Monday, April 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 24, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 24, 2017: Today our passages are Judges 2:10–3:31; Luke 22:14-34; Psalm 92:1–93:5; and Proverbs 14:1-2. The readings are from the  Contempo...

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 23, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 23, 2017: Today our passages are Judges 1:1–2:9; Luke 21:29–22:13; Psalm 90:1–91:1; and Proverbs 13:24-25. The readings are from the  Conte...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sermon Preached at the Memorial Service for Harry Hutch, Jr.

Below is a copy of the sermon I preached on Saturday, April 22, in Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton, West Virginia. It was part of the memorial service for our brother Harry Hutch, Jr. You can find a podcast of the entire service on the Cove Podbean page. 

You know, I don’t think it’s ever easy saying goodbye, especially to someone whom you love. And even when you know you’ll see the person again, it’s still hard to let them go.  Now I’ve told this story many, many times, but I think it’s appropriate this morning. Back when I was a little boy, we lived in Norfolk, Virginia and my dad worked for the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock. And every now and then, he’d have to make a business trip up here to Pittsburgh.  And even though I knew he was only going to be gone for a couple of days and I knew that he was coming back and I knew that when he came back, there’d be something special for my sister and me in his suit case, I still remember how sad I was as I stood at the airport fence and watched my dad get on that airplane.  You see, saying goodbye is always a sad thing to do.

And of course, that’s especially true today, as we say goodbye to Harry. And even though I hope y’all believe that what we’e facing right now is just a time of separation; in other words, that the day is coming when God’s going to recreate his universe and when that day comes, we’ll be able to join those who have died in a brand new world, one where there is no pain or death, and even though I hope you know that we’re going to not only see Harry again but to spend eternity with him, right now we still feel sad, don’t we; sad to let go.

But I’ll tell you, God didn’t leave us to deal with this by ourselves, because believe me, there’s something we can do right this minute that will sort of help us through the sadness we’re feeling. Now before I say anything else, let me be clear, there’s nothing I can say that will made the grief go away. Still I believe there are two things that can keep us pointed forward until we see Harry again.

You see, first, we can simply believe; we can simply trust in God. And although sometimes that’s made overly complicated by minister-types like me, I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s as simple as one, two, three. You see, one, we can simply trust that Harry was and is and that we are and will always be in the hands of God, in his loving and gracious and merciful hands. Now this we can believe but you know, even if we have questions and doubt, that doesn’t change the fact that Christ was born and he died and he was raised, something we’re remembering this time of year, and that doesn’t change the fact that we are still in those same loving hands. I’m telling you, that’s one thing we can believe.

And two, we can also trust that just like God led Harry through death toward new life just like one day, he’s going to lead us. Remember the Psalm we read a little while ago. Well, that God who like a shepherd takes such good care of his sheep, has already lead Harry through the valley of the shadow of death. God has lead Harry home; and when it’s our time, he’s going to do the same thing for us. This is the something you can believe too.

And three, we can trust that we’re going to see Harry again. Now I want you to imagine that, we’re going to see him again in a new heaven and new earth. And he’s going to be there, probably putting together a model of maybe a tank or personnel carrier. And of course he won’t be alone. His mom and dad are going to be there, and of course, so will Betty, and they’ll be having a great time together. And I’ll tell you something else; Harry will be able to drink as much pop as he can hold, because all those former issues will be gone.

I’m telling y’all, we’re going to see him again, and that’s something we can also believe. You see, I told you it was as easy as one, two, three. I’m telling we, as we move through the sadness, we can believe, we can trust. That’s first thing we can do until we see Harry again.

But you know, that’s not all. You see, second, starting this afternoon, we can remember Harry. Now, I’ve got to admit that I didn’t know him as well as y’all, But you know, y’all knew him, and so starting today, y’all can remember.You can remember all the things he accomplished in the past. I know for me, I’ll remember the kindness and the gentleness I saw in him every Sunday morning when he and Betty left church. Y’all can remember. But even more than that, y’all can keep her memory alive by telling the stories about Harry that y’all know so well. And please don’t forget the funny ones. And I’ll tell you why I think that’s important. Every time you share these stories, in a very real way, you’ll be keeping alive all those experiences and qualities that made Harry so special to those who loved him. You see, you can simply remember; that’s the second thing we can do and continue to do until we see Harry again.

