The Presbytery of Shenango

eLink EXTRA – June 18, 2008

CORRECTION
There was a typo in the press release regarding the Day of Prayer for the New Wilmington Mission Conference. The Day of Prayer will actually be held on July 19th.

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.

e-Link News – June 17, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 17 – 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry Meeting, Neshannock, New Wilmington

June 18 – 1:00 PM Christian Education Committee, Presbytery Office
June 19 – 1:30 PM Evangelism Committee, Presbytery Office
June 20 – 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
June 21 – General Assembly Begins
June 22 – 7:00 PM Commissioned Lay Pastors

Prayers
Barry Almy’s mother is seriously ill with cancer, so Betsy and Barry will be in Georgia with her for the next few weeks.

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.

A Finalist!
New Wilmington Presbyterian Church’s Senior High Youth Group is one of the 15 finalists in the YMIlive video challenge. The three winning videos will be selected by the Youth Advisory Delegates at GA next week.

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.

Thank You!
ROOT International would like to thank the churches that partnered in helping with sorting, packing, providing donations and financial support. We still need volunteers to load the trailers for the trip west. Call Becky for information on time and place at 724-699-1182.

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 29, 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 29, 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

eLink News – June 10, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 11 – 1:00 PM Presbyterian Women Meeting, Presbytery Office
3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
June 17 – 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry Meeting, Neshannock, New Wilmington

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.

Thank You!
ROOT International would like to thank the churches that partnered in helping with sorting, packing, providing donations and financial support. We still need volunteers to load the trailers for the trip west. Call Becky for information on time and place at 724-699-1182.

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.

Speaker Available
Rachel Weller is in the area for the summer. She is available to speak on Ethiopia. You can reach her at wellerachel@gmail.com or on her cell 724-815-7246.

Presbytery Bicentennial — “Celebration Choir” — Calling all singers!to sing in a Celebration Choir for our Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration worship service to be held on Sunday, July 27, 2008.
A choir rehearsal will be held on Friday evening, July 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church at Greenfield (1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Route 318) –halfway between West Middesex and Mercer. Music will be provided. Come and join your voice in celebration!

Presbytery Scholarship Recipients Announced- Congratulate any recipients that you know:
$1200: Addison Domske, New Wilmington Pres WC
Brett Glavey, First Pres, Sharpsville WC
Ryan King, East Main, Grove City GCC
Katie Tomko, Lebanon UP, Mercer WC

$750: Janet Brocklehurst, Bethany, Mercer GCC
Nate Hunter, New Wilmington Pres WC

$500: Samantha Clark, Covenant, Sharon GCC
Stephanie Finnegan, Bethany, Mercer WC
Miriam Karavias, East Brook GCC

Special Annoucement

The Presbytery office is getting new phone service on Monday, June 9th in the afternoon. Service should only be interrupted for a short time.

eLink News – June 3, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 3 – 9:30 AM Council Meeting, Highland Church
June 4-6 – Synod Summer Conference, Westminster College

Note: Office staff will be attending portions of the Synod Summer Conference June 4-6 at Westmisnter College. We will post return times on the front door, but you can always leave us a voice mail if you stop by and the office is closed.

Joys
Debbie Forsberg has been the Resource Center Director for the Presbytery for 8 years.

Opportunity to Learn about the “Partnership for the Missional Church”
14 congregations in Shenango Presbytery have been involved in missional church renewal during the past several years. 4 congregations (Clen Moore, Third New Castle, Bell, and Christ) are presently involved in “Partnership for the Missional Church” with Church Innovations. The president of Church Innovations, Pat Keifert, is the keynote speaker for the Synod Summer Conference at Westminster College on June 4 – 6. You are welcome to hear Dr. Keifert speak in the Witherspoon Room of the McKelvey Student Center at 10:00 am on Thursday and Friday (June 5 – 6). For more details on the schedule click on the blue button at the bottom of our homepage.

Attend Worship at the Synod Summer Conference
Worship at the Synod Summer Conference is open to the public. If you didn’t register for the conference, but would still like to participate in worship check out the schedule by clicking on the blue button at the bottom of our homepage.

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.

Speaker Available
Rachel Weller is in the area for the summer. She is available to speak on Ethiopia. You can reach her at wellerachel@gmail.com or on her cell 724-815-7246.

Presbytery Bicentennial — “Celebration Choir” — Calling all singers!to sing in a Celebration Choir for our Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration worship service to be held on Sunday, July 27, 2008.
A choir rehearsal will be held on Friday evening, July 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church at Greenfield (1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Route 318) –halfway between West Middesex and Mercer. Music will be provided. Come and join your voice in celebration!

