Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 31, 2016: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Romans 14:1-23; Psalm 24:1-10; and Proverbs 20:12. The readings are from  The Messa...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - For Folks Who Feel Uncomfortable

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. 

If you find this devotion meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal. And no contribution is too small.


Matthew 28:11-20

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

For Folks Who Feel Uncomfortable

I think most Christians understand that Christ has called us to make disciples of all nations. I mean, these were the last words he offered his disciples on that mountain in Galilee. He told them that, when they go out into their daily lives, God has given them the opportunity to participate in his work. Regardless of where they are or what they’re doing, they’ll have the opportunity to make disciples by bringing them into the a community that’s focused on Jesus and by sharing with them what Christ taught and did. Now this was his command to those eleven men who were with him at the end.

But it’s also his call to us. You see, we’ve been uniquely positioned to share the good news to men and women who need to hear it. And we’ve been give the information that we’ve been called to share. The problem, though, is this; it’s really hard to step out by ourselves. Although some folks do it remarkably well, most of us feel uncomfortable. And even though we may want to do it, our discomfort causes us to hesitate and remain silent.

And for that reason, Jesus’s very last words are really important. You see, we’re not alone. I mean, not only is he with us, but we have an entire community to help us do the heavy lifting. And when we feel inadequate to share the message of Jesus, we have a place to which we can invite men and women, a context within which they can hear about the grace and mercy of God, an environment when love is not only a subject of conversation but also a way of life. As we look to do what we’ve been called to do, we need to remember that we’re not alone. And for those of us who feel a little uncomfortable sharing on our own, this is really good news.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 30, 2016: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; Romans 13:1-14; Psalm 23:1-6; and Proverbs 20:11. The readings are from  The Mess...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Prayer Requests, to be shared during Sunday’s worship service

On Sunday, July 31, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bill Manley
Bruce Mader
Carol Baker
Chad Wilson
Cindy Kuzel
Darcy Keffer
David Johns
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Deloris Chesebro
Emery Edwards
Evan Pulice
Gen Meyer
Goldie Baly
Greta Billham
Jan Jackson
Jeff Grant
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Joanie Lawrence
Jody Johnson
john Barnhardt
John Guglielmo
Karen Edwards
Karen Lombardi
Katy Allen
Kevin Kuzel
Linda Spencer
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Mike Churchman
Olivia Shelton
Patricia Cox
Paul Merritt
Peggy Stewart
Phyllis Manley
Randal Kane
Richard
Ronnie Buffington
Roxanne Berry
Sandra Duckworth
Sharon Wheeler
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Marsh
Susie Hawkins
Vicki Williams
West Virginia Flood Victims

Children
Audri King
Elijah Parker
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Michael Liptak
Mitch Almason

Military
Cory Shumard
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Lisa Burk
Michael Criss

Church Families
Robert & Juanita Buchanan
Evelyn Buckley
Patrick, Tawnya, Jenna & Leyton Burket

Local Church
Voice of Pentecost

Special Friend
Grace Mitchell – 2508 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062-3653

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Chester, West Virginia – Rev. Katrina Lewis
Colerain Presbyterian Church, Colerain, Ohio – CRE Joe Ellis

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Carl Hamill – Serra Manor, Apt. 11, 205 Serra Manor, Weirton, WV  26062
Dolores Edwards – Wyngate, 100 Wyngate Dr., Weirton, WV  26062
Harry Hutch – Villa Vista, Room 406, 1800 Sinclair Ave., Steubenville, OH  43953
June Virtue – Grace Cottage, 195 Eden Dr., Weirton, WV  26062-3664
Theresa Skiles – Weirton Geriatric Center, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, WV  26062
Ruth Ann Oestering – Woodland Hills, 608 North 10th St., Weirton, WV  26062

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.


THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST
“We have seen…that the half of the year following Pentecost is different in character from the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Lent, Holy Week, Easter.  Whether it is called ‘ordinary time,’ or ‘Season After Pentecost,’ or ‘Kingdomtide,’ each Sunday stands on its own as the Lord’s Day and should be considered in the light of The Scriptures to be read that day.  …The Season After Pentecost is just that; it is not the Pentecost Season…” (Handbook of the Christian Year, p. 241)  Green, the color of abiding life, of peace, nourishment, rest and constancy, is the traditional color for this time of year.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT BEFORE THE SERVICE . . .
the Rev. Rudiger pours water into the baptismal font even though we might not have a baptism on that particular Sunday. Here’s the reason. Since baptism is one of the pillars of our identity as Christians, this is a reminder that we’re united as members of the Body of Christ. It represents a gift given to us by God, one that we can’t earn and don’t deserve. As we move forward as a congregation, it’s important to remember and to celebrate the sacrament that unites us. And since Jesus said that part of making disciples of all nation involves baptizing them, it’s also a reminder of the mission we’ve been given.

