The Presbytery of Shenango

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SHENANGO 2026 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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As we right-size our presbytery for 6200 members in 47 congregations, Shenango is conducting a fundraising campaign to sustain our ministry of visioning, training, and supporting our congregations for the next 5-10 years.  We are reaching out to pastors, sessions, congregations, and friends of our presbytery for their support above and beyond the Per Capita offerings.  Rev. Andrew Jillson (Northminster) and Elder Gary Barr (Bessemer) are co-chairing our campaign efforts.

Please take a few minutes and visit the Campaign page on our website to learn how you and your congregation can help.

 

This Week:

March 21- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
March 28-
9:30 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be co-leading the annual Dominican Republic mission partnership visit with three other Shenango Teaching Elders: Matt Camlin, Brian Enis, and Chris Weichman (March 11-19).  He will be participating in the final worship service for the Kennard congregation, north of Greenville in Mercer County (March 26). 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.

 

 

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.

 

 

Why Missions?

Grove City College will host a Missions Conference from March 21-23 featuring guest speakers such as Dr. Jen Haddox, Dr. Hunter Farrell, and other well known missions professors and professionals.  Public welcome. GCC Mission conference

 

 

Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.

 

Hospice Informational Dinner

Join Sharon Regional Health System for dinner and learn how hospice care can benefit you and your loved ones.  Topics include the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Aggressive Care vs. Comfort Measures, Advance Directives, and the Role of Death in Spirituality.  Every Tuesday in March – each week is a different topic – from 5-6:30 PM in the SRHS Diagnostic & Imagining Center Conference Room (2435 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA  16148.  RSVP by March 3rd to 724-308-7322.  Seating is limited.  No charge for dinner, but donations to SRHS Hospice Memorial Fund are welcome.

 

Chaplain’s Seminar

A 2017 training seminar for fire and police chaplains, clergy, mental health professionals, and emergency responders will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 5 & 6 in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.  When a large or long-term traumatic incident takes place in your community, how will you provide and coordinate efforts to provide spiritual and emotional care to so many people?  This year, we’ll help you answer that question as we offer the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s “Strategic Response to Crisis.”  We’ll have a great class with a great teacher.  We’re in a new location this year and class size is limited, so we need you to register soon.  And if you send in your registration form and check by or before April 7th, you’ll get a $25 discount!  For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/z4vrp95www.Tinyurl.com/Chap2017, or the “Chaplains” tab at www.StPaulsHermitage.org.

 

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.

 

FREE Concert Event

First Presbyterian Church of Franklin presents Connect2Christ Spring Jam 2017 with Audio Adrenaline and Hunter Cook on Saturday, April 29th at the Franklin High School Auditorium.  Doors open at 4:30 PM.  Concert at 6:00 PM.  This is a free concert event.  All ages welcome.  We ask that you remember the hungry and donate at least one canned food item which will benefit Youth Alternatives of Venango County.  For more information, check out: http://www.franklinpresbyyouth.org.

 

News From the Churches

Yard Sale

Presbyterian Women of Unity Presbyterian Church are holding an Indoor Yard Sale in Fellowship Hall , 1857 Mercer W Middlesex Rd, Rt 318, Mercer PA 16137 Phone 724-346-9501, on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 8:00a.m.  to 3:00p.m. and Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.  Come early for the best selection.  Proceeds benefit Local, national and international missions.

 

Holy Week Prayer Room

First Presbyterian Church will have a prayer room again during Holy week available on Maundy Thursday, April 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Good Friday, April 14 from 10: 00 a.m. to 12 noon. They will have a food labyrinth (a labyrinth outlined with food) and Stations of the Cross set up in the gym with quiet music and candle light for reflection. This is free of charge and will be open to the public at those times. They are doing a food drive during Lent. If you would like to participate in that, you can bring your non perishable cans or boxes of food to the church Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and put them by the cross in the sanctuary on second floor.

If you have any questions please contact Debbie Derrenbacher  or call the church office 724.981.2211.

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017

 

Ink Available

Clen-Moore Church has replaced several printers and they have extra ink that they no longer need.  If you can use any of the following, please contact the church at 724-654-6657.

