Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - January 4, 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
Vernon Brown
Jack Visser
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Bob & Sue Shearer
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Ginny Zoric
Karen Byrne
Delbert McNear
Debbie Hale
Hayden Kestner
David Bruce
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks
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 in your prayers this week: Sam Monte, Ed Mooney, Bob Morgan, Robert Nagy, John Oerter.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION prayer requests: We want to first thank God for all that He has done in 2016. We praise God for all of you, our partners in mission. May God bless you with strategy for the next season of your ministry as we continue to build sustainable healthcare. May you be filled with boldness and the strength to carry on in the challenging times. May you know the quiet and comforting love of Jesus as you continue to do His work. Pray with us in expectation for the new year! Pray that God will challenge the Body of Christ and open hearts to the mission of sustainable healthcare, and the wholeness it brings. Pray that God would speak of new advancements and technology through connections, dreams and visions. Pray that each one of us would have eyes to see those things He is bringing to the forefront and the discernment to take action with it.
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WHO WILL BE your session's commissioner to presbytery for 2017? If it is someone new, please give Patty his/her e-mail address. We need this info if they are to receive docket packets.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter for December, 2016, can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Jan. 6 ~ Bill Lawrence, atwood9145@aol.com

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from the Peacemaking Committee: On Sunday, January 15th, and Monday, January 16th, a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday will take place in Wheeling.
Sunday, Jan. 15:
1:15 p.m.—MLK March (starts at top of MLK Way and windmill, which is intersection of National Rd. and Stone Blvd.)
2:00 p.m.—Reflections on King's Legacy at Fourth St. United Methodist Church, Chapline Street
3:00 p.m.—Community Meal, Fourth St. United Methodist Church ($3 donation appreciated)
4:00 p.m.—Community Worship Service, Macedonia Baptist Church on 12th Street
Monday, Jan. 16:
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—Civil and Racial Justice Activities for Kids at Laughlin Chapel
7:00 p.m.—Presentation, "King's Vision: A Tangible Witness in a Brokenhearted World," given by the Rev. Paul Abernathy of Pittsburgh at Wheeling Jesuit University, Swint Hall, Troy Theater
Join us for one or several of these celebrations.
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A New Year’s resolution is a promise to stop doing everything you enjoy most.
May your troubles in the coming New Year be as short-lived as your resolutions.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY:
Annual Lecture and Community Conversation on Race and Faith. You’re invited to the Seminary Jan. 14 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. for the third annual lecture and community conversation on race and faith—“Rhythm of Justice.” Join the Office of Continuing Education and the Metro-Urban Institute as we explore the prophetic power of the spoken word, reclaim our voices, and embrace the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day’s program will highlight the intersection of faith, race, justice, and the arts through spoken word and poetry. Keynote presenter is Erika D. Gault. This event is free and open to all ages (youth especially welcome); please register in advance for dinner. Get the full schedule and more information online.
Free Webinar Explores Vacation Bible School. Mark your calendar for Jan. 19, and learn more about planning and organizing a successful vacation Bible school. Lisa Brown will lead the hour-long discussion at 12:00 p.m. ET. Her book, The Best Do-It-Yourself VBS Workbook Ever, will be published early this year. The event is part of the Christian Education NETworking Series offered through Continuing Education. If you’re unable to join us for the live webinar, a recording will be available on the Seminary’s website after the event. Learn more.
Summit Against Racism at PTS. The Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute welcomes the Summit Against Racism Jan. 21. This all-day event will explore race and reconciliation in our modern society. The conference will provide a forum for discussion about the current state of race relations in the U.S., what we have learned so far, and pathways to deeper understanding, healing, and social action. Register online.
Sabbath as Resistance: An Ethic of Faithful Defiance. Despite the Christian injunction to love our neighbors as ourselves, self-care—a form of self-love that is crucial for sustaining personal and professional wellbeing—continues to be a struggle for many in ministry and the helping professions. We’ll address this topic Jan. 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. when Michelle Snyder and Ayana Teeter present “Sabbath as Resistance: An Ethic of Faithful Defiance.” Continuing education units are available for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. This event is co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute and underwritten by Desert Ministries Inc. Learn more.
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ANNUAL REPORTS. Clerks of Session, please go to our website www.uovpresby.org and find all the information as well as links to the GA statistical report and clerk’s questionnaire under Annual Reports. Plan to submit your two electronic General Assembly reports by January 31, 2017.