“JESUS TIME” IS SPECIAL TIME FOR . . .
all our children and young people. This Sunday School experience offers them the opportunity to learn the Bible story and apply that story to their lives. “Jesus Time” meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. If you have children and teens, ask one of the greeters to direct you to the children’s location.

DURING THE WORSHIP SERVICE,
we’ve started a six-week sermon series entitled “Go Fish.”  During the series, we’ll discuss how we might respond to Jesus’s promise that we’ll be fishers of people. We’ll focus on the following topics:
Sunday, August 7 – Muddy Water
Sunday, August 14 – The One That Got Away
If you’ve missed a week, you can find a copy of the sermon on the church website (covepresbyterian.org) and The Cove Community blog (thecovecommunity.blogspot.com). You can also find a podcast of the sermon on the Cove Podbean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com).

A LOCAL MUSICIAN IS ORGANIZING A RALLY, 
urging unity in the community following a number of shooting incidents across the country. Joshua Elias, also known as E.L.I.A.S. the Profhit, is planning the rally for 3:00 p.m., July 31 at the Weirton Municipal Building. “This is a peaceful demonstration,” Elias said. “This is not a protest.” “Presented by "Everyday Life is a Success,” and “Majesty Media,” Elias said the rally is a way to urge residents to come together as one and stand strong as a united community. “I want people to see we're doing this before a crisis,” Elias said. “I hope and pray people across the U.S. will do the same.” If you’re concerned about the violence that’s affected families across our country, please plan to attend the rally.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will  meet on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. to start a new study looking at the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. During this first session, we’ll answer the question, who Is God, by discussing the Doctrine of the Trinity.

WE’LL BE MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STRIPLIGHT THEATER . . .
on Wednesday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m.  If you’re interested in how we might serve our community together, please feel free to join us.

THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m.

CHURCH PICNIC . . .
our annual church picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 14 at Marland Heights Park. Please bring a covered dish to share. Place settings, beverages & meats will be provided.

FLO HUCKABY , ACCOUNT MANAGER WITH CHURCH MUTUAL . . .
insurance Company is coming to the church on Tuesday, August 16, 12:00 p.m. to review our insurance coverage. All are welcome to attend the review with Flo, or if unable to attend put your thoughts in writing.

MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) . . .
is coming to Weriton.  MOPS is a national organization that provides a place for mothers of young children to gather, receive practical help, find a mentor, have a place and time to chat, and develop relationships. And it even offers them a time to get crafty, because meetings will include a craft project. MOPS is a faith based organization who's mission is to create a safe environment for all Moms to reach their full potential. MOPS is run by Moms for Moms. Our open house is scheduled for August 18 @ 6:30 p.m. in Cove Presbyterian Church.  If you’d like more information, contact: Heather Campbell, 304-748-5980.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S PRAYER RETREAT, 
“Praying with Color,” will be presented Thursday, August 11, by Mary McElroy at Seeds of Hope Farm (3 miles west of Mt. Pleasant). We will gather at 9:30 a.m. $7.00 registration and lunch. Bring a Bible. RSVP by Monday, August 8, to Mary 740-769-7546 or e-mail maryemc@comcast.net. All women are invited to come and add some color to your lives!!!

MISSION TRIP 2016: 
This is an invitation to the women of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. Come, join us on a short trip to Washington, PA, Friday, August 19. We will be visiting the Presbyterian Senior Care Center at 835 South Main Street. There, we will be hosted by the Women of the Washington Presbytery with a time of fellowship and luncheon ($8.00). In the afternoon, we will be visiting the Washington City Mission. While there, we will be welcomed and have a "hands on" experience as we help where it is needed, viewing the campus, sorting clothes, or serving dinner to the patrons. We will car pool from the Steubenville, First Westminster, and Wheeling, Vance Memorial, parking lots, leaving at 10:00 a.m. and plan to return home at 6:00 p.m. Make your reservations by Friday, August 5th, to Betty Myers 304-905-9190 or e-mail bjmyers131@comcast.net; or Karen Edwards 740-598-4794 or e-mail ptookle@comcast.net.

