Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - October 19, 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
Karen Byrne
Delbert McNear
Helen Beatty
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Alberta Crawford
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: David Demarest, Nancy DeStefano, Lorraine Dill, Brenda Dunlap, Mike Dunn.
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UPDATE from the Rev. Howard “Mac” McCuen: “Thanks for the prayers. I go to an outpatient site three days a week for regular kidney dialysis. The out-patient center is only a 20 minute drive from my home. I can read or watch TV while they do the dialysis. While in the hospital I had a brief opportunity to minister with a woman who was suffering from a broken relationship which she wanted. God gives us opportunities for service even when we are down ourselves.”
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2017 PER CAPITA will be $27.50.
2017 PREACHING FEES will remain the same as the 2016 fees. They are available on our website. Mileage at the IRS rate.
2017 MODERATOR FEES for moderators of church sessions will remain at $50.00 plus mileage at the IRS rate.
2017 MINIMUM TERMS OF CALL can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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TRINITY PARISH PRESBYTERIAN Church invites you to a Free Community Dinner this Saturday, October 22, 2016, 3-5 pm at the Newell fire station, Newell, WV. Menu: Roasted Pork, Pirogues, Applesauce, Corn Bread, Dessert. All are welcome. For more info, call Cindy 330-385-6107 or Kim 330-383-2545. Come and share dinner with us!
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COVE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, invites you to our Project Christmas Smile Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday, November 6th, from noon till 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Adults can dine for $5.00 and children under 10 for $3.00. All proceeds will go to our Christmas outreach to the children in our area. In addition to the posted menu, meatless sauce will be available upon request.
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A THANK YOU was received from Abusa Jafali Asidi and the people of Domasi Presbytery, Malawi: “Dear Steve, It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that the money Dan and Jean sent was indeed credited into our account. According to the figures you gave me, ($7,245) was credited into our account at the rate of K721/$1. (5,223,645 kwatcha). Our committee will be meeting soon to map the way forward on the relief issue, and disburse the money meant for congregations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery for your generous donation to the hunger situation in our Presbytery. May the almighty God bless you for doing the Word (Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds). God bless you all, Jafali.” (Many of you may remember the two Reverends, Jafali Asidi and Collins Maganga, who visited us this past April from Malawi.)
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2017 LITURGICAL COLORS CALENDAR: To find a printable liturgical calendar with the liturgical colors for paraments, go to http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/planningcalendar/pdfs/2017-liturgical-colors.pdf, or you can find it on our website www.uovpresby.org under Spotlight, or let me know and I can mail you a hard copy.
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PCUSA WINTER CURRICULUM begins December 4. The Feasting on the Word curriculum explores lectionary passages in ways suitable for all ages: childrenyouthyoung adults, and adultsThere's also a special resource for pastors that includes weekly children's bulletins. With this unique approach, the curriculum connects worship and faith formation like no other lectionary curriculum ever has. Including both downloadable and print-and-ship options, along with seasonal, 9-month, and 12-month purchase options, educators and pastors of all types of congregations will be able to find what works for them. You can save money with total church plansand if you're a small church (under 50 congregants), we also have plans specifically for you. The Winter curriculum covers every Sunday from December 4, 2016, to February 26, 2017.
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BLAINE’S PLEASANT VALLEYPresbyterian Church welcomed over 150 visitors as part of the Belmont County Tourism Council Rubberneck Tour October 9, 2016. Nearly everyone who visited was touched by the beautiful Resurrection Window and the afternoon light was perfect for showing off the almost Monet like watery stain glass in the back of the chapel as well. A beautifully framed historical display, part­ly funded by the Pease Township Park Board, captured moments from the last century and a half in life of the church, the community, and the Blaine Bridge. Several visitors with six to ten decades of life in the Blaine surroundings provided heartwarming stories of the ingenuity and generosity of the people in this community through the years. Children and adults enjoyed ringing the rope pulled bell. “Time to go to church – time to ring the bell” repeated one 3 year old visitor. The bell also tolled in memory of the Viet Nam veteran in whose memory the doors to the church had been donated. Visiting family members of the veteran shared in this both solemn and joyful extemporaneous memorial. This was a wonderful event bringing together people of all ages into this beautiful house of God. Many thanks to Mary and Troy Amie, Holly and others who participated in preparing this memorable display.

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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Continuing Ed newsletter October 2016 can be found on our website under Seminaries.
UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY newsletter October 2016 can be found on our website under Seminaries.
LOUISVILLE SEMINARY'S Covenant Tuition Program Now Fully Funded. Completion of key phase of strategic plan ensures 100% tuition assistance for all master's-level students. The Seminary has completed the first phase of its Covenant for the Future strategic plan, which kicked off in 2011. The seminary had generated enough funds to offer full-tuition assistance for its master's-level students during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. By reaching its goal of $2.4 million for the first phase of the capital campaign, 100 percent tuition assistance for all master's-level students is now a permanent benefit of attending Louisville Seminary.
