Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for May 27, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for May 27, 2017: Today our passages are 2 Samuel 12:1–31; John 16:1-33; Psalm 119:65-80; and Proverbs 16:4-5. The readings are from the  Contemporar...

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Child-Like, Not Childish

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Luke 9:46-50

An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.”

John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Child-Like, Not Childish

Image result for immature adultsI think we live in a culture that tolerates, even rewards childish behavior. I mean, the people of Montana just elected a man to Congress who pushed down a reporter, because the candidate got mad that the reporter was aggressively doing his job. Now, if this had happened in an elementary school, Montana’s new congressman would have been suspended for five days. But since he is an adult and lives in a society that only punishes children for acting like children, his childishness is discounted. And let’s face it, modern political campaigns have more to do with name-calling than problem-solving. Now, for me, this is childish behavior, and those who think acting like a child shows some kind of inner strength might want to reevaluate their assumptions.

Of course, this isn’t the kind of behavior that Jesus suggested when he took the little child and put him by his side. In other words, he wasn’t telling us to tolerate childish acts and people. Rather, he was commanding us to accept those who are like children, and using a first-century understanding of childhood, he wasn’t talking about the cute and cuddly. No, in Jesus’s world, children were on the lowest rung of the society ladder; they were people who lacked power, even over themselves. Those are the “children” about whom Jesus was talking. And I think that applies to us just like it did to his disciples. Our call is to accept the child-like and not sit quiet and overlook the childish.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Prayer Requests, to be shared during Sunday’s worship service

On Sunday, May 28, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults
Agnes
Alice Channing
Allison Dietz's Father
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bob Crupp
Bruce Mader
Cecilia Barnhardt
Chad Peppler
Chad Wilson
Cindy Kuzel
Dan Grant
David Johns
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Doris Greene
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Greta Billham
Jan Jackson
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Joanie Lawrence
Josh and Dee
Karen Lombardi
Kay Hyde
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel
Libbie Messerly
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Patricia Cox
Paul Welch
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Sally Robinson
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Willson
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Alphonzo Lloyde
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Macaiah Lloyde
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Temica Lloyde

Military
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss

Church Families
Melanie Baly
Kathy Banks
Lou & Carol Bernardi

Local Church
St. Peter's AME Church

Special Friend
Doris Lord

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Blaine, Ohio – Ms. Ela Robertson, Student Pastor
Annapolis Presbyterian Church, Bloomingdale, Ohio – Vacant Pulpit

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr
Carl Hamill
Dolores Edwards
June Virtue
Ron Taflan
Ruth Ann Oestering

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.

THE SEASON OF EASTER: 
“The Pasch, the Christian Passover, the transformation of the Jewish Passover, was the great festival of redemption, and a commemoration of the cross and the resurrection.  In the fourth century there was a process of evolution, and with the development of Good Friday as we know it, the Pasch became limited to the theme of the resurrection.  So Easter emerged in our understanding of the term.”  (The New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship, p. 218)  White, the color of perfection, perfect glory, beauty, holiness, and joy is the liturgical color for Easter.


AS A CONGREGATION . . .
we offer our prayers and sympathy for the family of Ruth Coates, who entered immortality on Thursday, May 18. We gathered for a memorial service remembering Ruth and celebrating the promises of God on Monday, May 22, at 11:00 a.m., in the Steel and Wolfe Penco Road Chapel.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT BEFORE THE SERVICE . . .
the Rev. Rudiger pours water into the baptismal font even though we might not have a baptism on that particular Sunday. Here’s the reason. Since baptism is one of the pillars of our identity as Christians, this is a reminder that we’re united as members of the Body of Christ. It represents a gift given to us by God, one that we can’t earn and don’t deserve. As we move forward as a congregation, it’s important to remember and to celebrate the sacrament that unites us. And since Jesus said that part of making disciples of all nation involves baptizing them, it’s also a reminder of the mission we’ve been given.


