August 12 – 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
7:00 PM COM Area Chairs, Presbytery Office
August 13- 12:00 PM MCS Committee, New Wilmington PC
1:30 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington PC
EP Activity This Month
Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Faith church in Hermitage (Aug 9) and will preach for North Liberty in Grove City (Aug 16) and Christ church in Ellwood City (Aug 23). He helped host in Pittsburgh (Aug 5-8) the first meeting of a new Egypt mission network in the PCUSA, and will be participating in the national Fellowship Community gathering in San Diego (Aug 18-21) — as two of our congregations are members of the Fellowship Community. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stated Clerk Updates
– The presbytery notes with sadness the recent death of three Honorably Retired members: Rev. Malcolm Vandevort, Rev. Bill Hudson, and Rev. William Bovard. We thank God for their respective service to Christ’s church.
– TE Mark Frailey began his service to Coolspring church on August 9. Mark was previously a member of Lake Erie presbytery, serving two congregations the Conneaut Lake area.
– TE Grace Basham has accepted a call to serve two United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations in Mercer County, beginning September 1.
– Pastor Nominating Committees remain active at the New Wilmington, Bell Memorial, and Faith churches.
(TE = Teaching Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder)
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.
Na Teaches at Big Tent
Our own Rev. Dr. Kang Na (Westminster College) was the featured Bible study leader for the recent PC(USA) Big Tent conference, held on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Na focused his teaching on the familiar parables of Luke 15. He also looked snappy in his red bow-tie.
City Rescue Mission
After months of intensive review and evaluation, the City Rescue Mission in New Castle recently completed a certification process with the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). “By fulfilling the requirements of the certification program, the City Rescue Mission is demonstrating it’s commitment to accountability and to excellence in all its activities,” states Kevin A. Green, executive director and chief executive officer. Many of Shenango Presbytery’s churches support the City Rescue Mission through time and money.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
Outdoor Dance at Wurtemburg
Join Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church for an evening of music and dancing in their outdoor pavilion on Friday, August 14th from 7-9 PM. Located at 291 Wurtemburg Road, Ellwood City, the evening will feature music from the 1910’s to the 2000’s. Light snacks will be provided free of charge. A free-will donation will benefit the Ellwood City Carpenter’s Project.