Like I said, saying goodbye isn’t easy. And I don’t believe that God expects us to do this without feeling sadness, even though we know that the separation is temporary. No, saying goodbye is still sad. But after the initial sadness eases. I want to challenge y’all to do the two things we talked about this morning. In other words, when you leave here this morning, I want you to make the decision the you’re going to trust God and to remember Harry, until you see him again.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 22, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 22, 2017: Today our passages are Joshua 24:1-33; Luke 21:1-28; Psalm 89:38-52; and Proverbs 13:20-23. The readings are from the  Contemporary...

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Friday, April 21, 2017

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

On Sunday, April 23, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bruce Mader
Cecilia Barnhardt
Chad Peppler
Chad Wilson
Cindy Kuzel 
Clyde Flesher, Sr.
David Johns
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Doris Greene
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Greta Billham
Jan Jackson
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Joanie Lawrence 
Josh and Dee
Karen Lombardi
Katy Allen
Kay Hyde
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel 
Libbie Messerly
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Patricia Cox
Paul Welch
People Affected by the Columbian Mudslide
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Sally Robinson
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Susie Hawkins
The Buckingham Community
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Alphonzo Lloyde
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Macaiah Lloyde
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Temica Lloyde

Military
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss

Church Families
Kayla, Eric, Rudy, & Gino Violet
Betsy Watson
Betty Virtue

Local Church
Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Special Friend
Edna Harrison

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Committees 
Self-Development of People Committee – Rev. Dr. Steve Cramer
Stewardship Committee – Jim Cochran, Chairperson

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr
Carl Hamill
Dolores Edwards
Harry Hutch
June Virtue
Ruth Ann Oestering
Ruth Coates
Theresa Skiles

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

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

THE SEASON OF EASTER:  
“The Pasch, the Christian Passover, the transformation of the Jewish Passover, was the great festival of redemption, and a commemoration of the cross and the resurrection.  In the fourth century there was a process of evolution, and with the development of Good Friday as we know it, the Pasch became limited to the theme of the resurrection.  So Easter emerged in our understanding of the term.”  (The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship, p. 218)  White, the color of perfection, perfect glory, beauty, holiness, and joy is the liturgical color for Easter.

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.

THE CONGREGATION WELCOMES . . .
Sharon Pachuta who has joined us by a letter of transfer.

“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.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will meet on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.”  During this session, we’ll look at Acts 3.1-26.

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

THE TRUSTEES HAVE SCHEDULED A CHURCH CLEAN-UP DAY . . .
for Saturday, April 29, stating at 9:00 a.m. One of our projects will be sorting through and disposing of some of the stuff that has filled our building.

YOU ARE INVITED . . .
to a seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, presented by Carolyn Gillette, minister, poet, and teacher. Suggested donation: $10.00. Continental breakfast and lunch included. RSVP by April 26, to 304-232-3490 (leave a message on the answering machine). Sponsored by UOVP’s Peacemaking Sub-committee. 

THE MUSIC EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND . . .
has offered to pay the $10.00 donation fee for all Cove members who wish to attend the seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns seminar on April 29. Contact Heather in the office so that we can keep track of the number of those wishing to take advantage of this generous offer.

CHOIR WILL REHEARSE . . .
Sundays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They’ll rehearse in the choir room.  

IT’S FLEA MARKET TIME!
The weather may not be warm, but Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming and it's time for Spring cleaning!! As a way of assisting you to dispose of no longer used or wanted items, the Deacons would like to inform everyone that they are having a Flea Market on May 6 at the church. They welcome any and all donations. The sale will consist of small appliances, glassware, dishes, books, collectibles, toys, and household items. Gently used children's clothes will also be sold. If you have items that you would like to contribute to this cause, they can be dropped off at the church at anytime or call the church office at (304) 748-5980 to arrange to have the items picked up.

DONUTS AND COFFEE WILL BE SERVED . . .
in the parlor before and after the service. Before you leave, grasp a cup and a donut.

THE CHURCH COULD USE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE.
In the narthex, there’s a fish bowl where you’re invited to leave any pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you might have rattling around in your pocket or purse. 

WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO ARE OFFERING . . .
their time and special gifts to the church. In particular, we thank the following:
We thank Ray Seifert for directing our choir, Sue Willson for directing the bells, and Peggy Baldt for running our sound system during the service.
We thank the Trustees (Dan Grant, Burnie Huey, Chuck Caleffie, TJ Smith, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs. 
We thank Debbie Rudiger and Tina Viakley for the work they’re doing with our young people.
We thank Rick Baldt and Jeff Grant for the maintenance they’re doing around the church.
We thank Katy Allen, Peggy Baldt, Heather Campbell, and all the ladies who helped with the repass for Harry Hutch.
Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY COVE KIDS . . .
who have not received a Bible please let us know.

