February 20-22 Fellowship Community National Gathering, Atlanta, GA
February 26- 3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
February 27- 10:00 AM New Pastor Orientation, Presbytery Office
6:30 PM Stated Presbytery Meeting, Grove City College (Watch eLink later this week for the docket and council minutes!)
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.