December 4- 9:00 AM Leadership Development Team, Presbytery Office
December 6- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
Mission Giving Deadline
The deadline for the Presbytery Office to receive mission moneys for the 2016 calendar year is coming soon. Monies must be postmarked by December 31, 2017 for INDIVIDUALS, and postmarked by Wednesday, January 8, 2018 for CHURCHES.
“Jesus kept showing up in Caitlyn Hickman’s mailbox as she recovered from heat surgery. Thank you to all the churches in Shenango Presbytery for revealing to our thirteen year old with special needs just who and what the church is. We are so grateful. She ‘gets it.’ Thanks for your encouragement, prayers, cards and creativity!” — Revs. Lisa and Jason Hickman
WMI Announces New Associate Director
WMI is pleased to announce that the Rev. Balajiedlang Khyllep will be joining our staff in January as the new associate director, bringing a missionary heart and cross-cultural skills to WMI. Bala is a product of mission in the state of Meghalaya, India, and brings a broad range of mission experience in India and the U.S. to the work of WMI. He received his bachelor of divinity at Serampore College, where he was the president of his class. He received his Th.M in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bala has served as a pastor in South Dakota for the past four years and will join PTS in January. Expressing his excitement for Bala to join WMI, Hunter Farrell said: “Bala’s range of cross-cultural skills and his pastor’s heart will make him a valuable asset to WMI as we seek to engage churches in our area more fully with God’s work in the world. We look forward to welcoming Bala to WMI!”
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
- Solar lamps
- Bug repellent (NON aerosol)
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
Blue Christmas Services
Join these area churches on Sunday, December 3rd for a quiet, contemplative service as an alternative to the more traditional gatherings as a way to care for those who are sad or struggling while those around them are caught up in celebrating:
- Shenango Presbyterian Church, New Castle at 4:00 PM
- New Wilmington Presbyterian Church at 5:00 PM
FREE Church Choral Music
Sheet music, cantatas, hymnals. Browse a nice assortment of general, Christmas, and Easter selections and take what you like. All for FREE! Church is located in New Castle. Call 724-674-5209.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.