Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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The Happenings Around the Presbytery - September 20, 2017



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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What can I do to be more like Jesus?
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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Ed Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Ginny Zoric
Mike Anderson
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Wayne Devore
David Bruce
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Karen Byrne
Bob Offerdahl
Judee Parkinson
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
Linda Turner
Vickie Whinnery
Steve McCollam
Jacob Kestner
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Domasi Partnership
All our service men & women
For all those affected by the hurricanes, and all responders

For South Sudan

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WE URGE ALL CONGREGATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS in the presbytery to keep the following in your prayers: Let us pray that constructive dialogue takes place between North Korea and the United States; that God will lead us in concrete ways to deal with this difficult and dangerous situation; and that North Korea will cut back on its threats and on its testing.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him in your prayers this week: Bob Meyer, Mike Mistic, Sam Monte, Ed Mooney, Bob Morgan.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION. Dear Praying Partners, Thank you for being a prayer partner with MBF, lifting up the praises and needs of our international church partners. The needs are great, but so is our God. So please keep praying! Please share these requests with your church members via bulletin, newsletter, website or social media. Include them in your personal prayers as well as corporate prayers in your worship service. This is one of the greatest things we can do as partners in medical mission. At this time, we turn our eyes towards our partners in Kenya—Kikuyu Hospital, PCEA Chogoria Hospital, Clive Irvine School of Community Nursing, PCEA Tumutumu Hospital, and Tumutumu Nursing School—as the tensions rise due to the Supreme Court's demand of a fresh election caused by a fraudulent vote count in the primaries. There is a concern for a violent public response because the process will not be complete until mid-October. This could enable rebel forces to rise up and cause more division among the people of Kenya. We know that violence is not the answer and we have the ability to carry peace with us in the most unstable circumstances as Christ is in us. We keep our minds steadfast and we trust God to give us direction. Currently we are in a place of waiting as we continue the conversations with our regional manager and receive the updates about the situation. We ask that you join with us and pray peace over Kenya. Please pray with us for:
1.   With the emotions the politicians are evoking from the people as well as the rhetoric coming from social media, please pray that the churches would not be drawn into the propaganda, but rather would become a strong tower and safe haven for the communities in need. Pray that they continue to look to God for His guidance and strength as they shepherd their communities.
2.   Pray that our partners are able to be sanctuary for anyone who walks through their hospital doors, be it church member or militia. Pray that quality patient care will continue to be given under what could be tense circumstances, and no one will be turned away. Pray that the Nursing Schools would not have to close their doors in order to keep the students and administration safe.
3.   Pray that the people of Kenya would unite, understanding what leadership looks like as the elections draw closer. Pray that they would be able to discern the rhetoric and manipulations of the press, and would not fall prey to the idea of violent response.
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UPPER OHIO VALLEY PRESBYTERY will gather in stated meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Limestone Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, WV.
PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: You need to sign yourself in at presbytery meetings to be counted as present.
PRAYER AREA. 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – A private prayer area will be available for all pastors, ordained and lay. Ask for location when you sign in. Our Pastoral Care Team is also available.
DINNER SERVED promptly at 5:00 p.m. Make your dinner reservation by Wednesday, September 20th, to Janet Allen. Call or text 304-650-4126; or e-mail jlallen161@yahoo.com. $9.00,payable at the meeting.
MEETING CONVENES with worship at 6:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jerome F. D. Creach will be preaching. Dr. Creach is a Robert C. Holland professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Creach is interested in Old Testament theology and the appropriation of the Bible to the life of the church. Psalms and Prophets are his primary areas of research. He has published three books and numerous articles and reviews in journals for biblical studies.
THE OFFERING received during worship will be designated for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for Hurricane Relief. No mission project so we can concentrate on hurricane relief.
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LIMESTONE congregation, 5704 Waynesburg Pike Road, Moundsville, WV, is hosting Dan Meredith on Saturday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m. for a Praise Concert. Dan's ministry is known throughout the Mid-Atlantic States; and he first came to Limestone with the Lay Renewal Team. He will be leading praise singing, performing his original music and giving testimony. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no charge, and light refreshments will be served following the concert.
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CONCORD PRESBYTERIAN Church, Centerville, OH, had the Rev. Stanley Chimesya visit and preach one Sunday. The Rev. Stanley is a Presbyterian minister in prison ministry in Malawi. He visited and stayed with the Rev. Homer Harden for a month. The congregation of Concord raised $2,500 (and First Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, added $500 to it) for Rev. Stanley to purchase a motorcycle, license, computer, and accessories. Concord received this message from him: “Beloved in the Lord, Greetings to you. Attached are the photos of the motorcycle. Am very grateful to you all and God bless you all. Next photos of desktop, monitor and printer bought for the same money will be sent this week. AMEN AMEN AMEN, Rev. Chaplain Stanley” (You can see a photo of Rev. Chimesya on the presbytery’s website.)