RULING ELDER ROCKY CAMPBELL . . .
will be available after the service to hear your suggestions and concerns.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN REPRESENTING THE CONGREGATION . . .
on the Nominating Committee, please contact a member of the session.

WE APPRECIATE BURNIE AND NOAH HUEY . . .
who are volunteering their time to care of our grounds, but they could use some help. If you’re will to volunteer, give Burnie a call, 304-224-0507.

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove’s Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.

WE ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . .
regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

IF YOU’RE IN THE KROGERS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM . . .
your enrollment is valid for 12 months from the registration date. You will need your Kroger rewards card number. To confirm that your registration is still active or to re-register you can contact Kroger customer service at this number: 1-866-221-4141. If you need to re-register all you'll need is your Kroger Card number and  our Cove Church number which is 80270. All that is required is that you go to Kroger.com; Community; Rewards; Enroll Now; type in Cove and hit search; click on Cove Presbyterian; click on Enroll Now. Please check your receipt the next time you shop, the bottom should read You requested Kroger to donate to Cove Presbyterian Church. If you need help with this process just call the church office, and Heather Campbell will be happy to assist you.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME,
there a one floor, two bedroom, unfurnished duplex available for rent. It also has a basement, garage and deck. References and a security deposit are required, and no pet are allowed. If this sounds good to you, call 304-723-4243, after 5:00 p.m.

RECENTLY THE OFFICE HAS DONE THE FOLLOWING:
We spoke with Mon Power this morning about their equal payment plan. They only offer this plan to residential customers not businesses. We do not pay state taxes on this service but we do pay almost $70.00 for local taxes. I called the City Managers Office and Tax Exempt status does not apply to utilities.
We placed a call to our Legal department in Louiseville regarding the possibility of filing for an LLC and the contact is on vacation until Monday.  We'll call back then.
We’re taking out a Quarter Page Ad @ $30.00 in the Weir High Soccer Boosters programs that will be handed out at all the sporting events.  Thank You Bernie for sending us the form. Our information has been submitted.
MOPS - Look for a Press Release in the Weirton Daily Times.  We’ve delivered flyers with information about our open house to all the pre-schools in the area and to Change Inc., Mary H. Weir Library and will be taking more to churches in the area. If you have ideas about how to market this out reach program please call.
The upcoming movie night information is displayed on the city sign on Cove Road and the MOPS information will be displayed soon.
The phone line that communicates to Vector Security has been repaired and our fire security service has been restored.
Cattrell has ordered the new Air Conditioning Unit. They are replacing the existing unit with a York product that will match our other units.  The time frame is approx. 3 weeks for completion.
We’ve been blessed by Heather Campbell, our new Office Administer and all the work she’s done for the Lord.

WE NOW HAVE FIVE BLOGS . . . 
that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They’re listed below:
The Cove Community (www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com) - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
Cove Kids (www.covekids.blogspot.com) - This is tailored for the young people in our church. Again I’ll post announcements. You’re also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you’d like to post.
Bible Talk (www.cove-bibletalk.blogspot.com) - We’ve established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary.
The Bible in a Year (www.cove-bibleinayear.blogspot.com) - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace (http://sproutsoffaith.blogspot.com/) - Although we’re saved by God’s grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and the podcasts posted on our PodBean (covepresbyterian).

IF YOU’RE ABLE AND WILLING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION . . .
so that some of homebound members are able to attend our worship services, please tell the pastor or another member of session.

SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page (covepresbyterian.podbean.com) and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church,  https://www.facebook.com/Covepresbyterian) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community, https://www.facebook.com/groups/115579235630/). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
f you know of someone who is in the hospital please contact the church office, due to privacy laws the hospital is unable to contact us. If you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also, if you would like to receive the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

VASES OF FLOWERS . . .
can be purchased for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the church office to place your order. After the service, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.

ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . . 
Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Cent er.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the hallway downstairs.
Greeting Cards are being collected by the Myrtle McHendry Class. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. No envelopes -please. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked.
Can Tabs are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, July 31, 2016

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. The title of the sermon is “Come and See”, and we’ll consider how we might share the good news with those around us.









Friday's Essay - Still True Today

Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this message by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. 
If you find this essay helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.
Jesus was with his disciples, a group he called together months before. And they’ve been with him as he traveled all over Galilee. And they’ve seen him perform healings and cast out demons. And they’ve listened to him tell his parables. And they’ve thought about the identity of this man who seemed to have the authority to feed thousands and still storms. And so he was with those people who had been closest to him.

