Monday, August 21, 2017

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

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 21, 2017: Today our passages are   Today our passages are Job 1:1–3:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1-17; Psalm 37:12-29; and Proverbs 21:25-26. The readings a...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 20, 2017: Today our passages are   Esther 8:1–10:3; 1 Corinthians 12:27–13:13; Psalm 37:1-11; and Proverbs 21:23-24 .   The readings are from the  C...

The Bible in a Year: Friday's Essay - As a White Southern Christian

The Bible in a Year: Friday's Essay - As a White Southern Christian

Friday's Essay - As a White Southern Christian

Sunday's Minute for Mission - Youth in the Church and World

This is what happens when we follow Jesus’ example. We “tap” those who are younger but demonstrate willingness or speak a prophetic truth (like the young people in this photo). We end up standing on some steps, readying ourselves to step out and feeling shaped by those who are below us and above us on the age spectrum.
The National Presbyterian Youth Ministry Council at their meeting in Malibu, California. Photo credit: Gina Yeager
This photo is a testament to this miracle. Today is a day to celebrate the younger people in our midst; to honor the people they are now and to stand with them on the steps of life and faith. This is the day to remember the one who, first, as a 12-year-old boy, and then later, as a young adult man, stood on the steps of a new way of living, and who stepped off those steps with a gang of young people. See them. See the middle school girl with her friends, the lone high school boy made to attend worship, the college student. These are our young. They have been tapped by Jesus to follow him and you have been the one tapping, on God’s behalf.
The youth in this photo are now 32 and older. They are the adults now. Through the holy act of being called — being “tapped” — they stood on those steps then and they stand on the steps now, open-hearted, longing to serve. If you do nothing else today, a day when we celebrate youth in the church, simply notice. Take a look around you. See the youth. Really see them. They stand on the steps — hearts open, waiting for us.
Gina Yeager, Associate for Youth Ministry                                                            

Let us pray:

Loving God, stand with us all. Remind us to notice, encourage, listen and lead with your Son’s heart. Show us how to follow, learn and lead, all in your merciful manner. Amen.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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

On Sunday, August 20, 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
Jeff Wright 
Jim & Shelley Pearson
Jim Neil
Jo Betlem
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 Brown
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
Logan Adams
Macaiah Lloyde
Meadow Abbett
Michael Daugherty
Mitch Almason
Temica Lloyde

Military

Doug Obeldobel
Isaac Stephens
Jason Kerr
Jonathan Criss
Justin Schmalstieg
Kara Criss
Michael Criss


Bereaved Families
The Family of Paul Welch
The Family of Joe Meyer

Church Families
Pat Gasser
Trevor, Jean, Chad & Kara Galownia
Dan & Pat Grant

Local Church
Crossroads Church

Special Friend
Teresa Skiles

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery Congregations
First Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, Ohio - Rev. David Stammerjohn 
Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, Ohio - Rev. William O. Webster 

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.


LET’S OFFER OUR PRAYERS FOR PAULA STOUT . . .
and the family on Joe Meyers on the passing of Joe on Friday, August 18. And this is particularly important in light of the passing of his brother-in-law, Paul Welch, last week.

“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.


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! 

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


THE BELL CHOIR . . .
will practice on Saturday, at 11:00 a.m.


OUR TUESDAY EVENING STUDY . . .
will next meet on Tuesday, August 29, 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 18:1-28.


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, Tom Michell, Dean Allen,  and Dale Pierce for the replacing the lights in the Fellowship Hall.
We thank Rick Baldt for the replacing the lights in the Fellowship Hall. 

 • We thank Burnie and Noah Huey for doing our yard work.
 • We thank the Deacons who are selling popcorn at the Event Center.
 • We thank the Deacons and Elders who helped at the church picnic last week.
 • We thank all the ladies who worked together on the dinners for Greta Billham and Paul Welch.
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.


