Annual Reports: Why Are They Important?

If you’re new to your position of Clerk of Session, or even if you’ve been Clerk before, you may be wondering why it’s so important to complete the Annual Report forms for the Presbytery and General Assembly.  It’s a time consuming process, and you might think it’s just not a priority in today’s world. 

It’s true.  It does take some time to complete the GA Statistical report and all of the Presbytery forms adequately.  You might have to do some research.  You might have to enlist the help of others in your congregation.  You might even have to call or email the Presbytery Office to get a copy of your password.  It’s all necessary, and here’s why.

GA Statistical Report

If you follow sports, you know that statistics show a snapshot of the health and dynamics of your team at a given point in time.  By completing the Annual Statistical Report online, you are offering a snapshot of where your congregation is at the end of each year.  It’s not the whole story, but it’s an important component. 

Things like membership, attendance, finances, racial-ethnic make-up, and even baptisms give a glimpse of your congregation’s vitality.  When you look at the statistics of all of the congregations in a presbytery, you get a glimpse of that presbytery’s vitality as well. 

In addition, the presbytery utilizes that data throughout the year for various purposes.  For instance, the membership figures that you submit to GA in February are used by our Operations Team in the summer to figure the Per Capita budget for the following year.  The more congregations that fail to submit their reports, the less accurate the snapshot becomes and the harder it is to figure out an accurate budget.

Presbytery Reports

On top of completing the GA Statistical Report, clerks are asked to complete several reports specific to our presbytery.  These generally remain the same from year to year, but as the presbytery changes these reports may change in the future too.

Annual Report of Elders

This report gives our office accurate contact information for your church, and also key officers and staff.  (This form is sometimes the only way we hear that your church has a new clerk of session!)  We also use this form to keep our annual Directory updated, as well the congregational listings on our website.

In the past, this form helped our Nominations Committee staff committees.  Now, it helps our Directors fill out their teams, and plan for leadership training events.

Here’s another example: Church A wants to invite youth groups to an event in their region.  They reach out to the Presbytery Office to find out which churches have youth groups, and who to contact at those churches.  With the information provided on this form, we’re able to help with that request.

Necrology Report

Each year we honor the Ruling Elders in our congregations that have passed away at a special service during the February Stated meeting.  This form ensures that we are able to include your congregation’s recently deceased elders in that worship service. 

The reading of the Necrology Report has become a cherished part of our history, and our future with the Advancement Team’s continuation of this tradition.  Join us at Westminster College on February 28th for this year’s special service.

The Insurance Survey and the Corporate and Legal Issues Report

Is your insurance up to date?  Do you have a cemetery and is it a separate corporate entity?  Do your financial reports include IRS requirements?  These are just a few of the questions that appear on these two forms.  They help us to make sure your church is complying with state and other requirements, and minimizing any liabilities that may arise. 

Many churches have not actually submitted copies of their Bylaws or Articles of Incorporation to the Presbytery Office, despite checking “yes” each year on these forms.  It is okay to check “no” on both of these questions.  Just make sure that you have a copy of each stored safely, or are able to obtain copies from your county courthouse if needed.

The Mission/Work Trip Report

This report has been used by our Mission Committee, and now our Congregational Support Team, to find out about trips our congregations have planned, report on usage of grant funds, and share ideas with other congregations.  This report has also been a great resource in finding participants to share stories during presbytery meetings and learn about new mission partners.

Get Those Reports In

We encourage you to submit your Presbytery reports (as well as Terms of Call and Study Leave reports) by the end of January.  You have until midnight on February 16th to submit your GA Statistics.  Links to our online forms, as well as the GA Statistical site are available on our Forms & Documents page under the Stated Clerk’s Corner heading.

Get to Know the Presbytery App

Apps make our lives easier by providing shortcuts to essential information.  The Shenango Presbytery app provides quick links to our website, Stated meeting information, registration forms for events, and now an easy way to listen to the posts from this blog via our new podcast.

Links

Our app includes quick links that allow you to visit our website, view our calendar of events, read the latest eLink, and more just by opening the app on your smart device and clicking a button.

