Friday, April 28, 2017

Minute for Mission - Monday Was Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

The men were taken first, then the women and children were brutalized. Witnesses saw the Euphrates run red with blood, and women plunged into the river to escape the terrors of the desert march. Armenian villages throughout the Ottoman territories of 1915 were emptied in a systematic campaign to demean and destroy innocent victims. Although modern-day Turkey actively denies this genocide, historians have gathered undisputable evidence of at least a million Armenians killed and a million more dispersed from their ancient homeland.

Today’s Armenia is the size of Maryland, locked among Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. Over 90percent Christian, this post-Soviet republic is a miracle of survival. Yet the lives of women and children are still at risk. In the remote, deeply impoverished Vardenis region, there is virtually no access to health care. Villages lack reliably clean water. Expectant mothers lack proper prenatal care and birth rates are low. Without early cancer screenings, death rates from breast cancer in Armenia are among the highest in the world.

But this is beginning to change. The Jinishian Memorial Program, an outreach of World Mission, began sending free mobile medical clinics to one village at a time, reaching nearly 600 women in its first year. Most had gynecological disorders. Many obtained vital surgeries and began cancer treatment plans. Women desperate for medical intervention finally had an advocate with the expertise to shepherd them through Armenia’s complex health care system. The program was funded solely through Jinishian donors.

New plans for a telemedicine center in Vardenis will make an even greater impact. Supported by a local family physician, patients will have access to specialists through teleconferencing. Jinishian is also making ultrasound clinics widely available and training specialists to focus on infant disability prevention. Through economic development programs, several communities are implementing grants from Jinishian to construct pipelines to provide clean water.

Because our God is a redeeming God, even genocide is not the end. Jinishian’s mission throughout the Middle East is to bring dignity and hope where there are poverty and despair through relief, development and spiritual uplift.  You can join Jinishian’s work by giving, or visit Armenia in person on a mission encounter tour October 6-16, 2017.

Cara Taylor, Jinishian Memorial Program

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 28, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for April 28, 2017: Today our passages are Judges 8:18–9:21; Luke 23:44–24:12; Psalm 99:1-9; and Proverbs 14:9-10. The readings are from the  Contempo...

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - April 26, 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
Laurie Hensley
Karen Byrne
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Wayne Devore
Royce Browder
Keith McMannis
Judee Parkinson
Family of Rick Kuhns
Annie, Ben, & Oriana Parker
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
Alberta Crawford

For peace and an end to violence and hatred


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 Lewis, Trina Lewis, Terry Lucarelli, Tanta Luckhardt, Mac McCuen.
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POSTPONEMENT OF THIS SATURDAY’S WORKSHOP: The workshop scheduled for this Saturday, April 29th, on Writing New Words to Traditional Hymns needs to be postponed due to family illness on the part of the leader. We are thinking that the make-up date will be later in September. This will be close to World Communion and Peacemaking Sunday, so it will be appropriate. We will send out another announcement soon after we get the new date settled. For any questions, please contact Ruthellen Bates, 304-737-3130. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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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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RWANDAN STUDENTS VISITED FIRST PRESBYTERIAN WHEELING: Sunday, April 23rd, five Rwandan students from Olney Friends School came to First Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, to sing and speak about their country’s history and healing after the 1994 genocide there. As Christians, we want to acknowledge and remember the dark realities of millions of lives lost to the rampage of evil on this earth, but more importantly celebrate the forces of forgiveness and reconciliation that continue to bring us together. We particularly want to celebrate youth, the young people among us who hold to a vision of a better world and will carry the possibility of that vision into the future. That is what students Owen and Katherine Leary were doing on Easter in helping to proclaim the Easter message with song and trumpet and what our young guests from Rwanda were doing as they shared their stories and plans for their country. Let us pray that God’s children will work towards and inhabit a world of Christ’s peace.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, MAY 27, 2017. Or, if you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 25th, as the Office is closed Fridays. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications not considered.
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WHEN COMING TO THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE: Vance church is now keeping all outside doors locked—with the exception of the door to their church office under the big green awning off the parking lot. To get to the Presbytery Office once inside those doors, go left just past the red carpeted stairway and through double wooden doors to the hallway and stairs/elevator that bring you up to us. Or call 304-232-3490 and we will come down to let you in. If you usually come in through our front door and find it locked, please call and we will let you in.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION Newsletter for April, 2017, can be found on our website under Items of Interest, or control+click here.
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PRAYER REQUESTS for May will soon be found on our website under Spotlight or in the calendar.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK 2017 Spring Newsletter Click here.
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PCUSA LAUNCHES ABUSE PREVENTION HELPLINE. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches and individual members can call an Abuse Prevention Helpline to discuss concerns and incidents of abuse, seek criminal background checks and utilize an online Self-Assessment Tool to identify potential gaps in abuse risk management practices within their organization. For more on the Helpline, click here.
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PCUSA SUMMER CURRICULUM BEGINS JUNE 4. Control+click here.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
April 27 ~
April 28 ~
Diane Jefchak, PO Box 217, Bethany, WV 26032


