The Presbytery of Shenango

Hurricane Florence Response

As news comes in of the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is organizing a response that will help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days. “Our hearts break and rise up in prayer for the people along the Atlantic coast and the inland areas of the Carolinas,” says the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA director. “Right now, we need the church’s prayers and financial assistance.”

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been in communication with mid councils and pastors in the area to provide resources and guidance. Kraus and her colleagues in the Presbyterian Mission Agency and throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are working with our partners to meet immediate needs and support long-term recovery.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination, committed to the long-term journey of recovery of communities adversely affected by a crisis or catastrophic event. It is funded by the One Great Hour of Sharing and has designated funds for responding to specific disasters.

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

Official Call to the September 25, 2018 Stated Presbytery Meeting

Click here to read the meeting announcement.

Temporary Leadership

With Rev. Hawkins’ departure, we want to make sure that everyone knows who to contact in various situations.

For the remainder of 2018, please contact the individuals listed on the attached document with any questions.

Updated Temporary Leadership Handout (PDF)

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Coming Events:

  • August 31 – The office will close at NOON so that the carpets can be cleaned.
  • September 3 – OFFICE CLOSED, Labor Day
  • September 4 – 9:30 AM Council, Hillside PC
  • September 5- 1:30 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

 

Register for the Fall Pastor Retreat

Register now for the October 15-16 Pastor Retreat with Dr. Steven Tuell, focusing on the creation accounts in Genesis.

 

Save the Date!

SoulShop graphic

Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church (258 Slippery Rock Drive, Ellwood City) will host a SoulShop for Leaders seminar on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person.  You can register online at http://www.slipperyrockchurch.org(use the SoulShop button).  For additional information, email srchurch258@gmail.com or call 724-752-8892.  If you missed the workshop presented at North Liberty Pres in March, now’s your chance to catch it again!

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to go to the Mercer County Jail with the Celebrate Recovery program on Wednesday evenings from 6-8.  Interested men and women may contact Linda Porter at linda@reachingup.org.

 

GriefShare Program

No matter what the circumstances, grief recovery is a painful process.  A GriefShare seminar/support group is being hosted and sponsored by Calvin Presbyterian Church.  The program will be facilitated by Ginny Brest.  The first session is scheduled for Sunday, September 9 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon for 13 weeks, concluding on December 2 .  While participants are encouraged to complete the 13-week program if possible, attendance is not mandatory each week.  The program is free and open to anyone in the community (and beyond) because we understand how deeply grief and loss hurts people and families.  This is a place where many people have found they can begin to put their lives back together again.  The program is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to help them through the grief process.  If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this program, please contact Ginny Brest at 724-758-3838 or the church office at 724-758-4258 or by email at calvinellwood@gmail.com.  You can also view the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for additional information.

 

LAMBEC Capital Campaign

The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania is conducting a $100,000 capital campaign to restore the water system for Camp Lambec.  The system needs a DEP-approved overhaul, and we are starting those repairs with an approved contractor.  This is an expensive overhaul, but it is necessary to continue the ministry to youth and families.  As such, the Board has authorized a $100K campaign to address this and other items of deferred maintenance.  The Board is committed to the continued operation of Camp Lambec, as we believe firmly that this ministry provides unique and powerful discipleship opportunities for participants.  Individual donations can be made online using this link.   Church contributions can be coordinated through the Shenango Presbytery office.

 

2020 Trip Invitation

Dear Shenango Presbytery Friends and Family, In July of 2020 I will be leading a trip to Italy, Austria, and Germany to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau.  I would like to invite you and your church members to join us for the adventure of a life-time.  Check out the attached electronic version of our brochure.  If you have questions, please be in contact, Rev. Jim Mohr, 724-813-5894 or by email, mohrjr@westminster.edu.

 

Full Time Intern Wanted

The Presbyterian Church of Radford, Radford, VA, is seeking a full time intern to direct the UKirk Ministry in the Radford University Community.  He/she will work closely with the Minister as an integral part of a team ministry.  For more information, or to submit resume, please contact Carol White, chair of UKirk committee, cbellinaw@gmail.com, 36 Fieldale Drive, Radford, VA  24141, 540-838-2273.  Please see http://ukirk.pcusa.org/job/31 for a full job description.

