Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 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
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/her in your prayers this week: Nancy DeStefano, Lorraine Dill, Brenda Dunlap, Mike Dunn, Karen Edwards.
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MY SON KEITH (and I) are home from Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, after 2+ weeks. Lots of wound care in his future, but I'm so grateful that he does have a future!! Hopefully he'll be looking and feeling like his old spiffy self soon! Thanks to so many for your love, prayers, and support. So many people praying for Keith and our family truly made a difference! We saw God's hand at work so many times in the past weeks, in very large ways, and very small ways. Once again, we wish to thank everyone for those prayers and for the love and support we've received and will continue to receive throughout this ordeal.❤ Susan McMannis
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CENTERING PRAYER Introductory Workshop: Nine people attended and participated in the Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop hosted by the Richmond United Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Enough interest was expressed afterward to schedule four Continuing Sessions which will provide support, more background and the time needed to establish a personal Centering Prayer practice. The Continuing Sessions will also include the opportunity to share the initial Centering Prayer experience with others. Even if you did not attend and participate in the Introductory Workshop you are invited to the Continuing Sessions.
Each Continuing Session will be led by an experienced facilitator from Contemplative Outreach Pittsburgh and will include a period of Centering Prayer and group discussion.
The Continuing Sessions will be held at the Richmond United Presbyterian Church from 9:30 – 11:00 AM onSaturdays, March 11, March 25, April 1, and April 8th. For more information or directions, call the Richmond United Presbyterian Church at 740-765-4217.
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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. Areception 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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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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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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CONTINUING ED WORKSHOPS for UOVP TEs, CREs, and REs trained to preach:
WORKSHOPS:
Date and Time
Leader
Location
Polity
March 11, 2017
9:00 am – Noon
Rev. Gary Close
Maplewood Presbyterian Church
108 Woodland Road, Greensburg, PA
Spiritual Formation
March 11, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Rev. Carole Isley-Corey
Maplewood Presbyterian Church
108 Woodland Road, Greensburg, PA
Handling Church Conflict: Mediation & Restoration
March 18, 2017
9:00 am – Noon
Rev. Dr. Bill Youmans
Washington Presbytery Center
89 Lively Road; Eighty Four, PA
Evangelism
March 18, 2017
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Fred Soberg
Washington Presbytery Center
89 Lively Road; Eighty Four, PA
Ethics/Boundaries
April 1, 2017
1:00 – 4 :00 pm
Rev. Craig Kephart
Washington Presbytery Center
89 Lively Road; Eighty Four, PA
Church Leadership
April 22, 2017
9:00 AM – Noon
Rev. Bill Webster & CCE Linda Webster
Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church
905 National Rd., Wheeling, WV
This schedule can also be found on our website under “Items of Interest.” Each workshop is $20, collected at the door.
Workshops at Redstone Presbytery/Greensburg: checks made to Redstone Presbytery;
   RSVP to Bobbie 724-837-6737 or secretaryredstone@comcast.net. [Office closed Fridays.]
Workshops at Washington Presbytery Center: checks made to Washington Presbytery;
   RSVP to Nancy Youmans 724-222-1500 or office@washingtonpresbytery.org. [Office closed Fridays.]
Workshop in Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery/Wheeling: checks made to Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery;
   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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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, Wellsburg, is giving away a chair lift to any of our churches who would need it. They removed it because they put in an elevator. If interested, contact pastorannie@dreamersnet.net or the church office 304-737-0751.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE & Justice Newsletter, “Grace and Peace Be with You,” March 2017: click here.
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT for Eco-Palms! Order your Eco-Palms by March 18 to receive them in time for Palm Sunday, April 9. Learn more
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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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Big Tent 2017 to focus on ‘Race, Reconciliation and Reformation’Mari Graham | Presbyterian News Service, Big things are happening at biennial Presbyterian gathering.
Presbyterians stand with Jewish community after cemetery vandalism, threatsGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service. Incidents in St. Louis and Philadelphia bear similarities to historic violence.
One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help people experience a new lifePat Cole and Bryce Wiebe | Special to Presbyterian News Service. Offering serves as a witness to resurrection hope.
Popular Lenten daily devotional series returns to d365.orgStaff reports. ‘Journey to the Cross’ available throughout the season of Lent.
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HERE IS A CUTE INTERNET STORY that has been going around: ‘Explain God’ was written by an 8 year old boy who lives in Chula Vista, CA, for his third grade homework assignment. “One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers. God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on since some people, like preachers, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off. God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have. Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church.
Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said OK. And God did not let Jesus stay in the grave, but raised him from the dead. His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heavens. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.
You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God! Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.
If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know he's around you when you're scared, in the dark, or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by the big kids. But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And that's why I believe in God.”
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Lent Resources Available Online: The Seminary is pleased to offer once again its Lent devotional beginning 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.
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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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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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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