The Presbytery of Shenango

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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

SSPEC-food-dist-Pastors-Philip-and-L[2]

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

SSPEC-food-dist-Pastors-Philip-and-L[2]

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.

 

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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!

eLink News

Coming Events:

March 19- 9:00 AM Presbyterian Women CT, Presbytery Office
March 20- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry, Neshannock PC
March 21- 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
March 22- 10:00 AM Budget & Finance Committee, Presbytery Office

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Faith church in Hermitage (March 4) and will preach at Rich Hill (March 18) and Word Centered (March 25).  With pastors Matt Camlin (New Wilmington) and Bob McCreight (North Liberty) he will be participating 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.

 

Stated Clerk Updates

– RE Carolyn Moss is serving as pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City, and will be ordained later this spring, thanks to her successful examination by the presbytery on February 27.

– RE Donna Heard was commissioned by the presbytery on February 27 to serve as pastor of the Word Centered congregation in Sharon, having previously served in leadership there in many capacities.

– RE Judy Veon (New Wilmington) was appointed by the presbytery to serve as our overture advocate for our South Sudan advocacy overture got to the PCUSA General Assembly in St. Louis in June.  Judy will advocate for the overture and answer questions before the assembly committee that will receive and consider the overture’s contents.

– TE Michael Spicuzza is filling in at Sandy Lake church while TE Beth Creekpaum is on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter Lydia Grace.

– TE Jordan Rimmer will be installed as pastor of Northminster church on April 15.

– 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 and First New Castle congregations.

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

 

Register for the Spring 2018 Pastor Retreat

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.

Deadline to register is Friday, March 23rd!

 

South Sudan Hunger Offerings

SSPEC-food-dist-Pastors-Philip-and-L[2]

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.

 

Evensong at Unity

On Sunday, March 18th Unity Presbyterian Church will again host “Evensong”.  Come for supper at 5:30 PM (all are invited) and singing in the sanctuary at 6:30 PM.  Come and join your voices in praise lifting high the name of JESUS!  (Always the 3rd Sunday evening, September to May.)

Register for the Spring 2018 Pastor Retreat

Leadership Through the Wilderness: Navigating Uncharted Territory in Uncertain Times

michelle-snyder.jpgwith 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.

Deadline to register is Friday, March 23rd!

eLink News

Coming Events:

March 7- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

EP Activity This Month

Our Executive Presbyter, Ralph Hawkins, preached at Faith church in Hermitage (March 4) and will preach at Rich Hill (March 18) and Word Centered (March 25).  With pastors Matt Camlin (New Wilmington) and Bob McCreight (North Liberty) he will be participating 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.

 

Stated Clerk Updates

– RE Carolyn Moss is serving as pastor of Slippery Rock church in Ellwood City, and will be ordained later this spring, thanks to her successful examination by the presbytery on February 27.

– RE Donna Heard was commissioned by the presbytery on February 27 to serve as pastor of the Word Centered congregation in Sharon, having previously served in leadership there in many capacities.

– RE Judy Veon (New Wilmington) was appointed by the presbytery to serve as our overture advocate for our South Sudan advocacy overture got to the PCUSA General Assembly in St. Louis in June.  Judy will advocate for the overture and answer questions before the assembly committee that will receive and consider the overture’s contents.

– TE Michael Spicuzza is filling in at Sandy Lake church while TE Beth Creekpaum is on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter Lydia Grace.

– TE Jordan Rimmer will be installed as pastor of Northminster church on April 15.

– 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 and First New Castle congregations.

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

 

Grove City College Meeting

Last week, our presbytery met for its February stated meeting at Grove City College.  Elder Donna Heard was commissioned as pastor of Word Centered Fellowship in Sharon, Elder Judy Veon was appointed as our overture advocate for our South Sudan overture going to the PCUSA General Assembly, and candidate Carolyn Moss was examined and approved for ordination as a Teaching Elder.  Worship was led by Rev. Adam Rodgers (Stoneboro).  God be praised for a good gathering.

