Saturday, July 22, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Family Dynamics

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Mark 3:19b-35

Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” — for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Family Dynamics

Image result for family dynamicsNow I think we all know that a family can become divided for all kinds of reasons. And to those on the outside, these reasons may be important or seem insignificant. For example, on one hand, some families divide as a result of abuse and pain that would be impossible for most folks to tolerate or maybe some kind of financial or emotional stress that’s just difficult to set aside. On the other hand, though, some families divide over things that just seem stupid, like a random remark or a joke that was taken the wrong way. Or maybe it’s because of some kind of deep seated jealousy or some shallow concern for another family member. Let’s face it, there are many reasons why families split. But regardless of the reason, the result is always the same. A divided family ceases to be a source of strength and comfort and support. And even though I think that’s always a shame, it’s particularly difficult when these are desperately needed. I guess you could say that when a family ceases to be united, it ceases to be a family

And that same thing can happen to a church, in other words, the family of God. You see, regardless of how we view the serenity of the reasons, when we allow something, anything to break Christian unity, we cease to be the kind of family God has called us to be. And even though we might put forth our best effort, we actually become ineffective in supporting one another and sharing the good news to others. And so, just like it is with our biological parents and siblings, we need to be aware of the dynamics within our spiritual families.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 22, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 22, 2017: Today our passages are  2 Chronicles 6:12–8:10; Romans 7:14–8:8; Psalm 18:1-15; and Proverbs 19:24-25 .   The readings are from the  Conte...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Prayer Requests, to be shared during Sunday’s worship service

On Sunday, July 23, Cove Presbyterian Church will lift to God the following needs.

Adults

Alice Channing
Amy Slisik
Audrey Vincent
Betty Michael
Bob Crupp
Bonnie & Red Nichols
Bruce Mader
Chad Peppler
Cindy Kuzel 
Davey Turner
Debbie Zuccaro
Debi Edge
Emery Edwards
Ethlyn Dellaria
Faith Bonyak
George & Mary Shepherd
Greg Baldt
Greta Billham
Jeff Wright 
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Joanie Lawrence 
Josh and Dee
Joe & Mary Faran
Karen Edwards
Karen Lombardi
Kay Hyde
Kenny Orlando
Kevin Kuzel 
Libbie Messerly
Marcia Cooper
Marge Oslett
Matthew Kirtley
Michael Shade
Minnie Pazich
Penny & Nick Mourat
Paul Rosnick
Randal Kane
Richard Ballard
Richie Marshall
Rick Shadiow
Rocco Zuccaro
Ronnie Buffington
Sally Robinson
Sandy Hatala
Shirley Everhart Kirtley
Stacy Jo Vogel
Sue Willson
Vicki Williams
Wayne Channing

Children
Alphonzo Lloyde
Elijah Parker
Jameson Criss
Jeffrey Konovich
Jonathan Marte
Lily Ghrist
Macaiah Lloyde
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Temica Lloyde

Military
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss


In the Hospital
Rchie Marshall - Brightwood
Carl Hamill - Weirton Medical Center


Bereaved Family
Judy Morris and her family on the passing of John

Church Families
Lissa Dulick
Rodney, Dana, Ryan & Hanna Dragonir
Adam, Amy, Olivia and Abby Dowler

Local Church
Christian & Missionary Alliance

Special Friend
Ron Taflan

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Hanoverton, Ohio - CRE Donna Todd & CRE Joe Hendricks
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harrisville, Ohio - Rev. Barry Hall

Also Remember in Your Prayers
Alice & Kenny Orr
Carl Hamill
Dolores Edwards
June Virtue
Ron Taflan
Ruth Ann Oestering

What's Happening at Cove Presbyterian Church?

Below are the announcements as they appear in the Sunday bulletin.

THE SEASON AFTER PENTECOST
“We have seen…that the half of the year following Pentecost is different in character from the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Lent, Holy Week, Easter.  Whether it is called ‘ordinary time,’ or ‘Season After Pentecost,’ or ‘Kingdomtide,’ each Sunday stands on its own as the Lord’s Day and should be considered in the light of The Scriptures to be read that day.  …The Season After Pentecost is just that; it is not the Pentecost Season…” (Handbook of the Christian Year, p. 241)  Green, the color of abiding life, of peace, nourishment, rest and constancy, is the traditional color for this time of year.

“JESUS TIME” IS SPECIAL TIME FOR . . .
all our children and young people. This Sunday School experience offers them the opportunity to learn the Bible story and apply that story to their lives. “Jesus Time” usually meets at 11:00 a.m. and runs until the end of the Worship Service. This morning, the children are invited to stay for our special service. 


WE LIFT UP OUR PRAYERS FOR JUDY MORRIS . . .
and her family on the passing of her husband John.

OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will next meet on Tuesday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m. to continue a series entitled “On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts.”  During this session, we’ll look at Acts 15:1-41.

WHEN YOU AT THE EVENT CENTER . . .
on Friday evening, stop by and buy a bag of popcorn from our deacons. 


