March 7- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
EP Activity This Month
Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Faith church in Hermitage (March 4) and will preach at Rich Hill (March 18) and Word Centered (March 25). With pastors Matt Camlin (New Wilmington) and Bob McCreight (North Liberty) he will be participating in the 26th annual mission partnership week in Sabaneta de Yasica in the Dominican Republic. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stated Clerk Updates
– RE Carolyn Moss is serving as pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City, and will be ordained later this spring, thanks to her successful examination by the presbytery on February 27.
– RE Donna Heard was commissioned by the presbytery on February 27 to serve as pastor of the Word Centered congregation in Sharon, having previously served in leadership there in many capacities.
– RE Judy Veon (New Wilmington) was appointed by the presbytery to serve as our overture advocate for our South Sudan advocacy overture got to the PCUSA General Assembly in St. Louis in June. Judy will advocate for the overture and answer questions before the assembly committee that will receive and consider the overture’s contents.
– TE Michael Spicuzza is filling in at Sandy Lake church while TE Beth Creekpaum is on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter Lydia Grace.
– TE Jordan Rimmer will be installed as pastor of Northminster church on April 15.
– The Harlansburg congregation recently voted 22-0 to request dismissal from the PCUSA and therefore from Shenango Presbytery. A second vote will be required to determine to which Reformed body they will request transfer.
– Pastor Nominating Committees are actively searching for installed Teaching Elders for the Clen-Moore and First New Castle congregations.
(TE = Teaching Elder; RE = Ruling Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; HR = Honorably Retired; PNC = Pastor Nominating Committee)
Grove City College Meeting
Last week, our presbytery met for its February stated meeting at Grove City College. Elder Donna Heard was commissioned as pastor of Word Centered Fellowship in Sharon, Elder Judy Veon was appointed as our overture advocate for our South Sudan overture going to the PCUSA General Assembly, and candidate Carolyn Moss was examined and approved for ordination as a Teaching Elder. Worship was led by Rev. Adam Rodgers (Stoneboro). God be praised for a good gathering.
A Heartfelt Thanks from Rev. James Par Top
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. As people of God , I would like to say thanks you so much for your concern about the people of the South Sudan for sent them the humanitarian aid assistance. There are many people in the South Sudan do need help, because the hunger in South Sudan is very bad because most of the children are on street, they do not find any food to eat, may be their parents where been killed in this civil war. We have many pastors are not in the country, some of them are in Khartoum and Uganda and Ethiopia and Kenya, their children are suffering there with them. On behalf of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus of the Shenango Presbytery thanks you every much, may God bless all of us,
yours in Christ,
Rev, James Par Tap . Moderator of SSPEC
(It was announced last evening at the Presbytery Meeting, that over the past two years, the congregations of Shenango Presbytery have sent over $46,761.00 to combat hunger in South Sudan.)
The World Mission Initiative Conference, will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on April 13-14, 2018. This year’s conference will focus on the theme, “All God’s Children: Justice in God’s Mission”. Workshop leaders have been working on the front lines of mission locally and nationally. They will challenge participants to consider how they can lead congregations to respond biblically and responsibly to justice issues. Click here for more details.
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.
News From the Churches
Bicentennial Celebration at Sheakleyville
Sheakleyville Presbyterian Church will celebrate their Bicentennial on Sunday, May 20th at 9:30 AM.
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 email@example.com. You can also view the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for additional information.
Concert at Oak Grove Church
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church (7152 Old Rt. 422, Portersville) will host a concert on Sunday, March 11th at 5:00 PM featuring Rev. Capt. Herb Bailey accompanied by the band SEEK. Rev. Capt. Bailey runs the Uncommon Grounds Cafe in Aliquippa, PA. There will be a meal following the program. Questions? Call 724-714-1313.
Bessemer Presbyterian Church Preschool
Bessemer Presbyterian Church is so excited to be able to offer quality, affordable and faith based Preschool to the Mohawk and surrounding areas. They are now accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Please call the preschool phone number (724-667-4130) and leave a message. Bessemer Presbyterian Church Preschool Flyer
On Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM there will be a Vendor Show to benefit the brand new preschool. Chinese auction of baskets donated by the vendors and a 50/50. There will also be a bake sale sponsored by C.L.I.C.K Bessemer Presbyterian Churcdh Preschool Vendor Show Flyer-2018