Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Summary of Our Last Session Meeting – Sunday, August 21, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Cove’s session met on Sunday, August 21, at 9:00 a.m., with four ruling elders and two members of the trustees present. Ruling Elder Phil Fraga moderated the meeting. After the moderator opened with prayer, the session received Session received minutes from the meeting of July 24th and special meeting of July 31st and the pastor’s report for July.

The session received and discussed the following committee reports:
  1. Christian Growth (Diana Durst) - It was reported that the chair continues to attempt to coordinate efforts with several members
  2. Worship (Vacant) - Group discussion re: collective chairing of committee pending filling the role
  3. Outreach (Adam Dowler and Rocky Campbell) - It was reported that: (i) MOPS participation to date is less than anticipated while noting that hopefully the commencing of the new school year will increase visibility and participation and (ii) a group of members met with Comcast spotlight representatives with the initial impression being that the advertising cost and associated coverage parameters are reasonable with the biggest issue to consider being that of the messaging to be conveyed - and which warrants further discussion
  4. Membership (Debbie Seifert and Phil Fraga) - It was mentioned that 6 people (from 4 residences) were served “shut-in” communion on August 7th with 5 people (from 5 residences) remaining. 
The session discussed the following items of old business:
  1. Contact with the Academy - It was reported that relations with The Children’s Academy continue to improve based on our ongoing emphasis on open communication and follow-up efforts.  This point was emphasized based on the issue with the lack air conditioning during very hot weather which otherwise could and would have been a far worse problem but for the aforementioned improved relations.
  2. Church Picnic - 83 people attended (which was higher than anticipated) and noted that it was encouraging to see a number of children as well as new people in attendance.  It was reported that, despite the higher than anticipated attendance, giving for the Service was less than half of what we’d been receiving on a weekly basis.  Discussion followed suggesting that some people give monthly along with the fact that perhaps holding the Service in such a setting may have been a factor. 
  3. Nominating Committee - Group discussion led to a suggestion that Ed Rudiger send an email to the Trustees and the Deacons regarding needing their representatives on the Nominating Committee and that we should verbally advise any Trustees and Deacons whom we see at the Worship Service regarding same.
  4. Rental of the Chapel to The Children’s Academy - It was mentioned that, per an earlier email from Chris Rosnick (which had been shared with Session) that The Children’s Academy included the incremental $200 in the August lease payment and that the lease amendment will be drafted, sent and signed very shortly
  5. Relationship with the Trustees - It was mentioned that we have not heard any response from the Trustees following the Session letter sent to the Trustees regarding consideration of various intra-board relations.  It was mentioned that during a brief discussion with one of the Trustees, he suggested that the Trustees apparently understand the thinking behind the explanation in the letter and that Session efforts to bridge any intra-board gaps from the past apparently are duly noted.
  6. Telephone Service - It was mentioned that the service cut-over has occurred with a slightly higher cost than anticipated.
  7. Changes to the Sanctuary Layout - It was requested that the previously requested removal of 3 front pews on the non-pulpit side be revised to 2 front pews on both sides.  Group discussion followed regarding frequency of the bell choir performing, amount of room needed, and aesthetic and safety considerations in removing any pews given what will remain on the floor.  Further very near term discussion and planning are warranted in order to make a decision either way given when the bell choir intends to commence performing.
The session discussed the following items of new business:
  1. Purchase of an Air Conditioning Condenser - Following the need to replace the air conditioning unit on The Children’s Academy side of the building, we encountered an issue with the air conditioning condenser on the Sanctuary side of the building earlier in the week.  Session took action via unanimous consent conveyed via individual emails to have Cattrell purchase the necessary components for what was advised at the time as $8,500 with the intention of the air conditioning being operational for the Worship Service on August 21st.  It was reported that, due to an unforeseen additional problem, an additional component has been ordered and will be installed this week.  In addition, It was reported that we’ve contacted the City regarding removal of a tree that appears to be the source of the problem with the alternative course of action being the Cattrell has offered to clean the unit of any debris for $100 per month.  It was further noted that at least some of the cost may be covered by insurance.
  2. Consideration of Suggestions from Two Members of the Congregation - Two separate handwritten suggestions were received regarding various efforts geared toward children, both during the Worship service and regarding other youth-related activities.  Group discussion followed with further discussion warranted.
  3. Consideration of the Business Plan - It was mentioned that we should prepare a summary of efforts to date in keeping with the Business Plan.
  4. September 11 Worship Service - It was suggested that we consider some type of mention - and possibly some type of commemorative item - for the Worship Service on September 11th given that it marks 15 years since the tragic events that took place.
Having no more business, the meeting was adjourned and closed with prayer. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m. And session meetings are open to the congregation and our other boards.

