Saturday, January 30, 2016

A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line – In the Storm

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. 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.

John 6:16-27

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

In the Storm

Our world can be a pretty scary place. As a matter of fact, it can feel like we’re a drift in the middle of a storm, not unlike the disciples in the passage from John. I mean, there are times when the skies are dark and the winds seem stronger than we can handle, and we feel as though we’re taking on water. We’re sinking into the chaos that surrounds us. And when we look at the people around us, they appear to be in the same struggle we’re facing; therefore, they’re no more able to help us than we’re able to help them. I think we all face times and situations that feel absolutely overwhelming and that cause us to think that without help, we’re lost.

But it’s at those terrible times, I believe we need to look carefully and faithfully into the storm, because we’re not alone. Jesus is there with us. And the winds and waves that batter us don’t affect him, because he has authority over the waters. You see, just like God called order out of the primordial deep, Jesus can offer us comfort and hope as we move forward. You see, when life seems out of control and we feel as though we’re about to drown, Jesus is with us, right there in the storm.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 30, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 30, 2016: Today our passages are Exodus 10:1–12:13; Matthew 20:1-28; Psalm 25:1-15; and Proverbs 6:6-11. The readings are from   The Message...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, January 31, 2016

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. During the 11:00 service, use a passage from Jeremiah to discuss how we might respond to God's call.

Prayer Requests, to be shared during Sunday’s worship service

On Sunday, January 31, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Beth Fracasso
Betty Michael
Bill Manley
Bonnie Nichols
Carol Baker
Chad Wilson
Christine Lee Trushel
Cindi Livingston
Darcy Keffer
David Craig
David Johns
Deloris Chesebro
Diane Roney
Edward Morgan III
Emery Edwards
Evan Pulice
Faith Bonyak
Gen Meyer
Georgette Gordon
Goldie Baly
Grace Michell
Greta Billham
Harry Hutch
Jake Schwertfeger
Jeff Grant
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Joanie Lawrence
Jody Johnson
John Guglielmo
John Schlotter
Karen Lombardi
Kathryn Heilman
Kelly Stephens
Lou Ann Seevers
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Mary Kay McSwords
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Mike Churchman
M'Liz Held
Nick Mourat
Patricia Cox
Peggy Stewart
Penny Mourat
Rob Pepper
Rob Roy Jones
Ronnie Buffington
Sam Fortunato
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
The People of Dancan's Village
Vicki Williams
Wink Harner

Aksel Ace
Audri King
Devon Bragg
Elijah Parker
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist

Cory Shumard
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Lisa Burk
Michael Criss

Church Families
Charlene Means
Elizabeth Messerly
Gen & Joe Meyer

Local Church
Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church

Special Friends
Bonnie Nichols – 29 Woodbridge Park, Weirton, WV  26062-5033

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
Hill Top Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ohio – Rev. Robert Meyer
Roney’s Point Presbyterian Church, Triadelphia, Ohio – Rev. Darrin Jones

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Carl Hamill – Serra Manor, Apt. 11, 205 Serra Manor, Weirton, WV  26062
Dolores Edwards – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Eleanor Dueley – Brightwood Center, 840 Lee Ridge Rd., Follansbee, WV  26037
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 406, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
June Virtue – Grace Cottage, 195 Eden Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-3664
Theresa Skiles – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Ruth Ann Oestering – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062

Growing in Grace: The Questions of Faith – Is there any place for ev...

Growing in Grace: The Questions of Faith – Is there any place for ev...: Below are the notes from the twelfth session of a study entitled "The Questions of Faith." This 15-session series attempts to answ...

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.

is being held in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Everyone wishing to praise our Lord thru song is welcome to join us!

we meet every Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.

(infant thru five years) is open during Sunday School and the Worship Service. We still need some volunteer help.  We thank those of you in advance who help to care for the future members of our Cove Family.

for today, Sunday, January 31, immediately after the worship service.

will  meet on Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. to continue our study in which we’ll answer some of the questions of faith. During this session, we’ll continue to focus on the question: Is there any place for evolution at all if God is real?

will be celebrated next Sunday, February 7th.  Boy Scout and Cub Scout members will participate in the worship service that morning. Roger Criss will serve as Pulpit Supply.

