URGENT PRAYER REQUEST
Please continue to pray for Claire Zuhosky, mission coworker to Niger. She has stabilized but still requires medical treatment that will most likely need to happen here in the states. Claire’s ministry in Niger is supported by several Shenango congregations.
Year End Mission Giving Deadline
In order to receive credit for the calendar year ending December 31, 2016, all checks must be received or postmarked by Friday, January 6, 2017.
2017 Standard Mileage Rates
Beginning on January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car will be 53.5 cents per business mile driven. The rate for medical or moving purposes will be 17 cents per mile driven, and the rate for the service of charitable organizations will be 14 cents per mile. Read more on http://www.irs.gov.
Shenango Presbytery’s Annual LeaderFest – Earlybird Ends Today!
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:30 am-1:30 pm at Westminster College and New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. All leaders in the church are welcome to join us as we hear keynoter Byron Borger speak to us about “Seeking the Peace of the City (or Small Town): Living in Hope with God’s Heart for Western Pennsylvania”. Click here for more information, a link to online registration, and to download this year’s brochure and bulletin insert.
It’s time for Annual Reports again!
The GA online statistical program is located at http://oga.pcusa.org/stats. Clerks will use the same “user name” and “password” as they have used the past few years. Please note the the password should contain an “!” and is case-sensitive. The deadline for entering your statistical information is February 22, 2017 at midnight. If you have forgotten your user name and password, please call or email the Presbytery office. (Note: If you changed your password from what was assigned by the denomination, we will not have that new password.) There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” page available to help with most common questions.
Presbytery annual reports are available on the “Resources” page of the Presbytery website. They are downloadable as WORD and EXCEL files and the completed forms can either be mailed to the office or emailed to Autumn at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for completing these forms is January 31, 2017. Several churches have not been able to complete their reports by the January deadline in the past, please note that in order for your deceased elders to be included in the special service at the February presbytery meeting, your Necrology form MUST be received at the office by February 10th!
News From the Churches
No matter what the circumstances, grief recovery is a painful process. A GriefShare seminar/support group is being hosted and sponsored by Calvin Church. The program will be facilitated by Ginny Brest. The first session is scheduled for Sunday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the church parlor. The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks. Participants are encouraged to complete the 13-week program if possible. Calvin will cover the cost of the program because we understand how deeply grief and loss hurts people and families. This is a place where many people have found they can begin to put their lives back together again. The program is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to help them through the grief process. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this program, please contact Ginny Brest at 724-758-3838 or Calvin’s church office at 724-758-4258.