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Open to Mysterious Ways

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this devotion meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal. And no contribution is too small.



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Acts 10:17-33

Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon's house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them." So Peter went down to the men and said, "I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?" They answered, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say." So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.

The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. On Peter's arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, "Stand up; I am only a mortal." And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, "You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?"

Cornelius replied, "Four days ago at this very hour, at three o'clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.' Therefore I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. So now all of us are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say."

Open to Mysterious Ways

For most of my life, I’ve heard people say, “God moves in mysterious ways.” I think I’ve probably said it myself on occasion. And even though it’s what people say, it doesn’t necessarily reflect what we actually believe. I mean, I think we tend to believe that God moves in ways that are expected and understandable. As a matter of fact, we’re often skeptical of things that are mysterious, you know events that don’t conform to what we already believe. And since most of us think God should bless us with those things with which we want to be blessed, I’m not sure we really want God to be mysterious. And although I believe that in most things the movement of God does makes sense, as this passage reminds us, God may still point us toward unexpected destinations and in surprising ways. And for that reason, it’s important that we remain alert, because if we’re not, we just might miss something important.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 25, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 25, 2016: Today our passages are Job 12:1–15:35; 1 Corinthians 15:29-58; Psalm 39:1-13; and Proverbs 21:30-31 .  The readings are from  The ...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - August 24, 2016



Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-232-3490

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In an emergency after office hours: Call 740-359-1813




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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Ronald Wolf
Jack Visser
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Bob & Sue Shearer
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Ginny Zoric
Jim Skapik
Patty & Delbert McNear
Judy Edmonds
Dakota Partnership
Missy Ashes
Melody Thin Elk
Family of Tim Kindle
Kevin Farmer
Sidney Byrd
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Alberta Crawford and family in the death of Hopa
Victims and responders of the earthquake this morning in central Italy
Flood victims and workers in Follansbee, southern WV, and Louisiana
For peace and for an end to violence and hatred
Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Bob Morgan, Bob Offerdahl, William Popa, Connie Quinn.
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DEAR FRIENDS, Many of you have probably heard by now that the Lord called Hopa home at 10:15 p.m. (CST) last night (Tuesday, August 23rd). She is in the presence of Jesus now - so happy, pain-free and with her loved ones especially her Dad, Sam. Praise the Lord! Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Blessings to all, LaVonne
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SEPTEMBER PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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TRINITY PARISH PRESBYTERIAN Church invites you to their free community dinner this Saturday, August 27, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Newell VFD Social Hall, Newell, WV. Menu: Hot Sausage or Meatballs, Cheesy Potatoes, Green Beans, Roll, and Dessert. All are welcome. For more info, call Cindy 330-385-6107 or Kim 330-383-2545. Come and share dinner with us!
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY newsletter for August, 2016, click here.
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OUR PEACEMAKING COMMITTEE will be showing a 54 minute PCUSA documentary video about gun violence, “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence,” at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, before the dinner and presbytery meeting at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, OH.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
August 25 ~
Ed Mooney, Hidden Meadows on the Ridge, 340 Farmers Ln., Sellersville, PA 18960
August 26 ~
George Crawford, gcrawford125@comcast.net
August 26 ~
Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks, tanta342@comcast.net
August 26 ~
Jack Visser, vssrjh@gmail.com
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PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING: BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS.
ABOUT THE PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING: What you’ve known as the Peacemaking Offering has been transformed into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This new Offering will have a greater global reach, more significant impact, and bring peace to people through Christ. The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday, and sent to your Presbytery Office.
HOW IS MY GIFT USED? A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ's peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
RESOURCES. Use these resources for promoting the Peace & Global Witness Offering in your church. Documents will open when clicked below. To order resources directly or to check your congregation's standing order, call Presbyterian Distribution Services at (800) 524-2612 or emailpds@pcusa.org.
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A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP will be performed and taught by Robin Moore, outstanding storyteller, performer, Viet Nam vet, teacher, novelist, and the “Best Storyteller in the U.S.” on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Mr. Moore will lead workshops on how to do storytelling, will speak of his experience in Viet Nam, and on Colonial America from a child’s viewpoint. Cost: $10.00 - continental breakfast, lunch, & snacks provided. RSVP: 304-232-3490 by Sept. 12 (leave a message on the answering machine). Come, join us for this very special event. This storytelling workshop is for all. Learn how to tell stories like a professional storyteller. Sponsored by our UOVP Peacemaking Committee.