The Board of Deacons will meet on Monday, February 8 at  6:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom.
The Session will meet on Sunday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. in the boardroom.

will be observed on Wednesday, February 10th, thus beginning the holy season of Lent. Please join us beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a service of prayer, reflection, meditation and music.  Prayer boxes will be distributed to aide you in your Lenten journey.

Come One, Come All to Our Rec Hall for Cove’s Covered Dish Dinners. They are scheduled for Tuesdays - March 1st, 8th & 15th at 6:00 p.m. We ask that you bring a covered dish to share and your place settings. Beverages will be provided. Additional details to follow.

can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove’s Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at

regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They’re listed below:
The Cove Community ( - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements. I also Invite y’all to send in material that you’d like to share with other members of the congregation. And please feel free to comment on anything you might read.
Cove Kids ( - This is tailored for the preteen young people in our church. Again I’ll post announcements. You’re also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you’d like to post. And they don’t have to deal with the church. We also post artwork from Jesus Time.
Bible Talk ( - We’ve established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary, and we’re posting the pastor’s translation of the  Greek text. We want you to read any or all of the passages and to leave any comment or ask any question that you feel is appropriate. Please include any research you’ve done. As we share our ideas and insights, we hope that we’ll all come to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Each passage is linked to a website that offers some informative information.
The Bible in a Year ( - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace ( - Although we’re saved by God’s grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and the podcasts posted on our PodBean (covepresbyterian). In this Blog, we’ll offer the link to the podcast and notes from the particular session.

if you would like to serve as a greeter before a Sunday morning worship service, please contact Bonnie Nichols at 304-723-5134.

the Cove PodBean page ( and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church,  https://www.facebook .com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

if you know of someone who is in the hospital please contact the church office, due to privacy laws the hospital is unable to contact us. If you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also, if you would like to receive the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, the flowers will be placed in a vase for you to take with you.

Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Center.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the main  hallway downstairs.
Greeting Cards are being collected by the Myrtle McHendry Class. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. No envelopes -please. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
Can Tabs are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs.

FOR THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st,   2016. . . 
the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery asks that all churches pray for:
Warnock, Community - Diane Jefchak, Pastor
Weirton, Cove- Ed Rudiger, Pastor

Cove's Worship Service – The Third Sunday after Epiphany (Nehemiah 8.1-3, 5-6, 8-10)

Below is a copy of the service I led in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia, on Sunday, January 24, 2016. You can also find a podcast of this service at The Cove Podbean page.

If you found this service meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

The Order of Worship
The First Sunday after Epiphany – January 24, 2016

Enter Worship with Praise

Entry of the Word: “This is the Day that the Lord Has Made”

Praising God Through Song
Hymn: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”
Hymn: “Come Away from Rush and Hurry”

Song for the Children: “Kum ba Yah”

Approach God with Humility and Thanks

The Choir Offering Praise thru Music: “In The Bleak Midwinter”

Our Congregational Prayer, followed by The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Our Song Glorifying God: Gloria Patri

Giving Back to God: “A Song of Service”

Song of Praise:  Doxology

Our Prayer of Thanks and Dedication

Stating Our Faith: From The Westminster Confession of Faith
The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture.  Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to him alone: not to angels, saints, or any other creature: and since the Fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.

Hear the Word with Understanding

The Word Read: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
...all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep." For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

The Word Proclaimed: Word-Centered Worship

Leave Worship with Joy

Hymn: “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”

Charge and Blessing

Congregational Response    

Postlude: “Ceremonial March”

Friday’s Essay – The Serenity Prayer

Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this essay by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. 

If you find this essay helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Of course, I think most people recognize this as the Serenity Prayer. And, as I’ve been going my health issues, I’ve been thinking a lot about these words, because this really needs to be my focus. You see, there are things over which I have no control, things that I need to accept and work with, because as the Borg said, “Resistance is futile.” But I also need to change those detrimental things that are actually under my control, and to do that, well, often that takes courage. And I need to be as wise as I can possibly be to know the difference. And so, for my own sanity, the Serenity Prayer has been on my mind lately.

