EP Activity This Month
Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Bessemer church (Aug 6) and helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rev. Nathan Leslie’s ministry there. Ralph will preach at Highland church (Aug 13), Enon church (Aug 20), and for Third church’s final worship service before they finish their witness and close (Aug 27). Ralph always welcomes opportunities to preach or bring greetings during a worship service, as well as opportunities to visit Session and Deacon meetings to talk ministry and mission. Schedule a Sunday or a meeting time by contacting him at 724-528-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Birthday Synod of the Trinity!
September 17th is THE day of the first General Synod meeting in 1717. At that meeting the presbyteries of Philadelphia (formerly “The Presbytery”), New Castle, and Long Island gathered to do business, and among other things, the precursor to the Board of Pensions was formed. This year will be the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Synod of the Trinity! Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, Synod is asking that churches to participate during worship using the attached bulletin insert. There is also an opportunity for a congregation to receive a grant by participating in the celebration (details are on the bulletin insert).
September 25-26: W. Don McClure Lectures at PTS
Dr. Amos Yong, Professor of Mission and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, will present his reflections on the work of the Holy Spirit in mission in a pluralistic world at this FREE lecture. Dr. Yong brings a global perspective of how the Spirit has grown the number of Pentecostal believers in places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia – not to mention our own contexts. See https://www.pts.edu/McClure_2017 for more details.
Youth Ministry Essentials Training Event
Pittsburgh Presbytery will be hosting Mark Oestreicher, internationally known for his wisdom and insight into youth ministry, for a special one-day event on Thursday, September 28th. This event promises to be an unique opportunity to engage with one of the foremost leaders in youth ministry. Click here for more information.
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 Presbyterian Church. The program will be facilitated by Ginny Brest. The first session is scheduled for Sunday, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor. The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3 . While participants are encouraged to complete the 13-week program if possible, attendance is not mandatory each week. The program is free and open to anyone in the community (and beyond) 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 the church office at 724-758-4258 or by email at email@example.com. You can also view the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for additional information.
Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church (3116 Frew Mill Road, New Castle) will hold a Rummage Sale on September 9, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Lunch and baked goods will be available. For more information, call 724-924-9431.
Church Treasurer Wanted
Clen-Moore Church, 220 Clen-Moore Boulevard, New Castle has an immediate opening for a Church Treasurer. This is a part-time position and treasurer may work from home. Accounting experience is required as well as strong computer accounting skills. Duties include, but are not limited to: processing payroll, preparing accounts payable checks, bank reconciliations, monthly financials, preparing federal and state quarterly reports. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Dr. David Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellport Presbyterian Church Reunion
On Friday, August 25 from 5-7:30 PM join Ellport Presbyterian Church for a reunion followed by a FREE concert by local band One Voice at 7:30 PM. Pulled-pork sandwiches, tossed salad, stuffed cabbage, dessert, paper products, coffee and cold beverages will be provided – bring a dish to share if you are able. Also bring any church pictures or memorabilia that you would like to share. RSVP by August 15th to Shelly Dobi at email@example.com or call 724-614-6754. Check http://ellportchurch.org for updates!
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. Shenango Presbyterian Church 724.654.2322
Free to a Good Home
24 teal and cream colored choir robes of various sizes and embroidered with the Presbyterian logo, including one tailored for the accompanist. Although several years old, they are in good condition. Please contact the office of Third Presbyterian Church at 724-658-6683 or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.