LADIES DO YOU KNOW HULDA?
Come and get to know her and many other interesting women of the Bible. We’ll meet every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, Weirton,  in the parlor, starting August 3.  Carolyn Mason will lead this exciting new opportunity to study, learn, grow and discuss. All women are welcome and Hulda is looking forward to seeing you and so are we! 

IF YOU’RE A PIRATE FAN,
we’re organizing a group to go to a game on Thursday, August 17, starting at 7:05,  as the home team takes on the St. Louis Cardinals. But this isn’t just any evening at the ball park;  after the game, some players and coaches were going to discuss the impact faith has had on their life. For the group rate, we would need at least 15 or more attendees. If you’re interested in attending, speak to either Debbie Siefert or Adam Dowler after the service. Cost will range from $18-$35, depending on where we agree to sit.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS . . .
because on Sunday August 6, at 11:00 a.m. we’ll have our annual church picnic at Marland Heights Park. Members, kids, friends, enemies, strangers, and everyone else are welcome. We’ll worship together which will be followed by more food and fun than you can imagine. And there will be an opportunity to give an offering.


DONUTS AND COFFEE WILL BE SERVED . . .
in the parlor before and after the service. Before you leave, grasp a cup and a donut.

THE CHURCH COULD USE YOUR LOOSE CHANGE.
In the narthex, there’s a fish bowl where you’re invited to leave any pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you might have rattling around in your pocket or purse.


WE APPRECIATE ALL THOSE WHO ARE OFFERING . . .
their time and special gifts to the church. In particular, we thank the following:
We thank Ray Seifert for directing our choir, Sue Willson for directing the bells, and Peggy Baldt for running our sound system during the service.
We thank the Trustees (Dan Grant, Burnie Huey, Chuck Caleffie, TJ Smith, and Dean Allen) for making needed repairs.
We thank Debbie Rudiger and Tina Viakley for the work they’re doing with our young people.
We thank Rick Baldt and Dale Pierce for the replacing the lights in the Fellowship Hall.
We thank Burnie and Noah Huey for doing our yard work.
We thank Chris Pierce and Sue Baldt for cleaning the sign in front of the church.
Finally, all those who offer their time, talent and money to further the God’s Kingdom.

MOTOR CITY MISSION CORPS . . .
is a year-long nonprofit apprenticeship for young adults with a focus on breaking down racism and building equitable community. Participants live in community, serve in organizations with a reputation for making change in the city of Detroit, and explore how they might be called to join God’s work in the world. Housing and a small stipend are provided. Find out more and download an application at http://motorcitymissioncorps.org. Contact Adam Delzenne at adam@detroitpresbytery.org or 248-607-4080 with any questions.

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY COVE KIDS . . .
who have not received a Bible please let us know.

WE ARE UPDATING THE BIRTHDAY & ANNIVERSARY LIST.  
If you are not on it or know someone who should be added please give the information to  Heather Campbell or Debbie Seifert.

REMEMBER, THE PARKING SPACES CLOSEST TO THE CHURCH . . .
are reserved for our members and guests who have disabilities or other health issues and need to park as close as possible.

IF YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE SECRETARY OR PASTOR,
there’s a white board on the wall facing the secretary’s office.

IF YOU HAVE A COMCAST ADDRESS . . .
and aren’t receiving e-mails from the church, please contact the church office. For some reason, Comcast blocks messages from Cove; therefore, you may need to set-up another e-mail account (gmail, aol, hotmail, etc.) to receive material we send.

THE KROGER FAMILY OF STORES IS COMMITTED . . .
to bringing hope and help to local communities. We do this through a variety of activities, including charitable giving, sponsorships and the unique Community Rewards Program of Kroger. We are also committed to carefully protecting our customers' personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. As your neighborhood food retailer, we deeply value our ability to support local organizations like yours. Your supporters (37 households) who shopped at Kroger between 1-31-2017 and 4-30-2017 (Cycle 16, Qtr 4) have contributed to your $232.27 total donation. Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 5-25-2017. If you have any questions, please email KCR16@kroger. com or visit our website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.

IF YOU’RE IN THE KROGERS COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM . . .
your enrollment is valid for 12 months from the registration date. You will need your Kroger rewards card number. To confirm that your registration is still active or to re-register you can contact Kroger customer service at this number: 1-866-221-4141. If you need to re-register all you'll need is your Kroger Card number and  our Cove Church number which is 80270. All that is required is that you go to Kroger. com; Community; Rewards; Enroll Now; type in Cove and hit search; click on Cove Presbyterian; click on Enroll Now. Please check your receipt the next time you shop, the bottom should read You requested Kroger to donate to Cove Presbyterian Church. If you need help with this process just call the church office, and Heather Campbell will be happy to assist you.

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 register: www.nwmcmission.org.

A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE . . .
can be found by calling 304-748-7900 Cove’s Prayer Line. You can call at anytime to hear a message by Rev. Rudiger. The messages are changed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  You can also hear the devotion at covepresbyterian.podbean.com and iTunes (search Cove Presbyterian). You can also read the devotion at www.thecovecommunity.blogspot.com.

YOU CAN NOW MAKE DONATIONS THROUGH PAYPAL . . .
by go on the link you can find in our daily e-mails and on our website (covepresbyterian.org) and all our blog. We can also help you set up a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one.

