The Presbytery of Shenango

Official Call to the Special Meeting of Shenango Presbytery – August 19, 2008 at 7:00 PM, Leesburg Presbyterian Church

Special Notice of Official Meeting of Presbytery – August 19, 2008 at 7:00 PM at Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

The business to be discussed:

  • Examine a candidate for ordination
  • Approve call of same candidate to the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
  • Approve installation commission for new pastor to First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville.

eLink News – July 30, 2008

This Week:
No scheduled meetings this week.

Teacher Training Workshop
“We Will Tell the Next Generation”, the 25th Annual Teacher Training Workshop presented by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. The Featured Keynote Speaker will be Cynthia L. Rigby (recent pastor’s retreat leader), the WC Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Christian Education Commitee of Shenango Presbytery is planning to take a van to this event – if you would like to ride along please contact Margaret Trautman at ched@shenango.org.

You are Invited
Come and celebrate the 50th Birthday of Westminster Highlands on Saturday, August 9th with “Adventure Fest”. There will be free and fun activities for all ages at the camp from 10 AM until 5 PM including hiking, campfire songs, camp photos and videos, and zip line rides. No reservations required – rain or shine.

Register for the Pastor’s Retreat
Registrations are due on August 11th for the upcoming Pastor’s Retreat – September 8-9 with Paul Detterman, Director of Presbyterians for Renewal, at the Villa Maria Retreat Center. Costs are $40 for commuters and $75 for those needing lodging. Forms can be found in the July Presbytery packet, online by clicking the link at the bottom of our homepage (hover over the photo of Villa Maria and the link will appear below) or you may e-mail the information to Autumn at office@shenango.org.

Special Event after General Assembly
Paul Detterman, Director of Presbyterians for Renewal, http://www.pfrenewal.org will be leading our Pastor’s Retreat on September 8-9. He will also speak on Sunday evening, September 7, at East Main Church in Grove City. There will be a soup supper at 6:00 PM (donations received). Reservations needed by August 29. Please contact the Presbytery Office at 724-528-1610 or office@shenango.org.

Mission Opportunity in Egypt
There are a lot of exciting developments in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt. A group under the leadership of Jim Mohr visited Cairo Seminary in January and returned quite excited to see what God is doing there. One particular ministry that may be of interest to your mission committee is the Salam Clinic in Cairo. You can learn about it at http://www.smcegypt.org. Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, Director, will be visiting in the Pittsburgh area in September. For more details on his schedule contact Rev. Karl McDonald (who was on the Cairo trip with Shenango pastors) from Ken Mawr Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh kenmawrchurch@msn.com.

FREE Tables
Center Presbyterian Church in Grove City is looking for a home for 12-15 8-foot folding tables. If your church is interested, please contact Doug Wick at 724-615-1437.

Seeking Organist
Tower Presbyterian Church in Grove City is still seeking an organist. Details are available on the Presbytery web site at http://www.shenango.org/News/jobs.htm.

eLink News – July 22, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
July 19-26 – New Wilmington Mission Conference (get the schedule here)
July 28– 7:00 PM Leadership Development Team, Presbytery Office

Note: The staff will be attending portions of the New Wilmington Mission Conference this week – we invite you to join us there!

Prayers
Pam Maloney’s (Associate, 1st Sharon) mother-in-law passed away last night. Please keep the Maloney family in your prayers.

Bicentennial Worship Service
You are invited to attend the Worship Service for the Bicentennial Celebration (dinner reservations are now closed) of Shenango Presbytery at 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 27th at Anderson Auditorium on the Westminster College Campus. Communion will be celebrated as part of the service.

Serving on General Assembly Committee
Kang Na (professor at Westminster College) has been serving on the General Assembly Cooperative Exam Committee. This committee oversees the standard exams given to those preparing for ordination. Angel de la Cruz (Word Centered Fellowship) was also elected to that committee at the recent General Assembly in San Jose.

If you would like to become an exam reader (ministers and elders welcome), please contact Kang Na at kangna@comcast.net.