There are four reports to be returned to the Presbytery Office. You can e-mail the completed reports to uovp@uovpresby.org. If you wish to file paper copies, please return them to the Rev. Dr. Frank Lewis, our Stated Clerk, at the presbytery meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Bellaire Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH, or by mail (the address is on the forms).
There is one report for pastors who have Board of Pensions.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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JANUARY PRAYER REQUESTS are on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE Pulpit Supply List 1-1-17 can be found on our website.
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FELLOWSHIP COMMUNITY NATIONAL GATHERING will be February 21-23, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL. Registration is OPEN! What Is Success For Your Church? I once asked this of an old-school church leader, who promptly spluttered and spat a mouthful of tea back into his cup and saucer. (I'm from England, and people drink a lot of tea over there. That's plenty of opportunity for tea splattering.) If we're honest, though, we can sort of understand that pastor. Asking about church success can make us feel a bit televangelist and slightly unclean. But it's a vital question....http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Y3T7lv8i8miTpLiEwkI7Q3P3Vr4jFA_Lm3ICuRnaZQYJxrpqqpHviCBnm0ALrA8JuZ3WljVdHOJBUpm8o1Sr2H8jNv9X7-fFrsoBoVySjWFTi5srwhGB1jzAg3cNeTVx0PsEFt_7_9ZACUmx_PLKybm_K03o6QVezNZJF4Gdfn2m6G0yMw6UYQ3ivI7HuKXvgpjw3Vy5jKgQyWv842aAuy3l7VazisHUMcj9Oo1r_XTXvezWX59iOQ==&c=reNgdPxGws4u03m7C3bDKlytZSbUVvGzsOCdmQnEPazZMXDk9RIkAA==&ch=ZI3v2yldSBRRy3JCSGc-yuNquv1qSyXv0cn5X_z51fqfY85-_4HHow==  Alex Absalom of DandelionResourcing.com is a coach, speaker, and writer on the practicalities of transitioning churches into disciple-making cultures – especially through combining missional living with being naturally supernatural. You can connect with Alex in advance of the conference via Twitter (@alexabsalom) and Facebook (dandelionresourcing).
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MISSION TRIP. Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, in partnership with the Domasi Presbytery, Blantyre Synod, CCAP, is seeking to send three travelers on a mission trip in September of 2017 to Malawi, Africa. Is God calling you to make this journey of faith? Many have found this to be a life changing and faith enriching experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for some new folks to have their faith deepened. After prayerful consideration, if you are interested, please find trip details and requirements and application questions on our website www.uovpresby.org under “Items of Interest.” Fill out the form, sign and return with your answers on a separate sheet of paper along with your session endorsement letter.
        Tentative dates of travel: September 15, 2017, to September 27, 2017.
        Applications must be received in the Presbytery Office, 907 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
        Interviews for those who apply will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, OH.
A bulletin insert can also be found on the website under “Items of Interest.”
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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, Missouri, 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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IS GOD CALLING YOU? Maybe you (or someone you know) is being called by God to: Learn more about the faith, explore pastoral and other leadership roles, develop talents and skills for ministry. The Inter Presbytery Leadership Formation pro­gram will be accepting new participants in January, 2017. If you are a Ruling Elder and you have considered pursuing CRE training or you are just interested in growing as a disciple, this may be for you! For more info, please contact the Presbytery Office at uovp@uovpresby.org. You can also find some info on our website www.uovpresby.org under “Items of Interest.” Click on: Training for Ruling Elders in Particular Pastoral Service—Inter Presbytery CRE Booklet Fall 2016 Spring 2018.
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HOST CHURCHES are needed for Presbytery Meetings. Would you like your congregation to host a presbytery meeting? These are the 2017 stated meeting dates:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Business Meeting
If your session would like to invite presbytery to meet at your church, please send an e-mail to the Rev. Dr. Frank Lewis, Stated Clerk, scuovp@gmail.com, stating the date you will be available.
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2017 LITURGICAL COLORS CALENDAR: To find a printable liturgical calendar with the liturgical colors for paraments, go to http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/planningcalendar/pdfs/2017-liturgical-colors.pdf, or you can find it on our website www.uovpresby.org under Spotlight, or let me know and I can mail you a hard copy.
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