MT. PLEASANT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH . . . 
is sponsoring their annual “Concert on the Hill” on Sunday, August 27, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The concert, held on the lawn behind the church, is a celebration of Christian music performed by well-known local Christian artists. This year’s event features Bishop Michael Tolliver, Sweet Harmonies (Doc and Amy Roe), JoAnn Jones, The Call to Worship Trio, and the Dani Carroll. The church will provide hot dogs, other refreshments, and soft drinks. The entire afternoon is free – including the refreshments. So all you have to do is show up. We’ll even have a couple of our members doing face painting for the youngsters (and oldsters, too, if you want to join in the fun). Plug the church’s address into your GPS (123 Union St., Mt. Pleasant, OH 43939) and head out our way. It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. (Any questions, call the church at 740-769-7510.)

DEDICATION WORSHIP SERVICE. 
On Sunday, September 24th, the Long's Run Presbyterian Church, 15851 Longs Church Road, East Liverpool, OH, will be dedicating our building addition. So far we have been able to pay all the bills as they came in (over $200,000!). Much of the labor has been done by members and friends of the church on a volunteer basis. Come celebrate with us at 3:00 p.m. on September 24th. Light refreshments will be served following the service.


THE LONGEST TABLE, 
a community dining experience to fight hunger in the Ohio Valley, will be held Sunday, September 24th, at the Urban Mission, downtown Steubenville. The street will be closed down to accommodate a table two blocks long. Appetizers and music will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the meal will be served at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30, but an early bird discount is available until August 24. Go to www.urbanmission.org or call 740-282-8010 to reserve your seat.

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.

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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cove's Bulletin for Sunday, August 20, 2017

Below is a copy of our Sunday bulletin.









Friday's Essay - As a White Southern Christian

Below is an essay I sent to those on the Cove Presbyterian e-mailing list. You can find a recording of this essay 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.

Related imageAs everyone knows, there’s been a lot of controversy over the removal of monuments from public property which honor leaders of the Confederacy, men like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart. And even though everyone seems to have an opinion, given my background, I may bring a different perspective to this discussion. You see, as I consider this issue as a white southern Christian, I believe it may be time to take down some of the statues, and I’m talking about the kind of structures that I remember seeing in front of the front of the city building in Norfolk or at the major intersections as I drove down Monument Boulevard when I was a seminary student in Richmond. Now I say this with some fear and trembling, because I recognize that my opinion isn’t in step with some of my oldest friends. Still, I think it’s time we moved on, and I think part of that movement involves moving these monuments to museums, battlefields and private property and away from county courthouses and public parks.

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But before I share how I reached this conclusion, let me assure you that my credentials as both a southerner and a Christian are solid. You see, I was born in the Commonwealth of Virginia and think that, as it relates to the heart and soul, you really can’t go farther south than Richmond. I grew up believing that Washington and Jefferson and Henry were heroes right along with Lee and Jackson and Stuart. My family spent our summer vacations hopping from one battlefield to another, and it still feels a little odd talking about the Civil War rather than the War Between the States. In fact, I feel such a bond to the Old Dominion that after I die, my wife has promised to scatter some of my ashes in Virginia soil. And as to my faith as a Christian, I’m passionate in the trust I place in God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And in my opinion, that’s far more important than my seminary education and the thirty years I’ve spent trying to serve the Christ’s church and his people.

Now, having said that, for me, there are two reasons I think Confederate monuments should be moved from public space. You see, because I think I understand and appreciate the history of my part of the country, I believe the statues are no longer appropriate on public property. I mean, regardless of what I might have learned about them in my childhood, I can’t get around the fact that these men we’ve decided to memorialized took up arms against that United States of America. They weren’t patriots; they were rebels. You see, the minute they took up arms, these military men and national leaders violated the oath they took when they began their service. They rebelled against the legal authorities. Regardless of whether they believed they were right or loved their states, in the eyes of the United States soldiers they were fighting, these men were traitors.