WE ARE UPDATING THE BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY LIST.  
If you are not on it or know someone who should be added please give the information to  Heather Campbell or Debbie Seifert.

REMEMBER, THE PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE CHURCH . . .
are reserved for our members and guests who have disabilities or other health issues and need to park as close as possible.

IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SECRETARY OR PASTOR,
there’s a white board on the wall facing the secretary’s office.

THE CHURCH COULD USE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE.
In the narthex, there’s a fish bowl where you’re invited to leave any pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you might have rattling around in your pocket or purse. 

IF YOU HAVE A COMCAST ADDRESS . . .
and aren’t receiving e-mails from the church, please contact the church office. For some reason, Comcast blocks messages from Cove; therefore, you may need to set-up another e-mail account (gmail, aol, hotmail, etc.) to receive material we send.

WE JUST GOT A CHECK FROM KROGER FOR $209.89.
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.

STEVE CRAMER HAS BEEN ON FIVE PILGRIMAGES . . .
to Israel and is planning a pilgrimage October 20-29. This kind of pilgrimage is a life changing experience that deepens one's faith and expands one's awareness of history. Each participant has found this trip spiritually rewarding and adds depth and strength to one's faith. If you are at all curious about such a trip, please contact Steve Cramer at 330-921-1115.

IT IS NOW TIME FOR SESSIONS TO NOMINATE PERSONS . . .
to be our presbytery’s commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the meeting of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, MO. The General Assembly meeting will take place from June 16 to June 23, 2018. At the June 27, 2017, presbytery meeting, we need to elect one minister commissioner, one ruling elder commissioner, and alternates, and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. E-mail your nominations for minister, ruling elder commissioner, and YAAD to the Presbytery Office by May 25, 2017. Applications and info including eligibility have been sent out by e-mail. If you need another copy, please contact the Presbytery Office.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: 
Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, MAY 27, 2017. If you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 25th, as the Office is closed Fridays. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications will not be considered.

THE NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE . . .
is set for July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related, and youth-focused. About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website for more details or to register: www.nwmcmission.org.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO OFFER A COUPLE OF HOURS TO THE CHURCH . . .
we need volunteers for Wednesday evenings to chaperone the Cub Scouts. If you’re available, please tell the pastor or call the church office.

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.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL . . .
by go on the link you can find in our daily e-mails and on our website (covepresbyterian.org) and all our blog. We can also help you set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one.

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE THROUGH FACEBOOK . . .
by clicking the “Donate” button on the Cove Presbyterian Church page.

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

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR AMAZON SMILE,
you get the same products and service we expect from Amazon except the Church gets .5% of every qualifying purchase. The Amazon Smile registration for first time users is https://smile.amazon.com/Ch/55-0462066. You only have to register once then go to www.smile.amazon.com to place orders.

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 - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
Cove Kids - 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 - 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 - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace - 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 posted on our PodBean page.

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 and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
If 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 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, April 23, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin. During the service, we'll focus on Jesus's appearance to Thomas.









The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 21, 2017: Today our passages are Joshua 22:21–23:16; Luke 20:27-47; Psalm 89:14-37; and Proverbs 13:17-19. The readings are from the  Contem...

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on 1 Corinthians 1:18

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Not for Wimps

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. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

John 15:18-25

“If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘Servants are not greater than their master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’”

Not for Wimps

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If you listen to what they say, a lot of Christians seem to think it’s pretty easy to follow Jesus. I mean, it really doesn’t involve much more than saying some spiritual-sounding words and making a few promises that, even it you understand what they mean, won’t involve actually giving anything. For them, the faith is almost entirely internal and emotional and of course, personal. It’s about what an individual thinks and feels. And once they’ve said, promised and felt enough, then the blessings are suppose to start pouring it. As a matter of fact, once a guy has his nose above the minimum standard, there’s really nothing else to do, at least not from his side. Commitment to one another is strictly optional, and a Christian’s word is valid only if it doesn’t interfere with the comfort God is suppose to be giving.

