The Presbytery of Shenango

June Meeting Changed

The June Meeting of Presbytery has been moved to July 1, 2008. The meeting will still be held at 6:30 PM at the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.

LeaderFest Is Coming!

The Christian Education Committee is excited to have Dr. N. Graham Standish as the Keynote speaker at the 2008 LeaderFest. Dr. Standish is the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople and has written several powerful books, among them the theme of this year’s LeaderFest, Becoming the Blessed Church. Dr. Standish was the speaker at the 2006 Synod meeting at Davis and Elkins College and those who heard him were eager to have him share his message with folks in our Presbytery.

The C.E. committee is doing something different this year. They have purchased five copies of Becoming the Blessed Church to give to the first five churches that have the most “Early Bird” registrations to LeaderFest. To be eligible, registrations must be sent to the Presbytery Office by Monday, January 7, 2008. They have also asked Cokesbury to have copies of Becoming the Blessed Church available for purchase for the “late birds” who don’t qualify for this prize. Look for registration information in the December edition of Shenango SHOWCASE.

In order to provide enough time for worship, keynote speaker, seminars, and break times, the Christian Education committee has decided to change the starting time to 8:00 AM. Please note this time change in your church’s LeaderFest publicity.

Update from the Sudan Leadership Team

Sudan friends,

The Sudan leadership Team (Jim Leuenberger, Jere Donovan, Midge Davidson, Joe Hopkins, Sue Anne Fairman, Mark Pearson, Denise Sciuto) met today and asked me to send along this update:

  • The Sudan Mission Network meets in Louisville on December 3 – 4. We would love to have you attend at no cost to yourself. Please contact Debbie Forsburg at the Presbytery Office no later than November 8 in you can go.
  • Here is Ingrid Reneau’s first letter from Sudan http://www.pcusa.org/missionconnections/letters/reneaui/reneaui_0710.htm
    We are forming a Prayer Calendar of support for Ingrid Reneau in the south Sudan. Contact Denise Sciuto if you would like to commit to praying regularly for Ingrid. sciutofam@comcast.net
  • World Mission Initiative (Pittsburgh Seminary) is planning a May trip to the south Sudan with Debbie and Del Braaksma. (Hopefully it will be possible to see Ingrid Reneau.) Contact Don Dawson ddawson@pts.edu for information.

Dave

Time to Pick a YAD

It’s that time of the Presbytery calendar when we send out applications to choose a Youth Advisory Delegate for the next General Assembly Meeting (June 21-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA).

We are looking for persons who have a joy for the Lord and the church. They should be eager to share what they know and believe and open to listen to others as they share their expression of the Faith. The General Assembly takes seriously the voices and perceptions of the Youth Advisory Delegates.

If your church has a potential candidate, applications have been sent to the Pastor and Clerk of Session and are also available on the Presbytery web site as PDFs, http://www.shenango.org/forms.htm

Interviews with potential YADs will take place over Christmas Vacation.

New Wilmington Mission Conference

Saturday, July 21st is the start of the 102nd New Wilmington Mission Conference! NWMC will run through Saturday, July 28th. The theme verse for this year is Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Speakers for the 102nd NWMC include Stephen Saint, son of martyred missionary Nate Saint, founder of I-TEC (Indigenous People’s Technology & Education Center); Rebecca Young, Presybterian Disaster Assistance; Mrs. Veeda Javaid, Pakistan; Rev. Andrew Adair, Director of Antioch Partners; Rev. Joan Gray, moderator of the PCUSA General Assembly; Rev. McWilson Koku Atakro of Ghana and many more.

For more details and a complete shedule of events and speakers, go to http://www.nwmcmission.org.

Retired Ministers Picnic

All Retired Ministers, Spouses and Missionaries are welcome to attend the annual Retired Ministers Picnic on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM at the Dawson residence. (No need to make a reservation, just show up!)

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverage will be provided. Bring table service and a dish to share.
Last name A-H Casserole
Last name I-Q Salad
Last name R-Z Dessert

If you need directions, please call the Presbytery Office at 724-528-1610.

Wanted: Volunteer Village Management Coordinator

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Disaster Response program of the Presbyterian Church, USA, is seeking a Volunteer Village Management Coordinator to oversee the operation of 6-12 villages that are the staging area and living quarters for faith based volunteer work teams participating in the long-term recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast and Florida. Previous experience with work teams, organizing and supervising the operation of disaster response in a primitive camping environment required. Knowledge of the disaster recovery process and the involvement of faith based organizations preferrred. Knowledge of the PCUSA also preferred. Must have college education, good human relations skills and ability to be flexible. Good supervision skills essential. Moderate travel. Management experience in hospitality industry will be an asset. Base of operations will be in the Gulf Coast area. For more information please see a full job description at http://onedoor.pcusa.org.

You may email your resume/cover letter to: jobs@ctr.pcusa.org (Attn: HR M07-06-29).
Or mail to:
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Attn: HR M07-06-29
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Also you can apply directly by going to: http://onedoor.pcusa.org

“The Presbyterian Church (USA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.”

Choir Music Give-Away

Where: West Middlesex Presbyterian Church (3082 Main Street, West Middlesex, PA)
When: Thursday, July 19 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Over the years the choir of the West Middlesex Presbyterian Church has been blessed with a great music budget. Now we need space to store new music. During the past few years I have boxed music I know my choir will never perform again. This includes Christmas and Easter cantatas, older copies of the Choir Herald and choral collections, other than the Choir Herald which I have between 10 and 15 copies per issue, all other collections consist of 25 copies. I will put this music on tables in our all-purpose area and you are invited to take any of this music for your church choir. If you have any questions please contact the church office at 724-528-3662. I hope to see you at our church on July 19th.

Sincerely,
Bob Malsom, Choir Director

Free VBS Scenery

Mountville Church has for the asking, scenery for Standards VBS SPLASH theme. Call 724-368-3385 to claim.

A New Supplement to e-Link News

We’ve found that we’ve been adding a lot to our News page lately, and our weekly e-Link has been growing in length. We’re going to try something new by posting News items on this blog – in addition to our weekly e-Link News e-mail. You can sign up to receive an e-mail feed from this blog (when I post something new, you can be alerted via e-mail), or just check back every so often to see what’s new.