But, when you think about it, it doesn’t just speak to individuals struggling through life, it can also be applied within communities, like the church, our church. I mean, let’s face it, there are just certain things that we can’t control, and I’m talking about a lot of the stuff that surrounds us. For example, we’re not going to be able to change the economy nor are we going to be able to alter the attitudes of people within our society. And we going to have to accept that certain folks are probably never going to darken our door regardless of what we say or do. Of course, we wish we could change things. We might even delude ourselves into believing that we can change the attitudes and assumptions that we run into on the other side of the stained glass, but wishing doesn’t make it so and delusions allow us to escape rather than to confront reality. No, for folks to change, they need to make that decision themselves, and even though we might tinker with the context within which change might occur, we just don’t have the power to force it on them. And as the Body of Christ, we need the inner peace and humility to accept that God is control, and he’s called us to serve him in spite of what others think. And so we pray, “God, grant [us] the serenity to accept the things [we] cannot change...”

But just because there are some things we can’t change, there’s other stuff that is under our control. I mean, even though I don’t have the power to change what you think of me, I can change what I do and how I see myself. And I think that applies to congregations as well. We can certainly change what we do and how we do it. And we can determine how we treat one another and how we relate to the people in our community. My goodness, we can even change our attitude and demeanor when we’re worshiping, if we want. Of course, doing that is going to take both spunk and strength. It’s not easy nor comfortable to recognize things within ourselves that we could and probably should change. And for that reason, we pray, “God, grant [us]...the courage to change the things [we] can...”

And finally, knowing the difference, that’s where the rubber hits the road. You see, I think people often confuse the two and accept the very things that they can change and try to change those things over which they have no control. Sadly, when this kind of thing happens, the result is unnecessary stagnation and frustration. And so, developing insight is absolutely crucial. And it doesn’t matter whether it comes from personal study or interpersonal conversations. In fact, the ability to identify the limits of our actual control is really only thing that can prevent us from spending a lot of time and attention tilting at windmills while ignoring opportunities that are staring us right in the face. We need to understand; therefore, we pray, “God, grant [us]...the wisdom to know the difference.”

Right now, I’m having to accept that there are all kinds of things I’m just not able to change, but I’m also finding that there are at least as many changes I am able to make, if I recognize them and decide to do what’s necessary. I just hope I’m growing in my ability to know the difference. And you know, we can do the same thing right here in the church. I mean, together, we can accept some of those things over which we have no control and to trust that even though we’re limited, God isn’t. And united, we can step forward and change those things that will move us toward being the men and women God created us to be. And if we’re able to communicate clearly and honestly with one another, I believe we’ll be able to develop the ability to tell the difference.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 29, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 29, 2016: Today our passages are Exodus 7:25–9:35; Matthew 19:13-30; Psalm 24:1-10; and Proverbs 6:1-5. The readings are from   The Message ...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - January 27, 2016

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003

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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Marie Luckhardt
Joe Byrne
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
John Lewis
Kenn Sickle
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Bob & Sue Shearer
Betty Dornick
Domasi Presbytery
Malawi food crisis
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Ronald Wolf
Lt. Aaron Mistic, USAF
All our service men & women
Dakota Presbytery
Madeline Terry Heckert
Christine Wheeler
Pauline Her Many Horses
Sutie Pipe
Frances Jo Moore
Alberta Crawford
Hopa Crawford
Ed Rudiger
Family of Rev. Norman Blue Coat. Norman died in Dec.

