The Presbytery of Shenango

eLink News

Coming Events:

May 28- OFFICE CLOSED, Memorial Day 
May 29- 9:30 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office

 

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.

 

Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec

Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends!  Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.

 

Kitchen Manager and Seasonal Staff Wanted

Camp Lambec is seeking help for 5 weeks of camp this summer.  If you might be interested, please read the attached ads.  2018 Kitchen Manager Opportunity.  2018 Seasonal Staff Opportunities

 

News From Our Churches

Rummage Sale

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer will be holding a rummage sale on Friday, June 8th from 8 AM – 4 PM and on Saturday, June 9th from 8 AM – NOON.

 

Director of Music and Organist/Pianist Wanted

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon is seeking a Director of Music for approximately 25 hrs./wk. and an Organist/Pianist for approximately 10 hrs./wk.  A single candidate will be considered for both positions if qualified.  Salary competitive and commensurate with experience and expertise.  Please see the job ad for more information.

 

Preschool Director Wanted

The New Wilmington Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of its Preschool.

QUALIFICATIONS:                                                                                                                                Education:  Bachelor’s Degree with Early Childhood Education, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, or a BS in a Related Field with Early Childhood Experience.  Related fields may include:  Child Development, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Education, Pediatric Nursing, Home Economics/Family & Consumer Science, Recreation, Child and Family Studies, and Business.                                                                                            Experience:  Early Childhood Christian Education experience, preferred

Please send resume to:
New Wilmington Presbyterian Church  attention: Preschool, 229 South Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142

Or sent by email to  office@nwpresby.org

*Resume must be received by June 8, 2018

eLink News

Coming Events:

May 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
May 16- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
May 21- 10:00 AM Shenango Presbytery PW CT, Presbytery Office

 

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.

 

Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec

Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends!  Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.

 

 

Kitchen Manager and Seasonal Staff Wanted

Camp Lambec is seeking help for 5 weeks of camp this summer.  If you might be interested, please read the attached ads.  2018 Kitchen Manager Opportunity2018 Seasonal Staff Opportunities

 

Director of Music and Organist/Pianist Wanted

First Presbyterian Church of Sharon is seeking a Director of Music for approximately 25 hrs./wk. and an Organist/Pianist for approximately 10 hrs./wk.  A single candidate will be considered for both positions if qualified.  Salary competitive and commensurate with experience and expertise.  Please see the job ad for more information.

eLink News

Coming Events:

May 11- 9:00 AM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
May 15- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
May 16- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office

Stated Clerk Updates

– Carolyn Moss was ordained as a Teaching Elder on April 29.  She is serving as pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City.
– TE Jordan Rimmer was installed as pastor of Northminster church in New Castle on April 15.
– TE Paul Votaw’s honorable retirement was celebrated at our February stated meeting in Bessemer.
– The Harlansburg congregation recently voted 22-0 to request dismissal from the PCUSA and therefore from Shenango Presbytery.  A second vote will be required to determine to which Reformed body they will request transfer.
– Pastor Nominating Committees are actively searching for installed Teaching Elders for the Clen-Moore, First New Castle, and Wampum congregations.  Moravia and Mt. Jackson are searching for contracted pastoral supply.

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

 

 

Hickman Defense

Rev. Lisa Nichols Hickman (First Sharon) recently successfully defended her PhD thesis, the culmination of several years of doctoral study at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  Picture here is Lisa (second from left) with her doctoral committee of Duquesne faculty members.  Lisa currently serves part time in pastoral care and preaching at First Sharon, having previously served as Associate Pastor at the New Wilmington church.  Congratulations, Rev. Hickman!

Hickman Defense

 

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.

 

Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec

Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends!  Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to get Camp Lambec ready for summer ministry on May 5th and 19th from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  The heavy snow took a toll on the trees last winter – a lot of help is needed sawing, splitting, and removing the downed trees.  A light lunch will be provided, but volunteers should bring a bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, chain saws, and any tools that might be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor by May 1st if you are coming (and with how many people).

Note: The camp’s water system is still being renovated and is in the testing phase.  The camp’s water is NOT USABLE and volunteers are not permitted to spend the night.

 

Apply to the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program today!! Final round for the 18-19 season open until June 1. National sites only are available.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage. Also, follow @yavprogram as current YAVs take over the account. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!