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An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.
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7 Questions to Ask When Starting a Youth MinistryWhat's the first step in starting a youth ministry? Brad Fiscus says it's to get all the stakeholders -- youth, their parents, other adults, and key leader -- to discuss possibilities and frame a vision. He suggests seven questions to frame the conversation. Read more.
50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with YouthHow can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in "50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth." Learn more and download free.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leadersDiana Nishita Cheifetz | Office of the General Assembly. Children of the Covenant.
Carrying the cross without fearKatja Buck | World Council of Churches. How the Coptic Church in Egypt deals with the constant threat.
Stated Clerk endorses new resource on immigration and sanctuaryReverend Dr. J. Hebert Nelson, II | Office of the General Assembly. “Welcome and the law” outlines legal issues for churches considering sanctuary, other activities.
First Arab woman ordained as Presbyterian Minister of Word and SacramentElmarie Parker | Special to Presbyterian News Service. Rola Sleiman to continue serving Presbyterian Church in Tripoli.
A setback for Africa’s fight against corruption. Efforts to improve transparency, curb corruption and protect natural resources in Africa have run into some roadblocks. Learn more.
PC(USA) Co-Moderator requests prayer for SyriaGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service; Urges continued work for peace in wake of chemical attack, retaliatory strike.
Unglued Church: Resurrection or resuscitation? Susan Rothenberg | for Presbyterians Today; Without change, there is no resurrection.
A witness to resurrection hopePat Cole and Bryce Wiebe | Presbyterians Today; One Great Hour of Sharing gifts help people experience a new life.
Presbyterian Church leaders react to executive order on clean powerRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service; New direction raises serious environmental concerns for creation care advocates.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE AND JUSTICE Newsletter April, 2017, “Sharing Resources, Changing Lives” can be found on our website under the “Mission” sidebar, Peacemaking, or Control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter April, 2017: Control+click here.
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SOUL SHOP ~ Ministering to Suicidal Desperation. Sponsored by Paris Presbyterian church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, PA. This is a great opportunity for pastors and leaders to learn more about suicidal depression. This can count as a CEU. You may register for this class and get more information on our website http://www.pariseco.net/ or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Paris Presbyterian Church. In an effort to stem the rising tide of suicidal desperation in our society, Paris Presbyterian Church is bringing Soul ShopTM to our community. Soul ShopTM is a daylong training specifically designed for church leaders, clergy, program staff, lay ministers, office staff, medical professionals, first responders, and faith-based therapists who want to learn how to save the life of someone contemplating suicide. The training will be held onThursday, May 11, 2017, from 9:00 – 4:00. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost will be $30 and will include a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Pam at the church office at 724-729-3450. Presenters: Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler, Pastor of Paris Presbyterian Church, Carla Sandy, M.P.M, M.S.W, L.S.W, and Martha Selleck, Integrative Psychotherapist. Register at Soul Shop Registration Form.
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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, 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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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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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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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Upcoming Events
Hospitality Series: Hospitality and the Old Testament, with Jerome Creach, April 19
Reading the Bible with Barth: Online class, with Angela Dienhart Hancock, May 1-26
Schaff Lectures: Forming Faithful Places, with Willie Jennings, May 2 in Youngstown and May 3 in Pittsburgh
Congregation Renewal: A New Day in Your Congregation, with Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens, May 16
Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, with Mary Lynn Callahan and PTS faculty, May 21-24
Other Upcoming Events ~ Click on the image to learn more.
SelfCareAprilblock
A Spiritual Formation Elective June 25-28