But of course, that’s not how Jesus described the faith to his disciples. In fact, he prepared them to be hated on account of him. You see, for Christ, following isn’t about what a person promises to God; it’s about the life he or she chooses to live. And this life isn’t going to be easy nor is it the way to win friends and influence people. Rather, it results in others feeling resentment and frustration and hatred toward the Christian life-style, because it runs against the crowd-pleasing values of culture. And it’s interesting; if one’s Christian walk doesn’t lead to the same rejection and animosity that our Lord faced, maybe it’s not the Lord who’s being followed. In other words, living according to the world is the path to comfort and ease, because being a Christian just isn’t for wimps.

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - April 19, 2017



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
Bob Shearer
Mike Anderson
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Ginny Zoric
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Laurie Hensley
Karen Byrne
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Wayne Devore
Royce Browder
Keith McMannis
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Annie, Ben, & Oriana Parker
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Judee Parkinson
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
For peace and an end to violence and hatred

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: Randall Krebs, Chuck LaPlaca, Bill Lawrence, Susan Lehosky, Mike Lenno.
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UOVP PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S Spring Gathering is this Saturday, April 22nd, at Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH. Registration/Brunch at 9:00 am. Worship at 9:45 am. Come join us for “Sweet Life with Christ.”
Directions to Rock Hill: From North and South, travel Ohio State Route 7 to 470 West, get off Exit 3, turn left onto County Road 214, travel to 56244 High Ridge Road. The church will be on your right.
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WHEN COMING TO THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE: Vance church is now keeping all outside doors locked—with the exception of the door to their church office under the big green awning off the parking lot. To get to the Presbytery Office once inside those doors, go left just past the red carpeted stairway and through double wooden doors to the hallway and stairs/elevator that bring you up to us. Or call 304-232-3490 and we will come down to let you in. If you usually come in through our front door and find it locked, please call and we will let you in.
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AREA I SESSION MINUTES AND CHURCH REGISTER REVIEW ~ meetings will be held this Thursday, April 20th, at Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church, Chester, WV. You may attend either the 2:00 p.m. or the 7:00 p.m. reading. The meetings will last about 1½ hours. Clerks of session attending bring their Session Minutes and Church Register books. After an introduction and time for questions, each clerk will exchange books with another clerk, and read and review each other’s Minutes and Registers with the instruction and guidance of the Stated Clerk. Please complete and bring a copy of the Session Records Check List to the meeting. The items listed are required to be in the minutes of your session and congregational meetings, and in the church register. This list makes it easier for reviewers to see which items are in the minutes and which items are missing. Another item that you may find helpful is the Suggested Format for Session Minutes doc for use with the check list. Both can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Session Records Review” on the top blue box. If a session’s records are not read at the scheduled meeting, they may be brought to another Area meeting. If you need to be excused from your area’s meeting, call the Presbytery office at 304-232-3490. There will be a discussion of records issues along with any other ideas you bring for consideration. It is the responsibility of every clerk to see that his or her Minutes and Register are presented for review each and every year. All meetings are open to all clerks of all areas. Directions to Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church: 342 Carolina Ave., Chester, WV, (coming north on WV State Rt. 2 [also called Carolina Ave.], go through two stop lights, church is in the middle of the block on the right. Coming south on WV State Rt. 2, also go through two stop lights, church is in the middle of the block on the left, across the street from Hancock Savings Bank.)
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THE TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017, STATED MEETING of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery will be held at First Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, OH.
PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: You need to sign yourself in at presbytery meetings to be counted as present.
PRE-MEETING ~ We will begin with a pre-meeting at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed amendments to the Book of Order on which we will be voting. A booklet of the proposed amendments can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
DINNER will be served at 5:00 p.m. If you haven’t already made your reservation, call our host church 740-695-0690 to see if they are still taking them.
MISSION ~ In keeping with the Presbytery’s mission to try to serve local communities, the Mission Committeeasks that you bring Walmart gift cards to this meeting, and put them in the specially marked box on the sign-in table. They will be given to First Church so they can purchase coats of the sizes that are needed for their Coat Closet. You may also give them gently used coats.
The offering for this stated meeting of presbytery will be designated for the Dakota Partnership.
THE MEETING will begin at 6:00 p.m. with worship in the Sanctuary.
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YOU ARE INVITED to a seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, presented by Carolyn Gillette,minister, poet, and teacher. Rev. Gillette is internationally known and has written over 300 hymns. Suggested donation: $10.00. Continental breakfast and lunch included. RSVP by April 26, to 304-232-3490 (leave a message on the answering machine). Sponsored by UOVP’s Peacemaking Sub-committee. For more info, call 304-737-3130.
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PASTORS AND CLERKS OF SESSION: It is now time for sessions to nominate persons to be our presbytery’s commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the meeting of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, MO. The General Assembly meeting will take place from June 16 to June 23, 2018. At the June 27, 2017, presbytery meeting, we need to elect one minister commissioner, one ruling elder commissioner, and alternates, and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. E-mail your nominations for minister, ruling elder commissioner, and YAAD to the Presbytery Office by May 25, 2017. Applications and info including eligibility have been sent out by e-mail. If you need another copy, please contact the Presbytery Office.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, MAY 27, 2017. If you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 25th, as the Office is closed Fridays. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications not considered.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE AND JUSTICE Newsletter April, 2017, “Sharing Resources, Changing Lives” can be found on our website under the “Mission” sidebar, Peacemaking, or Control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter April, 2017: Control+click here.
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USED VACUUM CLEANERS ARE NEEDED for the Wheeling WYCA women’s shelter. Please drop off at the Presbytery Office or take to the April 25 presbytery meeting and give to the Rev. Ruth Ellen Bates.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
April 20 ~
Carol Schoolcraft, daschooly@comcast.net
April 23 ~
Jason Elliott, elliott8903@frontier.com

