Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 9, 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
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: Wally Jancura, Diane Jefchak, Alan Jeffries, Darrin Jones, Richard Kantz.
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MARCH PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF PRESBYTERY. Teaching Elders David Demarest, Colleen Griffith, and Katrina Lewis, and Ruling Elders Diane Demarest (Bridgeport, Kirkwood), Alcinda James (Wellsville, Oak Ridge), and Connie Quinn (Brilliant, First United) call a special meeting of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery for: Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, WV, in Potter Chapel, for the purpose of hearing a report by the Bills and Overtures Committee regarding overtures being sent up to the 222nd General Assembly, Portland, OR, June 18 through June 25, 2016, and then voting to concur with those overtures which the Presbytery deems appropriate.
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FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY 2016 Theology Conference April 25 – 27: See link under “Items of Interest” on our website.
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HAS ANYONE TAKEN ANY PHOTOS at your church events? E-mail one to us for our website slideshow. Include what and where.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: March 13 ~ Donna Todd, todd.dm@att.net


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IT WAS PALM SUNDAY and, because of a sore throat, five-year old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm branches. The boy asked what they were for. "People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by." "Wouldn't you know it," the boy fumed, "The one Sunday I don't go, He shows up!"
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Control+click: California desert treasures designated for protectionChristian leaders hail President Obama’s action to preserve sites for future generations.
Control+click: Notes from an autopsy. After the first body bag arrived, a pastor in Madagascar teamed up with Presbyterian World Mission to rescue women taken to the Middle East for forced labor and sex.
Control+click: Alabama families seek help after February 2 tornado. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance grant spurs other donors to assist rural community.
EDUCATE A CHILD tool kit available to congregations. Download resources to help your congregation start, enhance or become more effective in education-oriented ministry. Control+click: Learn more
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THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, has been given a great opportunity! The Moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the PC(USA), Dr. Heath Rada, and the Rev. Mark Ramsey, senior pastor at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, will lead a workshop called, “The PC(USA) Today and Tomorrow,” on our campus April 19-21, 2016. The description of this workshop is:
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has recently been involved in a series of self-examinations as it tries to be faithful in looking to the future. The Moderator has issued a call to the church, and held conversations across the nation; the Vice Moderator and the NEXT Church have held listening groups; the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly has conducted a survey of church members where input has been so significant that statisticians say it is unprecedented in terms of response for any denomination in history. Who are we as a denomination? What do we most care about? What are essentials for our life together in the future? We will discuss what the responses to such questions have been and place them alongside a startling and, we believe, life-giving truth. God is deconstructing the church in America. This is not just trends and demographics; it is coming from everywhere, to all types of congregations. Urban, rural, and suburban congregations are affected. Small and large, every congregation feels this deconstruction. And, it is not enough to “come to terms” with these facts; we are being called to love what God is doing to us and through us! Loving what God is doing will free us anew to love one another and share that love without regret or apology, to our hungry world. The groundbreaking, illuminating response to the questions being asked to Presbyterian Church (USA) members and leaders, combined with this new reality of church life deconstructed will be the subject of our gathering.
In this time of great change for our denomination and in the church generally, this workshop will help us focus on what is important and how we can be part of the new things God is doing in the PC(USA). The cost of the workshop is $125 ($100 for those who register by March 20), and includes lunch on Wednesday, April 20. Go tohttp://www.upsem.edu/leadership_institute/upcoming_continuing_education_events/the_pcusa_today_and_tomorrow/ for more information and to register.
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PRESBYTERIAN MEDIA MISSION continues to provide for individuals and churches in sharing the Good News as they are celebrating 35 years of mission work! Here is the 2015 Director’s Report on last year's major accomplishments.
Why PMM? Because this mission finds and captures stories that shares life and faith. We gather stories in a genuine and authentic fashion that reveals the essence of hope and love found in Jesus Christ. We discover ways to have stories for listening and viewing via social media and other emerging digital technology.
PASSAGES REAL LIFE STORIES:
        PMM's diligent work in capturing and sharing real life stories is at the heart of all we do!