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: Mike Bongart, Royce Browder, Claudia Brown, Bill Brown, David Bruce.
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IN SADNESS, but in sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life, we tell you that Philip Woods of Mill Valley, Calif. and Uncle of the Rev. Andy Woods, has passed away. Please keep Andy and his family in your prayers. Andy and Barbara can be reached at 463 E. Main St., Barnesville, OH 43713.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE Pulpit Supply List can be found on our website.
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MODERATOR OF SESSION fee is now $50.00 per meeting plus mileage. A voucher can be found on our website under forms.
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In the north: Saturday, January 30th9:00 a.m. to Noon, Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Liverpool, OH  43920
In the south: Saturday, February 6th9:00 a.m. to Noon, First Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, WV  26003
[Only for Feb. 6 in Wheeling: The host church would like to know how many folks will be coming. If you will be attending on Feb. 6, please or call 304-232-3383 and leave a message if no one answers.]
Directions to both churches can be found on our website under “Spotlight.”
All new and continuing ruling elders and deacons are encouraged to attend. Some who have been church officers for many years have found this training very helpful. New officers have enjoyed the experience and found it provides a very valuable introduction to their calling.
Regarding the workshop for all pastors: It has been a long time since we have done any training on clergy ethics. Our insurance company has requested that we adopt new standards for child protection and a time of renewal about other ethical issues. We will provide a program on professional ethics for those engaged in professional ministryALL TEACHING ELDERS AND ALL COMMISSIONED RULING ELDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.
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Remember that there is meaning beyond absurdity. Know that every deed counts, that every word is power. ... Above all, remember that you must build your life as if it were a work of art. –Rabbi Heschel
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry. For the newsletter, “The Church at work in Washington | Justice & Peace Close up,” control+click here: Web Version.
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Control+click: Presbyterian Pastor Provides 100 Essential Topics Every Child Should Learn About in New Book. Presbyterian pastor and teacher Rebecca Kirkpatrick has written a new book that guides leaders and parents through the key topics children growing up in the church should be taught.
Control+click: Making inroads against human trafficking. Presbyterians step up to break the cycle of modern slavery right here in the United States.
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THE GO DISCIPLE LIVE "BE THE LIGHT" CONFERENCE, formerly known as the Evangelism and Church Growth Conference, is a vibrant gathering of Presbyterians committed to disciple-making, which leads to authentic evangelism, effective church transformation, justice, and church planting through 1001 new worshiping communities. Control+click: LEARN MORE. It will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, FL, August 8-11, 2016. Control+click: Register Now

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UNION SEMINARY LENTEN DEVOTIONALS.We would like to thank everyone for your kind comments and messages during our Advent devotions last month! We are very excited to let you know that we have some fantastic teams hard at work on a series for Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 10, we will share a devotion co-written by a trustee and student team. Each devotion will follow the theme being used on our Richmond campus during the Lenten season, "The Emotions of Lent." Devotions will post at 9am each Monday, as well as our Holy days (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.)These devotions can be found at If you subscribed to this blog for our Advent devotions, you do not need to do anything further! If you have not yet subscribed and would like to receive these devotions in your email, please do so by typing in your email and clicking "Follow" in the side bar on the right of the screen. Additionally, if you would like to receive the devotions in an all-inclusive PDF, please "like" Union Presbyterian Seminary on Facebook where the PDF will be shared on February 10. Our Church Relations and Alumni Development departments look forward to walking the Lenten journey with you! Grace, Peace, and Joy, Rev. Jordan B. Davis, Church Relations Officer

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Please control+click above box for a link to OGHS resources for 2016.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK NEWS. A message from the Editor: Good Morning from Oregon. The theme of this issue of PNN is, Mapping Your Exit. Those of us who have lost a parent or dear friend and then had to take care of their final affairs know first-hand just how tough the latter can be both legally and emotionally. Mapping Your Exit in advance will make your demise considerably less of a burden on those you love. In this issue of PNN you will find several articles written along this themeClick here to download and read the complete 2016 Winter PNN, issue 40.
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PCUSA RESOURCES for Presbyterians: Prepare a holy Lent for your congregants with Illuminating Lent and other titles from Congregational Ministries Publishing!
Control+click on book.