We have even included links to Stated meeting information and a way for you to submit your feedback from presbytery meetings.  You’ll also find links to our social media pages at the bottom of the app’s home screen.

Contact Us

Have a question?  You can easily call our office or send an email to our Office Administrator just by clicking a button in the app.  No more worrying about remembering numbers or entering an email into your contact list!

Mission Giving

Using the red “Mission Giving” button in our app will take you to our online giving page where you can securely donate to your favorite mission fund or emerging need via PayPal.  It’s easy to support your favorite mission co-worker, help with relief to recent hurricane victims, or even support Nile Theological College with just the click of a button.

Listen to Our Podcast

With the re-vamp of our blog comes a new podcast.  Our app now features a Spotify player that will play the latest blog post each week- just scroll down and click the “play” button.

For the Future

We have plans to add even more functionality to our app as time goes by.  Watch for event registration links and information, special announcements, videos, and more.

How Do I Get the App?

Just click this link, https://app.jotform.com/220055367626152, or scan the QR code below.  The app works on all smart phones, tablets, and even your personal computer.  Follow the prompts to save the app to your home screen.

We hope that you enjoy using this app to stay connected to Shenango Presbytery!

Congregational Care Spotlight: Terms of Call

It’s that time of year again where Presbytery and General Assembly level reporting is due for the past year.  It’s also the time of year when budgets are set in place for our congregations, and that means it’s time to submit the annual Terms of Call Worksheet to the presbytery. 

What Is the Terms of Call Worksheet? 

Think of it as a contract between the minister/commissioned pastor (hereafter summarized together as “pastors”) and the session of a congregation that outlines the financial compensation given to that minister in a calendar year. 

It is important for several reasons: 

  1. It is necessary to determine the “Effective Salary” for mandatory Board of Pensions dues on full-time, installed calls, or optional dues on other plans available to part-time pastors;
  2. It helps to delineate, for tax purposes, what compensation falls under certain tax rules (i.e. housing allowance, reimbursements, etc.);
  3. It helps the presbytery leadership to ensure that our pastors (both full-time installed and part-time) are being adequately compensated by the congregation they serve.   

Pastors and congregations can often partner very beautifully in many facets of ministry and then suddenly run into awkward, even tense, moments when it comes to discussions about a pastor’s compensation.   However we think churches should be structured in our Presbyterian system, the fact is pastors often provide a central and stable role to the spiritual life of our congregations.  Providing adequate compensation can help them fulfill their call without having undue concern about their current or anticipated financial needs.  

It also ensures that a congregation can attract and retain qualified pastoral leadership, investing in their education, talent, experience, and work on behalf of the Lord within and beyond the congregation.  It becomes a sign of appreciation, and motivation for the pastor to work with the session and congregation to meet agreed-upon and reasonable goals.  

It is no wonder then, that the Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthians that even from the days of the temple, those who served God’s people in such a capacity would also be compensated for working among them (1 Corinthians 9:9-14). 

Seeking a Balance

Understandably, though, our congregations are working with tighter budgets due to the increased costs of living and operational costs.  This, coupled with declining attendance and overall contributions, makes for a delicate balancing act for the finance committees of our sessions.  

As we noted when proposing the increase to our terms of call this past fall, the presbytery’s recommendation seeks a balance between paying our pastors fairly and recognizing the sacrifices of our sessions, congregations and their membership in providing for them.  

The Figures

Our current minimum effective salary for full-time, installed calls in 2023 is $57,600, which includes any cash salary, housing allowance, contributions to a 403b plan from the pastor, and healthcare spending plan designations, and other compensation options which the Board of Pensions includes for dues purposes (you can read more about what is included in that here:  https://www.pensions.org/file/what-we-offer/benefits-guidance/forms-documents/Documents/pln-103.pdf/).  

For part-time calls, we strongly encourage our congregations to compensate their pastors on a prorated basis.  In other words, if a call is 1/2 time for instance, the ideal “effective salary” for such calls would be 50% of $57,600, or $28,800. 

Board of Pensions dues are calculated as 39% of Effective Salary for full-time installed calls.  Minister’s choice benefit options (which is the more a la carte version) is available to part-time pastors (and others). 

