “Indoor Yard Sale” on Friday, March 13 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday, March 14, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Lunch will be available.  Proceeds go to missions.  If you wish to donate unwanted items for the sale, PW is at the church on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  Any questions?  Contact Mary Alice Marsh at 724-662-2491.

 

Creamed Chicken and Biscuits Dinner at Bessemer PC

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, the Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer) will be holding a Creamed Chicken and Biscuits Dinner to benefit the Church’s General Fund.  Adults $9.00, Children 9-12 $5.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Eat In or Take Out available.  Call the church office for tickets at 724-667-7255.

Secretary Wanted

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer is searching for a new Church Secretary/Financial Secretary for 25 hours each week.  The position will open as of June 1st.  Please call Rev. Bill Crooks at 724-662-2680 for more information.

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.

 

Organist/Choir Director

Shenango Presbyterian Church is looking for an organist/choir director.  This is a paid position.  Please contact Amy Na at the church office at 724-654-2322.  Come and worship with us!

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