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Coming Events:

January 29- 2:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
January 309:30 AM Council, Bessemer PC


EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Hillside church in Greenville (Jan 7) and will preach at First New Castle (Jan 14).  He will charge the congregation during the pastoral installation at Trinity church in Mercer (Jan 21).  He will present two training workshops for Ruling Elders at LeaderFest (Jan 13) and will lead a pastor retreat for Lake Erie and Western New York presbyteries (Feb 5-7).  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.


It’s time for Annual Reports again!  

The GA online statistical program is located at http://oga.pcusa.org/stats.  Clerks will use the same “user name” and “password” as they have used the past few years.  Please note the the password should contain an “!” and is case-sensitive.  The deadline for entering your statistical information is February 13, 2018 at midnight.    If you have forgotten your user name and password, please call or email the Presbytery office. (Note: If you changed your password from what was assigned by the denomination, we will not have that new password.)  There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” page available to help with most common questions.

Presbytery annual reports are available on the “Resources” page of the Presbytery website.  They are downloadable as WORD and EXCEL files and the completed forms can either be mailed to the office or emailed to Autumn at office@shenango.org.  The deadline for completing these forms is January 31, 2018.  Several churches have not been able to complete their reports by the January deadline in the past, please note that in order for your deceased elders to be included in the special service at the February presbytery meeting, your Necrology form MUST be received at the office by February 9th!


Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation

Soul Shop™ will be hosted at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty -Plain Grove Road, Grove City) on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  (Registration begins at 8:30 AM.)  This one day course for every lay leaders who shapes the ministry of a church, both clergy and lay persons, will cost $25.00 per person.  This will cover the conference fee, materials, refreshments and lunch.

This is a one-day training to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation.  This includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories.

Click here to read more and register online!


Is the Perspectives Class on your bucket list?

Can’t do the whole 15 weeks?

Come hear the first two classes anyway. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Classes Mondays January 22 and 29 are open to the public.

6:30 to 9:30pm at Grove City College

Hall of Arts and Letters (HAL) Room #110

Large parking lot off Madison Ave, HAL is opposite the Student Union,  Room #110 is on the first floor by the center staircase.

More information at www.perspectives.org Classes > PA > Grove City Class or contact Pam Pope Courtney 724-748-3217 mail@dcourtney.net

Shane Bennett (NWMC 2018 Morning Meeting Speaker) is our Lesson 1 guest instructor from Colorado.  We’ll hear about Cat and Dog Theology in Lesson 2-  a new way to read your Bible and pray God-centered prayers.

Don’t miss this internationally acclaimed opportunity in our own neighborhood.


WMI Lecture

The Egyptian Church Post Arab Spring: Challenges and Opportunities will be presented on Saturday, February 3, 2018 (10:00-11:00 AM) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary featuring The Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt, General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS).   Visit https://www.pts.edu/Egyptian-Church-Post-Arab-Spring for more information.

News From the Churches

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, February 4 from 1:300-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon (except April 1, Easter Sunday) for 13 weeks, concluding on May 6 .  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.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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