SLCblock
Miroslav Volf Discusses Leadership, Conflict, and Creativity
You may be interested in our Doctor of Ministry Parish Focus program that begins in June.
Click here to 
Learn more.
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LOUISVILLE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ~ PLEASE JOIN US for The Writing Pastor: A Workshop with J. Bradley Wigger
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Space is limited. Deadline to register is June 1. Click below for schedule, details and to apply.
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LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER
Are you experiencing conflict in your church or community? If not, you will in the future.
To be prepared, come learn skills to transform conflict and prevent it from becoming destructive.
Please let your colleagues know of this opportunity.
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches ~ Saturday, May 20, 2017
Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St, Hinsdale, IL (Chicago-area)
Conflict is a normal part of life, even in the church. If you are prepared, you can approach it as an opportunity for growth. This one-day workshop teaches some basic skills that will help participants manage conflicts within their congregations in a healthier manner. Topics include: Biblical basis for conflict transformation; Your own style of responding to conflict; Communication skills necessary to transform conflict peacefully; Strategies for preventing destructive conflict in the church family; A model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win manner.
Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. Individuals can also register online.
The workshop learnings can have a greater impact if a group of lay leaders and pastors attend the workshop together. There is a discount for groups of four or more from the same congregation. Click here to download the group coupon.
Interested in attending a five-day mediation training program in the Chicago area?
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will be offering the:
Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
August 7-11, 2017 ~ Glen Ellyn, IL Download a brochure with further information and a registration form or register online.
Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process ~ 2017-2018 ~ Lombard, IL
Group A: October 23-25, 2017; February 19-21, 2018; April 23-25, 2018
Group B: November 6-8, 2017; February 26-28, 2018; April 30-May 2, 2018
Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. You can also registeronline.
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PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNICATORS NETWORKPresbyterian Mission Agency:
Communications, Do I really need a plan? A communication plan is a road map for getting your message across to your audience. It is an essential tool for any organization—even churches. Creating a communications plan can be overwhelming, challenging and frustrating. Read more about developing a communications plan for your church. The Presbyterian Mission Agency’s communications ministry conducts communications workshops for groups of 20 or more. Workshops must be scheduled through your presbytery. This daylong workshop, conducted by communications professionals on the mission agency staff, will give you tips and techniques to better reach your audience. For more information or to schedule a communications workshop contactGail.Strange@pcusa.org or click here for additional information.
Keeping Faith: Tony De La Rosa, Interim Executive Director of Presbyterian Mission Agency, has been communicating with leaders in the church through a short video digest, “Keeping Faith.” Each edition contains three short video stories that you may use in your digital publications. Click here to see the entire series.
Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community: Read more about the PC(USA) six agency effort to share ‘Facing Racism’ resources with denomination.
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Holy Advocacy: A Time for Mutual Understanding
In John's Gospel, Jesus promises that he will send the hope of an Advocate, a Comforter – The Holy Spirit. In a broken world, how do we as Christians experience in our lives the hope of advocacy for ourselves, our neighbors and even those with whom we disagree?
How do we as Christians plead and act for the circumstances of others, focusing on their needs, not ours? Come join Christian friends in exploring this essential calling as followers of Jesus.
YOU are invited to join others in this conversation at the:
Synod of the Trinity
Regional Connection for Partnership & Networking
Coming to a location near you between May 11-19.
A flyer with more information can be downloaded here.
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