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PCUSA General Assembly

The 222nd meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly convenes this Saturday, June 18, in Portland, Oregon.  The following persons have been elected by our presbytery to seek the mind of Jesus on matters before the church: Teaching Elder Don Stanley (Jamestown), Ruling Elder Don Christy (Faith), Young Adult Advisory Delegate Calvin Gealy (New Wilmington), and Theological Student Advisory Delegate Evan Wildhack (Pittsburgh Seminary).  Our EP and Stated Clerk Ralph Hawkins will be in attendance as well.  Please keep our commissioners and the whole Presbyterian communion in prayer these weeks.


Opening Worship

Make plans now to join in the June 18 opening worship of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) via the web.  Read more here.


EP Activity

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached for a joint service shared by Shenango, Third New Castle, and First New Castle churches (Jun 5), and will preach at Sandy Lake church (Jun 12).  He will be attending the PCUSA General Assembly in Portland, OR (Jun 18-25), supporting our four presbytery commissioners: Teaching Elder Don Stanley (Jamestown), Ruling Elder Don Christy (Faith), young adult delegate Calvin Gealy (New Wilmington), and theological student delegate Evan Wildhack (Pittsburgh Seminary). 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.


Planning Calendars

The planning calendar orders have arrived and can be picked up at the Presbytery office at your convenience.  Bills have been mailed to the churches, for those who had not already paid.  We have approximately 4 additional calendars available for individual sale at $9.50 each.


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.


Kandel Visit


In a year of major emphasis on our presbytery’s global mission connections, we are honored this month to welcome Lynn and Sharon Kandel, PCUSA mission co-workers in South Sudan, Africa.  The Kandels are doing important work on our behalf in a country that has been near to the heart of many of our congregations since its formation just a few years ago.  Here are several ways you can meet the Kandels and hear more about what God is doing in their midst:

– Monday, June 27, 6:30pm, ALL are invited to Moco Coffee House in Bessemer to hear the Kandels talk about their respective work

– Tuesday, June 28, 7am, MEN are invited to breakfast at Ryder’s Restaurant, Route 18 outside of New Wilmington, to hear Lynn talk about his ministry of construction and logistics across South Sudan

– Tuesday, 10am, WOMEN are invited to coffee at the Confluence Coffee House, downtown New Castle, to hear Sharon talk about her work in Christian Education with the church in South Sudan

– Tuesday, 6pm, ALL are invited to come early to our stated presbytery meeting at Clen-Moore church, New Castle, to meet and great Sharon and Lynn before they speak to the presbytery during our meeting

As one church member who knows the Kandels recently stated, “What I love about Sharon and Lynn is their testimony of God calling real people just like me to do missionary work abroad.”  Our presbytery is proud to host the Kandels this month.


Offering for the Kandels

There will be a special offering for the Kandels to be taken at the Presbytery meeting on June 28th at Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church.  Please talk the offering over with your Session and decide how you may want to participate.


 Bailey Books and Videos

Mickey Bailey has copies of Ken’s books and CDs at her apartment.  If you would be interested in purchasing any books or videos, please contact the Prebbytery office for Mrs. Bailey’s contact information.


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.


News From the Churches

Book Sale a Success

The Used Book Sale at Third, New Castle was a great success.  Thanks to everyone for their support!



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.


Platin Scala in Concert at First, Sharon

Platin Scala of Wenden Germany has been producing classical orchestral concerts and magnificent opera singers for twenty-five years.  Now American audiences have the unique opportunity to hear a rising star in the world of outstanding violinists.  Elias David Moncado is being introduced to American audiences as part of an exchange between Platin Scala of Wenden Germany and the New Castle Eintracht Maennerchor.  This 15-year-old violinist will perform at First Presbyterian Church of Sharon on July 19th at 7:00 PM.  Elias has been a featured performer with symphony orchestras in Berlin, Prague, Penang, Malaysia, Munich, and more!  He will be accompanied by his father Bernard Moncado, who is not only a gifted pianist but also a Conductor and the Chorus Master of the Opera at Theater Freiburg.  This is a great opportunity for young and old alike to experience truly a world class performer on the rise in a beautiful intimate setting.

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Published by shenangopresby

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

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