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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT Lynda Caster, her address is: 3290 Rocker Drive #6, Cincinnati, OH 45239.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE Pulpit Supply List, 9-18-17, can be found on our website.
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NEEDED: A good home for a full sized Lowery Organ, purchased new in 1993. It has always been in a home setting, well taken care of and maintained. There are cassettes and music with it. If interested, call Karen Coffield 304-845-8655.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice Close Up News September, 2017, “Season of Peace,” control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY newsletter September, 2017—“New Church New Way eNews,” control+click here.
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HELP WANTED: Laughlin Memorial Chapel needs your help. During our afterschool hours, we need a receptionist to answer the phone, take messages, and greet visitors. This volunteer position is available on Wednesdays from 2:30 - 6:00 pm. Please contact us at (304) 232-2630 if you are able to help. We are interested in having the same person help every Wednesday except when Ohio County Schools are closed, starting immediately and continuing through the school year.
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ALEX GORDON, an excellent organist, is available for 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services. Alex is the past organist at Wheeling, First church. He can be reached at 1-304-218-8106.
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6 Tips for Effective Preaching on StewardshipPreaching is a critical component within a broader strategy for stewardship ministry, says church consultant Margaret Marcuson. She provides six tips for more effective preaching on money and stewardship. Read more.
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A GATHERING for all UOVP women in ministry will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Office. This includes ministers of the Word and Sacrament, retired pastors, commissioned pastors, lay preachers, those who are available to become commissioned pastors, student pastors, and ruling elders in pastoral training. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Connie Quinn connie_quinn@comcast.net by Friday, October 6th. Come and enjoy each other’s company.
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CONTINUING ED: Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, as part of the IPLF Cohort, will hold two workshops Saturday, October 14th, in Potter Chapel, Vance Memorial Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling, WV.
9:00 a.m. to Noon “Advanced Scriptures – Gospel of John,” led by the Rev. Dr. John Edward Harris.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Ethics/Boundaries,” led by the Rev. Dr. Franklin Lewis and CP Christina Kestner.
Ministers, Commissioned Pastors, and Ruling Elders trained to preach are encouraged to attend one or both workshops as a part of your continuing education.
Lunch will be served at Noon. RSVP by Friday, October 6Call 304-232-3490 [leave a message if it goes to answering machine], or e-mail uovp@uovpresby.org.
For members of the IPLF cohort, please RSVP so we can have a lunch count. [The Inter-Presbytery Leadership Formation (IPLF) is a joint effort by the Presbyteries of Kiskiminetas, Redstone, Washington, and Upper Ohio Valley to train church leaders in faith and service.]
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Control+click: Texas church shows resilience among its members following Hurricane HarveyRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Members find ‘angels’ amid chaos.
Florida presbyteries mobilize to help churches and communities after Hurricane IrmaRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Access to fuel, electricity and phone service complicate recovery process.
Presbyterian Mission Agency Names New Acting Executive DirectorNews Release | Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. PMA Board of Directors announces executive director Tony De La Rosa has resigned.
Presbyterian ministers gather at U.S. Capitol to speak up on federal budget proposalHenry Stone | Special to Presbyterian News Service. Group advocates for stronger social program emphasis.
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NEW GLORY TO GOD RESOURCE FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS.
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/60164bdda6e4064d943bed8b2/images/ddcc2b03-86e6-4523-8585-4466a69b5e02.jpgEnjoy the music of the season with Glory to God–Hymns and Songs for Advent and Christmas! Ideal for carolers, choir directors, and congregations that have visitors in the sanctuary during Advent and Christmas, this seasonal resource features 75 hymns and songs from the Advent and Birth sections of the Glory to God hymnal. Featured hymns and songs include: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; Angels We Have Heard on High; In the Bleak Midwinter; and many more!
Quantity Discounts Available! Order 1-4 copies for $5.00 per copy. Order 5-24 copies for $4.00 per copy. Order 25+ copies for $3.00 per copy. Order Now!
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA) is working with presbyteries in affected areas of Texas; Florida, and the Atlantic IslandsFor those who wish to support PDA's emergency response and recovery efforts, gifts can be designated in two ways: DR000169—Harvey and DR000194—IrmaSend your check payable to UOVP, 907 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, and the presbytery will forward it on. Or, if you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to PDA and send it to Presbyterian Church (USA), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.Either way, memo your check DR000169-Harvey or DR000194-Irma. You may also call PDA Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone. For updates, please go to pda.pcusa.org.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice Newsletter September, 2017—“The Table of Jesus,” Control+click here.