  • HP60 Black
  • HP60 Black XL Tri-Color
  • HP901 Black
  • HP901 XL Black
  • HP Laser Jet
    • 131A Magenta
    • 131A Cyan
    • 131A Yellow (2)
    • 131A Black

 

eLink News

SHENANGO 2026 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

As we right-size our presbytery for 6200 members in 47 congregations, Shenango is conducting a fundraising campaign to sustain our ministry of visioning, training, and supporting our congregations for the next 5-10 years.  We are reaching out to pastors, sessions, congregations, and friends of our presbytery for their support above and beyond the Per Capita offerings.  Rev. Andrew Jillson (Northminster) and Elder Gary Barr (Bessemer) are co-chairing our campaign efforts.

Please take a few minutes and visit the Campaign page on our website to learn how you and your congregation can help.

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be co-leading the annual Dominican Republic mission partnership visit with three other Shenango Teaching Elders: Matt Camlin, Brian Enis, and Chris Weichman (March 11-19).  He will be participating in the final worship service for the Kennard congregation, north of Greenville in Mercer County (March 26). 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.

DR Mission Trip

This year’s Dominican Republic mission partnership visit, March 11-19 includes individuals from Clen-Moore, Milledgeville, New Wilmington, and Westminster College. Follow the mission blog here.

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Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.

 

Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.

 

Hospice Informational Dinner

Join Sharon Regional Health System for dinner and learn how hospice care can benefit you and your loved ones.  Topics include the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Aggressive Care vs. Comfort Measures, Advance Directives, and the Role of Death in Spirituality.  Every Tuesday in March – each week is a different topic – from 5-6:30 PM in the SRHS Diagnostic & Imagining Center Conference Room (2435 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA  16148.  RSVP by March 3rd to 724-308-7322.  Seating is limited.  No charge for dinner, but donations to SRHS Hospice Memorial Fund are welcome.

 

Chaplain’s Seminar

A 2017 training seminar for fire and police chaplains, clergy, mental health professionals, and emergency responders will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 5 & 6 in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.  When a large or long-term traumatic incident takes place in your community, how will you provide and coordinate efforts to provide spiritual and emotional care to so many people?  This year, we’ll help you answer that question as we offer the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s “Strategic Response to Crisis.”  We’ll have a great class with a great teacher.  We’re in a new location this year and class size is limited, so we need you to register soon.  And if you send in your registration form and check by or before April 7th, you’ll get a $25 discount!  For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/z4vrp95www.Tinyurl.com/Chap2017, or the “Chaplains” tab at www.StPaulsHermitage.org.

 

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.

 

News From the Churches

Holy Week Prayer Room

First Presbyterian Church will have a prayer room again during Holy week available on Maundy Thursday, April 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Good Friday, April 14 from 10: 00 a.m. to 12 noon. They will have a food labyrinth (a labyrinth outlined with food) and Stations of the Cross set up in the gym with quiet music and candle light for reflection. This is free of charge and will be open to the public at those times. They are doing a food drive during Lent. If you would like to participate in that, you can bring your non perishable cans or boxes of food to the church Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and put them by the cross in the sanctuary on second floor.

 If you have any questions please contact Debbie Derrenbacher  or call the church office 724.981.2211.

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017

 

Ink Available

Clen-Moore Church has replaced several printers and they have extra ink that they no longer need.  If you can use any of the following, please contact the church at 724-654-6657.

  • HP60 Black
  • HP60 Black XL Tri-Color
  • HP901 Black
  • HP901 XL Black
  • HP Laser Jet
    • 131A Magenta
    • 131A Cyan
    • 131A Yellow (2)
    • 131A Black

eLink News

SHENANGO 2026 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

June 2014 Group Photo

As we right-size our presbytery for 6200 members in 47 congregations, Shenango is conducting a fundraising campaign to sustain our ministry of visioning, training, and supporting our congregations for the next 5-10 years.  We are reaching out to pastors, sessions, congregations, and friends of our presbytery for their support above and beyond the Per Capita offerings.  Rev. Andrew Jillson (Northminster) and Elder Gary Barr (Bessemer) are co-chairing our campaign efforts.

