Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 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 Shearer
Mike Anderson
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
Royce Browder
Keith McMannis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Bob Offerdahl
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 in your prayers this week: David Bruce, Steve Cramer, George Crawford, Rich Cunningham, David Demarest.
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UPDATE ON KEITH McMANNIS: Last week’s surgery went well, his vent has been removed, he is starting to eat, and he is making progress, but recovery will be slow. Thank you for your prayers.
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UPDATE ON JACK VISSER: Jack is thankful for your prayers. He has received good reports after his latest kidney and lymphoma scans. The lymphoma is "indolent" rather than "aggressive," and he hopes the "watch and wait" approach will continue to show no signs or symptoms requiring chemotherapy or other treatment.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE Foundation International Partner Prayer Requests for February: When circumstances seem dire it is always good to remember who it is that gives us our strength. Keeping our minds steadfast on the hope that we have in a God who loves us gives us the ability to trust Him fully and not give in to insecurities we may hold up to ourselves or those around us. Because of this we have peace. Our partners in Kenya are in need of that very kind of peace. Sixty percent of all doctors working in Kenya's government hospitals are on strike. This is causing an influx of patients who are unable to pay for services rendered at MBF partner hospitals: PCEA Chigoria, Kikuyu and PCEA Tumutumu. Please pray with us for:
1. Pray that there would be a palpable peace as the sick and wounded enter the hospitals. Pray for the triage process that each patient would feel confident and trust the staff of the hospital. Pray for encouragement for the nurses as they encounter the patients and their needs.
2. Pray that there would be enough in the way of supplies to fill the needs of this influx of patients, from outpatient to admission. Pray there is no need to turn anyone away or cancel a surgery. Pray that all the needs of the hospitals can be met. Pray for energy for the doctors, nurses and admin., as this extra workload could prove exhausting.
3. Pray that the strike would end soon meeting terms both parties can be happy with. Pray that true understanding comes, and the relationships improve with the government in Kenya. Pray that the work of our partner hospitals in this time does not go unseen and that the government will help them.
4. Pray that the financial needs of our partner hospitals are met and given an extra measure of blessing as they bring healing and wholeness to those God loves.
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CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN Church, 100 S. Marietta St., St. Clairsville, OH, invites you to their Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 p.m. this evening at the church with the imposition of ashes.
Beginning March 5th, they will have a new Sunday worship time—10:00 a.m.
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AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT from Peacemaking and Self-Development of People Committees: Someone has called the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering "the most important and urgent offering of all the special offerings of the PCUSA." But giving to the One Great Hour of Sharing has decreased. As a result, the Self-Development of People in our presbytery will receive a smaller grant this year. Would you please consider making the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering a priority in your church during Lent?
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THE MOST UP TO DATE Pulpit Supply List, as of 2-23-17, can be found on our website. Click on “pulpit supply” in the big top blue box. Latest edit: Mr. Mike Elder’s phone numbers have changed to (740) 733-7704 and (740) 317-1455.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 1307 Chapline St., Wheeling, TGIW services (Thank God It’s Wednesday) are held every Wednesday from 12:05 to 12:30 p.m. For the Wednesdays in Lent, through art, image, and music, we will focus on aspects of Christ’s journey to the cross and how it speaks to our own spiritual journeys unique to each one of us. We will join in the hallway to view the paintings on display then reflect on them throughout our short service. Additional pictures will be added to the walkway each week, with the entire exhibit in place for the Wednesday before Good Friday. Come to view the gallery and join us for our noontime service each Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.
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“THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US.” (John 1:14) God’s word is not an abstraction, but a living presence with us. One way to celebrate that living presence is to come and see the words of the story of the Passion of Christ come alive in human form at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 Maine Blvd., East Liverpool, OH.
   The Easter Pageant on the Hillside: Palm Sunday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. and Holy Saturday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m.
For more than thirty-five years now, seventy or more people have portrayed the final days of Jesus life, following Him from the Palm Sunday procession through the Upper Room to the trial, crucifixion, and the resurrection. Over the years it has enriched the spiritual journey of many Christians to see the Passion story recreated and remembered. If the weather is nice you may be seated on chairs in the parking lot (or bring your own chairs). If the weather makes it necessary, you may sit in your vehicles. For more info, call the church office 330-385-3557, M-F 9-Noon.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:
March 6 ~
March 6 ~
Susan Wonderland, swonderland@syntrinity.org
March 13 ~
Donna Todd, 7540 Quill Wood Dr., Apt. F, Charlotte, NC 28226

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YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to celebrate the Installation of the Rev. Dr. Franklin E. Lewis as Pastor ofTrinity Parish Presbyterian Church, 342 Carolina Ave., Chester, WV, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Clergy are invited to sit together during the service. Ask one of the ushers for the clergy seating area near the front of the sanctuary. Vestments are optional (the liturgical color is red).
