Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - January 25, 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: Lloyd Smith, David Stammerjohn, Rick Stanley, Ed Stern, Donna Todd.
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FEBRUARY PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION Partner Prayer Requests for January:
Pray with anticipation as God continues to unfold the plans He has for MBF and all of our partners. As there is great unrest in Congo and Haiti, pray that the unrest dissipates and the medical relief workers can return soon. Pray that trust grows in the communities, and the sick and wounded are free to seek health care from the hospitals and clinics. Pray for our partner hospitals and clinics that they are able to serve the communities effectively.
Pray for the ten nursing students from Egypt starting school on MBF scholarships. Pray that God would surround them with community who will encourage their study habits. Pray for the implementation of the BScN program in Kenya.
The staff and current board of MBF are happy to welcome the five new board members. Please pray for a renewed understanding and a fresh perspective that can create effective strategies and new plans for the future.
Pray for the importance of sustainable health care to be deeply understood in a way that ignites a passion in the larger Body of Christ. Pray that many more churches are able to grasp the vision in their missional plans for the upcoming year.
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PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: You need to sign yourself in at presbytery meetings to be counted as present.
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MISSION. Hats, gloves, and scarves for Bellaire elementary school children who need them is our mission project for the January 28 presbytery meeting. Please put them in the specially marked box or basket on the sign-in table. The offering received during worship will be designated to Laughlin Memorial Chapel.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE Pulpit Supply List (effective 1-19-17) is available on our website.
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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).
The 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).
REGARDING The Board of Pensions report for active ministers: It must now be done electronically. Pastors or their representatives must login to the Board of Pensions www.pensions.org. At the top, click on Benefits Connect login and submit any necessary changes with the effective date. This is fast and easy.
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ORGANIST AVAILABLE. If you need an organist, even for substitute work, don’t forget that our own Rev. Ruth Ellen Bates is available. Give her a call at 304-737-3130.
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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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It’s simply remarkable how the apostle Paul covered so much territory and accomplished so much without a car.
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Control+click to follow link: Regarding ruling elders: the ministry of the Lord’s SupperJane Rogers Vann, Office of the General Assembly. People who are unable to attend worship always enjoy visits from church leaders.
Fort Worth Presbyterian church vandalizedGregg Brekke, Presbyterian News Service. St. Stephen members and staff baffled by destruction/
Worship service focuses on Human Trafficking AwarenessScott O’Neill, Presbyterian News Service Service. Human Trafficking Awareness Day observed annually on January 11; part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Human TraffickingJeremy Ault, Director, Diaconia Connections. A worldwide scourge that deserves our attention.
Human Trafficking: From ‘word association’ to ‘world association;’ Cathy Chang, Special to Presbyterian News Service. Understanding the extent of labor exploitation in a connected world.
Detroit pastor is keynote speaker at Compassion, Peace and Justice Training DayRick Jones, Presbyterian News Service. Kevin Johnson to address race at April gathering.
Meeting space—or lack thereof—is key to ‘Missing Peace:’ Katy Steinberg, Special to Presbyterian News Service. New worshiping community in Central Florida is always on the move.
“One Church, One Book” aims to jumpstart discussions about raceEva Stimson, Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly. Good intentions alone cannot overcome centuries of racial injustice.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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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 here. 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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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: 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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