Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 30, 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
Joe Hendricks
Kenn Sickle
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Bob & Sue Shearer
Ed Rudiger
Lt. Aaron Mistic, USAF
All our service men & women
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Ronald Wolf
Karen Edwards

Dakota Presbytery
Domasi Presbytery
Malawi food crisis

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: Katrina Lewis, Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks, Mac McCuen, Byron McElroy, Susan McMannis.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION International Partner Prayer Requests for March: This month we are able to share a praise report along with the prayer requests. Because of our Partner Ministries, people like you, Embangweni was able to purchase a sterilizer for the OR. This simple yet needed piece of equipment enables the staff to better serve the community, rather than having to trek thirty miles to the town of Mzimba to have hospital instruments sterilized. This means a clean and safe environment, and we celebrate with Embangweni and thank God for meeting that need. We also ask that you pray for the two new clinics in Malawi that the Health Department is setting up for those in the rural areas who have a need for health services.
1.      Pray for Msumbe Clinic, which is run by David Gordon Hospital and serves over 15,000 people. Pray that all their financial and human resource needs are met to better serve the community.
2.      Pray for Kavuzi Clinic, which is run by Ekwendeni Hospital and serves an area of over 16,000 people. Pray that they are able to serve the rural region efficiently and effectively.
3.      Continue to pray for all our MBF Partners as we walk out the goal of sustainable health care. Pray we are able to share the vision that God has for these undeveloped countries, and draw the right people to come alongside us.
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PRESBYTERIAN JUSTICE & PEACE Newsletter for March, 2016, “Poverty Alleviation,” can be found on our website. Click on the “Mission” sidebar; click on “Peacemaking;” then click on the newsletter.
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APRIL PRAYER requests can be found on our website under “Spotlight.”
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THE MOST UP TO DATE pulpit supply list, effective 3-29-16, can be found on our website.
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COME AND ENJOY a delicious Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner on Saturday, April 2, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church; 767 Park Blvd., East Liverpool, OH. Cost $7.00 and take out is available.
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SHADYSIDE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church Women’s Fellowship will hold a rummage sale and bake sale on Thursday, April 7th, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 8th, from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The church is located at 4100 Central Ave., Shadyside, OH. A vast amount of nice clothing, household, and miscellaneous items will be available.
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“NOT EVERYONE has embraced the social media phase that the world has gravitated to. The Rev. Ed Rudiger is not one of those people. The pastor at Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton, WV, is very active on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. He feels that these are very effective ways to deliver the Gospel to people besides standing at a pulpit on Sunday mornings.” For the rest of the story, here is a link to our Synod’s website: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/rev-ed-rudiger-spreading-gospel-around-world/.
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PRESBYTERIANS TODAY Magazine ~ The Complete Guide to Presbyterian Youth Ministry, a comprehensive resource for congregations: This practical resource peers into the changing world of youth ministry—that essential period of faith formation that can make or break future participation in the life of the church. Bringing together some of the denomination’s foremost leaders and innovators, this guide covers a wide array of topics, including leadership, mission trips, parenting, technology, education, the search for identity, and the experiences of immigrant youth. There’s even a section where youth share their aspirations for the church, the world, and their lives.Control+click: Order copies now as a great church resource!
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“6:45 Easter morn. I received a call from our organist; due to a family emergency she would not be able to play the service. We had a short prayer for God's strength and grace, and I began recalibrating how the service would go. Fortunately, two cello students, Laina and Lola Anderson, and Robert Mullen who plays trumpet at Bridgeport High School had already been asked to play--and as it turns out saved the day. Lola and Laina helped accompany Christ is Risen to the tune of Beethoven's Ode to Joy and two rounds Hallelujah and Jesus Have Mercy. As we brought the Easter cross in and at the end of the service, Robert blew an 18thcentury copper coach horn probably once used to herald the arrival of the king or other important dignitaries. What could be more appropriate for announcing the risen King on Easter!! Interesting that my homily on Luke 24:1-12 had to do with things not going as planned but turning out better then hoped for anyway!!” -Ela J. Robertson, Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Blaine