Book Sale at Third, NC This Week
They are still collecting books and will be through Wednesday. Sale dates and hours are as follows: Thursday, June 5 10:00 to 6:00 Friday June 6 10:00 to 5:00 Saturday June 7 10:00 to 2:00 If there are any questions, call Judy at the church 724-659-6683.

Presbytery Scholarship Recipients Announced- Congratulate any recipients that you know:
$1200:
Addison Domske, New Wilmington Pres WC
Brett Glavey, First Pres, Sharpsville WC
Ryan King, East Main, Grove City GCC
Katie Tomko, Lebanon UP, Mercer WC

$750:
Janet Brocklehurst, Bethany, Mercer GCC
Nate Hunter, New Wilmington Pres WC

$500:
Samantha Clark, Covenant, Sharon GCC
Stephanie Finnegan, Bethany, Mercer WC
Miriam Karavias, East Brook GCC

e-Link Extra – May 30, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
June 3 – 9:30 AM Council Meeting, Highland Church
June 4-6 – Synod Summer Conference, Westminster College

Note: Office staff will be attending portions of the Synod Summer Conference June 4-6 at Westmisnter College. We will post return times on the front door, but you can always leave us a voice mail if you stop by and the office is closed.

Opportunity to Learn about the “Partnership for the Missional Church”
14 congregations in Shenango Presbytery have been involved in missional church renewal during the past several years. 4 congregations (Clen Moore, Third New Castle, Bell, and Christ) are presently involved in “Partnership for the Missional Church” with Church Innovations. The president of Church Innovations, Pat Keifert, is the keynote speaker for the Synod Summer Conference at Westminster College on June 4 – 6. You are welcome to hear Dr. Keifert speak in the Witherspoon Room of the McKelvey Student Center at 10:00 am on Thursday and Friday (June 5 – 6). For more details on the schedule click here http://www.syntrinity.org/home/announcements/Summer_Conference_2008/Schedule.htm

e-Link News – May 28, 2008

Dick Baker (pastor at Enon) had triple by-pass surgery on Tuesday, May 27 and is doing well at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

eLink EXTRA – May 22, 2008

Cast Your Vote!
The Senior High Youth Group at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church has entered a video in the YMI (Youth Mission Initiative) Video Challenge interpreting Micah 6:8. Your vote could help them win a $25,000.00 endowment fund to help the youth program. As far as we can tell, this is the only video submitted from our Presbytery. You can vote until June 1st by following the instructions below provided by Addie Domske, creator of the video and YAD representing our Presbytery at GA next month.

Note: In order to vote for our video, you must register.

  • To register to vote, click here: Register
  • Once there, click on “Register” below the word “Login.” Fill in the necessary information to register and select “Supporter”. Then click “Get Started.”
  • Complete the next form, choosing a screen name (the name that will be displayed when you vote) for the category “Handle.” Click “Register Now.” (If at any time in the next steps you are asked to log in, enter the information you just registered.)
  • An email will be sent to you after you have registered. In the email, click on the link entitled “use this link.” This will bring you to the Videos page. Leave this page open. You can try the following link to get to our video, though you might have to login again.
  • If the link doesn’t work, follow the step in parenthesis below. http://www.ymilive.org/app/teams/new-wilmington-presbyterian-new-wilmington-pa/video (Scroll down to the bottom of the page you had open and click on the number 9. Our video is the last in the line. Click on it.)
  • On the next page, to the right of the video, click on the button, entitled, “Cast Your Vote.” The button will disappear and a blue box will appear that says your vote was successfully cast.

eLink News – May 21, 2008

Meetings and Events This Week:
May 26- OFFICE CLOSED
May 27- 9:00 AM Steering Committee, Presbytery Office
1:00 PM Sudan Hosting Team, Presbytery Office

Note: Office staff will be attending portions of the Synod Summer Conference June 4-6 at Westmisnter College. We will post return times on the front door, but you can always leave us a voice mail if you stop by and the office is closed.

Prayers
– Terry Greenlee is home from his rehabilitation at Harmarville and no longer has the symptoms from Parkinson’s. He will recieve his D.Min. at Pittsburgh Seminary this week. (Note: Terry has sent a thank you note for your prayers – you can read it on the “News & Events” page of the Presbytery web site.)
– Please continue to pray for the Sudan following a rebel attack on the capital. Darfur’s displaced persons in Khartoum are under great persecution because of the attack. Pray for wisdom and courage for our friends in the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church.

Joys
– Kang Na is the commencement speaker at the Pittsburgh Seminary graduation this week.
– Word Centered Fellowship celebrated their 5th anniversary this past weekend with Dr. Bryant Parker from Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis as the guest preacher. Several Shenango Presbytery congregations were represented at the Friday evening Gospel Singalong.