And when they arrived at a place called Caesarea Philippi, a district with a name to pacify the Romans and glorify the local king, Jesus stopped and asked these disciples a simple question. He asked, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Now they’ve been with him long enough to understand that whenever he talked about “the Son of Man,” he was actually talking about himself. And so, they understood the question, you know, that he was asking, “Who do people say that I am? In other words, as you listen to people talk, what are they saying about me on the streets and among themselves? What conclusions are they reaching about some of the stuff I’ve done? And how are they interpreting the all the things I’ve said?” You see, after being with him, Jesus simply asked, “Who do people out there, onside this group, you know, folks in the world, who do they say I am?”

And of course the disciples immediately responded. I mean, they must have known what people were saying about Jesus, because, without missing a beat, they said, “Some say John the Baptist”, an interesting thought since Jesus and John kind of overlapped. And they continued, “...but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets”, which made more sense than John, since they’d all be dead for a while. You see, according to the crowds, you know, the people, Jesus represented a figure from the past, a person who might be the forerunner of the Messiah, the ultimate king, the one who would restore Israel, but no more than that. At best, he was the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Although, according to polling information, most of the regular folks had a favorable impression of this guy from Nazareth, he sure wasn’t all that and a bag of chips.

But after getting this general information, Jesus shifted his focus a little bit. And instead of asking for the impression of others, he turned the spotlight onto his disciples when he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” You see, no longer would they be able to hid behind the thoughts of others. The rubber was now hitting the road, and they had to take a stand. They had to state what they believed. After all they’d heard and seen, now they had to state clearly their own position. And so now it was up to Peter, the leader of the pack. Speaking for the whole group, this spokesman for the twelve said, “You are the Messiah (the Christ), the Son of the living God.” In other words, “you’re not a reincarnated prophet, you’re not a messenger for someone else, and you’re not the guy who comes before the guy whom we expect to come. No, you are the one every Jew has been expecting, the one who’s been anointed by God to usher in his kingdom, the one whom we’ve called the Messiah, the Christ. But more than that, you’re also the Son of God. Now, we’re not really sure what that means right now, but we know it means that you’re more important than just the messiah. In the day, every king in Jerusalem was called a christ, but you, man, your connection with God is greater and more profound than anything we can understand or could have expected. Since you’ve asked, that exactly how we see you.”

Of course, this is the most profound confession, the most profound statement anyone has made about him. But Jesus not only took it in stride, he also affirmed that this confession would the basis for something brand new. You see, he answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.” In other words, this awareness wasn’t the result of Peter being smarter than the average disciple nor was it because of all the stuff he’d seen and hear. No, his ability to see Jesus as the Christ, the son of the living God, that was a gift, a little bit of divinely inspired insight that had been given to Peter but that could, in the future, be given to others.

And then Jesus continued. He said, “...you are Peter (which means rock) and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Now, this was powerful stuff, because it was on this statement made by Peter, that Jesus was both the promised one and the son of God, it was on this rock that a new community would be built, a community that shared a common vision and focus, a community that, regardless of how it saw itself, would always belong to Jesus. You see, it wouldn’t belong to the members; it would be his church; therefore, it would be an unusual human group, one that would actually put the expectations of Jesus above its own wants and desires. And because this church would be grounded not in a rock, but the rock, no power in heaven or on earth would have the ability to bring it down. Now that was what Jesus said in Caesarea Philippi, almost two thousand years ago.

And even though that was a long time ago, it’s just as true today as it was then. You see, the world still has all kinds of opinions about Jesus, about who he was and why he came. And even though this might be nice to know information, for us who follow him, there’s only one confession that reflects truth, that he still is the Christ, the son of the living God. And I’ll tell you something else, that’s still the rock on which the church, the true church, Christ’s church is build. And the minute we forget it, the minute we assume that the church belongs to us and that it’s grounded on anything other than that one confession and that our goal can be anything other than being Jesus Christ in our world, we cease to be this community that Jesus created. You see, what was true then is still true today.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 29, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 29, 2016: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 24:1–25:28; Romans 12:1-21; Psalm 22:19-31; and Proverbs 20:8-10. The readings are from  The ...

