The Presbytery of Shenango

Leadership Gathering For Elders and Deacons

“Welcoming Tomorrow …Today” with Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30pm at Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington

Our Leadership Development Team is delighted to share our pastors retreats speaker with the wider presbytery this month.  All Ruling Elders and Deacons are encouraged to attend this Tuesday evening gathering with Corey Schlosser-Hall  a Ruling Elder in the PCUSA and the Executive Presbyter of the Northwest Coast Presbytery in Washington state.  Our EP Ralph Hawkins calls Corey “the most interesting and energetic leader in the PCUSA today.”  Take 3 minutes and check out this greeting from Corey — a preview of the themes he will consider during our October 24 gathering.

 Corey Schlosser Hall

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Leadership Gathering For Elders and Deacons

“Welcoming Tomorrow …Today” with Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30pm at Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington

Our Leadership Development Team is delighted to share our pastors retreats speaker with the wider presbytery this month.  All Ruling Elders and Deacons are encouraged to attend this Tuesday evening gathering with Corey Schlosser-Hall  a Ruling Elder in the PCUSA and the Executive Presbyter of the Northwest Coast Presbytery in Washington state.  Our EP Ralph Hawkins calls Corey “the most interesting and energetic leader in the PCUSA today.”  Take 3 minutes and check out this greeting from Corey — a preview of the themes he will consider during our October 24 gathering.

 Corey Schlosser Hall

 

EP Activity This Month

 

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, participated in worship at Northminster on October 1, as many former Third church New Castle members were welcomed into ministry and membership at NPC.  He will participate in worship during Jackson Center’s 175th anniversary (Oct 8) and will preach at Shenango church (Oct 22).  As our presbytery now sponsors and administers the conference, he will participate in the annual Wee Kirk event at Laurelville (Oct 9-11).  With presbytery Vice-moderator Tod Custer (Christ), he will attend a gathering a PCUSA mid-council leaders in St. Louis (Oct 13-16) — the site of the 2018 General Assembly gathering of the PCUSA.   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

  • We received TE Catherine Craley from Mission presbytery to serve as pastor of Trinity church, Mercer, beginning December 2.
  • TE David Clark (HR) has concluded his contracted service to the Moravia congregation.
  • John Lyons (Disciples of Christ) is serving the Harlansburg congregation as a temporary supply.
  • Julia Williamson (United Church of Christ) has concluded her contacted service to the Slippery Rock congregation and therefore her membership in our presbytery.
  • Third New Castle held its final worship service on August 27. An Administrative Commission of presbytery has been elected to close the congregation and to process the potential sale of the building.  A majority of Third’s members have transferred to Northminster church in New Castle.
  • Clen-Moore, First New Castle, and Northminster churches all have active PNCs working the installed search process.
  • We received TE John Lersch from Wabash presbytery to our Honorably Retired roll.
  • We received TE George Branch-Trevathan from Central Florida presbytery to our Validated Ministry roll. Branch-Trevathan chairs the Religion department at Thiel College in Greenville.
  • TE Joe Tagliaferre (Ebenezer) will also labor outside our ecclesiastical bounds to serve part-time as pastor of the Union Presbyterian Church in Beaver-Butler presbytery.
  • TE Sean Brubaker will serve as moderator for Slippery Rock and Moravia churches during their pastoral transitions. TE David Clark will serve as moderator of Wampum during their transition.

(TE = Teaching Elder; RE = Ruling Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; HR = Honorably Retired; PNC = Pastor Nominating Committee)

 

 

Wee Kirk Conference

A number of Shenango folks from several of our churches recently attended another Wee Kirk Conference at the Laurelville Center, near Mt. Pleasant.  Wee Kirk is an annual October gathering of (mostly) Presbyterians devoted to the fellowship and ministry of the smaller congregation.  Several from our churches serve on the planning team, and pictured here is Rev. Matt Camlin (New Wilmington) who led the conference in song during the worship services.  As of 2016, the Wee Kirk conference is administered by our presbytery staff and our presbytery serves as the ecclesiastical home for the organization.

Wee Kirk Worship

 

 

YAV Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class. This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders.  The YAV program is a one-year service opportunity for young adults ages 19–30, offered through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For the YAV, the benefits include a year of vocational discernment, the opportunity to live and work outside their comfort zone with the support of an intentional Christian community, time to explore their relationship with God and to live more simply in response to an unsustainable human demand for natural resources.  For more information, read this article.

 

Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.

 

Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.

 

2017 Church Leadership Conference
The Erie Network of Presbyterian Churches invites you to join them at Penn State Behrend College (Smith Chapel) on Saturday, November 4th for a workshop with Graham Standish, pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, PA.  Cost is $15 per person, including continental breakfast, beverage service, and box lunch.  Contact Rev. Dave Edmunds (814-397-1861) or Rev. Charlie McClung (814-504-7635) for more info or to pre-register.

 

 

The Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College

Church Relations Continuing Education Church Leadership Opportunity

“The Word Made Flesh: Enlivening Bible Study and Sharing” with Ms. Tracy Radosevic

Tracy Radosevic is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator. Since 1991 she has traveled all over the United States, as well as to several foreign countries, bringing her special brand of humor, insight, and faith to audiences of all ages through the power of narrative.  Join us for an exploration of the basics for story internalization and proclamation, coming away with tools for more engaged, understandable, and relevant interpretation and teaching of our stories of faith.  Monday, November 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Westminster College – Witherspoon Maple Room  Cost:  $10.00 per person/Group Rate of $8.00 per person for 5 or more from 1 church  RSVP required by Wednesday, November 8, 2017  by email to:  gabriedl@westminster.edu or by phone to:  (724) 946-7117  Payment can be mailed in advance or submitted at registration on November 13th.  Cash or checks made payable to “Westminster College”.