WE'LL COLLECT THE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY OFFERING . . .
this morning. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women asks that you open your hearts to this project and the two others chosen for the 2017 Birthday Offering: First-Hand Aid's Rural Clinic Development Initiative, which provides health care to people living in rural communities in Cuba; Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties' Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence (South Carolina), which will provide shelter for victims of domestic violence; and Paper for Water's Navajo Water Project, which will install water systems for households without running water in New Mexico. Grant amounts will depend on gifts contributed during 2017. Please give as you have been blessed and support these lifechanging projects.

“JESUS TIME” IS SPECIAL TIME FOR . . .
all our children and young people. This Sunday School experience offers them the opportunity to learn the Bible story and apply that story to their lives. “Jesus Time” meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. If you have children and teens, ask one of the greeters to direct you to the children’s location.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .

will meet on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.”  During this session, we’ll look at Acts 7:1-60.

CHOIR WILL REHEARSE . . .
Sundays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. They’ll rehearse in the choir room.  


THE MYRTLE MCHENDRY CLASS WILL MEET . . .
at the church at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 6th to carpool to Zelenski’s Restaurant in Wintersville. We will have our annual game day luncheon, which will be both stimulating and thought provoking. So get your thinking hats on and come join us for this fun filled event.  If you are not already on our telephone contact list, and would like to attend, please contact Peggy Baldt at 304 224-1681.

DONUTS AND COFFEE WILL BE SERVED . . .
in the parlor before and after the service. Before you leave, grasp a cup and a donut.

THE CHURCH COULD USE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE.
In the narthex, there’s a fish bowl where you’re invited to leave any pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you might have rattling around in your pocket or purse.

WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO ARE OFFERING . . .
their time and special gifts to the church. In particular, we thank the following:
We thank Ray Seifert for directing our choir, Sue Willson for directing the bells, and Peggy Baldt for running our sound system during the service.
•  We thank the Trustees (Dan Grant, Burnie Huey, Chuck Caleffie, TJ Smith, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs. 
•  We thank Debbie Rudiger and Tina Viakley for the work they’re doing with our young people.
•  We thank Rick Baldt and Jeff Grant for the maintenance they’re doing around the church.
•  We thank Burnie and Noah Huey for doing our yard work and Rick, Peggy and Sue Baldt for weeding and trimming the front.
•  We thank Katy Allen and all the ladies who worked on the repass meal for Ruth Coates’ family.
 Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE INSTALLATION . . .
of the Rev. Samuel Paul Monte as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, 124 N. Chestnut Street, Barnesville, OH, Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. A reception  will follow.

A WORKSHOP ENTITLED, 
“Gun Violence: Its Ripple Effects and Prevention,” will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. For all faiths and no faiths—all are welcome. Hosted by the United Presbyterian Church, 310 E Main St, Richmond, OH, (Near Steubenville/Wintersville, just five miles north of Rt. 22 along Rt. 43). Sponsored by our Peacemaking Sub-Committee. Beginning with worship in a retreat/workshop setting, we will then watch and discuss the documentary film Trigger: The Ripple Effects of Gun Violence, produced by PCUSA. After lunch (simple and provided), we will engage in a series of five studies prepared by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship that addresses gun violence prevention. We will end with a time for meditation and prayer. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY 4 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 30TH. E-mailpattyuov@uovpresby.org or call 304-232-3490. If the answering machine picks up, please leave your name and a phone number.


EVERYONE HAS A STORY. 
Join us for an evening of fellowship and storytelling. Weather permitting, we will have a fire. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Sunday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. Cross Creek “Tent” Church, 3831 Tent Church Road, Colliers, WV 26035. For more info, call Frank Lewis 304-266-8154.

THE ECUMENICAL SCRIPTURE WORKSHOP: WELCOMING THE STRANGER ~ OR NOT? . . .
will be held June 19 – 23, 2017, at St. John XXIII Pastoral Care Center, Charleston, WV. Anyone interested in this workshop may call the Rev. Barry Hall for information: 740-546-4521 or 740-312-9721 cell (afternoons). See the brochure on our website under “Items of Interest.” Registration and payment must be received by Monday, June 5, 2017.