Sunday Minute for Mission - Presbyterian Association of Musicians

My first experience with the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) came in the summer of 2000, when I traveled to the Montreat Conference Center to see my brother sing in a Friday evening concert at a PAM Worship and Music Conference. I haven’t missed a worship and music conference at Montreat since then. As I have grown as a musician and a person, the mission of PAM has supported me. My first position as a church musician came as a result of hanging out at Montreat while I was in high school with a group from another church.

The relationships I’ve developed at PAM gatherings have connected me with congregations, yielded new opportunities and supplied me with dear friends who have offered sage advice and counsel. I currently serve on PAM’s Executive Board and have seen firsthand how the organization consistently looks to support future, current and former church musicians. As I reflect on the various ways my life has been affected by PAM’s Montreat and Mo-Ranch conferences, professionals gatherings and regional gatherings, I give thanks for the work and witness that PAM has offered to me and many others, and look forward to what our organization will continue to offer in the future.

Peter Allen Haley, Member-at-Large, PAM Executive Board

Let us pray

Creative and creating God, thank you for the gift of music, and for calling all of your people to offer it in praise. May our song join with the songs of sisters and brothers throughout the world to glorify your name. Amen.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Seeing the Hand of God

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. 

If you find this devotion meaningful, please consider supporting this ministry by sending an offering to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal. And no contribution is too small.


Acts 1:15-26

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus – for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry." (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) "For it is written in the book of Psalms, 'Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it'; and 'Let another take his position of overseer.' So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection." So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Seeing the Hand of God

According to some testimonies, some people have been give the opportunity to see God working in some pretty spectacular ways. For example, they may talk about how they were suffering from some very dramatic disease before God miraculously intervened and cured them. Or they reveal some horrible flaw in their lives or character that was miraculously erased through God’s power. Or they might even bemoan some tragedy through which God miraculously led them so that they could come out the other side with more assurance and hope than they had before. Now this is the kind of thing folks often share during services or meetings, and they do it with the intention of inspiring others.

And even though I would never question any of their experiences and believe that such miracles can certainly be inspiring, I think faith is often shown in our ability to see God in situations that everyday and commonplace. And that just makes sense. I mean, the more I trust in God, the more I’ll believe he’s with me all the time. And if he’s both with me and involved in his creation, I should be able to see his presence and feel his movement in both the spectacular and the mundane. In other words, as I grow in my faith, I’ll also grow in my ability to see the ever-present hand of God.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 28, 2016

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 28, 2016: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; Romans 11:13-36; Psalm 22:1-18; and Proverbs 20:7. The readings are from  The Mess...

