The Presbytery of Shenango

eLink News

Coming Events:

June 16-23 223rd General Assembly, St. Louis, MO
Click here to keep up with what’s happening in St. Louis, watch portions of the business meetings, and more.
June 20- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office

Remember Our Delegates

General Assembly begins this coming Saturday.  Please keep our delegates in your prayers as they represent Shenango Presbytery next week.

  • Rev. Bob McCreight (North Liberty)
  • Elder Jamie Schiestle (Coolspring)
  • YAD Rachel Hemmerlin (North Liberty)
  • Sudan Overture Advocate Judy Veon (New Wilmington)

 

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached for Sandy Lake church (June 10).  He will be attending the PCUSA General Assembly in St. Louis (June 16-23). Ralph welcomes opportunities to preach or bring greetings during a worship service, as well as opportunities to visit Session and Deacon meetings.  Schedule a Sunday or a meeting time by contacting him at 724-528-1610 or ralph@shenango.org.

 

Planning Calendar Update

We’ve received word that the Planning Calendars will be shipping to the Presbytery Office in mid-June due to a printing error.  We will contact churches that have placed orders as soon as we receive our shipment.

 

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

Lowland Hum Concert

Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a concert by Charlottesville, VA based, husband-and-wife folk music duo Lowland Hum on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets will be $10 at the door on the night of the show.  This is a great opportunity to invite your music-loving friends and family members to attend an event at Trinity.  For more information on this special event with Lowland Hum, please visit http://www.lowlandhum.com.

 

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:

June 6- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

 

Planning Calendar Update

We’ve received word that the Planning Calendars will be shipping to the Presbytery Office in mid-June.  We will contact churches that have placed orders as soon as we receive our shipment.

 

 

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

Lowland Hum Concert

Trinity Presbyterian Church will host a concert by Charlottesville, VA based, husband-and-wife folk music duo Lowland Hum on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 PM.  Tickets will be $10 at the door on the night of the show.  This is a great opportunity to invite your music-loving friends and family members to attend an event at Trinity.  For more information on this special event with Lowland Hum, please visit http://www.lowlandhum.com.

 

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:

June 5- 9:30 AM Council, Sandy Lake PC
June 6- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

 

Sheakleyville Bicentennial

On a typical Sunday, Sheakleyville Presbyterian Church has about 18-20 in attendance for worship.  But on Sunday, May 20th, 130 worshipers filled the pews, communion was served to 106 people, and about 85 were served a delicious luncheon.   This congregation was founded in 1818 by a group of people who didn’t like the version of the Psalter that was being used.  Six families formed the new congregation which aligned with the Associated Reformed denomination.  Later they became United Presbyterians, and then aligned with PC(USA).  Through many hard times, even a tornado which blew away a portion of the roof, this congregation has worshiped in the same building since 1885.   The church has endured and still remains a small but faithful group, mighty in missions, and strong in love of the community.

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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 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.