Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - February 1, 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 & Sue Shearer
Jack Visser
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Ginny Zoric
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks
Karen Byrne
Delbert McNear
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Royce Browder
Joe & Colleen Griffith & family
Family of Stephen Long
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Wayne Devore
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: Paul Todd, Gene Toot, Kurt Turner, Jack Visser, Pete Walburn.
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THANK YOU for your prayers. Vernon Brown's recovery is going well, and he is now back to work. (Vernon is the Rev. Claudia Brown’s husband.)
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THANKS to the Bellaire Presbyterian Church for hosting the January meeting of Presbytery and providing lunch. It was a joy for the whole body to celebrate the commissioning service of Christina Kestner. Thanks also to the First United Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, for taking care of the coffee and doughnuts that greeted folks as they arrived for the meeting. Well done by all. Thank you. Reverend Robert Nagy, Moderator for the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
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FEBRUARY PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed next Thursday, February 9, 2017. Patty is taking a vacation day. In an emergency, please call Bill Webster or Frank Lewis.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY January newsletter can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, Mingo Junction, OH, is seeking a person to fulfill duties for administrative needs of the church office. Candidate must possess high school diploma (or equivalent) and basic computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. This position is part-time. Candidates may submit resume to 650 McLister Avenue, Mingo Junction, OH 43938. Full job description is available at AdminPosition.docx.
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PILGRIMAGE: 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.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, Wellsburg, is giving away a chair lift to any of our churches who would need it. They removed one because they put in an elevator. It still works fine and the only reason they removed it was to save on insurance costs. If interested, contact the church office 304-737-0751 or pastorannie@dreamersnet.net.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION Newsletter December, 2016, Control+click here.
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ANNUAL REPORTS. Clerks of Session, please go to our website www.uovpresby.org and find information, forms, and links to GA for your statistical report and clerk’s questionnaire under Annual Reports. Plan to submit your two electronic General Assembly reports no later than February 15th; however, the closer to that date, more people will be logging in and the process will be slower.
The Presbytery’s reports can be e-mailed to uovp@uovpresby.org or mail hard copies to the address on the forms.
Active ministers can submit any changes directly to the Board of Pensions online at www.pensions.org, Benefits Direct.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 
Feb 6 ~
Connie Quinn, connie_quinn@comcast.net
 Feb 8 ~
Randall Krebs, randallkrebs@comcast.net


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OUR WEBSITE NEEDS SOME NEW PHOTOS. E-mail a photo or two of any event that took place in your church to pattyuov@uovpresby.org. Let us know the name of your church and what was being celebrated. Get parental permission for pix of children.
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Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it, too.
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 Faith leaders speak out against President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugeesRick Jones, Presbyterian News Service. Group says ‘We are all refugees’
Congregational Ministries Publishing launches 2017-2018 online catalogEmily Enders Odom, Presbyterian News Service. Easy-to-use digital resource offers quick one-click connection to pcusastore.com.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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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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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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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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