Image result for american slaveryAnd I think it’s pretty clear that they were fighting to defend slavery, the right of one man to own another. You see, it really didn’t involve “state’s rights,” because those who moved their states toward rebellion consistently supported a strong national government so long as that government was rounding up slaves who’d escaped to free states or defending the rights of slaveholders in states and territories where the majority of the public voted for abolition. In other words, their dedication to defending the rights of sovereign states was both selective and self-serving. If slavery hadn’t existed, there would have been no Civil War. And even though other Americans we memorialize by monuments owed slaves, the leaders of the Confederacy fought to defend the institution. Now that’s hard to contest. I think we may have reached a point in our history when we can be honest about our past, even if that means letting go of some our comfortable regional mythology.

But my love of southern history isn’t the only reason I believe the monuments should be moved. As a Christian, it’s difficult for me to idealize people who supported such an abhorrent institution as slavery. I mean, the Apostle Paul wrote, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” [Galatians 3:28] Frankly, it troubles me that we’re willing to honor men to fought against this principle, and to honor them on property that belongs to all of us, including the descendants of those they wanted to keep enslaved. And I’m also bothered by the thought that I’m disregarding what Paul wrote to the Romans when I insist that a statue that I consider pretty remains in a public park even though it may offend a Christian brother or sister. You see, this is what he wrote to the Romans:
Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or sister stumble. The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. [Romans 14:13-23]
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You see, I have to be honest with myself. I don’t know how an African-American Christian feels when he looks at a statue of Robert E. Lee or a man waving the Confederate battle flag. I also don’t know what a Jew feels when she sees a swastika or people who lost family members on 9/11 feel when they see a crescent moon. I just don’t know. And because of that, I think it would be contrary to what Paul wrote to brush aside their anger or pain by suggesting that they need just to get over it. It doesn’t seem right for me to insist that they see on public property something that may be of marginal importance to me but that could cause damage either to their faith or their openness to the good news. I guess, for me, it all comes down to my willingness to love my neighbor. And I’ll tell you something else, when I look at this situation and ask myself, “What would Jesus do;” for me personally, the answer is fairly clear.


And for those reasons, as a son of Virginia and a man who’s proud of his southern heritage and as a Christian who intensely loves God, I believe it’s time to move these monuments off land that belongs to the people. But please understand, this is just my opinion, something we all have the right to hold.


The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 18, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 18, 2017: Today our passages are   Esther 1:1–3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; and Proverbs 21:19-20 .   The readings are from the  Con...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - To Serve

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - To Serve

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 10:32-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

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I think we’ve developed some interesting ideas about what it means to serve. You see, often, when we think of those who serve us politically, we often assume that they need a collection of some very specific traits. For example, we often support people who’s principle claim to fame is their ability to satisfy themselves. In other words, they’ve been successful in whatever they pursued. They’ve risen to the top of the heap. And even if their ascent has left them a little arrogant or unconcerned about the opinions and feelings of others, well, that’s alright. Most people want to be served by assertive leaders, assuming that somehow they can shift their focus from satisfying themselves to serving others. At least, that’s what a lot of folks hope.

But when we make these assumptions, I think we may be missing the most important characteristic that must be possessed by all those who serve. As a matter of fact, it may be the one essential defining trait that all true servers must have. You see, for anyone to serve, they must become a servant. And for Jesus, this servant mind-set is very different from what we want our elected public servants to have. I mean, our social standards of success can’t be the basis on which they’re evaluated, because service involves sacrifice and not accumulation. And they are men and women who have chosen not be on top, because being up there would prevent them from understanding the needs of those below. And they really can’t be arrogant or unconcerned, not when their job to address the needs of others rather than self. You see, even though they may be both skilled and successful, I believe only servants are able to serve.

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 17, 2017

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for August 17, 2017: Today our passages are   Nehemiah 12:27–13:31; 1 Corinthians 11:3-16; Psalm 35:1-16; and Proverbs 21:17-18 .   The readings are from the ...

From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance - Flooding and Mudslides in Sierra Leone

Situation

Image result for Sierra LeoneOn August 14th, heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone. According to Freetown Mayor, rescue workers have recovered 270 bodies so far mainly from the Regent neighbourhood where the mudslides happened. As rescue operations are still ongoing, the death toll is expected to rise. An estimated 3,000 or more people are believed to have lost their homes and are in immediate need of emergency assistance and shelter according to Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security (ONS).