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE THROUGH FACEBOOK . . .
by clicking the “Donate” button on the Cove Presbyterian Church page.

WE ARE UPDATING OUR PRAYER CHAIN . . . 
regularly. If you wish to add someone, contact the church office.

WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR AMAZON SMILE,
you get the same products and service we expect from Amazon except the Church gets .5% of every qualifying purchase. The Amazon Smile registration for first time users is https://smile.amazon.com/Ch/55-0462066. You only have to register once then go to www.smile.amazon.com to place orders.

WE NOW HAVE FIVE BLOGS . . . 
that you can check out for information and on which you can leave comments. They’re listed below:
The Cove Community - This is for the whole church. I’ll post sermons and announcements.
Cove Kids - This is tailored for the young people in our church. Again I’ll post announcements. You’re also invited to send in any writings, photographs and art work you’d like to post.
Bible Talk - We’ve established this blog to give pastors and lay people the chance to discuss Scripture. The weekly passages are from the Common Lectionary.
The Bible in a Year - Each day, we’ll post passages so that you can read the Bible in one year.
Growing in Grace - Although we’re saved by God’s grace, we can grow in our understanding of grace. At Cove Presbyterian Church, we offer a variety of different classes for children and adults, many of which are recorded and posted on our PodBean page.

IF YOU’RE ABLE AND WILLING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION . . .
so that some of homebound members are able to attend our worship services, please tell the pastor or another member of session.

SERMONS, DEVOTIONS, LESSONS, AND ESSAYS ARE AVAILABLE ON . . .
the Cove PodBean page and YouTube (search “Cove Presbyterian” and “Ed Rudiger”). .

IF YOU’RE ONLINE . . .
“like” us on Facebook (Cove Presbyterian Church) or join our Facebook group (The Cove Community). You can also connect with Pastor Rudiger on Instagram (rev_ed).

IN THE HOSPITAL? HOMEBOUND? RECENT ILLNESS?
If you know of someone who is in the hospital please contact the church office, due to privacy laws the hospital is unable to contact us. If you are unable to attend services and would like to arrange for a visit from Rev. Ed Rudiger or to receive communion please contact the church office. Also, if you would like to receive the Sunday Bulletin contact the church office.

IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO TAKE YOUR BULLETIN HOME . . .
drop it in the purple container at the back door so that it can be recycled.

VASES OF FLOWERS CAN BE PURCHASED . . .
for a service. The cost is $16.00 a vase.  You may also purchase silk flowers or live plants, the choice is yours.  Telephone the office to place your order. After the service, we’ll place the flowers in a vase for you to take.


ONGOING MISSION PROJECTS . . . 
Campbell’s Labels are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Weirton Christian Cent er.  The labels including the bar code or just the bar code can be dropped off in the container located in the hallway downstairs. 
Greeting Cards are being collected by the Myrtle McHendry Class. Please drop off your used Greeting Cards or just the front of the card in the box located in the main hallway downstairs. No envelopes -please. The cards are being sent to St. Jude’s  Ranch to be remade into cards to be sold in their gift shop.  FYI . . Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting Cards can not be accepted as they are trade marked. 
Can Tabs are being collected by the Presbyterian Women for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Deposit your tabs in the container located in the hallway downstairs.

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, July 23, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.









The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 21, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 21, 2017: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 4:1–6:11; Romans 7:1-13; Psalm 17:1-15; and Proverbs 19:22-23 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Sabbath Nazis

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Mark 3:1-6

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Sabbath Nazis

Image result for soup nazi animated gifOne of my all-time television shows is Seinfeld; I can watch the same episodes over and over again. And I think my favorite Seinfeld episode dealt with a cook they called the Soup Nazi. Now this was the name he got because of the way he treated his customers. You see, when you placed a soup order, you had to follow a certain protocol,  and if you didn’t, he’d say, “No soup for you.” And if you heard those words, well, you were just out of luck. And the same thing applied to anyone who had the audacity to point out a mistake in the order. But his soup was so good, people were willing to put up with this just to get a spoon into his jambalaya.

But you know, the Soup Nazi had nothing on the Pharisees in this story we read nor a lot of us as we’re explaining the Christian faith to others. You see, just like those people at the synagogue, we can be pretty legalistic yet also arbitrary in how we define living as a follower of Jesus Christ. We sound as though God is waiting for people to step out-of-line just so he can lower the boom. Therefore, followers are constantly walking on eggshells, hoping that they don’t slip. Of course, that’s how God deals with them. He’s much more lenient with our little peccadilloes. In other words, the kind of good news that we often share is actually anything but good. And based on it’s rigidity, I think it’s more than reasonable to ask the question, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” 

Of course, regardless of what we might say, we know the answer. It’s always lawful to do good and to save life. In fact that’s what the law is all about, loving God and neighbor. You see, that’s really part of the good news. And it’s something we might need to remember before anyone accuses us of being Sabbath Nazis.

Remembering our Brother John Morris

John E. MorrisJohn E. Morris, 67, of Weirton, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born June 30, 1949 in Mingo Junction, OH, he was the son of the late John W. and Vivian (Turner) Morris.

