Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - July 27, 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:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Ed & Dorothy Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Ronald Wolf
Jack Visser
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Bob & Sue Shearer
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Ginny Zoric
Dakota Partnership
Alberta & Hopa Crawford
Sidney Byrd
Jim Skapik
Judy Edmonds
Kevin Farmer
Southern WV flood victims
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Tanta & Joe Hendricks Family
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: Richard Kantz, Philip Keevil, Larry Kline, David Knapp, Mary Jane Knapp.
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PLEASE KEEP the Rev. Tanta and Joe Hendricks in your prayers. Tanta’s mother, Marie Luckhardt, slipped peacefully into Heaven Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tanta and Joe can be reached at 49342 Oakmont Ave., East Liverpool, OH  43920.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION International Partner Prayer Requests for July: This month we are asking you to join us in prayer for our partners in Haiti. Located on the west end of the island of Hispaniola--an island it shares with the Dominican Republic--Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Eighty percent of its population lives under the poverty line and more than half in abject poverty. MBF works through the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti with three partners: Hôpital Ste. Croix (HSC), the Darbonne Maternal and Child Health Clinic, and the FSIL Nursing School (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti). Recently, MBF took a vision trip to meet with our partners in Haiti and discuss both ongoing and future projects that will help each of them grow and become self-sustaining. Please pray with us for the following:
1.    Hôpital Saint Croix--Pray for the future health care providers of this community. As the new term at the Episcopal University begins, pray for the students who will become interns and do their residency at HSC. Pray for the future of HSC as this new program projects a savings of both time and money for the hospital and makes space available for new and advanced specialties attractive to patients that are able to pay for the services.
2.    Darbonne Maternal and Child Health Clinic--Pray that more people in the surrounding community learn about the clinic and its health care for women and children. Pray for success of the midwife training that Father Michelin is proposing so that even more women will seek care at the clinic and deliver their babies with the help of skilled attendants. 
3.    FSIL Nursing School (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti)--Pray that scholarships will be available so that more students can be educated and meet the health care needs of the Haitian people. Pray that the instructors at the school will inspire and challenge their students to become skilled and compassionate nurses. Pray the students, in turn, will work hard and be successful so that they can make a difference in lives of those who are most in need. Pray that the masters program will be implemented so that it can be the first in Haiti and have an impact of the quality of health care available in Haiti.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 123 Union St., Mt. Pleasant, OH, invites you to an Organ Recital this Sunday, July 31stat 6:00 p.m. Featured will be Michael Anderson, Paige McElroy, and more. Please join us!
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POGO XX: Our Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #20 will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 1st, at the Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, OH. Fee: $40 per golfer (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner). Call Sam Gibb 814-657-1267 or samuelgibb@comcast.net or the First Westminster Office 740-282-4591. Foursomes, please.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S PRAYER RETREAT, “Praying with Color,” will be presented Thursday, August 11, by Mary McElroy at Seeds of Hope Farm (3 miles west of Mt. Pleasant). We will gather at 9:30 a.m. $7.00 registration and lunch. Bring a Bible. RSVP by Monday, August 8, to Mary 740-769-7546 or e-mailmaryemc@comcast.net. All women are invited to come and add some color to your lives!!!
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MISSION TRIP 2016: This is an invitation to the women of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. Come, join us on a short trip to Washington, PA, Friday, August 19. We will be visiting the Presbyterian Senior Care Center at 835 South Main Street. There, we will be hosted by the Women of the Washington Presbytery with a time of fellowship and luncheon ($8.00). In the afternoon, we will be visiting the Washington City Mission. While there, we will be welcomed and have a “hands on” experience as we help where it is needed, viewing the campus, sorting clothes, or serving dinner to the patrons. We will car pool from the Steubenville, First Westminster, and Wheeling, Vance Memorial, parking lots, leaving at 10:00 a.m. and plan to return home at 6:00 p.mMake your reservations by Friday, August 5th, to Betty Myers 304-905-9190 or e-mail bjmyers131@comcast.net; or Karen Edwards 740-598-4794 or e-mail ptookle@comcast.net.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church of Dillonvale invites you to a Peach Social on Friday, August 12thfrom 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Dillonvale Fire Hall, 153 Main St., Dillonvale, OH. Food, fellowship, and fantastic music will be featured at our 66th Annual Peach Social. Roger Hoard and Dan Jones will headline the entertainment. Dinner items: Haluski, sandwiches, and salads can be purchased at an additional cost. The traditional Peach Social ticket cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child and includes cake, ice cream, peaches, and lemonade or coffee. Please join us for dinner, dessert, and music at this annual community event.
