Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - September 7, 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 Mooney & Family
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
Karen Byrne
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis

Dakota Partnership
Sidney Byrd
Alberta Crawford

Victims and responding workers of all those affected by natural disasters.
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 in your prayers this week: Kenn Sickle, Lloyd Smith, David Stammerjohn, Rick Stanley, Ed Stern.
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PRAISE REPORT from Marianne Riegel, Jack Visser’s daughter: “NO CHANGE in scans!! Looks stable! Back in three months! No scans in next three months but look at blood work next appointment. Scans ONLY if he becomes symptomatic. Next scans in six months (unless needed sooner). Praise God! We thank all for continued prayers!”
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, Corner of Rt. 2/Chelsea and E. Charles St., Sistersville, WV, invites you to a Pipe Organ Recital on Sunday, September 11th, at 2:00 p.m. performed by Sean Maxwell and featuring the music of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. All are welcome!
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OHIO VALLEY 9-11 MEMORIAL, INC., WesBanco Arena, Wheeling, presents a 15 year remembrance free concert Sunday, September 11th, at 2:00 p.m. including: Ron Retzer Trio, the Pitts Sisters, Betsy Bethel McFarland, Roger Hoard, Honkytonk Sweethearts, the Joseph Sisters, 100 member Community Chorus, Taylor Porter, Wheeling Police Department color guard, Brothers in Song, American Legion members, VFW members, EMS, Firefighters, Active Military Personnel, Veterans, Police Officers and Sheriff Deputies from around the Ohio Valley, and you. All are invited. First 3,000 in the door will receive a 12”x18” American Flag.
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VALLEY PARISH NURSE MINISTRY will hold a Health and Wellness Expo Offering Dental Care on Saturday September 17th, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Calcutta YMCA, 15655 Route 170 East Liverpool, OH. Free Admission.Dental decay is the most prevalent unmet health need of children in the United States. Avoid other serious health problems by taking good care of your teeth. The Smile Station (a mobile dental treatment unit) is coming to the Expo. They provide dental care (cleanings, fillings, extractions, x-rays) to all ages. Anyone can receive care whether or not you have dental insurance or the ability to pay. There is a sliding fee scale. To be eligible, please bring photo id/insurance card or proof of income. Handicap accessible. Free Fitness Classes will be held every hour. Times for Fitness Classes: Tai Chi 9-10; Zumba 10-11; Yoga 11-12; Sign Chi Do 12-1; Tai Chi 1-2. Tai Chi is a series of slow progressive movements good for balance, bones and-muscles. Continued practice can increase balance, prevent falls and injury from falls. Zumbais a fun fast aerobic workout of dance moves. Ours is done to Contemporary Christian music. Be ready to rock and possibly perspire. Sign Chi Do combines prayer with movement. It can be done standing or in sitting in a chair. Refresh the body, mind and soul together. Yoga is a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep-breathing and meditation or relaxation. People of all ages and fitness levels can do the most basic yoga poses/stretches. Does not promote eastern/new age religion. To be best prepared for these classes:Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. For yoga bring a mat or a blanket to lie down on.

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A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”
Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
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PCUSA weekly digest of stories for August 24 through 30, 2016: Control+click here.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
Sept. 10 ~
Sept. 14 ~
Wally Jancura, jancura@frontier.com
Bill Betteridge’s birthday was last week. He has a new e-mail: bbetteridge1@hotmail.com.

