Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - April 19, 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
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Annie, Ben, & Oriana Parker
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Judee Parkinson
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
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: Randall Krebs, Chuck LaPlaca, Bill Lawrence, Susan Lehosky, Mike Lenno.
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UOVP PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S Spring Gathering is this Saturday, April 22nd, at Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH. Registration/Brunch at 9:00 am. Worship at 9:45 am. Come join us for “Sweet Life with Christ.”
Directions to Rock Hill: From North and South, travel Ohio State Route 7 to 470 West, get off Exit 3, turn left onto County Road 214, travel to 56244 High Ridge Road. The church will be on your right.
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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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AREA I SESSION MINUTES AND CHURCH REGISTER REVIEW ~ meetings will be held this Thursday, April 20th, at Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church, Chester, WV. You may attend either the 2:00 p.m. or the 7:00 p.m. reading. The meetings will last about 1½ hours. Clerks of session attending bring their Session Minutes and Church Register books. After an introduction and time for questions, each clerk will exchange books with another clerk, and read and review each other’s Minutes and Registers with the instruction and guidance of the Stated Clerk. Please complete and bring a copy of the Session Records Check List to the meeting. The items listed are required to be in the minutes of your session and congregational meetings, and in the church register. This list makes it easier for reviewers to see which items are in the minutes and which items are missing. Another item that you may find helpful is the Suggested Format for Session Minutes doc for use with the check list. Both can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Session Records Review” on the top blue box. If a session’s records are not read at the scheduled meeting, they may be brought to another Area meeting. If you need to be excused from your area’s meeting, call the Presbytery office at 304-232-3490. There will be a discussion of records issues along with any other ideas you bring for consideration. It is the responsibility of every clerk to see that his or her Minutes and Register are presented for review each and every year. All meetings are open to all clerks of all areas. Directions to Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church: 342 Carolina Ave., Chester, WV, (coming north on WV State Rt. 2 [also called Carolina Ave.], go through two stop lights, church is in the middle of the block on the right. Coming south on WV State Rt. 2, also go through two stop lights, church is in the middle of the block on the left, across the street from Hancock Savings Bank.)
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THE TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017, STATED MEETING of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery will be held at First Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, OH.
PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: You need to sign yourself in at presbytery meetings to be counted as present.
PRE-MEETING ~ We will begin with a pre-meeting at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed amendments to the Book of Order on which we will be voting. A booklet of the proposed amendments can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
DINNER will be served at 5:00 p.m. If you haven’t already made your reservation, call our host church 740-695-0690 to see if they are still taking them.
MISSION ~ In keeping with the Presbytery’s mission to try to serve local communities, the Mission Committeeasks that you bring Walmart gift cards to this meeting, and put them in the specially marked box on the sign-in table. They will be given to First Church so they can purchase coats of the sizes that are needed for their Coat Closet. You may also give them gently used coats.
The offering for this stated meeting of presbytery will be designated for the Dakota Partnership.
THE MEETING will begin at 6:00 p.m. with worship in the Sanctuary.
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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. Rev. Gillette is internationally known and has written over 300 hymns. 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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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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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. 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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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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USED VACUUM CLEANERS ARE NEEDED for the Wheeling WYCA women’s shelter. Please drop off at the Presbytery Office or take to the April 25 presbytery meeting and give to the Rev. Ruth Ellen Bates.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
April 20 ~
Carol Schoolcraft, daschooly@comcast.net
April 23 ~
Jason Elliott, elliott8903@frontier.com

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The best things are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. –Robert Louis Stevenson
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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.
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.
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POGO XXI: Our Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #21 will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 7that the Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, OH. Fee: $40 per golfer (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner). RSVP by Tuesday, August 1stto the Presbytery Office 304-232-3490 oruovp@uovpresby.org. Foursomes, please.
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STORY WEAVING: Synod of the Trinity Regional Connections:
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Story Weaving
Photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Erie, PA
Story Weaving:
Learning to Let Your Part of the Gospel Story Arise

Wherever people gather, stories are being woven that bring to light our values and give meaning to life. As people of faith, we have a sacred call to tell our stories in a way that transforms, lifts hearts and gives witness to the resurrection. How can we tell our story in a way that informs our self-understanding, reveals our faith and guides our presence in the world? Come learn to tell the Gospel woven in your story so others may hear and see God’s action in their own.
YOU are invited to join others in this conversation at the:
Synod of the Trinity Regional Connection
for Partnership and Networking
cof 6Coming to a location near you between May 11-19.
A flyer with more information can be downloaded here.
Click here for registration details.
You bring your faith & imagination.
The coffee, conversation, and lunch are on us!
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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PC(USA) launches Abuse Prevention HelplineRick Jones, Presbyterian News Service. Toll-free number to help families and churches prevent child sexual abuse.
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LIMESTONE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 5704 Waynesburg Pike Road, Moundsville, WV, invites you to participate in the "Miracles of Mercy" program. For six weeks beginning with Easter Sunday, the Rev. Larry Kline will be presenting messages describing God's mercy. All are invited to attend the 9:30 a.m. services. Each person will receive a devotional booklet to assist with putting the truths of God's mercy on a personal level to become "doers of the Word." For further information, call or text Rev. Kline at (304) 281-3196.
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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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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.
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A Spiritual Formation Elective June 25-28

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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 toLearn 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. 
REGISTER NOW!
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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.
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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
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Download a brochure with further information and a registration form or register online.
Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process
2017-2018 ~ Lombard, IL
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Group A: October 23-25, 2017; February 19-21, 2018; April 23-25, 2018
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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 register 
online.
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PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNICATORS NETWORKPresbyterian Mission Agency:
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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 contact Gail.Strange@pcusa.org or click here for additional information.

Tony De la Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the  Presbyterian Mission Agency
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.


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Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community ~ Read moreabout the PC(USA) six agency effort to share ‘Facing Racism’ resources with denomination.


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