 

Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey, DR000194-Irma, or DR000194-Maria.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.

 

Help for Puerto Rico

Help Presbyterians in Puerto Rico recover from hurricane Maria and enable them to minister to their neighbors.

Pastor Adolfo Santana- Cordero is the pastor of the PCUSA church in San Juan and personally friend of Beth Creekpaum (of the Sandy Lake church) through the PCUSA’s CREDO program.

He reports they are in desperate need of:

  • Batteries:  AA, AAA, 9V, C, D
  • Flashlights
  • Solar lamps
  • Bug repellent (NON aerosol)
  • candles

If your church is interested and willing to collect and mail these items to Adolfo and his church, please contact Beth at TheOtherRevCreekpaum@gmail.com for mailing/shipping instructions.

If you personally would like to donate items for mailing or contribute money to help defray the cost of mailing these items to Puerto Rico, please deliver to the Presbytery office and Beth will post them to Puerto Rico on your behalf.

Thanks for your generosity!

News From the Churches

Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church will host a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, October 21st from 5-7 PM.  Proceeds to benefit the Church’s General Fund.  Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $5.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Eat in or take out available.  Call the church office for tickets: 724-667-7255.

 

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, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3.  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.

 

Grief Support Group

It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss.  Hold on to hope and gather with others on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice will facilitate the group.

 

Book Set Available

Shenango Presbyterian Church has an extra copy of FEASTING ON THE WORD Year B (just in time) – complete set of 4 volumes.  $100  Never used.  Make check payable to Shenango Presbyterian Church.  If interested call 724-654-2322.

FOTW

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Shenango Authors

Two former minister members of our presbytery and their spouses have recently published books: Dr. Gary Smith, retired from Grove City College, and his wife Jane recently published Suffer the Children: How We Can Help Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children.  Rev. Raymond Hylton, formerly pastor of First New Castle, and his wife Judith have authored 5 Disciplines of a Growing Marriage: Falling in Love Again.  Remember, too, that Rev. Lisa Hickman (First Sharon) has authored several titles in recent years, available here.

 

Wampum Deacon Outreach

The Deacons of the Wampum church visit a different area nursing home each month, bringing with them a time of worship, hymn-singing, prayer, and scripture readings.  Recently the deacons visited Shenango SeniorCare in New Wilmington, with a large crowd of residents in attendance.  This gathering was a poignant one for the Wampum members, as it was the first deacon outreach in which Rev. Bill McGary was not in attendance.  The Wampum church continues to mourn his sudden death last month.

Wampum Deacon Outreach

 

Help for Puerto Rico

Help Presbyterians in Puerto Rico recover from hurricane Maria and enable them to minister to their neighbors.

Pastor Adolfo Santana- Cordero is the pastor of the PCUSA church in San Juan and personally friend of Beth Creekpaum (of the Sandy Lake church) through the PCUSA’s CREDO program.

He reports they are in desperate need of:

  • Batteries:  AA, AAA, 9V, C, D
  • Flashlights
  • Solar lamps
  • Bug repellent (NON aerosol)
  • candles

If your church is interested and willing to collect and mail these items to Adolfo and his church, please contact Beth at TheOtherRevCreekpaum@gmail.com for mailing/shipping instructions.

If you personally would like to donate items for mailing or contribute money to help defray the cost of mailing these items to Puerto Rico, please deliver to the Presbytery office and Beth will post them to Puerto Rico on your behalf.

Thanks for your generosity!

eLink News

Leadership Gathering For Elders and Deacons

“Welcoming Tomorrow …Today” with Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30pm at Neshannock Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington

Our Leadership Development Team is delighted to share our pastors retreats speaker with the wider presbytery this month.  All Ruling Elders and Deacons are encouraged to attend this Tuesday evening gathering with Corey Schlosser-Hall  a Ruling Elder in the PCUSA and the Executive Presbyter of the Northwest Coast Presbytery in Washington state.  Our EP Ralph Hawkins calls Corey “the most interesting and energetic leader in the PCUSA today.”  Take 3 minutes and check out this greeting from Corey — a preview of the themes he will consider during our October 24 gathering.

 Corey Schlosser Hall

 

EP Activity This Month

 

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, participated in worship at Northminster on October 1, as many former Third church New Castle members were welcomed into ministry and membership at NPC.  He will participate in worship during Jackson Center’s 175th anniversary (Oct 8) and will preach at Shenango church (Oct 22).  As our presbytery now sponsors and administers the conference, he will participate in the annual Wee Kirk event at Laurelville (Oct 9-11).  With presbytery Vice-moderator Tod Custer (Christ), he will attend a gathering a PCUSA mid-council leaders in St. Louis (Oct 13-16) — the site of the 2018 General Assembly gathering of the PCUSA.   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

  • We received TE Catherine Craley from Mission presbytery to serve as pastor of Trinity church, Mercer, beginning December 2.
  • TE David Clark (HR) has concluded his contracted service to the Moravia congregation.
  • John Lyons (Disciples of Christ) is serving the Harlansburg congregation as a temporary supply.
  • Julia Williamson (United Church of Christ) has concluded her contacted service to the Slippery Rock congregation and therefore her membership in our presbytery.
  • Third New Castle held its final worship service on August 27. An Administrative Commission of presbytery has been elected to close the congregation and to process the potential sale of the building.  A majority of Third’s members have transferred to Northminster church in New Castle.
  • Clen-Moore, First New Castle, and Northminster churches all have active PNCs working the installed search process.
  • We received TE John Lersch from Wabash presbytery to our Honorably Retired roll.
  • We received TE George Branch-Trevathan from Central Florida presbytery to our Validated Ministry roll. Branch-Trevathan chairs the Religion department at Thiel College in Greenville.
  • TE Joe Tagliaferre (Ebenezer) will also labor outside our ecclesiastical bounds to serve part-time as pastor of the Union Presbyterian Church in Beaver-Butler presbytery.
  • TE Sean Brubaker will serve as moderator for Slippery Rock and Moravia churches during their pastoral transitions. TE David Clark will serve as moderator of Wampum during their transition.

