Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - October 26, 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
Hayden Kestner
Dakota Partnership
Alberta Crawford

Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis


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: Karen Edwards, Jason Elliott, Joe Ellis, Stan Fedyszyn, Cindy Foster.
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PLEASANT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN Church, 5360 National Road at the foot of Blaine Hill, Exit 220 off of I-70, invites you to join them Tuesday, November 1, 2016, for Blaine First Tuesday: 5:15 p.m. Gathering and Silent Meditation, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Vigil for the Nation. As part of a sequence of first Tuesday services, Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church will host a time of silent prayer for the nation in the final week before the 2016 elections. Leave your politics at the door and join together in meditation on the word of God and in prayer for the nation, for those in need in our community, and for those recovering from natural disasters and political unrest around the globe.
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THE PEACEMAKING Subcommittee will again show the PCUSA video 'Trigger' before the next presbytery meeting, at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15th, at the First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville. All are invited.
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COLUMBIA SEMINARY to Host AAAS Lecture on Animal Intelligence. Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary has invited Dr. Frans de Waal, the C. H. Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta to be the next lecturer as part of its “Science for Seminaries” program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). On November 2, 2016, at 11:00 am, Dr. de Waal will present his talk “Are we Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” This event is open to the public in the Ellis Room of the Richards Center on the Columbia Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA near Atlanta. For more info about the lecture or speaker, contact Patty.
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PRAYER PARTNER REQUESTED. The Rev. Jafali Asidi who spoke at our April Presbytery meeting is requesting a prayer partner from Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery for one of his churches, the Kawiya Congregation. Pastors in Malawi typically have 3 or 4 churches and a couple of prayer houses (a prayer house is any church with fewer than 200 in worship). If your church does not currently have a partner and seeks one, please call Steve Cramer at 330-921-1115 after November 6. (Pastor Cramer is leading a pilgrimage to Israel October 28 - November 6.)
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LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 129½ 18th St., Wheeling, invites you to Ms. Debbie Miller’s Laughlin Chapel Girls’ Club Sunday Chicken Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, November 6th, 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m. Dinners include your choice of chicken (fried or oven baked) sweet potatoes/mashed potatoes, greens, green beans, salad and rolls, and a variety of desserts from which to choose. $8.50 adults, $6.50 kids 12 and under. Carry out and delivery available. Call 304-232-2630 or 740-359-0219 for tickets and information.
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LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL CHRISTMAS: Suggested items on the kids’ wish list can be found on our website under Spotlight. This year Chapel enrollment has greatly increased; any and all gifts and donations will be greatly appreciated. The Chapel would like to have items no later than Monday or Tuesday, November 21stor 22nd. They will be at the Chapel from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. They are at 129½ 18th St., Wheeling. This will give them the last days in November to prepare for the kids’ party as they are closed in December. If you can’t get out to shop, monetary donations for Christmas gifts will be accepted as they have some special Chapel elves who will do the shopping. Mail your check, payable to Laughlin Memorial Chapel, to the Chapel at PO Box 6195, Wheeling, WV 26003. Memo line: Christmas. They would like to have this by Monday or Tuesday, November 21st or 22nd, (the Chapel will be closed November 23 through 27) and their elves can shop the last days in November. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Chapel at 304-232-2630. Thank you for your generosity and support!
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NOVEMBER prayer requests are on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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STONE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 25 E. Cove Ave., Elm Grove, Wheeling, invites you to their Christmas Rummage Sale on Friday, November 18, 9 am - 2 pm, and Saturday, November 19, 9 am - noon. We will have items related to Christmas – wreaths, trees, ornaments, bows, wrapping paper, and items that may be thought of as traditional Christmas gifts such as: games, puzzles, etc.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Nov. 2 ~ R. H. “Mac” McCuen, Jr., macinthemorning@yahoo.com


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Do not pray for an easy life; pray to be a stronger person.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers but for powers equal to your tasks.
Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you will be the miracle.
Every day you shall wonder at yourself and the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God. 
 –Phillips Brooks
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE AND JUSTICE newsletter October, 2016, “Protecting Our Earth” can be found on our website under the Mission sidebar, then click on Peacemaking; or control+click here.
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FREE ‘CEASELESS’ PRAYER APP: Chris Lim, a ruling elder in the Indonesian Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washingtongave up his job as a software engineer at Amazon to follow God’s call to develop ‘Ceaseless,’ a free personal prayer app for IOS and Android devices. The app’s far-reaching goal is for the body of Christ—the church—to pray for everyone on earth! Learn more and download ‘Ceaseless’.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter October 2016 can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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THIS WEEK’S PCUSA NEWS: (control+click)
International Peacemakers wrap up US visitsGroup says it’s encouraged by interactions with congregations.
Presbyterian ministries call for end to violence and sexual abuseOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Stated Clerk to lead live-streamed Reformation worship service Nov. 2“Write the Vision—Reclaim the Call” is the theme of a church-wide Reformation worship service being led by the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II.
Presbyterians called to take a stand against sexual and gender-based violenceThe World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, most likely from an intimate partner.
Award-winning PC(USA) documentaries are resources for congregationsPDA ministry creates stories to address social justice issues, equip and organize for action.
Parts of coastal Carolina are still underwater following Hurricane MatthewPresbyterian churches mobilize to assist those in need.
Embracing the sacraments and the communityPittsburgh church forges bond between faith, education and outreach.
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$250,000 SCHOLARSHIP to Support Louisville Seminary's Marriage and Family Therapy Program: Fully-endowed scholarship is latest to benefit the Covenant Tuition Plan. The Betty Kilgore Gibbs Scholarship for Marriage and Family Therapy is the latest fully-endowed, full-tuition scholarship to be offered at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The $250,000 scholarship funding, received by Louisville Seminary on October 4, 2016, will support students in the seminary's Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. Betty Gibbs is the founder of the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The center is a faith-based nonprofit counseling center whose staff of counselors and therapists have both theological and counseling training. Gibbs' husband, George, serves as chair of the center's board of directors. "Betty Kilgore Gibbs has long been committed to providing high-quality pastoral counseling in the Louisville community through the Kilgore Center," said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. "With this generous gift, she makes it possible for generations of therapists to receive the finest education and training possible to serve in our community and beyond." The Gibbs scholarship was received as part of Louisville Seminary's Covenant for the Future capital campaign, the cornerstone of which provides 100 percent tuition assistance for all master's-level students. In addition to the Gibbs scholarship, three other fully-endowed tuition scholarships were received during seminary's capital campaign. They are the Ross C. Royce Endowed Scholarship, the Nancy S. and James Britt Davis Scholarship, and the Joan M. and William F. Edmonds Scholarship. The Rev. Arnold O. Schaap Presidential Scholarship was also established during the Covenant campaign. Louisville Seminary presidential scholarships cover tuition as well as fees, books and living expenses. Many other contributions were made to the general scholarship fund, which made the Covenant for the Future tuition scholarship program possible. Students who do not receive a scholarship are eligible to receive a Covenant Tuition Grant, which covers the cost of tuition for the duration of the student's time at Louisville Seminary. In an ongoing effort to relieve the burden of tuition debt as well as housing, the seminary has recently initiated several additional scholarship drives, which are currently open to be funded. "We promised to liberate our students from tuition debt so they can go wherever God calls them," said Jinkins. "Our graduates - the church's newest ministers, counselors and chaplains - carry the hope for the future of our church and society. Our robust scholarship program helps us fulfill that promise." For more information about Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's scholarship opportunities, see www.lpts.edu/scholarships.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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 peek 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.
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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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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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