JOIN PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY . . .
for the 2017 Henderson Summer Leadership Conference “Leadership, Conflict, and Creativity,” with Miroslav Volf, Leanna Fuller, and David Jones on June 8-10, 2017. We often struggle to cope with conflict in our families, congregations, and communities. During this conference, we will explore conflict and difference as challenges that hold potential for creative transformation. Co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute.

MOTOR CITY MISSION CORPS . . .
is a year-long nonprofit apprenticeship for young adults with a focus on breaking down racism and building equitable community. Participants live in community, serve in organizations with a reputation for making change in the city of Detroit, and explore how they might be called to join God’s work in the world. Housing and a small stipend are provided. Find out more and download an application at http://motorcitymissioncorps.org. Contact Adam Delzenne at adam@detroitpresbytery.org or 248-607-4080 with any questions.


LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL . . .
is in need of a male Instructional Aide/Counselor for its Summer Jam Program beginning on June 19, 2017, through July 14, 2017. The Instructional Aide must be at least 18 years of age and finished his first year of college. This is a paid position with hours of 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, this is a 4 week program. The summer program consists of In House activities, swimming dates at the local parks, faith based lessons and other outside activities planned. If interested in working with children and having a fun filled day, please contact Laughlin Chapel at (304) 232-2630. 

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY COVE KIDS . . .
who have not received a Bible please let us know.

WE ARE UPDATING THE BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY LIST.  
If you are not on it or know someone who should be added please give the information to  Heather Campbell or Debbie Seifert.

REMEMBER, THE PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE CHURCH . . .
are reserved for our members and guests who have disabilities or other health issues and need to park as close as possible.

IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SECRETARY OR PASTOR,
there’s a white board on the wall facing the secretary’s office.

IF YOU HAVE A COMCAST ADDRESS . . .
and aren’t receiving e-mails from the church, please contact the church office. For some reason, Comcast blocks messages from Cove; therefore, you may need to set-up another e-mail account (gmail, aol, hotmail, etc.) to receive material we send.

IF YOU’RE IN THE KROGERS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM . . .
your enrollment is valid for 12 months from the registration date. You will need your Kroger rewards card number. To confirm that your registration is still active or to re-register you can contact Kroger customer service at this number: 1-866-221-4141. If you need to re-register all you'll need is your Kroger Card number and  our Cove Church number which is 80270. All that is required is that you go to Kroger. com; Community; Rewards; Enroll Now; type in Cove and hit search; click on Cove Presbyterian; click on Enroll Now. Please check your receipt the next time you shop, the bottom should read You requested Kroger to donate to Cove Presbyterian Church. If you need help with this process just call the church office, and Heather Campbell will be happy to assist you.

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.

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.

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 register: www.nwmcmission.org.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO OFFER A COUPLE OF HOURS TO THE CHURCH . . .
we need volunteers for Wednesday evenings to chaperone the Cub Scouts. If you’re available, please tell the pastor or call the church office.

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove’s Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL . . .
by go on the link you can find in our daily e-mails and on our website (covepresbyterian.org) and all our blog. We can also help you set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one.

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE THROUGH FACEBOOK . . .
by clicking the “Donate” button on the Cove Presbyterian Church page.

WE ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . . 
regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR AMAZON SMILE,
you get the same products and service we expect from Amazon except the Church gets .5% of every qualifying purchase. The Amazon Smile registration for first time users is https://smile.amazon.com/Ch/55-0462066. You only have to register once then go to www.smile.amazon.com to place orders.

WE NOW HAVE FIVE BLOGS . . . 
that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They’re listed below:
The Cove Community - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
Cove Kids - This is tailored for the young people in our church. Again I’ll post announcements. You’re also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you’d like to post.
Bible Talk - We’ve established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary.
The Bible in a Year - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace - Although we’re saved by God’s grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and posted on our PodBean page.

IF YOU’RE ABLE AND WILLING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION . . .
so that some of homebound members are able to attend our worship services, please tell the pastor or another member of session.

SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian).

