Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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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