Friday, November 11, 2016

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - November 9, 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
Homer Harden
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
David Bruce
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: Homer Harden, Erica Harley, John Harris, Bob Haseltine, Sue Haseltine.
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PRAYER REQUEST: Please keep the Rev. David Bruce (Honorably Retired) in your prayers. David had surgery last week and is now recuperating at home. His address is: 22 Hubbard Place, Wheeling, WV 26003.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016, stated meeting of presbytery – at First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, WV.
Peacemakers will again show the PCUSA video 'Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence' – 4:00 p.m.
Dinner -- 5:00 p.m.
Worship with the celebration of Our Lord’s Supper and the business meeting – 6:00 p.m.
—all in the Fellowship Hall.
If you haven’t already made your reservation for the dinner, call the church office 304-845-7155 as soon as possible and ask if it’s too late to reserve a dinner since you missed the deadline.
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PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: You need to sign yourself in at presbytery meetings to be counted as present.
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MISSION ~ Feeding Body and Soul Soup Kitchen will be our mission project for the November 15 presbytery meeting. The Kitchen is a free feeding program for the poor or homeless in Moundsville. They serve the community six days a week. You are asked to bring gift cards for Kroger’s or Walmart or a monetary donation to the meeting at First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, and put it in the specially marked box on the sign-in table. Your donations will be given to Body and Soul so that the Kitchen can purchase the necessary items they need. The offering received during worship will be designated to UOVP’s Presbyterian Women.
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ANNUAL REPORTS FOR 2016: Training on how to complete 2016 annual reports will take place next Saturday, November 19th10:00 A.M. at the Presbytery Office, 907 National Road, Wheeling. This is for all clerks of session and/or their representatives, and for pastors. All forms for annual reports will be available electronically through the presbytery’s website www.uovpresby.org by the end of November. There are no paper packets of blank report forms. An e-mail with password will soon be sent to each of the clerks. Please pass this info on to your clerk of session!
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THERE WILL BE A meeting of ALL pastors--ordained, commissioned, lay, honorably retired, pulpit supply—with food and fellowship, on Wednesday, December 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Office.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
Nov. 10 ~
Kenn Sickle, thesickles1@gmail.com
Nov. 11 ~
Nov. 13 ~
Darrin Jones, revjones50s@gmail.com
Nov. 13 ~
Chuck LaPlaca, 233 Mar Win Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003
Nov. 14 ~
Laurie Armstrong, revlaurie@juno.com
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, and Thursday, Nov. 24th. No Happenings that week. It will go out Nov. 16 and Nov. 30.
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 Two PC(USA) protestors arrested at North Dakota capitolDuo opposes Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American sites.
Clergy gather to add solidarity to Standing Rock water protectorsLarge influx of faith leaders is an encouragement to Native groups.
 PC(USA) faith leaders join Standing Rock solidarity gatheringApology and support for ongoing struggle offered to tribal leaders.
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"We must make the best of what is under our control and leave the rest to God."
"If we had sense we would never stop praising God."
"How should we die? Why, as someone who is giving back something that belongs to somebody else, of course." --Epictetus
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UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY'S third seasonal devotion: This project began as a simple suggestion early in the fall of 2015 as a special addition to our "Congregational Corner." Only hours after we announced our first Advent devotion, hundreds of alumni and friends of Union had subscribed to the devotion via email and shared it with their own friends and family. Each day, we journeyed through Advent, side by side, reflecting with Union alumni in many different stages of ministry. We gathered again during Lent, reflecting weekly with Union trustees and current students as we wove our way to the Cross. This Advent season, I invite you to join members of Union's faculty and staff of both the Richmond and Charlotte campuses, in daily devotion. Each scripture selection (with the exception of a small handful) has been selected from the PC(USA) Book of Daily Prayer. You are encouraged to follow along with both the devotion and this daily prayer practice as we once again embark on the journey to the manger, where we will celebrate Christ's birth with one another. As we prepare for the journey, please be sure to both subscribe to the online devotion via email AND download the PC(USA) Daily Prayer "App" in your mobile app store (or use your "little red book"!) We pray that this devotion will serve as a beautiful resource for you during your own Advent journey, and that it will help each of you reconnect with your Union friends and family in a new way. You are invited to comment on each devotion and share as you feel led so that all might find nourishment during this Advent season. 
Instructions for Subscribing to "Seasonal Devotions":
1) Go to www.upsemdevotions.wordpress.com.
2) Under "Follow Blog via Email,” enter your preferred email address.
3) Check your email each morning during Advent! Devotions will go "Live" at 8:00 a.m. each day and will automatically be sent to all subscribers.
Instructions for downloading the Daily Prayer app:
1) Open your app store on your mobile device and search for "PCUSA Daily Prayer."
2) Purchase the app! Note: This app cost $2.99.
3) Open the app! It will automatically open to the correct day and time (morning, afternoon, evening)--each devotion will note the time of day during which the scripture is used.
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LOUISVILLE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: Nominations for the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion are currently being accepted and are due DECEMBER 1, 2016. See the following links to the nomination form and information form for details. 2018 Grawemeyer Nomination Form2018 Grawemeyer Information Form. The Grawemeyer Award in Religion honors creative and significant insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine. The award also recognizes ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity, or meaning, either individually or in community. FIND OUT MORE ATWWW.LPTS.EDU/GRAWEMEYER.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S Advent Devotional Available Online. The Seminary is pleased to offer once again its Advent devotional beginning Nov. 27. This free online resource provides a devotional for each day of Advent based on the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s daily lectionary. The devotionals are written by the PTS community and are available in two formats—written text and audio files—and can be accessed in various ways: Read online or print and share. or Receive daily e-mailsEnter your information and select “Devotionals (Advent & Lent).” Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Download our free Android or Apple app. Visit the store and search for "Devotions - Advent & Lent." Request your printed copy. Call 412-362-5610 or e-mail reception@pts.edu.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION NEWS: Control+click here.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY President’s Communique’ for November, 2016, is on our website under Seminaries.
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THE MISSION YEARBOOK daily entries are available athttp://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/missionyearbook/ (Hard copies are no longer printed).
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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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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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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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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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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:
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 to the Rev. Dr. Frank Lewis, Stated Clerk, scuovp@gmail.com, 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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Control+click: 2016 Advent Devotions: Reflections on Mass Incarceration and Immigrant Detention. “Proclaiming the Good News of God’s Peace” available from church store.
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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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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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