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This Week:

September 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock, NW
September 17- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
September 18- 1:00 PM Volunteer Training, Presbytery Office
September 22- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Mt. Hermon PC, New CastleWatch for a special eLink tomorrow with meeting information.
September 27- 5:00 PM CRE Gathering, Dotty Mariner’s home
September 28-October 2 – Presbytery Yard Sale during regular business hours.  All donations will go towards purchasing new resources.  Books, videos, equipment, office supplies, and more!


Seeking Volunteers

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 davehoye@zoominternet.net or 724-475-2021 or Alice Sacherich at mathmomretired@comcast.net or 724-652-1376.


EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching this month at Hadley and Kennard (Sep 20), and Word Centered Fellowship (Sep 27).  He will be gathering with other EPs in the Synod at Camp Krislund (Sep 28-29).  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.


Call for Resources

We have a new system for cataloging and lending resources in the Resource Center.  In going through the books and videos, we are noticing that there are a lot of resources that have been “out” for quite some time.  We need to physically scan all items into the new system.  While there is no “deadline” to return resources (other than equipment), we are asking everyone to take a look around for resources that you may have forgotten to return to the office.  Thanks for your cooperation!  (If you checked something out during the month of August, it’s already part of the new system and does not need to be returned until you are done with it.)


Calling All Pastors Who Like to Sing

I would like to form a Pastor’s Choir to sing at our next Presbytery meeting on September 22nd at Mt. Hermon.  Please come to Unity Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 20th at 4 PM to practice.  You are invited to stay for a Potluck meal that Unity is providing before their Evensong gathering that evening.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at parrisma@yahoo.com or 724-699-1862.  Thank you, Marsha Parrish

Singers Needed for Celebration Choir — Celebrate Sudan meeting — Sunday evening, October 4th

The Choir will practice on 5:30 p.m. PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM AT EAST MAIN PRESBYTERIAN…….Music will be provided….(No robes.)  ALL who enjoy singing are invited to come and be a part……


“You Said Yes, Now What…” Volunteer Training for a Sustainable Children & Youth Ministry

Attention all youth and children’s ministry volunteers! Join others on Saturday, September 19, 9-4pm, @ Beulah Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Crestfield Camp and Pittsburgh Presbytery, this training event will be invaluable for all volunteers and will include practical tips and workshops! Visithttp://www.crestfield.net/VolunteerTraining.html to register or for more information. Cost is $25/person or $100 for a group of 5 or more from your church. If you have any additional questions, contact Andrea Hall (andreabhall@gmail.com), moderator of Shenango’s CE Committee.


McClure Lectures in World Mission and Evangelism

The annual McClure Lectures will be held Sept. 21-22 and feature Graham Cray, honorary bishop of the Diocese of York and former leader of Fresh Expressions in the UK, who will address “Authentic Church – Contextual Church.” Schedule: Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. Chapel / 4:00 p.m. “Gospel, Culture and Church Planting: Insights from the Fresh Expressions Initiative” / 7:30 p.m. “The Church Rediscovered Through Mission: Characteristics of a Mission-Shaped Church” / Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. Chapel. Additionally, the World Mission Initiative dinner will be held Sept. 21 at 6:00 p.m. and cost is $15 per person.  The details are available at http://www.pts.edu/McClure_2015.  The lectures are free and open to the public. The McClure Lectures kick off our Missionpalooza which also includes Members of God’s Household and the Teacher Training Workshop.

Pneuma Open House at PTS

Do you know anyone being led by the Spirit to consider the ministry of Spiritual Direction and/or Spiritual Leadership?  You or they are invited to our Pneuma Open HouseCome & See on Oct. 3rd  at PTSeminary 9:30 am – noon.   Come and see what the Pneuma Program is all about, meet alums and current participants in the program, learn about the content and format of the Intensives and practicums.

Investigating and Exploring Spiritual Connection in Daily Life with Dr. Lynn Underwood.

(Oct. 29, 7-9 pm and Oct. 30, 8:30 – 12:30 pm).  Attached is a full brochure.  The price is very reasonable. CE’s available for multiple professions.  Co-sponsored by Pneuma Institute, Chatham University, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute.  Register Online at:  www.ppi-online.org/event/Lynn-Underwood    This will be very helpful for learning possible ways to engage folks about different ways of describing or talking about spiritual experiences.  Also Underwood has a great research instrument that can be used in multiple professions for research as well as for practical applications.  See Brochure for more details.

News from the Churches

Part-Time Youth Leader

New Wilmington Presbyterian Church in New Wilmington, PA, has an immediate opening for a part-time Youth Leader for the junior and senior high youth programs (7-12 grade). The primary focus will be to minister to youth by providing leadership, administration, and nurturing. The Youth Leader will be expected to be on site at least two days a week, including Sunday and another week day or evening, depending on what programs are planned.  Refer to the church website at www.nwpresby.org for the complete job description.  Interested candidates may send a cover letter, resume and the contact information of three references no later than September 11th to the Personnel Committee at 229 South Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142.


Fall Fest

The members of Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church are having their 22nd annual Fall Fest at the church on Saturday, September 19 from 9 AM to 2 PM.  There will be a crafts bake sale and yard sale tables available.  A lunch counter will be selling homemade chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles) and vegetable soup, sandwiches, pie, cake and beverages.  Tables are available by calling 724-758-6785.


Mission Dinner

Shenango Presbyterian Church invites you to a MISSION DINNER set for Wednesday, September 23rd at 6 PM!  We’ll share supper (please bring a dish to share) and photos and experiences from Italy and Harlem!  All dinner settings and drinks will be provided.  Call with your reservation: 724-654-2322.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraise and Free Senior Health Fair

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church (220 E. Clen Moore Blvd. New Castle, PA).   Dinner Benefits the Missions Fund and will be served 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  Adults $8.00, Children ages 5 – 10 $4.00, Children under 5 FREE, Family w/children $20.00.  FREE Health Fair will be held from 4pm – 7pm.  Join us for refreshments, informational booths, free health-related assessments, and giveaways.  Co-sponsored by:  LIFE Lawrence County and Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church

Director of Music

North Sewickley Presbyterian Church of Ellwood City, PA is searching for a Director of Music. Ability to blend traditional and contemporary expressions of music.  Consult with Pastor regarding worship selections and work with our accompanist.  Ability to create and oversee different musical groups.  Primary responsibility is Sunday Worship and Music Practice one or more nights per week and occasional holiday services.  If you are interested please submit a resume and cover letter to nspc@zoominternet.net .


Job Opening

The Presbyterian Church of West Middlesex (ECO) has a job opening for the church custodial position.  This person will be responsible for keeping the inside of our building clean and maintained and also some minor exterior upkeep.  The employee will be accountable to the Pastor as Head of Staff and work closely with the Trustee mobilizer in the performance of his or her responsibilities.  The position currently averages 20-30 hours per week and the pay is on a per hour basis.  The start date is projected to be in late September.  A full job description with list of duties is available from the church office at 724-528-3662 or lauld@wmpresby.org.  Resumes are being accepted through September 25, 2015.

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

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