Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - June 7, 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
Joe Hendricks
Steve McCollam
Keith McMannis
Judee Parkinson
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
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: Donna Todd, Paul Todd, Gene Toot, Kurt Turner, Jack Visser.
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PLEASE KEEP the Rev. Nat Roe in your prayers. His wife Grace passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017. She managed operations for nearly 30 years for Washington Presbytery as Office Manager and later as Executive Assistant. Nat is a former Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery. His home address is 1099 Redstone Road, Washington, PA 15301.
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FIRST WESTMINSTER: “…in 2008, the average Sunday attendance was 20 people. Now, there are 250 worshipers walking through the door every week…Cancer Dietary Initiative…Community Garden…food pantry…dinners…Youth Works Initiative…VBS for eight straight weeks…”  Mike Givler, Synod Communications Coordinator, wrote a superb article on First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, featuring their mission works. Read it here: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/first-westminster-church-thriving-behind-community-outreach-programs/
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THE MALAWI TASK FORCE met and decided to continue to try to find travelers to rebuild the partnership with Malawi. Each member is encouraged to actively recruit travelers. We discovered that most who have gone did so because of a personal invitation made face to face. At this point, we are probably looking at traveling in late spring or early summer of 2018. Nancy DeStefano and Mary McElroy will make a presentation at the June 27 Presbytery meeting. We will meet again on July 6th at 7:00 p.m. at Steubenville, First Westminster.
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UPPER OHIO VALLEY PRESBYTERY will gather in stated meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH.
PRAYER AREA. 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Private prayer area available for all pastors, ordained and lay. Ask for location when you sign in. Our Pastoral Care Team is also available.
DINNER SERVED at 5:00 p.m. Make your dinner reservation by Saturday, June 24th. Call 740-676-2191 and leave a message, or e-mail pastor@rockhillpresbyterianchurch.com.
MEETING CONVENES with worship at 6:00 p.m.
THE OFFERING received during worship will be designated for Beaver Creek Camp.
OUR MISSION PROJECT for this meeting: $25 Kroger gift cards or cash donations for the Rock Hill food pantry so they can purchase meats, fruits & veggies.
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THANK YOU. Louisville Seminary's fiscal year has drawn to a close. Our development officers are tallying the numbers as we speak, but it is safe to say that once again your stewardship has made a significant and positive impact on the quality of theological education that we deliver here. For that, we want to say thank you ... THANK YOU for helping those who show great promise for ministry answer God's call to serve our church and our world in great need. THANK YOU for helping us retain a world-class faculty, renown in their fields of expertise. THANK YOU for helping us offer our students – and our community – outstanding resources and opportunities that challenge and affirm our faith. You are part of our mission. You are part of our ministry. And for that we are truly blessed.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
June 9   ~
Dave Roberts, nsanepup@aol.com
June 11 ~
Ruth Ellen Bates, storyteller1001@comcast.net
June 12 ~
Katherine Horstman, kahorstman.eccles@gmail.com
June 14 ~
Frank Bohach, WV, fabohach1@comcast.net
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IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE ARTICLE on Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, Wintersville, OH, that the Presbyterian Historical Society printed in “The Journal of Presbyterian History,” Volume 95 – Number 1, Spring/Summer 2017, please let me know and I will e-mail it to you. Reprinted with permission.
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Interfaith leaders speak out on White House decision to withdraw from Paris climate accordRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. PC(USA) Stated Clerk says it represents a setback in environmental advocacy.
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship releases gun violence prevention toolkitGregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service. National Gun Violence Awareness Day recognized with #WearOrange hashtag.
Presbyterian churches to be celebrated for hunger workRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. New Hunger Action Congregation covenant launched today.
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MARK DOUGLAS RECEIVES NOHRIA GRANT for “War In A Warming World.” Columbia Theological Seminary’s Professor of Christian Ethics Mark Douglas has been awarded a grant from the Nohria Family Charitable Fund for $70,000. He will use the grant to write the second of three projected volumes, tentatively collectively titled,War in a Warming World. The project explores the impact of climate change on war and how Christian traditions of pacifism, just war, and just peacemaking may shed light on climate-shaped conflict in an Environmental Age. The grant also makes it possible for Dr. Douglas to travel and do research at and with institutions that are at the forefront of environmental security studies. “Climate change is certainly the most dramatic global threat since the advent of nuclear weapons. It may be the greatest threat to human flourishing that we’ve faced in eons,” said Dr. Douglas. “Not only is it beginning to have enormous and far-reaching effects on the natural world, it will increasingly shape and drive political conflicts and cause widespread violence. In a world drenched with religion, faith traditions are being asked to offer their own perspectives on and resources for addressing such violence. I’m deeply grateful to the Nohria Family Charitable Fund for this grant that makes it possible for me continue my own work in interpreting and shaping Christian responses to War in a Warming World.” “Columbia is proud of Dr. Douglas and celebrates his receipt of this grant,” said Dr. Christine Roy Yoder, Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Columbia Seminary. “This award is a tribute to the quality, significance, and urgency of this complex and interdisciplinary project. We look forward very much to the fruits of his research.” Dr. Douglas will continue to work on this project through January. His most recent book is titled, Believing Aloud: Reflections on Being Religious in the Public Square (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010).
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LOUISVILLE PRESBYTERIAN Theological Seminary held its 163rd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. SEE THE LIST OF 2017 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATES.
During the commencement exercises, several students were recognized for their accomplishments in a variety of fields including preaching, theology, the integration of theology with marriage and family therapy, field education and overall academic achievement. SEE THE LIST OF 2017 LOUISVILLE SEMINARY GRADUATE AWARD WINNERS.
As part of the ceremony, the Devoted Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their dedicated service in the life of the Church, was presented to the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, a Louisville Seminary alum (MDiv '02) and stated clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Devoted Service Awards were also given to Ralph Young, moderator of the Synod of Living Waters, and Avis Odenbaugh, moderator of the Synod of Mid-America. Nelson also served as the commencement speaker. His commencement address, "What We are Contending With," reminded graduates that they are ready (and worthy) to accept the challenges and rewards of ministry and discipleship.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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THE MOST UP TO DATE PULPIT SUPPLY LIST, effective 5-30-17, can be found on our website under “Pulpit Supply.”
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JUNE PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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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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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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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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