PDA Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been in communication with Christian Aid and Council of Churches in Sierra Leone regarding emergency relief and humanitarian response. The assistance planned is directed at meeting needs related to food, nutrition, health, clothing and shelter. 
PDA, the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) are partners in the West Africa Initiative, a project aimed at supporting and strengthening rural communities’ capacity to become self-reliant and independent organizations.  The communities are engaged in all aspects of food production, as well as the economic and social well-being of its members.  The initiative covers several remote communities in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.
A PC(USA) delegation visited the two west African countries last February to review progress and meet with residents in the remote villages. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Funeral Service for Paul Welch - Saturday, August 15, 2017

Cove Presbyterian Church Worship Service - August 13, 2017

Cove Presbyterian Church Worship Service - August 6, 2017

Sunday's Sermon - Earth or Dirt

The Funeral Service for Blondie Ceran - Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Wedding Service for Jonathan Melchert and Miranda Essel - Friday, Au...

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Like Whom

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - August 15, 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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Karen Edwards
Ed Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Ginny Zoric
Mike Anderson
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Wayne Devore
David Bruce
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Karen Byrne
John Oerter
Judee Parkinson
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
Linda Turner
Vickie Whinnery
Steve McCollam
Jacob Kestner
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Domasi Partnership
All our service men & women
Bob Offerdahl
For peace and an end to violence and hatred
Please keep North Korea and the world in your prayers; that violence can be prevented in every way, and that the spirit of God will enter into the hearts of all.
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: Sue Haseltine, Joe Hendricks, Duane Hetzer, Wally Jancura, Diane Jefchak.
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UPDATE ON William Heminger, from his Mother: We cannot express in words how amazing the God of this universe truly IS, but BOY, OH BOY, have we have SEEN the Miracles in William’s life! William has received a temporary retainer for eating purposes and next week he will get his permanent retainer. This will help him with swallowing food so he can start eating better, this is exciting news! The rest of William's surgeries will take place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has several surgeries that will need to take place over the next few years (eye, sinuses, etc.). These surgeries will begin in the next four to six weeks. Please continue to pray for William and these surgeries, we KNOW that the Lord is in control. The love and support from everyone has been a HUGE blessing and has also contributed to the amazingness of how awesome God truly is! Love you all: LeAnne
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THE CONCERT ON THE HILL – Mt. Pleasant First Presbyterian Church is sponsoring their annual “Concert on the Hill” on Sunday, August 27, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. The concert, held on the lawn behind the church, is a celebration of Christian music performed by well-known local Christian artists. This year’s event features Bishop Michael Tolliver, Sweet Harmonies (Doc and Amy Roe), JoAnn Jones, The Call to Worship Trio, and the Dani Carroll. The church will provide hot dogs, other refreshments, and soft drinks. The entire afternoon is free – including the refreshments. So all you have to do is show up. We’ll even have a couple of our members doing face painting for the youngsters (and oldsters, too, if you want to join in the fun). Plug the church’s address into your GPS (123 Union St., Mt. Pleasant, OH 43939) and head out our way. It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. (Any questions, call the church at 740-769-7510.)
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DEDICATION WORSHIP SERVICE. On Sunday, September 24ththe Long's Run Presbyterian Church, 15851 Longs Church Road, East Liverpool, OH, will be dedicating our building addition. So far we have been able to pay all the bills as they came in (over $200,000!). Much of the labor has been done by members and friends of the church on a volunteer basis. Come celebrate with us at 3:00 p.m. on September 24th. Light refreshments will be served following the service.
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BOOK OF ORDER 2017 – 2019: This book is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This volume contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. Additional information is provided to the reader through the inclusion of Received Ecumenical Statements of Guidance and Articles of Agreement. Patty is currently taking orders at $10.00 per copy. They must be picked up at the Presbytery Office. OR—if you want to order directly from Presbyterian Distribution Service and have them shipped to you, call them at 1-800-524-2612. Downloadable copies are now available at www.pcusa.org.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter August, 2017--“Prayers Around the World” control+click here. PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter August 2017—“Joining Hands” control+click here.