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Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.
Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other, “Does this taste funny to you?”
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THE PRESBYTERY OF WEST VIRGINIA invites you to two special events:
A Child Protection Workshop with Dr. Rebecca Davis will be held on Saturday, September 10, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, in Charleston WV. If your session is still working on your child protection policy, you might find this a helpful workshop. There is no cost for this event, lunch will be on your own; all are welcome, though they do need to know in advance who might be attending.
Dr. Rodger Nishioka will be speaking about "Nones" and the Church on Saturday, November 12, at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, WV.
Flyers with registration info are posted on our website under “Items of Interest.”
For more info, contact Susan Sharp Campbell 304-645-4568 or susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com.
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE is responding in South Louisiana. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to the people of Baton Rouge and the Gulf Coast in the wake of catastrophic flooding. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has deployed the National Response Team to support the Presbytery of South Louisiana and the Synod of the Sun as they begin outreach to those affected. Your gifts to DR000191 U.S. flooding in Louisiana are urgently needed now to support these communities as more community needs are identified and the hard work of mucking out and rebuilding begins. You can join in the response and encourage those in need by standing in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.
Give. Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000191--Louisiana to help address the needs of those impacted by the flooding. Gifts can be made online, by phone at 800-872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or by check; mail to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, or to your Presbytery Office and they will see that it is sent in.
Act. Volunteer to help with cleanup and rebuilding; contact the PDA National Call Center at 866-732-6121 or email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org.Learn how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources, and share updates with your congregation.
Pray. Pray for families impacted by flooding through loss of property and livelihood; for first responders and all others who put themselves in harm’s way to care for those impacted; that communities will work together and build stronger relationships and connections; for God’s sustaining grace through it all. For more information, visit www.presbyterianmission.org/pda.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK: Welcome to Richmond! We Presbyterians in Virginia and especially in the Presbytery of the James are most fortunate that POAMN/ARMSS chose Richmond for their October 2016 National Conference! My husband Ralph and I have attended the 2014th conference in Missouri and the 2015th in Albuquerque. We have been most impressed with the mission of this group. The members of POAMN and ARMSS have great dedication and enthusiasm for Older Adults, and are making wonderful things happen for Older Presbyterians in the United States. As Co-Moderators of the Older Adult Purpose Group in the Presbytery of the James, we want to welcome you to the Richmond area. We are working very hard to encourage the 104 churches of the Presbytery to attend this outstanding 4-day conference. We know these leaders have planned superb workshops, speakers, and events. We believe you will be pleasantly surprised at all Richmond and Virginia have to offer. You will not be disappointed if you come! The autumn coloring is spectacular, the food delicious, and the people friendly. If you have not visited Virginia, we urge you to take a few extra days and visit our wonderful state. For the past 40 + years, our slogan has been VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS! This is lovers of mountains, oceans, rivers, peanuts, farmland, proximity to DC, history dating back to 1607, art, great colleges, etc. We look forward to seeing you in Virginia! Lillian Rhudy and Carroll Londoner, Co-Moderators, Presbytery of the James, Older Adult Purpose Group. Register onlineDownload brochure.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY ~ New Church New Way eNews Making Disciples control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION newsletter August 2016,  control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY’S Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry newsletter, “A Season of Peace,” control+click here. For the newsletter, “Ending Human Trafficking,” control+click here.
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UPCOMING CONTINUING ED EVENTS at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: Please spread the news about all that is being offered this fall – online classes, lectures, face-2-face classes and workshops, and webinars. We are excited about upcoming offerings and if you have more questions about them, you can click on the links or go to www.pts.edu/CE to get specific details or look at the chronological schedule for the full list of events for this academic year. If you have any questions, contact Lori Arnold, CE Coordinator, 412-924-1345.
·        Language Over Lunch: Biblical Hebrew OR New Testament Greek, September 7-November 9
·        Violence in Scripture, an online class with Jerome Creach, registration deadline September 12
·        The Desert Abbas & Ammas with Roberta Bondi, September 14-17
·        Extending Hospitality, Conversations & Community Series, beginning September 14
·        Change of Course: Navigating Christian Education Today with Paul Humphreys, September 24
·        Transforming Mission, the McClure Lectures with Stephen Bevans, September 26-27
·        The Art of Transitional Ministry, Part 2, October 17-21
·        The End of Adam & Eve: Theology & the Science of Human Origins, an online class with Ron Cole-Turner
·        Are We There Yet? Safe Travels with Youth, a FREE WEBINAR resource
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WHEN YOU CLEAN OUT YOUR KITCHEN CUPBOARDS, Beaver Creek Camp needs smaller cooking pots and pans. Call Jane Fisher 740-544-5392 or e-mail janekitchenmaid@aol.com.