After John’s retirement from Verizon, he worked at Auto Zone in Steubenville. He was a member of VFW 2716, the American Legion Post 10 and the Telephone Pioneers of America. John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judith A. (McCarl) Morris of Weirton; daughter Jessica Morris and her fiancé Brandon Henderson; granddaughter Anastasia Grace Henderson all of Mingo Junction, OH; sister Dorlis (Joe) Menendez of Tucson, AZ; uncle Roger Turner of Wintersville, OH and sister-in-law Donna (Bill) Evans of Weirton.

Friends will be received on Friday from 3-7pm at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, where funeral services will be held at 4:30pm, followed by military honors with the American Legion Honor Guard and the U.S. Army. Reverend Terry Stoops will officiate.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 20, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 20, 2017: Today our passages are 2 Chronicles 1:1–3:17; Romans 6:1-23; Psalm 16:1-11; and Proverbs 19:20-21 .   The readings are from the  Contempo...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - When We Come Up a Little Short

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Acts 12:1-17

Image result for peter in prisonAbout that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.) When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.

The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.” He did so. Then he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel’s help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. On recognizing Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel.” Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed. He motioned to them with his hand to be silent, and described for them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he added, “Tell this to James and to the believers.“ Then he left and went to another place.

When We Come Up a Little Short

This is one amazing story. Peter was in jail, awaiting certain death. But all of a sudden, an angel appeared and freed him. My goodness, he even led Peter past two sets of guards all the way to an iron gate through which the apostle got out of the city. Now, this is what happened, a spectacular event, one that could only make sense to those who have faith.

But as we see in the rest of the story, that didn’t happen for those believers who were praying for Peter in the house of Mary. You see, even though they were dedicated to Christ and devoted to God and even though they were praying that Peter would be saved, they didn’t believe Rhoda when she told them that God had done exactly what they’d asked and that Peter was at the gate. In fact, they accused her of being crazy. You see, instead of believing that all things were possible for God, they questioned and doubted, until they finally opened the gate themselves and saw that Rhoda wasn’t crazy at all. In other words, in terms of faith, these Christians came up a little short.

But I think what Peter did was remarkable. I mean, instead of condemning them, he told them the story so that they could share in the glory of what had happened. And then he gave them a job to do, to share this good news to James and the other believers. You see, he didn’t put them down or push them away. He treated them like friends. And I’ll tell you, that’s something we might want to keep in mind, and I’m talking about when we come up a little short in our faith. 

