The Presbytery of Shenango

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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.

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Dinner with the Kandels

Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and Mission Committee members are invited to join us at Northminster Church on Friday, July 27, 2018 as we host Missionaries Lynn & Sharon Kandel, currently serving in the South Sudan.  Gathering at 5:30 PM and a Picnic Supper at 6:00 PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Lynn and Sharon and to hear and learn about the work they are doing on behalf of Presbyterian Church (USA) with our South Sudanese church partners.  Please RSVP by Thursday, July 26, 2018, by contacting the church office (724) 658-9051 or Tom Kaufman (724) 651-4323.  Thank you!

 

Missionary Reception

Nearly 100 souls gathered on Sunday evening during the New Wilmington Mission Conference at our annual Shenango Presbytery missionary reception.  Conference participants and members of our 45 churches enjoyed conversation with active missionaries and mission co-workers.  Many thanks to our presbytery mission committee for hosting an excellent gathering!

missionary reception

 

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.

Register for the Fall 2018 Pastor Retreat

Beginnings: What Genesis Says (And Doesn’t Say)

Shenango Presbytery Fall Pastor Retreat – October 15-16, 2018
Villa Maria Conference Center

Dr. Steven Tuell

Dr. Steven Tuell

When critics and defenders of faith argue about beginnings, both sides generally assume that Genesis presents a straightforward account of how the world was made.  One side defends this account, while the other attacks it.  But close reading of Genesis 1-2 reveals a serious flaw in this assumption.  Genesis presents not one creation account, but two, which differ markedly from one another.

 

 

This forces us to ask new questions:

  1. If Genesis 1-2 is not a factual description of the origin of the world, then what is it?
  2. What are these two stories about?
  3. What is the effect of their combination?
  4. What are the implications of Genesis 1-2 for the relationship between science and faith?

“We will engage these questions and more through a close, careful reading of the biblical text.” – Dr. Steven Tuell

Sessions will include:

  • Which Creation?
  • An Ordered World: Genesis 1:1-2:4a
  • The Drama of Relationship: Genesis 2:4b-25
  • Putting It Back Together: What Does Genesis 1-2 Mean?

(Registration is now closed.)

Click here to read more about Dr. Steven Tuell.

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The NWMC Homeless Mission Project 2018 Could Use Your Help.

What happens to all our plastic bags?  Do they end up in landfills, along the roads, in our oceans?  Time to do something useful with them.  Bring your clean bags to NWMC and let the Conference Kids and families turn them into sleeping mats for the homeless.  The homeless appreciate them because they are warm, bugs don’t like them, they dry out quickly, and are lightweight.  It take A LOT of bags, so bring as many as you can collect from neighbors and church friends.  We’ll need a lot of bags!!!

Also needed for the homeless:

  • hotel toiletries
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • new light weight wash cloths
  • boxes of band aids
  • packages of safety pins
  • new men’s socks
  • new men’s underwear
  • t-shirts

Drop plastic bags and other items at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church or at Anderson Auditorium (Westminster College) by Sunday evening, July 22.

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Visit NWMC!

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is just around the corner! Don’t miss out on this gem right in our own backyard, as Christians from all over the world gather to hear what God is doing, July 20-27 on the campus of Westminster College – all ages are welcome! To register or for more information about speakers and programs, visit nwmcmission.org.

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“Meet a Missionary Dinner”

Churches, Mission Committees and YOU, are invited to share a meal with missionaries who represent us to the world on Sunday, July 22nd at 5 PM in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Stay tuned for a list of attending missionaries.  Stick around afterward and check out the “Evening Meeting” at NWMC at 7:45 PM in the amphitheater.

 

Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network

More than 20 years ago some people from churches in Pennsylvania and South Carolina (as well as others from far and wide) formed a network so that they could connect more deeply with Christian friends in Sudan and, when in 2011 it became the newest nation, South Sudan.

This year, the Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network will meet at Westminster College on July 23-24.

