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This Week:

November 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock 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 Sewickley 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.


News From the Churches

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.


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!


You’re Invited to…

The Boar’s Head Festival, a celebration in music and pageantry of the birth of Christ at Christ Presbyterian Church (325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City) on Saturday, November 26th at 7 PM, Saturday, December 3rd at 5 & 7 PM, or Sunday, December 4th at 5 & 7 PM.  Call 724-758-4563 for your FREE tickets.


Messiah Concert

The Shenango Valley Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Barr, will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s MESSIAH on Sunday afternoon, November 20th, at 2:30 PM in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 600 East State Street, Sharon.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Begin your Christmas celebration with the reason for the season: the coming of our Savior, Christ the Lord, as it is proclaimed in the beauty of Handel’s music.


Part Time Organist/Music Director Wanted

First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls is looking for a part time Organist/Music Director.  For more information, click here.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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