Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - June 21, 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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Practice random acts of kindness; commit senseless acts of beauty.
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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
Steve McCollam
Jacob Kestner
Keith McMannis
Judee Parkinson
George Crawford
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
All our service men & women
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: Ginny Zoric, Mike Anderson, Laurie Armstrong, Glen Baker, Jr., Ruth Ellen Bates.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION International Prayer Partner Requests for June: 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! Our partners are experiencing different levels of turmoil this month, so we are asking that you join us in prayer for these specific country needs. It is hard to fathom sometimes the events that are truly taking place in our partner hospitals and clinics. We want to "fix" it and more often it is not a quick fix, but a long season where we are able to look back in hindsight and see God's hand in each part of it. This builds strong faith as we watch God move in these issues, but can sometimes be frustrating because it is out of our hands. That is where prayer comes in. As with anything we are unable to control, we are reminded to trust that God really is our safe place and so we ask that you join us in prayer. Please pray with us for:
1.   Malawi – Join us as we pray for our partner hospitals in Malawi--Embangweni, Ekwendeni, Mulanje, Nkhoma--all have fallen behind in financial budgets as more patients are unable to pay. Making matters worse, the government is failing to pay for maternity services it has agreed to fund. The hospitals are in critical shape, especially Embangweni and Ekwendeni. Pray that the government officials will understand the importance of the SLA agreements for the community. Pray that each hospital's staff will have peace as they serve patients with quality care. Pray that they will have the supplies that each patient needs, and will not have to turn anyone away due to lack.
2.   DR Congo – We praise the Lord together for the decrease of violence in DR Congo. While the daily armed conflict has declined, the government troops are still in place as the communities are essentially under martial law. IMCK is plagued with patients unable to pay and because of this, short on resources. It is like holding out hope in a war zone. Continue to pray for peace in the midst of the chaos.
3.   Haiti – We continue to pray for Haiti. The hurricane last fall decimated the entire west end of the island ruining all crops and vegetation. And while people have returned home they still do not have crops to replace what was lost. This means no money for the farmers which effects the economy. For the hospitals, it points to limited resources and inability to meet all needs. Pray for the container of donated pharmaceuticals in route right now, and for the start-up of a program for MBF to supply a network of Haitian partners with life-giving pharmaceuticals.
4.   Kenya – Lift up your prayers for our partner in Kenya, the Chogoria Hospital Clive Irvine School of Nursing. We recently submitted a grant for funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). The proposal was for the first two phases of a plan to expand and modernize the nursing school. Based on the WHO standards, Kenya has a shortage of nearly 70,000 nurses. Without help, that number will only get worse. Being approved for funding from USAID/ASHA will mean that we can help our partners at Chogoria increase the number of students taught and improves the quality of their education. As we continue to seek God's vision for Chogoria, please pray with us that the funding will be approved.
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UPPER OHIO VALLEY PRESBYTERY will gather in stated meeting next Tuesday, June 27th, at Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH.
THE DOCKET, with driving directions, is posted on our website under “Items of Interest.”
PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: Please sign yourself in at the meeting to be counted as present.
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 this 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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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE & JUSTICE newsletter June, 2017—“Faith-Based Investing” control+click here. It can also be found on our website. Click on the “Mission” sidebar, then “Peacemaking.”
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TRINITY PARISH PRESBYTERIAN Church will host the Free Community Dinner this Saturday, June 24th3-5 PM at the Newell VFD community room. This month’s menu is Fried Chicken, Baked Beans, Fresh Fruit, and Dessert. This dinner is for anyone who enjoys good homemade food and meeting new friends around the dinner table. The Free Community Dinner is a mission of Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church and is open to all.
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A VERY INTERESTING story on the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz’s 200th anniversary celebration they have planned for this summer/fall has been written by Mike Givler, Synod of the Trinity Communications Coordinator: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/cadiz-ohio-church-going-back-in-time-to-celebrate-its-200th-birthday/.
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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.
RETREAT: 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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JULY PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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PRAYER PARTNERS: You will find the most up to date prayer partner list, July 1, through December 31, 2017, on our website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Prayer Partners” in the top blue box. Your prayer partner is the church on the same line across from your church in this file. The purpose is to get to know each other better and to pray for one another by sharing joys and concerns in a more personal way. You should contact that congregation throughout this six month period to get acquainted and find out about their prayer concerns and share those with your congregation in your bulletin and/or newsletter. We know the power of prayer, and we know that many times God shows His will for us through others, so let’s pray together.
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FREE HYMNALS & CHOIR ROBES: First Presbyterian Church, Bradford, PA, is giving away 150 blue hymnals and 30 adult green choir robes with cream colored stoles with a cross on each stole. If interested, please contact Regina Gabriel, 814-596-9321 or rcg18@pitt.edu, as soon as possible.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Continuing Education Upcoming Events:
Self-care as a Spiritual Practice: A Holistic Perspective and Approach, with Lynn HoldenJune 25–28.