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ATTENTION CLERKS OF SESSION: The annual session minutes and church register review meetings for Area I is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th, at 2:00 p.m. and again 7:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 508 Indiana Ave., Chester, WV. It is the responsibility of every clerk to see that his or her Minutes and Register are presented for review each and every year.
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WORLD MISSION INITIATIVE CONFERENCE: April 8-9, 2016, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This Mission Conference provides great opportunities for your church to grow in its participation in God’s mission. It will inspire and equip you. Join with hundreds of other mission leaders in our region to share ideas, encouragement, and connections! Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. He is author and co-author of a number of books including The Permanent RevolutionThe Forgotten Ways, and ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church. You can learn more and see other books here. Professional mission leaders will be hosting workshops to equip you for God's mission in your neighborhood and beyond. View the list of workshop options by going to the site listed below. You can browse through the mission fair to connect with organizations that are participating in God's mission as we are sent into the world. For more information and to register go to http://www.worldmissioninitiative.org/index.php/initiatives/wmi-conference.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK 2016 Spring Newsletter: The theme of this issue of PNN is, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.” Grandparents often are the last line of defense when parents cannot raise their children – grandparents step forward out of love and concern, trusting that somehow the challenges involved will get met. This is something done intentional, but not openly talked about, because the circumstances are often embarrassing and emotionally painful. In this issue of PNN you will find several articles written along this theme. Also included in the issue is information and registration for the upcoming POAMN Conference happening October 11-14 in Richmond, Virginia. Download the attached PNN to read more...https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0b4d20c00178b7a4520005536/files/16_Spring_PNN.pdf.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN Church, 401 18th St., Wellsville, OH, invites you to their 17th Annual Basement Bistro, this Friday, April 1st, and Saturday, April 2ndDinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and entertainment starts at 6:45 p.m. For tickets, call Erin at 330-853-3837. Similar to a variety show, the bistro consists of skits, lip-syncing, live performances, and we just really have a fun time! It's a wonderful fundraiser and everyone leaves with a smile! This year the theme is the 80s, and we will be having a contest. So, everyone should come dressed in their best 80s outfit for a chance to win a prize! For more info, call Melany at 330-532-4670.
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BETHANY COLLEGE, State Route 88, Bethany, WV, has announced that Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will deliver the 61st annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures to be held April 4-5 at Bethany’s Mountainside Conference Center. This year’s lecture series is titled “Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations.” Registration for the Scott Lectures, $50 per person, begins at 8:30 a.m. April 4, and the first lecture, “Hearing Jesus’ Parables through Jewish Ears,” begins at 10 a.m. The Timothy Luncheon will follow at noon. The second half of Levine’s lecture, “The Bible and the Middle East: A Difficult but Necessary Conversation,” will begin at 1:30 p.m. Dinner, $12 per person, will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a worship service at Bethany Memorial Church with Bethany College President Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg presiding. A reception will be held after the service at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights. April 5, Levine will present her final lecture, “Misunderstanding Judaism means Misunderstanding Jesus,” from 9 a.m. to noon. For housing, registration info, or more information on the lectures, contact the Office of Church Relations at 304-829-7723. or mwalden@bethanywv.edu. Register online at www.bethanywv.edu/lecture-registration.
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COLERAIN PRESBYTERIAN Church, 71780 State Route 250, Colerain, OH, invites you to a free concert by the Brothers in Song on Sunday, April 10, at 4:00 p.m. at the church. Brothers in Song is a group of men who love to share their gift of music through good old gospel songs and popular tunes. They are led by Marian Martin, a longtime successful Ohio Valley music director, and together, Marian and the boys share one of their favorite passions--God's gift of music.
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EASTER PAGEANT ON THE HILLSIDE will be held Saturday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday, April 10, at 6:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 Maine Boulevard, East Liverpool, OH. There is no charge for admission. For more than thirty years now, seventy or more people have portrayed the final days of Jesus life, following Him from the Palm Sunday procession through the Upper Room to the trial, crucifixion and the resurrection. Over the years, it has enriched the spiritual journey of many Christians to see the Passion story recreated and remembered.
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A PLACEMENT FAIR will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in John Knox Room, Long Hall. The Seminary welcomes all Pastor Nominating Committees, Church Representatives, Agencies and Military Personnel for a placement fair for PTS graduating seniors and recent graduates. To reserve a space, contact the Placement Office at 412-924-1445 or e-mail placement@pts.edu.
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BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY PROGRAM. On Saturday, April 30, 2016, our Training and Development Committee will sponsor a “Bridges Out of Poverty” workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth Street, Steubenville, OH. The cost of $15 will cover materials that you will be able to take home and use in your own ministry. Bridges Out of Poverty is a highly respected approach to new and creative ways to minister to people in poverty in the 21st century. Dawn Livingston from the Epworth Center will be the presenter. For more info, contact the Rev. Erica Harley 608-322-2522. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 20th, to the Rev. Dr. Steve Cramer 330-921-1115 or to the Presbytery Office 304-232-3490 or e-mail pattyuov@uovpresby.org.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our websitewww.uovpresby.org. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, MAY 27, 2016. If you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 26th, as the Office is closed Fridays. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications will not be considered.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S March issue of The Connecting Link can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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FOR 222nd General Assembly info, Control+click here: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/222nd-general-assembly-2016/.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter for March, 2016, can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES Publishing offers several curricular choices for the summer months, including Feasting on the WordThe Present WordGrowing in Grace & GratitudeAwesome Adventures, and more. Review them all at the PC(USA) Store.
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“THE REV. BILL Webster preaches multiple sermons in a week’s time. That’s not too unusual. What is unique is that one of those services is in Pakistan.” For the rest of the story, here is a link to our Synod’s website: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/rev-bill-webster-reaching-people-in-martins-ferry-and-pakistan/.
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GET TOGETHER. The Rev. Ruth Ellen Bates and friends would like to have a get-together of organists and keyboard players of our presbytery. Purpose is to have fellowship and to talk “shop” and offer support to each other. Interested? Call 304-737-3130 or e-mailstoryteller1001@comcast.net. Even if we don’t have a huge group, we would still like to get together.
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HAS ANYONE TAKEN ANY PHOTOS at your church events? Special dinner? Special Sunday School or youth event? E-mail one to us for our website slideshow. Include what and where. Photos in landscape view work best.
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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. Control+click here to Learn more.
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THE NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE, July 23-30, 2016, seeks to deepen the missionary spirit in fulfillment of the Great Commission. NWMC meets in scenic New Wilmington, PA, just one hour north of Pittsburgh. We gather on the campus of Westminster College for a week of worship, learning, and service. Annually, more than 30 states and 30 countries are represented at this multigenerational mission conference with scholars and missionaries from around the globe. There is programming for all ages – infant through adult. You can bring the whole family. There are hands on service projects and opportunities for a select group of young adults to participate in a short-term mission scholarship experience. Visit the website www.nwmcmission.org for speakers, schedules, program details, and more information. 724-946-9770. Register by May 1 for the lowest cost. Learn more
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Easter
The stone is rolled away;
Behold the empty tomb!
The Resurrection dawn
Dispels earth’s deepest gloom.
Victorious over death;
He rose to bless mankind
With radiant hope and faith
In glory undefined.
Anew the promise comes
With all the joy it brings;
Across the centuries
The Easter message rings.

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