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As we right-size our presbytery for 6200 members in 47 congregations, Shenango is conducting a fundraising campaign to sustain our ministry of visioning, training, and supporting our congregations for the next 5-10 years.  We are reaching out to pastors, sessions, congregations, and friends of our presbytery for their support above and beyond the Per Capita offerings.  Rev. Andrew Jillson (Northminster) and Elder Gary Barr (Bessemer) are co-chairing our campaign efforts.

Please take a few minutes and visit the Campaign page on our website to learn how you and your congregation can help.


Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship – DEADLINE THIS WEEK!

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.


 Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.


Chaplain’s Seminar

A 2017 training seminar for fire and police chaplains, clergy, mental health professionals, and emergency responders will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 5 & 6 in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.  When a large or long-term traumatic incident takes place in your community, how will you provide and coordinate efforts to provide spiritual and emotional care to so many people?  This year, we’ll help you answer that question as we offer the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s “Strategic Response to Crisis.”  We’ll have a great class with a great teacher.  We’re in a new location this year and class size is limited, so we need you to register soon.  And if you send in your registration form and check by or before April 7th, you’ll get a $25 discount!  For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/z4vrp95www.Tinyurl.com/Chap2017, or the “Chaplains” tab at www.StPaulsHermitage.org.


New Wilmington Mission Conference

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held on the campus of Westminster College every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related and youth-focused.

About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Come for the week and stay on campus or just drive over for the day! Info available on the website.

Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.


FREE Concert Event

First Presbyterian Church of Franklin presents Connect2Christ Spring Jam 2017 with Audio Adrenaline and Hunter Cook on Saturday, April 29th at the Franklin High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 4:30 PM.  Concert at 6:00 PM.  This is a free concert event.  All ages welcome.  We ask that you remember the hungry and donate at least one canned food item which will benefit Youth Alternatives of Venango County.  For more information, check out: http://www.franklinpresbyyouth.org.


New Smith Book

Rev. Gary Smith and his wife Jane have recently published a book, Suffer the Children: How We Can Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children.  All royalties from the book go to organizations working to help poor children.  The book is available on Amazon, and was featured in USA Today in an article by Gary.  The Smiths also host a website that serves as a clearinghouse for information about children and poverty: http://www.sufferthechildrenbook.org/


News From the Churches

Yard Sale

Presbyterian Women of Unity Presbyterian Church are holding an Indoor Yard Sale in Fellowship Hall , 1857 Mercer W Middlesex Rd, Rt 318, Mercer PA 16137 Phone 724-346-9501, on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 8:00a.m.  to 3:00p.m. and Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.  Come early for the best selection.  Proceeds benefit Local, national and international missions.


Holy Week Prayer Room

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon will have a prayer room again during Holy week available on Maundy Thursday, April 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Good Friday, April 14 from 10: 00 a.m. to 12 noon. They will have a food labyrinth (a labyrinth outlined with food) and Stations of the Cross set up in the gym with quiet music and candle light for reflection. This is free of charge and will be open to the public at those times. They are doing a food drive during Lent. If you would like to participate in that, you can bring your non perishable cans or boxes of food to the church Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and put them by the cross in the sanctuary on second floor.

If you have any questions please contact Debbie Derrenbacher  or call the church office 724.981.2211.


Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017


Ink Available

Clen-Moore Church has replaced several printers and they have extra ink that they no longer need.  If you can use any of the following, please contact the church at 724-654-6657.

  • HP60 Black
  • HP60 Black XL Tri-Color
  • HP901 Black
  • HP901 XL Black
  • HP Laser Jet
    • 131A Magenta
    • 131A Cyan
    • 131A Yellow (2)
    • 131A Black


Hymnbooks Available

Wampum Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (the blue cover) available to any church that is interested.  Almost brand new.  Call the church at 724-535-4473.


Baptismal Font Available

Northminster Church has a nice, large, white Baptismal font with a carved top available to any church that is interested.  Call the church office at 724-658-9051.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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