Reimbursable expenses can be allotted as agreed between the congregation and the pastor, but typically some combination of automobile and professional expenses should equal at least $2,500, and at least $750 should be allocated toward continuing education.

Two weeks of continuing education and four weeks of vacation are standard time for a full-time call; but it is something we’d also recommend as a minimum for any call part-time or full-time.  Additionally, in an attempt to be financially creative, we’ve agreed to offer the option to pastors and congregations for a limited number of additional vacation or study weeks to be granted in lieu of financial payment.  These would equal roughly $1,100 of compensation at our current cost schedule.

Summing It Up

Finally, the Terms of Call worksheets can be pretty daunting to fill out, no doubt.  Last year, I updated the “Notes” sheet which explains each part and what is available therein to the best of my ability.  But if you have any other questions, please reach out to me and I’d be happy to answer those or point you to someone who can. 

Terms of Call worksheets are due to us January 31; however, I know many congregations do not have the annual meeting until sometime in February, so as soon as possible after February meetings would be helpful so we can review those as a team and grant approval to them as required.   Also, for congregations utilizing part-time calls, please submit copies of your compensation and/or contracts to us as well, so that we have those for our records. 

Blessings to you all in the New Year! 

In Christ’s Service,

Nathan Leslie – Director of Congregational Support
congregationalcare@shenango.org


Still need to complete your Terms of Call form? Find it here!

Welcome!

Pie has been an essential part of our presbytery meetings over the years. Even more essential has been the fellowship and information that has been shared over those slices of pie.

We’re revamping the blog on our website to reflect more of the essential information that you have come to expect from us. Each week we will share resources, information, interviews, and helpful tips to help your church get the most out of this presbytery and put your best foot forward into your community… Shenango’s P.I.E. (Presbytery Information & Events).

We’ll still be publishing eLink each month, as well as an encouraging note from members of the Executive Team – so continue to watch for those items in your inbox! You can also opt to receive updates from this blog in your inbox, but if you prefer to keep the messages in your inbox to a minimum, there will be links in each monthly eLink to the posts here on the site.

COVID 19 Resources

Below you will find some links that might be helpful to you as your congregation takes steps regarding COVID 19. Please use prudence and caution in whatever steps you take.  Given the current state of emergency, we are encouraging churches to cancel worship and all events for the next two weeks.  Please use your best judgement as to when to restart worship and activities. (We will update this page as we receive resources.)

NOTE: The Presbytery Office will be closed for the next two weeks, and staff will be working from home.  Contact numbers for staff and leadership are available in the directory, and we are always available by email as well.

Helpful Links:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Preparedness for Pandemics

A pastoral message regarding the coronavirus from Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, J. Herbert Nelson, II, and President/Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Diane Moffett.

The Synod of the Trinity Response Page

The PC(USA)’s Response Page (includes resources for digital worship)

The Board of Pensions

Centers for Disease Control

PA Department of Health

Advice for churches from the Surgeon General

The Presbyterian Foundation- explore online giving during this time of social distancing

FreeConferenceCall.com – a completely free service that you can use for conference calls and online meetings for Sessions, staff, etc.

Cokesbury Pre-Filled Communion Cups

Nathan Leslie has asked a very helpful question concerning whether or not online worship services, live streamed or recorded, could include an invitation to share in the Lords Supper using elements that the worshipers might have in their homes, i.e. bread and juice/wine.  Citing W-0410 our stated clerk suggests, and I concur, that such a practice is permissible.  Matt also suggested that an explanatory note be sent out to your congregation a week or so earlier than communion to explain both the practice and rationale.  Thanks to both Nathan and Matt for sharing their insights.

 

Online Services:

For those who are cancelling services, the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church service will be broadcast on Westminster College’s Titan Radio. You can listen on the radio, online, or via some cable television services. In addition to listening on the radio, folks are welcome to participate in worship with NWPC vida Live stream at https://livestream.com/nwpresby.

You can also watch the services from the Lebanon Presbyterian Church via Rev. Augie Hurst’s YouTube Channel.

Pastor Jordan Rimmer has been posting an “Online Worship Experience”.  If you visit Nortminster’s website, www.npcnc.org, simply click the tab that says “Online Worship Experience”.  There you will find a Call to Worship, praise song videos and Pastor Jordan’s message.  You can even click the YouTube button on the homepage and subscribe to Northminster’s YouTube channel.

