Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - February 8, 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
Wayne Devore
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Bob Offerdahl
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: Bill Webster, Bob Willits, Tim Wilt, Andy Woods, Ginny Zoric.
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, 2017. Patty is taking a vacation day. In an emergency, please call Bill Webster 740-359-1813 or Frank Lewis 304-266-8154.
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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. RSVP by February 15th. 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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ANNUAL REPORTS. Thank you to all Clerks of Session who have completed the annual reports.
If you haven’t gotten yours done yet, the deadline to submit your church’s 2016 statistical report to General Assembly is next week, February 15, 2017. And even though the deadline has come for the clerk’s annual questionnaire, if you would login, it looks like they may still take it.
The Presbytery’s reports can be e-mailed to uovp@uovpresby.org or mail hard copies to the address on the forms.
Ministers can submit any changes directly to the Board of Pensions online at www.pensions.org, Benefits Direct.
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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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A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.
Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.
He loved a girl so much he worshipped the very ground her father discovered oil on.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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FEBRUARY PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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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:
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 2017AS PART OF OUR 300TH ANNIVERSARY of the Synod of the Trinity, we would like to share some 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. If 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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