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
If you know of someone who is in the hospital please contact the church office, due to privacy laws the hospital is unable to contact us. If you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also, if you would like to receive the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

VASES OF FLOWERS CAN BE PURCHASED . . .
for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the office to place your order. After the service, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.


ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . . 
Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Cent er.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the hallway downstairs. 
Greeting Cards are being collected by the Myrtle McHendry Class. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. No envelopes -please. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked. 
Can Tabs are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, May 28, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.











Friday's Essay - No Present Like Time

Below is an essay that I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian Church e-mailing list. You can hear a podcast of this message by going to the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal


To hear the song, Deadline, go to the link below:



One of my favorite artists is a David Lamotte. And of all his songs, the one that always touches me is entitled, Deadline. Now it’s about a woman who grows up with a father who’s always busy doing things that he sincerely believes is important to his family. He’s what you could call a really hard worker and a really great provider, except for one thing. You see, even though he makes sure his daughter has everything she needs and wants, the one thing he’s not willing or able to give is time. Of course, she grows up the same way, sacrificing time with her daughter and husband so that she can provide for them. And this continues even after she’s told that her father has died. And in the refrain that repeats several times during the song, “There’s no time like the present. There’s no present like time.”

Image result for busyNow like I said, that song always touches me, and I think the reason is obvious. As my good friend Richie Marshall says, “I work too hard and too long.” I think that probably applies to me as well. Of course, I recognize that not everyone would agree with my priorities and time allocation. Still, I try to do the best I can, as a servant of God, to do what he’s called me to do. And for me, that seems to take more a lot of time, time that could be spent with my wife and daughter.

Of course, I don’t think my situation is unique. Although there are plenty of folks who look wistfully to the past and wonder out loud why we can’t live in a world where only one parent works, the reality is that we don’t. We just don’t live in that kind of world anymore. For reasons that are financial, personal and even spiritual, most parents have jobs outside the home. And it doesn’t matter whether the reason has to do with earning enough to keep the wolves away or feeling the need to build and maintain a professional network of friends or being dedicated to make good use of the gifts and talents God has given, it’s easy for our attention to become distracted from those whom we love most. And we forget the most precious gift God has given, namely our children. And this is something that was brought home to me earlier this week as I read about the Manchester bombing. You see, the time will come for us all when we’re just not able do undo the mistakes we’ve made. There’s no time like the present; there’s no present like time.

And for that reason, I think it’s important to claim and to give as much time as we can to those whom we love and who love us. Of course, I recognize that not all time is created equal. I think quality nearly always trumps quantity. And I’ll tell you, that’s got to be good news for busy people. I mean, spending a half-hour playing a game or talking in a car may be a lot more meaningful than being in the same room for three hours, concentrating on a YouTube video or taking a BuzzFeed quiz or playing a video game all alone. Now having said that, I don’t want to suggest that technology, by it’s nature, is a distraction. As a matter of fact, with a little creativity, laptops, smart phones and pads can actual provide a personal shared space regardless of the distance. And I think any person who looks forward to skyping or facetiming a grandchild or parent can attest to that. Even Facebook can be a wonderful way to connect. You see, I don’t think the “how” is that important. It’s all about just doing it. It’s about deciding that the other person has an importance at least as high as the job or the hobby. And it’s about making the effort to be present in whatever way we can.

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Of course, tonight I doubt that I’ll get home before nine. And Saturday is my long day, and I’ve got a wedding to boot. In other words, I’m an easy target for the words, “practice what you preach.” But given that blending of demands and expectations we all face, I want to make sure that both Debbie and Maggie know that I love them. And I don’t want to waste the limited time that I have. And this is something I’m going to do right now, because there’s no time like the present, and there’s no present like time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Jesus Knows

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Hebrews 2:10-18

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,
     “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
          in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
And again,
     “I will put my trust in him.”
And again,
     “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Image result for Jesus identifies with our painJesus Knows

I think there’s a difference between saying, “I understand” and “I know.” You see, for me, understanding is an intellectual exercise, something that involves the mind and can be applied to concepts and ideas. For example, I might understand a theory or a lecture or an explanation. I may not agree with it or believe that it applies to me, but I can certainly understand it. But when you know something, well, that’s something different. Knowing demands a complete identification which is possible only when we’ve shared the experiences of another; therefore, at least in one particular area, we can actually know what is being thought or felt. And knowing really leaves no room for questions or doubt. I mean, although we now hear about alternative facts, when I know something I’ve made a commitment to what is known.