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 19, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 19, 2017: Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 28:1–29:30; Romans 5:6-21; Psalm 15:1-5; and Proverbs 19:18-19 .   The readings are from the  Contemp...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - July 18, 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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What is Jesus looking for from me?
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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
John Oerter
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Alberta Crawford
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
Sheryl Looking Elk
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: Karen Edwards, Jason Elliott, Joe Ellis, Stan Fedyszyn, Cindy Foster.
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UPDATE ON WILLIAM HEMINGER: From William's Dad. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow… praise him above ye heavenly host, praise father, son n holy ghost. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End the First and the Last.’ Today Hokshina ho waste, aka ... igmu tanka wicasta is continuing to battle his accident...through therapy speech, physical n occupational along with a lot of prayers from each of you, William D Heminger had very good news ... our target date to go home is next Friday, July 21st, thru God’s blessings upon him, the doctors n nurses extraordinary abilities n care for (our) son, tonight we thank n praise God for his miracles of healing upon him, still a lot of therapies to go thru but each n everyone who has read his page n lifted him up in prayer. May God bless you tonight!! Isaiah 40:31”
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AUGUST PRAYER REQUESTS are on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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NEXT HAPPENINGS will go out August 2nd.
PATTY will be on vacation July 19 through 27, and August 9 & 10.
THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be closed July 20, 24, 25, 27, August 9 & 10.
IT WILL BE OPEN Wednesdays, July 19 and 26—Connie and Kandy will be here.
IN AN EMERGENCY, call Bill Webster 740-359-1813, or Frank Lewis 304-266-8154, or Robert Nagy 304-830-4946.
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THIS COMING FRIDAY, July 21st, at 7:00 PM, the Richmond United Presbyterian Church will be hosting Adams’s Road, a Christian, non-profit ministry dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song and testimony. Jesus unshackled four people and fed them with the knowledge of God’s amazing grace. Adam’s Road is made up of these four individuals, whom God rescued out of Mormonism and brought into a personal and saving relationship with Jesus. Through the transforming-power of the Gospel, those who were blind, lost, and dead are now trophies of God’s amazing grace. In 2015, they appeared at the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg and The Cadiz Presbyterian Church. Come hear their stories. The event is free and Adam’s Roadwill be giving a free CD of their music to all who attend. Please invite and bring your friends and family, especially teenagers and young adults. The Richmond United Presbyterian is located at 310 E. Main Street at the corner of Main Street and Park Road in Richmond, OH.
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COMMUNITY VBS: July 24 -27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children ages 4 - 14 are welcome. Children age 3 are welcome with parent supervision. "Dive In" and learn about God's Love at the First Presbyterian Church, 52 Liberty St., Dillonvale, OH. Our four day underwater theme adventure will include many water related Bible stories, crafts, games, and music. (Prepare to get wet!) For more info, call 740-760-7765.
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A PEACH SOCIAL will be held Friday, August 11thfrom 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Food, fellowship, and fantastic music will be featured at the 67th Annual Peach Social. Roger Hoard and Dan Jones will headline the entertainment. This event is sponsored by the Dillonvale First Presbyterian Church and will be held at the Dillonvale Park, Main St., Dillonvale, OH, by the Gazebo. Dinner items: Haluski, sandwiches, and salads can be purchased at an additional cost. The traditional Peach Social ticket cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child and includes cake, ice cream, peaches, and lemonade or coffee. Please join us for dinner, dessert, and music at this annual community event. 
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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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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Agency July, 2017--New Church New Way control+click here.
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COLERAIN PRESBYTERIAN Church is making plans for their 100th Anniversary, and they came across a film that needs a 16 mm projector. Do you have a 16 mm projector that they may borrow; or do you know of anyone who may have one? If you can help them, please contact Patti Crunelle dpcrunelle61@comcast.net or 740-635-9212.
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CONGRATULATIONS and our best wishes to Byron and Mary McElroy who will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary July 22, 2017. Their mailing address: 1353 State Route 150, Adena, OH 43901.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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LOUISVILLE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY: Explore Louisville Seminary October 6-7. The Office of Admissions will host the Louisville Seminary Fall 2017 Exploratory Weekend on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7. The cost to attend is $20. All meals and accommodations (including up to two nights in our on campus lodge for out-of-town guests) will be provided. A travel stipend is available to first-time visitors. Explorers will have the opportunity to meet with seminary students, faculty, administrators and staff; visit classes; attend chapel; and talk about preparing for seminary, financing a seminary education, charting an academic plan, ministry as a second vocation, dual degrees, caring for families while in seminary, going directly from college to seminary and women in ministry. FIND OUT MORE AND REGISTER.
Key Upcoming Dates
September 1, 2017: Application Deadline for January admission to the Doctor of Ministry program.October 6-7, 2017: Exploratory Weekend for prospective master's-level studentsNovember 1, 2017: Application Deadline for spring admission to the Master of Arts (Religion) (MAR) and Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree programs.
December 1, 2017: Housing Deadline for spring.
