Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - September 28, 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
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
Helen Beatty
Karen Byrne
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Alberta Crawford
Kevin Farmer
Sidney Byrd
Family of Noah Brown
Please keep Frank Lewis and Alcinda James in your prayers as they travel to Dakota Presbytery.
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: Ginny Zoric, Mike Anderson, Laurie Armstrong, Glen Baker, Ruth Ellen Bates.
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HOST CHURCHES are needed for Presbytery Meetings. Would you like your congregation to host a presbytery meeting? These are the 2017 stated meeting dates:
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. Worship & Business Meeting; 12:00 p.m. Lunch
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH, 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
If your session would like to invite presbytery to meet at your church, please send an e-mail to scuovp@gmail.com, the Rev. Dr. Frank Lewis, Stated Clerk, stating the date you will be available.
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SEE WHAT’S NEW in this year’s Presbyterian Giving Catalog: CLUCKS, OINKS, AND OVER 40 GIFTS THAT CREATE BIG IMPACT. We can’t wait for you to see the 2016 – 2017 Presbyterian Giving CatalogNew catalogs should be available in your church soon, but you can get a sneak peak at this year’s new items in the online catalog. This year’s catalog features gifts that support sustainable farming and access to safe water, provide basic necessities for disaster relief, and support Presbyterian youth and young adults in their spiritual growth and mission work. Visit the online catalog today, and choose a gift in support of a cause close to your heart. Or, click the button below to check out just one of the new items.
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COMPASSION, PEACE, and Justice Ministry, Presbyterian Mission Agency Newsletter: A Season of Peace – Justice & Peace Close up control+click here.
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THE OCTOBER PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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YOU ARE INVITED to celebrate the Ordination of Annie Dupre Parker as a Teaching Elder and her installation as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, 901 Charles St., Wellsburg, WV, on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. A Reception will follow. Clergy are invited to sit together during the service. Ask one of the ushers for the clergy seating area near the front of the sanctuary. Vestments are optional (the liturgical color is red).
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WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP of First Presbyterian Church, 4100 Central Ave., Shadyside, OH, will be having a rummage sale and bake sale on Thursday, October 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The rummage sale will continue on Friday, October 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All are invited!
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A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Dorothy K. Mooney will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Marietta, St., Saint Clairsville, OH, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. with CRE Kenn Sickle officiating. The Calvary Presbyterian Women will serve a luncheon at noon in Fellowship Hall for family and friends. If you plan to attend the luncheon, please RSVP to calvarypres1@sbcglobal.net or 740-695-0242.
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http://www.sdgministry.com/SDG_Music_Ministry/Welcome_files/Wildwood%20Chapel%202016.jpgLIMESTONE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 5704 Waynesburg Pike Road, Moundsville, WV, invites you to a Musical Praise Service on Saturday, October 22ndat 7:00 P.M. Dan Meredith, Singer, Songwriter, and Keyboardist will lead worship. Everyone is welcomed to attend, free of charge. Refreshments in Fellowship Hall following the program Call (304) 281-3196 for more info.




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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Annual Food Drive: To help our neighbors who are hungry, non-perishable food will be collected November 1–30, 2016. Please contact Lisa Werner at 304-234-9221 or werner@wesbanco.com to schedule a pick-up of collected items. Food will be distributed to local agencies including Laughlin Memorial Chapel. Watch for the food drive video on Comcast newsmakers.
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JOIN THE WORLD MISSION INITIATIVE Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. for our Discerning Your Call to Missions workshop at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, John Know Room! This event is designed to help you explore a call to missions -- whether you are early in your journey of discernment or ready to act on God's call on your life. No matter if you are interested in global, local or urban missions, becoming more involved in a specific mission sponsored by your church, engaging more in short-term mission, leading the mission effort in your church, or just interested in exploring how you might get more involved in mission, this workshop has something for you! You will spend the day listening, studying God's Word, sharing, and praying in small groups. Discover the next steps in your journey. The workshop is FREE but it may cost you your life. This year Discerning Your Call features the Rev. Don Dawson, director of the World Mission Initiative; Stephanie Bell, spiritual director; and Elizabeth Trexler, former missionary. Please RSVP by Oct. 17th to wmi@pts.edu. Consider anyone you know that should be at this workshop and please forward the invitation.