(TE = Teaching Elder; RE = Ruling Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; HR = Honorably Retired; PNC = Pastor Nominating Committee)

 

Jackson Center Celebrates

The Jackson Center church celebrated its 175th anniversary this weekend, complete with a bagpipe processional and a sermon by TE Charlie Crane on the communion of the saints, then and now.  Jackson Center was founded in 1842.  Although the current sanctuary is not the original kirk building, even it dates back as far as the Civil War.  The congregation held a Saturday open house that included five former pastors.  “For all the saints, who from their labors rest …”

Jackson Center Anniversary

YAV Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class. This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders.  The YAV program is a one-year service opportunity for young adults ages 19–30, offered through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For the YAV, the benefits include a year of vocational discernment, the opportunity to live and work outside their comfort zone with the support of an intentional Christian community, time to explore their relationship with God and to live more simply in response to an unsustainable human demand for natural resources.  For more information, read this article.

 

Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.

 

Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.

 

2017 Church Leadership Conference
The Erie Network of Presbyterian Churches invites you to join them at Penn State Behrend College (Smith Chapel) on Saturday, November 4th for a workshop with Graham Standish, pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, PA.  Cost is $15 per person, including continental breakfast, beverage service, and box lunch.  Contact Rev. Dave Edmunds (814-397-1861) or Rev. Charlie McClung (814-504-7635) for more info or to pre-register.

 

 

The Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College

Church Relations Continuing Education Church Leadership Opportunity

“The Word Made Flesh: Enlivening Bible Study and Sharing” with Ms. Tracy Radosevic

Tracy Radosevic is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator. Since 1991 she has traveled all over the United States, as well as to several foreign countries, bringing her special brand of humor, insight, and faith to audiences of all ages through the power of narrative.  Join us for an exploration of the basics for story internalization and proclamation, coming away with tools for more engaged, understandable, and relevant interpretation and teaching of our stories of faith.  Monday, November 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Westminster College – Witherspoon Maple Room  Cost:  $10.00 per person/Group Rate of $8.00 per person for 5 or more from 1 church  RSVP required by Wednesday, November 8, 2017  by email to:  gabriedl@westminster.edu or by phone to:  (724) 946-7117  Payment can be mailed in advance or submitted at registration on November 13th.  Cash or checks made payable to “Westminster College”.

 

Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey, DR000194-Irma, or DR000194-Maria.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.

 

News From the Churches

Rev. Bill Crooks to Retire

Rev. Bill Crooks retired on October 1st after 37 years at Trinity Presbyterian Church (42 total years in ministry) in Mercer.  The church is inviting everyone to attend an open house on Sunday, October 15th from NOON – 2:00 PM.  Come and enjoy fellowship and refreshments!  Bill and his wife have requested NO gifts.

 

Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church will host a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, October 21stfrom 5-7 PM.  Proceeds to benefit the Church’s General Fund.  Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $5.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Eat in or take out available.  Call the church office for tickets: 724-667-7255.

 

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, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3.  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.

 

Grief Support Group

It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss.  Hold on to hope and gather with others on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice will facilitate the group.

 

Annual Basket Raffle

ShenangoOnTheGreen will be holding their annual Basket Raffle on October 14th from 8:30 – 2:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased from October 9th-13th (8:30 AM – 6:30 PM).  All proceeds to benefit the SeniorCARE Fund, providing support for your local seniors.  For more information, visit www.shenangosrcare.org or call Shawna Bostaph at 724-946-3402.

 

Book Set Available

Shenango Presbyterian Church has an extra copy of FEASTING ON THE WORD Year B (just in time) – complete set of 4 volumes.  $100  Never used.  Make check payable to Shenango Presbyterian Church.  If interested call 724-654-2322.

FOTW

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Fall Pastor Retreat – LAST CHANCE!

The deadline to register for the Fall Pastor Retreat on October 23-24 with Corey Schlosser-Hall has been extended until this Friday, October 6thRegister online here, or contact the Presbytery Office by Friday to add your name to the list for this exciting opportunity.  The cost for Shenango ministers is $95 for an overnight stay or $50 to commute.

 

Church Leader Event

Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM…Elders, Deacons, and other church leaders are invited to attend a Leadership Summit with Corey Schlosser-Hall at the Neshannock Presbyterian Church in New Wilmington.

 

2018 Per Capita

The 2018 Per Capita budget was approved on Tuesday evening at the Presbytery meeting.  Letters will go out to churches this week.  The Presbytery and Synod amounts have remained unchanged, and the total for 2018 will be $38.09 per person.

 

Northminster Welcome

On World Communion Sunday, our Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle officially welcomed more than 50 members from Third Presbyterian Church, now closed.  Pictured here is a moment during worship when new members were welcomed by Northminster worshippers.  Rev. Bill King currently serves as Northminster’s interim pastor while the congregation searches for its next installed leader.

Northminster Welcome 

 

What Are You Interested In?

Help the Evangelism Committee better serve our congregations by taking a few moments to complete this brief questionnaire.  Feel free to share the link with others in your congregation – the more answers the committee receives, the better they are able to serve you!