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The best things are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. –Robert Louis Stevenson
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PC(USA) Co-Moderator requests prayer for SyriaGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service; Urges continued work for peace in wake of chemical attack, retaliatory strike.
Unglued Church: Resurrection or resuscitation? Susan Rothenberg | for Presbyterians Today; Without change, there is no resurrection.
A witness to resurrection hopePat Cole and Bryce Wiebe | Presbyterians Today; One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help people experience a new life.
Presbyterian Church leaders react to executive order on clean powerRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service; New direction raises serious environmental concerns for creation care advocates.
Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leadersDiana Nishita Cheifetz | Office of the General Assembly. Children of the Covenant.
Carrying the cross without fearKatja Buck | World Council of Churches. How the Coptic Church in Egypt deals with the constant threat.
Stated Clerk endorses new resource on immigration and sanctuaryReverend Dr. J. Hebert Nelson, II | Office of the General Assembly. “Welcome and the law” outlines legal issues for churches considering sanctuary, other activities.
First Arab woman ordained as Presbyterian Minister of Word and SacramentElmarie Parker | Special to Presbyterian News Service. Rola Sleiman to continue serving Presbyterian Church in Tripoli.
A setback for Africa’s fight against corruption. Efforts to improve transparency, curb corruption, and protect natural resources in Africa have run into some roadblocks. Learn more.
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POGO XXI: Our Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #21 will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 7that the Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, OH. Fee: $40 per golfer (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner). RSVP by Tuesday, August 1stto the Presbytery Office 304-232-3490 oruovp@uovpresby.org. Foursomes, please.
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STORY WEAVING: Synod of the Trinity Regional Connections:
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Story Weaving
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Story Weaving:
Learning to Let Your Part of the Gospel Story Arise