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A Heartfelt Thanks from Rev. James Par Top

Greetings in the name of our Lord  Jesus Christ, our Savior.  As people of God , I would  like to say thanks you so much for your concern about the  people of the South Sudan for sent them the humanitarian aid assistance.   There are many people in the South Sudan do need help, because the hunger in South Sudan is very bad because most of the children are on street, they do not find any food to eat, may be their parents where been killed in this civil war.  We have many pastors are not in the country, some of them are in Khartoum and Uganda and Ethiopia and Kenya, their children are suffering there with them.  On behalf of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, brothers and  Sisters in Christ Jesus of the Shenango Presbytery thanks you every much, may God bless all of us,

yours in Christ,

Rev, James Par Tap . Moderator of  SSPEC

(It was announced last evening at the Presbytery Meeting, that over the past two years, the congregations of Shenango Presbytery have sent over $46,761.00 to combat hunger in South Sudan.)

 

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.

 

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.

 

Concert at Oak Grove Church

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church (7152 Old Rt. 422, Portersville) will host a concert on Sunday, March 11th at 5:00 PM featuring Rev. Capt. Herb Bailey accompanied by the band SEEK.  Rev. Capt. Bailey runs the Uncommon Grounds Cafe in Aliquippa, PA.  There will be a meal following the program.  Questions?  Call 724-714-1313.

 

Bessemer Presbyterian Church Preschool

Bessemer Presbyterian Church is so excited to be able to offer quality, affordable and faith based Preschool to the Mohawk and surrounding areas.  They are now accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please call the preschool phone number (724-667-4130) and leave a message.  Bessemer Presbyterian Church Preschool Flyer

On Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM there will be a Vendor Show to benefit the brand new preschool.  Chinese auction of baskets donated by the vendors and a 50/50.  There will also be a bake sale sponsored by C.L.I.C.K  Bessemer Presbyterian Churcdh Preschool Vendor Show Flyer-2018

eLink News

Coming Events:

March 2- 11:00 AM Leadership Development Team, Presbytery Office
March 5– 3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
March 7- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

 

Register NOW for…

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Soul Shop™ will be hosted at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty -Plain Grove Road, Grove City) on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  (Registration begins at 8:30 AM.)  This one day course for every lay leaders who shapes the ministry of a church, both clergy and lay persons, will cost $25.00 per person.  This will cover the conference fee, materials, refreshments and lunch.

This is a one-day training to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation.  This includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories.

Click here to read more and register online!

 

A Heartfelt Thanks from Rev. James Par Top

Greetings in the name of our Lord  Jesus Christ, our Savior.  As people of God , I would  like to say thanks you so much for your concern about the  people of the South Sudan for sent them the humanitarian aid assistance.   There are many people in the South Sudan do need help, because the hunger in South Sudan is very bad because most of the children are on street, they do not find any food to eat, may be their parents where been killed in this civil war.  We have many pastors are not in the country, some of them are in Khartoum and Uganda and Ethiopia and Kenya, their children are suffering there with them.  On behalf of the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, brothers and  Sisters in Christ Jesus of the Shenango Presbytery thanks you every much, may God bless all of us,

yours in Christ,

Rev, James Par Tap . Moderator of  SSPEC

(It was announced last evening at the Presbytery Meeting, that over the past two years, the congregations of Shenango Presbytery have sent over $46,761.00 to combat hunger in South Sudan.)

 

Help Wanted

The Board of Directors of the Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) is seeking to hire a maintenance person for Camp Lambec in North Springfield, PA. Must have skills to do plumbing repairs, electrical, building repairs, maintenance on equipment, mow grass and weed-whack, operate water treatment system and follow all DEP and/or Health Department laws and regulations regarding the use and testing of Camp Lambec’s drinking water. The position runs March through October. Interested persons should call CAPNWP Board Member Bob Meanor at (724) 375-5926 between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.

 

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.

 

Save the Date!

Beaver-Butler Presbytery, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA, and the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church present a Day with Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.  This event will be hosted at Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, Cranberry Township, PA on Friday, September 21 from 9 AM to 2:30 PM.  Included will be a special Q&A session for those involved in small groups discussing Bolsinger’s book.  More information is coming in the months ahead!

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.

