The Presbytery of Shenango

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Coming Events:

May 1-2: Spring Pastor Retreat, Villa Maria Conference Center
May 3:
6:00 PM Mercer County Session Records Review, Trinity PC, Mercer
May 4:
6:00 PM Lawrence County Session Records Review, Northminster PC, New Castle

 

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.

 

PW Spring Gathering

Presbyterian Women in our presbytery held their spring gathering this past Saturday at the Mahoning Presbyterian Church, west of New Castle.  Pictured here is PW moderator Nancy Aubel (Northminster) leading the gathering.

PW Spring Gathering 2017

Clen-Moore Says Goodbye to Weichman Family

This weekend the Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church said goodbye to Rev. Chris Weichman and his family.  Chris has accepted a call to First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Erie, PA.  Pictured here is the Saturday evening dinner given for the Weichman family.

 Weichman goodbye

 

Wilson Anniversary

The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson (formerly of Lebanon Presbyterian Church) will celebrate his 50th year of ordination on Sunday, May 21st at a special worship service and reception at Hewitt Presbyterian Church, 1206 Crucible Road, Rices Landing, PA  15357.  Rev. Wilson and his wife Debbie are retired and living at 425 Haines Hollow Road, Waynesburg, PA  15370.

 

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

 

Camp Lambec Work Day

Help get Camp Lambec ready for opening and perform some maintenance on May 20th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  There are jobs for all skill levels.  Please bring a bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, and any tools that you think would be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor at meanor300@comcast.net by May 14th if you are attending (and with how many people).  NOTE: Due to ongoing water problems at Lambec, the camp’s water is NOT USABLE and volunteers are not permitted to spend the night.  Please plan accordingly.

 

PMM Website Update

The Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM) has a new website at http://presbymediamission.org/  Every day their home page lifts up a social and spiritual issue being faced in every community, and each day there are varying posts that go out via Facebook and Twitter dealing with various stories.

 

Book Sale

The New Wilmington Kiwanas will be holding their final Book Sale on April 26-29.  Hours on Wednesday-Friday are 10 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM.  The sale will be held on South Market Street in New Wilmington (across from Rite Aid) and proceeds will support community programs, especially those serving children and youth.  On Monday, May 1stfrom 10 AM – 5 PM the group will be giving FREE books to churches and organizations.  For more information, contact John Wimer at 724-674-4866.

 

National Day of Prayer Observances

On Thursday, May 4th there will be an hour of prayer at the Mercer County Courthouse bandstand from 12-1:00 PM.  All are welcome, bring a chair.  The theme this year is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!  Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us!”  There will also be a follow-up march and Prayer for Recovery event at the bandstand on Saturday, May 6th from 5-6 PM for those who cannot make Thursday.  The theme of this event is “Let the Healing Begin”.

 

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

Moravia Launches New Worship Service

Moravia Presbyterian Church near Wampum is launching a new Saturday evening contemporary worship service, from 6-7 PM each week beginning April 15th in their sanctuary.  4280 State Route 18, south of New Castle and north of Wampum.  All are welcome.

 

Rummage Sale

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon (600 E. State St.) will hold a Rummage Sale/Bake Sale (lunch available) on Friday, May 5th from 9 AM – 2 PM, and Saturday, May 6th from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Proceeds will support the mission work of the Presbyterian Women of First, Sharon.

 

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

 

Hymnbooks Available

Wampum Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (the blue cover) available to any church that is interested.  Almost brand new.  Call the church at 724-535-4473.

 

Official Call to the April 25, 2017 Stated Meeting of Shenango Presbytery

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday,
April 25, 2017 at Unity Presbyterian Church in Mercer, PA.  

Important Items Before Presbytery Include:

  • Update on the Presbytery Fundraising Campaign
  • Vote on Book of Order amendment 16-H (Directory for Worship Revision)
  • Committee on Ministry breakout sessions

Get the Docket, Council Minutes, and Proposed Amendment!

Unity Presbyterian Church is located at 1857 Mercer-West Middlesex Road, Mercer, PA  16137.

