Most of us are going to remember the winter of 2017-2018 for many years to come. Head Presbyter – Dr. David Oyler – has written to the Synod about our record snowfall in December and other delightful facts about Erie this winter. Really its not as bad as the national media would have us all believe. As Dr. Olyler explains we are more than capable of maneuvering around with 56 inches of snow on the ground. Click this link for the complete story http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/churches-persevere-despite-massive-snow-in-erie-pa/
Wheels for Joshua, PCUSA Ghana Mission Co-Worker: Lake Erie Presbytery is taking the lead in raising funds to provide a durable and reliable vehicle for Josh Heikkila. Josh travels extensively in Ghana and to neighboring countries of Niger, Togo and Nigeria in his work and ministries. The Presbytery is committing an initial $5,000 and will match funds contributed within the Lake Erie Presbytery (up to $5,000). Funds will be matched between now and March 31, 2018. Josh continues to be a vital partner in the Lake Erie Ghana Partnership. Will you go the extra mile to help Josh go the extra miles? Please consider contributing and/or creatively raising funds for this mission. Contributions may be sent to: The Presbytery of Lake Erie, 2816 Elmwood Ave, Erie, PA 16508 – mark for VEHICLE for Josh Heikkila. Or go to the Donate Button on the home page of this website to make a contribution online.
‘Unglued Church Project’ Begins in January! Your Committee on Ministry is inviting your congregation to participate in a strategic conversation. It is called ‘Unglued Church Project’. It is particularly designed for congregations who find themselves saying ‘My, things are not as they once were.’ (That probably includes every single congregation.) It will involve focused conversation, uniquely designed individually for each participating church. It is not designed to sell a predetermined conclusion. The startup for Unglued Church is Saturday, January 20. Want to know more? Check with your pastor or Clerk of Session as they have more information about this splendid opportunity to engage the future.
Communion Ware Wanted for Mission Work in Columbia:Does your church have any old communion ware (for bread and cups) and any robes and stoles for the pastors’ just collecting dust in closet? Fairview Church of the Cross is looking to help a mission group going to Colombia to assist the Presbyterian Church. They have recently asked for these items that could be most helpful in their circumstances. They are unable to afford such items, therefore any help is greatly appreciated. If you can help call the Fairview church of the Cross church office at 814-835-3663.
Seed Money At Work in Adamsville and Belle Valley: The Seed Money given by the Presbytery in the amount of $214 was used by the Adamsville Church to enhance their worship services. They took the money and purchased new computers. They are now able to use this screen during worship and offer more exploration and discovery, new resources and discussions of faith. At the Belle Valley Presbyterian Church, they used their $214 to spread the word. Each member was given a $5 gift card to take someone out for coffee. They took this time to have a meaningful conversation and to share one’s faith.
On Sunday, November 19, 2017 four young people completed Confirmation class and joined the First Presbyterian Church of Waterford. The four confirmands helped lead worship. Our new confirmands are pictured on the right. Congratulations!
One of the key partners in the initial stages of the Lake Erie/Upper Northern Presbytery partnership has been the Rev. David Bindati. His tragic and untimely death in late 2016 had an impact on many. However, the partnership continues with his family. Here his widow receives a check from their friends in Lake Erie Presbytery to aid in the raising of her family. Your gifts build bridges!
Please pray for those affected by the recent hurricanes to hit the United States. Are you wondering what you might be able to do to help? The Presbytery Disaster Assistance fund is already making plans to help the Presbytery communities that have been devastated by these hurricanes. Donations can be made on this website. Just go to the home page and find the DONATE button give or you can mail a monetary donation to the Presbytery office at 2816 Elmwood Avenue, Erie PA 16508.
If you would like to learn more about hurricane relief efforts through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance click on this link: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/compassion-peace-justice/pda/
Mission Trip Opportunities!
The Mission Committee of the First Presbyterian Church in Meadville is sponsoring a mission trip to La Gonave Hospital in Haiti. We’re looking for a surgeon, a nurse anesthetist, nurses and others willing to work. The trip will be led by Helen Jacobson, who has worked at the hospital as a nurse practitioner for 14 years. It will be a week-long trip in November of 2017. Does such an endeavor interest you? Do you know someone else who might be interested? If so, please contact Mary at the Meadville First church office at 814-333-2161.
Friends in Christ,
With gratitude to God, and in light of the promise of the resurrection, I am compelled to inform you of the death of Rev. Stephen Cahoon on October 21, 2017. Steve served the Harborcreek Church from 2008 to 2013, at which time he went on medical disability as he addressed health issues surrounding Parkinson’s disease. While at Harborcreek his wife taught in the Harborcreek Church Preschool. In most recent years he and his wife Marie have lived with their daughter in northern Virginia.
Steve was ordained in September 1987, having just achieved 30 years of ordained ministry. The majority of his ministry was celebrated within the bounds of Beaver-Butler Presbytery prior to his arrival at Harborcreek. Steve is survived by his wife Marie and his three adult children – Ken, Katie and Karen. Steve and Marie resided with their daughter Katie and her husband Chris who became parents to Steve’s first grandchild earlier this year. Alan is six months old.
A service to honor Rev. Steve Cahoon’s life is tentatively scheduled for December 2. As more information is available it will be shared with Steve’s colleagues in Lake Erie Presbytery. Thanks be to God for the life and ministry of Rev. Steve Cahoon.
With our Deepest Sympathy, Presbytery of Lake Erie Staff
Condolences can be sent to Marie Cahoon at: 92 Eisentown Dr. Lovettsville, VA 20180