And that’s what the writer to the Hebrews says about Jesus Christ’s relationship with us. You see, he doesn’t understand what we’re facing. And he doesn’t understand what we’re thinking. And he doesn’t understand what we’re feeling. Rather, he knows. He knows the problems and pain that enter every life, because he faced them himself. And he knows that there are times when we question and doubt, because, as he endured the cross, he had those thoughts too. And he knows our fears and frustrations, because during his time with us, he felt them as well. You see, Jesus knows.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, May 28, 2017 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter)

Bible Talk: The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, May 28, 2017 (...: Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from Acts ( Acts 1:6-14 ), the  Psalms ( Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 ), the Epistles ( 1 Peter 4:12-14; ...

This Week’s PCUSA News

 
This Week's PCUSA News
 
 
Click to register for Big Tent event
 
Big Tent 2017 reflects new approach to big gatherings
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Hands and Feet initiative prepares attendees to live into the Belhar Confession
 
 
 
Disability Inclusion Sunday is May 28
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Presbyterians encourage churches to be inclusive every day
 
 
 
Office of Faith-Based Investing releases new video
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Leaders seek to educate Presbyterians about talks with corporations
 
 
 
‘Facing Racism’ campaign offers Belhar resources
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service
Second installment of program to focus on newly adopted confession
 
 
 
Stated Clerk announces creation of new leadership position
Office of the General Assembly
Experienced OGA staffer appointed to role
 
 
 
Not quite right: Don’t let the church become fake news
Joshua Bower | Presbyterians Today
Proclaiming good news in a divided culture
 
 
 
POINT volunteers lead the way in assisting churches with educational ministry
Debbi Markland Ulmer | Special to Presbyterian News Service
Training enables educators to share information on PC(USA) curricula
 
 
 
‘Teach Me the Way I Should GO’ Bible study now available for youth and youth groups
Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
Free study is third of five scheduled resources in Post Presbyterian Youth Triennium mission impact initiative
 
 
 
Way Forward Commission concludes Chicago meeting
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service
Midyear report writing team established; next steps outlined
 
 
 
Presbyterians in Cuba and U.S. meet to discuss renewal of Mutual Mission Agreement
Randy Hobson | Office of the General Assembly
Nelson makes first trip to Cuba as Stated Clerk
 
 
 
Ghana maternity ward partnership celebrated on Mother’s Day
Press Release
Volta Lake facility will address need for infant and long-term care
 
 
 
Facebook Live video, ‘Labor and Religion — Building Durable Coalitions for Worker Justice,’ now available
Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
Broadcast is fourth in series of monthly, multifaith conversations
 
 
 
Finding ‘Common Ground’ on Jesuit campus
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The Happenings Around the Presbytery - May 24, 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
Royce Browder
Wayne Devore
Karen Byrne
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Keith McMannis
Judee Parkinson
Dakota Partnership

