Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - August 31, 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
Jim Skapik
Patty & Delbert McNear
Judy Edmonds
Dakota Partnership
Missy Ashes
Melody Thin Elk
Alberta Crawford
Kevin Farmer
Sidney Byrd
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Flood victims and workers in Follansbee, southern WV, and Louisiana; and earthquake victims and workers in Italy
For peace and for an end to violence and hatred
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: Jim Rahr, David Roberts, Ed Rudiger, Carol Schoolcraft, Bob Shearer.
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed Monday, September 5th.
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FOLLANSBEE PRESBYTERIAN Church and their youth group are featured in our Synod news: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/follansbee-church-comes-to-rescue-of-its-community-after-flood/Our brothers and sisters in Follansbee are to be commended for everything they have done for their community.
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FROM PHILADEPHIA PRESBYTERY: The building of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia was destroyed by a fire that swept through it yesterday morning. The loss is complete and devastating. We thank God there were no injuries or loss of life, and we are thankful for the amazing efforts of all the fire fighters and first responders who kept the fire from spreading to neighboring homes and businesses. Our prayers for comfort, peace, and hope are with Pastor J.B. Adams, the congregation of Good Shepherd, and those other worshiping communities that met in the Good Shepherd building. With confidence and assurance, we look forward to the ministry God yet has for this historic and important congregation.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE Foundation’s international prayer requests: This month we are asking you to join us in prayer for our partners in Kenya. Located in Eastern Africa bordering the Indian Ocean, it is one of the founding members of the East African Community (EAC). More than half the population lives in poverty with an unemployment rate of around 40%. We have many partners, including hospitals and nursing schools that we work with in building sustainable health care ministries in their communities. Kikuyu Hospital, recognized as one of Kenya's leading hospitals and established in 1908 by Presbyterian missionaries, is the oldest mission hospital in the country. Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Chogoria Hospital is a regional hospital campus that was established in 1923 by a Scottish missionary. PCEA Tumutumu Hospital is the third mission hospital owned by PCEA and has been seeing outpatients since 1909. The Clive Irving School of Community Nursing and Tumutumu Nursing School give students the opportunity to excel in a career that will in turn give back to their community. Sustainable health care can do more than just cure illness and disease. It has the potential to keep families from slipping farther into poverty, to give mothers and their unborn children a chance at a brighter future, and to change the economic landscape for the entire community. Please pray with us for the following:
1.      MBF Partner Hospitals--Kikuyu, PCEA Chogoria, and Tumutumu are working very hard to establish the foundations necessary for sustainable health care. Please pray that the entirety of the hospitals staffs and administrators would be healthy so that they can continue to serve those who are fighting off illness and disease. Pray that the reach of each hospital would extend as clinics are placed in strategic areas of the community. Pray that they are able to continue their mission to serve the poor.
2.      MBF Partner Nursing Schools--Clive Irving School of Community Nursing and Tumutumu Nursing School are both exemplary in academics. Both schools continue to expand and improve with plans to be able to continually support and provide for students that may need assistance with tuition. Pray that these schools are able to receive the funding needed for potential nursing students. Pray for the continual encouragement for the staff as they handle all the issues around vetting the applicants. Pray that they are able to continue to raise up quality health care workers who also understand the mission of the gospel.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Agency’s Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry newsletter, “Joining Hands for Justice,” control+click here. This newsletter can also be found on our website. Click on the Mission sidebar, then Peacemaking.
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PCUSA WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST for August 17 through 23, 2016: control + click here.
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PRESBYTERIANS TODAY Sept/Oct issue: Control+click here.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
Sept. 1 ~
Sept. 2 ~
Colleen Griffith, rev.mama@frontier.com
Sept. 2 ~
Rich Cunningham, connierich@comcast.net
Sept. 2 ~
Sept. 6 ~
Bill Betteridge, nanbil@spii.net, 47156 Bell School Rd., East Liverpool, OH 43920

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I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.
A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named “Ahmal.” The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him “Juan.” Years later, Juan send a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, “They’re twins! If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Ahmal.”
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OUR PEACEMAKING COMMITTEE will be showing a 54 minute PCUSA documentary video about gun violence, “Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence,” at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, before the dinner and presbytery meeting at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, OH.
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THE STORYTELLER AND NOVELIST Robin Moore will be coming to our area on the weekend of September 16th and 17th. He will be driving in from central Pennsylvania and will meet some from our presbytery for supper on Friday, Sept. 16. We would like to invite any of you who are interested to join us for supper at 6:00 p.m. in the Weirton-Steubenville area. Robin is a Viet Nam vet and he is especially interested in meeting others of that background. He will do the workshop on Saturday at the Cove Presbyterian church. If you can't come to the workshop, please join us for fellowship at this meal. If you would like to join us, please call Ruthellen Bates at 304-737-3130 or connect with her atstoryteller1001@comcast.net or contact Patty at 304-232-3490. (If you can come to the workshop on Saturday, please RSVP to Patty at the presbytery office.)
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A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP will be performed and taught by Robin Moore, outstanding storyteller, performer, Viet Nam vet, teacher, novelist, and the “Best Storyteller in the U.S.” on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Mr. Moore will lead workshops on how to do storytelling, will speak of his experience in Viet Nam, and on Colonial America from a child’s viewpoint. Cost: $10.00 - continental breakfast, lunch, & snacks provided. RSVP: 304-232-3490 by Sept. 12 (leave a message on the answering machine). Come, join us for this very special event. This storytelling workshop is for all. Learn how to tell stories like a professional storyteller. Sponsored by our UOVP Peacemaking Committee.