North Liberty has posted an online service with our Moderator, Elder Jeff Black.

 

Resources from other presbyteries:

Seattle

Donegal

 

Other helpful information:

Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and government mandated shutdowns, the Synod’s Sales Tax Exemption renewal which includes the churches and presbyteries under its umbrella was being processed by the Department of Revenue. They were due to be renewed and mailed out prior to expiration of the current exemption certificates which is March 31st.   However, because of the mandated work shutdowns the Department of Revenue offices and call center are both closed.  I did hear back from the Department of Revenue that because of the closures, all existing sales tax exemption certificate expiration dates are being extended by four months meaning they will be valid through July 31st, 2020.  At this time, I do not have an estimate as to when the new certificates will be sent out but once I find out I will inform everyone.  Many Blessings! Frank (Synod Business Adminstrator)

eLink News

New Wilmington Mission Conference

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held on the campus of Westminster College every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related and youth-focused.

About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Come for the week and stay on campus or just drive over for the day! Info available on the website.

Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.

 

Volunteers Needed

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for volunteers to do some light office work (preparing mailings, answering phones, etc.) during the months of June and July.  If you might be interested in helping out for a few hours/days, please contact Andrea Hall, office manager, at office@nwmcmission.org or 724-946-9770.

 

Mission Conference Reception

Our presbytery will host its third annual missionary reception during the New Wilmington Mission Conference.  The reception will be Sunday, July 23 at 5 PM in the Social Hall of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, and will include a light supper.  Join Shenango mission leaders, pastors, and friends as we interact with some of the missionaries supported by our congregations in the presbytery.  More details to come!

 

What’s God Doing in Southeast Asia?

Barry and Shelly Dawson, Southeast Asia Liasons for the PC(USA) will make a presentation at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 10th in the Hill UP Church sanctuary (501 Second Street, Butler).  They will discuss their involvement with seven Southeast Asia countries on behalf of the denomination.  All are welcome!  Bring a friend!  Please call for luncheon reservations, 724-287-5427.

 

God in the Neighborhood

God calls us, not only to participate in God’s mission, but to particular places.  Situated within particular streets, sidewalks, parks, stores, and empty lots of a neighborhood, the Church seeks the shalom of their city, and all that this entails.  But what does this mean?  Share in conversation with local and international scholars, pastors, and leaders committed to building healthy communities…June 21-23 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Join in for one day or all three!  Each day includes prayer and dwelling in the Word, stories from the neighborhood, salon-style conversation, and discussions of next steps.  For more information, http://www.pts.edu/God-in-the-Neighborhood.

 

News From the Churches

Scholarships Available

Third Presbyterian Church in New Castle offers scholarships to members of Presbyterian churches in Lawrence County who are attending schools of higher education for ministerial training.  Applications may be obtained by calling the church office at 724-658-6683 or by emailing office@thirdpresby.com.  The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.

 

Music Director/Organist

First Presbyterian Church, New Castle, PA is seeking to employ one or more church musicians to help lead our music ministry.  Position(s) include: Music Director, Organist, Hand Bell Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director, and Instrumental Ensemble Director.  Compensation is based on responsibilities.  Mail resume, or for more information, contact: First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Jefferson Street, New Castle, PA  16101, 724-652-7706 or office@firstpresby-newcastle.org.

eLink News

New Wilmington Mission Conference

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held on the campus of Westminster College every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related and youth-focused.

About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Come for the week and stay on campus or just drive over for the day! Info available on the website.

Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.

 

Volunteers Needed

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for volunteers to do some light office work (preparing mailings, answering phones, etc.) during the months of June and July.  If you might be interested in helping out for a few hours/days, please contact Andrea Hall, office manager, at office@nwmcmission.org or 724-946-9770.

 

Mission Conference Reception

Our presbytery will host its third annual missionary reception during the New Wilmington Mission Conference.  The reception will be Sunday, July 23 at 5 PM in the Social Hall of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, and will include a light supper.  Join Shenango mission leaders, pastors, and friends as we interact with some of the missionaries supported by our congregations in the presbytery.  More details to come!