If you are Under 50…If you are Over 50
The Board of Pensions offers a financial health seminar entitled “Render Unto Caesar” for those under 50 (September 10) and a Retirement Planning Seminar (September 11-12) if you are over 50. Both of these events are in Bedford, PA. For details, go to http://www.pensions.org and click on “Educational Resources”.

“Mission in Darfur”
As Lee Watenpaugh was preparing to depart Sudan’s Darfur region in late 2006, he received an astonishing request from a Muslim village sheik. The sheik asked the Presbyterian elder from Virginia to send teachers to start a school and to help people learn more about Jesus.” Read the entire article at http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2008/08482.htm.

Teacher Training Workshop
“We Will Tell the Next Generation”, the 25th Annual Teacher Training Workshop presented by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. The Featured Keynote Speaker will be Cynthia L. Rigby (recent pastor’s retreat leader), the WC Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Christian Education Commitee of Shenango Presbytery is planning to take a van to this event – if you would like to ride along please contact Margaret Trautman at ched@shenango.org.

Mission Opportunity in Egypt
There are a lot of exciting developments in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt. A group under the leadership of Jim Mohr visited Cairo Seminary in January and returned quite excited to see what God is doing there. One particular ministry that may be of interest to your mission committee is the Salam Clinic in Cairo. You can learn about it at http://www.smcegypt.org. Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, Director, will be visiting in the Pittsburgh area in September. For more details on his schedule contact Rev. Karl McDonald (who was on the Cairo trip with Shenango pastors) from Ken Mawr Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh kenmawrchurch@msn.com.

FREE Tables
Center Presbyterian Church in Grove City is looking for a home for 12-15 8-foot folding tables. If your church is interested, please contact Doug Wick at 724-615-1437.

eLink EXTRA – July 18, 2008

Prayers
Terry Greenlee’s (Jackson Center / Millbrook) wife Chris has surgery on her neck this morning at Grove City Medical Center. She is doing well.

eLink EXTRA – Updated Itinerary for Sudanese Pastors

Our Sudanese friends, Rev. Philip and Rev. Barnaba, arrive today and will be in Shenango Presbytery until the end of the month. Below is their itinerary. For more information and photos check http://www.shenango.org/News/index.htm.

Itinerary for Philip and Barnaba
July 10th – Aug. 2nd, 2008

Wednesday, July 16th –
5:30 – Picnic at Amy and Jesse Ligo’s farm, Bethany Church, Mercer
8:00 PM – a campfire fellowship at Jesse & Amy Ligo’s farm.
Thursday, July 17th –
7:00 PM @ First Presbyterian Church of Sharon – A dessert
fellowship with discussion and program to follow.
Friday, July 18th –
2:30 New Wilmington Mission Conference orientation for speakers at Westminster College
6:00 PM First Presbyterian Church of Greenville – Dinner with program following at 7:00pm.
Saturday, July 19th –
Saturday AM – New Wilmington Mission Conference Day of Prayer
Sunday, July 20th –
10:00 AM Worship – Rev. Philip Akway Obang at First Presbyterian Church of New Castle.
8:30 and 11:00 AM worship – Rev. Barnaba Abbass Tia at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Enon Valley.
3:00 pm Open reception on Shenango on the Green’s patio in New Wilmington.
6:45 Speak at Adult Vespers – McKelvey Center, Mueller Theater
Monday, July 21 – at New Wilmington Mission Conference
Tuesday, July 22 – at New Wilmington Mission Conference
3:30 pm – 4:45 lead afternoon workshop at McKelvey Center, Mueller Theater
Wednesday, July 23rd –
9: 45 am – meet with Senior High students in the Witherspoon room at the McKelvey Center
8:30 – 5pm Partnership meeting with Redstone and Shenango Presbyteries
Thursday, July 24th – at the New Wilmington Mission Conference.
9:45 am – meet with Senior High students in the Witherspoon room at the McKelvey Center.
1:00 Meeting regarding SPEC’s mission to Darfur
Friday, July 25th
9:45 am – meet with Senior High students in the Witherspoon room at the McKelvey Center
10:30 am – leave weekend with Presbyterian churches in Washington, DC
Monday, July 28th – return to Shenango Presbytery. Staying at home of Miriam and Bill Gwin.
Tuesday, July 29th
9:30 AM into the early afternoon – Calvin Church in Ellwood City with a salad lunch.
Wednesday, July 30th –
6:00pm a picnic at the home of Bill & Miriam Gwin with a program at 7:00 PM to follow
Thursday, July 31st
Friday, August 1st
Our guests head back home.