As a local friend, you can register at the New Wilmington Mission Conference website, www.nwmcmission.org, so you can stay on campus and enjoy the conference for some or all of the week.  You can also register as a commuter for $50 a day, or simply show up when you want during the conference without registering for any meals or conference activities.  (**If you decide not to register, please contact Denise to let her know you plan to attend the Network meeting.)

Flyers for the gathering and conference registration are attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Denise Sciuto at 724-766-1678 or dsciuto@frontierfellowship.com.

 

Dinner with the Kandels

Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and Mission Committee members are invited to join us at Northminster Church on Friday, July 27, 2018 as we host Missionaries Lynn & Sharon Kandel, currently serving in the South Sudan.  Gathering at 5:30 PM and a Picnic Supper at 6:00 PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Lynn and Sharon and to hear and learn about the work they are doing on behalf of Presbyterian Church (USA) with our South Sudanese church partners.  Please RSVP by Thursday, July 26, 2018, by contacting the church office (724) 658-9051 or Tom Kaufman (724) 651-4323.  Thank you!

 

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.

 

Hymnals Wanted

A small church group in New Castle is seeking about 30-40 hymnals.  If you have any extras, or even older hymnals that need a new home, please contact Randy Costello at 724-658-6416 or rjcostello07@gmail.com.

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Visit NWMC!

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is just around the corner! Don’t miss out on this gem right in our own backyard, as Christians from all over the world gather to hear what God is doing, July 20-27 on the campus of Westminster College – all ages are welcome! To register or for more information about speakers and programs, visit nwmcmission.org.

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Help Wanted

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for individuals to serve on staff. In particular, they are looking for individuals who would like to serve in child care (ages 0-4). If you have a gift for children’s ministry, please consider serving in either the mornings or the evenings on July 19-26. Staff members must have (or be willing to obtain) current PA clearances. Contact Andrea Hall at office@nwmcmission.org for more information.

 

“Meet a Missionary Dinner”

Churches, Mission Committees and YOU, are invited to share a meal with missionaries who represent us to the world on Sunday, July 22nd at 5 PM in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Stay tuned for a list of attending missionaries.  Stick around afterward and check out the “Evening Meeting” at NWMC at 7:45 PM in the amphitheater.

 

Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network

More than 20 years ago some people from churches in Pennsylvania and South Carolina (as well as others from far and wide) formed a network so that they could connect more deeply with Christian friends in Sudan and, when in 2011 it became the newest nation, South Sudan.

This year, the Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network will meet at Westminster College on July 23-24.

As a local friend, you can register at the New Wilmington Mission Conference website, www.nwmcmission.org, so you can stay on campus and enjoy the conference for some or all of the week.  You can also register as a commuter for $50 a day, or simply show up when you want during the conference without registering for any meals or conference activities.  (**If you decide not to register, please contact Denise to let her know you plan to attend the Network meeting.)

Flyers for the gathering and conference registration are attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Denise Sciuto at 724-766-1678 or dsciuto@frontierfellowship.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.

 

Hymnals Wanted

A small church group in New Castle is seeking about 30-40 hymnals.  If you have any extras, or even older hymnals that need a new home, please contact Randy Costello at 724-658-6416 or rjcostello07@gmail.com.

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Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network

More than 20 years ago some people from churches in Pennsylvania and South Carolina (as well as others from far and wide) formed a network so that they could connect more deeply with Christian friends in Sudan and, when in 2011 it became the newest nation, South Sudan.

This year, the Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network will meet at Westminster College on July 23-24.

As a local friend, you can register at the New Wilmington Mission Conference website, www.nwmcmission.org, so you can stay on campus and enjoy the conference for some or all of the week.  You can also register as a commuter for $50 a day, or simply show up when you want during the conference without registering for any meals or conference activities.  (**If you decide not to register, please contact Denise to let her know you plan to attend the Network meeting.)

Flyers for the gathering and conference registration are attached.  If you have any questions, please contact Denise Sciuto at 724-766-1678 or dsciuto@frontierfellowship.com.

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Coming Events:

July 4- OFFICE CLOSED, Independence Day

 

Visit NWMC!