 

What’s God Doing in Southeast Asia?

Barry and Shelly Dawson, Southeast Asia Liasons for the PC(USA) will make a presentation at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 10th in the Hill UP Church sanctuary (501 Second Street, Butler).  They will discuss their involvement with seven Southeast Asia countries on behalf of the denomination.  All are welcome!  Bring a friend!  Please call for luncheon reservations, 724-287-5427.

 

God in the Neighborhood

God calls us, not only to participate in God’s mission, but to particular places.  Situated within particular streets, sidewalks, parks, stores, and empty lots of a neighborhood, the Church seeks the shalom of their city, and all that this entails.  But what does this mean?  Share in conversation with local and international scholars, pastors, and leaders committed to building healthy communities…June 21-23 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Join in for one day or all three!  Each day includes prayer and dwelling in the Word, stories from the neighborhood, salon-style conversation, and discussions of next steps.  For more information, http://www.pts.edu/God-in-the-Neighborhood.

 

News From the Churches

Scholarships Available

Third Presbyterian Church in New Castle offers scholarships to members of Presbyterian churches in Lawrence County who are attending schools of higher education for ministerial training.  Applications may be obtained by calling the church office at 724-658-6683 or by emailing office@thirdpresby.com.  The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.

 

Music Director/Organist

First Presbyterian Church, New Castle, PA is seeking to employ one or more church musicians to help lead our music ministry.  Position(s) include: Music Director, Organist, Hand Bell Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director, and Instrumental Ensemble Director.  Compensation is based on responsibilities.  Mail resume, or for more information, contact: First Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Jefferson Street, New Castle, PA  16101, 724-652-7706 or office@firstpresby-newcastle.org.

eLink News

Coming Events:

June 8- 1:15 PM Sudan Team Meeting, New Wilmington PC
June 9- 9:30 AM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office

 

Special Work Day at Camp Lambec

A second work day at Camp Lambec in Erie in being planned for Saturday, June 10th from 9 AM to 4 PM to finish up a few projects prior to opening day.  There are jobs for all skill levels, and volunteers are advised to bring their own bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, and any tools they think would be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor at meanor300@comcast.net if you are coming (and with how many people).

 

New Wilmington Mission Conference

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held on the campus of Westminster College every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related and youth-focused.

About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Come for the week and stay on campus or just drive over for the day! Info available on the website.

Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.

 

Volunteers Needed

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for volunteers to do some light office work (preparing mailings, answering phones, etc.) during the months of June and July.  If you might be interested in helping out for a few hours/days, please contact Andrea Hall, office manager, at office@nwmcmission.org or 724-946-9770.

 

Mission Conference Reception

Our presbytery will host its third annual missionary reception during the New Wilmington Mission Conference.  The reception will be Sunday, July 23 at 5 PM in the Social Hall of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, and will include a light supper.  Join Shenango mission leaders, pastors, and friends as we interact with some of the missionaries supported by our congregations in the presbytery.  More details to come!

 

What’s God Doing in Southeast Asia?

Barry and Shelly Dawson, Southeast Asia Liasons for the PC(USA) will make a presentation at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 10th in the Hill UP Church sanctuary (501 Second Street, Butler).  They will discuss their involvement with seven Southeast Asia countries on behalf of the denomination.  All are welcome!  Bring a friend!  Please call for luncheon reservations, 724-287-5427.

 

God in the Neighborhood

God calls us, not only to participate in God’s mission, but to particular places.  Situated within particular streets, sidewalks, parks, stores, and empty lots of a neighborhood, the Church seeks the shalom of their city, and all that this entails.  But what does this mean?  Share in conversation with local and international scholars, pastors, and leaders committed to building healthy communities…June 21-23 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Join in for one day or all three!  Each day includes prayer and dwelling in the Word, stories from the neighborhood, salon-style conversation, and discussions of next steps.  For more information, http://www.pts.edu/God-in-the-Neighborhood.

