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Our presbytery sympathies are extended to Rev. Paul Votaw, member of our presbytery serving Westfield ECO Presbyterian Church.  Paul’s mother died on July 19 and services were held in Illinois on July 23.


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


New Castle Neighbors

Youth from our Clen-Moore and First New Castle churches combined forces with dozens of other youth from churches all around Lawrence County last week for “City Serve 2016” — three days of community service doing cleanup and repair for neighbors in need in New Castle.  The event was sponsored by Lawrence County Youth Ministries, directed by Brett Householder of First New Castle.

 City Serve 2016  City Serve 2016 2

City Serve 2016 3


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

There will 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).


News From the Churches


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.


Cookie Sale


Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare will hold a fund-raiser bake sale on Friday, August 5th from 9 AM – 3 PM again this year to assist with the SeniorCare Fund, previously known as the benevolent fund, for our residents.   Donations of cookies are welcome and can be dropped off at SPSC the day before the sale in disposable containers suitable for display.

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

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