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is just around the corner! Don’t miss out on this gem right in our own backyard, as Christians from all over the world gather to hear what God is doing, July 20-27 on the campus of Westminster College – all ages are welcome! To register or for more information about speakers and programs, visit nwmcmission.org.

NWMC-Logo-Globe-2000px-FINAL2018 Tshirt Art v1 no ground

 

Help Wanted

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for individuals to serve on staff. In particular, they are looking for individuals who would like to serve in child care (ages 0-4). If you have a gift for children’s ministry, please consider serving in either the mornings or the evenings on July 19-26. Staff members must have (or be willing to obtain) current PA clearances. Contact Andrea Hall at office@nwmcmission.org for more information.

 

“Meet a Missionary Dinner”

Churches, Mission Committees and YOU, are invited to share a meal with missionaries who represent us to the world on Sunday, July 22nd at 5 PM in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Stay tuned for a list of attending missionaries.  Stick around afterward and check out the “Evening Meeting” at NWMC at 7:45 PM in the amphitheater.

 

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.

 

Hymnals Wanted

A small church group in New Castle is seeking about 30-40 hymnals.  If you have any extras, or even older hymnals that need a new home, please contact Randy Costello at 724-658-6416 or rjcostello07@gmail.com.

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Coming Events:

July 4- OFFICE CLOSED, Independence Day

 

 

Creekpaum Baptism

Congratulations to Revs. Beth and John Creekpaum, who once again stood at the baptismal font and presented a child for covenant baptism.  Lydia Grace Creekpaum was baptized by the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church on June 10.  Beth is the pastor of the Sandy Lake church.  Superhero big brother is posing in the background.

 

Lydia Creekpaum Baptism

 

Visit NWMC!

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is just around the corner! Don’t miss out on this gem right in our own backyard, as Christians from all over the world gather to hear what God is doing, July 20-27 on the campus of Westminster College – all ages are welcome! To register or for more information about speakers and programs, visit nwmcmission.org.

NWMC-Logo-Globe-2000px-FINAL2018 Tshirt Art v1 no ground

 

Help Wanted

The New Wilmington Mission Conference is looking for individuals to serve on staff. In particular, they are looking for individuals who would like to serve in child care (ages 0-4). If you have a gift for children’s ministry, please consider serving in either the mornings or the evenings on July 19-26. Staff members must have (or be willing to obtain) current PA clearances. Contact Andrea Hall at office@nwmcmission.org for more information.

 

“Meet a Missionary Dinner”

Churches, Mission Committees and YOU, are invited to share a meal with missionaries who represent us to the world on Sunday, July 22nd at 5 PM in the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  Stay tuned for a list of attending missionaries.  Stick around afterward and check out the “Evening Meeting” at NWMC at 7:45 PM in the amphitheater.

 

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.

Official Call to the June 26, 2018 Stated Meeting of Shenango Presbytery

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday,
June 26, 2018 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City.  

Important Items Before Presbytery Include:

  • Installation of Moderator and Vice Moderator
  • Update on South Sudan Overture to GA
  • Update on Conversations with Beaver Butler presbytery
  • Examination of candidate Aaron Christy for Teaching Elder ordination
  • Recognition of honorable retirement of Rev. Stan Keehlwetter
  • Update on Board of Pensions by regional liaison Rev. Doug Portz

Get the Docket and Council Minutes!

Christ Presbyterian Church is located at 325 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA  16117.

DETOUR INFORMATION: If you are coming on route 488 there is a detour because of bridge replacement. When you reach the bridge – you will need to turn on right onto Wurtemburg Road.   At the end of Wurtemburg Road you will come to route 65. Turn left onto route 65 or Woodside Ave.  Follow route 65 until you reach 5th street – Make a left.  After crossing the 5th St bridge there will be a McDonald’s on the left at the traffic light.  Turn left onto Fountain Ave.  In one block at the blinking light make a right onto 4th Street – Christ Presbyterian Church is in front of you at the intersection of 4th and Spring Ave. When you reach the stop sign if you drive straight on 4th Street you can turn left into the parking lot (at the end of the building).  We will have people directing you to extra parking when the lot is full.

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