 

eLink News

Coming Events:

June 6- 9:30 AM Council Meeting, North Liberty PC, Grove City

 

Young Adult Volunteer Opportunity

The Young Adult Volunteer program is a faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 21 sites around the world and in the United States.  YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaing and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.  Program benefits include monthly stipend, housing, transportation, and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the year.  Learn more about this opportunity!  Last call to apply for 2018 is June 1, 2017.

 

Dear Camp Lambec Friends and Family,
I am excited about this summer and hope you are too! Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends. If you’d like to have a great experience at camp, make new friends (and reconnect with old ones), enjoy our amenities, and grow in your faith, then choose the program that’s right for you. I’ll see you at camp!  Go to our website for more information and to register www.camplambec.org   A printable brochure and registration by going to http://camplambec.org/summer-camps.html
Randall Clow
Vice President of Camp Lambec Ministries

 

New Wilmington Mission Conference

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held on the campus of Westminster College every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related and youth-focused.

About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Come for the week and stay on campus or just drive over for the day! Info available on the website.

Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.

 

Volunteers Needed

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for volunteers to do some light office work (preparing mailings, answering phones, etc.) during the months of June and July.  If you might be interested in helping out for a few hours/days, please contact Andrea Hall, office manager, at office@nwmcmission.org or 724-946-9770.

 

Mission Conference Reception

Our presbytery will host its third annual missionary reception during the New Wilmington Mission Conference.  The reception will be Sunday, July 23 at 5 PM in the Social Hall of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, and will include a light supper.  Join Shenango mission leaders, pastors, and friends as we interact with some of the missionaries supported by our congregations in the presbytery.  More details to come!

 

What’s God Doing in Southeast Asia?

Barry and Shelly Dawson, Southeast Asia Liasons for the PC(USA) will make a presentation at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 10th in the Hill UP Church sanctuary (501 Second Street, Butler).  They will discuss their involvement with seven Southeast Asia countries on behalf of the denomination.  All are welcome!  Bring a friend!  Please call for luncheon reservations, 724-287-5427.

 

You’re Invited

Jameson Hospice will host the Hospice Foundation of America’s Living With Grief Program titled, “When Grief Is Complicated” on Thursday, June 8 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM at UPMC Jameson Main Campus Cafeteria, private dining room 2.  This program is practical for individuals or families dealing with this life issue, and all levels of professionals…useful to health care clinicians, social service clinicians, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home or faith community environments.  The event is free to the public.  CEUs are available, and registration is required by June 1st.  Contact Pastor Marsha Parrish for more information, 724-652-8847 or parrishma@upmc.edu.

 

God in the Neighborhood

God calls us, not only to participate in God’s mission, but to particular places.  Situated within particular streets, sidewalks, parks, stores, and empty lots of a neighborhood, the Church seeks the shalom of their city, and all that this entails.  But what does this mean?  Share in conversation with local and international scholars, pastors, and leaders committed to building healthy communities…June 21-23 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Join in for one day or all three!  Each day includes prayer and dwelling in the Word, stories from the neighborhood, salon-style conversation, and discussions of next steps.  For more information, http://www.pts.edu/God-in-the-Neighborhood.

 

News From the Churches

Help Wanted

Calvin Presbyterian Church is in need of a Summer Ministry Aide (preferably high school graduate or older) to work 9 hours per week, Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning June 6 and ending August 10.  This position is part of an ongoing ministry to children in the neighborhoods surrounding the church.  The church will provide free recreation, gospel teaching, and a hot lunch to the children.  The aide, who will report directly to the Pastor, will be expected to assist the Summer Ministry Coordinator and volunteers as needed, and demonstrate the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.  Other responsibilities may be included to suit the needs or gifts of a particular applicant.  A stipend of $750 will be paid for this position.

Please post the attached application, or this email, if you are able.  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please have him/her complete an application and return it to:

Calvin Presbyterian Church

615 Crescent Ave.

Ellwood City, PA  16117

Or email the completed application to Pastor Sean at pastorsbru@gmail.com

 

New Wilmington Mission Conference

 

NWMC 2016

The 2017 New Wilmington Mission Conference will be held July 22-29 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held on the campus of Westminster College every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related and youth-focused.

About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Come for the week and stay on campus or just drive over for the day! Info available on the website.

Visit the conference website here for more details or to register.