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Six of the Erie Area Presbyterian Churches have recreated their websites, with guidance from local website developer, Brad Ford. The project was identified as a need by several of these churches as we become more digitally involved every day. The new site offers a parent page, with updated information from any of the churches, as well as an individualized site for each church or congregation. Our goal in creating the new website is to improve accessibility and search engine results throughout the community. The new site can be found at www.presbyteriannetwork.com. A special thank you goes out to the technology committee from the small group Presbyterian Network and Lake Erie Presbytery.
Would You Like to Join the BVPC Custodial Team? If you’re able to serve BVPC by participating in a rotation of volunteers who help keep the facility clean from week to week, then contact Chris Tombaugh (882-8932). We currently have a rotation of 6 sets of volunteers (we are losing the Blanchards for the winter quarter) who are in an 8-week rotation (basically cleaning the church facility once every 2 mos.). We will provide the training and answer any questions you have.
Belle Valley’s Annual Rummage Sale: May 12 (8am-4pm), May 13 (8am-2pm). Please begin saving all your valuables. We will have times to bring your donations for drop-off (details to come), but please do NOT bring anything before these prescribed drop-off times (contact Kim Ragen with questions, 392-5831). We’ll take clothing (kids’ clothing especially is popular), toys, working appliances, bikes, puzzles, board games, books/CDs/DVDs, knick knacks, furniture, tools, odds ‘n’ ends of all kinds. There will also be a bake sale for all your homemade goods. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer for donations, and volunteer time slots.
“Per Capita” Giving: For those who wish to pay their Per Capita for 2017 ($29.50 per member) there are envelopes available on the table in the foyer. Your “Per Capita” giving supports many significant mission efforts throughout our presbytery and the world-wide Presbyterian Church. Please recognize that these gifts aren’t for administrative salaries or office expenses. Pray about your gift to our larger church mission efforts!
Having Trouble Controlling the Way You Eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is based on the 12 Steps of AA. It is a fellowship of women and men who are recovering from the disease of food addiction. Some are obese, or under-eaters, or bulimic, or so food/weight-obsessed that they couldn’t live their lives freely. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Weekly mtgs. take place at: Erie Church of Christ, 2317 W. Grandview Blvd. (Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm); St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 427 Plum St., Edinboro (Thursdays, 6:30-8pm). Visit the website at: “foodaddicts.org.”
Presbytery of Lake Erie 2017 Work Mission Trip Our team is heading to West Virginia in July 2017 to work with the WVMAW to aid with flood recovery efforts. The WVMAW – West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps is a long term recovery response arm of the Presbytery of West Virginia. Our Presbytery’s Work Mission Trip departs the morning of Sunday, July 16 and returns the evening of Saturday, July 22, 2017. Volunteers of all ages (14 and up) and all abilities are encouraged to join our volunteer team. No previous experience or expertise required. Space is limited to 20 participants. Registrations accepted on a first come, first served basis along with a $50 non-refundable deposit. Cost is $300 per person and includes meals, housing and transportation. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Jamie Fowler at 814-673-0874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Doug Ebert (and possibly others from BVPC) are planning to attend!
We Need Volunteers to Help Run the 2017 Rummage Sale! Please pray about being the rummage sale coordinators for 2017 (usually held in early May). YES, it’s a big task (if you try to do it by yourself), but if you use the helpfulness of others, it is not overwhelming! If you’d like more information, please contact Kim Ragen (392-5831).
The Mission & Outreach Committee encourages these giving projects:
The One Great Hour of Sharing all-church offering was received last Sunday (Easter), but it’s not too late to turn your donation in for this historic offering that provides assistance to those in need around the world (war-torn refugees, poverty created by natural disaster, assistance to help some generate small businesses to support entire villages, etc.). We thank all who’ve already given to this important offering as we’ve collected $366.00 so far!
Continue to bring in canned goods and staples for our food pantry collections @ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the City Mission! Receptacles in the foyer!
The Mission and Outreach Committee encourages these service opportunities in the coming months:
The One Great Hour of Sharing (http://onegreathourofsharing.org/) all-church offering will be received on Easter Sunday (4/16). Return all “fish” banks. There will also be special OGHS offering envelopes available beginning Palm Sunday. This historic offering provides relief efforts to those in natural disaster, to refugees who’ve had to flee violence in their own civil war-torn nations, to those in need of education/micro-financing to strengthen and develop their own agribusiness/starter businesses, to provide new and clean sources of water/wells, to provide health education/care for those in desperate need, etc. We want to respond to the needs of the world in a significant way—we’ve given over $400.00 on several occasions in the past, so let’s shoot for $450.00 this year! Pray about your part in this life-giving effort!