 

 

eLink News

Coming Events:

May 3- 12:00 PM Retired Minister’s Lunch, Ryder’s Restaurant, New Wilmington

Stated Clerk Updates

– Carolyn Moss was ordained as a Teaching Elder on April 29.  She is serving as pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City.
– TE Jordan Rimmer was installed as pastor of Northminster church in New Castle on April 15.
– TE Paul Votaw’s honorable retirement was celebrated at our February stated meeting in Bessemer.
– The Harlansburg congregation recently voted 22-0 to request dismissal from the PCUSA and therefore from Shenango Presbytery.  A second vote will be required to determine to which Reformed body they will request transfer.
– Pastor Nominating Committees are actively searching for installed Teaching Elders for the Clen-Moore, First New Castle, and Wampum congregations.  Moravia and Mt. Jackson are searching for contracted pastoral supply.

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

 

Planning Calendar Orders Due

This Friday, May 4th, is the deadline to submit your orders for the Presbyterian Planning Calendar.  An order form is attached for your convenience.  Calendars are $9.00 each when ordered through the Presbytery Office with this offer…orders directly from the PCUSA would be $14.95 each.  In order to make sure we have your order by Friday, please call 724-528-1610 or email finance@shenango.org with the number of calendars that you would like…checks can be mailed separately.

 

Moss Ordination

A commission elected by the presbytery (pictured) met Sunday, April 29, at our Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City to ordained candidate Carolyn Fenner Moss to the ministry of Word and Sacrament.  Carolyn graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary many years ago, but recently completed the ordination care process with our presbytery after sensing a fresh call to pastoral ministry.  She is serving as a 3/4 time pastor for the Slippery Rock church.  Carolyn lives in Volant with husband Howard, former presbytery treasurer.  Together they run the Candleford Inn, a local bed & breakfast.  Welcome to membership in Shenango Presbytery, Carolyn!

Moss ordination

 

National Day of Prayer Observation

Join the congregations of Ellwood City for a special observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd from 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM in the Ellwood City Community Plaza.  In case of rain the event will be moved to the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church on the corner of 5th and Crescent.  Complimentary luncheon to follow the service at First United Methodist.

 

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.

 

Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec

Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends!  Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to get Camp Lambec ready for summer ministry on May 5th and 19th from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  The heavy snow took a toll on the trees last winter – a lot of help is needed sawing, splitting, and removing the downed trees.  A light lunch will be provided, but volunteers should bring a bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, chain saws, and any tools that might be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor by May 1st if you are coming (and with how many people).

Note: The camp’s water system is still being renovated and is in the testing phase.  The camp’s water is NOT USABLE and volunteers are not permitted to spend the night.

 

Apply to the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program today!! Final round for the 18-19 season open until June 1. National sites only are available.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage. Also, follow @yavprogram as current YAVs take over the account. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!

 

News From the Churches

Rummage Sale
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, Sharon (600 E. State St.) will host a Rummage Sale & Bake Sale on Thursday, May 3rd from 9 AM – 2 PM, and on Friday, May 4th from 9 AM – 1 PM.  Lunch will be available both days.  Proceeds will benefit the mission work of PW at 1st Sharon.

Official Call to the April 24, 2018 Stated Meeting of Shenango Presbytery

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday,
April 24, 2018 at Bessemer Presbyterian Church.  

Important Items Before Presbytery Include:

  • South Sudan mission update
  • Update on Conversations with Beaver Butler presbytery

Get the Docket and Council Minutes!

Bessemer Presbyterian Church is located at 29 N. Main Street, Bessemer, PA.

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

eLink News

Coming Events:

April 17- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
April 18- 1:30 PM Evangelism, Presbytery Office
April 24- 6:30 PM Stated Presbytery Meeting, Bessemer Presbyterian Church
(Watch for the official call to the meeting later this week!)

A Day with Brian McLaren at PTS

Brian McLaren, speaker, author and leader of the emerging church movement will be at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Wednesday, April 25th.  The schedule will be:  10:00-11:15 workshop, 11:30 chapel, 12;00-1:00 lunch, 1:00-3:00 workshop, 4:00-6:30 reception and dinner, 7:00-9:00 public lecture.  All events are free, but require registration for events and meals.  Cost for meals:  Lunch $10, Dinner $20.  To register:  Contact www.prs.edu/McLaren-2018, or 412-924-1345.  If you are interested carpooling, contact Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org, or 724-981-2211 ext. 2), who will be leaving around 8:00AM.