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - July 27, 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 & Dorothy 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
Dakota Partnership
Alberta & Hopa Crawford
Sidney Byrd
Jim Skapik
Judy Edmonds
Kevin Farmer
Southern WV flood victims
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Tanta & Joe Hendricks Family
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: Richard Kantz, Philip Keevil, Larry Kline, David Knapp, Mary Jane Knapp.
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PLEASE KEEP the Rev. Tanta and Joe Hendricks in your prayers. Tanta’s mother, Marie Luckhardt, slipped peacefully into Heaven Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tanta and Joe can be reached at 49342 Oakmont Ave., East Liverpool, OH  43920.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION International Partner Prayer Requests for July: This month we are asking you to join us in prayer for our partners in Haiti. Located on the west end of the island of Hispaniola--an island it shares with the Dominican Republic--Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Eighty percent of its population lives under the poverty line and more than half in abject poverty. MBF works through the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti with three partners: Hôpital Ste. Croix (HSC), the Darbonne Maternal and Child Health Clinic, and the FSIL Nursing School (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti). Recently, MBF took a vision trip to meet with our partners in Haiti and discuss both ongoing and future projects that will help each of them grow and become self-sustaining. Please pray with us for the following:
1.    Hôpital Saint Croix--Pray for the future health care providers of this community. As the new term at the Episcopal University begins, pray for the students who will become interns and do their residency at HSC. Pray for the future of HSC as this new program projects a savings of both time and money for the hospital and makes space available for new and advanced specialties attractive to patients that are able to pay for the services.
2.    Darbonne Maternal and Child Health Clinic--Pray that more people in the surrounding community learn about the clinic and its health care for women and children. Pray for success of the midwife training that Father Michelin is proposing so that even more women will seek care at the clinic and deliver their babies with the help of skilled attendants. 
3.    FSIL Nursing School (Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti)--Pray that scholarships will be available so that more students can be educated and meet the health care needs of the Haitian people. Pray that the instructors at the school will inspire and challenge their students to become skilled and compassionate nurses. Pray the students, in turn, will work hard and be successful so that they can make a difference in lives of those who are most in need. Pray that the masters program will be implemented so that it can be the first in Haiti and have an impact of the quality of health care available in Haiti.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 123 Union St., Mt. Pleasant, OH, invites you to an Organ Recital this Sunday, July 31stat 6:00 p.m. Featured will be Michael Anderson, Paige McElroy, and more. Please join us!
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POGO XX: Our Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #20 will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 1st, at the Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, OH. Fee: $40 per golfer (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner). Call Sam Gibb 814-657-1267 or samuelgibb@comcast.net or the First Westminster Office 740-282-4591. Foursomes, please.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S PRAYER RETREAT, “Praying with Color,” will be presented Thursday, August 11, by Mary McElroy at Seeds of Hope Farm (3 miles west of Mt. Pleasant). We will gather at 9:30 a.m. $7.00 registration and lunch. Bring a Bible. RSVP by Monday, August 8, to Mary 740-769-7546 or e-mailmaryemc@comcast.net. All women are invited to come and add some color to your lives!!!
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MISSION TRIP 2016: This is an invitation to the women of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. Come, join us on a short trip to Washington, PA, Friday, August 19. We will be visiting the Presbyterian Senior Care Center at 835 South Main Street. There, we will be hosted by the Women of the Washington Presbytery with a time of fellowship and luncheon ($8.00). In the afternoon, we will be visiting the Washington City Mission. While there, we will be welcomed and have a “hands on” experience as we help where it is needed, viewing the campus, sorting clothes, or serving dinner to the patrons. We will car pool from the Steubenville, First Westminster, and Wheeling, Vance Memorial, parking lots, leaving at 10:00 a.m. and plan to return home at 6:00 p.mMake your reservations by Friday, August 5th, to Betty Myers 304-905-9190 or e-mail bjmyers131@comcast.net; or Karen Edwards 740-598-4794 or e-mail ptookle@comcast.net.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church of Dillonvale invites you to a Peach Social on Friday, August 12thfrom 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This event will be held at the Dillonvale Fire Hall, 153 Main St., Dillonvale, OH. Food, fellowship, and fantastic music will be featured at our 66th Annual Peach Social. Roger Hoard and Dan Jones will headline the entertainment. Dinner items: Haluski, sandwiches, and salads can be purchased at an additional cost. The traditional Peach Social ticket cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child and includes cake, ice cream, peaches, and lemonade or coffee. Please join us for dinner, dessert, and music at this annual community event.
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SEND US YOUR snapshots of your summer ministries for our website. Landscape view works best.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
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WV FLOOD RELIEF: If you are donating to the West Virginia flood relief and want it to go directly to West Virginia Presbytery so they can more quickly take care of immediate needs, please send a note with your check letting us know. Make checks payable to UOVP. If, however, you want it to go to the flood relief through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, please note that. Make checks payable to UOVP and send to us at the presbytery office. We will follow your wishes.
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AUGUST PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE PULPIT SUPPLY LIST can be found on our website—top blue box.
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PRESBYTERIAN NEWS SERVICE ~ For the weekly digest of stories for July 6 through 12, 2016, control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AGENCY ~ For New Church New Way eNews Join the 1001 Movement control+click here.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION News for July, 2016, control+click here.