 

FREE Items

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer is happy to donate to a new home –

  • USED CHOIR ROBES – 23 used teal polyester adult robes with reversible collars with sets of a variety of liturgical colors and one gathered sleeve organist/director robe and collar set.
  • OLDER SATB CHOIR ANTHEMS – find an old favorite, get extra copies to complete your set, or discover a new-to-you title.  Mostly SATB from 1960-1990s.  General, seasonal, Christmas, Easter, Advent, and others.

Contact Jim Sankey, music coordinator, by email (jamesasankey@hotmail.com) or at the church (724-662-2680) to examine or pick up any of the above items.

 

Basket Raffle to Benefit Shenango on the Green

Tickets will be on sale from October 8-13, to be pulled at 12 PM on October 13th, for over 60 spectacular gift baskets.  There will also be a gourmet cake raffle each day.  Proceeds from the raffle benefit the SeniorCare Fund for residents who no longer have the resources to pay for care.  Purchase tickets at Shenango on the Green (238 S. Market Street, New Wilmington).

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Coming Events:

  • August 28 – 9:30 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office
  • September 3 – OFFICE CLOSED, Labor Day
  • September 4 – 9:30 AM Council, Hillside PC
  • September 5- 1:30 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

 

 

Ralph Party Invitation

 

 

Save the Date!

SoulShop graphic

Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church (258 Slippery Rock Drive, Ellwood City) will host a SoulShop for Leaders seminar on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person.  You can register online at http://www.slipperyrockchurch.org(use the SoulShop button).  For additional information, email srchurch258@gmail.com or call 724-752-8892.  If you missed the workshop presented at North Liberty Pres in March, now’s your chance to catch it again!

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to go to the Mercer County Jail with the Celebrate Recovery program on Wednesday evenings from 6-8.  Interested men and women may contact Linda Porter at linda@reachingup.org.

 

A Day with Tod Bolsinger

Dear Pastors and Elders of Shenango Presbytery: On behalf of Beaver-Butler Presbytery, I invite you to be part of our Thriving Church Event with Canoeing the Mountains author Tod Bolsinger. The event is on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Cranberry United Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, PA. We would love to have you join us.  Please see the attached flyer.   Blessings, The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, M.S.W., Chair, Encouraging Churches to Flourish Unit, Beaver-Butler Presbytery

 

Disaster Training

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape.  How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves?  The Synod of the Trinity is partnering with five presbyteries to provide regional disaster training through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in September and October.  Save the date for Wednesday, October 17th as our closest event.  Gather at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center in Slippery Rock for a day of training on “Disaster Preparedness and Engagement”.  A second workshop will be offered after lunch, and participants can choose to attend “Human Caused Disasters” or “Immigration Issues”.  There is a $10 per person registration fee.  Further details and online registration can be found at http://www.syntrinity.org/PDA.

 

LAMBEC Capital Campaign

The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania is conducting a $100,000 capital campaign to restore the water system for Camp Lambec.  The system needs a DEP-approved overhaul, and we are starting those repairs with an approved contractor.  This is an expensive overhaul, but it is necessary to continue the ministry to youth and families.  As such, the Board has authorized a $100K campaign to address this and other items of deferred maintenance.  The Board is committed to the continued operation of Camp Lambec, as we believe firmly that this ministry provides unique and powerful discipleship opportunities for participants.  Individual donations can be made online using this link.   Church contributions can be coordinated through the Shenango Presbytery office.

 

2020 Trip Invitation

Dear Shenango Presbytery Friends and Family, In July of 2020 I will be leading a trip to Italy, Austria, and Germany to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau.  I would like to invite you and your church members to join us for the adventure of a life-time.  Check out the attached electronic version of our brochure.  If you have questions, please be in contact, Rev. Jim Mohr, 724-813-5894 or by email, mohrjr@westminster.edu.

 

Full Time Intern Wanted

The Presbyterian Church of Radford, Radford, VA, is seeking a full time intern to direct the UKirk Ministry in the Radford University Community.  He/she will work closely with the Minister as an integral part of a team ministry.  For more information, or to submit resume, please contact Carol White, chair of UKirk committee, cbellinaw@gmail.com, 36 Fieldale Drive, Radford, VA  24141, 540-838-2273.  Please see http://ukirk.pcusa.org/job/31 for a full job description.