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POAMN/ARMSS CONFERENCE: Unified under a theme inspired by John 13:34-35, Christian Discipleship: People of the Spirit, People of Hope, the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) and the Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses, or Survivors (ARMSS) will co-sponsor a national conference for persons engaged in ministry with older adults from October 11-14, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. For more info:https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/october-conference-seeks-address-joys-challenges-aging/.
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PREPARE for Christian Education Celebration Sunday on September 11. Go to http://pcusa.org/education for resources.
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FALL CURRICULUM FROM CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES PUBLISHING: (control+click links)
Growing in Grace & Gratitude challenges your children to practice gratitude as beloved children of God.
The Present Word adult Bible studies enrich the lives and faith of your adults, immersing them in Scripture.
Faith Questions youth studies honor your teenagers’ emerging faith and enlarges their worldview.
Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding leads adults into deep study of important themes of the Reformed faith.
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IS A PHOTO OF YOUR CHURCH under your listing on our website? Look under “Find a Church.” If it isn’t there, e-mail us a photo. Turn your phone sideways--Landscape view works best.
SEND US YOUR snapshots of your summer ministries for the photo slideshow on our website. Turn your phone sideways as landscape view works best.
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IF YOU BORROWED our easel [that is used with a giant newsprint tablet] and are finished using it, we would appreciate getting it returned.
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A WORKSHOP for pastors on teenage depression and suicide will be held next Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front Street (Wheeling Island), Wheeling, WV. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the workshop running from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.There is no cost for the workshop. They ask that you reserve a spot by calling Mike or Michelle at the House of the Carpenter @ 304-233-4640 or by email to mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com. The workshop will be led by the Rev. Gary Nelson who is an author, counselor, and nationally recognized speaker and authority on teenager depression and the effects that lead to suicide.
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FAITHFUL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE“God Mends Broken Hearts” will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Paris (Burgettstown), PA. This event is for ladies of all walks of faith and is a wonderful day of renewing your hope. Tickets are $20.00. This price includes the conference and lunch. Lunch is a boxed lunch provided by Marge's Catering and it includes your choice of Ham and Cheddar or Turkey and Swiss Croissant Sandwich or a Veggie Wrap, macaroni salad, banana, and a cookie. When you purchase your tickets you can choose you lunch sandwich. Tickets are now on sale. There is a limited amount of seating and tickets must be purchased by September 1st. Tickets can be purchased by calling PPC at 724-729-3450 or stopping in to the office. Office hours are 9-3 Monday thru Friday. More details will be made available about purchasing tickets soon. For more info, call PPC at 724-729-3450 or on Facebook at Parish Presbyterian Church. A flyer is available on our website under Items of Interest.
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: IDENTIFYING THOSE AT RISK workshop will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front St., Wheeling, WV, on the 3rd floor. If you think it can’t happen here…. think again! All clergy are invited to learn who is at risk in their community and what they can do to stop an individual from being a statistic!
·        Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry annually for organized crime.
·        Human trafficking is modern day slavery.
·        Each year over 2 million women and children are sold into slavery, and within the U.S. over 300,000 annually.
·        Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to the drug trade.
·        Victims of sex trafficking can be girls or boys, women or men.
Guest Speaker and former Human Trafficking Survivor Jennifer Kempton will tell her story and educate clergy about who is “at risk” and what we can be do to keep individuals in our communities safe from predators! Clergy, please register by calling Mike or Michelle at (304) 233-4640.While this workshop is for clergy, if a lay person would like to attend in place of or with their pastor, this will be okay. We want churches to be able to recognize those most vulnerable and sometimes the laity see it more than the pastors. A flyer can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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START WITH GOOD NEWS: Rediscovering the Why of Evangelism will be held September 27-29, 2016, at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA. Four keynote speakers representing traditional church settings, new worshipping communities, missional communities, and social justice activism will help you reimagine what evangelism looks like for a post-Christendom church in the 21st century. While individual attendees will certainly benefit from this experience, you are encouraged to attend with a team of clergy and lay leaders from your congregation. Registration: $25 (up to a maximum of $100 per church). Cost includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. For more info and to register:www.upsem.edu/startwithgoodnews.
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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7cd4cf3f8e262e23f778f9fde/images/0ad3f942-7dae-4ac6-b402-793b32fab0bd.pngWEE KIRK, Northeast (PA) Small Church Conference, will be held October 10-12, 2016, at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Purpose: To inspire, equip, motivate and encourage small PC(USA) Churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the Clergy and Lay Leaders of those Churches. For more info, contact Helen Kester at (724) 980-9565 orhelen.kester@gmail.com.

Control+click here for a brochure.
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