May 11- 9:00 AM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
May 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
May 16- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
Stated Clerk Updates
– Carolyn Moss was ordained as a Teaching Elder on April 29. She is serving as pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City.
– TE Jordan Rimmer was installed as pastor of Northminster church in New Castle on April 15.
– TE Paul Votaw’s honorable retirement was celebrated at our February stated meeting in Bessemer.
– 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, First New Castle, and Wampum congregations. Moravia and Mt. Jackson are searching for contracted pastoral supply.
(TE = Teaching Elder; RE = Ruling Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; HR = Honorably Retired; PNC = Pastor Nominating Committee
Rev. Lisa Nichols Hickman (First Sharon) recently successfully defended her PhD thesis, the culmination of several years of doctoral study at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Picture here is Lisa (second from left) with her doctoral committee of Duquesne faculty members. Lisa currently serves part time in pastoral care and preaching at First Sharon, having previously served as Associate Pastor at the New Wilmington church. Congratulations, Rev. Hickman!
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.
Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec
Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends! Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.
Volunteers are needed to get Camp Lambec ready for summer ministry on May 5th and 19th from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The heavy snow took a toll on the trees last winter – a lot of help is needed sawing, splitting, and removing the downed trees. A light lunch will be provided, but volunteers should bring a bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, chain saws, and any tools that might be helpful. Please email Bob Meanor by May 1st if you are coming (and with how many people).
Note: The camp’s water system is still being renovated and is in the testing phase. The camp’s water is NOT USABLE and volunteers are not permitted to spend the night.
Apply to the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program today!! Final round for the 18-19 season open until June 1. National sites only are available.
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage. Also, follow @yavprogram as current YAVs take over the account. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!