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EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching at Ebenezer church (July 16), and Mt. Jackson church (July 30).  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.


You’re invited to an OLD FASHIONED HYMN SING.
Wednesday night at 7pm at Shenango Presbyterian Church. Come and sing some of your favorites. Light refreshments will follow. All are welcome! Ingrid Reneau and Andrew Walls will be in attendance. Hope to see you there!


More Opportunities to Meet Ingrid and Andrew Walls

  • 10 am Sunday, July 9 at Highland Presbyterian Church worship, New Castle
  • 7 pm Tuesday, July 11 at MOCO Coffee House, 206 E. Poland Ave., Bessemer
  • 10 am Sunday, July 16 at Bessemer Presbyterian Church worship, Bessemer

Andrew and Ingrid Walls work from their home in Aberdeen, Scotland as well as Liverpool, England and Accra, Ghana to support and promote Christian scholarship in Africa.  They teach Christian leaders from 17 African nations theology, mission, culture, history, literature, language (especially Bible translation), the arts and music, nurturing Christian scholarship that will both serve Africa and contribute to the thinking and activity of the world Church.


Walls Discuss Africa

Recently Dave and Joan Dawson hosted in their home a good gathering of members from Shenango churches to hear from Andrew and Ingrid Walls, respected mission scholars and historians who have served in various capacities on the continent of Africa.  Discussion centered on the leading role of African churches in 21st century global Christianity.

Walls discuss Africa


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.


Mission Conference Reception

Our presbytery will host its third annual missionary reception during the New Wilmington Mission Conference.  The reception will be Sunday, July 23 at 5 PM in the Social Hall of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, and will include a light supper.  Join Shenango mission leaders, pastors, and friends as we interact with some of the missionaries supported by our congregations in the presbytery.  More details to come!


NWMC Service Project 2017 –Kits for Homeless People

Please take a look at the list below and see what you could help contribute for this year’s NWMC service project.  Items can be dropped off at registration in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church basement or brought to Evening Meeting on Saturday, July 22nd.

  • Mini toiletry items (hotel dispersed) such as shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
  • New Wash Cloths (the thinner the better)
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Razor
  • Comb
  • Chap Stick
  • Kleenex packets
  • Mini tablet and pen
  • Quart size zip-lock bags
  • Sandwich size zip-lock bags
  • Individual serving pre-packaged cheese crackers, animal crackers, and cookies
  • Healthy snacks such as granola bars
  • Large bags of mini Tootsie Rolls
  • Large bags of bulk Raisins
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • NEW Men’s T-shirts: sizes Medium, Large, X-Large
  • NEW Men’s Underwear: sizes Medium, Large, X-Large
  • NEW Men’s Socks
  • Slightly-Used Baseball Caps
  • Slightly-Used or New: Backpacks, Duffle Bags, Reusable Shopping Tote Bags


Planning Ahead: Honoring Your Loved Ones Wishes

A Jameson Hospice of Lawrence County Caregiver Support Program with Guest Speaker, Attorney Jeffrey Banner.  Come and learn about advance care planning, including living wills, power of attorneys, estate planning, and more.  Thursday, July 20th from NOON to 3 PM at UPMC Jameson, 1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle (North Campus Cafeteria, private dining room 2).  Light refreshments will be served.  Call to register: 724-652-8847 by July 13th.  FREE event.


News From the Churches

Robes and Bibles Available

Shenango Presbyterian Church joyfully and willingly offers two styles of choir/ bell robes for adults for any interested church or group. Please pick up the robes from the church at your earliest convenience. We have 18 blue robes and 20 red/ burgundy robes. The blue are like new! See the photos below.

Additionally, we have 100+ NIV Bibles that used to be pew Bibles. They are hardcover and need only to be retrieved by interested party.

Shenango Presbyterian Church 724.654.2322


Office Manager/Ministry Assistant

Wampum Presbyterian  Church is seeking a Part-Time Secretary/Office Manager/Ministry Assistant for 3 hours – 2 days per week (Tuesday and Friday).  Minimum 3 years experience; minimum of Associates Degree preferred; knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to multi task required. For more information, please call the church at 724-535-4473.  Email or send letters of interest, resume, and three current references to wampum.presbyterian@verizon.net or mail to PO Box 86, Wampum, PA  16157 by July 15th.


Music Director/Organist

First Presbyterian Church, New Castle, PA is seeking to employ one or more church musicians to help lead our music ministry.  Position(s) include: Music Director, Organist, Hand Bell Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director, and Instrumental Ensemble Director.  Compensation is based on responsibilities.  Mail resume, or for more information, contact: First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Jefferson Street, New Castle, PA  16101, 724-652-7706 or office@firstpresby-newcastle.org.


Part-Time Music Director

Mt. Jackson Church is looking for a part-time music Director.  This person will be responsible for the music ministry program at the church.  The church has an adult choir that will be under this persons’ supervision.  Send inquiries/resumes to the church: 129 Mt. Air Road, New Castle, PA  16102 or email: mtjackson@verizon.net.


Published by shenangopresby

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

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