eLink News – July 15, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
July 16- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
July 19-26 – New Wilmington Mission Conference (get the schedule here)
July 20- 4:00 PM CLP Picnic, the McGary farm

Note: The staff will be attending portions of the New Wilmington Mission Conference next week – we invite you to join us there!

Prayers
Please remember in prayer Bill and Alice Knechtel (Lebanon Church) who lost their baby son William James just before birth last week.

Anniversary
Tower Presbyterian Church celebrated John Culp’s 10th ordination anniversary this past Sunday (July 13).

There will be a memorial service
in thanksgiving for the life and witness of Dorothea Meloy on Saturday, July 19, 4:30 PM at Neshannock Church (New Wilmington). Dorothea who died on March 1, 2008, was a beloved member of Neshannock Church who served in mission work from 1946-1986 in Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran and Pakistan. Members of Dorothea’s family will be present for the service of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Serving on General Assembly Committee
Kang Na (professor at Westminster College) has been serving on the General Assembly Cooperative Exam Committee. This committee oversees the standard exams given to those preparing for ordination. Angel de la Cruz (Word Centered Fellowship) was also elected to that committee at the recent General Assembly in San Jose.

If you are Under 50…If you are Over 50
The Board of Pensions offers a financial health seminar entitled “Render Unto Caesar” for those under 50 (September 10) and a Retirement Planning Seminar (September 11-12) if you are over 50. Both of these events are in Bedford, PA. For details, go to http://www.pensions.org and click on “Educational Resources”.

Mission in Darfur
“As Lee Watenpaugh was preparing to depart Sudan’s Darfur region in late 2006, he received an astonishing request from a Muslim village sheik. The sheik asked the Presbyterian elder from Virginia to send teachers to start a school and to help people learn more about Jesus.” Read the entire article at http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2008/08482.htm. Lee will be speaking with a small group at NWMC next week (Thursday at 1 PM). If you would like to be included in this discussion, please contact the Presbytery office by Friday.

Mission Opportunity in Egypt
There are a lot of exciting developments in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt. A group under the leadership of Jim Mohr visited Cairo Seminary in January and returned quite excited to see what God is doing there. One particular ministry that may be of interest to your mission committee is the Salam Clinic in Cairo. You can learn about it at http://www.smcegypt.org. Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, Director, will be visiting in the Pittsburgh area in September. For more details on his schedule contact Rev. Karl McDonald (who was on the Cairo trip with Shenango pastors) from Ken Mawr Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh kenmawrchurch@msn.com.

Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City seeks Organist
See the full job description and contact information on our “Help Wanted” page (available under “Quick Links” on our home page.)

VBS at Unity
“God’s Big Backyard” at Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer-West Middlesex Road will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM Sunday, July 20 thru Thursday, July 24. Ages 3 years old thru 6th grade are welcome. For registration information contact Lixlee Schroyer at 724-342-2356.

eLink News – July 8, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
July 14– 7:00 PM GA Follow-up Discussion, East Main (See note below)
July 16- 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office

Prayers
– Barry Almy’s mother passed away last Thursday.

Page Missing from Presbytery Packet – on Web
“An Invitation to Expanding Partnership in God’s Mission” was originally a 3-page document – only the 1st and 3rd pages appeared in the packet last Tuesday. The entire document is available on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery web site as a PDF.