 

FREE Items

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer is happy to donate to a new home –

  • CHURCH ORGAN – a 2 manual, one-octave pedal electronic organ.  Good for a smaller church or smaller worship area
  • USED CHOIR ROBES – 23 used teal polyester adult robes with reversible collars with sets of a variety of liturgical colors and one gathered sleeve organist/director robe and collar set.
  • OLDER SATB CHOIR ANTHEMS – find an old favorite, get extra copies to complete your set, or discover a new-to-you title.  Mostly SATB from 1960-1990s.  General, seasonal, Christmas, Easter, Advent, and others.

Contact Jim Sankey, music coordinator, by email (jamesasankey@hotmail.com) or at the church (724-662-2680) to examine or pick up any of the above items.

trinity-organ.jpg

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Coming Events:

  • August 16 – 12:00 PM MCS Committee, New Wilmington PC

 

Dominican Presentation

Recently the Presbyterian Women of Shenango Presbytery gathered at the North Liberty church to hear stories of mission and ministry from our friend Altagracia de Cancú — a leader in the Women’s Association of the Iglesia Evangélica Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.  Several congregations in our presbytery are a part of a longstanding mission partnership with the IED.

PW DR gathering

 

Meet Leisa Wagstaff

Missionary Leisa Wagstaff will be visiting Shenango Presbytery August 18th thru the 20th.  Here are some opportunities for Shenango Presbytery folk to meet her, see her, and hear about her work in South Sudan:

  • Saturday, August 18th at Northminster Presbyterian Church (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Gathering at 5 PM with a picnic supper at 5:30 PM with an informal presentation following supper.  Please RSVP to church office (724-58-9051) or Tom Kaufman (724-651-4323) by Tuesday, August 14th.
  • Sunday, August 19th at Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer).  Worship at 10 AM.
  • Sunday August 19th at MoCo House in Bessemer at 6 PM with free beverages and dessert with an informal presentation.

 

Save the Date!

SoulShop graphic

Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church (258 Slippery Rock Drive, Ellwood City) will host a SoulShop for Leaders seminar on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  The cost is $25 per person.  You can register online at http://www.slipperyrockchurch.org (use the SoulShop button).  For additional information, email srchurch258@gmail.com or call 724-752-8892.  If you missed the workshop presented at North Liberty Pres in March, now’s your chance to catch it again!

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to go to the Mercer County Jail with the Celebrate Recovery program on Wednesday evenings from 6-8.  Interested men and women may contact Linda Porter at linda@reachingup.org.

 

A Day with Tod Bolsinger

Dear Pastors and Elders of Shenango Presbytery: On behalf of Beaver-Butler Presbytery, I invite you to be part of our Thriving Church Event with Canoeing the Mountains author Tod Bolsinger. The event is on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Cranberry United Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, PA. We would love to have you join us.  Please see the attached flyer.   Blessings, The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, M.S.W., Chair, Encouraging Churches to Flourish Unit, Beaver-Butler Presbytery

 

Disaster Training

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape.  How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves?  The Synod of the Trinity is partnering with five presbyteries to provide regional disaster training through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in September and October.  Save the date for Wednesday, October 17th as our closest event.  Gather at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center in Slippery Rock for a day of training on “Disaster Preparedness and Engagement”.  A second workshop will be offered after lunch, and participants can choose to attend “Human Caused Disasters” or “Immigration Issues”.  There is a $10 per person registration fee.  Further details and online registration can be found at http://www.syntrinity.org/PDA.

 

LAMBEC Capital Campaign

The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania is conducting a $100,000 capital campaign to restore the water system for Camp Lambec.  The system needs a DEP-approved overhaul, and we are starting those repairs with an approved contractor.  This is an expensive overhaul, but it is necessary to continue the ministry to youth and families.  As such, the Board has authorized a $100K campaign to address this and other items of deferred maintenance.  The Board is committed to the continued operation of Camp Lambec, as we believe firmly that this ministry provides unique and powerful discipleship opportunities for participants.  Individual donations can be made online using this link.   Church contributions can be coordinated through the Shenango Presbytery office.