They can also be found on our website under the Mission sidebar tab, then Peacemaking.
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HAPPY 92nd BIRTHDAY 
August 25 ~ Ed Mooney, Hidden Meadows on the Ridge, 340 Farmers Lane, Sellersville, PA 18960
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We love photos! Have any photos from a church gathering or VBS you would like us to share on our website? E-mail them to pattyuov@uovpresby.orgLandscape view works best. Get permission from parents if sending pix of kids.
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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/60164bdda6e4064d943bed8b2/images/58b3905b-bcb6-4ed2-bf74-fc512fb4769e.pngWALTER BRUEGGEMANN Presents an Original Collection of 365 Devotions: Gift and Task ~ A Year of Daily Readings and Reflections. Pre-order at $12.00. You save 40%!*Preview a Week of DevotionsGift and Task begins with the First Sunday of Advent and provides insightful reflection and thought-provoking commentary on the Scriptures for each day of the year. *40% discount ends August 31, 2017. Orders will ship after being processed after the Publish Date of August 18, 2017.
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control+click: Presbyterian Hunger Program urges Ben & Jerry’s to join Milk with Dignity programRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Campaign aims to improve conditions for dairy farmworkers.
‘Out of Fear and into Freedom.’ Lee Hinson-Hasty | Presbyterian Foundation. Seminaries respond to recent threats and acts of violence.
PC(USA) leaders condemn white supremacy, racismOffice of the General Assembly Communications. Charlottesville religious leaders praised; misuse of scripture decried.
Stated Clerk’s statement: ‘Are we complicit in the racism of the alt-right?’ Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. Nelson: ‘Proclaimers and hearers of the gospel must engage this uncomfortable issue that damages the soul of our country.’
Presbyterians gather in Charlottesville to unite against hate groupsGregg Brekke and Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Local pastor and organizer of pre-event prayer vigil was witness to violence.
Resources to promote the 2017 Peace & Global Witness Offering now availablePat Cole | Presbyterian News Service. Offering helps fund peacemaking, reconciliation and, optionally, Freedom Rising initiative.
I could not walk away: The mission work on migration and human traffickingJudy Ramos | Grace Presbytery. Philippines mission co-workers speak with Texas churches.
Keeping Faith: Sacred Conversations on RacePaul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. August video digest highlights Presbyterian response to racial injustice, on third anniversary of Michael Brown killing.
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A STATEMENT from Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins in Response to the Charlottesville Violence. August 14, 2017. “When I heard the news of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, shock doesn't begin to communicate what I felt reading the reports. Horror. Sadness. Disgust. And profound disappointment make a start. Please let me be clear from the beginning of my comments. What I am about to say is theological in character; therefore it must also be political in nature although it is not partisan. I join my voice with Republicans and Democrats and Independents who lament where our nation finds itself today. But what I must say will be more direct than some of the statements made by some of our political leaders, whatever their parties; and it will be explicitly from the perspective of our Christian faith. For this I make no apologies. Reading the published comments of President Donald Trump, I knew as a Christian, as a Presbyterian minister, and as the president of one of our denomination's great seminaries, I had to respond unequivocally. To do less would be to shirk the responsibilities of this calling. President Trump wrote in a Twitter post on Saturday the following: "We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST." I recognize that this statement was a nod toward "inclusivity," as one report put it. But with all due respect to the Office of the President, I must disagree. We are not Americans first. We're human beings first. I am also a Christian, and my faith teaches me something very important that I cannot afford to forget: God didn't go to all the trouble of becoming incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth to make us Americans or even Christians. God plays for much higher stakes than nationalism or religious affiliation. God sent Christ to make us human. To use explicitly Christian language, God calls us to be human in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. Whenever we violate that fundamental calling, the calling to be human, we decide that we have given over to other powers, other loyalties, and other gods in our culture and the world the authority to name us and determine our character and destiny. This is idolatry. We really need to get clear about this. Jesus of Nazareth, a Palestinian Jew who never ceased to be ethnically and religiously a Jew, was crucified by powers not unlike those being unleashed in our cities today. Let us not pretend otherwise; to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-Christ. To hate others because of their race, ethnicity, country of origin or religion, is to violate the love of God. This world is beloved of God, every morsel of it. And if there is anything