 

Wee Kirk Northeast Conference

October 9-11, 2017 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Conference Center near Mt. Pleasant, PA.  EVERYONE IS INVITED to attend this special time.  The purpose of Wee Kirk is: to inspire, equip, motivate, and encourage the people of small Presbyterian Churches and to also provide rest and refreshment for those who come.  There are workshops, sharing times with good food, worship, and music.  Registration fees: Churches up to 125 – $125 for husband and wife or $100 for single registrant; Churches 126-200 – $150 for husband and wife or $125 for single registration.  More information and online registration available at http://www.wee.kirk.ne.org.  Hearts and Minds Bookstore will be on the premises with Byron Borger spotlighting books each day.  Questions can be directed to Helen Kester at 724-980-9565.  (Wee Kirk is in partnership with the Presbytery of Shenango – flyers for the conference are available at the Presbytery Office.)

 

Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.

 

Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.

 

Pianist Wanted

Avalon Springs in Mercer is seeking a volunteer pianist to play basic church hymns for Sunday services at 2:30-3:30 each Sunday at the facility community room.  If interested, please contact Sandy Hill at 724-662-5400.

 

2017 Church Leadership Conference
The Erie Network of Presbyterian Churches invites you to join them at Penn State Behrend College (Smith Chapel) on Saturday, November 4th for a workshop with Graham Standish, pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, PA.  Cost is $15 per person, including continental breakfast, beverage service, and box lunch.  Contact Rev. Dave Edmunds (814-397-1861) or Rev. Charlie McClung (814-504-7635) for more info or to pre-register.

 

Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey, DR000194-Irma, or DR000194-Maria.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.

 

News From the Churches

Rev. Bill Crooks to Retire

Rev. Bill Crooks retired on October 1st after 37 years at Trinity Presbyterian Church (42 total years in ministry) in Mercer.  The church is inviting everyone to attend an open house on Sunday, October 15th from NOON – 2:00 PM.  Come and enjoy fellowship and refreshments!  Bill and his wife have requested NO gifts.

 

Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church will host a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, October 21stfrom 5-7 PM.  Proceeds to benefit the Church’s General Fund.  Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $5.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Eat in or take out available.  Call the church office for tickets: 724-667-7255.

 

Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night

The first Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night will be on the evening of October 7thbeginning at 7:30 PM.  A live outdoor concert featuring contemporary worship artist Jordan Biel and band, Christian Rap Artist G.I.L. (God Is Love), and Damon Covert will be performing and lifting up our God in praise.  Everyone is welcome, rain or shine, come early for under roof seating.  The concert is free with admission to the maze.  For more info go to http://www.coolspringmaze.com.

 

Jackson Center Presbyterian Church 175th Anniversary

Join Jackson Center Presbyterian Church (Route 62 – Franklin Road – Jackson Center, PA) to celebrate their 175th Anniverary.  There will be an Open House on Saturday, October 7thfrom 1-4 PM, and a Church Service on Sunday, October 8th at 11 AM.  Homecoming, greetings, historical displays, refreshments, with special performances by the Bell Choir and a Bagpiper.

 

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, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3.  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.

 

Grief Support Group

It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss.  Hold on to hope and gather with others on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice will facilitate the group.

 

Annual Basket Raffle

ShenangoOnTheGreen will be holding their annual Basket Raffle on October 14th from 8:30 – 2:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased from October 9th-13th (8:30 AM – 6:30 PM).  All proceeds to benefit the SeniorCARE Fund, providing support for your local seniors.  For more information, visit www.shenangosrcare.org or call Shawna Bostaph at 724-946-3402.

 

eLink News

Bessemer Baptism

The congregation at Bessemer Presbyterian Church, pictured here, gathered around the baptismal font on Sunday, September 17, to welcome into the covenant family of faith Carson Jacob Leslie, the recently adopted son of Rev. Nathan Leslie and his wife Mary Kay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Per Capita

The 2018 Per Capita budget was approved on Tuesday evening at the Presbytery meeting.  Letters will go out to churches this week.  The Presbytery and Synod amounts have remained unchanged, and the total for 2018 will be $38.09 per person.

 

What Are You Interested In?

Help the Evangelism Committee better serve our congregations by taking a few moments to complete this brief questionnaire.  Feel free to share the link with others in your congregation – the more answers the committee receives, the better they are able to serve you!

 

International Peacemaker Visit

Born to Dinka parents, Achol Majok Kur Kier is not inclined to conform to expectations that define her culture. Strong-willed, at a young age she refused the matrimonial candidate her parents had hand-picked from within their clan. Instead, she pursued university-level studies in Khartoum, Sudan, becoming a secondary school professor in English, Arabic and history and marrying, at age 29, the love of her life from another ethnic group.  Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SSPEC). She serves as the elected chairperson for SSPEC’s women’s desk, and is an executive committee member in the South Sudan Council of Churches. She is one of 16 International Peacemakers touring the U.S. during the 2017 Season of Peace on behalf of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  You can meet Achol during her visit to Shenango Presbytery, September 25-29th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Sudan Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the poster.  Download the bulletin insert.

 

Youth Ministry Essentials Training Event

Pittsburgh Presbytery will be hosting Mark Oestreicher, internationally known for his wisdom and insight into youth ministry, for a special one-day event on Thursday, September 28th.  This event promises to be an unique opportunity to engage with one of the foremost leaders in youth ministry. Click here for more information.

 

Wee Kirk Northeast Conference

October 9-11, 2017 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Conference Center near Mt. Pleasant, PA.  EVERYONE IS INVITED to attend this special time.  The purpose of Wee Kirk is: to inspire, equip, motivate, and encourage the people of small Presbyterian Churches and to also provide rest and refreshment for those who come.  There are workshops, sharing times with good food, worship, and music.  Registration fees: Churches up to 125 – $125 for husband and wife or $100 for single registrant; Churches 126-200 – $150 for husband and wife or $125 for single registration.  More information and online registration available at http://www.wee.kirk.ne.org.  Hearts and Minds Bookstore will be on the premises with Byron Borger spotlighting books each day.  Questions can be directed to Helen Kester at 724-980-9565.  (Wee Kirk is in partnership with the Presbytery of Shenango – flyers for the conference are available at the Presbytery Office.)