Please take a few minutes and visit the Campaign page on our website to learn how you and your congregation can help.

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be co-leading the annual Dominican Republic mission partnership visit with three other Shenango Teaching Elders: Matt Camlin, Brian Enis, and Chris Weichman (March 11-19).  He will be participating in the final worship service for the Kennard congregation, north of Greenville in Mercer County (March 26). 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 following Teaching Elders have been transferred to other presbyteries: TE Max Muska (Harlansburg, Rich Hill) to Presbytery of Eastern Iowa; TE Steve Allen (MAL) to Presbytery of Greater Atlanta; TE Steven Stelle (Validated) to Eastminster Presbytery, Ohio; TE Don Stanley (HR) to Transylvania Presbytery, Kentucky; TE Ruth Doyle (HR) to Genesse Valley Presbytery

– TE John Creekpaum has been received back into our membership from Eastminster presbytery

– The following persons have been appointed as session moderators for congregations in transition: TE Rick Vogeley for Rich Hill; RE Jim Moose for Harlansburg; TE Phil Chalfant for Hadley; TE David Lingle for Trinity

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

 

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.

 

Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.

 

Hospice Informational Dinner

Join Sharon Regional Health System for dinner and learn how hospice care can benefit you and your loved ones.  Topics include the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Aggressive Care vs. Comfort Measures, Advance Directives, and the Role of Death in Spirituality.  Every Tuesday in March – each week is a different topic – from 5-6:30 PM in the SRHS Diagnostic & Imagining Center Conference Room (2435 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA  16148.  RSVP by March 3rd to 724-308-7322.  Seating is limited.  No charge for dinner, but donations to SRHS Hospice Memorial Fund are welcome.

 

 

YAV Leslie Featured

Hillary Leslie, member of the New Wilmington church, is currently serving as a Young Adult Volunteer in ministry in New Orleans, La.  Recently our synod wrote an article about her YAV experiences.  Check it out here. The YAV program is a ministry training program of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Shenango has endorsed many YAVs like Hillary over the years.

 

Complete Barclay Commentaries

Charlie and Mary Crane (Jackson Center) have a complete set of William Barclay Bible commentaries that need a good home in a church, theological, or personal library.  If you are interested, let the presbytery office know at 724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org

 

Special Invitation

The PCUSA has been invited to send two participants to the eighth meeting of the biennial Csillagpoint (Starpoint) festival July 25-29, 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.  For more information and a copy of the invitation letter, contact the Presbytery Office.

 

Chaplain’s Seminar

A 2017 training seminar for fire and police chaplains, clergy, mental health professionals, and emergency responders will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 5 & 6 in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.  When a large or long-term traumatic incident takes place in your community, how will you provide and coordinate efforts to provide spiritual and emotional care to so many people?  This year, we’ll help you answer that question as we offer the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s “Strategic Response to Crisis.”  We’ll have a great class with a great teacher.  We’re in a new location this year and class size is limited, so we need you to register soon.  And if you send in your registration form and check by or before April 7th, you’ll get a $25 discount!  For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/z4vrp95www.Tinyurl.com/Chap2017, or the “Chaplains” tab at www.StPaulsHermitage.org.

 

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.

 

News From the Churches

Seeking a Secretary

Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church is seeking a secretary 32 hours/week.  Must be organized, experienced with Microsoft Word and Publisher, able to maintain church website, have good people skills and perform general secretarial duties.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume to: pcweichman@gmail.com

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017

 

Ink Available

Clen-Moore Church has replaced several printers and they have extra ink that they no longer need.  If you can use any of the following, please contact the church at 724-654-6657.

