Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - June 14, 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
George Crawford
Jacob Kestner
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Alberta Crawford
Sheryl Looking Elk
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
For peace and an end to violence and hatred
All our service men & women
For the victims of the Alexandria, VA, shooting

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 in your prayers this week: Pete Walburn, Bill Webster, Bob Willits, Tim Wilt, Andy Woods.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S Connecting Link newsletter for June, 2017, can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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PROMOTING OUR RESOURCE CENTER. We have a VCR tape, “The Power of Forgiveness: The Story of Karla Faye Tucker,” that you may enjoy. Karla was addicted to drugs, participated in a murder, and was sentenced to death row. She encountered a Christian group, a prison ministry, and found forgiveness for herself and the victim’s family. We have many other tapes and DVDs available for you to borrow. Complete lists can be found on our website; or come in and browse. The Resource Center is open when Patty is here. (Sorry, we cannot mail items.)
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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 LOCAL MISSION PROJECT for this meeting: Kroger gift cards or cash donations for the Rock Hill food pantry so they can purchase fresh meats, fruits & veggies.
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LAY PASTOR TRAINING – New persons are now being enrolled for our 2017-2018 IPLF (Inter-Presbytery Leadership Formation) program. Saturday courses and workshops/seminars are offered for elders’ enrichment, and could lead to a commission for local church pastoring. A booklet with more info is available on our website under “Items of Interest.” For more info, call the Rev. Erica Harley 608-322-2522.
Control+click here for details for the August 11-12, 2017, retreat in Greensburg, PA, for current enrollees and for those who are even just thinking about lay pastor training. RSVP to the Presbytery Office.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter June, 2017—“We Choose Welcome:” Control+click here.
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HUNGER PROGRAM launches Hunger Action Congregations. A new initiative by the Presbyterian Hunger Program recognizes congregations that care for the hungry and are engaged in hunger ministry. Find out how your congregation can get certified. Control+click here: Learn more
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Control+click: Principles of investingRick Jones | Presbyterians Today. Putting stock in corporate engagement.
Control+click: The dismantling of immigrant and refugee familiesGail Strange | Presbyterian News Service.Impact of ICE raids felt in local communities, PC(USA) ministries.
Control+click: What Presbyterians Believe: Blessed! Charles Wiley | Presbyterians Today. Is the prosperity gospel good theology?
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
June 14 ~
Frank Bohach, fabohach1@comcast.net
June 16 ~
Claudia Brown, claudiabrown7@msn.com
June 19 ~
Bob Meyer, kandb411@aol.com
June 20 ~
Bob Shearer, 3450 Morning Glory Rd., Dayton, OH 45449
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Father’s Day: The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
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WEE KIRK, Northeast (PA) Small Church Conference, will be held October 9-11, 2017, at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Purpose: To inspire, equip, motivate and encourage small PC(USA) Churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the Clergy and Lay Leaders of those Churches. For more info, contact Helen Kester at (724) 980-9565 or helen.kester@gmail.com. Online registration are available at www.wee-kirk-ne.org.
TIMOTHY PROJECT, in conjunction with the annual Wee Kirk Conference: Come and celebrate with us as you begin your ministry. Let us walk with you and be an encourager and even perhaps answer some of your questions from seasoned pastors and lay leaders. Monday, October 9, 2017, Noon—meet in the Lodge for lunch; 1:00—Ice Breakers & Worship; 2:00—Session One: “Facilitating Adaptive Change in the Small Church,” by Larry Myers; 3:15—Session two: “Using Appreciative Inquiry As a Planning Tool in the Small Church,” by Jordan Rimmer: 4:30—registration & check in; 5:00—supper. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:30 – Noon Session Six: “Facing into the Tsunami,” a tsunami of cultural change is headed toward all our churches. How do we begin to wrestle with the adaptive challenges we now face? by Jim Farrer. The remainder of the time you will join the Wee Kirk Conference. See brochure for times and activities. 1 Tim. 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:18, 1 Tim. 6:20. If you are interested in attending the Northeast (PA) Wee Kirk and the Timothy Group, separate registration is necessary. Contact Helen Kester 724-980-9565 or helen.kester@gmail.com.
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WORKFORCE WEST VIRGINIA, in partnership with UMWA Career Centers, Inc., has secured funding to assist laid off coalminers to obtain retraining in other occupations. For more info, contract the Career Center at 304-253-3772.
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Small Church as Surrogate FamilyLewis A. Parks, author of Small on Purpose, says the small church offers a surrogate family for those whose basic family unit is dispersed or in need of wider circles of reinforcement. Smaller congregations today are not unlike the house churches in the New Testament era, he says, which redefined familial relationships around the bonds of faith. Read more.
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50 Ways to Increase Worship AttendanceWorship attendance is vital to the mission of the church. Lewis Center for Church Leadership has a free "50 Ways" tip sheet that provides practical strategies to help you improve the attendance of current members; invite new people to attend worship; make your church visible and attractive; welcome worship guests warmly; and make worship accessible to newcomers. Read now and download free.
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LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER, 101 West 22nd St., Suite 206, Lombard, IL 60148, 630-627-0507,peace@LMPeaceCenter.orgwww.LMPeaceCenter.orgAre you experiencing conflict in your congregation? If not currently, have you experienced congregational conflict in the past? Join us and learn hands-on skills to transform conflict and prevent it from becoming destructive.
Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders ~ August 7-11, 2017
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 393 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL (West of Chicago)
Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI) provides 32 hours of continuing education:
·        For judicatory leaders, clergy, lay leaders, pastors in transition/interim ministry - anyone who works with people!
·        Provides opportunity to be equipped to prevent destructive conflict from arising, in addition to mediating existing conflicts.
·        Equips participants to lead workshops on "Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches," using LMPC training materials.
Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. You can also register onlineYou still have time to register at the lower pre-registration price of $695.00 (payment by check) if you register by July 14, 2017.
Enhance your ability to define yourself and function maturely as a leader in your own ministry setting by attending the: Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process 2017-2018 ~ Lombard, IL
Group A: October 23-25, 2017, February 19-21, 2018, April 23-25, 2018
Group B: November 6-8, 2017, February 26-28, 2018, April 30-May 2, 2018
Download a brochure with further information and a registration form. You can also register online.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE ARTICLE on First Westminster Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, OH, that Mike Givler of the Synod wrote, control+click here: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/first-westminster-church-thriving-behind-community-outreach-programs/
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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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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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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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PCUSA BIG TENT biennial gathering will be held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6–8, 2017. 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.
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