Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - May 3, 2017



Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-232-3490

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In an emergency after office hours: Call 740-359-1813





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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Ed Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Bob Shearer
Mike Anderson
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Ginny Zoric
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Laurie Hensley
Karen Byrne
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Wayne Devore
Royce Browder
Keith McMannis
Judee Parkinson
Hutchison Family
Annie, Ben, & Oriana Parker
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
Alberta Crawford

For peace and an end to violence and hatred


Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Byron McElroy, Sue McMannis, Deborah Messham, Bob Meyer, Michael Mistic.
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PLEASE KEEP OUR DAKOTA TRAVELERS IN YOUR PRAYERS. Kandy Dunn, Joan Gardner, Alcinda James, Frank Lewis, Robert Nagy, Connie Quinn, and Bob Offerdahl will be leaving the valley this Friday.
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OUR THANKS GO OUT TO First Presbyterian Church in St. Clairsville for hosting the April meeting of Presbytery. As always, I want to thank all of the people involved in the setup, preparation and serving of the meal, and those who then cleaned up. Also, thanks to everyone who participated in the worship service. Peace, Robert Nagy, Moderator
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SYNOD OF THE TRINITY’S Mike Givler just finished up a story on the three-presbytery CRE training that is currently taking place in our region. Here is a link to the story: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/presbyteries-team-up-to-train-prepare-commissioned-ruling-elders/. We have five ruling elders from UOVP currently participating.
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THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed next Thursday, May 11. (Patty is taking a vacation day.)
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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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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY May 5 ~ Pete Walburn, pwalburn@windstream.net
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Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. –Arnold H. Glasow
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President Michael JinkinsLOUISVILLE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY President, the Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins, announced his retirement during the seminary's spring Board of Trustees meeting, which took place Friday, April 28. Jinkins, who began his term as the seminary's ninth president on September 1, 2010, will formally retire on September 2, 2018. Read more on our website under Seminaries/Louisville Theological Seminary.



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FROM THE PCUSA STORE. Summer will be here before you know it, and we have a great selection of books for you: Books for preachers and leaders, light reading for deep reflection, books that inspire, and important books for serious thinking. control+click here to choose your perfect summer book.
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May 11 - 
First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown, WV
May 12 - Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, Slippery Rock, PA
May 18 - Krislund Camp & Conference Center,
State College, PA, Area
May 19 - First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, PA
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
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Morning Targeted Conversation Groups

Story Weaving:
Learning to Let Your Part of the Gospel Story Arise

Cultivating Wonder, Curiosity and Awe

Into the Light: Joining the Conversation About Addiction

Connecting with the Community:
With Others, For Youth

Holy Advocacy: A Time for Mutual Understanding

Exploring Resources: From the Presbyterian Foundation

Descriptions of the Targeted Conversation Groups available here.

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Embracing Our Identity as God's People
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The coffee, conversation, and lunch are on us!
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PCUSA SUMMER CURRICULUM BEGINS JUNE 4. Control+click here.
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7 Questions to Ask When Starting a Youth MinistryWhat's the first step in starting a youth ministry? Brad Fiscus says it's to get all the stakeholders -- youth, their parents, other adults, and key leader -- to discuss possibilities and frame a vision. He suggests seven questions to frame the conversation. Read more.
50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with YouthHow can your church help youth claim a vital faith? No question is more critical to the future of the church. Learn effective tips your congregation can use to improve ministry with teens and their families in "50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth." Learn more and download free.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION Newsletter for April, 2017, can be found on our website under Items of Interest, or control+click here.
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PRAYER REQUESTS for May are on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK 2017 Spring Newsletter Click here.
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PCUSA ABUSE PREVENTION HELPLINE. Presbyterian Church (USA) 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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RWANDAN STUDENTS VISITED FIRST PRESBYTERIAN WHEELING: Sunday, April 23rd, five Rwandan students from Olney Friends School came to First Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, to sing and speak about their country’s history and healing after the 1994 genocide there. As Christians, we want to acknowledge and remember the dark realities of millions of lives lost to the rampage of evil on this earth, but more importantly celebrate the forces of forgiveness and reconciliation that continue to bring us together. We particularly want to celebrate youth, the young people among us who hold to a vision of a better world and will carry the possibility of that vision into the future. That is what students Owen and Katherine Leary were doing on Easter in helping to proclaim the Easter message with song and trumpet and what our young guests from Rwanda were doing as they shared their stories and plans for their country. Let us pray that God’s children will work towards and inhabit a world of Christ’s peace.
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SOUL SHOP ~ Ministering to Suicidal Desperation. Sponsored by Paris Presbyterian church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, PA. This is a great opportunity for pastors and leaders to learn more about suicidal depression. This can count as a CEU. You may register for this class and get more information on our website http://www.pariseco.net/ or check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Paris Presbyterian Church. In an effort to stem the rising tide of suicidal desperation in our society, Paris Presbyterian Church is bringing Soul ShopTM to our community. Soul ShopTM is a daylong training specifically designed for church leaders, clergy, program staff, lay ministers, office staff, medical professionals, first responders, and faith-based therapists who want to learn how to save the life of someone contemplating suicide. The training will be held onThursday, May 11, 2017, from 9:00 – 4:00. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost will be $30 and will include a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Pam at the church office at 724-729-3450. Presenters: Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler, Pastor of Paris Presbyterian Church, Carla Sandy, M.P.M, M.S.W, L.S.W, and Martha Selleck, Integrative Psychotherapist. Register at Soul Shop Registration Form.
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BIG TENT. Save the date for Big Tent 2017! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s Big Tent biennial gathering will be held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6–8, 2017. Mark your calendar and plan to join in three days of worship, workshops and the opportunity to engage and connect with other Presbyterians.Learn more.
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THE NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE is set for July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. At 112 years old, the New Wilmington Mission Conference is the longest-running mission conference in the United States. Held every July, NWMC is intergenerational, Presbyterian-related, and youth-focused. About 1,000 people attend from over 30 states and 20 countries for a chance to connect with mission workers and hear what God is doing all over the world. This week-long conference features many well-known and engaging speakers for one low, all-inclusive price! This year’s speakers include Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church, and Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as many others. Visit the conference website for more details or to registerwww.nwmcmission.org.
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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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