  • HP60 Black
  • HP60 Black XL Tri-Color
  • HP901 Black
  • HP901 XL Black
  • HP Laser Jet
    • 131A Magenta
    • 131A Cyan
    • 131A Yellow (2)
    • 131A Black

eLink News

This Week:

March 6- 2:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be co-leading the annual Dominican Republic mission partnership visit with three other Shenango Teaching Elders: Matt Camlin, Brian Enis, and Chris Weichman (March 11-19).  He will be participating in the final worship service for the Kennard congregation, north of Greenville in Mercer County (March 26). 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 following Teaching Elders have been transferred to other presbyteries: TE Max Muska (Harlansburg, Rich Hill) to Presbytery of Eastern Iowa; TE Steve Allen (MAL) to Presbytery of Greater Atlanta; TE Steven Stelle (Validated) to Eastminster Presbytery, Ohio; TE Don Stanley (HR) to Transylvania Presbytery, Kentucky; TE Ruth Doyle (HR) to Genesse Valley Presbytery

– TE John Creekpaum has been received back into our membership from Eastminster presbytery

– The following persons have been appointed as session moderators for congregations in transition: TE Rick Vogeley for Rich Hill; RE Jim Moose for Harlansburg; TE Phil Chalfant for Hadley; TE David Lingle for Trinity

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

 

 National Fellowship Gathering

Sean and Andrea Hall (Hillside) recently attended the national gathering of the Fellowship Community in Lakeland, Florida.  Read one report on the gathering here.  EP Ralph Hawkins serves on the board of directors for the organization.

 

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.

 

Multimedia in Worship

You’re invited on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM to Westminster College (Witherspoon Maple Room on the third floor of McKelvey Campus Center) for a Multimedia in Worship Event with Presbyterian Media Mission.  pmm-con-ed-flyer  Many of you missed this cancelled workshop at LeaderFest, but this event will provide you with an even better chance to dive deep into the topic, ask lots of questions, and get some great tips.  Cost is $8 per person ($5/person if 5 or more come from the same church) and includes dinner!  Please RSVP to Diane at gabriedl@westminster.edu by March 1.  This event is being hosted by the Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College, and supported by the Christian Education Committee of Shenango Presbytery.

 

Byron Borger at Grove City College

Our LeaderFest keynote speaker Byron Borger, owner of Hearts and Minds Bookstore  will again be in our area this week, speaking at Grove City College this Wednesday evening, March 1.  You can hear him speak at Sticht Hall on the GCC campus at 7pm.

 

Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.

 

Hospice Informational Dinner

Join Sharon Regional Health System for dinner and learn how hospice care can benefit you and your loved ones.  Topics include the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Aggressive Care vs. Comfort Measures, Advance Directives, and the Role of Death in Spirituality.  Every Tuesday in March – each week is a different topic – from 5-6:30 PM in the SRHS Diagnostic & Imagining Center Conference Room (2435 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA  16148.  RSVP by March 3rd to 724-308-7322.  Seating is limited.  No charge for dinner, but donations to SRHS Hospice Memorial Fund are welcome.

 

Board of Pensions “Benefits Connections” Gathering

Would you like to better understand how to use the Benefits Plan to serve your church?  The Pittsburgh “Benefits Connections” will be held on March 28, 2017 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in GreenTree located at 500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15205.  Seating will be limited so it is important for you to register now as the registration deadline is March 3.  You can register at www.pensions.org/benefitsconnections.  Churches/Employers/Organizations may send up to two people.

 

YAV Leslie Featured

Hillary Leslie, member of the New Wilmington church, is currently serving as a Young Adult Volunteer in ministry in New Orleans, La.  Recently our synod wrote an article about her YAV experiences.  Check it out here. The YAV program is a ministry training program of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Shenango has endorsed many YAVs like Hillary over the years.

 

Complete Barclay Commentaries

Charlie and Mary Crane (Jackson Center) have a complete set of William Barclay Bible commentaries that need a good home in a church, theological, or personal library.  If you are interested, let the presbytery office know at 724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org

 

Special Invitation

The PCUSA has been invited to send two participants to the eighth meeting of the biennial Csillagpoint (Starpoint) festival July 25-29, 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.  For more information and a copy of the invitation letter, contact the Presbytery Office.

 

Save the Date – Chaplain’s Seminar

Strategic Response to Crisis, a 2-day seminar for Chaplains, Clergy, and Mental Health Professionals will be held on June 5-6, 2017 in Hermitage, PA.  More information coming soon!