 

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.

 

Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec

Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends!  Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to get Camp Lambec ready for summer ministry on May 5th and 19th from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  The heavy snow took a toll on the trees last winter – a lot of help is needed sawing, splitting, and removing the downed trees.  A light lunch will be provided, but volunteers should bring a bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, chain saws, and any tools that might be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor by May 1st if you are coming (and with how many people).

Note: The camp’s water system is still being renovated and is in the testing phase.  The camp’s water is NOT USABLE and volunteers are not permitted to spend the night.

 

Apply to the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program today!! Final round for the 18-19 season open until June 1. National sites only are available.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage. Also, follow @yavprogram as current YAVs take over the account. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!

 

News From the Churches

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, February 4 from 1:300-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon (except April 1, Easter Sunday) for 13 weeks, concluding on May 6 .  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.

 

Rummage Sale

Coolspring Church (787 Coolspring Church Rd., Mercer) is having a Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 28th from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Half price the last hour.  Moneys raised go to missions.

 

Rummage Sale
The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, Sharon (600 E. State St.) will host a Rummage Sale & Bake Sale on Thursday, May 3rd from 9 AM – 2 PM, and on Friday, May 4th from 9 AM – 1 PM.  Lunch will be available both days.  Proceeds will benefit the mission work of PW at 1st Sharon.

 

eLink News

Coming Events:

April 12- 1:15 PM Sudan Team, New Wilmington PC
April 16-17 Spring Pastor Retreat, Villa Maria Conference Center
April 17- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC

Lynn and Sharon Kandel to Visit

Lynn and Sharon Kandel, mission co-workers supported by Shenango Presbytery, will be visiting from April 14-17.  You can meet them and hear more about their work at two special events – 9:30 AM on Sunday, April 15: worship with New Wilmington Presbyterian Church – and – 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 15: Coffee House reception at First Presbyterian Church, Sharon.  All are welcome!

Also, pastors attending the Spring Pastor Retreat will have an opportunity to talk with the Kandels over lunch on Tuesday.

 

A Day with Brian McLaren at PTS

Brian McLaren, speaker, author and leader of the emerging church movement will be at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Wednesday, April 25th.  The schedule will be:  10:00-11:15 workshop, 11:30 chapel, 12;00-1:00 lunch, 1:00-3:00 workshop, 4:00-6:30 reception and dinner, 7:00-9:00 public lecture.  All events are free, but require registration for events and meals.  Cost for meals:  Lunch $10, Dinner $20.  To register:  Contact www.prs.edu/McLaren-2018, or 412-924-1345.  If you are interested carpooling, contact Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org, or 724-981-2211 ext. 2), who will be leaving around 8:00AM.

 

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.

 

Summer Camp 2018 at Camp Lambec

Camp Lambec is a place for fun adventures in faith, family, and friends!  Visit www.camplambec.net or www.facebook.com/camplambec to download registration brochures and read more about the exciting summer camp programs available this year at Camp Lambec in Erie.

 

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to get Camp Lambec ready for summer ministry on May 5th and 19th from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  The heavy snow took a toll on the trees last winter – a lot of help is needed sawing, splitting, and removing the downed trees.  A light lunch will be provided, but volunteers should bring a bagged lunch, drinking water, work gloves, hand sanitizer, chain saws, and any tools that might be helpful.  Please email Bob Meanor by May 1st if you are coming (and with how many people).

Note: The camp’s water system is still being renovated and is in the testing phase.  The camp’s water is NOT USABLE and volunteers are not permitted to spend the night.

 

Apply to the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program today!! Final round for the 18-19 season open until June 1. National sites only are available.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage. Also, follow @yavprogram as current YAVs take over the account. Help plants seeds of service and spread the word!

 

News From the Churches

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, February 4 from 1:300-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon (except April 1, Easter Sunday) for 13 weeks, concluding on May 6 .  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.

