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This Week:

May 11- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
May 13- 9:00 AM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
May 16- 9:00 AM PW CT Meeting, Presbytery Office
1:00 PM Budget & Finance Committee, Presbytery Office
May 17- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
May 18- Annual Audit – The Conference Room will be unavailable for meetings.


 EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching at Hillside church for Pentecost (May 15) and will be visiting the Amity and Sandy Lake churches (May 22). He will be attending an annual EP training event May 2-6 in Seattle, Washington, and had attended the inauguration of Dr. David Esterline at Pittsburgh Seminary (May 9).  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.


Stated Clerk Updates

– TE Lisa Hickman will begin in June as part-time Director of Pastoral Care at First Sharon

– TE Anthony Kladitis will be installed as pastor of Faith church, Hermitage, by an elected commission of the presbytery on May 22, 3:30pm

– TE Joe Tagliaferre will be serving Ebenezer church part-time as pastor, while he also serves Camps Lambec and Westminster Highlands as Interim Director.  Joe will be transferred to Shenango from Kiskimenetas Presbytery.

– The following Teaching Elders have been transferred to other bodies: TE Douglas Hughes to Monmouth Presbytery; TE Robin Dill to Northern Plains Presbytery; TE Raylene Wilcox to ECO Presbytery of the West

– TE Jim Latta (MAL) and TE Stacie Pitts (Sharon Regional) were recently added to our Pulpit Supply List

– RE Tom Wilson’s commission to serve as a CRE at Lebanon was renewed

– TE Becky Branch-Trevathan’s contract as 3/4 time interim with Third, New Castle, was renewed

(TE = Teaching Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; RE = Ruling Elder)


 We’re Still Collecting Missionary Commitment Forms

In response to the generous financial offerings for missionary support collected throughout 2015 at our stated presbytery meetings, our Mission, Communication and Stewardship committee feels called in 2016 to the goal of 100% of our congregations in supporting a missionary in some way…so far we’re at 51%.  Please consider completing a Missionary Offering Commitment Form and send it to the presbytery office. If you need a form, contact the Presbytery Office.


Men’s Breakfast With Missionary Lynn Kandel

EP Ralph Hawkins is hosting a men’s breakfast on Tuesday, June 28, 7am, at Ryder’s Restaurant outside New Wilmington.  Lynn and his wife Sharon are are PCUSA missionaries serving in South Sudan, and Lynn does interesting and important construction and logistical work with our Presbyterian partners in that struggling nation.  If you care about ministry and are a hands-on kind of guy, join us for breakfast and learn more about the work being done of our behalf in Africa.  A $20 suggested donation buys breakfast, with the balance given as a donation to Lynn’s missionary funding through the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Looking For Help At Camps

Enjoying the warm weather and are gearing up for outdoor fun?  Consider helping Camp Lambec and Westminster Highlands get ready for the camping season.  Volunteers are needed to do all kinds of jobs and general clean up.  Volunteers (individuals and groups) can even stay over if they would like to enjoy a couple days of volunteering.  Please contact Joe Tagliaferre at campsmanager@capnwp.org or call 724-738-0058.


Register for NWMC!

Registration for the 111th annual New Wilmington Mission Conference is now open! The conference will be held July 23-30, 2016 on the campus of Westminster College. Come out and hear about what God is doing all over the world! This year’s Morning Meeting speakers are Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mathers, PC(USA) mission co-workers in South Sudan who are supported by Shenango Presbytery. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with folks from all over the world–right here in our own backyard! For more information or to register, visit www.nwmcmission.org or e-mailoffice@nwmcmission.org.


Meals on Wheels Fundraiser

Sharon Regional Hospice is sponsoring a fundraiser for Shenango Valley Meals on Wheels.  Come and eat Penn State Cravings ice cream for a good cause!  Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church (396 Buhl Blvd., Sharon).  Free will donations and all proceeds to benefit Meals on Wheels.  Co-sponsor is Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation.  Questions, please feel free to call Meals on Wheels (724-342-2042) (Monday-Friday 8 AM – 2 PM).


News From the Churches

Summer Ministry Help Needed

Calvin Church will begin its Summer Youth Ministry Program on June 20; it will conclude on August 12.  Children will enjoy free recreation, hot lunches, and gospel teaching Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We will be hiring a Ministry Coordinator and a Ministry Aide.  If you know of someone that God can use for this important ministry, please pass the word along.  Candidates do not have to be students, but it is important that they be able to relate their faith well to the children of the neighborhood.  We would consider a mature high school student for the Aide position.  These positions report directly to the Pastor.

The Summer Ministry Coordinator will work 20-25 hours per week.  The coordinator will be expected to demonstrate the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, organize and facilitate daily recreation, lead daily gospel talks, organize at least two outings/field trips, maintain a schedule for volunteers and work in cooperation with the Evangelism and Outreach Committee.  The salary for this position is $10/hour.

The Summer Ministry Aide will work 15 hours per week.  The aide will be expected to demonstrate the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, assist the Summer Ministry Coordinator and volunteers as needed, coordinate daily meals with the organization providing the food, and work in cooperation with the church’s Evangelism and Outreach Committee.  Pay for this position is $1,000 stipend.

Other responsibilities may be included to suit the needs or gifts of a particular applicant for each position.

Please call the church office at 724-758-4258 or email calvinch@verizon.net for applications.



Organist and/or pianist.  Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington, PA.  One Sunday service per week.  One choir rehearsal per week in season.  Pay commensurate with experience.  Reply to Neshannock Presbyterian Church at 724-946-2081 or email admin@neshpresby.org.

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

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