Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 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
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
Laurie Hensley
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: Bob Gracey, Colleen Griffith, Frank Haas, Barry Hall, Homer Harden.
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TRINITY PARISH PRESBYTERIAN Church invites everyone who enjoys good food and meeting friends and neighbors to enjoy a free homemade community dinner this Saturday, March 25th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Newell, WV, VFD Social Hall. Menu: Creamed Chicken Over Biscuit, Cole Slaw, Mixed Vegetables, DessertFor more info, call Cindy 330 385 6107 or Kim 330 383 2545.
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LOOKING FOR A FEW DISCIPLES. Practices are well underway for the Easter Pageant on the Hillside. We need a few more disciples (minor disciples -- if there is such a thing) and two other parts. The pageant is performed at 6 p.m. on Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. Practices are Sundays at 2. If you are interested, call Jan Toot 330-383-2500.
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PASTORS AND CLERKS OF SESSION: It is now time for sessions to nominate persons to be our presbytery’s commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the meeting of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, MO. The General Assembly meeting will take place from June 16 to June 23, 2018. At the June 27, 2017, presbytery meeting, we need to elect one minister commissioner, one ruling elder commissioner, and alternates, and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. E-mail your nominations for minister, ruling elder commissioner, and YAAD to the Presbytery Office by May 25, 2017. Applications and info including eligibility have been sent out by e-mail. If you need another copy, please contact the Presbytery Office.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY March 27th to Deborah Messham, debrmess@gmail.com

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"Every day think as you wake up: 'Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious life. I am not going to waste it. I'm going to use my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts toward others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can’." –the Dalai Lama
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HIDDEN FIGURES’ Katherine G. Johnson: Long before the NASA mathematician became a household nameshe was a member of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, VA, and a GA Commissioner to the 187th General Assembly where she served on the finance committee, a fitting place for a mathematician.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY March, 2017, newsletter can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY March, 2017, newsletter: click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION celebrates 180 years. In the February “Keeping Faith” video newsletter, Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, takes us inside 180 years of Presbyterian World Mission. Watch the video.
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SUMMER CURRICULUM FROM PCUSA: The Present Word from Congregational Ministries Publishing for Summer, 2017, will take the participant from the days of the judges to the prophets to the early church leaders where God called and the faithful answered. Order today!


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THE NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE is set for July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related, and youth-focused. About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website for more details or to registerwww.nwmcmission.org.
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Presbyterian churches commemorate Self-Development of People Sunday on April 2Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service. Annual event focuses on helping communities, worship resources available for churches.
Celebrating Triduum — the Great Three Days of Holy WeekEmily Enders Odom, ‘The work of the people.’
PC(USA) issues letter urging Wendy’s to join Fair Food ProgramScott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service.OSU students embark on week-long fast in solidarity with Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
PC(USA) Office of Public Witness takes part in Washington rally at EPA headquartersRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Participants speak out against President Trump’s environmental position.
Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and BaptismRodger Nishioka | Office of the General Assembly. Elders must ensure that those being baptized go through a process of preparation and following the baptism, continue to be nurtured in the faith.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church of Wheeling continues its Lenten series of Wednesday noon TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) services in the chapel at 1307 Chapline St. Each week focuses on select images and scripture depicting Christ’s journey to the cross. Paintings illustrating these stations of the cross are added to the “gallery’ hallway each week with the whole series available to view by the 6th week of Lent. Participants have valued this meaningful and peaceful break in their week. You are invited to join us.
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CONTINUING ED WORKSHOPS for UOVP TEs, CREs, and REs trained to preach:
Ethics/Boundaries Workshop: April 1, 2017, 1:00 – 4 :00 
pm, presented by the Rev. Craig Kephart, at Washington Presbytery Center, 89 Lively Road; Eighty Four, PA; $20, collected at the door, checks made to Washington Presbytery; RSVP to Nancy Youmans 724-222-1500 or office@washingtonpresbytery.org. [Office closed Fridays.]Church Leadership Workshop: April 22, 2017, 9:00 AM – Noon, presented by the Rev. Bill Webster & CCE Linda Webster, at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Rd., Wheeling, WV; $20, collected at the door, checks made to UOVP; RSVP to Patty 304-232-3490 or uovp@uovpresby.org. [Office closed Fridays.]
Contact the Rev. Erica Harley for more information: 608-322-2522 or erica.harley@hotmail.com.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Continuing Ed News March, 2017, click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Peace and Justice News March, 2017: “Working for Better Communities; Self Development of People:” click here. “Grace and Peace Be with You:” click here.
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THE ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING OFFERING is said to be 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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DO YOU HAVE AN ELECTRIC SWEEPER or vacuum which you are no longer using but it is still in good condition? A way is available for you to extend the life of your appliance. The Women's Shelter of the Wheeling YWCA is always in need of new or gently used sweepers or vacuums. Would you think of giving yours to them through the Peacemaking Committee? You could bring it to the presbytery office or give it to a member of the Peacemaking Committee at the next presbytery meeting. Thanks!
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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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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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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 (USA)’s Big Tent biennial gathering will be held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, 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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STEWARDSHIP KALEIDOSCOPE will be held September 25 – 27, 2017, at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL, for pastors, lay leaders, and anyone who is looking to learn more about stewardship in today’s church context. 30+ workshops will be offered. To register or for more info: www.stewardshipkaleidoscope.org. A free webinar will be held June 13.
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