 

Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.

 

Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.

 

Pianist Wanted

Avalon Springs in Mercer is seeking a volunteer pianist to play basic church hymns for Sunday services at 2:30-3:30 each Sunday at the facility community room.  If interested, please contact Sandy Hill at 724-662-5400.

 

Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey or DR000194-Irma.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.

 

#HelpHarveyVictims

At the heart of the Westminster College community is a love of service, so in the light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation along the Gulf Coast, the students feel called to send relief to some victims in the Houston area.  Through September 30th, a service drive will be held to collect items in our community.  Collection boxes have been placed in the Chapel, outside Townhouse 23, and outside the Student Affairs office in McKelvey, as well as at a few local churches (names coming soon).  The following items are being collected, and will be sent to trusted relief organizations and local shelters:

Toiletries

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • bar soap
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • body wash
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • hand sanitizer
  • blankets
  • paper towels
  • Clorox wipes

Diapers

  • baby and adult diapers
  • pull-ups
  • baby wipes

Food

  • non-perishables with pull tops
  • granola bars
  • peanut butter
  • baby food
  • baby formula

Clothing (new and gently used)

  • undergarments (pref. new)
  • socks
  • shirts
  • pants
  • jackets
  • shoes

 

News From the Churches

Rev. Bill Crooks to Retire

Rev. Bill Crooks will retire on October 1st after 37 years at Trinity Presbyterian Church (42 total years in ministry) in Mercer.  The church is inviting everyone to attend an open house on Sunday, October 15th from NOON – 2:00 PM.  Come and enjoy fellowship and refreshments!  Bill and his wife have requested NO gifts.

 

Ham Loaf Dinner

Bessemer Presbyterian Church will host a Ham Loaf Dinner on Saturday, October 21st from 5-7 PM.  Proceeds to benefit the Church’s General Fund.  Adults $10.00, Children 6-12 $5.00, Children 5 and under FREE.  Eat in or take out available.  Call the church office for tickets: 724-667-7255.

 

Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night

The first Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night will be on the evening of October 7thbeginning at 7:30 PM.  A live outdoor concert featuring contemporary worship artist Jordan Biel and band, Christian Rap Artist G.I.L. (God Is Love), and Damon Covert will be performing and lifting up our God in praise.  Everyone is welcome, rain or shine, come early for under roof seating.  The concert is free with admission to the maze.  For more info go to http://www.coolspringmaze.com.

 

Jackson Center Presbyterian Church 175th Anniversary

Join Jackson Center Presbyterian Church (Route 62 – Franklin Road – Jackson Center, PA) to celebrate their 175th Anniverary.  There will be an Open House on Saturday, October 7thfrom 1-4 PM, and a Church Service on Sunday, October 8th at 11 AM.  Homecoming, greetings, historical displays, refreshments, with special performances by the Bell Choir and a Bagpiper.

 

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, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3.  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.

 

Grief Support Group

It is important to understand grief, to learn coping skills and to have a determination to survive the loss.  Hold on to hope and gather with others on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Rev. Andy Shaffer, Chaplain at SouthernCare Hospice will facilitate the group.

 

Annual Basket Raffle

ShenangoOnTheGreen will be holding their annual Basket Raffle on October 14th from 8:30 – 2:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased from October 9th-13th (8:30 AM – 6:30 PM).  All proceeds to benefit the SeniorCARE Fund, providing support for your local seniors.  For more information, visit www.shenangosrcare.org or call Shawna Bostaph at 724-946-3402.

 

eLink News – EXTRA!

Meet the International Peacemaker

crop-Achol-Majok-SQ-431x500Born to Dinka parents, Achol Majok Kur Kier is not inclined to conform to expectations that define her culture. Strong-willed, at a young age she refused the matrimonial candidate her parents had hand-picked from within their clan. Instead, she pursued university-level studies in Khartoum, Sudan, becoming a secondary school professor in English, Arabic and history and marrying, at age 29, the love of her life from another ethnic group.

Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SSPEC). She serves as the elected chairperson for SSPEC’s women’s desk, and is an executive committee member in the South Sudan Council of Churches. She is one of 16 International Peacemakers touring the U.S. during the 2017 Season of Peace on behalf of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

You can meet Achol during her visit to Shenango Presbytery, September 25-29th:

Lunch at The Confluence
E. Washington St., New Castle
Wednesday, September 27th at 11:30 AM
Come, buy your lunch, and listen to Achol talk about being a peacemaker.

Celebrate South Sudan/Sudan at Moco Coffee House
Sunday, October 1st at 6:00 PM
Moco Coffee House, Bessemer, PA
Free coffee/drinks and snacks

Thursday evening, September 28th, is still open if someone would like to invite her to dinner or have a small group gathering.  Contact Denise Sciuto at dsciuto@frontierfellowship.com for scheduling.

Official Call to the September 26, 2017 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Shenango

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday,
September 26, 2017 at Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Mercer, PA.  

Important Items Before Presbytery Include:

  • Second reading and vote on the 2018 Per Capita budget
  • Greetings from Achol Majok Kur Kier, International Peacemaker from South Sudan
  • South Sudan Hunger Challenge
  • Celebration of Communion

Get the Docket and Council Minutes!

Lebanon Presbyterian Church is located at 2090 Mercer-West Middlesex Road, Mercer, PA  16137.

NOTE: Please email any documents for inclusion in the packet to Autumn at office@shenango.org ASAP.  

eLink News

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching at Bell Memorial in Ellwood City (Sep 3), at First New Castle (Sep 10), and at Bessemer (Sep 17).  He will be conducting Nominating Committee training (Sep 10) and moderating a gathering of Executive Presbyters and Stated Clerks from across the Synod of Trinity (Sep 27-29).  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.