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SEND US YOUR snapshots of your summer ministries for our website. Landscape view works best.
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just mailed cat

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
July 29 ~
July 30 ~

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WV FLOOD RELIEF: If you are donating to the West Virginia flood relief and want it to go directly to West Virginia Presbytery so they can more quickly take care of immediate needs, please send a note with your check letting us know. Make checks payable to UOVP. If, however, you want it to go to the flood relief through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, please note that. Make checks payable to UOVP and send to us at the presbytery office. We will follow your wishes.
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AUGUST PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE PULPIT SUPPLY LIST can be found on our website—top blue box.
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PRESBYTERIAN NEWS SERVICE ~ For the weekly digest of stories for July 6 through 12, 2016, control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY ~ For New Church New Way eNews Join the 1001 Movement control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION News for July, 2016, control+click here.
FOR THE COMPASSION, PEACE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY, Presbyterian Mission Agency’s newsletter, “Ending Human Trafficking | Justice & Peace Close up,”control+click here.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S July newsletter can be found on our website under Seminaries.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S Newsletter for July, 2016, can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED MINISTERS, THEIR SPOUSES OR SURVIVORS’ newsletter for July, 2016, control+click here.
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FALL CURRICULUM FROM CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES PUBLISHING: (control+click links)
Growing in Grace & Gratitude challenges your children to practice gratitude as beloved children of God.
The Present Word adult Bible studies enrich the lives and faith of your adults, immersing them in Scripture.
Faith Questions youth studies honor your teenagers’ emerging faith and enlarges their worldview.
Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding leads adults into deep study of important themes of the Reformed faith.
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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.The Rev. Ashley Steele, Executive Director of Urban Mission in Steubenville, wrote the following article for their July newsletter. I thought it was neat and wanted to share it.
On Faith. A few months ago the Urban Mission was asked to take over the Summer Food Program for Jefferson County. The decision was an easy one as we knew without this program more than 7,000 meals would not be served to children during the summer months. However, “We have zero budget,” I remember telling Ms. Cynthia, our Community Developer, when she asked about funding. Budget or not, we knew this was one of those times where we were being called to step out in faith.
A few days later, we submitted our application on faith. Sites were selected on faith. Workers were hired on faith. Food was arranged on faith. …and then the phone rang. It was a woman from Thoburn United Methodist Church in St. Clairsville, OH. She had heard a news story about the program and felt called to share this with her church. During the season of Lent, they fasted and created a special fun for the Urban Mission Summer Food Program. A few weeks before our program was to start, she called to share this news with us. As only God could do, they had raised the EXACT AMOUNT of start-up funds needed to begin the program. That day, we stood in our office in amazement; thankful for God’s providence, for willing servants, for faithful givers, and for those who stepped out in faith without knowing exactly what God was up to. What touches my heart even more is to think that this church gave towards a ministry that would not directly affect them. It would not make headlines. It would not grow their church. It would not even benefit their immediate community. But they gave…on faith. And now, because of their faithfulness, hungry bellies will be fed. Children will be loved. And God will be honored. For many of our readers, I realize this is your reality. You give to the Mission on faith. You might not directly benefit from our food programs, or our homeless shelters, or our work in the community, but you give. Thank you. Thank you for trusting that God is going to use you to be an answer to someone’s prayer, someone’s ministry, and most importantly, someone’s belief that God is still active in our world.
Blessings, Rev. Ashley.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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IF YOU ARE A RULING ELDER who God might be calling to preach or become more involved in pastoral service, Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, along with Redstone and Washington Presbyteries, will be beginning a new training program for the preparation of Commissioned Ruling Elders and/or pulpit supply preachers. Starting in the Fall of 2016, the program is designed to be both classroom and hands-on experiences. You will receive training and mentorship that will help you grow as a leader in Christ's Church. For more information, control+click here.
