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Thursday, April 16

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Presbytery of Shenango

Pennsylvania

Shenango is a presbytery undergoing internal change while ministering in a constantly changing world. We are continually reminded of these words of Jesus: “Go! I am sending you” (Luke 10:3 NIV). Even as life changes around us, Jesus remains the same, and the communities that our congregations serve remain ever needful of Christ’s love.

For more than 15 years, the Presbytery of Shenango has been involved in missional church work. We are learning to work with our neighbors—to see them as partners in God’s mission—and it is making a daily difference in the way we do ministry. A group of 8–10 Shenango pastors has joined with other pastors in western Pennsylvania in an ongoing learning process that is helping them to deepen their missional thinking and lead their congregations in engaging their communities.

Several congregations in our presbytery have participated in Engage workshops with Ray Jones, PC(USA) coordinator for evangelism, that were provided by our evangelism committee. These congregations are learning to rethink their roles in their communities, share their faith, and get involved in the world beyond their church’s walls.

From backpack programs in local schools to community Bible schools in public parks, the congregations of the Presbytery of Shenango are actively participating in their communities. They are finding willing partners both inside and outside the church to join them in making a lasting difference in the places where they live. They are sharing Christ’s love and experiencing a change in themselves as a result.

The Presbytery of Shenango consists of 50 congregations and their more than 8,000 members. Westminster and Grove City colleges, along with the New Wilmington Mission Conference, are located within the presbytery.

—Autumn Covert, executive secretary and associate clerk, Presbytery of Shenango Let us join in prayer for

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Ralph Hawkins, executive presbyter and stated clerk
Autumn Covert, executive secretary and associate clerk
Debbie Forsberg, resource center director
Shari Getway, financial secretary

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Krystal Ann Garcia, PMA
Napoleon Garcia, PMA
Pablo Garcia, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious Lord, please open our eyes to the opportunities that exist all around us. Help us to move when you call us, and enable us to engage our communities so that together we might accomplish the tasks you have put before us. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 47; 147:12-20
First Reading Daniel 2:31-49
Second Reading 1 John 2:18-29
Gospel Reading Luke 3:1-14
Evening Psalms 68; 113

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