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

Session Records Reviews

In accordance with the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Standing Rules of the Presbytery of Shenango, the annual review of Session records will be conducted at two county meetings.

All Mercer County Churches will meet at 6:00 PM on Wednesday,
May 3, 2017 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer, and all Lawrence County Churches will meet at 6:00 PM on Thursday,
May 4, 2017 at Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle.

Again this year we will begin at promptly at 6 p.m. with welcome and prayer.  You will be asked to exchange books with the person seated next to you so if questions arise, you will be able to discuss your concerns with the clerk whose book you are reading.  I hope that Rev. Hawkins, EP/Stated Clerk of Presbytery, will be able to be with us to offer instructions and advice.  Members of the session records committee will also be available to answer questions.  Please do not drop off your book ahead of time or send your book with someone who is not willing to stay and read another’s session book.

For those whose church registry is also up for review, you will be paired up with clerks, from other churches, who need both minute books and registers reviewed; you will exchange and review both books.  I realize that many individuals do not feel confident to review Church Registers, but this will be an opportune time to learn.  All congregations should be represented.   Session Minutes are reviewed annually and Church Registers once every five years

The following church registers are up for review: Word Centered (from 2016), Amity, Rich Hill, Sandy Lake, First Sharon, First Sharpsville, Sheakleyville, Stoneboro, Wampum, and Wurtemburg.

(Note: We will not send paper copies in the mail this year, but copies will be available at the review events.)

eLink News

This Week:

April 18: 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
April 20: 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
April 21- 9:00 AM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
April 25- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Unity Presbyterian Church
Watch eLink later this week for the official call to the meeting.

 

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.

 

Wilson Anniversary

The Rev. Dr. Donald P. Wilson (formerly of Lebanon Presbyterian Church) will celebrate his 50th year of ordination on Sunday, May 21st at a special worship service and reception at Hewitt Presbyterian Church, 1206 Crucible Road, Rices Landing, PA  15357.  Rev. Wilson and his wife Debbie are retired and living at 425 Haines Hollow Road, Waynesburg, PA  15370.

 

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

 

Book Sale

The New Wilmington Kiwanas will be holding their final Book Sale on April 26-29.  Hours on Wednesday-Friday are 10 AM – 8 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM.  The sale will be held on South Market Street in New Wilmington (across from Rite Aid) and proceeds will support community programs, especially those serving children and youth.  On Monday, May 1st from 10 AM – 5 PM the group will be giving FREE books to churches and organizations.  For more information, contact John Wimer at 724-674-4866.

 

National Day of Prayer Observances

On Thursday, May 4th there will be an hour of prayer at the Mercer County Courthouse bandstand from 12-1:00 PM.  All are welcome, bring a chair.  The theme this year is “For Your Great Name’s Sake!  Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us!”  There will also be a follow-up march and Prayer for Recovery event at the bandstand on Saturday, May 6th from 5-6 PM for those who cannot make Thursday.  The theme of this event is “Let the Healing Begin”.

 

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

Moravia Launches New Worship Service

Moravia Presbyterian Church near Wampum is launching a new Saturday evening contemporary worship service, from 6-7 PM each week beginning April 15th in their sanctuary.  4280 State Route 18, south of New Castle and north of Wampum.  All are welcome.

 

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

 

Hymnbooks Available

Wampum Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (the blue cover) available to any church that is interested.  Almost brand new.  Call the church at 724-535-4473.

 

eLink News

This Week:

April 13-14: Office Closed, Easter Holiday

April 18: 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC

 

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.

 

 Spring Pastor Retreat – LAST WEEK TO REGISTER!!!!

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray” with Rev. Jen Haddox, Director of Global Engagement for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

How can we develop a prayer life with the demands of serving in ministry?  Jesus often took time away to pray.  In the gospel of Luke the disciples observe this and ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus gives them a model prayer in response. But this prayer is not just the right words to pray. It is a prayer framework that provides a spiritual and missional posture for our everyday lives.  During this retreat, we’ll explore this familiar prayer with fresh insights and prayer practices. Join us as we take time away to pray.