Wherever people gather, stories are being woven that bring to light our values and give meaning to life. As people of faith, we have a sacred call to tell our stories in a way that transforms, lifts hearts and gives witness to the resurrection. How can we tell our story in a way that informs our self-understanding, reveals our faith and guides our presence in the world? Come learn to tell the Gospel woven in your story so others may hear and see God’s action in their own.
YOU are invited to join others in this conversation at the:
Synod of the Trinity Regional Connection
for Partnership and Networking
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A flyer with more information can be downloaded here.
Click here for registration details.
You bring your faith & imagination.
The coffee, conversation, and lunch are on us!
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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SOUL SHOP ~ Ministering to Suicidal Desperation. Sponsored by Paris Presbyterian church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, PA. This is a great opportunity for pastors and leaders to learn more about suicidal depression. This can count as a CEU. You may register for this class and get more information on our website http://www.pariseco.net/ or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Paris Presbyterian Church. In an effort to stem the rising tide of suicidal desperation in our society, Paris Presbyterian Church is bringing Soul ShopTM to our community. Soul ShopTM is a daylong training specifically designed for church leaders, clergy, program staff, lay ministers, office staff, medical professionals, first responders, and faith-based therapists who want to learn how to save the life of someone contemplating suicide. The training will be held onThursday, May 11, 2017, from 9:00 – 4:00. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost will be $30 and will include a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Pam at the church office at 724-729-3450. Presenters: Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler, Pastor of Paris Presbyterian Church, Carla Sandy, M.P.M, M.S.W, L.S.W, and Martha Selleck, Integrative Psychotherapist. Register at Soul Shop Registration Form.
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PC(USA) launches Abuse Prevention HelplineRick Jones, Presbyterian News Service. Toll-free number to help families and churches prevent child sexual abuse.
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LIMESTONE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 5704 Waynesburg Pike Road, Moundsville, WV, invites you to participate in the "Miracles of Mercy" program. For six weeks beginning with Easter Sunday, the Rev. Larry Kline will be presenting messages describing God's mercy. All are invited to attend the 9:30 a.m. services. Each person will receive a devotional booklet to assist with putting the truths of God's mercy on a personal level to become "doers of the Word." For further information, call or text Rev. Kline at (304) 281-3196.
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BIG TENT. Save the date for Big Tent 2017! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s Big Tent biennial gathering will be held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6–8, 2017. Mark your calendar and plan to join in three days of worship, workshops and the opportunity to engage and connect with other Presbyterians.Learn more.
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THE NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE is set for July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related, and youth-focused. About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website for more details or to registerwww.nwmcmission.org.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Upcoming Events.
Hospitality Series: Hospitality and the Old Testament, with Jerome Creach, April 19
Reading the Bible with Barth: Online class, with Angela Dienhart Hancock, May 1-26
Schaff Lectures: Forming Faithful Places, with Willie Jennings, May 2 in Youngstown and May 3 in Pittsburgh
Congregation Renewal: A New Day in Your Congregation, with Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens, May 16
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, with Mary Lynn Callahan and PTS faculty, May 21-24
Other Upcoming Events ~ Click on the image to learn more.
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A Spiritual Formation Elective June 25-28

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Miroslav Volf Discusses Leadership, Conflict, and Creativity
You may be interested in our Doctor of Ministry Parish Focus program that begins in June. Click here toLearn more.
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LOUISVILLE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ~ PLEASE JOIN US for, “The Writing Pastor: A Workshop with J. Bradley Wigger.”
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Space is limited. Deadline to register is June 1. Click below for schedule,
details, and to apply. 
REGISTER NOW!
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LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER
Are you experiencing conflict in your church or community? If not, you will in the future. To be prepared, come learn skills to transform conflict and prevent it from becoming destructive. Please let your colleagues know of this opportunity.
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St, Hinsdale, IL (Chicago-area)

Conflict is a normal part of life, even in the church. If you are prepared, you can approach it as an opportunity for growth. This one-day workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner. Topics include:
  • Biblical basis for conflict transformation.
  • Your own style of responding to conflict.
  • Communication skills necessary to transform conflict peacefully.
  • Strategies for preventing destructive conflict in the church family.
  • A model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win manner.
Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. Individuals can also register online.

The workshop learnings can have a greater impact if a group of lay leaders and pastors attend the workshop together. There is a discount for groups of four or more from the same congregation. Click here to download the group coupon.
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Interested in attending a five-day mediation training program in the Chicago area?
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will be offering the:

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
August 7-11, 2017 ~ Glen Ellyn, IL
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Download a brochure with further information and a registration form or register online.
Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process
2017-2018 ~ Lombard, IL
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Group A: October 23-25, 2017; February 19-21, 2018; April 23-25, 2018
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Group B: November 6-8, 2017; February 26-28, 2018; April 30-May 2, 2018

Download a brochure with further information and a registration form.
You can also register 
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PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNICATORS NETWORKPresbyterian Mission Agency:
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Communications, Do I really need a plan? A communication plan is a road map for getting your message across to your audience. It is an essential tool for any organization—even churches. Creating a communications plan can be overwhelming, challenging and frustrating. Read more about developing a communications plan for your church. The Presbyterian Mission Agency’s communications ministry conducts communications workshops for groups of 20 or more. Workshops must be scheduled through your presbytery. This daylong workshop, conducted by communications professionals on the mission agency staff, will give you tips and techniques to better reach your audience. For more information or to schedule a communications workshop contact Gail.Strange@pcusa.org or click here for additional information.

Tony De la Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the  Presbyterian Mission Agency
Keeping Faith ~ Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of Presbyterian Mission Agency, has been communicating with leaders in the church through a short video digest, “Keeping Faith.” Each edition contains three short video stories that you may use in your digital publications.Click here to see the entire series.


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Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community ~ Read moreabout the PC(USA) six agency effort to share ‘Facing Racism’ resources with denomination.


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