Indoor Yard Sale

The Presbyterian Women of Unity Presbyterian Church (1857 Mercer W. Middlesex Rd., (Rt. 318)), will hold an Indoor Yard & Book Sale on Friday, April 13, 3:00 – 8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Lunch will be available.  Proceeds will support our mission projects.

eLink News

Coming Events:

April 4- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
April 5- 3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office

A Day with Brian McLaren at PTS

Brian McLaren, speaker, author and leader of the emerging church movement will be at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Wednesday, April 25th.  The schedule will be:  10:00-11:15 workshop, 11:30 chapel, 12;00-1:00 lunch, 1:00-3:00 workshop, 4:00-6:30 reception and dinner, 7:00-9:00 public lecture.  All events are free, but require registration for events and meals.  Cost for meals:  Lunch $10, Dinner $20.  To register:  Contact www.prs.edu/McLaren-2018, or 412-924-1345.  If you are interested carpooling, contact Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org, or 724-981-2211 ext. 2), who will be leaving around 8:00AM.

 

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.

 

News From the Churches

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, February 4 from 1:300-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon (except April 1, Easter Sunday) for 13 weeks, concluding on May 6 .  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.

Indoor Yard Sale

The Presbyterian Women of Unity Presbyterian Church (1857 Mercer W. Middlesex Rd., (Rt. 318)), will hold an Indoor Yard & Book Sale on Friday, April 13, 3:00 – 8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Lunch will be available.  Proceeds will support our mission projects.

eLink News

Coming Events:

March 29- 10:00 AM Operating Budget Committee, Presbytery Office
March 30- GOOD FRIDAY, OFFICE CLOSED
March 31-
Deadline to apply for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

April 2- 10:00 AM Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery Office
April 3- 9:30 AM Council, Coolspring Presbyterian Church
April 4- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

Prayers

Bill Mills’ wife Ruth died on Sunday evening.  Bill has served many of the churches in Shenango Presbytery over the years.  Arrangements will be through Cunningham Funeral Home in Grove City.

 

College Scholarship Deadline is Saturday!!!

The Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship – open to students in our communities attending Grove City, Westminster Colleges, and Thiel Colleges can be completed online by clicking here.  You can also download a copy of the form Shenango Presbytery Scholarship Application 2018.

The deadline to submit applications is March 31, 2018 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

 

A Day with Brian McLaren at PTS

Brian McLaren, speaker, author and leader of the emerging church movement will be at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Wednesday, April 25th.  The schedule will be:  10:00-11:15 workshop, 11:30 chapel, 12;00-1:00 lunch, 1:00-3:00 workshop, 4:00-6:30 reception and dinner, 7:00-9:00 public lecture.  All events are free, but require registration for events and meals.  Cost for meals:  Lunch $10, Dinner $20.  To register:  Contact www.prs.edu/McLaren-2018, or 412-924-1345.  If you are interested carpooling, contact Glenn Hink (pastor@1stpcs.org, or 724-981-2211 ext. 2), who will be leaving around 8:00AM.

 

South Sudan Hunger Offerings

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Over the past two years, congregations and individuals in Shenango Presbytery have contributed over $46,000.00 to combat hunger in South Sudan.  The funds have been used by our partners in SSPEC to purchase food for distribution through their congregations.  Mission Co-Worker Kristi Rice has helped with the food distribution, and has written an article on her blog, with several photographs, detailing this relief effort.

 

 

WMI Conference

The World Mission Initiative Conference, will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on April 13-14, 2018.  This year’s conference will focus on the theme, “All God’s Children: Justice in God’s Mission”.  Workshop leaders have been working on the front lines of mission locally and nationally.  They will challenge participants to consider how they can lead congregations to respond biblically and responsibly to justice issues.  Click here for more details.

Shenango Presbytery is doing a group registration for this conference for $250.  There are already 6 individuals registered, so the individual cost will be less than $42.  Carpooling will also be an option.  To register for the group option…click on the link above, go to “Individual Registration”, then click “Register Now”.  Check off that you are a church or group registration…when it asks for the name of the group, enter “Shenango Presbytery”.  When it asks for the group contact, enter “David Dawson”.  There is no registration fee, so do not enter your credit card information.

If you would like to attend both Friday evening and Saturday, you can call the PTS Receptionist and Event Coordinator, Lisa Bunting (lbunting@pts.edu or 412-924-1397).  She is aware that conference attendees will be reserving rooms for that weekend.  You are also welcome to attend just Saturday.  If you have questions about attending with the Shenango Presbytery group, you can contact Denise Scuito at dscuito@frontierfellowship.com or David Dawson at david.dawson1947@outlook.com.