 

2020 Trip Invitation

Dear Shenango Presbytery Friends and Family, In July of 2020 I will be leading a trip to Italy, Austria, and Germany to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau.  I would like to invite you and your church members to join us for the adventure of a life-time.  Check out the attached electronic version of our brochure.  If you have questions, please be in contact, Rev. Jim Mohr, 724-813-5894 or by email, mohrjr@westminster.edu.

 

Full Time Intern Wanted

The Presbyterian Church of Radford, Radford, VA, is seeking a full time intern to direct the UKirk Ministry in the Radford University Community.  He/she will work closely with the Minister as an integral part of a team ministry.  For more information, or to submit resume, please contact Carol White, chair of UKirk committee, cbellinaw@gmail.com, 36 Fieldale Drive, Radford, VA  24141, 540-838-2273.  Please see http://ukirk.pcusa.org/job/31 for a full job description.

 

FREE Items

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer is happy to donate to a new home –

  • CHURCH ORGAN – a 2 manual, one-octave pedal electronic organ.  Good for a smaller church or smaller worship area
  • USED CHOIR ROBES – 23 used teal polyester adult robes with reversible collars with sets of a variety of liturgical colors and one gathered sleeve organist/director robe and collar set.
  • OLDER SATB CHOIR ANTHEMS – find an old favorite, get extra copies to complete your set, or discover a new-to-you title.  Mostly SATB from 1960-1990s.  General, seasonal, Christmas, Easter, Advent, and others.

Contact Jim Sankey, music coordinator, by email (jamesasankey@hotmail.com) or at the church (724-662-2680) to examine or pick up any of the above items.

trinity-organ.jpg

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Friends:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II has issued a call for all Presbyterians to observe a day of prayer for peace in South Sudan on August 12.  Please see the link to the full article below. Share this message widely and join the day of prayer for peace in South Sudan on Sunday, August 12.

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2018/8/9/stated-clerk-backs-call-day-prayer-south-sudan-aug/

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Coming Events:

  • August 10- 11:00 AM Budget Committee, Presbytery Office
  • August 16 – 12:00 PM MCS Committee, New Wilmington PC

 

Meet Leisa Wagstaff

Missionary Leisa Wagstaff will be visiting Shenango Presbytery August 18th thru the 20th.  Here are some opportunities for Shenango Presbytery folk to meet her, see her, and hear about her work in South Sudan:

  • Saturday, August 18th at Northminster Presbyterian Church (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Gathering at 5 PM with a picnic supper at 5:30 PM with an informal presentation following supper.  Please RSVP to church office (724-58-9051) or Tom Kaufman (724-651-4323) by Tuesday, August 14th.
  • Sunday, August 19th at Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer).  Worship at 10 AM.
  • Sunday August 19th at MoCo House in Bessemer at 6 PM with free beverages and dessert with an informal presentation.

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to go to the Mercer County Jail with the Celebrate Recovery program on Wednesday evenings from 6-8.  Interested men and women may contact Linda Porter at linda@reachingup.org.

 

Disaster Training

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape.  How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves?  The Synod of the Trinity is partnering with five presbyteries to provide regional disaster training through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in September and October.  Save the date for Wednesday, October 17th as our closest event.  Gather at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center in Slippery Rock for a day of training on “Disaster Preparedness and Engagement”.  A second workshop will be offered after lunch, and participants can choose to attend “Human Caused Disasters” or “Immigration Issues”.  There is a $10 per person registration fee.  Further details and online registration can be found at http://www.syntrinity.org/PDA.

 

LAMBEC Capital Campaign

The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania is conducting a $100,000 capital campaign to restore the water system for Camp Lambec.  The system needs a DEP-approved overhaul, and we are starting those repairs with an approved contractor.  This is an expensive overhaul, but it is necessary to continue the ministry to youth and families.  As such, the Board has authorized a $100K campaign to address this and other items of deferred maintenance.  The Board is committed to the continued operation of Camp Lambec, as we believe firmly that this ministry provides unique and powerful discipleship opportunities for participants.  Individual donations can be made online using this link.   Church contributions can be coordinated through the Shenango Presbytery office.