Summer Camping Jobs Available
With less than a month to go until the start of summer camp programs, The Camping Association still has a few summer employment opportunities available. Camp Lambec, with a season beginning June 8, needs a lifeguard, an office assistant and a general support staff member. At Westminster Highlands, with a season beginning June 22, there are two openings for male cabin counselors. Training, a weekly salary, room and board are provided. Applicants must be 18 years of age and/or a high school graduate. If you know of young people who may be interested, please encourage them to contact the central camp office ASAP at 724-738-0058 or at capnwp@aol.com.

Summer Leadership Conference, June 8-11, 2008 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Now in it’s 68th year, this annual conference will focus on family systems – understanding relationships within our families and our congregations. Keynote speaker is Ronald W. Richardson, former Clinical Director of the North Shore Counseling Centre, a pastoral counselor, and an author. Marsha Foster Boyd will be the keynote preacher – she is currently the president of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Because this program is partially funded by a grant, the registration fee is only $120 ($135 after May 15), wich includes all plenary sessions, daily worship, two workshop tracks, and breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days. Housing is extra. Contact the Office of Continuing Education with questions or to request a registration brochure. 412-441-3304, ext. 2196 or Bgrogan@pts.edu.

Attend Worship at the Synod Summer Conference
Worship at the Synod Summer Conference is open to the public. If you didn’t register for the conference, but would still like to participate in worship check out the schedule at http://www.syntrinity.org/home/announcements/Summer_Conference_2008/Schedule.htm.

Presbytery Bicentennial — “Celebration Choir” — Calling all singers!
to sing in a Celebration Choir for our Presbytery Bicentennial Celebration worship service to be held on Sunday, July 27, 2008. A choir rehearsal will be held on Friday evening, July 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the Unity Presbyterian Church at Greenfield (1857 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Route 318) –halfway between West Middesex and Mercer. Music will be provided. Come and join your voice in celebration!

eLink News – May 13, 2008

Note: The links in this version of e-Link may not work for you, we are working on a solution to the problem.

Meetings and Events This Week:
May 14- 3:00 PM Nominating Committee, Presbytery Office
May 15- 1:00 PM Sudan Team, Presbytery Office
May 16- 12:30 PM Preparation for Ministry Committee, Presbytery Office
May 20- 7:00 PM Committee on Ministry Committee, Neshannock, NW

Prayers
– Terry Greenlee has returned home Harmarville and is doing well.

CAMP LAMBEC SPRING WORK DAY – SATURDAY, MAY 17, 9 AM
The Camping Association invites individuals, families and groups to particapate in the annual Camp Lambec spring workday. Camp personnel will be on hand to greet you anytime after 8 AM. Arrive anytime in the morning and stay as long as you are able, even overnight. When you arrive, our camp staff will have a list of proposed projects and a storehouse of needed supplies. They will help you choose a job to fit your skills and time availability. If you complete a job and still have energy, you can return to the job list and choose another task. Or, feel free to spend the remainder of your day enjoying the campsite. Complimentary weekend accommodations for workers and their families are available in our camper cabins by prior reservation. Please contact Lisa in The Camping Office (724-738-0058) to arrange for your complimentary one or two night work weekend stay.

Is Your Church Doing an Energy Audit?
New Wilmington Presbyterian’s Peacemaking Committee is seeking information about churches doing an “energy audit”. If your church has done this or if you know what is involved, please contact Bob VanDale at bobcarlavandale@netzero.net. They will appreciate any help you can offer.

Mission Travel Opportunities
World Mission Initiative trips in 2009 includes these opportunities and more:- Spring Break (Feb. 27 – Mar. 7): New Orleans, Haiti, Mexico- Summer possibilities: Russia, Ethiopia, Philippines, Singapore, etc.For a complete list, contact Don Dawson at ddawson@pts.edu.

Summer Leadership Conference, June 8-11, 2008 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Now in it’s 68th year, this annual conference will focus on family systems – understanding relationships within our families and our congregations. Keynote speaker is Ronald W. Richardson, former Clinical Director of the North Shore Counseling Centre, a pastoral counselor, and an author. Marsha Foster Boyd will be the keynote preacher – she is currently the president of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Because this program is partially funded by a grant, the registration fee is only $120 ($135 after May 15), wich includes all plenary sessions, daily worship, two workshop tracks, and breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days. Housing is extra. Contact the Office of Continuing Education with questions or to request a registration brochure. 412-441-3304, ext. 2196 or Bgrogan@pts.edu.