 

News From the Churches

You’re Invited

The Westminster College School of Music Concert Choir presents Durufle Requiem with professional chamber orchestra featuring organist, Paula Kubic and conductor, Dr. Samuel Barbara.  Saturday, March 4th at 7 PM at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church and Sunday, March 5th at 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Sharon.  Free and open to the public.

 

Seeking a Secretary

Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church is seeking a secretary 32 hours/week.  Must be organized, experienced with Microsoft Word and Publisher, able to maintain church website, have good people skills and perform general secretarial duties.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume to: pcweichman@gmail.com

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017

 

Fundraising Dinner for Word Centered

Rev’s Ribs will be sponsoring a fundraising dinner at Word Centered Presbyterian Church (710 Carnegie St., Sharon, PA ) on March 5th.  Join us for Sunday Service starting at 10:00 AM and after service stay for the dinner.  All dinners are served with your choice of 2 sides and dessert…Rib Dinner $12, Chicken Dinners (2 pieces white meat) $10 (2 pieces dark meat) $8.  Side options include: Collard Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, Cabbage & Noodles, and dessert options include: Pound Cake, Chocolate Cake, or Flan.  Place your orders call calling 330-707-7674 or by email to REVSRIBS@yahoo.com.

 

Official Call to the February 28, 2017 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Shenango

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday,
February 28, 2017 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.  

This meeting will take place in Wallace Memorial Chapel.  Click here for a map and driving directions.

Important Items Before Presbytery Include:

  • Reading of the 2016 Necrology Report
  • Update on the Presbytery Fundraising Campaign
  • Vote on Book of Order amendment 16-H (Directory for Worship Revision)
  • Introduction to a spring evangelism challenge
  • Committee on Ministry breakout sessions

Get the Docket, Council Minutes, and Proposed Amendment!

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

eLink News

This Week:

February 21- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC

February 28- 6:30 PM Stated Presbytery Meeting, Westminster College (Watch eLink tomorrow for the call to the meeting!)

 

Dave Trautman

Ruling Elder David Trautman, 84, died on Saturday in New Wilmington.  David was active in Shenango Presbytery leadership for many year and served as our moderator in 2001.  He is survived by his wife Margaret, who served as voluntary presbytery staff for Christian Education.  Memorial plans will be announced.

 

Dominican Medicine Packing

Volunteers recently gathered in the basement of New Wilmington church to pack a dozen suitcases full of basic pharmaceuticals for this year’s Dominican Republic mission partnership visit, March 11-19. The meds will be used in community clinics staffed by American and Dominican church volunteers through the week of ministry. Shenango congregations involved in this year’s trip include: Clen-Moore, Milledgeville, New Wilmington, and Westminster College. Follow the mission blog here.

dr-medicine-packing

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.

 

You’re Invited!

Beaver-Butler Presbytery invites you to their annual Leadership and Administrative Event on March 19th from 2-5 PM at the Cranberry Community Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, PA. Click here for a registration brochure and list of workshops.

 

Multimedia in Worship

You’re invited on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM to Westminster College (Witherspoon Maple Room on the third floor of McKelvey Campus Center) for a Multimedia in Worship Event with Presbyterian Media Mission.  pmm-con-ed-flyer  Many of you missed this cancelled workshop at LeaderFest, but this event will provide you with an even better chance to dive deep into the topic, ask lots of questions, and get some great tips.  Cost is $8 per person ($5/person if 5 or more come from the same church) and includes dinner!  Please RSVP to Diane at gabriedl@westminster.edu by March 1.  This event is being hosted by the Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College, and supported by the Christian Education Committee of Shenango Presbytery.

 

Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.

 

Hospice Informational Dinner

Join Sharon Regional Health System for dinner and learn how hospice care can benefit you and your loved ones.  Topics include the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Aggressive Care vs. Comfort Measures, Advance Directives, and the Role of Death in Spirituality.  Every Tuesday in March – each week is a different topic – from 5-6:30 PM in the SRHS Diagnostic & Imagining Center Conference Room (2435 Garden Way, Hermitage, PA  16148.  RSVP by March 3rd to 724-308-7322.  Seating is limited.  No charge for dinner, but donations to SRHS Hospice Memorial Fund are welcome.

