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Coming Events:

February 13- MIDNIGHT Deadline to submit your GA online statistics
February 14- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
February 16- 9:00 AM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
February 20-22 Fellowship Community National Gathering, Atlanta, GA
February 20- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC

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.


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!


Westminster College Presents…

Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon’s Bassist) and The South African All-Stars from Saturday, February 17- Tuesday, February 20.  On Sunday, February 18th beginning at 10:30 AM, you can join New Wilmington Presbyterian Church for a special worship service and lunch with the group.  There will be a special concert at the college on Monday, February 19th at 7 PM.  There is a requested donation of $10, which will go to Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico (Students are free).


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.


Soup Fest

Unity Presbyterian Church (1857 Mercer W. Middlesex Road, Mercer) is sponsoring a Soup Fest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM.  Bring your own soup bowl and spoon and enjoy a number of delicious soups.  Dessert will be provided also.  Free will donation.


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.

Published by shenangopresby

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

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