Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - January 11, 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
Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks
David Bruce
Wayne Devore
Vickie Whinnery
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford

Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis


Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Bob Offerdahl, Annie Parker, William Popa, Connie Quinn, Jim Rahr.
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DEAR SUPPORTERS AND FRIENDS OF LAUGHLIN CHAPEL: The words "Thank You" are not enough to say for your generosity and support of Laughlin Memorial Chapel's mission: “To care for and empower families and others by working cooperatively with existing community groups so that the standard and quality of life in the greater Wheeling area are enhanced and reflected in God's love.” Your support, starting with the school supplies, hygiene products, and the clothing and winter-wear, your more than generous monetary donations, and your Christmas giving has greatly helped this program succeed and become a greater asset to all we serve in this community. Our gratitude and thanks go to every and all organizations in your churches for your benevolence.
The Chapel started the fall session with many changes as our Executive Director retired. The Board and remaining staff have come together to continually provide everything the Chapel has stood and continues to stand for. This year 2017 we are holding on to God's promise of supplying all our needs, and we realize He will never leave us or forsake us, as long as we continue to seek his guidance through prayer. As always, there is an open invitation to stop by the Chapel and spend time with the children you support. You will truly be blessed.
God's Blessing to all during the coming year. Grace and Peace, Laughlin Memorial Chapel, Board, Staff, & Students
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ANNUAL REPORTS. GA Statistical Reporting: 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 (or by February 15that the latest; however, the longer you wait, the slower the process will be when you actually file the reports online).
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, OHor by mail (the address is on the forms).
There is one report for those pastors who have Board of Pensions.
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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 PEACE and Justice Newsletter January, 2017, “Confronting Chaos & Forging Community” control+click here. This can also be found on our website. Click on the Mission sidebar, then Peacemaking.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 
Jan. 13 ~
Rob Whinnery, rob.whinnery@oh.usda.gov
Jan. 16 ~
Steven Smith, bowyer_ss@hotmail.com
Jan. 17 ~
David Demarest, ddemarest1@sbcglobal.net 

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A CELEBRATION of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday will take place in Wheeling. Join us for one or several of these celebrations.
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
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300th logo 2017IN 2017, as part of the 300th anniversary of the Synod of the Trinity, we would like to share some of these stories of life and hope in a feature we are calling “Revealing Hope.” And we need YOU to help make that possible. We are looking to discover these stories through you — stories of the person who has maintained faith and trust while overcoming great obstacles, stories of the person who has consistently seen life’s cup as being half full (at least!) on account of faith, stories of the person who has resisted a downward spiral to turn and live instead with hope in the light … the possibilities go on. These are the stories we are searching to tell through various media, ones that will be shared throughout our region to help provide hope and inspiration to others. We have already put together two "Revealing Hope" stories:

New David

DAVID BAILEY - The son of the late Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bailey, David was a singer and songwriter who didn't let a terminal brain tumor slow him down. View his story here.

New heidi
HEIDI BRACKEN - Heidi overcame years of abuse and suicidal tendencies to turn her life around, finding a shining light in a friend that she now calls "mom." View her story here.

If you have an idea for a subject, email Communications Coordinator Mike Givler here with the details.
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From a Moundsville, First, newsletter:
This Is My Church…
It is composed of people just like me.
It will be friendly if I am.
It will do a great work if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous.
It will bring others into its fellowship if I bring them.
Its seats will be filled if I fill them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of faith and service
If I who make it what it is, am filled with these.
Therefore, with God’s help, I dedicate myself to the task of being
All these things I want my church to be.
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Control + Click: A complete baptismCharles Wiley III | Presbyterians Today. What Presbyterians Believe: Living and dying in God’s enveloping care.
Control + Click: From North Carolina to Scotland: Earth Care Congregation partnership reaps benefitsRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Churches team up in stewardship of the earth.
Control + Click: The final frontierCaroline Vickery | Presbyterians Today. The challenge of aging gracefully.
Control + Click: ‘Ringing’ in the New Year… on a smartphoneEmily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service. PC(USA) Daily Prayer app provides contemporary pathway to ancient practices.
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When
Friday February 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM EST
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Saturday February 25, 2017 at 4:30 PM EST
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Where
LPTS and Quinn Chapel AME Church
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Louisville, Ky. 40205
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Please join us for "Mass Incarceration/Restorative Justice: Understanding and Response," Louisville Seminary's 2017 Black Church Studies Consultation.

Scholars, faith leaders and social justice advocates will address the complexities of the issues of mass incarceration and how this can be incorporated into the worship and ethical life of the church. Workshops from practitioners and plenary session leaders will provide real-life working models and tools that can help churches begin to develop ministries to respond to these issues.
Keynote sessions include:
In Their Own Voices: Experiences of Mass Incarceration

From Those Who Work With Families of Incarcerated Persons

Release, Reentry and Redemption: The Church and Community's Response and Responsibility
Healing Communities: A Framework for Congregations in their Ministry to Families Affected by Incarceration
I can't make it

Registration closes February 20.

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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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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://files.constantcontact.com/74dfabef201/dbc5bd94-ce1d-4797-85ef-ed69b5bef908.png  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 due in the Presbytery Office, 907 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
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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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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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