Brew Like a Monk: Spiritual Practice as Fermentation, with B.J. Woodworth, Sept. 17–20.
W. Don McClure Lectures: Missiological Hospitality in a Pluralistic World, with Amos Yong, Sept. 25–26.
The Heights and Depths with C.S. Lewis, online class, Sept. 18-Oct. 13, 2017: control+click here.
501: Luther and the Ever-Reforming Church, Oct. 23-Nov. 17, 2017, Control+click here.
Love. To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. (Luke 6:27-30, The Message).
Last week, we held our annual Henderson Summer Leadership Conference, and we had quite the lineup. The Henderson Lecture was delivered by Croatian theologian Miroslav Volf, whose Grawemeyer-winning book, Exclusion and Embrace, explores the singular human question haunting us today: “How should we approach the problems of identity and otherness and the conflicts that rage around them?” His book—written in the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars—is just as timely today. He wonders what kind of “selves” we need to be in order to live in harmony with others. Rather than just focusing on the structure of social arrangements, we must ask: What kind of people must we be to live harmoniously and justly with those who are not like us? And what kinds of communities must we foster that promote the flourishing of these people? This, I think, is the most important question confronting us as we think about what it means to be the Body of Christ in the current social and political environment. Embracing the one whom we think of as “other” is core to our identity and responsibility as Christians; “love your enemies” doesn’t have an asterisk warning that “conditions may apply.”
So for those of us who teach and lead communities that purport to be Christian, what practices do we engage that help us be those witnesses of divine love? What practices do we engage in our communities that help them be places that promote the flourishing of embrace and hospitality?
We end our program year with a Spiritual Formation course that will lean into those very questions—Self-care as Spiritual PracticeUnder the gentle and wise guidance of teacher Lynn Holden, participants will learn that love of self and love of others are intimately connected—and utterly crucial. And we begin our new year in September with a course that looks at the long, slow, intentional fermentation of the spiritual life: Brew like a Monk: Fermentation as Spiritual Practice.
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Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. 
He also ate very little which made him rather frail, and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. 
This made him (oh, man, this is so bad, it’s good) ….a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

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https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/GlacierCamp_Deck-500x334.jpg
GLACIER PRESBYTERIAN CAMP was hosting a memorial service; by Gregg Brekke, Presbyterian News Service. (Photo by Mathew Borlandelli, Somers/Lakeside Fire Department, shows the collapsed deck at Glacier Presbyterian Camp’s Spruce Lodge. Taken Saturday, June 17, 2017.)

Fifty people have been treated for injuries after a second story deck collapsed Saturday afternoon at Glacier Presbyterian Camp on the west shore of Flathead Lake, 100 miles north of Missoula, Montana. Six of the injured people were airlifted to hospitals in the region. One critically injured person was later transported to a hospital in Seattle. The camp is owned by Glacier Presbytery, which issued the following statement late Saturday on its website: “Please join us in praying for the injured and their families. We are grateful to all of the EMTs/Paramedics, fire departments and first responders who came to our aid. We ask for your prayers for all involved.”
A group of around 50 had assembled on the deck at Spruce Lodge for a 2:00 pm celebration of life service to remember William Nickel, a Flathead Valley firefighter who died April 20. No cause has been established for the collapse, and area authorities say they will not pursue a criminal investigation. “It was not a crime, so we won’t be investigating it,” Lake County Sheriff Don Bell told the Associated Press on Sunday. “It’ll be handled between the property owner and the people who got injured yesterday.”
“We continue to pray for those injured in Saturday’s accident and for their families and the medical teams caring for them,” said Marsha Anson, General Presbyter and Stated Clerk of Glacier Presbytery. “We are very grateful to the first responders and staff members who helped the injured. An investigation into the accident has already begun. As a precautionary measure, we hired a contractor to inspect other camp structures to ensure safety.” Brian Frick, PC(USA) associate for camps and conference centers, and a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Teamare en route to the camp to provide support and assistance to those affected.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter, June, 2017, “We Choose Welcome” can be found on our website under the Mission sidebar or 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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Principles of investingRick Jones | Presbyterians Today. Putting stock in corporate engagement.
The dismantling of immigrant and refugee familiesGail Strange | Presbyterian News Service. Impact of ICE raids felt in local communities, PC(USA) ministries.
What Presbyterians Believe: Blessed! Charles Wiley | Presbyterians Today. Is the prosperity gospel good theology?
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NEW WILMINGTON MISSION CONFERENCE will be held July 22-29, 2017, at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. 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 or uovp@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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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 orhelen.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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