 

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.

 

News From the Churches

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, February 4 from 1:300-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon (except April 1, Easter Sunday) for 13 weeks, concluding on May 6 .  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.

eLink News

Coming Events:

March 20- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
March 21- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
March 23- Deadline to register for the Spring Pastor Retreat

March 27- 9:30 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office
March 29- 10:00 AM Operating Budget Committee, Presbytery Office
March 30- GOOD FRIDAY, OFFICE CLOSED
March 31-
Deadline to apply for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Faith church in Hermitage (March 4) and at Rich Hill (March 18) and will preach at Word Centered (March 25).  With pastors Matt Camlin (New Wilmington) and Bob McCreight (North Liberty) he participated in the 26th annual mission partnership week in Sabaneta de Yasica in the Dominican Republic.  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.

 

Register for the Spring 2018 Pastor Retreat…Deadline to register is Friday, March 23rd!

Michelle SnyderLeadership Through the Wilderness: Navigating Uncharted Territory in Uncertain Times with Michelle Snyder.

No one needs to tell today’s leaders that these are uncertain times in the life of the church.  It can sometimes feel like we are wandering around our own wilderness without clarity of direction.  Using Holy Cow data maps specifically from our presbytery, we will explore potentially promising pathways for our churches, identify dead end roads, and reflect on what faithful leadership looks like when anxiety is high and the terrain is bumpy.  Michelle Snyder, our leader for the retreat, will bring her therapeutic sensibilities, her consulting experience and her collection of best practice examples to what is sure to be an engaging time together.

Michelle is the senior consultant for Crow’s Feet Consulting, a consulting company specializing in building capacity in middle judicatories to strategically and systematically use organizational intelligence to create vital congregations.

Register online!

Download the PDF registration form.

 

Application Deadline Coming Soon!

The Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship – open to students in our communities attending Grove City, Westminster Colleges, and Thiel Colleges can be completed online by clicking here.  You can also download a copy of the form Shenango Presbytery Scholarship Application 2018.

The deadline to submit applications is March 31, 2018 in order to allow the committee overseeing the scholarship time to meet with potential recipients before the end of the spring semester.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

 

South Sudan Hunger Offerings

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Over the past two years, congregations and individuals in Shenango Presbytery have contributed over $46,000.00 to combat hunger in South Sudan.  The funds have been used by our partners in SSPEC to purchase food for distribution through their congregations.  Mission Co-Worker Kristi Rice has helped with the food distribution, and has written an article on her blog, with several photographs, detailing this relief effort.

 

 

WMI Conference

The World Mission Initiative Conference, will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on April 13-14, 2018.  This year’s conference will focus on the theme, “All God’s Children: Justice in God’s Mission”.  Workshop leaders have been working on the front lines of mission locally and nationally.  They will challenge participants to consider how they can lead congregations to respond biblically and responsibly to justice issues.  Click here for more details.

Shenango Presbytery is doing a group registration for this conference for $250.  There are already 6 individuals registered, so the individual cost will be less than $42.  Carpooling will also be an option.  To register for the group option…click on the link above, go to “Individual Registration”, then click “Register Now”.  Check off that you are a church or group registration…when it asks for the name of the group, enter “Shenango Presbytery”.  When it asks for the group contact, enter “David Dawson”.  There is no registration fee, so do not enter your credit card information.

If you would like to attend both Friday evening and Saturday, you can call the PTS Receptionist and Event Coordinator, Lisa Bunting (lbunting@pts.edu or 412-924-1397).  She is aware that conference attendees will be reserving rooms for that weekend.  You are also welcome to attend just Saturday.  If you have questions about attending with the Shenango Presbytery group, you can contact Denise Scuito at dscuito@frontierfellowship.com or David Dawson at david.dawson1947@outlook.com.

 

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.

 

News From the Churches

Bicentennial Celebration at Sheakleyville

Sheakleyville Presbyterian Church will celebrate their Bicentennial on Sunday, May 20th at 9:30 AM.

 

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, February 4 from 1:300-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.  The group will meet each Sunday afternoon (except April 1, Easter Sunday) for 13 weeks, concluding on May 6 .  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.