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END-OF-THE-YEAR GA Statistical Reporting: Clerks, please go to our website and find all the information as well as links to the GA statistical report and clerk’s questionnaire under Annual Reports. Please plan to submit your two electronic General Assembly reports by January 31, 2016 (or by February 15th at the latest). However, the longer you wait, the slower the process will be when you actually file the reports online.
There are also four reports to be returned to the Presbytery Office. You can e-mail the completed reports to If you wish to file paper copies, please return them by mail (the address is on the forms).
There is one report for the Board of Pensions.
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HISTORIAN NEEDED: This year our Synod is turning 300 years old! Happy Birthday to our Synod! This autumn there will be a celebration marking this incredible milestone. I need your help. I am seeking a historian who can gather and compile information about the history of our presbytery that can be sent to the synod for the celebration. Can you help with this important project? Do you have information about our history? I’m looking for someone who is passionate about our presbytery and our history. If this project sounds exciting to you, please let me know or call the presbytery office and notify Patty. Thanks! Bill Webster,, 740-633-2699.
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MISSION GUIDEBOOK: Find your place in God’s mission with help from the 2016 Presbyterian World Mission Guidebook. Download now
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OPEN HOUSE MINISTRY is an outreach to those in need in the Wheeling area. We provide dinner, fellowship, and share a movie every Saturday night from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1307 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV. You are cordially invited to join us! Volunteers are also always needed. Monetary donations can be sent to the Presbytery, payable to UOVP, with a memo line: Open House Ministry.
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MOTHERS’ DAY PROJECT 2016! Support Healthy Women Healthy Families, a global poverty initiative of Presbyterian World Mission and Presbyterian Women to support health, education and development of women and children around the globe. Contact, or call800.728.7228 ext. 5279 to preorder cards and promo materials. Learn more

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THE PRESBYTERIAN MISSION YEARBOOK FOR PRAYER & STUDY is available exclusively online. As costs for printed copies went up, orders went down, resulting in a deficit budget for the publication's production. Stories reflecting mission will be collected by Presbyterian News Service reporters throughout the year and reformatted for use in the Mission Yearbook. Rather than waiting to collect a year’s worth of stories, these stories of current mission activities can now appear in the Mission Yearbook within a relatively short time of their first publication. The shorter turnaround time for digital stories will result in fresher content. Additionally, the online format will allow some mission stories to be told using video. The Mission Yearbook dates back to 1892 as a simple calendar of prayer to help women’s societies pray for missionaries on designated days. It has the longest history of any denominational mission and prayer book in the United States. The publication’s esteemed history is reflected in the online version of the Mission Yearbook by connecting Presbyterians to the greater church and energizing them for mission. The online edition of the Presbyterian Mission Yearbook is available at Additional subscription options, including email and RSS feeds, can be found at
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IT’S TIME TO ORDER your Presbyterians Today 2016 Lenten Devotional, Be Holy. Lent is a holy journey with God, but what exactly does it mean to be “holy?” For some, it’s all about following a set of rules and not messing up. But what if holiness is not good marks on a chalkboard but a gift from God? Pastor and author Brian Coulter has put together a series of brief daily reflections, paired with a short, ancient form of praise and petition called a breath prayer, to explore what holiness means for Christians today. He invites us to receive from God this blessed gift that makes our lives more compelling, more enjoyable, and more faithful. Bess Reynolds’s original artwork brings this holy Lenten journey to life. Perfect for congregations, families, and individuals, Be Holy provides a Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer for each day of Lent. 2016 Lenten Devotional Discount Pricing: 1 copy, $4.50 • 2–9 copies, $3.50 each • 10–99 copies, $2.50 each • 100+ copies, $1.95 each. Shipping: 10% of order, $5.25 minimum. Order by phone at 800-524-2612 and ask for PDS 17116-15-010. Or Control+Click here: Order copies for your congregation now to ensure delivery before Lent.
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The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 28, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for January 28, 2016: Today our passages are   Exodus 5:22–7:24; Matthew 18:23–19:12; Psalm 23:1-6; and Proverbs 5:22-23 . The readings are from   The ...

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Department of History: saying yes to God

