Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - February 15, 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 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
Sharon Willits
Mike Anderson
Keith McMannis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Bob Offerdahl
Wayne Devore
Jett Jock
Royce Browder
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: Mike Anderson, Laurie Armstrong, Glen Baker, Jr., Ruth Ellen Bates, Tyler Bayless.
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UPDATE on Debbie Hale: She is having some issues getting medication into her lungs, so is going to Cleveland Clinic for therapy and will have some medication changes. She and family thank you for all the prayers—the Lord is good. She isn’t 100% yet, so please continue to uplift her in your prayers.
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CHURCH OFFICER TRAINING for new and seasoned Ruling Elders and Deacons will be held Saturday, February 18th9:00 AM to Noon, at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling, WV  26003. Come in the back door marked UOVP Office, second floor, Potter Chapel. All new and continuing ruling elders and deacons are encouraged to attend. Some who have been church officers for many years have found this training very helpful. New officers have enjoyed the experience and found it provides a very valuable introduction to their calling. This will be the only training day this year. Deadline to RSVP is today, Feb. 15. Please e-mail pattyuov@uovpresby.org or call the Presbytery Office 304-232-3490 and leave a message on the answering machine with your name and a contact number in case of inclement weather. If the weather is bad, call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750 to make sure the event has not been postponed. This is sponsored by UOVP’s Training & Development Committee.
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed Monday, February 20th, in observance of Presidents’ Day. In an emergency, please call Bill Webster 740-359-1813 or Frank Lewis 304-266-8154.
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Lincoln’s Birthday: An elderly gentleman in Nevada calls his car Abe. It’s a Lincoln.
Washington’s Birthday: George Washington was first in war, first in peace, and first to have his birthday juggled to make a long weekend.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 52 Liberty St., Dillonvale, OH, invites you to a sauerkraut, pork, and dumpling luncheon to be served at the Church on Sunday, March 5, 2017, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Other food items available are creamed pork/chicken sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad, and bake sale. All food will be a la carte, and everything is $5.00 or less. Pre-orders are being accepted but not required. To preorder call Nancy at 740-769-2808. Thank you for your support.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 
Feb. 20 ~
Ginny Zoric, jzoric@yahoo.com
Feb. 21 ~
Marcie Allen, healed@comcast.net

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BEAVER CREEK CHURCH CAMP 2017 SCHEDULE:
2017 Program
Grades*
Dates
Overnighter Camp
K - 1st
June 23 - 24
Senior High Camp
9th - 12th
June 25 - 30
Junior Camp
5th - 6th
July 9 - 14
Junior High Camp
7th - 8th 
July 16 - 2
Opportunity Camp
Please Call
July 24 - 28
Pre-Junior Camp
2nd - 4th 
July 31 - Aug. 2
Alumni Day Camp
All Ages!
Saturday. Aug. 5
Call (330) 385-4729 for more information.
*Campers must have completed grade listed.
For more information and to register, visit:  www.beavercreekcamp.com
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José Luis Casal named new director of Presbyterian World MissionKathy Melvin, Presbyterian News Service. Pastor, author and ecumenist is first person of color to head PC(USA) mission efforts.
Top ten ‘spiritual and ethical’ films of 2016Edward McNulty, Special to Presbyterian News Service. The criteria are not primarily aesthetic, but spiritual and ethical.
New Books for the Lenten SeasonPresbyterian Publishing Corporation. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we are called to walk a path-one of humility, justice, and peace.
PC(USA) leaders issue apology to Native Americans, Alaska natives, and native HawaiiansJasmine Clark & Randy Hobson, Presbyterian Historical Society, Office of the General Assembly. The apology comes as the result of action by the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
New resource helps youth observe the season of LentEmily Enders Odom, Presbyterian News Service. ‘Pray, Fast, Love,’ available as a free download in English and Spanish.
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LOUISVILLE SEMINARY: On February 24 and 25, Louisville Seminary will present its 2017 Black Church Studies Consultation. The theme for this year's event is "Mass Incarceration/Restorative Justice: Understanding and Response." The event will feature scholars, faith leaders and social justice advocates who 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. FIND OUT MORE.REGISTER NOW.
Louisville Seminary's 2017 Festival of Theology takes a challenging and relevant look at where our priorities stand in the face of sports and the sports entertainment industry. If we can pour souls into the home team's victory and suffer in its defeat, what keeps us from doing the same on the Sabbath? FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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CENTERING PRAYER Introductory Program is planned for Saturday, March 4, 2017. Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God? The Centering Prayer Introductory Program will help us to understand the Indwelling Presence of God within each of us and our intimate relationship with that presence. The method of Centering Prayer will be presented. We will explore the benefits of Centering Prayer in ordinary life and experience two periods of Centering Prayer practice. All are welcome to attend. The program will be presented on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM with registration beginning at 9:00 AM, at the United Presbyterian Church, 310 East Main St, Richmond, OH, less than four miles north on Rt. 43, off Rt. 22 not far from Wintersville and Steubenville, OH. A donation of $20 per person is requested. The program will be presented by experienced practitioners of Centering Prayer who are commissioned to present the program by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. (www.contemplativeoutreach.org). For more information or to sign up, please contact the Richmond United Presbyterian Church at 740-765-4217, or Pastor John Harris 347-907-1197.
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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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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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300th logo 2017
IN 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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