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Cancelled: Remaining Programs at Camp Lambec

The Board of Directors of the Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwest Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) has serious issues at Camp Lambec. Effective Saturday, July 16th at noon, Camp Lambec is closed and all remaining programs for this summer are cancelled. The following programs will be affected by the closure: Family Camps A, B, C, and Owl Patrol.

This action is necessary because our interim camps manager received a “field order” from the PA Department of Environmental Protection notifying us of the presence of cryptosporidium in the water. Cryptosporidium is a common parasite that could cause stomach illness; the elderly and very young are more susceptible. We do not feel that we can safely operate under these conditions.

This decision was arrived at after prayerful discernment and examination of possible alternatives. Again, we feel that this is the safest and most feasible way to proceed. It is our intention to evaluate the requirements of the DEP and the needs of the camp and focus our attention on correcting the problems during the off season.  We covet your prayers during this difficult and challenging time.

In Christ,

Rev. Randall K. Clow
Volunteer Board Member and Vice President of Camp Lambec Ministries CAPNWP


Summertime Worship

Like many congregations in our presbytery, Unity Presbyterian Church recently held worship outdoors in the beautify of God’s good creation.  Pictured here are Ray and Jane Bartholomew and pastor Jim Moose leading worship.

 Unity summer 1


Fifth Annual Hearts & Minds Summer Lecture

Hearts & Minds, an independent bookstore in Dallastown PA, will once again host a public lecture in Pittsburgh, this year hosting religious scholar, social justice activist, and author Lisa Sharon Harper on July 26th at 7:00 pm. The fifth annual Hearts & Minds Pittsburgh Summer Lecture will be held at the Sewall Center at Robert Morris University and is free and open to the public.  The title of the lecture is “The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right.”  It will be drawn from her recently released, highly-acclaimed book about how Biblically-based Christian spirituality can and should motivate people of faith to care about social  justice, racial reconciliation, and other contemporary issues, The Very Good Gospel: However Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right (Waterbrook/Random House; 2016.) After the lecture there will be a reception with the author, light refreshments and an opportunity for book signing.  Ms Harper is a nationally-known, well-respected Christian leader, who serves as the Church Liason for Sojourners, an ecumenical, faith-based social justice ministry and magazine in Washington DC.  This public lecture is free and open to the public and is underwritten by the Hearts & Minds Bookstore, Dallastown, PA.


Caregiver Support Program for Lawrence County Congregations

Jameson Hospice of Lawrence County will host “Help for the Helpers: Developing a Roadmap for Caregiving” on Thursday, July 21 from Noon to 4:00 PM at the Jameson Rehabilitation Center (3410 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Learn about community resources that are available to assist you with caregiving needs.  Anyone in a Lawrence County congregation who provides care to loved ones – be it elderly parents, a child or family member with special needs, a spouse who has suffered an injury, or someone with a life-limiting illness – is invited to attend.  Register by calling 724-652-8847 by July 14th.


Cooking With a Mission

You are invited to join a five-week course in gastronomic delights starting Monday, September 19th and running each Monday through October 17th from 5;30 – 8:30 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer.  This hands-on class will feature a full array of menu items and tasting each evening led by instructor, local chef Mark Arnold.  The cost of $200 per person will go to support the mission work sponsored by Shenango Presbytery, and it is hoped we will that a “guest chef” or two from among the missionaries our presbytery supports.  Class size is limited, so contact the Presbytery office for a registration form.  Questions, call Don Stanley at 724-308-7251.


Register for the Fall Pastor Retreat

Reading Poetry for Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Leadership, October 3-4, 2016 at Villa Maria Conference Center with Dr. Richard Haney (Executive Director of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship).  Click here to register: https://shenango.org/committees-groups/pastor-retreat-registration/



New Wilmington Mission Conference

July 23-30, 2016 on the campus of Westminster College – register now! http://nwmcmission.org/nwmc-2016/register-now.  Join scholars, missionaries, and people with a heart for mission from around the world for one week in New Wilmington for worship, learning, service, and more.  There is nothing else like NWMC…you won’t want to miss it!

Click here for a list of speakers: http://nwmcmission.org/nwmc-2016/2016-speakers-worship

Click here to get the schedule for the week:  http://nwmcmission.org/about-us/daily-schedule

Click here to download a bulletin insert.  NWMC Bulletin Insert 2016

Click here to download a press release about NWMC.  NWMC 2016 Press Release

Note: Office Staff will be attending portions of NWMC.  If we aren’t at the office when you stop by, come join us on campus! 


Join Shenango Presbytery at a reception for missionaries supported by our congregations

New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 24th from 4:30-6:30 PM.  Come and hear what God is doing in:

  • Egypt – Steve & Cinda Gorman
  • Ethiopia – Brenda & Steve Stelle, Michael & Rachel Weller
  • Niger – Michael & Rachel Ludwig
  • South Sudan – Nancy McGaughey, Shelvis & Nancy Smith-Mather, Lynn & Sharon Kandel

Child care is provided.  Please RSVP to wlgwin@att.net for child care.


There will also be a reception at Judy Veon’s home (331 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington) on Thursday, July 28th from 5 – 6:30 PM.  Join us for pizza and salad with the missionaries and Jan Dus (Diaconia).


Children’s Water Toys Needed

New Wilmington Mission Conference is trying to set up activities for young kids during the afternoons of the conference.  We are looking for some water toys for young kids (ages 5 and under) to be set up for some simple family fun.  We have a small blow up slide into a pool, a baby pool, and a water table already, but would welcome duplicates or any additional loaners for the project.  Please contact Rev. Beth Creekpaum of the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church at 724-977-3013 or theotherrevcreekpaum@gmail.com if you have anything that would fit this category.  Many thanks!


Pillows Needed

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is in need of gently used standard-sized pillows for out of town and international guests.  If you have some pillows that you would like to donate to NWMC, please bring them to the conference office in New Wilmington Presbyterian Church or contact the office at office@nwmcmission.org as soon as possible.


Industrial Fans

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is hoping to borrow some large but portable industrial fans for use in cooling off some of the larger meeting spaces that are not otherwise air conditioned.  If you or your congregation has one or more they could borrow for the week of July 23-30, please contact their office at office@nwmcmission.orgor 724-946-9770.


News From the Churches


Small baby grand – as is – free for hauling…Calvin Presbyterian Church, 615 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, PA.   Call 724-758-4258 Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM.



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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