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This Week:

May 19- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
May 25- 10:00 AM Budget & Finance, Presbytery Office


 EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be visiting the Amity and Sandy Lake churches (May 22).  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.


Ordination Lunch

May 30th is Pam Maloney’s 45th year of ordination.  Glenn Hink is planning a lunch for her at the Avalon Country Club at Buhl Park for Tuesday, 5/31 at 12 Noon.  All pastors and CREs are invited (Dutch Treat).  Anyone interested should contact Rev. Hink at pastor@1stpcs.org or 724-981-2211 (ext. 2) by May 27th.


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.


Lawrence County Pastors:

You’re invited to the Clergy Appreciation Reception hosted by UPMC Jameson on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM in the UPMC Jameson Cafeteria Dining Room #2 (1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle).  RSVP by May 25th to Debbie Neurohr at 724-656-6116 or dneurohr@jamesonhealth.org.  Featured presentation: UPMC Jameson Stronger Than Ever.


Hospice Foundation of America’s 23rd Annual Living With Grief Program

Managing Conflict/Finding Meaning Supporting Families at Life’s End will be presented by Jameson Hospice of Lawrence County on Thursday, June 9th from Noon to 3 PM at the Jameson Rehabilitation Building (3410 Wilmington Rd., New Castle).  The program is FREE (except for Continuing Education units), and includes snacks and a panel discussion.  To register, contact Marsha Parrish at 724-652-8847, ext. 6426.


News From the Churches

Memorial Service

Mt. Hermon Union Cemetery Association will hold its Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, May 29th at 7:00 PM.  John L. Haight, officer of Air Force One, the President’s Airplane, will present a program on his experiences at Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church (3116 Frew Mill Road, NC).  Refreshments will follow.  Pastor Marsha Parrish cordially invites everyone to hear this exciting and inspirational program.


22nd Annual Used Book Sale

Third Presbyterian Church in New Castle (1315 E. Washington Street) will hold its annual Used Book Sale on Thursday, June 2nd from 10 AM – 6 PM, Friday, June 3rd from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday, June 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  (Donations of used books, puzzles, DVDs, and CDs will be accepted through May 27th.)  Benefits mission projects.


 Matsiko World Orphan’s Choir Concert

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon will host the Matsiko World Orphan’s Choir on Sunday evening, June 12th at 7:00 PM.  This is a 20-voice singing, dancing, and musical choir of children 9-17 years old from around the world.  There is no cost.  A free will offering will be taken.  Everyone is welcome.


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 emailadmin@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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