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IN THE FALL OF 2017, Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery will again be sending people to our partner Presbytery, the Domasi Presbytery in Malawi. Is God calling you to make this journey of faith? Many have found this to be a life changing and faith enriching experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for some new folks to have their faith deepened. If you have questions or concerns, here are some of the folks from the Presbytery who have made that journey listed below. Feel free to ask them about the wonderful experiences they had: Dody Crowell, Becky Boggs, Mary McElroy, Nancy DeStefano, Samuel Monte, Homer Harden, Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks, Frank Lewis, Steve Cramer, Karen Edwards, Laurie Armstrong, Kelly McPherson.
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READY TO MAKE a (DiFF)erence? Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, Ohio, is looking for an energetic and innovative full time Director of Faith Formation (DiFF). Located on America's North Coast in one of Ohio's best school districts, our mid-sized congregation is dedicated to integrating children and youth into the life of the church, and to extending our faith into the community around us through works of mission. The DiFF will provide vision for Faith Formation, Christian Education, and Youth Ministry. See our posting in the Church Leadership Connection (https://goo.gl/7ptxon), or email enc@pioneersolon.org for more information. Visit us on the web at www.pioneersolon.org.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING: BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS.
ABOUT THE PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING: What you’ve known as the Peacemaking Offering has been transformed into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This new Offering will have a greater global reach, more significant impact, and bring peace to people through Christ. The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday, and sent to your Presbytery Office.
HOW IS MY GIFT USED? A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to connect with the global witness of Christ's peace. Mid councils retain an additional 25% for ministries of peace and reconciliation. The remaining 50% is used by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to advocate for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
RESOURCES. Use these resources for promoting the Peace & Global Witness Offering in your church. Documents will open when clicked below. To order resources directly or to check your congregation's standing order, call Presbyterian Distribution Services at (800) 524-2612 or emailpds@pcusa.org.
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THE PRESBYTERY OF WEST VIRGINIA invites you to two special events:
A Child Protection Workshop with Dr. Rebecca Davis will be held on Saturday, September 10, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, in Charleston WV. If your session is still working on your child protection policy, you might find this a helpful workshop. There is no cost for this event, lunch will be on your own; all are welcome, though they do need to know in advance who might be attending.
Dr. Rodger Nishioka will be speaking about "Nones" and the Church on Saturday, November 12, at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, WV.
Flyers with registration info are posted on our website under “Items of Interest.” For more info, contact Susan Sharp Campbell 304-645-4568 orsusan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com.
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE is responding in South Louisiana. Our prayers go out to the people of Baton Rouge and the Gulf Coast in the wake of catastrophic flooding. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has deployed the National Response Team to support the Presbytery of South Louisiana and the Synod of the Sun as they reach out to those affected. If you would like to donate, memo your check DR000191--Louisiana, payable to UOVP and mail it to the Presbytery Office. For more info, visit www.presbyterianmission.org/pda.
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SEPTEMBER PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY newsletter for August, 2016, click here.
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Control+click here for a brochure.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY ~ New Church New Way eNews Making Disciples control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION newsletter August 2016,  control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY’S Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry newsletter, “A Season of Peace,” control+click here. For the newsletter, “Ending Human Trafficking,” control+click here.
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UPCOMING CONTINUING ED EVENTS at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: Please spread the news about all that is being offered this fall – online classes, lectures, face-2-face classes and workshops, and webinars. We are excited about upcoming offerings and if you have more questions about them, you can click on the links or go to www.pts.edu/CE to get specific details or look at the chronological schedule for the full list of events for this academic year. If you have any questions, contact Lori Arnold, CE Coordinator, 412-924-1345.
·        Language Over Lunch: Biblical Hebrew OR New Testament Greek, September 7-November 9
·        Violence in Scripture, an online class with Jerome Creach, registration deadline September 12
·        The Desert Abbas & Ammas with Roberta Bondi, September 14-17
·        Extending Hospitality, Conversations & Community Series, beginning September 14
·        Change of Course: Navigating Christian Education Today with Paul Humphreys, September 24
·        Transforming Mission, the McClure Lectures with Stephen Bevans, September 26-27
·        The Art of Transitional Ministry, Part 2, October 17-21
·        The End of Adam & Eve: Theology & the Science of Human Origins, an online class with Ron Cole-Turner
·        Are We There Yet? Safe Travels with Youth, a FREE WEBINAR resource
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POAMN/ARMSS CONFERENCE: Unified under a theme inspired by John 13:34-35, Christian Discipleship: People of the Spirit, People of Hope, the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) and the Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses, or Survivors (ARMSS) will co-sponsor a national conference for persons engaged in ministry with older adults from October 11-14, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia. For more info:https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/october-conference-seeks-address-joys-challenges-aging/.
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IS A PHOTO OF YOUR CHURCH under your listing on our website? Look under “Find a Church.” If it isn’t there, e-mail us a photo. Landscape view works best.
SEND US YOUR snapshots of your summer ministries for the photo slideshow on our website. Turn your phone sideways as landscape view works best.
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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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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. There is a limited amount of seating, and tickets must be purchased by September 1stTickets 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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