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Coming Events:

February 7: 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
February 13- MIDNIGHT Deadline to submit your GA online statistics

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be leading a retreat for pastors in Lake Erie and Western New York presbyteries (Feb 5-7) and will be preaching at Harlansburg (Feb 4) and North Liberty (Feb 11).  He is on the planning team for the national Fellowship Community gathering in Atlanta (Feb 20-22).  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

  • TE Catherine Craley was installed as pastor of Trinity church in Mercer on January 21.
  • TE Jordan Rimmer will be installed as pastor of Northminster church on April 15.
  • TE John Lersch (HR) is preaching for the Moravia congregation during the winter and spring.
  • Carolyn Moss has begun service as Temporary Pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City, pending her examination and ordination by the presbytery on February 27.
  • RE Donna Heard will be commissioned on February 27 to serve as pastor of the Word Centered congregation in Sharon, having previously served there as an assistant pastor.
  • Pastor Nominating Committees are actively searching for installed Teaching Elders for the Clen-Moore and First New Castle congregations.


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!


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.


New In The Resource Center

Just Arrived…Zondervan 2018 Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide for 2017 Tax Returns and Zondervan 2018 Church & Financial Guide for 2017 Tax Returns.  Easy to understand with the latest tax law changes and information on health care issues.  Stop in to borrow one of these books, or call the office to be placed on the reservation list.


Help Wanted

The Board of Directors of the Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) is seeking to hire a maintenance person for Camp Lambec in North Springfield, PA. Must have skills to do plumbing repairs, electrical, building repairs, maintenance on equipment, mow grass and weed-whack, operate water treatment system and follow all DEP and/or Health Department laws and regulations regarding the use and testing of Camp Lambec’s drinking water. The position runs March through October. Interested persons should call CAPNWP Board Member Bob Meanor at (724) 375-5926 between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.


LAMBEC Capital Campaign

The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania is conducting a $100,000 capital campaign to restore the water system for Camp Lambec.  The system needs a DEP-approved overhaul, and we are starting those repairs with an approved contractor.  This is an expensive overhaul, but it is necessary to continue the ministry to youth and families.  As such, the Board has authorized a $100K campaign to address this and other items of deferred maintenance.  The Board is committed to the continued operation of Camp Lambec, as we believe firmly that this ministry provides unique and powerful discipleship opportunities for participants.  Individual donations can be made online using this link.   Church contributions can be coordinated through the Shenango Presbytery office.


Save the Date!

Beaver-Butler Presbytery, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA, and the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church present a Day with Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.  This event will be hosted at Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, Cranberry Township, PA on Friday, September 21 from 9 AM to 2:30 PM.  Included will be a special Q&A session for those involved in small groups discussing Bolsinger’s book.  More information is coming in the months ahead!

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.


Work As Worship Retreat

Eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work.  Taking place as a 1-Day Local Church Retreat, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to over 2,000 churches around the world.  Hosted locally on February 23rd, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty-Plain Grove Road, Grove City 724-794-4383) or at Westfield Presbyterian Church (1363 Mt. Jackson Road, New Castle  724-667-7045).  You can read more and register online at workasworshipretreat.org (using zip code 16127 for the North Liberty location or 16102 for the Westfield location) or call the church directly.  Registration will begin onsite at 8 AM and the fee for the day is $25 which includes refreshments, lunch, and conference fee.


A Sunday Afternoon Treat

On Sunday afternoon, February 25th at 2:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church of Sharon will host Merry Ann “Jig” Groves in Fellowship Hall as she shares with us her pictures and the story of her recent pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  This pilgrimage has been around for centuries and Jig is thrilled to have been able to make this journey.  At the base of the Iron Cross on the Camino de Satiago, pilgrims place stones.  Jig carried one of First’s “Sharin’ Rocks” in her backpack and placed it at the Iron Cross.  She has a picture showing her putting our rock among the thousands that have been left there.  Hers is a wonderful story with beautiful pictures.  Come, bring friends, and travel the Camino de Santiago with Jig.  We will serve dessert and coffee/tea.  This Sunday afternoon treat is free and open to the public.


Church Office Secretary Part-Time

24 hours per week.
Knowledge of and proficient in:
Micro Soft Office, printers, phone etiquette, updating website, power points, emails, voice mail. Meet deadlines for weekly bulletins, monthly and yearly reports and newsletters.
Oversee volunteers as needed. Be a self-starter and people friendly.
Send cover letter and attached resume to Tower Presbyterian Church (ECO) at 248 S. Broad Street, Grove City, PA 16127 or clerk.towerchurch@zoominternet.net by February 10, 2018.

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

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  1. Hi all,

    We have a couple major events getting ready to take place at Westminster College that may be of interest to folks in the Presbytery.

    I am attaching the schedule of events for our Spiritual Emphasis Westminster events. Below are links to news releases that give more details. Any help in communicating this information to the Presbytery is greatly appreciated.

    31st Annual Wayne H. Christy Lectureship this Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Wallace Memorial Chapel

    Spiritual Emphasis Westminster Activities Westminster Hosts Bakithi Kumalo, Paul Simon’s Bassist and the South African All Star Band

    Thank you,

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