        Passages on stations and social media connects with people each day and week. We have over 150 radio stations, numerous listeners/viewers on the world-wide-web hearing people struggle with the joys and concerns of their lives while God sustains them.
CAMPS LAMBEC & WESTMINSTER HIGHLANDS:
        Helping share stories by campers about their experience at summer camp! Camps Lambec and Westminster Highlands has PMM assisting in getting stories out and the difference that outdoor ministries can make in young people’s lives. http://capnwp.org/index.php
HOME RUNS FOR HUNGER “SO THAT NO CHILD GOES TO BED HUNGRY:”
        People learning about hunger and their donating to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank via Home Runs for Hunger during the summer months has provided approximately $30,000+ in support. Teaming with the Fan Radio station who airs Pirate games helps make people aware of hunger in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  http://www.homerunsforhunger.com/
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN MISSION:
        Going to Malawi to visit for 2½ weeks with fellow Christian Presbyterians and use video from there to help share stories from sisters and brothers in Africa for people in the U.S. This was a three-way mission exchange of information and relationship building between Malawians, Sudanese, and U.S. Presbyterians.  http://pghpip.org/
MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD SWEATER DRIVE:
        Joining with the Greater Pittsburgh area Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive to collect from those people who can give and provide to those in need to keep warm with gently used sweaters and outer wear this winter. We collected the most sweaters in a single year, 2,800 sweaters! http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/do/16th-annual-mr-rogers-neighborhood-sweater-drive-kick-off
CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF MEDIA MISSION:
        Celebrating 35 years with a creative anniversary workshop for churches by a consultant from Googles Maps. This is leading to more opportunities and conversations about creative media opportunities for mission and ministry.
PASSAGES ~ CHRISTMAS RADIO STORIES OF HOPE & FAITH:
        Why stories? Because PMM provides consulting and support for various endeavors where stories, use of media, and marketing come together in wonderful ways like Christmas Passages stories shared by pastors and churches of Shenango Presbytery on Froggy 95.1 FM. www.pmm4u.org
PMM CONTACT INFORMATION & SUPPORT:
        To contribute to PMM's media mission work with a financial gif,t please call our office at (412) 323-1400 ext. 311 or e-mailghartung@consolidated.netOn-line giving via Presbyterian Foundation/Pittsburgh Presbytery go tohttp://www.presbyterianmissionexchange.org/organization?orgId=2f83c760-e0d5-4bb4-81f8-0afbe737cf27
        Thank you for your prayers and support!
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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CADIZ PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH is seeking the services of an organist to play for Sunday services as well as other religious holidays celebrated by the Church. If interested, please send résumé to: Presbyterian Church of Cadiz, 154 W. Market Street, Cadiz, OH 43907. Phone: 740-942-2366. This is a paid position and salary is negotiable.
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HE'S ALIVE! Live Christian Musical Theater ~ Heaven Bound Ministries Production brings the greatest story ever told to life on Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee, March 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, Main St., Wheeling, WV. For more information call 304-232-6122 or 724-883-2241. Admission is free.
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PRESBYTERIANS TODAY March/April 2016 Issue is, “The Complete Guide to Youth Ministry.” This resource peers into the changing world of youth ministry, that essential period of faith formation that could make or break future participation in the life of the church. Bringing together some of the denomination’s foremost leaders and innovators, this issue explores a wide array of topics, including leadership, mission trips, parenting, technology, education, the search for identity, and the experiences of immigrant youth. As a special bonus, Presbyterians Todayinvited youth to share their aspirations for the church, the world, and their lives.
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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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A PLACEMENT FAIR will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on April 27, 2016, 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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PRESBYTERIAN JUSTICE & PEACE Newsletter March, 2016, Self-Development of People, Justice and Peace Close Up: Control + click:http://info.pcusa.org/t/ViewEmail/i/FDA74BAC595E3D9F/F0551D920F014691C5EC08CADFFC107B. This link can also be found on our website under the sidebar tab “Mission,” under “Peacemaking.”
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SUMMER CURRICULUM: It’s 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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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: Learn more
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