FOR THE COMPASSION, PEACE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY, Presbyterian Mission Agency’s newsletter, “Ending Human Trafficking | Justice & Peace Close up,”control+click here.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S July newsletter can be found on our website under Seminaries.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S Newsletter for July, 2016, can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED MINISTERS, THEIR SPOUSES OR SURVIVORS’ newsletter for July, 2016, control+click here.
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FALL CURRICULUM FROM CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES PUBLISHING: (control+click links)
Growing in Grace & Gratitude challenges your children to practice gratitude as beloved children of God.
The Present Word adult Bible studies enrich the lives and faith of your adults, immersing them in Scripture.
Faith Questions youth studies honor your teenagers’ emerging faith and enlarges their worldview.
Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding leads adults into deep study of important themes of the Reformed faith.
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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.The Rev. Ashley Steele, Executive Director of Urban Mission in Steubenville, wrote the following article for their July newsletter. I thought it was neat and wanted to share it.
On Faith. A few months ago the Urban Mission was asked to take over the Summer Food Program for Jefferson County. The decision was an easy one as we knew without this program more than 7,000 meals would not be served to children during the summer months. However, “We have zero budget,” I remember telling Ms. Cynthia, our Community Developer, when she asked about funding. Budget or not, we knew this was one of those times where we were being called to step out in faith.
A few days later, we submitted our application on faith. Sites were selected on faith. Workers were hired on faith. Food was arranged on faith. …and then the phone rang. It was a woman from Thoburn United Methodist Church in St. Clairsville, OH. She had heard a news story about the program and felt called to share this with her church. During the season of Lent, they fasted and created a special fun for the Urban Mission Summer Food Program. A few weeks before our program was to start, she called to share this news with us. As only God could do, they had raised the EXACT AMOUNT of start-up funds needed to begin the program. That day, we stood in our office in amazement; thankful for God’s providence, for willing servants, for faithful givers, and for those who stepped out in faith without knowing exactly what God was up to. What touches my heart even more is to think that this church gave towards a ministry that would not directly affect them. It would not make headlines. It would not grow their church. It would not even benefit their immediate community. But they gave…on faith. And now, because of their faithfulness, hungry bellies will be fed. Children will be loved. And God will be honored. For many of our readers, I realize this is your reality. You give to the Mission on faith. You might not directly benefit from our food programs, or our homeless shelters, or our work in the community, but you give. Thank you. Thank you for trusting that God is going to use you to be an answer to someone’s prayer, someone’s ministry, and most importantly, someone’s belief that God is still active in our world.
Blessings, Rev. Ashley.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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IF YOU ARE A RULING ELDER who God might be calling to preach or become more involved in pastoral service, Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, along with Redstone and Washington Presbyteries, will be beginning a new training program for the preparation of Commissioned Ruling Elders and/or pulpit supply preachers. Starting in the Fall of 2016, the program is designed to be both classroom and hands-on experiences. You will receive training and mentorship that will help you grow as a leader in Christ's Church. For more information, control+click here.
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THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church in Toronto, OH, is seeking a part time, 16 hrs. per week, administrative assistant. Applicant must demonstrate a high level of trust and confidentiality, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work successfully with others. Essential duties and responsibilities include: General secretarial duties, proficient typing and computer skills, organizational skills, prepare/assemble publications, and assist the pastor with clerical requests. Previous administrative assistant experience preferred but not required. Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to: First Presbyterian Church, 116 N. Third Street, Toronto, OH 43964. Phone: 740-537-3721. Or email to: torontopresby@sbcglobal.net. (First Presbyterian Church is an E.O.E.)
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POST-GA BULLETIN INSERTSThe 222nd General Assembly Post-GA bulletin inserts can be found on our website under Items of Interest. These inserts hope to help you share balanced, non-anxious news coming out of GA with your congregation.
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TGIW – THANK GOD IT’S WEDNESDAY! That exclamation is part of the pastor’s greeting signaling the start of every midday midweek worship service in the first floor chapel at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Wheeling. Members of First Church, friends from other churches in the area, downtown workers, and others gather each Wednesday noon for a half hour of worship, music, prayer, and fellowship. One regular participant said, “Wednesday noons are like a spiritual oasis in the middle of my work week. I love coming here.” That pretty well describes the mission for Wednesdays: To provide spiritual refreshment and renewal for folks halfway between Sundays to equip them for their day to day joys and challenges at home and in the workplace. The “TGIW” (Thank God It’s Wednesday) worship service begins every Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. and ends at 12:30. Following worship, those whose schedules permit may gather in the fellowship hall for a bring-your-own brown bag lunch and Bible study. Others may go back to work, lunch on their own, or whatever suits their wants and needs. First Presbyterian Church is downtown at 1307 Chapline Street in Wheeling. For further information, contact Pastor Bob Willits at (304) 232-3383.
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CAMP PRESMONT invites all to their Small Church Revival Sunday on September 11th, beginning with 10:30 a.m. worship. Cost is $50 per church ($10/family if attending independently) and is due by Monday, August 1st. E-mail registration@presmont.org or call the Camp 740-758-5571. For more info, www.presmont.org.