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THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church in Toronto, OH, is seeking a part time, 16 hrs. per week, administrative assistant. Applicant must demonstrate a high level of trust and confidentiality, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work successfully with others. Essential duties and responsibilities include: General secretarial duties, proficient typing and computer skills, organizational skills, prepare/assemble publications, and assist the pastor with clerical requests. Previous administrative assistant experience preferred but not required. Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to: First Presbyterian Church, 116 N. Third Street, Toronto, OH 43964. Phone: 740-537-3721. Or email to: torontopresby@sbcglobal.net. (First Presbyterian Church is an E.O.E.)
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POST-GA BULLETIN INSERTSThe 222nd General Assembly Post-GA bulletin inserts can be found on our website under Items of Interest. These inserts hope to help you share balanced, non-anxious news coming out of GA with your congregation.
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TGIW – THANK GOD IT’S WEDNESDAY! That exclamation is part of the pastor’s greeting signaling the start of every midday midweek worship service in the first floor chapel at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Wheeling. Members of First Church, friends from other churches in the area, downtown workers, and others gather each Wednesday noon for a half hour of worship, music, prayer, and fellowship. One regular participant said, “Wednesday noons are like a spiritual oasis in the middle of my work week. I love coming here.” That pretty well describes the mission for Wednesdays: To provide spiritual refreshment and renewal for folks halfway between Sundays to equip them for their day to day joys and challenges at home and in the workplace. The “TGIW” (Thank God It’s Wednesday) worship service begins every Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. and ends at 12:30. Following worship, those whose schedules permit may gather in the fellowship hall for a bring-your-own brown bag lunch and Bible study. Others may go back to work, lunch on their own, or whatever suits their wants and needs. First Presbyterian Church is downtown at 1307 Chapline Street in Wheeling. For further information, contact Pastor Bob Willits at (304) 232-3383.
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CAMP PRESMONT invites all to their Small Church Revival Sunday on September 11th, beginning with 10:30 a.m. worship. Cost is $50 per church ($10/family if attending independently) and is due by Monday, August 1st. E-mail registration@presmont.org or call the Camp 740-758-5571. For more info, www.presmont.org.
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COMPASSION, PEACE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY, Presbyterian Mission Agency July Newsletter, “Funding Self-Sufficiency I Presbyterian Peace & Justice Monthly”control+click here.
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Control+click: PC(USA) offers prayers for victims of Ataturk Airport bombingAttack on Turkish hub kills dozens, more than 200 injured.
Control+click: SDOP disburses more than $120,000 for self-help projectsGrant money from One Great Hour of Sharing helps oppressed and disadvantaged achieve self-sufficiency.
Control+click: Stated Clerk issues statement on the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airportThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins the people of Turkey and the world in expressing our profound sorrow in the aftermath of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on June 28, 2016.
Control+click: Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and per capita. One of the most well-known notions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is our connectionalism.
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LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders October 3 – 7, 2016. Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. If you prefer, you can also register online.
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YOUTH COORDINATOR POSITION ~ House of the Carpenter. The House of the Carpenter is accepting applications for a youth coordinator. The full time position is responsible for the Thursday evening NOVA Service, summer camp program, the development of a mentoring program and other youth oriented ministries of the HOC. A full job description can be obtained by emailing Mike Linger at mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com. Those interested in the position can email a resume along with references to the same email address.
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Message from Jane Fisher: “BEAVER CREEK CAMP is going to need a new cook next summer. I think I am just getting too mature, let's face the facts, too old, to do it anymore. Maybe a school cook, or someone who works as a cook for a restaurant might like to do it during their vacation time. The kids are great, the staff is helpful, and I would be more than willing to be there for whoever we can find to do this to get them started. Someone just coming out of culinary school who is willing, could use this for a reference when looking for a job. If anyone is interested, e-mail me at janekitchenmaid@aol.com.”
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK ~ A Message From the PNN Editor: Good Morning from Oregon. The theme of this issue of PNN is, Parenting Your Parents. Ready or not, all of us are aging. In addition, most of us will spend more years taking care of our aging parents than we spent raising our own children. The welcome news is that this “role reversal” can also be an opportunity to make new memories with someone who has loved and cared for us from our birth. In this issue of PNN you will find several articles written along this theme. Click here to download and read the complete Summer PNN.