For more information, call the Office of Admissions at (800) 264-1839 or email admission@lpts.eduInformation is also available at www.lpts.edu/admissions.
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A MUST-READ WHILE ON VACATION ~ 50 Funny Town Names from Each of the 50 States:
1.      Burnt Corn, Alabama: There are a few legends about how Burnt Corn got its name. Some say settlers burned the Indians’ corn fields; others say Indians burned the settlers’ corn. Either way, conflict between the two groups climaxed at the Battle of Burnt Corn in 1813, which the Native Americans won.
2.      Unalaska, Alaska: There’s nothing anti-Alaska about Unalaska. The native Unangan, or Aleut, people called this area 'Agunalaksh,' but variations in spelling and pronunciation caused confusion over the years. In the late 1800s, the United States Board on Geographic Names declared that the official name for this town, as well as the island it’s located on, was 'Unalaska,' a simplification of the original name.
3.      Why, Arizona: Why, oh why, is this town called Why? It’s said to be because State Routes 85 and 86 formed a Y-intersection near the area. Since Arizona law required city names to have at least three letters, the founders changed the name from 'Y' to 'Why'—although if residents hadn’t seen it written down, no one would have known the difference.
4.      Possum Grape, Arkansas: This name is not as weird as it sounds—possum grapes are actually a kind of grape native to the southeastern United States. (Yes, they do grow in Arkansas—the name really would be weird if they didn't!) Another funny theory, though, suggests that the townspeople couldn't agree on whether to call the town 'possum' or 'grape'—and argued about it for almost 20 years!
5.      ZZYZX, California: Curtis Howe Springer was a radio evangelist who tried to convince people he was a doctor by selling fake medicines on his radio show. He also set up health spas around the country, but never paid taxes on them. When he acquired a plot of land in the Mojave Desert, he named the area Zzyzx Mineral Springs resort, so it would be 'the last word in health.' Eventually, the Feds caught up with his financial schemes and threw Springer in jail—for 49 days.
6.      No Name, Colorado: Credit for the town’s unusual name goes to the developers constructing Interstate 70, who left several exits unmarked. When a Colorado Department of Transportation official went out to improve the signs, he wrote 'No Name' on Exit 119. The town has had No Name ever since. State officials once tried to rename the area, but locals wouldn’t allow it.
7.      Happyland, Connecticut: Happyland is actually a tiny community in the larger town of Preston, CT. A theory says it was named for an amusement park that used to be there but that was destroyed by a hurricane in the 1930s, a decidedly unhappy story! Unfortunately, travel blogger Johnna Kaplan says that there’s no 'welcome' sign, which we’re also not happy about. I mean, who wouldn’t want a picture with a 'Welcome to Happyland' sign?
8.      Little Heaven, Delaware: This place sure thinks highly of itself! Little Heaven was the name that an 1870s farmer gave to a group of cabins he built in the area for his Irish workers. There is also rumored to have been another small community nearby called—you guessed it—Little Hell. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?), it no longer exists.
9.      Burnt Store, Florida: According to local legend, the town gets its name from a trading house on the Peace River that was burned down in 1849. At the time, manager George Payne had had meetings with Seminole Indians, and he died in a Seminole attack shortly before the store burned.
10.   Experiment, Georgia: Experiment, Georgia gets its name from the Agricultural Experiment Station at the nearby Georgia University. Of course, it’s not to be confused with the colonial antislavery movement the Georgia Experiment.
11.   Haiku, Hawaii: Despite what you might think when you first read its name, this Hawaiian community is not named for a three-line Japanese nature poem. Haʻikū was an ancient Hawaiian name for the natural valley in which the community is situated. Some say it is a Hawaiian word meaning 'speak abruptly' or 'sharp break'; others say it is another name for the Kahili flower.
12.   Good Grief, Idaho: No, this isn’t Charlie Brown’s hometown! In fact, if you can believe the old-timey TV show Hee Haw (a name that might be funnier than 'Good Grief'), no one really lives there at all. According to an episode of the show from the 1970s, the entire population of Good Grief consists of 'two dogs and one old grouch.'
13.   Boody, Illinois: Don’t pretend you’re not forcing back a chuckle at this one. This Illinois community was named for Colonel William H. Boody, a head of the railroad industry (that poor, poor man). There’s a Boody Water Company and a Boody Water Tower, and there was even a Boody High School at one point. We wish it was still there, because we think it’d be pretty funny to only go for a year or two and then be a Boody School Dropout.
14.   Santa Claus, Indiana: Originally called Santa Fe, the town’s name changed in 1856 when town officials learned that there was already a Santa Fe, Indiana. However, the town has certainly made the most of the second-choice name: Santa Claus, IN fully embraces its Christmas-y moniker. Touted as a place 'where it’s Christmas all year round,' Santa Claus features attractions like Holiday World, Lake Rudolph Campground, and Frosty’s Fun Center.
15.   What Cheer, Iowa: In 1864, store owner Joseph Andrews organized a post office for his town of Petersburg. He wanted to name the post office 'What Cheer' after an old English greeting he liked, and decided that should be the town’s name as well. Peter Britton, who named the town Petersburg, objected. There was a town meeting, but the citizens couldn’t make a decision. Andrews won out in the end.
16.   Kickapoo, Kansas: Though it’s fun to say, this town name has a pretty simple origin: it’s the name of a Native American and Indigenous Mexican tribe living in the area. Today, it is home to a150,000-acre Indian reservation. According to legend, the name means 'wanderer.'
17.   Hippo, Kentucky: No, there are no actual hippos in Hippo, Kentucky. The name of this town comes from one of its twentieth-century residents, Bee Madison 'Hippo' Craft. His nickname has nothing to do with hippopotamuses, either; the townspeople called him 'hippo' as a rather insensitive shortening of 'hypochondriac.'
18.   Waterproof, Louisiana: The first residents of Waterproof moved there because it was the one place in their region that managed to avoid devastating floodwaters from the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, being waterproof isn’t always a good thing. The town lost many of its valuable corn crops due to a drought in 2008.