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Cherish yesterday,   Dream tomorrow,   Live today.     - Author Unknown
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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LIMESTONE 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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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 4th and Walnut Streets, Martins Ferry, invites the entire community to the sixth annual Choir Festival, 6:30 PM, Sunday, October 23, 2016. Choirs and praise teams of community churches will participate in this dynamic event. A free will offering will be received to support the Daily Bread Center food pantry. Each year brings a wonderful variety of music to get the listeners to their feet. An exciting line up of choirs and praise teams this year includes Emmanuel Tabernacle, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbyterian Church youth, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and others. The entire community is invited to be a part of an evening of wonderful music and praise. People of all ages will enjoy this time. A time of cookie and coffee fellowship will follow. The Rev. David Stammerjohn is pastor. Jennifer Vickers is Director of Youth Ministry. For more information, call 740-633-6107.
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STONE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 25 East Cove Ave., Elm Grove, Wheeling, will hold a country music concert with the Honky Tonk Sweethearts Sunday, October 30th, in the sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. A free will offering will be collected. Artisans on Call will be on hand from 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. with a collection of locally handcrafted treasures for your shopping pleasure. Handmade goods such as candles, jewelry, specialty foods, quilts, cards, soaps, water color paintings, and more. For more information, call the church office at 304-242-4610.
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THE HOUSE OF THE CARPENTER, 200 S. Front St., Wheeling, invites youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, parents, guardians, and other caregivers to join them for a workshop on teen depression and suicide on Sunday, October 30, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Rev. Gary Nelson will provide information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression as well as information on seeking appropriate care. To register, contact Kate Rhodes krhodes@houseofthecarpenter.com or 304-233-4640.
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DO YOU LIKE TO WRITE STORIES? We have something which might interest you. It is “A Writing Fiesta for the Young and Young at Heart.” We are looking for stories which focus on Giving the Gift of Peace at Christmas. This is sponsored by the UOVP Peacemaking Subcommittee. The stories can be non-fiction or fiction. Word limit—500. Prizes will be given. All authors who submit stories give permission to the Peacemaking Committee to have their stories published on our new, soon to be launched, peacemaking website. We encourage persons of any age to submit your story by e-mail to storyteller1001@comcast.net. These can be stories which actually happened or made up stories. Please bear in the mind the focus—Giving the Gift of Peace at Christmas. Questions? Contact storyteller1001@comcast.net.
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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, 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 toscuovp@gmail.com, the Rev. Dr. Frank Lewis, Stated Clerk, stating the date you will be available.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice News October 2016, “Take Action Today,” control + click here or read it on our website under the Mission Sidebar, then Peacemaking.
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.
GIVE. Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000193-Matthew-SE USA or to DR000193-Matthew-Haiti and/or Cuba. Gifts can be made online, by phone (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Or send your check to the Presbytery Office, payable to UOVP with memo DR000193-Matthew-SE USA or to DR000193-Matthew-Haiti and/or Cuba, and we will send your funds on to PDA.
ACT. Learn how you and your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources, and share updates with your congregation.
PRAY. Pray for those who suffered loss of family or home or for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.
Control+click: Clean up begins in Haiti following Hurricane MatthewInternational appeal for assistance in the region.
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Control+click: 2016 Advent Devotions: Reflections on Mass Incarceration and Immigrant Detention.Proclaiming the Good News of God’s Peace’ available from church store.
Control+click: PC(USA) issues updated guidelines on election activities for religious organizationsList includes allowed and impermissible political actions.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SEEDS OF HOPE FALL ON GOOD SOILMinistries supported by the Presbyterian Giving Catalog have helped change the lives of thousands around the world. Here's the story of just one.Naigaga Monica, a mother in eastern Uganda, was trained as a Community Agriculture Trainer through an initiative supported by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. She and another trainer support 58 other women as they improve their farms. Supplied with improved seed and educated in new farming techniques, Naigaga and her family harvested an incredible 600% more corn and beans in the first season. “Above all, my children will no longer go to sleep hungry,” Naigaga says. “We have plenty of cassava, beans, and sweet potatoes to eat.” Your gift toward the Women’s Empowerment Project will reach far. The project’s training and support provide hope and nourishment to women, their families, and their communities. Shop the online catalog today, and help other women like Naigaga sow hope in good soil.
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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 orwerner@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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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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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES Network Resource Guide for Older Adult Ministries, ISSUE 43, Autumn 2016 newsletter. Click here to download and read the complete Autumn PNN.
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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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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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INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN COMPOSER and performer Dr. Calvin Taylor will lead 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. Dr. Taylor is a composer, internationally known recorder and performer. 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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