Donaldina Cameron is one of the most well-known Presbyterian missionaries of the early 20th century. She led the Presbyterian Mission Home in San Francisco for more than three decades, working with police and the courts to save Chinese girls from the slave trade while fostering strong community support for the Home and the social services it provided. The renamed Donaldina Cameron House continues today, helping Chinese American individuals and families to fully participate in and contribute to a healthy society.
Donaldina was born in New Zealand in 1869 to a Christian family from Scotland. The Camerons migrated again when Donaldina was two, this time to California, where Donaldina’s father became part of the southern California ranching community. Donaldina started training to become a schoolteacher but found herself back home after her father’s death. There, at a pivotal point in Donaldina’s life, Mary Browne asked for her help, and Donaldina said yes.
Mary was the mother of one of Donaldina’s childhood friends. She was also head of the Woman’s Occidental Board of Missions, a group she had organized in 1873 with four other Presbyterian women concerned about the treatment of Chinese slave girls in San Francisco. While visiting the Camerons in 1895, Mary asked Donaldina to move to San Francisco to assist the current director of the Mission Home for one year. Donaldina said yes. After her first year of service, Donaldina decided to continue her work with Chinese women and girls. Buoyed by an institutional network built by Presbyterian women, Donaldina Cameron said “yes” multiple times and in multiple ways to the opportunities God presented in her life.
In 1934 after her official retirement, Donaldina Cameron wrote to the Board of National Missions, “It is my very earnest wish and prayer that with God’s help I may be able to accomplish some valuable service in His Name that will gladden all our hearts.” Her legacy established, Donaldina Cameron continued to look for ways to say yes to God’s call in her life.
Beth Shalom Hessel, M. Div, Ph.D., Executive Director, Presbyterian Historical Society

Let us pray

Triune God, you created us in your image to serve you. You call us to follow Jesus Christ, who gave the eternal “yes.” Empower us through the Holy Spirit to say yes to your invitations to serve in ways that gladden all our hearts. Amen.

From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - PDA at a Glance (2015)

SC Flooding, Katrina 10-yr, European refugees
Thank You to the many congregations, individuals and volunteers who chose to be part of disaster recovery ministry in 2015. Your support of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) enables us to witness the healing love of Christ to families affected by disasters. Through your gifts, action and prayers, you stand in the GAP for disaster survivors and help the Church with responses around the world.
Your financial gifts of love enabled us to program approximately $2.8 million to meet immediate and long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors and to provide a witness of caring around the world.
Internationally, your gifts enabled response to major disasters and civil conflicts in 14 countries and, through support of the global rapid response fund, enabled a low-level response in an additional 25 countries.  Your gifts helped support:
  • Assistance for Christians returning and reestablishing their lives in Homs, Syria
  • Immediate and ongoing disaster response to earthquakes  in Nepal,
  • Humanitarian assistance to migrants and displaced persons seeking safety and refuge in Europe,
  • Food security for families in Malawi where flooding and drought impacted the planting and harvest seasons
  • Ongoing response to refugee crises in Syria and South Sudan, and ongoing response and rebuilding in Philippines, Haiti and other long-term disasters around the globe.
Nationally, your gifts supported the response of 31 mid councils in 21 states to storms, floods, and other disasters within their bounds as well as long term recovery efforts.  Your gifts supported:
  • Response to severe flooding in multiple states especially in Texas and South Carolina,
  • Response to massive snowfall and winter storms in the Northeast,
  • Wildfires response in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington
  • Ongoing compassionate response to the unaccompanied children and border crisis
  • Ongoing response and long-term recovery to Hurricane Sandy
  • Multiple responses to human-caused disasters and public violence including Charlestown, Ferguson, Oregon, San Bernardino, and various incidents of church arson
PDA National Response Team (NRT) members served following 23 disasters in 37 states, helping mid councils respond to disasters in their communities. NRT members also conducted disaster preparedness, compassion fatigue, emotional and spiritual care, care for caregivers, long-term recovery, and other trainings to help mid councils build their capacity to respond.
Your gifts of time and talent in walking with disaster survivors provided hope and encouragement on the journey to recovery.
  • More than 22,800 volunteers served through 42 PDA-related volunteer hosting sites in 17 states, donating more than 223,000 hours of labor for disaster recovery.  The monetary equivalence of this labor is valued at over $5 million; however, as the church we know the value of our service is not limited to financial support—by bearing the witness of Christ’s love, our gifts of service are multiplied.
  • Many assembled and packed Gift of the Heart Kits. 176,450 kits with an in-kind value of more than $2.2 million were distributed to partner agencies in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Presbyterians helped refugees and asylum seekers resettle in the United States through our collaborative work with Church World Service. More than 7,100 refugees comprising 38 different nationalities experienced the ministry of pastoral accompaniment and the welcoming of strangers seeking a new life.
We are thankful for the many ways Presbyterians continue to bear the hope of Christ to those recovering from disasters, and we celebrate the involvement of so many servants in the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry.