Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - May 17, 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: Bob Offerdahl, Annie Parker, William Popa, Connie Quinn, Jim Rahr.
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BOARD OF PENSIONS “Board Connection” May newsletter Control+click here.
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YOU ARE INVITED to celebrate the ordination of Emily Kathleen Harden as a Teaching Elder this comingSunday, May 21st3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 110 South Marietta St., St. Clairsville, OH. A receptionwill 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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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 receptionwill 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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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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RETREAT/WORKSHOP, “Gun Violence: Its Ripple Effects and Prevention,” will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m.–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-mail pattyuov@uovpresby.org or call 304-232-3490. If the answering machine picks up, please leave your name and a phone number.
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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. 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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One of our pastors sent us some things to ponder....
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
Today, I asked my mentor, a very successful business man in his 70’s, what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, "Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."
Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
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Board of Pensions says proposed AHCA changes won’t diminish essential features of church medical planBoard of Pensions. Healthcare bill does not align with its values.
Presbyterian Hunger Program joins other Presbyterians at climate march in WashingtonRick Jones, Presbyterian News Service. Climate, hunger and food sovereignty strongly linked.
Office of Interfaith Relations continues monthly Facebook Live broadcasts on May 18Emily Enders Odom, Presbyterian News Service. ‘Labor and Religion — Building Durable Coalitions for Worker Justice’ is fourth in series of multi-faith conversations.
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.
WHITE HOUSE receives message from faith leaders on climate change. Faith leaders have sent a message to the White House on the Paris Climate Commitments. Learn more
FACING RACISM LAUNCHES. 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
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.
President gets failing grade from African American clergyRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Group urges administration to make changes.
Memoirs of a Cuban pastorJennifer Barr | Presbyterian Historical Society. Manuel Rodríguez recounts his experiences during the Cuban revolution.
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.
Presbyterian Historical Society Presents “Taste of History”Fred Tangeman | Presbyterian Historical Society. Group hosted its first outdoor fundraiser welcoming guests to its newly renovated courtyard in Society Hill.
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.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY upcoming events:
Immersion Experience ~ An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, with Mary Lynn Callahan and PTS faculty, May 21-24
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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Why First Impressions Really Do MatterLovett H. Weems, Jr., says people's first impressions are often shaped by assumptions and stereotypes, and the early information we get about a person influences how we interpret and remember later information -- our minds default simply because in dealing with so much input our minds defaults to cognitive shortcuts. Read more.
Four Key Challenges in Pastoral TransitionsWhat challenges are most commonly faced when pastors moves from one ministry setting to the next? Lovett H. Weems, Jr., says four key challenges are dealing with family and emotional issues, paving the way for one's successor, understanding the culture of the new ministry context, and saying goodbye in a way that provides closure. Read more.
50 Ways to Improve Pastoral TransitionsPastors moving from one church to the next need to focus on how they can effectively conclude their ministry in the church they are leaving, paving the way for their successor, and on how they can get off to a good start in their next church. "50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions" offers tips on concluding ministry in one setting and beginning ministry in a new one. Learn more and download free.
Learn 50 Ways for Your Congregation to Welcome a New PastorIf a new pastor is in your congregation's future, be sure to check out "50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor," prepared by Bob Crossman. This free resource shares tips on how to say goodbye to your current pastor in a healthy way and offers helpful advice on how to welcome your new pastor. Learn more and download free.
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PCUSA STORE: How are you and your congregation celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation? These books for group or individual study and reflection illuminate this formative church event and provide a fresh look at Martin Luther, the theologian whose ideas sparked a revolution.
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The Protestant Reformations
Leader's Guide only $8.95
Participant Book only $4.95
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Copies of Luther for Armchair Theologians and The Reformation for Armchair Theologians are available in UOVP’s Resource Center.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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 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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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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BIG TENT. 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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