 

Board of Pensions “Benefits Connections” Gathering

Would you like to better understand how to use the Benefits Plan to serve your church?  The Pittsburgh “Benefits Connections” will be held on March 28, 2017 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in GreenTree located at 500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15205.  Seating will be limited so it is important for you to register now as the registration deadline is March 3.  You can register at www.pensions.org/benefitsconnections.  Churches/Employers/Organizations may send up to two people.

 

Complete Barclay Commentaries

Charlie and Mary Crane (Jackson Center) have a complete set of William Barclay Bible commentaries that need a good home in a church, theological, or personal library.  If you are interested, let the presbytery office know at 724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org

 

Special Invitation

The PCUSA has been invited to send two participants to the eighth meeting of the biennial Csillagpoint (Starpoint) festival July 25-29, 2017 in Debrecen, Hungary.  For more information and a copy of the invitation letter, contact the Presbytery Office.

 

Save the Date – Chaplain’s Seminar

Strategic Response to Crisis, a 2-day seminar for Chaplains, Clergy, and Mental Health Professionals will be held on June 5-6, 2017 in Hermitage, PA.  More information coming soon!

 

News From the Churches

You’re Invited

The Westminster College School of Music Concert Choir presents Durufle Requiem with professional chamber orchestra featuring organist, Paula Kubic and conductor, Dr. Samuel Barbara.  Saturday, March 4th at 7 PM at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church and Sunday, March 5th at 3:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Sharon.  Free and open to the public.

 

Seeking a Secretary

Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church is seeking a secretary 32 hours/week.  Must be organized, experienced with Microsoft Word and Publisher, able to maintain church website, have good people skills and perform general secretarial duties.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume to: pcweichman@gmail.com

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017

 

Fundraising Dinner for Word Centered

Rev’s Ribs will be sponsoring a fundraising dinner at Word Centered Presbyterian Church (710 Carnegie St., Sharon, PA ) on March 5th.  Join us for Sunday Service starting at 10:00 AM and after service stay for the dinner.  All dinners are served with your choice of 2 sides and dessert…Rib Dinner $12, Chicken Dinners (2 pieces white meat) $10 (2 pieces dark meat) $8.  Side options include: Collard Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, Cabbage & Noodles, and dessert options include: Pound Cake, Chocolate Cake, or Flan.  Place your orders call calling 330-707-7674 or by email to REVSRIBS@yahoo.com.

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Rev. John Peterson – CORRECTION

Rev. John Peterson, a resident of New Wilmington, died last Friday after a season of health issues.  Although John was a long-time minister member and Stated Clerk of Beaver-Butler Presbytery to our south, in retirement he moved to New Wilmington and was active in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.  Calling hours are Friday, February 24th from 4-6 PM at the Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington.  The Funeral Worship service will be on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00 PM at Center Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock.

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Rev. John Peterson

Rev. John Peterson, a resident of New Wilmington, died last Friday after a season of health issues.  Although John was a long-time minister member and Stated Clerk of Beaver-Butler Presbytery to our south, in retirement he moved to New Wilmington and was active in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.  Calling hours are Friday, February 17th from 4-6 PM at the Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington.  The Funeral Worship service will be on Saturday at 2:00 PM at Center Presbyterian Church in Slippery Rock.

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be leading officer training at Wurtemburg church in Ellwood City (Feb 12) and visiting the Clearfield PA church in Kiskiminetas presbytery (Feb 19) to interview former participants in the Dominican Republic mission partnership.  He will be attending the national Fellowship Community gathering in Lakeland, Florida (Feb 21-23).  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 following Teaching Elders have been transferred to other presbyteries: TE Max Muska (Harlansburg, Rich Hill) to Presbytery of Eastern Iowa; TE Steven Allen (MAL) to Presbytery of Greater Atlanta; TE Steven Stelle (formerly Mission Co-Worker) to Eastminster Presbytery; TE Don Stanley (HR) to Transylvania Presbytery

– RE Carolyn Moss (New Wilmington), a candidate for TE ordination, will be supplying pastoral ministry to the Rich Hill church under the supervision of our CPM (Committee on Preparation for Ministry)

–  TE Jim Latta (MAL) is serving as a temporary supply at Trinity church in Mercer while TE Bill Crooks is on medical leave. A PNC is active at Trinity as Rev. Crooks will retire in June.