GA Discussions – You are invited to participate
Glenn Hink and Bill Hoffman will be hosting those interested in a follow-up time to pray about and discuss the recently concluded General Assembly and its implications for our churches and ministries at East Main Church in Grove City on Monday, July 14, 7-8:30 PM.

Energy Audit Links
There is an energy audit online at www.thedailygreen.com. If you click on “Green Homes”, then “DIY Home Energy Audit” and that page also has a link to a web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool at http://hes.lbl.gov. There is also a group called Interfaith Power and Light that has organizations in each state (PA hasn’t started one yet) that helps religious and non-profit organizations with energy and conservation issues. They have a store at www.shopipl.org that offers energy supplies (bulbs, etc.) at “deeply discounted” prices for churches.

Award Given to Bill and Lois Anderson at the 218th General Assembly
The Rev. Hunter Farrell, director of World Mission, presented the Bell-Mackay Prize to Bill Anderson. Anderson and his late wife Lois spent 49 years in African-based mission service. As a result of their ministry, the Nile Theological College in Khartoum, Sudan, is now the first high-level Protestant theological institution in that country. Accepting the award, Anderson encouraged those gathered to “do your work and expect the Holy Spirit.” Read the full story here.

Important Opportunity
At 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 13 Ralph Hawkins will be installed as pastor of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. That is an important event in itself, but it is also wonderful to hear a sermon by Dr. Darrell Guder, Dean of Princeton Theological Seminary. Darrell is probably the most important voice in “missional church” thinking about which several of our churches have been learning. For more information on Darrell click here: http://www.ptsem.edu/Academics/departments/RS/Docs/CVs/Guder_cv.pdf.

Donate Used Materials
Churches can donate their used VBS and Sunday School curriculum to the Kayenta Presbyterian Church in Arizona. Materials can be brought to the Fall Gathering of Presbyterian Women on October 18th at Faith Presbyterian Church.

First Presbyterian Church, New Castle seeks Nursery Director
See the full job description and contact information on our “Help Wanted” page (available under “Quick Links” on our home page.)

Tower Presbyterian Church, Grove City seeks Organist
See the full job description and contact information on our “Help Wanted” page (available under “Quick Links” on our home page.)

eLink News – July 2, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
July 4- Office Closed for Independence Day

Links not working?
We’re still working on the problem of “blocked” links in our email feed. If you receive an error message or “Page not found” message when clicking on a link in this email, please visit our homepage, scroll down to the “Shenango Presbytery News” box on the right-hand side and click the link that reads “Click here to read our Shenango Presbytery News Blog”. The links work from our original blog, just not the email feed.

Page Missing from Presbytery Packet
“An Invitation to Expanding Partnership in God’s Mission” was originally a 3-page document – only the 1st and 3rd pages appeared in the packet last evening. We will be posting the missing 2nd page on the Presbytery web page in the coming days. (We are awaiting a copy of the original document.)

IRS Mileage Increase
The IRS rate for mileage reimbursement will increase on July 1st to 58.5 cents per mile. This rate will be good through December of 2008.

Shenango Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration
July 27, 2008 in Anderson Auditorium at Westminster College. The day will include a dinner served at the back of the auditorium at 5:00 PM ($10.00 adults, ages 5-12 $5.00, under age 5 – Free). The service will be a traditional Presbyterian Season of Communion as observed in Scotland and America. The five Reformed traditions of our Presbytery will be recognized with words, banners and hymns. Today is the last day to register!

GA Discussions – You are invited to participate
Glenn Hink and Bill Hoffman would like to host those interested in a follow-up time to pray about and discuss the recently concluded General Assembly and its implications for our churches and ministries. We are tentatively looking to meet at East Main Church in Grove City either Monday, July 14, 7-8:30 PM or Tuesday, July 15, 10:30-NOON. If you are interested in coming, please get back to Bill Hoffman (pastorbill@zoominternet.net or 724-458-8270) with your time preference. We will announce finalized details by the end of next week (7/10).

