Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - February 22, 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
Keith McMannis

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: Frank Bohach, Mike Bongart, Royce Browder, Claudia Brown, Bill Brown.
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UPDATE ON THE LITTLE BOY, JETT JOCK: In one day he did a complete 360 turnaround – awake, eating and drinking. Whatever virus or problem he had isn't completely gone but he is home and stable. The power of prayer! Thank you!
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UPDATE ON KEITH MCMANNIS: His third surgery was yesterday. He appears to be on the (long) path of recovery. Prayer is an amazing thing! Thank you! Please continue to uplift Keith in your prayers.
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REV. ROYCE BROWDER’S surgery is today. Please keep him in your prayers.
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TRINITY PARISH PRESBYTERIAN Church invites all to a free community dinner this Saturday, February 25th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Newell VFD Social Hall. Menu: meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, peas, rolls, dessert. Come and enjoy a homemade dinner with your friends and neighbors. For more info, call Cindy 330 385 6107 or Kim 330 383 2545.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, Wheeling, TGIW service (Thank God It’s Wednesday) that will be held March 1st, falls on Ash Wednesday. Begin your Lenten journey March 1st, 12:05 to 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel at 1307 Chapline St., Wheeling. You will have the opportunity to receive ashes, and on the following Wednesdays in Lent to walk a pictorial pilgrimage of Christ’s journey to the cross with a series of messages focusing on each scriptural event. For more information, call Ela Robertson at 740 338-7123.
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COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN Church, 401 Eighteenth St., Wellsville, OH, invites all to their 18th annual Basement Bistro on Friday, March 10th, and Saturday, March 11th. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6:45. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Call the church office at 330-532-4670. Menu: baked chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, green beans, salad, rolls, desert, and beverage. The theme is "Hats off to Broadway," and it should be a lot of fun.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:  February 24 ~ Emily Harden


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“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met.”
     --William Butler Yeats, 20th century Irish poet
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THE MOST UP TO DATE pulpit supply list can be found on our website. The Revs. Deborah Messham and Bob Willits were the last to be listed.
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MARCH PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight’ and in the calendar.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter: February, 2017: control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION News February, 2017: Control+click here. 
MISSION CROSSROADS MAGAZINE. The spring issue of Mission Crossroads highlights racial-ethnic contributions to transformative mission. Read it now.
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LEWIS CENTER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP: 50 Ways to Engage Local SchoolsMany congregations find that reaching out to their local schools is an important way to serve children and families and strengthen ties with the broader community. These 50 tips can help you engage your local school effectively. Read now and download free.
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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/60164bdda6e4064d943bed8b2/images/c4435a76-ba82-43c6-a5f7-157d1d3df9c6.jpgGROWING IN GRACE & GRATITUDE Curriculum for Your Children ~ PCUSA StoreBe Encouraged to Spread the Good News! Take your children on an adventure this Spring! Explore the stories of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel and discover Jesus’ call to forgive, to lead by serving, and to celebrate with gratitude the gift of new life.


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BOARD OF PENSIONS invites you to attend Benefits Connections in Pittsburgh, a one-day gathering for employers on benefits. Who Should Attend? If you are a Pastor, Personnel Committee Chair, Business Administrator, Clerk of Session, COM Chair, EP, Stated Clerk, and are responsible for benefits decisions and managing benefits, this day is for you! Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend. Why Attend? Learn about theological values that shape the Benefits Plan. You'll gain a better understanding of the plan, how best to use it for your church or organization and new strategies for being the best employer you can be. Ask questions during a Q&A with Board of Pensions leadership and staff. Enjoy fellowship with other benefit decision-makers during worship and network over a complimentary lunch. When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017,from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh - Green Tree, 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. RSVP by Friday, March 3, 2017 (seating is limited so register now!) Register at www.pensions.org/benefitsconnections.
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MONEY MATTERS FOR MINISTRYLouisville Seminary, in partnership with the Black Church Studies program, presents: How to Handle Church in Financial Chaos, Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205.
What do you do when you walk into a church that is in the throes of financial chaos? Rev. Stephanie Welsh shares her experiences and will help attendees: Clearly analyze financial situations; Identify strategies to address financial concerns; and Identify people inside and outside ministries to bring order to financial chaos.
This is a FREE seminar, which is open to the public. To register, send an email to Laura march at lmarch@lpts.edu. Registration deadline is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28.
The Rev. Stephanie Welsh is the pastor of Israel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, an ordained itinerate elder in the C.M.E. Church, and D.Min. student at Louisville Seminary. She earned an M.B.A. from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois and Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical in Chicago.
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New Preaching Resource Focuses on the Women in the Old TestamentPresbyterian Publishing Corporation. Author Lynn Japinga takes an in-depth look at over forty women featured in the Old Testament.
Presbytery of Sacramento keeps watch on Oroville DamRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Churches and residents take ‘wait and see’ approach for now.
Presbyterian World Mission celebrates 180 years of servicePaul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. ‘Mission 180’ reflects on the changing face of mission activity.
Task force reviewing Bible content exams issues statementOffice of the General Assembly. Unease centers on change in the percentage of inquirers and candidates who have received “Satisfactory” evaluations.
Intergenerational Valentine’s Day event celebrates women’s friendshipsEmily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service. First (Scots) Presbyterian Women share God’s love with local retirement community residents.
Freedom Rising programs take shape in pilot citiesSue Washburn | Presbyterian News Service. Coordinators gather in Pittsburgh to share vision and goals.
Presbyterian funded community-school partnership helps African-American boys ‘tap into their potential’Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. DREAAM House—Driven to reach Excellence and Academic Achievement for Males.
Feb. 16 Facebook Live video featuring Rick Ufford-Chase now available for viewingEmily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service. ‘Welcoming the Stranger: A Conversation about Leviticus 19 and Matthew 25 for Our Time’ is first in series of monthly multifaith conversations.
Documentary follows trials and triumphs of LGBTQ Presbyterian leadersGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service. ‘Out of Order’ screenings taking place nationwide.
New Orleans East begins recovery from last week’s tornadoesRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance partners with churches to provide assistance.
Providing comfort and presence in anxious timesEmily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service. Egyptian-born pastor offers immigrant and refugee families ‘a time to cry.’
Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and new membersRhonda Myers | Office of the General Assembly. Membership ... is a joy and a privilege, and a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission.
February ‘Keeping Faith’ video newsletter publishedPaul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. Features celebrate 180 years of Presbyterian World Mission.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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.
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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, 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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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 (it still works) because they put in an elevator. If interested, contact the church office 304-737-0751 or pastorannie@dreamersnet.net.
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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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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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