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This Week:

November 2- 9:30 AM Steering Team, Presbytery Office
1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
November 8-
9:30 AM Council, Lebanon Presbyterian Church


EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching at the Oak Grove church (Nov 20) and speaking to the First New Castle congregation (Nov 20).  He will be leading officer and staff training at the St. Andrews—Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, North Carolina (Nov 11-13), where Rev. Bob Bardeen (formerly here in Shenango) is the Interim Pastor. He will also be attending our synod’s annual Committee on Ministry training in State College (Nov 17-18). 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 Don Stanley (Jamestown) has been approved for Honorable Retirement, effective this month.

– TE Nathan Loudon has been transferred to Beaver-Butler presbytery to begin a new call at North Swickley Presbyterian Church, south of Ellwood City.

– The Jamestown Presbyterian Church has been dismissed by the presbytery to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

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


Attention Pastors in the Board of Pensions Benefits Plan

Annual Enrollment now requires the action of ALL plan members – including pastors!  If you currently receive benefits from the Board of Pension, and want to continue to receive these benefits in 2017, you must select the benefits during Annual Enrollment.  Read more here.


Synod of the Trinity Gathering

The recent annual Synod of the Trinity gathering, pictured here, included our two Shenango commissioners:  Ruling Elder Kay Hilliard (Northminster) and Teaching Elder Matthew Camlin (New Wilmington).


Egyptian Partnership Featured

Shenango’s Egyptian Partnership in Mission has been featured in Synod News.  Click here to read more…

News From the Churches

You’re Invited

Bessemer Presbyterian Church invites you to a concert by The Tom Walker Family of New Castle, PA on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  A free will offering will be received!  Refreshments will follow!  The church is located at 29 North Main Street, Bessemer, PA.  For more information, please call the Church Office at 724-667-7255.


Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 North Main Street, Bessemer) will host a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, November 12th from 5-7 PM.  Proceeds will benefit the Church’s General Fund.  Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $5.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Eat in or take out available.  Call the church office for tickets: 724-667-7255.


The Arts @ First: Random Acts of Artists Pop Up Art Show, Sale & Share

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1 – 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St. Sharon, PA.  Bring the family to see local artists and their marvelous work! Great opportunity for early Christmas shopping! And some of the artists will be sharing their expertise through hands-on demonstrations.  Fall refreshments will be served.  This is a free event so come out and enjoy the day!

If you would like to know more about how to participate in the Random Acts of Artists, or more information about the show and sale, please call Debbie Derrenbacher 724/981-2211 x3 or Linda Clark at 330-534-5060.


A Special Invitation…

In these days of national chaos, we at Unity Presbyterian Church invite ALL to come on Sunday evening, November 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM to listen to a talk by Dr. James Bibza, Professor of Christian Thought at Grove City College, on the subject of “Being a Christian in the Age of Chaos”.  Refreshments will be served.  Please invite friends and family to this important meeting.  For more information, please call: 724-981-2377 or 724-346-9501 (leave a message).


Women’s Ministries @ First: EAT PAINT SIP

November 13, 12-3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 600 East State Street, Sharon, PA.  Enjoy a delicious lunch of hot soups, sandwich and delicious non-alcoholic drinks; then create a beautiful sunflower tile trivet using alcohol inks. You don’t have to be an artist to do this.  Cost: $20.00 for lunch and instruction/supply fee.  Limited class size.  Call Debbie Derrenbacher to reserve your spot in the class and lunch. 724/981-2211 ext. 3


Tis’ the Season of Giving…

Word Centered Presbyterian will be providing dinners on Thanksgiving!  There is no charge, just loving!  If you know of anyone that would be blessed by the love, PLEASE give us a call at 724-699-2344.  All we need is a name, address, and phone number!  If you are so moved, we’d appreciate some help in getting the meals to the people.  PLEASE call and let us know that we can count on you for about an hour of your day, again PLEASE call: 724-699-2344.  Also, we welcome food to aid in putting dishes together.  Baked/sliced turkeys would be a huge blessing!  In anticipation of your gift: THANK YOU, WE LOVE YOU AND YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!


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

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