Alberta Crawford
Sheryl Looking Elk
All our service men & women
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: Dave Roberts, Ela Robertson, Ed Rudiger, Carol Schoolcraft, Bob Shearer.
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OUR JUNE PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION PRAYER REQUESTS: Dear Praying Partners, Thank you for being a prayer partner with MBF, lifting up the praises and needs of our international church partners. The needs are great, but so is our God. So please keep praying! Please share these requests with your church members via bulletin, newsletter, website, or social media. Include them in your personal prayers as well as corporate prayers in your worship service. This is one of the greatest things we can do as partners in medical mission. With all the uncertainty in the world right now, it is important to remind ourselves of our convictions and reflect on what we are thankful for. God told Jeremiah that He had great and unsearchable things that he did not know, and all he needed to do was call to Him and it would be revealed. At MBF we are sure that God has great things in store that we do not know about, as well as what we are walking out daily. We are sure that if we call to Him in prayer He will answer us. We have asked God for His vision for MBF and we wait for the things we do not know to be revealed to us as we continue towards the goal of sustainable health care. It is with thankful hearts that we praise Him for both the victories and the challenges, and we invite you to join us. Please pray with us for:
1.   Even with all of the violence in DR Congo, our partner hospital IMCK and the nursing school remains open. This month there have been 56 patients unable to pay their bill that MBF was able to support. Pray that the limited staff is able to maintain operations safely so that the sick and wounded can continue to receive health care.
2.   Despite the long term effects of hurricane Matthew with our Haiti partners, we have been able to send much needed pharmaceuticals to the Christian nonprofits on the ground where before, resources were becoming scarce. Pray that the resources will last as needed and connections are able to be established that will be helpful in the coming years.
3.   PC(USA) missionaries are safe and health care needs are being met. It is because of partners like you that we are able to do what we do. We are thankful that God has continued to keep you safe and we are praying that you are able to feel the invitation to let Him be your strength as you continue to share His vision for your ministry and all that He has for you. Pray that we would all be strong in the face of uncertainty and rest in the promises that we already know, and also what He has hidden that will be revealed to us in His time.
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Monday, May 29, Memorial Day.
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A GIFT TO THE PENTECOST OFFERING helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency: Young Adult VolunteersMinistries for YouthChildren-at-Risk, and Pentecost Offering Financials.
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ONE KEY TO EFFECTIVE OUTREACH is making sure that worship visitors feel truly welcome. The strategies and tips in "50 Ways to Welcome New People" will help your congregation make a good first impression and extend hospitality in meaningful ways. Read now and download free.
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YOU ARE INVITED to celebrate the installation of the Rev. Samuel Paul Monte as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, 124 N. Chestnut Street, Barnesville, OH, this Sunday, May 28, 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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RETREAT/WORKSHOP, “Gun Violence: Its Ripple Effects and Prevention,” will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. For all faiths and no faiths—all are welcome. Hosted by the United Presbyterian Church, 310 E Main St, Richmond, OH, (Near Steubenville/Wintersville, just five miles north of Rt. 22 along Rt. 43). Sponsored by our Peacemaking Sub-Committee. Beginning with worship in a retreat/workshop setting, we will then watch and discuss the documentary film Trigger: The Ripple Effects of Gun Violence, produced by PCUSA. After lunch (simple and provided), we will engage in a series of five studies prepared by the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship that addresses gun violence prevention. We will end with a time for meditation and prayer. Please pre-register by 4 PM, next Tuesday, May 30th. E-mail pattyuov@uovpresby.orgor call 304-232-3490. If the answering machine picks up, please leave your name and a phone number.
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EVERYONE HAS A STORY. Join us for an evening of fellowship and storytelling. Weather permitting, we will have a fire. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Sunday, June 4th, at 6:00 p.m. Cross Creek “Tent” Church, 3831 Tent Church Road, Colliers, WV 26035. For more info, call Frank Lewis 304-266-8154.
Directions to Cross Creek Church from US 22 East: Exit US 22 at the Harmon Creek Exit. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Harmon Creek Road. Follow Harmon Creek Road into Colliers. Turn right onto Mechling Hill Road (the corner past the Colliers Elementary School). Turn LEFT at the top of the hill at the (T) intersection of Mechling Hill Road and Eldersville Road. Traffic coming from your right has the right-of-way and does not have a stop sign. Follow Eldersville Road less than one mile and find Tent Church Road on the right. There is a large white sign for the church at the corner of Eldersville Road and Tent Church Road. Turn right onto Tent Church Road. The church is 500 feet down this country lane and on the right. There is a sign in the parking lot.
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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 tomorrow, May 25, 2017. Applications are available on our website under Items of Interest.
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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 this Saturday, MAY 27, 2017. Or, if you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by tomorrow, 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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
May 26 ~
Mike Lenno, PO Box 661, Dillonvale, OH 43917
May 31 ~

