Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - February 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:
Marie Luckhardt
Bob Offerdahl
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
John Lewis
Kenn Sickle
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Bob & Sue Shearer
Ed Rudiger
Domasi Presbytery
Malawi food crisis
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Ronald Wolf
Lt. Aaron Mistic, USAF
All our service men & women
Dakota Presbytery
Sheryl Looking Elk
Sutie Pipe
Alberta & Hopa Crawford
Frances Jo Moore
Madeline Terry Heckert
Karen Edwards

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: Colleen Griffith, Frank Haas, Barry Hall, Homer Harden, Erica Harley.
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MARCH PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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THANK YOU NOTE: “Dear Friends of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, Thank you for the beautiful basket overflowing with hydrangeas and lilies to brighten my garden this Spring – and more! We had a beautiful service to remember the many blessings of Joe’s ministry and life and his peaceful passing. Our Lord is so loving and merciful and we are lifted in Him. God bless you, Karen Byrne”
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TRINITY PARISH PRESBYTERIAN Church invites all to this month’s FREE Community Dinner this Saturday, February 27, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Newell Fire Hall Social Room, Newell, WV. This dinner is for people who enjoy good food and conversation with your friends and neighbors around the table. Menu: Sloppy Joe, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Dessert. All are welcome. We would love to share a meal with you. For more info call Cindy 330-385-6107 or Kim 330-383-2545. Please pass this along to those who might enjoy a good meal.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our websitewww.uovpresby.org. Deadline for applications is MAY 27, 2016. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications will not be considered.
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ATTENTION CLERKS OF SESSION AND MODERATORS: The deadline to submit your statistical report to General Assembly has expired; however, if you did not get yours submitted, please call the Presbytery Office or our Stated Clerk. Also, the Clerk’s Questionnaire report to General Assembly has a deadline date of Nov. 15 printed on it, however, they are still accepting them. And we will gladly accept the four reports for presbytery as soon as you can get them done.
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SUMMER CURRICULUM: Time to order the summer Growing in Grace & Gratitude. It is not included in the 9-month sub­scription. Use it in a host of ways: summer Sunday school, mid-week children’s ministry, or adapt if for vacation Bible school.
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OGHS: For more than fifty years, Presbyterians have joined with Christians throughout the nation in responding to Christ's love for all people by joyfully sharing that love with people in need through supporting One Great Hour of Sharing. The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly. One Great Hour of Sharing funds are divided equally among its three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People, and Presbyterian Hunger Program.
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POAMN: Hard copies of the 2016 Older Adult Ministries Planning Guide are now available. Cost is $3.00, and you can order your copy(s) by contacting Ginny at gnyhuis@frontier.com or (615) 426-1545. All 2016 members of Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network will receive one complimentary copy, so renew your membership, or join for the first time.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) designates the first Sunday of May as Older Adult Sunday, a time to honor older adults for their commitment to the life, witness, and ministry of the church. The timing is not so important…you may choose any Sunday for this celebration of aging. The Older Adult Ministries Planning Guide includes many resources to help you celebrate older adults throughout the year.
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Control+click: Presbyterian churches to commemorate SDOP Sunday March 13Annual awareness day draws attention to people and communities in need.
Control+click: Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and deacons: The Book of Order calls ordained deacons to a ministry of "compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress" (G-2.0201).
Control+click: So. Cal. PC(USA) churches feature three bowls on Ash Wednesday altarTwo contain ashes, the other gunpowder.
Control+click: Eighteen DREAM Grants awarded$172,500 to fund risky experimental mission in 15 presbyteries, 7 synods.
One of these grants was for Beaux-Arts Musicians & Storytellers for Peace, Synod of the Trinity. This initiative of the Peacemaking Committee of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery has a two pronged focus: one prong will connect with learning, making, and composing music in Christ-like peace; the other will focus on learning and performing stories unique to Appalachian culture. The Rev. Dr. Ruth Ellen Bates, an ordained minister, teacher, professional storyteller, puppeteer, and musician will lead the initiative. Their DREAM Grant will be used to build a website and create digital platforms for Beaux Musicians group, where both performance and the learning of music and stories will occur. The Peacemaking Committee has been deeply invested in peace, justice issues, and in Presbyterians for Earth Care, and this initiative will be an extension of each of these passions.