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“Sharing Your Faith” Workshop

Shenango Presbytery’s Evangelism Committee invites you to “Sharing Your Faith” with Steve Plyler on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 PM at Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church.  Overcome obstacles to sharing your faith with these practical techniques, demonstrations, and role-playing exercises.  For more information, contact Sean Hall at 724-638-7381.

 

Shenango Retired Minister’s Breakfast – November 2nd, 8 AM

Honorably Retired members of Shenango Presbytery are invited to come to a monthly breakfast, beginning on November 2nd at 8 AM at Ryder’s Restaurant on Route 208, just west of New Wilmington for good food and fellowship.  The group plans to meet the first Thursday of each month, same time, same place.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Help for Puerto Rico

Help Presbyterians in Puerto Rico recover from hurricane Maria and enable them to minister to their neighbors.

Pastor Adolfo Santana- Cordero is the pastor of the PCUSA church in San Juan and personally friend of Beth Creekpaum (of the Sandy Lake church) through the PCUSA’s CREDO program.

He reports they are in desperate need of:

  • Batteries:  AA, AAA, 9V, C, D
  • Flashlights
  • Solar lamps
  • Bug repellent (NON aerosol)
  • candles

If your church is interested and willing to collect and mail these items to Adolfo and his church, please contact Beth at TheOtherRevCreekpaum@gmail.com for mailing/shipping instructions.

If you personally would like to donate items for mailing or contribute money to help defray the cost of mailing these items to Puerto Rico, please deliver to the Presbytery office and Beth will post them to Puerto Rico on your behalf.

Thanks for your generosity!

 

News From the Churches

Trunk or Treat

Come to Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church (3116 Frew Mill Road, New Castle) on October 29th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM for an evening of Trunk or Treating.  Call 724-924-9431 with questions.

 

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.

 

 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.

FOTW

 

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