Energy Audit Links
There is an energy audit online at www.thedailygreen.com. If you click on “Green Homes”, then “DIY Home Energy Audit” and that page also has a link to a web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool at http://hes.lbl.gov. There is also a group called Interfaith Power and Light that has organizations in each state (PA hasn’t started one yet) that helps religious and non-profit organizations with energy and conservation issues. They have a store at www.shopipl.org that offers energy supplies (bulbs, etc.) at “deeply discounted” prices for churches.

Award Given to Bill and Lois Anderson at the 218th General Assembly
The Rev. Hunter Farrell, director of World Mission, presented the Bell-Mackay Prize to Bill Anderson. Anderson and his late wife Lois spent 49 years in African-based mission service. As a result of their ministry, the Nile Theological College in Khartoum, Sudan, is now the first high-level Protestant theological institution in that country. Accepting the award, Anderson encouraged those gathered to “do your work and expect the Holy Spirit.” Read the full story here.

Equipping Pastors
The Board of Pensions has provided a grant of $20,000 to the eight presbyteries of western PA to provide a program over the next year for “Equipping Pastors” with support to their ministries. You have probably seen the flyer for the four retreats (available on our “News & Events” page). There will also be monthly meetings here in Shenango Presbytery. Margaret Trautman is providing staff support to a planning team consisting of Ray Hylton, Jason Hickman, Amy Na, Monica Hamilton and Dave Lingle. If you have topics on pastoral leadership of concern to you, please contact Margaret ched@shenango.org so that she can share them with the planning team.

Singers needed — for CELEBRATION CHOIR for the Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration(Sunday, July 27th)Rehearsals — Friday evening, July 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Unity Presbyterian Church at Greenfield, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road (Route 318) in Lackawannock Township — and a 2nd rehearsal on Sunday, July 27th — 4 p.m. at the Anderson Auditorium on the Westminster Campus. ALL SINGERS welcome to either or both rehearsals. For more info call: Jane Bartholomew 724-981-2377

Beth Moore Simulcast @ Covenant, Sharon
Beth Moore, well known author and Bible study leader, will appear live via satellite at Covenant, Sharon on August 1 & 2 for a life-changing time of Bible teaching and authentic worship. Contact Michelle at 724-981-3535 for more information.

Important Opportunity
At 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 13 Ralph Hawkins will be installed as pastor of the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. That is an important event in itself, but it is also wonderful to hear a sermon by Dr. Darrell Guder, Dean of Princeton Theological Seminary. Darrell is probably the most important voice in “missional church” thinking about which several of our churches have been learning. For more information on Darrell click here: http://www.ptsem.edu/Academics/departments/RS/Docs/CVs/Guder_cv.pdf.

Donate Used Materials
Churches can donate their used VBS and Sunday School curriculum to the Kayenta Presbyterian Church in Arizona. Materials can be brought to the Fall Gathering of Presbyterian Women on October 18th at Faith Presbyterian Church.

First Presbyterian Church, New Castle seeks Nursery Director
See the full job description and contact information on our “Help Wanted” page (available under “Quick Links” on our home page.

New Print Cartridges Available at Presbytery Office
We have several brand new ink cartridges here at the office that fit printers that we no longer own. They are available for $10.00 – first come, first served
2 HP 15 – black inkjet
1 Lexmark 82 – black
1 Lexmark 83 – color
1 HP 78 – tri color inkjet

Official Call to the July 1, 2008 Meeting of Shenango Presbytery

Official Call to the July 1, 2008 Meeting of Shenango Presbytery

The next stated meeting of Shenango Presbytery will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 6:30 PM at the Leesburg Presbyterian Church in Volant.

Highlights of the meeting include:
– AIR CONDITIONED SANCTUARY
– Nomination and installation of Tom Gomola (pastor @ Leesburg) as Moderator of Shenango Presbytery and Arnie Morris (elder @ 1st New Castle) as Vice Moderator.
– Examination of a candidate for ordination.
– Commissioning Linda Kellogg as Lay Pastor @ Coolspring Presbyterian Church.