– TE Rick Vogeley (HR) has been hired as Interim Pastor at First New Castle.

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

 

South Sudan Visit Highlighted

Recently the Synod of the Trinity produced a short video highlighting the testimony of Rev. Sean Brubaker (Calvin, Ellwood City) who shares about the impact two of our South Sudanese partners had on some neighborhood boys last summer during one of our South Sudan visitations.  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D91tSbFjgi0

 

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship open to students in our communities attending Grove City and Westminster Colleges…https://form.jotform.com/70366300834148.  You can also download a PDF of the form shenango-presbytery-scholarship-application-2017.  The deadline to submit applications has been moved up to March 31, 2017 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.

 

Annual Report Deadline UPDATED!  

The GA online statistical program is located at http://oga.pcusa.org/stats.  Clerks will use the same “user name” and “password” as they have used the past few years.  Please note the password should contain an “!” and is case-sensitive.  The deadline for entering your statistical information is February 16, 2017 at midnight.    If you have forgotten your user name and password, please call or email the Presbytery office. (Note: If you changed your password from what was assigned by the denomination, we will not have that new password.)  There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” page available to help with most common questions.

Presbytery annual reports are available on the “Resources” page of the Presbytery website.  They are downloadable as WORD and EXCEL files and the completed forms can either be mailed to the office or emailed to Autumn at office@shenango.org.  The deadline for completing these forms is January 31, 2017.  Several churches have not been able to complete their reports by the January deadline in the past, please note that in order for your deceased elders to be included in the special service at the February presbytery meeting, your Necrology form MUST be received at the office by February 10th!

 

 

You’re Invited!

Beaver-Butler Presbytery invites you to their annual Leadership and Administrative Event on March 19th from 2-5 PM at the Cranberry Community Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, PA. Click here for a registration brochure and list of workshops.

 

Multimedia in Worship

You’re invited on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM to Westminster College (Witherspoon Maple Room on the third floor of McKelvey Campus Center) for a Multimedia in Worship Event with Presbyterian Media Mission.  pmm-con-ed-flyer  Many of you missed this cancelled workshop at LeaderFest, but this event will provide you with an even better chance to dive deep into the topic, ask lots of questions, and get some great tips.  Cost is $8 per person ($5/person if 5 or more come from the same church) and includes dinner!  Please RSVP to Diane at gabriedl@westminster.edu by March 1.  This event is being hosted by the Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College, and supported by the Christian Education Committee of Shenango Presbytery.

 

Suicidal Depression Workshop

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and friend of our presbytery Michelle Snyder will be leading a one-day seminar for pastors and and counselors on ministering to suicidal depression in Butler, PA, on May 3.  Learn more and register here.

 

Complete Barclay Commentaries

Charlie and Mary Crane (Jackson Center) have a complete set of William Barclay Bible commentaries that need a good home in a church, theological, or personal library.  If you are interested, let the presbytery office know at 724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org

 

News From the Churches

Seeking a Secretary

Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church is seeking a secretary 32 hours/week.  Must be organized, experienced with Microsoft Word and Publisher, able to maintain church website, have good people skills and perform general secretarial duties.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume to: pcweichman@gmail.com

 

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 Church.  The program will be facilitated by Ginny Brest.  The first session is scheduled for Sunday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks.  Participants are encouraged to complete the 13-week program if possible.  Calvin will cover the cost of the program 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 Calvin’s church office at 724-758-4258.

 

Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults

Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage is seeking a Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adults. ce-director-job-description-2017

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New EARLIER Deadline for GA Reports

We’ve just received notification from the Stated Clerk’s Office of General Assembly that the deadline for entering statistical data is Thursday, February 16th, not Wednesday, February 22nd as previously reported.  It was noted in the email that 55% of Shenango Presbytery’s churches have completed their statistical reporting…and there are now only a few days left for the remaining churches to enter their data.  Note: If you have entered your data, but have not hit the “submit” button DON’T WORRY, the system will automatically submit your data at midnight on the 16th.

