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Leadership Gathering For Elders and Deacons

“Welcoming Tomorrow …Today” with Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30pm at Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington

Our Leadership Development Team is delighted to share our pastors retreats speaker with the wider presbytery this month.  All Ruling Elders and Deacons are encouraged to attend this Tuesday evening gathering with Corey Schlosser-Hall  a Ruling Elder in the PCUSA and the Executive Presbyter of the Northwest Coast Presbytery in Washington state.  Our EP Ralph Hawkins calls Corey “the most interesting and energetic leader in the PCUSA today.”  Take 3 minutes and check out this greeting from Corey — a preview of the themes he will consider during our October 24 gathering.

 Corey Schlosser Hall


EP Activity This Month


Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, participated in worship at Northminster on October 1, as many former Third church New Castle members were welcomed into ministry and membership at NPC.  He will participate in worship during Jackson Center’s 175th anniversary (Oct 8) and will preach at Shenango church (Oct 22).  As our presbytery now sponsors and administers the conference, he will participate in the annual Wee Kirk event at Laurelville (Oct 9-11).  With presbytery Vice-moderator Tod Custer (Christ), he will attend a gathering a PCUSA mid-council leaders in St. Louis (Oct 13-16) — the site of the 2018 General Assembly gathering of the PCUSA.   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.


 Stated Clerk Updates

  • We received TE Catherine Craley from Mission presbytery to serve as pastor of Trinity church, Mercer, beginning December 2.
  • TE David Clark (HR) has concluded his contracted service to the Moravia congregation.
  • John Lyons (Disciples of Christ) is serving the Harlansburg congregation as a temporary supply.
  • Julia Williamson (United Church of Christ) has concluded her contacted service to the Slippery Rock congregation and therefore her membership in our presbytery.
  • Third New Castle held its final worship service on August 27. An Administrative Commission of presbytery has been elected to close the congregation and to process the potential sale of the building.  A majority of Third’s members have transferred to Northminster church in New Castle.
  • Clen-Moore, First New Castle, and Northminster churches all have active PNCs working the installed search process.
  • We received TE John Lersch from Wabash presbytery to our Honorably Retired roll.
  • We received TE George Branch-Trevathan from Central Florida presbytery to our Validated Ministry roll. Branch-Trevathan chairs the Religion department at Thiel College in Greenville.
  • TE Joe Tagliaferre (Ebenezer) will also labor outside our ecclesiastical bounds to serve part-time as pastor of the Union Presbyterian Church in Beaver-Butler presbytery.
  • TE Sean Brubaker will serve as moderator for Slippery Rock and Moravia churches during their pastoral transitions. TE David Clark will serve as moderator of Wampum during their transition.

(TE = Teaching Elder; RE = Ruling Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; HR = Honorably Retired; PNC = Pastor Nominating Committee)


Jackson Center Celebrates

The Jackson Center church celebrated its 175th anniversary this weekend, complete with a bagpipe processional and a sermon by TE Charlie Crane on the communion of the saints, then and now.  Jackson Center was founded in 1842.  Although the current sanctuary is not the original kirk building, even it dates back as far as the Civil War.  The congregation held a Saturday open house that included five former pastors.  “For all the saints, who from their labors rest …”

Jackson Center Anniversary

YAV Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class. This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders.  The YAV program is a one-year service opportunity for young adults ages 19–30, offered through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For the YAV, the benefits include a year of vocational discernment, the opportunity to live and work outside their comfort zone with the support of an intentional Christian community, time to explore their relationship with God and to live more simply in response to an unsustainable human demand for natural resources.  For more information, read this article.


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.


2017 Church Leadership Conference
The Erie Network of Presbyterian Churches invites you to join them at Penn State Behrend College (Smith Chapel) on Saturday, November 4th for a workshop with Graham Standish, pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, PA.  Cost is $15 per person, including continental breakfast, beverage service, and box lunch.  Contact Rev. Dave Edmunds (814-397-1861) or Rev. Charlie McClung (814-504-7635) for more info or to pre-register.



The Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College

Church Relations Continuing Education Church Leadership Opportunity

“The Word Made Flesh: Enlivening Bible Study and Sharing” with Ms. Tracy Radosevic

Tracy Radosevic is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator. Since 1991 she has traveled all over the United States, as well as to several foreign countries, bringing her special brand of humor, insight, and faith to audiences of all ages through the power of narrative.  Join us for an exploration of the basics for story internalization and proclamation, coming away with tools for more engaged, understandable, and relevant interpretation and teaching of our stories of faith.  Monday, November 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Westminster College – Witherspoon Maple Room  Cost:  $10.00 per person/Group Rate of $8.00 per person for 5 or more from 1 church  RSVP required by Wednesday, November 8, 2017  by email to:  gabriedl@westminster.edu or by phone to:  (724) 946-7117  Payment can be mailed in advance or submitted at registration on November 13th.  Cash or checks made payable to “Westminster College”.


Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria 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, DR000194-Irma, or DR000194-Maria.  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.


News From the Churches

Rev. Bill Crooks to Retire

Rev. Bill Crooks retired 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 21stfrom 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.


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.


Book Set Available

Shenango Presbyterian Church has an extra copy of FEASTING ON THE WORD Year B (just in time) – complete set of 4 volumes.  $100  Never used.  Make check payable to Shenango Presbyterian Church.  If interested call 724-654-2322.


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

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