 

What Are You Interested In?

Help the Evangelism Committee better serve our congregations by taking a few moments to complete this brief questionnaire.  Feel free to share the link with others in your congregation – the more answers the committee receives, the better they are able to serve you!

 

September 25-26: W. Don McClure Lectures at PTS

Dr. Amos Yong, Professor of Mission and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, will present his reflections on the work of the Holy Spirit in mission in a pluralistic world at this FREE lecture.  Dr. Yong brings a global perspective of how the Spirit has grown the number of Pentecostal  believers in places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia – not to mention our own contexts.  See https://www.pts.edu/McClure_2017 for more details.

 

International Peacemaker Visit

Born to Dinka parents, Achol Majok Kur Kier is not inclined to conform to expectations that define her culture. Strong-willed, at a young age she refused the matrimonial candidate her parents had hand-picked from within their clan. Instead, she pursued university-level studies in Khartoum, Sudan, becoming a secondary school professor in English, Arabic and history and marrying, at age 29, the love of her life from another ethnic group.  Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SSPEC). She serves as the elected chairperson for SSPEC’s women’s desk, and is an executive committee member in the South Sudan Council of Churches. She is one of 16 International Peacemakers touring the U.S. during the 2017 Season of Peace on behalf of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  You can meet Achol during her visit to Shenango Presbytery, September 25-29th.  More information coming soon!

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Celebrate Sudan Event

Download the poster.  Download the bulletin insert.

Celebrate Sudan flyer

Youth Ministry Essentials Training Event

Pittsburgh Presbytery will be hosting Mark Oestreicher, internationally known for his wisdom and insight into youth ministry, for a special one-day event on Thursday, September 28th.  This event promises to be an unique opportunity to engage with one of the foremost leaders in youth ministry. Click here for more information.

 

Camp Lambec Work Day

The CAPNWP Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to help winterize Camp Lambec and perform some maintenance on September 23, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  There are jobs for all skill levels.  Please bring work gloves, a water bottle, your lunch, and any tools that you think would be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor at meanor300@comcast.net by September 20th to let him know how many are coming.

 

Wee Kirk Northeast Conference

October 9-11, 2017 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Conference Center near Mt. Pleasant, PA.  EVERYONE IS INVITED to attend this special time.  The purpose of Wee Kirk is: to inspire, equip, motivate, and encourage the people of small Presbyterian Churches and to also provide rest and refreshment for those who come.  There are workshops, sharing times with good food, worship, and music.  Registration fees: Churches up to 125 – $125 for husband and wife or $100 for single registrant; Churches 126-200 – $150 for husband and wife or $125 for single registration.  More information and online registration available at http://www.wee.kirk.ne.org.  Hearts and Minds Bookstore will be on the premises with Byron Borger spotlighting books each day.  Questions can be directed to Helen Kester at 724-980-9565.  (Wee Kirk is in partnership with the Presbytery of Shenango – flyers for the conference are available at the Presbytery Office.)

 

Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.

 

Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.

 

Pianist Wanted

Avalon Springs in Mercer is seeking a volunteer pianist to play basic church hymns for Sunday services at 2:30-3:30 each Sunday at the facility community room.  If interested, please contact Sandy Hill at 724-662-5400.

 

Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey or DR000194-Irma.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.

 

#HelpHarveyVictims

At the heart of the Westminster College community is a love of service, so in the light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation along the Gulf Coast, the students feel called to send relief to some victims in the Houston area.  Through September 30th, a service drive will be held to collect items in our community.  Collection boxes have been placed in the Chapel, outside Townhouse 23, and outside the Student Affairs office in McKelvey, as well as at a few local churches (names coming soon).  The following items are being collected, and will be sent to trusted relief organizations and local shelters:

Toiletries

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • bar soap
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • body wash
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • hand sanitizer
  • blankets
  • paper towels
  • Clorox wipes

Diapers

  • baby and adult diapers
  • pull-ups
  • baby wipes

Food

  • non-perishables with pull tops
  • granola bars
  • peanut butter
  • baby food
  • baby formula

Clothing (new and gently used)

  • undergarments (pref. new)
  • socks
  • shirts
  • pants
  • jackets
  • shoes

 

News From the Churches

Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night

The first Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night will be on the evening of October 7thbeginning at 7:30 PM.  A live outdoor concert featuring contemporary worship artist Jordan Biel and band, Christian Rap Artist G.I.L. (God Is Love), and Damon Covert will be performing and lifting up our God in praise.  Everyone is welcome, rain or shine, come early for under roof seating.  The concert is free with admission to the maze.  For more info go to http://www.coolspringmaze.com.

 

Jackson Center Presbyterian Church 175th Anniversary

Join Jackson Center Presbyterian Church (Route 62 – Franklin Road – Jackson Center, PA) to celebrate their 175th Anniverary.  There will be an Open House on Saturday, October 7thfrom 1-4 PM, and a Church Service on Sunday, October 8th at 11 AM.  Homecoming, greetings, historical displays, refreshments, with special performances by the Bell Choir and a Bagpiper.

 

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, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3.  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.

 

Church Treasurer Wanted

Clen-Moore Church, 220 Clen-Moore Boulevard, New Castle has an immediate opening for a Church Treasurer.  This is a part-time position and treasurer may work from home.  Accounting experience is required as well as strong computer accounting skills.  Duties include, but are not limited to:  processing payroll, preparing accounts payable checks, bank reconciliations, monthly financials, preparing federal and state quarterly reports.  Please send a letter of interest and resume to Dr. David Watson at dwatson@clenmoore.org.