The GA online statistical program is located at http://oga.pcusa.org/stats.  Clerks will use the same “user name” and “password” as they have used the past few years.  Please note the the password should contain an “!” and is case-sensitive.  If you have forgotten your user name and password, please call or email the Presbytery office. (Note: If you changed your password from what was assigned by the denomination, we will not have that new password.)  There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” page available to help with most common questions.

If you are not able to meet this new deadline, please contact the Presbytery Office this week!  There is a short window of approximately 10 days for the presbytery to submit your information…after that the system is closed for statistical data entry until next year.

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EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, will be leading officer training at Wurtemburg church in Ellwood City (Feb 12) and visiting the Clearfield PA church in Kiskiminetas presbytery (Feb 19) to interview former participants in the Dominican Republic mission partnership.  He will be attending the national Fellowship Community gathering in Lakeland, Florida (Feb 21-23).  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 following Teaching Elders have been transferred to other presbyteries: TE Max Muska (Harlansburg, Rich Hill) to Presbytery of Eastern Iowa; TE Steven Allen (MAL) to Presbytery of Greater Atlanta; TE Steven Stelle (formerly Mission Co-Worker) to Eastminster Presbytery; TE Don Stanley (HR) to Transylvania Presbytery

– RE Carolyn Moss (New Wilmington), a candidate for TE ordination, will be supplying pastoral ministry to the Rich Hill church under the supervision of our CPM (Committee on Preparation for Ministry)

–  TE Jim Latta (MAL) is serving as a temporary supply at Trinity church in Mercer while TE Bill Crooks is on medical leave. A PNC is active at Trinity as Rev. Crooks will retire in June.

– TE Rick Vogeley (HR) has been hired as Interim Pastor at First New Castle.

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

 

South Sudan Visit Highlighted

Recently the Synod of the Trinity produced a short video highlighting the testimony of Rev. Sean Brubaker (Calvin, Ellwood City) who shares about the impact two of our South Sudanese partners had on some neighborhood boys last summer during one of our South Sudan visitations.  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D91tSbFjgi0

 

It’s time for Annual Reports again!  

The GA online statistical program is located at http://oga.pcusa.org/stats.  Clerks will use the same “user name” and “password” as they have used the past few years.  Please note the the password should contain an “!” and is case-sensitive.  The deadline for entering your statistical information is February 22, 2017 at midnight.    If you have forgotten your user name and password, please call or email the Presbytery office. (Note: If you changed your password from what was assigned by the denomination, we will not have that new password.)  There is a “Frequently Asked Questions” page available to help with most common questions.

Presbytery annual reports are available on the “Resources” page of the Presbytery website.  They are downloadable as WORD and EXCEL files and the completed forms can either be mailed to the office or emailed to Autumn at office@shenango.org.  The deadline for completing these forms is January 31, 2017.  Several churches have not been able to complete their reports by the January deadline in the past, please note that in order for your deceased elders to be included in the special service at the February presbytery meeting, your Necrology form MUST be received at the office by February 10th!

 

Arc Encounter Bus Trip – CANCELLED

The coach bus trip to see the Ark Replica in Williamsville, KY that was being planned for March 23-24 has been cancelled due to lack of interest.

 

You’re Invited!

Beaver-Butler Presbytery invites you to their annual Leadership and Administrative Event on March 19th from 2-5 PM at the Cranberry Community Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, PA. Click here for a registration brochure and list of workshops.

 

News From the Churches

Seeking a Secretary

Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church is seeking a secretary 32 hours/week.  Must be organized, experienced with Microsoft Word and Publisher, able to maintain church website, have good people skills and perform general secretarial duties.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Send resume to: pcweichman@gmail.com

 

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 Church.  The program will be facilitated by Ginny Brest.  The first session is scheduled for Sunday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks.  Participants are encouraged to complete the 13-week program if possible.  Calvin will cover the cost of the program 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 Calvin’s church office at 724-758-4258.