19.   Bald Head, Maine: Bald Head, Maine is named for the cliff of the same name. Does Bald Head Cliff look like a bald head? Unfortunately, not really. It does look pretty incredible, though, and the neighboring town’s name is just as odd: Ogunquit (which sounds like 'a-gun-quit').
20.   Accident, Maryland: The most popular story about this odd name dates back to the late 1700s. Legend has it that two surveyors, Brooke Beall and William Deakins, Jr., both became interested in the same piece of land in the then-colony of Maryland. 'By accident,' they both claimed the same land, each not knowing that the other had claimed it. The story ends happily, though: Deakins let Beall have the land, because the two were friends and because Beall had claimed it first.
21.   Sandwich, Massachusetts: Incorporated in 1639, Sandwich is the oldest town on Cape Cod. It’s named for the seaport of Sandwich in Kent, England. The commodity the town is most known for? Glass.
22.   Hell Michigan: Sometimes, 'Go to Hell' isn’t an insult. It’s directions! The central Michigan community got its start when George Reeves opened a gristmill (where grain is ground into flour) and paid farmers who brought in grain with home distilled whiskey. If someone asked a farmer’s wife where her husband was around the harvest, she’d reply, 'He’s gone to Hell again.' Now, visitors can be mayor of Hell for a day, get married in Hell, and stop by the post office, where workers singe every piece of mail before sending it.
23.   Embarrass, Minnesota: The township gets its name from the French word 'embarras,' which means 'an obstacle or difficult situation.' When French explorers first traveled through the area, they had trouble getting their canoes down the river, so they named the river (and, eventually, the town) accordingly. See? Nothing to be embarrassed about here.
24.   Hot Coffee, Mississippi: One inn owner, L.J. Davis, advertised that he made the best hot coffee around—and it very well could have been. Davis made the coffee with pure spring water and New Orleans beans, and he used molasses drippings as sweetener. People loved it so much that they named the town after it.
25.   Frankenstein, Missouri: In 1890, Gottfried Franken donated land for the community to build a church. And as far as we know, Franken was not a mad scientist (even though we secretly wish he was).
26.   Big Arm, Montana: This town is known for Big Arm Bay of the nearby Flathead Lake, which also gives its name to Big Arm/Flathead Lake State Park, a popular destination for fishing. (Here are the six most intense fishing photos ever taken.) The 'big arm' in question is the name for one side of the lake. On another side is the equally fun Elmo, Montana.
27.   Worms, Nebraska: Like Hippo, Kentucky, Worms was not named for the wildlife, which is probably a good thing. The name most likely comes from the city of Worms in Germany, which would be pronounced 'vorms' and comes from a nickname for a Roman emperor. But seeing it written out, we can’t help but think of creepy-crawlies.
28.   Sugar Bunker, Nevada: Unfortunately, the story behind this name isn’t as sweet as you might think. Sugar Bunker was the name of a storage site for chemical explosives that operated in the mid-twentieth century. Luckily, no chemical tests are held there nowadays!
29.   Potter Place, New Hampshire: Before Harry Potter, there was Richard Potter! That’s right—while this community is not named after the boy wizard, it’s still named after a magician, which we think is pretty cool. According to the welcome sign, Richard Potter was a 'magician, ventriloquist, and showman.' Ever wondered what the Harry Potter cast thought of their costumes? Look no further.
30.   Cheesequake, New Jersey: Cheesequake is a derivation of the Lenni-Lenape Indian word 'Cheseh-oh-ke,' which means 'upland.' It is now located within Cheesequake State Park, a 1,274-acre park where visitors can go hiking, camping, fishing, or boating.
31.   Pie Town, New Mexico: Yes, Pie Town really is a town of pie. Named for a local bakery that made amazing apple pies, it is the site of an annual Pie Festival, complete with a pie-baking contest, a pie-eating contest, and horned toad races. Because who says pie is just for humans?
32.   Butternuts, New York: Legend has it that Butternuts was named for three butternut (also known as white walnut) trees growing out of the same stump. Unfortunately, the trees were cut down a long time ago to build a log cabin, which seems pretty anticlimactic to us. Craving butternut squash soup now?
33.   Whynot, North Carolina: Sadly, this isn't a sister city to Why, Arizona. When German and English settlers were debating over what to name their new town, one man said, 'Why not name the town Whynot and let’s go home?' These are the same people who named the surrounding communities Steeds, Erect, and Lonely.
34.   Zap, North Dakota: This is another place that most likely gets its name from a city in Europe: Zapp, Scotland. The North Dakota community is a coal town, and a railroad official named it after Zapp, also a coal mining hub. Today, the town’s tourism catchphrase is 'zip to zap'—how great is that?
35.   Pee Pee, Ohio: Pee Pee is actually named for a man who carved his initials—P. P.—into a nearby tree. Sources vary on whether the culprit was town founder Major Paul Paine or a guy named Peter Patrick. If only he knew what he started.
36.   Slaughterville, Oklahoma: Despite its name, Slaughterville is not the site of grisly murders or uprisings. It was named after a grocery store run by James Slaughter in the early 1900s. In 2004, PETA requested that the town be renamed because it felt the current name alluded to animal abuse. The town council voted down the motion.
37.   Boring, Oregon: No, the name isn’t meant to describe the goings-on in the town. It was named after one of its first residents, William Harrison Boring, and it soon became a railroad town, since the timber in that area was used to build rails and fuel trains. Boring’s great-grandson Bob still lives in the area and says that despite the name, 'There’s always something going on around here.' The town also has two international sister cities: Dull, Scotland, and Bland, Australia.
38.   Asylum, Pennsylvania: 'Asylum' often brings creepy or scary images to mind, but this township draws its name from the other definition of the word. During the French Revolution, refugees who escaped the violence took shelter in Pennsylvania and founded the village of Azilum. Many residents returned to France around 1800, but the name stuck around. Not creepy enough for you? Pennsylvania does have one of America's best haunted houses—and it's inside a real prison.
39.   Woonsocket, Rhode Island: 'Woonsocket' sounds like it should be a town name in a Dr. Seuss book, not the USA! Like 'Kickapoo,' it's a variation on a Native American word, most likely from the Nipmuc tribe. There are several theories about what it means: 'thunder mist/waterfall,' 'fox country,' 'at the fork of the river,' to name a few. Others just think it's a combination of a couple different tribe names. Turns out it's not quite as much fun to say as 'Kickapoo'—its correct pronunciation is 'one-SOCK-it.'