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MALE INSTRUCTOR FOR SUMMER PROGRAM NEEDED. Laughlin Memorial Chapel is in need of a male Instructional Aide/Counselor for its Summer Jam Program beginning on June 19, 2017, through July 14, 2017. The Instructional Aide must be at least 18 years of age and finished his first year of college. This is a paid position with hours of 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, this is a 4 week program. The summer program consists of In House activities, swimming dates at the local parks, faith based lessons and other outside activities planned. If interested in working with children and having a fun filled day, please contact Laughlin Chapel at (304) 232-2630.
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THIS MEMORIAL DAY WE REMEMBER WITH GRATITUDE ALL WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES.
Among them is US Marine Corps Veteran RUTH A. COATES, 93 of Weirton, WV, who passed away Friday, May 19, 2017. She served as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate during WWII and was a member of Cove Presbyterian Church.





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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S May newsletter can be found on our website under Items of Interest.
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UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY’S May newsletter: control+click here.
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WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED? From the Rev. David Knapp: “I have a copy of the movie “Hand in Hand” a Golden Globe award-winning film for exploring religious differences and intolerances. It would be a great youth group watch and discussion. Film is about 73 minutes long. I would be glad to come to any church youth group to view and lead a discussion; or am willing to loan you my copy. From the back cover of the CD: When Rachel Mathias, a seven-year-old Jewish girl, makes fast friends with her schoolmate Michael O’Malley, an Irish Catholic, they quickly become best pals and confidantes. Sharing a friendship so deep, they vow to become friends “forever and ever – and can’t be parted for never and never.” But their relationship is threatened when their intolerant community makes Rachel and Michael aware of their religious difference, Can their friendship withstand the outside pressure? Is it so strong that it can survive anything? A story about prejudice as seen through the eyes of innocent children. Other than the film being highly entertaining, it also poses the serious question in this age of serious conflicts, not only religious, but also politically and nationality.
The second offering in light of the rise of White Supremacy group is a new recording out …. “The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin.” Joplin was born in Texas around 1868. His story is interesting and heart breaking. After listening to one or two pieces, a group could discuss the African-American experience in light of at least one line of the Introduction to the CD: If success in … (Scott Joplin’s) endeavors eluded him in his own lifetime, the esteem with which he has since come to be hailed as one of America’s most important composers suggest that the long arc of history does indeed ultimately bend towards justice. Again, I would be glad to make a presentation to any group and lead a discussion.
Rev. David Knapp: Contact me at dknapp@securicom.biz, 304-243-1351 Office, 304-639-3181 Cell.”
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Office of Faith-Based Investing releases new videoRick Jones | Presbyterian News Services. Leaders seek to educate Presbyterians about talks with corporations.
‘Facing Racism’ campaign offers Belhar resourcesGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service. Second installment of program to focus on newly adopted confession.
Not quite right: Don’t let the church become fake newsJoshua Bower | Presbyterians Today. Proclaiming good news in a divided culture.
POINT volunteers lead the way in assisting churches with educational ministryDebbi Markland Ulmer | Special to Presbyterian News Service. Training enables educators to share information on PC(USA) curricula.
‘Teach Me the Way I Should GO’ Bible study now available for youth and youth groupsEmily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service. Free study is third of five scheduled resources in Post Presbyterian Youth Triennium mission impact initiative.
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From one of Weirton, Cove’s daily e-newsletters:
Far away in the tropical waters of the Caribbean, two prawns were swimming around in the sea – one called Justin & the other called Christian. The prawns were constantly being harassed & threatened by sharks that inhabited the area. Finally one day Justin said to Christian, "I'm fed up with being a prawn, I wish I was a shark, then I wouldn't have any worries about being eaten."
A large mysterious cod appeared & said, "Your wish is granted" & lo & behold, Justin turned into a shark.
Horrified, Christian immediately swam away, afraid of being eaten by his old mate.