 

2020 Trip Invitation

Dear Shenango Presbytery Friends and Family, In July of 2020 I will be leading a trip to Italy, Austria, and Germany to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau.  I would like to invite you and your church members to join us for the adventure of a life-time.  Check out the attached electronic version of our brochure.  If you have questions, please be in contact, Rev. Jim Mohr, 724-813-5894 or by email, mohrjr@westminster.edu.

 

Full Time Intern Wanted

The Presbyterian Church of Radford, Radford, VA, is seeking a full time intern to direct the UKirk Ministry in the Radford University Community.  He/she will work closely with the Minister as an integral part of a team ministry.  For more information, or to submit resume, please contact Carol White, chair of UKirk committee, cbellinaw@gmail.com, 36 Fieldale Drive, Radford, VA  24141, 540-838-2273.  Please see http://ukirk.pcusa.org/job/31 for a full job description.

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Reception and Fellowship

Welcoming reception and fellowship on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM for Altagracia Cancun, a Dominican Republic partner at North Liberty Presbyterian Church, North Liberty-Plain Grove Road, Grove City.  Come share in light refreshments, fellowship and discussion with Altagracia.  All those with a love for mission are invited to share in this time.  Come hear her stories of the work being accomplished in the DR.  Altagracia is returning to our area after the PW Church-wide gathering in St. Louis.  This event is being hosted by the PW of the Presbytery of Shenango.

 

Meet Leisa Wagstaff

Missionary Leisa Wagstaff will be visiting Shenango Presbytery August 18th thru the 20th.  Here are some opportunities for Shenango Presbytery folk to meet her, see her, and hear about her work in South Sudan:

  • Saturday, August 18th at Northminster Presbyterian Church (2434 Wilmington Road, New Castle).  Gathering at 5 PM with a picnic supper at 5:30 PM with an informal presentation following supper.  Please RSVP to church office (724-58-9051) or Tom Kaufman (724-651-4323) by Tuesday, August 14th.
  • Sunday, August 19th at Bessemer Presbyterian Church (29 N. Main St., Bessemer).  Worship at 10 AM.
  • Sunday August 19th at MoCo House in Bessemer at 6 PM with free beverages and dessert with an informal presentation.

 

Disaster Training

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape.  How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves?  The Synod of the Trinity is partnering with five presbyteries to provide regional disaster training through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in September and October.  Save the date for Wednesday, October 17th as our closest event.  Gather at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center in Slippery Rock for a day of training on “Disaster Preparedness and Engagement”.  A second workshop will be offered after lunch, and participants can choose to attend “Human Caused Disasters” or “Immigration Issues”.  There is a $10 per person registration fee.  Further details and online registration can be found at http://www.syntrinity.org/PDA.

 

LAMBEC Capital Campaign

The Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania is conducting a $100,000 capital campaign to restore the water system for Camp Lambec.  The system needs a DEP-approved overhaul, and we are starting those repairs with an approved contractor.  This is an expensive overhaul, but it is necessary to continue the ministry to youth and families.  As such, the Board has authorized a $100K campaign to address this and other items of deferred maintenance.  The Board is committed to the continued operation of Camp Lambec, as we believe firmly that this ministry provides unique and powerful discipleship opportunities for participants.  Individual donations can be made online using this link.   Church contributions can be coordinated through the Shenango Presbytery office.

 

2020 Trip Invitation

Dear Shenango Presbytery Friends and Family, In July of 2020 I will be leading a trip to Italy, Austria, and Germany to see the Passion Play at Oberammergau.  I would like to invite you and your church members to join us for the adventure of a life-time.  Check out the attached electronic version of our brochure.  If you have questions, please be in contact, Rev. Jim Mohr, 724-813-5894 or by email, mohrjr@westminster.edu.

 

Full Time Intern Wanted

The Presbyterian Church of Radford, Radford, VA, is seeking a full time intern to direct the UKirk Ministry in the Radford University Community.  He/she will work closely with the Minister as an integral part of a team ministry.  For more information, or to submit resume, please contact Carol White, chair of UKirk committee, cbellinaw@gmail.com, 36 Fieldale Drive, Radford, VA  24141, 540-838-2273.  Please see http://ukirk.pcusa.org/job/31 for a full job description.