 

Annual Basket Raffle

ShenangoOnTheGreen will be holding their annual Basket Raffle on October 14th from 8:30 – 2:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased from October 9th-13th (8:30 AM – 6:30 PM).  All proceeds to benefit the SeniorCARE Fund, providing support for your local seniors.  For more information, visit www.shenangosrcare.org or call Shawna Bostaph at 724-946-3402.

eLink News

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be preaching at Bell Memorial in Ellwood City (Sep 3), at First New Castle (Sep 10), and at Bessemer (Sep 17).  He will be conducting Nominating Committee training (Sep 10) and moderating a gathering of Executive Presbyters and Stated Clerks from across the Synod of Trinity (Sep 27-29).  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

– The Ellport congregation celebrated an anniversary last month with a Friday evening homecoming meal and concert.  CRE Charlene Kennedy is their part-time pastor.

–  Third Presbyterian Church of New Castle held its final worship service on August 27, completed nearly 100 years of worship and witness in east New Castle.  Most members will be transferring to Northminster church, New Castle.  The presbytery will elect an Administrative Commission to disburse the physical assets of the congregation.

– TE David Clark recently completed his tenure as part-time pastor of the Moravia congregation.

– Rev. John Lyons is serving as temporary supply pastor for the Harlansburg congregation.

– Rev. Julia Williamson (UCC) will soon complete her tenure as pastor of the Slippery Rock congregation in Ellwood City.  Julia’s husband has received a new call and they will be moving to Dayton, Ohio, this fall.

– TE Bill Crooks will be retiring at the end of this month after 37 years of service to the Trinity congregation in Mercer.  His final Sunday preaching will be October 1.

– TE David Watson and TE Bill King this summer each began interim service at Clen-Moore and Northminster churches, respectively.

(TE = Teaching Elder; RE = Ruling Elder; CRE = Commissioned Ruling Elder; MAL = Member at Large; HR = Honorably Retired; PNC = Pastor Nominating Committee)

 

What Are You Interested In?

Help the Evangelism Committee better serve our congregations by taking a few moments to complete this brief questionnaire.  Feel free to share the link with others in your congregation – the more answers the committee receives, the better they are able to serve you!

 

Happy Birthday Synod of the Trinity!

September 17th is THE day of the first General Synod meeting in 1717.  At that meeting the presbyteries of Philadelphia (formerly “The Presbytery”), New Castle, and Long Island gathered to do business, and among other things, the precursor to the Board of Pensions was formed.  This year will be the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Synod of the Trinity!  Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, Synod is asking that churches to participate during worship using the attached bulletin insert.  There is also an opportunity for a congregation to receive a grant by participating in the celebration (details are on the bulletin insert).

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September 25-26: W. Don McClure Lectures at PTS

Dr. Amos Yong, Professor of Mission and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, will present his reflections on the work of the Holy Spirit in mission in a pluralistic world at this FREE lecture.  Dr. Yong brings a global perspective of how the Spirit has grown the number of Pentecostal  believers in places like Latin America, Africa, and Asia – not to mention our own contexts.  See https://www.pts.edu/McClure_2017 for more details.

 

International Peacemaker Visit

Born to Dinka parents, Achol Majok Kur Kier is not inclined to conform to expectations that define her culture. Strong-willed, at a young age she refused the matrimonial candidate her parents had hand-picked from within their clan. Instead, she pursued university-level studies in Khartoum, Sudan, becoming a secondary school professor in English, Arabic and history and marrying, at age 29, the love of her life from another ethnic group.  Achol is an ordained deaconess in the South Sudan Evangelical Presbyterian Church (SSPEC). She serves as the elected chairperson for SSPEC’s women’s desk, and is an executive committee member in the South Sudan Council of Churches. She is one of 16 International Peacemakers touring the U.S. during the 2017 Season of Peace on behalf of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.  You can meet Achol during her visit to Shenango Presbytery, September 25-29th.  More information coming soon!

crop-Achol-Majok-SQ-431x500

Celebrate Sudan Event

Celebrate Sudan flyer

Download the poster.  Download the bulletin insert.

 

Youth Ministry Essentials Training Event

Pittsburgh Presbytery will be hosting Mark Oestreicher, internationally known for his wisdom and insight into youth ministry, for a special one-day event on Thursday, September 28th.  This event promises to be an unique opportunity to engage with one of the foremost leaders in youth ministry. Click here for more information.

 

Camp Lambec Work Day

The CAPNWP Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to help winterize Camp Lambec and perform some maintenance on September 23, 2017 from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  There are jobs for all skill levels.  Please bring work gloves, a water bottle, your lunch, and any tools that you think would be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor at meanor300@comcast.net by September 20th to let him know how many are coming.

 

Wee Kirk Northeast Conference

October 9-11, 2017 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Conference Center near Mt. Pleasant, PA.  EVERYONE IS INVITED to attend this special time.  The purpose of Wee Kirk is: to inspire, equip, motivate, and encourage the people of small Presbyterian Churches and to also provide rest and refreshment for those who come.  There are workshops, sharing times with good food, worship, and music.  Registration fees: Churches up to 125 – $125 for husband and wife or $100 for single registrant; Churches 126-200 – $150 for husband and wife or $125 for single registration.  More information and online registration available at http://www.wee.kirk.ne.org.  Hearts and Minds Bookstore will be on the premises with Byron Borger spotlighting books each day.  Questions can be directed to Helen Kester at 724-980-9565.  (Wee Kirk is in partnership with the Presbytery of Shenango – flyers for the conference are available at the Presbytery Office.)

