Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - July 5, 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 can I do to be more like Jesus?
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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.
Please continue to keep William Heminger and his family in your prayers. William is still in critical condition at this time from an accidental gunshot wound but is responding to his parents, doctors, and nurses. His parents honor and praise God for the miracle that he is alive. (His Father is a Commissioned Ruling Elder for Dakota Presbytery.)
Posted by his family yesterday: Hokshina Ho waste; aka good voice boy, has been very quiet today. We humbly ask for your prayers for our son as he continues to battle for his life.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him in your prayers this week: Bill Brown, David Bruce, Steve Cramer, George Crawford, Rich Cunningham.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
July 11 ~
Rick Stanley, grs384@att.net
July 12 ~
Nancy DeStefano, nd4art@yahoo.com
July 12 ~
David Knapp, dknapp@securicom.biz

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Life before the computer:
Memory was something you lost with age.
An application was for employment.
A program was a TV show.
A cursor used profanity.
A keyboard was a piano.
A web was a spider’s home.
A virus was the flu.
A CD was a bank account.
A hard drive was a long trip on the road.
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S graduation celebration: During the Seminary’s 221st Commencement service, PTS conferred masters and doctoral degrees on 37 students. Additionally, the Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas, director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration and Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, was the commencement speaker. Check out the list of graduates, award winners, photos, and Rev. Thomas’s sermon online.
PANORAMA, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s magazine, is now online. This issue explores how PTS is preparing students and others to serve in creative and bi-vocational ministries. Check it out!
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UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY NEWSLETTER June 2017 Control+click here.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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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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COVE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, WV, invites you to a unique presentation of the Revs. Steve and Meta Cramer’s Middle Eastern trips to Israel on Sunday, July 16th,at 2:30 p.m. Steve and Meta’s trip this Fall is booked up but you can experience past pilgrimages by attending this presentation. It’s sure to help deepen your faith. The Word becomes flesh in amazing ways as you imagine sailing the Sea of Galilee, walking the streets of Bethlehem, visiting Gethsemane and Calvary, dipping your feet into the Jordan River, and praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Admission is free but reservations are highly recommended. Please call 304-748-5980 to reserve your seat. [The Rev. Steve is pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church and Longs Run Presbyterian Church, East Liverpool, OH. The Rev. Meta is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Salem, OH.]
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WEEKLY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP for help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Meeting Saturdays at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV. Session 1: June 10 thru September 16 (no meeting Sept. 2) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Session 2: Sept. 23 thru Dec. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. In cooperation with Search the Scriptures Ministries. For more info, contact J. Osterhout 570-337-1086.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES Network Newsletter Summer, 2017, Click here.
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International Peacemaker from Sri Lanka to address U.S. churches this fallRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Herman Kumara to share struggles of fighting systems of oppression.
Hurricane-ravaged Haiti still reeling eight months after MatthewRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Presbyterian Hunger Program visits farmers hit by recent heavy rains and flooding.
Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leadersDiana Nishita Cheifetz | Office of the General Assembly. Tune My Heart.
Stories -- Your Website's Secret SauceStories of transformation inspire people to engage in matters of faith. But people rarely hear these stories unless they're already sitting in the pews. Will Rice suggests featuring stories of transformation on your church website will help potential visitors understand the point of going to church in the first place. Read more.
Best Practices for Handling Your Church OfferingCesie Delve Scheuermann writes in her blog "Inspiring Generosity" that one of the ways you can reassure people that your church is worthy of their giving is by telling them that you have established policies for secure handling and counting of weekly offerings. So the question is: Do you have these policies in place? If yes, when was the last time these policies were reviewed? And are you following these policies? Read more.
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LOUISVILLE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ~ The spring 2017 issue of MOSAIC magazine recently hit mailboxes. This issue focuses on what ministry looks like outside of a congregational setting.READ THE SPRING 2017 ISSUE OF MOSAIC.
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COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S Center for Lifelong Learning has great classes planned for the coming year. Info can be found on our website. Click on “Seminaries.”
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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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HERE’S A GIFT FROM THE PCUSA: FREE children’s lesson on Martin Luther and the gospel of grace. Written in the format of Growing in Grace & Gratitude, this downloadable lesson and supplemental resources are all you need to include your children in your Reformation celebrations! Order this and other excellent resources for youth and adults to prepare for the 500thanniversary of the Protestant Reformation!
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FOR AN INTERESTING story on the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz’s 200th anniversary celebration they have planned for this summer/fall: http://www.syntrinity.org/featured/cadiz-ohio-church-going-back-in-time-to-celebrate-its-200th-birthday/.
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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: The prayer partner list for July 1, through December 31, 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. 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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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 & 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.”
PRESBYTERIAN PEACE & JUSTICE newsletter, June, 2017, “We Choose Welcome” Control+click here. It can also be found on our website under the “Mission” sidebar, the “Peacemaking.”
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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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