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LAY PASTOR RETREAT. Washington Presbytery invites you to join them in a lay pastor fall retreat on October 2nd, 9:00 a.m. at Sandscrest, 143 Sandscrest Dr., Wheeling. Cost is $20. Please let Gary ggibson@srcare.org or Nellie fhbaker1@comcast.net know if you plan to attend so they can plan lunch. Title of retreat: Developing a Prayer Life that Gives Life. Description: Christians, and especially pastors, know we need to be growing in prayer. The trouble is, many of us struggle with prayer. We are too busy. We find it boring. It doesn’t seem to “work.” The good news is that in the last 2,000 years, Christians have discovered a wide variety of ways to pray--there are approaches with deep roots to fit every personality and life situation. In our morning together we will explore classic ways of prayer that have stood the test of time, building faith and empowering ministry across the boundaries of denominations and traditions. We are fortunate to have Gary Neal Hansen for our speaker. Speaker Bio: Gary Neal Hansen (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the award-winning writer of Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers. Formerly the Associate Professor of Church History at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, he frequently taught Reformed Theology in the U.D.T.S. Commissioned Lay Pastor program. He now lives in Pittsburgh working as a writer, speaker, and spiritual director, as well as teaching non-credit courses through his website, GaryNealHansen.com.
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A SEASON OF PEACE 2017, September 3 – October 1 ~ THE PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING is received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday. 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. Use these resources for promoting the Peace & Global Witness Offering in your church. Documents will open in a new tab when clicked below. To order resources directly or to check your congregation's standing order, call Presbyterian Distribution Services at (800) 524-2612. Leader's GuideWorship ResourcesMinutes for Mission: Proclaiming PeaceInternational PeacemakersWelcoming RefugeesUnrelenting Pursuit of Peace in South SudanChildren’s Curriculum, Sample Newsletter/Blog Post; Sample Pastor's Letter; All Peace & Global Witness Offering ResourcesSeason of Peace Resources.
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DEDICATION WORSHIP SERVICE. On Sunday, September 24ththe Long's Run Presbyterian Church, 15851 Longs Church Road, East Liverpool, OH, will be dedicating our building addition. So far we have been able to pay all the bills as they came in (over $200,000!). Much of the labor has been done by members and friends of the church on a volunteer basis. Come celebrate with us at 3:00 p.m. on September 24th. Light refreshments will be served following the service.
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THE LONGEST TABLE, a community dining experience to fight hunger in the Ohio Valley, will be held Sunday, September 24th, at the Urban Mission, downtown Steubenville. The street will be closed down to accommodate a table two blocks long. Appetizers and music will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the meal will be served at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30. Go to www.urbanmission.org or call 740-282-8010 to reserve your seat.
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THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CADIZ will culminate their 200th anniversary celebration on Sunday, October 1st. Two marvelous Presbyterian pastors who have entered the ministry from their congregation will lead a special worship service at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Douglas Ronsheim will preach, and the Rev. Alan Jeffries will administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. A catered meal will follow so friends old and new can fellowship with one another.
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PASTORAL RESPONSES TO THE OPIOD CRISIS: There will be a workshop on Pastoral Responses to the Opioid Crisis on Friday, October 27th, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The presentation will run from 8:45 to 11:15 am. A chapel service of 30 minutes will occur as will a buffet lunch for which there is a fee.
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NEW BOOKS FOR ADVENT 2017, from the PCUSA Store.
Celebrating AbundanceDevotions for Advent, by Walter Brueggemann. $8.45 - You save 35%! Preview a Devotion & Prayer. This powerful devotional by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann includes daily reflections on the Scriptures and stories of Advent. Twelve prayers are also included for the twelve days of Christmas.
Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals, by Luke A. Powery. $8.45 - You save 35%! Preview the Preface & a DevotionIn Rise Up, Shepherd! each devotion features the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection on the spiritual's meaning, a Scripture verse, and a brief prayer.
Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the ApostlesA Daily Devotional, by N. T. Wright. $10.40 - You save 35%! AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2017. This book is suitable for both individual and group study and reflection. Each week discusses key themes for the season: thanksgiving, patience, humility, and joy.
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WEE KIRK, Northeast (PA) Small Church Conference, will be held October 9-11, 2017, 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. Online registration are available at www.wee-kirk-ne.org.
TIMOTHY PROJECT, in conjunction with the annual Wee Kirk Conference: Come and celebrate with us as you begin your ministry. Let us walk with you and be an encourager and even perhaps answer some of your questions from seasoned pastors and lay leaders. Monday, October 9, 2017, Noon—meet in the Lodge for lunch; 1:00—Ice Breakers & Worship; 2:00—Session One: “Facilitating Adaptive Change in the Small Church,” by Larry Myers; 3:15—Session two: “Using Appreciative Inquiry As a Planning Tool in the Small Church,” by Jordan Rimmer: 4:30—registration & check in; 5:00—supper. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:30 – Noon Session Six: “Facing into the Tsunami,” a tsunami of cultural change is headed toward all our churches. How do we begin to wrestle with the adaptive challenges we now face? by Jim Farrer. The remainder of the time you will join the Wee Kirk Conference. 1 Tim. 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:18, 1 Tim. 6:20. If you are interested in attending the Northeast (PA) Wee Kirk and the Timothy Group, separate registration is necessary. Contact Helen Kester 724-980-9565 or helen.kester@gmail.com.
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