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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IF YOU ENJOY SHOPPING . . .keep Sunday, February 28th, free, because Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, is hosting a Shopping Spree Extravaganza Vendors & Crafters Show from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. More than 20 vendors will be here, and we’ll have a Chinese auction, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. The deacons will also have a stand for food and drinks. And if you’re interested in painting, Deborah Ross Smith, the leader of the Social Paint Class, will be there all day and will guide you as you paint two wine glasses for $10:00 or a plate for $15:00. Plan to come and enjoy a fun day of shopping with all your favorite vendors, get something yummy to eat from the concessions stand, and bring home a work of art!!! For more info, call the church office 304-748-5980.
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NEW RESOURCES FOR PRESBYTERIANS: You can now order or preorder the newest resources for Presbyterian members and leaders. The Presbyterian Handbook, Revised Edition is the perfect gift for new members. And Principles of Presbyterian Polity and the revised editions ofMaking Disciples, Making Leaders are excellent resources for your staff and leadership teams.
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PRESBYTERIANS TODAY ~ Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry: A comprehensive reference handbook for congregations. At last, here’s an easy-to-read, in-depth guidebook that puts loads of vital ministry information at your fingertips. The Resource Guide covers dozens of subjects, including disaster response, fundraising and stewardship, the ins and outs of building a website and using social media, children’s/youth/collegiate/young adult ministry, church planting, grant and scholarship sources, evangelism, worship, and much more. Packed with practical and useful tips, stories, articles, and contacts, this comprehensive, one-stop reference is an essential asset for congregations, presbyteries, and individual Presbyterians looking for creative ways to improve their ministry. Control+click: Order copies now as a great church resource! Or order by phone at 800-524-2612 and ask for PDS 17116-15-002.
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Control+click: PC(USA) international Engagement Map launches. Interactive map shows participation with One Great Hour of Sharing partners.
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CELEBRATE A SUSTAINABLE PALM SUNDAY. Order Eco-Palms. More than 300 million palm fronds are harvested each year for U.S. consumption—most for Palm Sunday. Protect forests, local jobs and sustainable livelihoods in the harvesting communities. Control+click: Order here
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KEYBOARDIST WANTED. Bethlehem United Presbyterian, 45 Chapel Road, Bethlehem, Wheeling, is in need of a keyboardist. The ideal keyboardist would be proficient in both traditional and contemporary styles of music. The selected individual would be responsible for the Sunday worship service and additional holiday services (Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Thanksgiving Eve every 4th year, etc.) and accompanying the choir. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. and choir practice will follow worship. The individual will report to the Choir Director. For additional info call Michelle 304-280-0027.
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TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN Church, East Liverpool, has 22 red cotton choir robes, no collars, teenage to adult sizes, they are giving away. They must be picked up. May need to be washed or cleaned. For more info, call Carol Walton 330-383-2835.
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WARWOOD PRESBYTERIAN Church has several items for sale. You can see photos on Jen Wildpret’s facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/jen.wildpretFor more info, prices, etc., contact Jennifer at jwildpret@gmail.com or jenwildpret@verizon.net.
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MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE 111TH NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE in New Wilmington, PA, July 23-30, 2016. Annually more than 30 states and 30 countries are represented at this multigenerational mission conference. Register by May 1 for the lowest cost. Learn more
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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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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 stephanie.caudill@pcusa.org, or call 800.728.7228 ext. 5279 to preorder cards and promo materials. Learn more


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Top Ten Indications That You’ve Backslidden
10. The last three worship services you’ve attended have all been on Christmas Eve.
9. The last time you read the Bible there were only three Gospels.
8. The last 3,243 prayers you’ve made all ended with the phrase, “and bless this food for our body’s use.”
7. The last time the offering was passed you seriously considered “borrowing” a few bucks.
6. The last ministry you were involved in began when some Greek widows started complaining (Acts 6).
5. The last time you were at a church potluck, casseroles and jellied salads hadn’t been invented.
4. The last prayer meeting you were at was interrupted when Peter came to the door (Acts 12).
3. The last prompting you felt from the Holy Spirit was a request for Gatorade (see 1 Thess. 5:19, KJV).
2. The bumper sticker on your car says, “I’m a Christian, but I’m NOT honking for anyone!”
1. You remember becoming a Christian but you can’t remember why.

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