July 18-25 – New Wilmington Mission Conference, Westminster College Campus
EP Activity This Month
During the New Wilmington Mission Conference (July 18-25), Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins will be hosting two pastors from the Iglesia Evangelica Dominicana (in the Dominican Republic) who will be Conference participants. He will be attending the PCUSA Big Tent Conference in Knoxville, TN (July 29-31). Ralph welcomes opportunities to preach or bring greetings during a worship service, as well as opportunities to visit Session or Deacon meetings. Schedule a fall 2015 Sunday or meeting time by contacting him at 724-528-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shenango Presbytery is seeking several volunteers to assist the staff at the Presbytery office in answering the phone and re-shelving resource materials. This way there will always be at least 2 people in the building. The shifts needed are 9 to noon or noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays (four shifts per week are available for choosing) and the number of times per month will be flexible. Volunteers will begin serving in September. Orientation will be provided. If interested contact Dave Hoye at email@example.com or 724-475-2021 or Alice Sacherich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-652-1376.
Shenango is proud to be hosting two pastors from the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana for the New Wilmington Mission Conference. Revs. Nelson Rodriguez and Sairy Marte will participate in the Conference, bring greetings from our IED partners, and preach in two of our Shenango congregations. On July 26, Nelson will preach at Hillside in Greenville and Sairy will preach at North Liberty, Grove City. Want to meet them? Come to Shenango’s NWMC reception on Sunday, July 19, 5pm, in the Social Hall of the New Wilmington church. There you can meet our Dominican guests as well as many other mission co-workers supported by our churches. Persons from at least four of our congregations have participated in a 20-year partnership with an IED on the northern coast of the island.
300th Anniversary of Our Synod
The Synod of the Trinity, which includes Shenango Presbytery, is gearing up to celebrate its 300th anniversary. Mike Givler, with the Synod, writes, “Because the history of our churches is what makes up the history of the Synod, we’re looking for people who have a passion for history to help us gather information and help us celebrate. I have been in touch with all of our presbyteries looking for volunteers to assist us in this project and I have received a few names. If you or someone you know would be interested in helping out, let me know. And please spread the word that we are looking for volunteers. After all, it’s the people in the pews who helped shape what the Synod of the Trinity is today.” Interested in history and willing to help? Contact our EP Ralph in the presbytery office: email@example.com or 724-528-1610
The Lebanon and Jamestown congregations have found the commitments and the resources of the Fellowship Community (formerly “Fellowship of Presbyterians”) to be an asset in our present denominational environment. Both churches have joined this movement; likely other Shenango churches will as well. I will be attending the National Gathering in August and would glad for other Shenango leaders to come along. Check out their website and reach out to pastors Augie Hurst (Lebanon) or Don Stanely (Jamestown), or to me, for more information. — Ralph
The Bible in 90 Days
The presbytery’s Christian Education and Evangelism Committees are encouraging churches in the presbytery to participate in the Bible in 90 Days this fall. This whole-church challenge is designed like the ultimate book club—everyone in the church reads the Bible, cover to cover, in just 12 pages a day. Each week, small groups gather to discuss the week’s readings. The weekly sermons are also focused on the readings. This challenge has the potential to be a transformative moment for our churches as our people read God’s word and take on a meaningful challenge together. Read more here!
Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity 3rd Annual Golf Outing
Saturday, September 5th at the Pine Grove Golf Course (38 Fairway Drive, Grove City, PA). Shotgun Scramble, 8 AM start. Pre-register by August 28th for Early Bird registration fees. 100% of the proceeds will stay in our community and go into our next home. Contact Chad Fette for more information at 724-301-2125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is There a Language In Which Faith And Science Can Speak To Each Other?
Image‘s editors decided to devote most of their newest issue to fiction, poetry, essays, and art that explore the intersection between faith and science, with special attention to evolution. For a limited time, you can download digital editions of Image issue 85 for FREE. (Or purchase hard copies here.) They have also created two FREE study guides designed to stimulate great conversations and help readers delve more deeply into the questions raised by this special issue of Image. One is tailored to church small groups, the other for the undergraduate classroom. Download the guides here: Issue 85 Study Guide for Churches Issue 85 Study Guide for the Undergraduate Classroom
News from the Churches
Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church has a copier available. It was purchased in 2007 for $2800. It is still in good working order; our needs have just surpassed its abilities. It is a Ricoh 2020D with 4 paper trays and bypass tray and a fax machine. It comes with 2 cartridges of toner. We are asking $400 or best offer.
Clown Ministry Props Available
Northminster Presbyterian Church’s Clown Ministry is no longer functioning. They have make-up, props, manuals, etc. to donate to any church interested in starting this rewarding ministry. Contact Northminster at 724-724-658-9051. Training in the program is available.
Director of Music Ministries
Local Presbyterian Church is seeking a Music Director to provide part-time musical leadership for worship services, including the adult and youth choirs, bell choir, leading congregational singing, and providing a schedule for and managing special music during summer months. The individual we seek must have strong personal Christian commitment. Interested applicants should send resume in confidence to: Personnel Committee, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle, PA 16105. Resumes/applications must be received no later than July 30, 2015, for consideration.
A position has opened at Christ Presbyterian Church for a part-time Church Secretary. Interested parties may mail their resume to: Christ Presbyterian Church, 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117, Attn: Personnel Committee.