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COMPASSION, PEACE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY, Presbyterian Mission Agency July Newsletter, “Funding Self-Sufficiency I Presbyterian Peace & Justice Monthly”control+click here.
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Control+click: PC(USA) offers prayers for victims of Ataturk Airport bombingAttack on Turkish hub kills dozens, more than 200 injured.
Control+click: SDOP disburses more than $120,000 for self-help projectsGrant money from One Great Hour of Sharing helps oppressed and disadvantaged achieve self-sufficiency.
Control+click: Stated Clerk issues statement on the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airportThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins the people of Turkey and the world in expressing our profound sorrow in the aftermath of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on June 28, 2016.
Control+click: Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and per capita. One of the most well-known notions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is our connectionalism.
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LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders October 3 – 7, 2016. Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. If you prefer, you can also register online.
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YOUTH COORDINATOR POSITION ~ House of the Carpenter. The House of the Carpenter is accepting applications for a youth coordinator. The full time position is responsible for the Thursday evening NOVA Service, summer camp program, the development of a mentoring program and other youth oriented ministries of the HOC. A full job description can be obtained by emailing Mike Linger at mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com. Those interested in the position can email a resume along with references to the same email address.
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Message from Jane Fisher: “BEAVER CREEK CAMP is going to need a new cook next summer. I think I am just getting too mature, let's face the facts, too old, to do it anymore. Maybe a school cook, or someone who works as a cook for a restaurant might like to do it during their vacation time. The kids are great, the staff is helpful, and I would be more than willing to be there for whoever we can find to do this to get them started. Someone just coming out of culinary school who is willing, could use this for a reference when looking for a job. If anyone is interested, e-mail me at janekitchenmaid@aol.com.”
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK ~ A Message From the PNN Editor: Good Morning from Oregon. The theme of this issue of PNN is, Parenting Your Parents. Ready or not, all of us are aging. In addition, most of us will spend more years taking care of our aging parents than we spent raising our own children. The welcome news is that this “role reversal” can also be an opportunity to make new memories with someone who has loved and cared for us from our birth. In this issue of PNN you will find several articles written along this theme. Click here to download and read the complete Summer PNN.
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IF YOU BORROWED our easel [that is used with a giant newsprint tablet] and are finished using it, please return it.
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PRAYER PARTNERS: You will find the most up to date prayer partner list [July 1, 2016, through December 31, 3016] on our website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Prayer Partners” in the top blue box. Your prayer partner is the church on the same line across from your church in this file. The purpose is to get to know each other better and to pray for one another by sharing joys and concerns in a more personal way. You should contact that congregation and get acquainted and find out about their prayer concerns and share those with your congregation in your bulletin and/or newsletter. We know the power of prayer, and we know that many times God shows His will for us through others, so let’s pray together.
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PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING. Learn about this transformation of the Peacemaking Offering at http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/peacemaking; then ask your session to approve it. It will be received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday, October 2. Call PDS at 800-524-2612 to order materials. Expect them to arrive by the first of August.
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OUR BACKDOOR off the parking lot is locked at 4:00 p.m. daily for the summer as our building custodians are on their summer hours. If you are coming to the Presbytery Office after 4:00 p.m., call Patty 304-232-3490 when you arrive in the parking lot and she will come down and let you in. If it goes to answering machine, she may be on the other line. You could try the door to the Vance Office. Or if you just need to drop in for a short time, out front on National Road you can park under the big green awning where there are four handicapped spaces and walk up the sidewalk to our brown wooden door.
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A WORKSHOP for pastors on teenage depression and suicide will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front Street (Wheeling Island), Wheeling, WV. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with the workshop running from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. There is no cost for the workshop. They ask that youreserve a spot by calling Mike or Michelle at the House of the Carpenter @ 304-233-4640 or by email to mlinger@houseofthecarpenter.com. The workshop will be led by the Rev. Gary Nelson who is an author, counselor, and nationally recognized speaker and authority on teenager depression and the effects that lead to suicide.
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FAITHFUL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE“God Mends Broken Hearts” will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Paris (Burgettstown), PA. This event is for ladies of all walks of faith and is a wonderful day of renewing your hope. Tickets are $20.00.This price includes the conference and lunch. Lunch is a boxed lunch provided by Marge's Catering and it includes your choice of Ham and Cheddar or Turkey and Swiss Croissant Sandwich or a Veggie Wrap, macaroni salad, banana, and a cookie. When you purchase your tickets you can choose you lunch sandwich. Tickets are now on sale. There is a limited amount of seating and tickets must be purchased by September 1st. Tickets can be purchased by calling PPC at 724-729-3450 or stopping in to the office. Office hours are 9-3 Monday thru Friday. More details will be made available about purchasing tickets soon. For more info, call PPC at 724-729-3450 or on Facebook at Parish Presbyterian Church. A flyer is available on our website under Items of Interest.
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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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