Time passed (as it invariably does) & Justin found life as a shark boring & lonely. All his old mates simply swam away whenever he came close to them. Justin didn't realize that his new menacing appearance was the cause of his sad plight. While swimming alone one day he saw the mysterious cod again & he thought perhaps the mysterious fish could change him back into a prawn. He approached the cod & begged to be changed back, & lo & behold, he found himself turned back into a prawn. With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes Justin swam back to his friends & bought them all a cocktail. Looking around the gathering at the reef he realized he couldn't see his old pal. "Where's Christian?" he asked.
"He's at home, still distraught that his best friend changed sides to the enemy & became a shark," came the reply.
Eager to put things right again & end the mutual pain & torture, he set off to Christian's abode. As he opened the coral gate memories came flooding back. He banged on the door & shouted, "It's me, Justin, your old friend, come out & see me again."
Christian replied, "No way man, you'll eat me. You're now a shark, the enemy, & I'll not be tricked into being your dinner."
Justin cried back, "No, I'm not. That was the old me. I've changed.... I've found Cod. I'm a Prawn again Christian."
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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BOARD OF PENSIONS “Board Connection” May newsletter Control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice Newsletter May, 2017, “Loving all of God’s communities,” can be found on our website under the Mission tab, Peacemaking; or control+click here.
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THE ECUMENICAL SCRIPTURE WORKSHOP: WELCOMING THE STRANGER ~ OR NOT? will be held June 19 – 23, 2017, at St. John XXIII Pastoral Care Center, Charleston, WV. Anyone interested in this workshop may call the Rev. Barry Hall for information: 740-546-4521 or 740-312-9721 cell (afternoons). See the brochure on our website under “Items of Interest.” Registration and payment must be received by Monday, June 5, 2017.
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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 on National Road and find it locked, please call and we will let you in.
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SYNOD OF THE TRINITY story on the three-presbytery CRE training that is currently taking place in our region:http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/presbyteries-team-up-to-train-prepare-commissioned-ruling-elders/
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Presbyterian Hunger Program joins other Presbyterians at climate march in WashingtonRick Jones, Presbyterian News Service. Climate, hunger and food sovereignty strongly linked.
North Carolina woman leaves a $2 million bequest to PDA and SDOPPat Cole, Presbyterian News Service.Matilda Cartledge’s relatives say her gift reflects the values she modeled.
Project Homeless Connect offers haircuts, help and hopeEmily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service.First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, community partners served more than 450 guests on April 27.
PC(USA) co-moderators to lead plenary session at Big TentGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service.Anderson and Edmiston to speak on the intersection of race and poverty.
Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leadersDiana Nishita Cheifetz | Office of the General Assembly. Finding a Closer Walk with God.
Dirty hands, tired feet, and elevated spirits in St. LouisOffice of the General Assembly. First “Hands and Feet” group comes to town from MSU.
Powerful storms cause problems in the Midwest and SouthRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Trees fall on two Presbyterian churches in Alabama, six churches flooded in Missouri.
PC(USA) leaders decry alleged persecution of gays in ChechnyaJ. Herbert Nelson, II | General Assembly, Tony De La Rosa | Presbyterian Mission Agency. Nelson, De La Rosa appeal based on international law, church policy.
Learn about the PC(USA)’s new Facing Racism campaign. From books to studies to training, we’re sharing a wealth of antiracism resources as we strive to become the beloved community God calls us to be. Learn more
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY upcoming events:
Henderson Summer Leadership Conference ~ Leadership, Conflict, and Creativity, with Miroslav VolfLeanna Fuller and David Jones, June 8-10
Self-care as a Spiritual Practice ~ A Holistic Perspective and Approach, with Lynn Holden, June 25-28
Other Upcoming Events: Click on the image to learn more.
CSLewisblockAn Online Class with Dr. Edith M. Humphrey, Sept. 18-Oct. 13.
McClureblockW. Don McClure Lectures with Amos Yong, Sept. 25-26.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE to apply for our Doctor of Ministry Parish Focus program that begins in JuneLearn more.
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PCUSA 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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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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NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE will be held July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, and Shane Bennett. Visit their website for more details or to register: www.nwmcmission.org.
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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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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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