Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - January 18, 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
Vickie Whinnery
Wally Jancura
Wayne Devore
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: David Roberts, Ed Rudiger, Carol Schoolcraft, Bob Shearer, Kenn Sickle.
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IF YOU WANT LUNCH at the Saturday, January 28, stated meeting of presbytery, please RSVP to Bellaire Presbyterian Church, our host church, by this Friday, January 20th740-676-0872--church office with answering machine; 304-780-1992--Christina Kester’s cell. bellairepresby@aol.com--church email.
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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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WITH SYNOD OF THE TRINITY celebrating their 300th anniversary, they have posted histories of their presbyteries. They can be found here: http://www.syntrinity.org/synod-presbytery-histories-300th/. We thank the Rev. Dr. Gene Toot for submitting ours.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 
Jan. 22 ~
Joe Hendricks, joea1968@comcast.net
Jan. 26 ~
William Popa, 658 Sally Cir., Unit 47, Wadsworth, OH  44281

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The world has enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed. –Mahatma Gandhi
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Real life ‘Hidden Figures’ mathematician is longtime PresbyterianGregg Brekke|Presbyterian News Service: Katherine G. Johnson computed trajectory of first orbital flights.
Registration is open for Compassion, Peace and Justice Training DayRick Jones|Presbyterian News Service. Annual conference to take up racism, militarism and materialism.
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POST-CHRISTMAS QUESTIONS, by Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological SeminaryWhy are Christmas stories such as Frank Capra's movie It's a Wonderful Life and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, so popular while American culture seems so often to contradict their messages? We are horrified by the prospect of a vulgar, self-serving and brutal Pottersville and are repelled by the unreformed Ebenezer Scrooge saying that the struggling poor and sick should die and decrease the surplus population. Yet, a sizable proportion of the American population support the policies that advance the very agendas they seem to loathe when they see them dramatized. Are the Christmas stories merely sentimental, idealistic and naive? This seems to be the cynical take on things. The cynic will tell us that a single human life can't prevent a town from going bad; a person can't really be changed, converted or transformed from selfish to selfless. Or do these Christmas stories exemplify goodness? A Presbyterian pastor I knew and respected greatly, the late David Pittenger, once called into question the criticism someone had of "do-gooders." David asked, "Would you as a Christian prefer 'do-badders?'" David was as sophisticated an ethical thinker as you'll meet. He understood how ideology and high idealism can get in the way of making wise decisions. He was a student of Reinhold Niebuhr, and a proponent of the ethics of "Christian Realism." But he was also aware that if our practical decisions do not reflect the substance of our faith, we aren't really acting as disciples of Jesus Christ. The Bible has a name for us when our actions don't match our values: hypocrites. Christmas is in the rear-view mirror again. Capra and Dickens are safely put away for another year. But I just can't quite forget the question that haunted my holidays: Why don't we live up to the stories we tell? Visit Michael's blog, Thinking Out Loud.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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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: 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 hereHEIDI 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 hereIf you have an idea for a subject, email Communications Coordinator Mike Givler here with the details.

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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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MASS INCARCERATION/RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: Understanding and Response ~ Louisville Seminary Black Church Studies Consultation. When: Friday, February 24, 2017, at 8:00 AM EST to Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 4:30 PM EST Add to CalendarWhere: LPTS and Quinn Chapel AME Church, 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205. Driving DirectionsPlease 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. Get more information. Register Now! Registration closes February 20.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY:
Free Webinar Explores Vacation Bible School. Jan. 19, 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 
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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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