Cultivating Missional Communities Event. On October 8, we will have Pat Taylor Ellison from Church Innovations Institute on campus. Pat has spent the last 25 years studying congregations and helping congregations navigate change and revitalize their ministry and mission. She will be leading a one-day workshop on campus for church leaders and pastors, teaching core practices for revitalizing congregational mission. I encourage you to come, and to consider bringing people you are in leadership with in your ministry context. For more info, cost, and registration: www.churchinnovations.org.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY--Communicators Network September, 2016, newsletter, “How Effectively Does Your Church Use Social Media?” can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION’S INTERNATIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS: We ask for prayers for our partners in DR Congo. Last week protests erupted in violence in the capital city of Kinshasa and lasts reports indicate 17 have been killed. Further protests have spread eastward across the country to major cities like Kananga and seem likely to continue, and even intensify, as President Joseph Kabila nears the end of his second term in office. The violence is in response to the presidential election process. According to the Congolese Constitution, the presidential campaign period must begin no later than three months before the end of the president's term. President Kabila's current five-year term is set to expire December 20, 2016, but the state election commission has not announced an election date of the commencement of the campaign period. This implies that President Kabila intends to remain in office beyond the defined term limit as outlined in the Constitution. MBF has several international partners in DR Congo that are Christian hospitals and clinics working tirelessly to provide medical care to the poorest of the poor. Our partners include the Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa (CPK) which operates seven clinics in the Kinshasa area, where the violence is most intense; the Christian Medical Institute of Kasai (IMCK) that operates the Good Shepherd Hospital and the nursing school, both located near the major city of Kananga; and Moma Hospital, the only health institution of the Presbyterian Church of Congo serving the Luiza territory about 140 miles south of Kananga. These hospitals and clinics are located in some of the poorest regions of the country and are treating women and children who have nowhere else to turn. We also have several Presbyterian mission co-workers in the region who have dedicated their lives to following Christ's example to serve others. Of our mission co-workers, we have reports that John and Gwenda Fletcher are safe, but a military blockade between their home and Kananga is making it difficult to get supplies and for patients to reach Good Shepherd Hospital. Jeff and Christi Boyd were visiting their children in the Netherlands when the protests erupted, and have postponed their return to DR Congo until they can do so safely. We are awaiting reports on other mission co-workers including Dr. Martha Sommers, Larry and Inga Sthreshley, and Bob and Christi Rice. While we are concerned for their safety, we also recognize that communication in this part of the world is often intermittent and unreliable. These MBF partners are dynamic communities and individuals of faith who are committed to peace and democracy, but are currently facing an extremely volatile security situation, not just for themselves, but for those they are working to serve. Please pray for:
·        Peace and justice for the people of the DR Congo so that they will have the opportunity to express their political will in an effective and peaceful manner;
·        Safety for our partners and mission co-workers as they strive to promote peace and democracy, while sharing the love of Christ during this time of volatility and uncertainty; and
·        For wisdom, humility and truth to prevail among the political leaders of the DR Congo.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES Network Resource Guide for Older Adult Ministries, ISSUE 43, Autumn 2016 newsletter. A Message From the PNN Editor: Good Morning from Oregon. The theme of this issue of PNN is, Insights into the Later Years. In this issue of PNN, you will find several articles written along this theme. These include 7 Items for Your Retirement Checklist by Tom Sightings and Insights into the Later Years. Collectively, these articles span the period from pre-retirement to the young-old, old, and old-old. ARMSS and POAM will hold their 2016 joint conference in Richmond, Virginia, during the 2nd week in October. Planning for it is now complete and I guarantee you that the conference will be informative and inspiring. As usual, other PNN articles explore a diversity of things. These include: OAM Certification by Jan McGilliard and Sarah Erickson; Save The Date – June 2017 OAM Conference by Anne Tarbutton. Click here to download and read the complete Autumn PNN.
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TEN COMMANDMENTS OF FOOD. In honor of World Food Day, October 16, 2016, we bring you the Ten Commandments of Food, with no disrespect to the original intended.
       I.   Eat food grown as close as possible to where you live.
      II.   Give thanks for the food you eat.
     III.   Strive for all people to have knowledge about and access to affordable, nutritious food.
     IV.   Eat mindfully and in moderation.
      V.   Do not waste food.
     VI.   Be grateful to those who grow and prepare food for your table.
    VII.   Support fair wages for farmworkers, farmers, and food workers.
   VIII.   Reduce the environmental damage of land, water, and air from food production and the food system.
     IX.   Protect the biodiversity of seeds, soils, ecosystems, and the cultures of food producers.
      X.   Rejoice and share the sacred gift of food with all.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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THE REV. DR. JOHN HELGESON, who served as the interim pastor of Martins Ferry, First, and to churches in Michigan, Penn., Illinois, and now Oklahoma has written a book of his interim experience. His book is designed to be helpful to interim ministers, presbyteries and their staff dealing with interims, and churches undergoing the interim process. It is entitled Freedom and Interim Ministry: 12 Freedoms of the Interim. It is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available through them as well as through Cokesbury, Amazon, and John. Google it for more info, or e-mailrevhelgeson@yahoo.com.
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Season of Peace begins with the call to ‘Come to the Table.’ Presbyterians encouraged to focus on peace, justice, reconciliation and transformation.
Presbyterian Peace & Justice newsletter September, 2016, contron+click here.
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IT’S TIME TO ORDER your Presbyterians Today 2016 Advent Calendar A Journey of Memories. Advent is a time of remembering. In the weeks before Christmas, we watch, wait, and prepare for the coming of the Messiah. We read Scriptures and practice church traditions that have been around for 2,000 years. This year’s devotional is a journey of memories—of so many sights, smells, tastes, and sounds that point to the promise of God in Jesus Christ. These are the daily incarnations of our faith. When does a touch remind us of Jesus? Can a candle bring God’s hope to a dark room? Can a smell take us to a holy place? Sue Washburn—pastor and editor of Presbyterians Today—has put together a collection of daily reflections and prayers to help us experience the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth with the senses God has given us. Susan Blank’s exquisite handmade quilts add to the beauty and remembrances in this year’s Advent Calendar. Perfect for congregations, families, and individuals, A Journey of Memories provides a Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer for each day of Advent. Control+click: Order copies for your congregation now to ensure delivery before Advent. 2016 Advent Calendar Discount Pricing: 1 copy, $4.00 • 2–9 copies, $3.00 each • 10–99 copies, $2.00 each • 100+ copies, $1.50 each. Shipping: 10% of order, $5.25 minimum. Order by phone at 800-524-2612 and ask for PDS 17116-16-007.
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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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WEE 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 or helen.kester@gmail.com.
Control+click here for a brochure.
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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 include Spirituals 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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