Click here to register online!

Jen Haddox flyer

Registration closes on Friday, April 14th.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

Moravia Launches New Worship Service

Moravia Presbyterian Church near Wampum is launching a new Saturday evening contemporary worship service, from 6-7 PM each week beginning April 15th in their sanctuary.  4280 State Route 18, south of New Castle and north of Wampum.  All are welcome.

 

Community Easter Sunrise Service

All are welcome to attend a community Easter sunrise service at Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church (3116 Frew Mill Road, New Castle).  The service begins at 7:00 AM and will be followed by breakfast.

 

Holy Week Prayer Room

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon 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

 

Hymnbooks Available

Wampum Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (the blue cover) available to any church that is interested.  Almost brand new.  Call the church at 724-535-4473.

 

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SHENANGO 2026 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

june-2014-presbytery-group-photo.jpg

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.

 

Another Fireside Chat

Last week 13 preachers in our presbytery gathering for a morning-long conversation about the blessing and burden of sustaining good preaching over time.  These “Fireside Chats” are mini-retreats held for just a morning, spaced in the year between our regular overnight pastors retreat at Villa Maria in the spring and fall.  Our next overnight Villa Maria retreat is May 1-2, featuring Rev. Jen Haddox leading our pastors through the Lord’s Prayer.

 fireside chat

 Spring Pastor Retreat:

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray” with Rev. Jen Haddox, Director of Global Engagement for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

How can we develop a prayer life with the demands of serving in ministry?  Jesus often took time away to pray.  In the gospel of Luke the disciples observe this and ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus gives them a model prayer in response. But this prayer is not just the right words to pray. It is a prayer framework that provides a spiritual and missional posture for our everyday lives.  During this retreat, we’ll explore this familiar prayer with fresh insights and prayer practices. Join us as we take time away to pray.

Click here to register online!

Jen Haddox flyer

Note: First Time Attendees from Shenango Presbytery receive a 25% discount on their registration fee.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

New Smith Book

Rev. Gary Smith and his wife Jane have recently published a book, Suffer the Children: How We Can Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children.  All royalties from the book go to organizations working to help poor children.  The book is available on Amazon, and was featured in USA Today in an article by Gary.  The Smiths also host a website that serves as a clearinghouse for information about children and poverty: http://www.sufferthechildrenbook.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 of Sharon 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

 

Hymnbooks Available

Wampum Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (the blue cover) available to any church that is interested.  Almost brand new.  Call the church at 724-535-4473.

 

 

 

Register for the Spring 2017 Pastor Retreat

“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”

Jen Haddox with Rev. Jen Haddox

Director of Global Engagement for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

How can we develop a prayer life with the demands of serving in ministry?  Jesus often took time away to pray.  In the gospel of Luke the disciples observe this and ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus gives them a model prayer in response. But this prayer is not just the right words to pray. It is a prayer framework that provides a spiritual and missional posture for our everyday lives.  During this retreat, we’ll explore this familiar prayer with fresh insights and prayer practices. Join us as we take time away to pray.

Click here to register online!

Jen Haddox flyer

Note: First Time Attendees from Shenango Presbytery receive a 25% discount on their registration fee.

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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.

 

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship – DEADLINE THIS WEEK!

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.

 

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.

 

New Smith Book

Rev. Gary Smith and his wife Jane have recently published a book, Suffer the Children: How We Can Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children.  All royalties from the book go to organizations working to help poor children.  The book is available on Amazon, and was featured in USA Today in an article by Gary.  The Smiths also host a website that serves as a clearinghouse for information about children and poverty: http://www.sufferthechildrenbook.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 of Sharon 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

 

Hymnbooks Available

Wampum Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (the blue cover) available to any church that is interested.  Almost brand new.  Call the church at 724-535-4473.

 

Baptismal Font Available

Northminster Church has a nice, large, white Baptismal font with a carved top available to any church that is interested.  Call the church office at 724-658-9051.

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SHENANGO 2026 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

june-2014-presbytery-group-photo.jpg

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