 

Discussions on Theology and Science at PTS-One Wednesday each month October-December 2017, and February-April 2018 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is hosting conversations about various current scientific topics by knowledgeable people in the particular field: 10/18 “’Wonder of Science,” 11/15 “Our Model of the Universe,” 12/6, “The Science of Language,” 2/21 “Teaching a Machine,” 3/21 “Creation, Intelligent Design, and Evolution,” 4/18 “Genetic Engineering.”  The lectures are from 9:00AM -1:30PM, and include lunch.  Due to a generous grant the lectures are FREE.  Glenn Hink, 1st Church Sharon is planning on participating.  If you would be interested in the lectures, and carpooling down to PTS, contact Glenn.  For more information visit ConEd@pts.edu.

 

Connecting Mission Leaders

Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX on October 26-28 for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders Conference, sponsored by The Antioch Partners, Frontier Fellowship, and The Outreach Foundation.  Topics include ministering to immigrants & refugees, engaging millennials in mission, church planting, and more.  Learn more and register online at http://www.connectingmissionleaders.com.

 

Pianist Wanted

Avalon Springs in Mercer is seeking a volunteer pianist to play basic church hymns for Sunday services at 2:30-3:30 each Sunday at the facility community room.  If interested, please contact Sandy Hill at 724-662-5400.

 

Hurricane Response

Even as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Irma followed close behind, weaving a path of devastation, wiping out islands in the Caribbean and bringing damaging winds and storm surge to Florida.  Years of recovery lie ahead, and your commitment will help PDA extend the hands of Christ.  PDA is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and raises designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

You can send your special offerings and gifts through the Shenango Presbytery office (4197 New Castle Road, Pulaski, PA  16143).  Please designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey or DR000194-Irma.  We will forward all gifts on to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

For more information, updates, and resources (such as a bulletin insert), please visit http://pda.pcusa.org.

 

#HelpHarveyVictims

At the heart of the Westminster College community is a love of service, so in the light of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation along the Gulf Coast, the students feel called to send relief to some victims in the Houston area.  Through September 30th, a service drive will be held to collect items in our community.  Collection boxes have been placed in the Chapel, outside Townhouse 23, and outside the Student Affairs office in McKelvey, as well as at a few local churches (names coming soon).  The following items are being collected, and will be sent to trusted relief organizations and local shelters:

Toiletries

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • bar soap
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • body wash
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • hand sanitizer
  • blankets
  • paper towels
  • Clorox wipes

Diapers

  • baby and adult diapers
  • pull-ups
  • baby wipes

Food

  • non-perishables with pull tops
  • granola bars
  • peanut butter
  • baby food
  • baby formula

Clothing (new and gently used)

  • undergarments (pref. new)
  • socks
  • shirts
  • pants
  • jackets
  • shoes

 

News From the Churches

24th Annual Fall Fest

Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church will hold their annual Fall Fest on Saturday, September 16th from 9 AM to 2 PM.  There will be a food court (homemade chicken noodle, vegetable, and wedding soups) and crafts.  Tables are available by calling 724-758-6785.

 

Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night

The first Coolspring Corn Maze Praise Night will be on the evening of October 7th beginning at 7:30 PM.  A live outdoor concert featuring contemporary worship artist Jordan Biel and band, Christian Rap Artist G.I.L. (God Is Love), and Damon Covert will be performing and lifting up our God in praise.  Everyone is welcome, rain or shine, come early for under roof seating.  The concert is free with admission to the maze.  For more info go to http://www.coolspringmaze.com.

 

Jackson Center Presbyterian Church 175th Anniversary

Join Jackson Center Presbyterian Church (Route 62 – Franklin Road – Jackson Center, PA) to celebrate their 175th Anniverary.  There will be an Open House on Saturday, October 7th from 1-4 PM, and a Church Service on Sunday, October 8th at 11 AM.  Homecoming, greetings, historical displays, refreshments, with special performances by the Bell Choir and a Bagpiper.

 

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, September 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 3.  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.

 

Evensong at Unity

“Evensong at Unity” begins on Sunday evening, September 17th with dinner at 5:30 PM and singing in the Unity sanctuary at 6:15 PM.  All invited who love singing from the hymnbook.  Unity is located at 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road (at Greenfield – halfway between West Middlesex and Mercer).  (Note: There is still a detour on Rt. 318 at Bethel.)

 

Fall into Christmas Dinner

Make the winter warmer for some of our less fortunate friends around town by bringing a contribution of hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks, underwear, or coats on Saturday, September 16th from 6-8 PM at Shenango Presbyterian Church (3144 Wilmington Road).  Come enjoy a Christmas dinner menu and treats for the kids… Adults $7, Kids 12 and under $5.  Proceeds will benefit the City Rescue Mission.  Stay long enough to sing some Christmas Carols!  Reservations appreciated, but not necessary (724-652-2322).

 

Church Treasurer Wanted

Clen-Moore Church, 220 Clen-Moore Boulevard, New Castle has an immediate opening for a Church Treasurer.  This is a part-time position and treasurer may work from home.  Accounting experience is required as well as strong computer accounting skills.  Duties include, but are not limited to:  processing payroll, preparing accounts payable checks, bank reconciliations, monthly financials, preparing federal and state quarterly reports.  Please send a letter of interest and resume to Dr. David Watson at dwatson@clenmoore.org.

 

Robes Available

Shenango Presbyterian Church joyfully and willingly offers two styles of choir/ bell robes for adults for any interested church or group. Please pick up the robes from the church at your earliest convenience. We have 18 blue robes and 20 red/ burgundy robes. The blue are like new! See the photos below.  Shenango Presbyterian Church 724.654.2322

 

Free to a Good Home

24 teal and cream colored choir robes of various sizes and embroidered with the Presbyterian logo, including one tailored for the accompanist.  Although several years old, they are in good condition.  Please contact the office of Third Presbyterian Church at 724-658-6683 or email the church at office@thirdpresby.com.

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