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Bessemer Baptism

The congregation at Bessemer Presbyterian Church, pictured here, gathered around the baptismal font on Sunday, September 17, to welcome into the covenant family of faith Carson Jacob Leslie, the recently adopted son of Rev. Nathan Leslie and his wife Mary Kay.








2018 Per Capita

The 2018 Per Capita budget was approved on Tuesday evening at the Presbytery meeting.  Letters will go out to churches this week.  The Presbytery and Synod amounts have remained unchanged, and the total for 2018 will be $38.09 per person.


What Are You Interested In?

Help the Evangelism Committee better serve our congregations by taking a few moments to complete this brief questionnaire.  Feel free to share the link with others in your congregation – the more answers the committee receives, the better they are able to serve you!


International Peacemaker Visit

Born to Dinka parents, Achol Majok Kur Kier is not inclined to conform to expectations that define her culture. Strong-willed, at a young age she refused the matrimonial candidate her parents had hand-picked from within their clan. Instead, she pursued university-level studies in Khartoum, Sudan, becoming a secondary school professor in English, Arabic and history and marrying, at age 29, the love of her life from another ethnic group.  Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SSPEC). She serves as the elected chairperson for SSPEC’s women’s desk, and is an executive committee member in the South Sudan Council of Churches. She is one of 16 International Peacemakers touring the U.S. during the 2017 Season of Peace on behalf of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  You can meet Achol during her visit to Shenango Presbytery, September 25-29th.










Celebrate Sudan Event









Download the poster.  Download the bulletin insert.


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.


Wee Kirk Northeast Conference

October 9-11, 2017 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Conference Center near Mt. Pleasant, PA.  EVERYONE IS INVITED to attend this special time.  The purpose of Wee Kirk is: to inspire, equip, motivate, and encourage the people of small Presbyterian Churches and to also provide rest and refreshment for those who come.  There are workshops, sharing times with good food, worship, and music.  Registration fees: Churches up to 125 – $125 for husband and wife or $100 for single registrant; Churches 126-200 – $150 for husband and wife or $125 for single registration.  More information and online registration available at http://www.wee.kirk.ne.org.  Hearts and Minds Bookstore will be on the premises with Byron Borger spotlighting books each day.  Questions can be directed to Helen Kester at 724-980-9565.  (Wee Kirk is in partnership with the Presbytery of Shenango – flyers for the conference are available at the Presbytery Office.)


Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.


Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.


Pianist Wanted

Avalon Springs in Mercer is seeking a volunteer pianist to play basic church hymns for Sunday services at 2:30-3:30 each Sunday at the facility community room.  If interested, please contact Sandy Hill at 724-662-5400.


Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey or DR000194-Irma.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.



At the heart of the Westminster College community is a love of service, so in the light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation along the Gulf Coast, the students feel called to send relief to some victims in the Houston area.  Through September 30th, a service drive will be held to collect items in our community.  Collection boxes have been placed in the Chapel, outside Townhouse 23, and outside the Student Affairs office in McKelvey, as well as at a few local churches (names coming soon).  The following items are being collected, and will be sent to trusted relief organizations and local shelters:


  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • bar soap
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • body wash
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • hand sanitizer
  • blankets
  • paper towels
  • Clorox wipes


  • baby and adult diapers
  • pull-ups
  • baby wipes


  • non-perishables with pull tops
  • granola bars
  • peanut butter
  • baby food
  • baby formula

Clothing (new and gently used)

  • undergarments (pref. new)
  • socks
  • shirts
  • pants
  • jackets
  • shoes


News From the Churches

Rev. Bill Crooks to Retire

Rev. Bill Crooks will retire on October 1st after 37 years at Trinity Presbyterian Church (42 total years in ministry) in Mercer.  The church is inviting everyone to attend an open house on Sunday, October 15th from NOON – 2:00 PM.  Come and enjoy fellowship and refreshments!  Bill and his wife have requested NO gifts.


Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church will host a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, October 21st from 5-7 PM.  Proceeds to 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.


Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night

The first Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night will be on the evening of October 7thbeginning at 7:30 PM.  A live outdoor concert featuring contemporary worship artist Jordan Biel and band, Christian Rap Artist G.I.L. (God Is Love), and Damon Covert will be performing and lifting up our God in praise.  Everyone is welcome, rain or shine, come early for under roof seating.  The concert is free with admission to the maze.  For more info go to http://www.coolspringmaze.com.


Jackson Center Presbyterian Church 175th Anniversary

Join Jackson Center Presbyterian Church (Route 62 – Franklin Road – Jackson Center, PA) to celebrate their 175th Anniverary.  There will be an Open House on Saturday, October 7thfrom 1-4 PM, and a Church Service on Sunday, October 8th at 11 AM.  Homecoming, greetings, historical displays, refreshments, with special performances by the Bell Choir and a Bagpiper.


GriefShare Program

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 calvinellwood@gmail.com.  You can also view the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for additional information.


Grief Support Group

It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss.  Hold on to hope and gather with others on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice will facilitate the group.


Annual Basket Raffle

ShenangoOnTheGreen will be holding their annual Basket Raffle on October 14th from 8:30 – 2:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased from October 9th-13th (8:30 AM – 6:30 PM).  All proceeds to benefit the SeniorCARE Fund, providing support for your local seniors.  For more information, visit www.shenangosrcare.org or call Shawna Bostaph at 724-946-3402.


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

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