Click here for the docket and council minutes. (You can always access the docket and council minutes by going to http://www.shenango.org/news/meeting.htm.)

eLink News – June 25, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 28 – General Assembly ends
July 1- 6:30 PM Presbytery Meeting, Leesburg (the docket will be online as soon as Auutmn receives it)

Joys
Bill and Jenny Stone’s (Neshannock, NW) son, Bill, received his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary in May. He will remain at Princeton for the next year working on his Th.M.

Keep up with GA
You can keep up with the events at the upcoming General Assembly meeting by clicking the GA button on our homepage or the “News & Events” page of our website. There is also a photo of our Commissioners and YAD on the “News & Events” page.

IRS Mileage Increase
The IRS rate for mileage reimbursement will increase on July 1st to 58.5 cents per mile. This rate will be good through December of 2008.

Grant Deadline Extended
The deadline for “Small Church Grants” has been extended to July 1st. Applications are available on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery web site.

Shenango Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration
July 27, 2008 in Anderson Auditorium at Westminster College. The day will include a dinner served at the back of the auditorium at 5:00 PM ($10.00 adults, ages 5-12 $5.00, under age 5 – Free). The service will be a traditional Presbyterian Season of Communion as observed in Scotland and America. The five Reformed traditions of our Presbytery will be recognized with words, banners and hymns. Further information was mailed to the pastor of each church this week.

Pastor – Theologian
Pastors, would you like to be part of a group meeting for three days doing serious theological reflection together? Check out the link to this program in Joe Small’s office http://www.pcusa.org/theologyandworship/whatwedo/pastor-theologian.htm. Note: If this link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar.

Equipping Pastors
The Board of Pensions has provided a grant of $20,000 to the eight presbyteries of western PA to provide a program over the next year for “Equipping Pastors” with support to their ministries. You have probably seen the flyer for the four retreats (available on our “News & Events” page). There will also be monthly meetings here in Shenango Presbytery. Margaret Trautman is providing staff support to a planning team consisting of Ray Hylton, Jason Hickman, Amy Na, Monica Hamilton and Dave Lingle. If you have topics on pastoral leadership of concern to you, please contact Margaret ched@shenango.org so that she can share them with the planning team.

Day of Prayer at New Wilmington Mission Conference – July 19, 9 AM – 4 PM – Witherspoon Room, McKelvey Center – Westminster College
You are invited to join in the New Wilmington Mission Conference Day of Prayer on July 19, 9 AM – 4 PM. The Day of Prayer has been a long-standing tradition for the staff at NWMC. It is a standard part of our preparation for the week. This year we are expanding the Day of Prayer by expanding our invitation to everyone and by focusing our prayers more on the world.This expanded Day of Prayer is in response to a new spark of mission fervor and commitment in the PC(USA).

Singers needed — for CELEBRATION CHOIR for the Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration(Sunday, July 27th)
Rehearsals — Friday evening, July 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Unity Presbyterian Church at Greenfield, 1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road (Route 318) in Lackawannock Township — and a 2nd rehearsal on Sunday, July 27th — 4 p.m. at the Anderson Auditorium on the Westminster Campus. ALL SINGERS welcome to either or both rehearsals. For more info call: Jane Bartholomew 724-981-2377

Beth Moore Simulcast @ Covenant, Sharon
Beth Moore, well known author and Bible study leader, will appear live via satellite at Covenant, Sharon on August 1 & 2 for a life-changing time of Bible teaching and authentic worship. Contact Michelle at 724-981-3535 for more information.

New Print Cartridges Available at Presbytery Office
We have several brand new ink cartridges here at the office that fit printers that we no longer own. They are available for $10.00 – first come, first served

  • 2 HP 15 – black inkjet
  • 1 Lexmark 82 – black
  • 1 Lexmark 83 – color
  • 1 HP 78 – tri color inkjet