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IF YOU BORROWED our easel [that is used with a giant newsprint tablet] and are finished using it, please return it.
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PRAYER PARTNERS: You will find the most up to date prayer partner list [July 1, 2016, through December 31, 3016] on our website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Prayer Partners” in the top blue box. Your prayer partner is the church on the same line across from your church in this file. The purpose is to get to know each other better and to pray for one another by sharing joys and concerns in a more personal way. You should contact that congregation and get acquainted and find out about their prayer concerns and share those with your congregation in your bulletin and/or newsletter. We know the power of prayer, and we know that many times God shows His will for us through others, so let’s pray together.
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PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING. Learn about this transformation of the Peacemaking Offering at http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/peacemaking; then ask your session to approve it. It will be received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday, October 2. Call PDS at 800-524-2612 to order materials. Expect them to arrive by the first of August.
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OUR BACKDOOR off the parking lot is locked at 4:00 p.m. daily for the summer as our building custodians are on their summer hours. If you are coming to the Presbytery Office after 4:00 p.m., call Patty 304-232-3490 when you arrive in the parking lot and she will come down and let you in. If it goes to answering machine, she may be on the other line. You could try the door to the Vance Office. Or if you just need to drop in for a short time, out front on National Road you can park under the big green awning where there are four handicapped spaces and walk up the sidewalk to our brown wooden door.
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A WORKSHOP for pastors on teenage depression and suicide will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front Street (Wheeling Island), Wheeling, WV. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the workshop running from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. There is no cost for the workshop. They ask that youreserve a spot by calling Mike or Michelle at the House of the Carpenter @ 304-233-4640 or by email to mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com. The workshop will be led by the Rev. Gary Nelson who is an author, counselor, and nationally recognized speaker and authority on teenager depression and the effects that lead to suicide.
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FAITHFUL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE“God Mends Broken Hearts” will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Paris (Burgettstown), PA. This event is for ladies of all walks of faith and is a wonderful day of renewing your hope. Tickets are $20.00.This price includes the conference and lunch. Lunch is a boxed lunch provided by Marge's Catering and it includes your choice of Ham and Cheddar or Turkey and Swiss Croissant Sandwich or a Veggie Wrap, macaroni salad, banana, and a cookie. When you purchase your tickets you can choose you lunch sandwich. Tickets are now on sale. There is a limited amount of seating and tickets must be purchased by September 1st. Tickets can be purchased by calling PPC at 724-729-3450 or stopping in to the office. Office hours are 9-3 Monday thru Friday. More details will be made available about purchasing tickets soon. For more info, call PPC at 724-729-3450 or on Facebook at Parish Presbyterian Church. A flyer is available on our website under Items of Interest.
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“HUMAN TRAFFICKING: IDENTIFYING THOSE AT RISK” workshop will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front St., Wheeling, WV, on the 3rd floor. If you think it can’t happen here…. think again! All clergy are invited to learn who is at risk in their community and what they can do to stop an individual from being a statistic!
·        Human trafficking is a $150 billion industry annually for organized crime.
·        Human trafficking is modern day slavery.
·        Each year over 2 million women and children are sold into slavery, and within the U.S. over 300,000 annually.
·        Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, second only to the drug trade.
·        Victims of sex trafficking can be girls or boys, women or men.
Guest Speaker and former Human Trafficking Survivor Jennifer Kempton will tell her story and educate clergy about who is “at risk” and what we can be do to keep individuals in our communities safe from predators! Clergy please register by calling Mike or Michelle at (304) 233-4640. While this workshop is for clergy, if a lay person would like to attend in place of or with their pastor, this will be okay. We want churches to be able to recognize those most vulnerable and sometimes the laity see it more than the pastors. A flyer can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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START WITH GOOD NEWS: Rediscovering the Why of Evangelism will be held September 27-29, 2016, at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA. Four keynote speakers representing traditional church settings, new worshipping communities, missional communities, and social justice activism will help you reimagine what evangelism looks like for a post-Christendom church in the 21st century. While individual attendees will certainly benefit from this experience, you are encouraged to attend with a team of clergy and lay leaders from your congregation. Registration: $25 (up to a maximum of $100 per church). Cost includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. For more info and to register: www.upsem.edu/startwithgoodnews.
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