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BOARD OF PENSIONS representative, the Rev. Dr. Doug Portz, will hold a meeting for any soon to retire pastors at 4:00 p.m. preceding the September 27 stated meeting of presbytery at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, OH, in the lounge upstairs.
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, in the chapel upstairs.
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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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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7cd4cf3f8e262e23f778f9fde/images/b52cb924-968f-4a83-a891-e328797d3516.jpgA 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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URBAN MISSION, 301 N. 5th St., Steubenville, OH, invites you to participate in Hunger Action Month – a national campaign that runs the entire month of September. This campaign brings greater attention to hunger in our neighborhoods and promotes ways for people everywhere to get involved in the movement to fight it. During Hunger Action Month this year, we are asking you to “Get a Fresh Perspective on Hunger” and participate in one or all of the events and activities centered around raising awareness about hunger in our community.
On Thursday, September 8th (Hunger Action Day), join us in wearing orange in an effort to bring awareness to hunger issues in our community.
During the week of September 19 – 23, we invite you to participate in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge by trying to eat nutritiously off of $1.34 per meal in SNAP benefits. The purpose of the SNAP Challenge is to provide you with a hands-on opportunity to explore the food access gap in our communities and give you deeper understanding and insight into the challenges 1.7 million Ohioans face every day.
On Sunday, September 25that 1:00 p.m., we invite you to participate in The Longest Table, an outdoor dining experience held in downtown Steubenville. This event will bring together members of the community to share a meal made up of fresh, local foods and fight hunger at the same time. Tickets to this event cost $30, with discounted rates for students and groups. Purchase tickets at the Mission, online atwww.urbanmission.org, or by phone 740-282-8010.
To learn more about Hunger Action Month and ways you can get involved, visit www.urbanmission.org. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE MISSION!
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INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN COMPOSER and performer Dr. Calvin Taylor will be leading worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 Maine Blvd., East Liverpool, OH, at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 20. There will be a free concert open to the public sponsored by the East Liverpool Learning and Community Center at 4:00 p.m. also on the 20th. CALVIN TAYLOR BIO: Dr. Taylor is a composer, internationally known recorder and performer. Born 1948 in Los Angeles, CA, composer, pianist, and organist Calvin Taylor was drawn to music as a young child. He began playing piano in all keys at five years, and by age 14 was serving as organist in several southern California churches. Calvin Taylor made history at Oberlin Conservatory in 1970 when he became the first organist in the school's over 150-year history to improvise a graduate concert encore (an eleven-minute extemporization on O Du Fröliche, Weihnachtzeit). At The University of Michigan, he studied organ with Marilyn Mason and composition with Leslie Bassett, completing the M.M. in 1974. Taylor became active as a studio arranger and studied composition and orchestration at U.C.L.A. and The Dick Grove School of Music in the early 80's. At the Grove Workshops, Taylor had the opportunity of learning from popular music composers Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, David Raksin, Dick Grove, and Peter Matz. The music of Calvin Taylor has been programed by the Kristiansand, Redlands, Inglewood, Central Kentucky Youth, Shreveport, University of Kentucky, U.C.L.A. Philharmonia, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, South Arkansas, and Nashville Symphony orchestras. In 1998 the Detroit Symphony Orchestra recorded Taylor's Inner-city Sunrise. Among Dr. Taylor's works are Five Spirituals for Organ, 1998 and Spiritual Suite for Organ, 2002. Their first English performance took place at Selby Abbey, York, England on October 4, 1998. Never far from his roots in religious music, Taylor has traveled for many years throughout the U.S.A. presenting thousands of concerts in America's churches. Well-known publications by Calvin Taylor includeSpirituals for Piano and The Patriotic Piano. Altogether Taylor has recorded 11 CDs. Dr. Taylor has toured throughout the world, playing in North and South America, Europe, the Far East, and most recently in Russia and Ukraine. As arranger and composer, his music has been heard and enjoyed by untold thousands. For more info: http://calvintaylormusic.org/.
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Every person bears the divine image and so when anyone is injured, the heart of God is wounded. -John Calvin
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL needs after school educators!!! If you, or if you know of someone who would like to volunteer or possibly be hired, please call the chapel 304-232-2630 for information!!! Did you know that people still need Jesus today? When we SIN, it is like piling up garbage around us. Let’s clean the garbage out of our lives, so we can lead others to Jesus. That’s the mission of the chapel. We know that there are many devices in this world today to keep people away from the WORD, but we have power to overcome every obstacle that gets in our way. Jesus says, “In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). Thanks be to God!!! The Rev. Marci Allen is retiring from the executive director position at Laughlin Chapel September 15, 2016. It has been over nine years since I began volunteering at chapel, and I never thought about being here this long, but when God called me to the evangelistic ministry over thirty years ago, I didn’t get surprised where and when He wants me to minister; so I will continue to spread my wings for HIM as long as He wants me. It has been such a wonderful experience being at Laughlin Chapel. There have been so many changes in the world since I began, and being around children melts my heart seeing how many have started at chapel and are now grown up and some have their own children that are students in the program. The chapel is a safe haven for all children. Parents that have children at Laughlin Chapel are blessed. Continue to pray and volunteer at the chapel so you can be the eyes, hands, and feet of Jesus to love them as He does. Peace and Grace, Rev. Marcia Allen, Executive Director, Laughlin Memorial Chapel
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY, PCUSA, has sent out information and an application for the next round of dream grants. You are encouraged to consider some innovative possibilities and apply. The deadline for UOVP to receive your applications is Wednesday October 5, 2016. After Presbytery approval, we will forward them to Synod for their approval. If you have questions, please contact Frank Lewis or Connie Quinn. If you need a copy of the application, contact Patty at the Presbytery Office.
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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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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 or susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com.
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FOR THE 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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FOR PRESBYTERIANS TODAY Sept/Oct issue: Control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE is responding in South Louisiana. 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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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7cd4cf3f8e262e23f778f9fde/images/0ad3f942-7dae-4ac6-b402-793b32fab0bd.pngWEE KIRK, Northeast (PA) Small Church Conference, will be held October 10-12, 2016, at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Purpose: To inspire, equip, motivate and encourage small PC(USA) Churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the Clergy and Lay Leaders of those Churches. For more info, contact Helen Kester at (724) 980-9565 orhelen.kester@gmail.com.

Control+click here for a brochure.
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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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“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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