Bessemer Presbyterian Church Preschool

Bessemer Presbyterian Church is so excited to be able to offer quality, affordable and faith based Preschool to the Mohawk and surrounding areas.  They are now accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please call the preschool phone number (724-667-4130) and leave a message.  Bessemer Presbyterian Church Preschool Flyer

On Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM there will be a Vendor Show to benefit the brand new preschool.  Chinese auction of baskets donated by the vendors and a 50/50.  There will also be a bake sale sponsored by C.L.I.C.K  Bessemer Presbyterian Churcdh Preschool Vendor Show Flyer-2018

 

Official Call to the February 27, 2018 Stated Meeting of Shenango Presbytery

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday,
February 27, 2018 at Grove City College, Grove City, PA.  

Important Items Before Presbytery Include:

  • Remembering our Elders: Reading of the annual Necrology report
  • Update on our South Sudan support overture to General Assembly
  • Examination of candidate Carolyn Moss for Teaching Elder ordination
  • Commissioning of Ruling Elder Donna Heard as pastor of Word Centered church
  • Conversation with Michelle Snyder, Crows Feet Consulting

Get the Docket and Council Minutes!

The meeting will be held in the Morledge Great Room in Rathburn Hall.  Click here for a map and driving directions for Grove City College.

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

Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship

The application is online for the Shenango Presbytery College Scholarship – open to students in our communities attending Grove City, Westminster Colleges, and Thiel Colleges 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.

eLink News

Coming Events:

February 20-22 Fellowship Community National Gathering, Atlanta, GA
February 26- 3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
February 27- 10:00 AM New Pastor Orientation, Presbytery Office
6:30 PM Stated Presbytery Meeting, Grove City College (Watch eLink later this week for the docket and council minutes!)

Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation

Soul Shop™ will be hosted at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty -Plain Grove Road, Grove City) on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  (Registration begins at 8:30 AM.)  This one day course for every lay leaders who shapes the ministry of a church, both clergy and lay persons, will cost $25.00 per person.  This will cover the conference fee, materials, refreshments and lunch.

This is a one-day training to equip faith community leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation.  This includes the creation of worship resource, training congregation members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories.

Click here to read more and register online!

 

Help Wanted

The Board of Directors of the Camping Association of the Presbyteries of Northwestern Pennsylvania (CAPNWP) is seeking to hire a maintenance person for Camp Lambec in North Springfield, PA. Must have skills to do plumbing repairs, electrical, building repairs, maintenance on equipment, mow grass and weed-whack, operate water treatment system and follow all DEP and/or Health Department laws and regulations regarding the use and testing of Camp Lambec’s drinking water. The position runs March through October. Interested persons should call CAPNWP Board Member Bob Meanor at (724) 375-5926 between the hours of 6pm and 10pm.

 

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.

 

Save the Date!

Beaver-Butler Presbytery, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA, and the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church present a Day with Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.  This event will be hosted at Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, Cranberry Township, PA on Friday, September 21 from 9 AM to 2:30 PM.  Included will be a special Q&A session for those involved in small groups discussing Bolsinger’s book.  More information is coming in the months ahead!

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.

 

Work As Worship Retreat

Eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work.  Taking place as a 1-Day Local Church Retreat, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to over 2,000 churches around the world.  Hosted locally on February 23rd, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at North Liberty Presbyterian Church (209 North Liberty-Plain Grove Road, Grove City 724-794-4383) or at Westfield Presbyterian Church (1363 Mt. Jackson Road, New Castle  724-667-7045).  You can read more and register online at workasworshipretreat.org (using zip code 16127 for the North Liberty location or 16102 for the Westfield location) or call the church directly.  Registration will begin onsite at 8 AM and the fee for the day is $25 which includes refreshments, lunch, and conference fee.

 

A Sunday Afternoon Treat

On Sunday afternoon, February 25th at 2:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church of Sharon will host Merry Ann “Jig” Groves in Fellowship Hall as she shares with us her pictures and the story of her recent pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  This pilgrimage has been around for centuries and Jig is thrilled to have been able to make this journey.  At the base of the Iron Cross on the Camino de Satiago, pilgrims place stones.  Jig carried one of First’s “Sharin’ Rocks” in her backpack and placed it at the Iron Cross.  She has a picture showing her putting our rock among the thousands that have been left there.  Hers is a wonderful story with beautiful pictures.  Come, bring friends, and travel the Camino de Santiago with Jig.  We will serve dessert and coffee/tea.  This Sunday afternoon treat is free and open to the public.