40.   Coward, South Carolina: Not much is known about how Coward got its name. Funnily, though, the town is best known for an intense treetop walk that is definitely not for cowards! The 'Canopy Walk' has bridges that are up to 50 feet above the forest floor and that sway terrifyingly.
41.   Red Shirt, South Dakota: No, this town is not named after the infamously oft-killed off extras of the original Star Trek (which you can binge on Netflix, by the way, along with these 12 other classics). It was named for chief Red Shirt of the Oglala Sioux tribe, who is famous for being a U.S. Army Native Scout. Our runner-up for Mount Rushmore’s home state was Plenty Bears, South Dakota (which sounds like a place Trek's redshirts would definitely want to avoid!)
42.   Sweet Lips, Tennessee: Fewer than 100 people live in this small town that got its name from a nearby creek. Supposedly, Civil War soldiers thought the water from this creek tasted sweeter than others.
43.   Looneyville, Texas: Established during the Civil War, this community is named for John Looney, who opened a store there in the early 1870s (we have no reason to believe his name was reflected in his personality). It took a hard hit after World War I; only 40 people lived there. In 1960, its only school closed, and its last store was consumed by a fire in the 1990s.
44.   Eggnog, Utah: This is one name that means exactly what you think! The name probably comes from the fact that settlers looking after livestock in this area were often given eggnog to drink. We think Eggnog, Utah and Santa Claus, Indiana need to team up and throw the greatest Christmas party ever.
45.   Mosquitoville, Vermont: This is one place we already know we'd rather not visit! Mosquitoville is actually a tiny community within the town of Barnet, Vermont. Barnet has a population of around 1,700 people… and we're surprised even that many live so close to a place called Mosquitoville.
46.   Dragonville, Virginia: Mosquitoville may be pretty low on the list of places we’d like to visit, but Dragonville is at the top! This community was most likely named after a settlement in England's County Durham. As for how that place got the super epic name, we're not sure.
47.   Humptulips, Washington: It's actually got nothing to do with tulips. Most sources say that it comes from a Native American word meaning 'hard to pole,' indicating the difficulty the Indians had poling their canoes up the river in the area. Another theory says that the word meant 'chilly region.' This is one place named after a Native American word that we think might've been better off left un-anglicized.
48.   Booger Hole, West Virginia: This one makes us cringe way more than Worms, Nebraska. Turns out that the town actually does have a cringe-worthy history—and it's got nothing to do with runny noses. In the early 1900s, the town was full of outlaws and plagued by violence. Several people were murdered, and more just disappeared altogether. Today, the town's a major destination for ghost hunters. As for how it got its bizarre name, the legend says that many of the townspeople attributed the murders and disappearances to the 'boogieman.'
49.   Imalone, Wisconsin: Maybe the only thing more interesting about the community than its name is its founder’s: Snowball Anderson. One day, Anderson left his gas station in the care of a man named Bill Granger. When a salesman stopped by and needed the name of the place for an invoice, Granger said, 'I’m alone,' meaning he couldn’t ask anyone what the name was. So that’s what the salesman wrote down. One current resident says Anderson actually named the community himself, simply 'because he was.'
50.   Chugwater, Wyoming: The popular story behind this name claims that a young Native American, leading a bison hunt or 'buffalo jump,' would often chase the bison right over cliffs, where they would fall and land with a loud 'chugging' sound. Because there was a small stream by the cliffs, Native Americans began to call the area 'water at the plate where the buffalo chug,' which was shorted to Chugwater. Alas, to us 21st century folk it sounds far more like something you do when you’re very thirsty.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Agency Justice & Peace Newsletter July 2017—We Choose Welcome control+click here.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE pulpit supply list, 7-10-17, is available on our website. Click on “pulpit supply” on the top blue box.
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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 and an application 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 Friday evening, August 11, & Saturday, August 12, retreat at Bishop Connare Center, 2900 Seminary Drive, Greensburg, PA, for current enrollees and for those who are even just thinking about lay pastor training. RSVP to Cheryl Rhea IPLF.reg@comcast.net by July 26, 2017. Single room $30, rooming with someone $20. Checks payable to “Redstone.” You may send it in or give it to Cheryl at registration.
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THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE at Union Presbyterian Seminary will co-host an important event of the University of Edinburgh on our Richmond campus (3401 Brook Road). On August 1-3, 2017,we will hold a three-day continuing education course on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, Understanding and Engaging our Muslim Neighbors. Taught primarily by the Christian theologian Dr. Joshua Ralston (formerly of Union Presbyterian Seminary) and the Muslim intellectual Prof. Mona Siddiqui, the continuing education course aims to offer a basic introduction to key ideas in the Islamic traditions, explore theological and scriptural frameworks for Christian approaches to Islam, and consider models for local, national, and global Christian-Muslim engagement. Click herefor more info.
In addition, on the evening of August 2 from 7:30 – 9 p.m., there will be a stand-alone lecture and discussion, which is free and open to the public. This event, also led by Dr. Ralston and Prof. Siddiqui, is entitled, “Between Theology and Politics: Christian and Muslim Conversations in a Fractured Age.”
UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY will hold “Seminary for a Day” Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Choose from 12 workshops! Two keynotes! Get a taste of what seminary is like. Connect with old friends and new. For workshop descriptions and to register, go to www.upsem.edu/event/seminary-day-2017.
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PRAYER PARTNERS: The prayer partner list for July 1, through December 31, 2017, is 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.
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