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YOU ARE INVITED to a seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, presented by Carolyn Gillette,minister, poet, and teacher. Suggested donation: $10.00. Continental breakfast and lunch included. RSVP by April 26, to 304-232-3490 (leave a message on the answering machine). Sponsored by UOVP’s Peacemaking Sub-committee. For more info, call 304-737-3130.
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PCUSA WORLD MISSION NEWS - Charles and Melissa Johnson: control+click here.
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Lent: Many people have given up meat for Lent. Others have given it up for rent.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Lent Resources Available Online: The Seminary is pleased to offer once again its Lent devotional beginning today March 1. This free online resource provides a devotional for each day of Lent based on the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s daily lectionary. The devotionals are written by the PTS community and are available in two formats—written text and audio files—and can be accessed in various ways: ▪ Read online or print and share. ▪ Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+; ▪ Download our free Android or Apple app. Visit the store and search for "Devotions - Advent & Lent." ▪ Request your printed copy. Call 412-362-5610 or e-mail reception@pts.edu. A number of additional resources are also available including Facebook Live videos Wednesday mornings at 10:00 during Lent, an e-book of reflections by faculty and program directors, the “Big Book of Lent - Year 1” featuring a number of devotionals for each day, as well as videos, a lesson plan, and music. Access these resources online.
Cultivating God's Compassion with Janet Ruffing: As spiritual directors and leaders, pastoral caregivers, and seekers of deeper spiritual lives, we desire to experience and to express God’s compassion in our daily walk. Join PTS March 10-11 to explore this desire more deeply. Janet Ruffing from Yale Divinity School will lead this event co-sponsored with Pneuma Institute and The Ephesus Project. Friday’s evening public lecture will consider the spiritual practice of Developing a Habit of Mercy and Recognizing Its Interruptions. Saturday’s workshop will explore how we Cultivate God’s Compassion for and in ourselves and bring that wisdom to fuller expression in our own lives, relationships, and ministries. Insights will be drawn from the work of Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, and others. Learn more online.
Celebrate Church Planting Day: Join PTS March 14 for Church Planting Day and celebrate with us as we prepare to launch our Graduate Certificate in Church Planting and Revitalization this summer. During the event we invite you to worship in chapel at 11:30 a.m. M.Div. Church Planting cohort students and the Rev. Rebecca Blake of Becaon will lead the service. A lunch panel with the Revs. Jeff Eddings, Rebecca Blake, Ayana Teter, and Cameron Trimble will occur at 12:00 p.m. and a brainstorming session with the panel will follow. Bring your big ideas and your ministry misadventures as members of the panel will work with four case studies on seeing possibilities, managing pain points, and discerning God’s vision for your work. Contact Karen Rohrer, director of the Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative, with questions at krohrer@pts.eduLearn more online.
Event Addresses Hospitality and Disability: The Seminary’s Extending Hospitality series continues March 15 at 9:30 a.m., with Debbie Creamer, director of accreditation and institutional evaluation at The Association of Theological Schools, addressing “Hospitality and Disability.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 20 percent of the population has some sort of disability. Yet, our communities still struggle to address basic issues of access (leveling the playing field so that folks with physical, cognitive, or emotional differences can simply show up) let alone make the important shift from access to hospitality. This session will invite conversation at practical, communal, and theological levels to reimagine hospitality that is truly accessible to all. An ASL interpreter will be present for this session. Learn more online.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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MARCH PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight’ and in the calendar.
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BEAVER CREEK CHURCH CAMP 2017 SCHEDULE, information, and to register, visit www.beavercreekcamp.com or call 330-385-4729.
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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 this Sunday, March 5thfrom 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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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 will be a lot of fun.
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MISSION CROSSROADS MAGAZINE. The spring issue of Mission Crossroads highlights racial-ethnic contributions to transformative mission. Read it now.
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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 this Friday, March 3, 2017 (seating is limited so register now!) Register at www.pensions.org/benefitsconnections.
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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.
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.
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 multi-faith conversations.
Documentary follows trials and triumphs of LGBTQ Presbyterian leadersGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service. ‘Out of Order’ screenings taking place nationwide.
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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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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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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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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