we know from reading the Bible and observing God's creation, God loves variety. God loves variety because God is love. And the God who is love created and blessed every pigmentation and ethnicity of humanity, and doesn't stand in the door of any church, synagogue, temple or mosque barring the way of anyone who worships. If we believe for one moment that privileging the voices of hatred is necessary in order to maintain balance in our society, we are kidding ourselves. And if we imagine that the chants of white supremacists, "Jews will not replace us," and "Take America Back," and their complaints like, "I'm tired of seeing white people pushed around" are simply the statements of people of goodwill disagreeing about policies, we are guilty of the worst kind of self-deception. The U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech does not put shackles upon our consciences. Not to take sides against hatred is not just to be on the wrong side of history (though it is that too); it is to reject our calling as a people of God. We are human beings, first and last, by creation and calling. Michael Jinkins, President, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary”
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SAN FRANCISCO THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY'S Center for Innovation in Ministry: In response to Charlottesville terrorism, we call for collaboration for justice. Members of the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries in Charlottesville gathered for a moment of motivation, a moment of prayer, and a moment of encouragement for people who wanted to provide faithful witness of love anticipating Saturday’s march. Rev. Traci Blackmon, executive minister of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries, explained that as the prayer service was wrapping up, hundreds of white supremacists holding torches converged on the church on the University of Virginia campus. Police shut down the service, concerned they could not guarantee the safety of those gathered. Photo: United Church of Christ
SFTS denounces and opposes white supremacy in all of its many forms, and particularly the violence and terrorism that the world has witnessed in Charlottesville this weekend.San Francisco Theological Seminary embraces and joins in this prophetic and pastoral letter of the Center for Innovation at SFTS, and pledges to be a full partner in the important work of eradicating racism. —Rev. Dr. James L. McDonald, President, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Sometimes tears dry up because our sadness absorbs them all in the bottom of our souls. So, we wander in shock around the crater that is the question mark of our confusion and our frustration. The attacks of evil, hatred, and prejudice in Charlottesville are intended to discourage the hope of people. Therefore, they must be met with the presence of faith, love and justice. We cannot afford the luxury of discouragement or the paralyzing intellectual exercise of seeking a perfect response. Now is the time to defend the helpless, encourage the prophetic and cause an uprising of the faithful. Hate is a spiritual psychosis expressing itself in violent acts. It has no label, no tribe, no religion or ethnicity. The conflation of White Supremacy with Christianity is a lie that must be denied. Any person, group or church that embraces it or ignores it does so at their own peril. The American poet Maya Angelou reminds us, “Hate always destroys the host.” Love is not an aspirational platitude. For Christians, love is not a feeling of equality. It is the work to make all people equal and included. We are followers of Jesus. For Christians, love has incarnational obligations. Jesus said, “The Spirit of God is upon me, because God has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. God has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19. The Hebrew scriptures remind us of our obligation. “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8. The Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS believes and affirms the call of our faith. We intend to stir up the gifts and callings of those who would fight for justice, stand for the truth and protect the vulnerable. We will collaborate with all who seek to bring the light into this present darkness. Our theological task is to search for Christian wisdom in the world. Our educational task is to promote and engage in the pedagogy of the oppressed. Our spiritual task is to help all who seek spiritual enlightenment to discern their path and breathe air into deflated hope. If your church, religious organization or group is engaged in answering this call, please email us and describe your actions in 25 words or less. With your permission, we will add your name as a sponsor to this statement. We will also publish your description on our website’s blog so that others can be encouraged, inspired and informed. We are not seeking declarations or statements, but actions. If you send in a description, please include an email address or means of contacting your group so that others can collaborate. Yours in faith, hope and love, Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Jr., Director, Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS
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PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S Just Food Conference to Address Complexities of Race and Food: The fight for racial and environmental justice go hand-in-hand in the United States as proponents battle the exploitation of people of color and the land. The complexities and challenges of this fight will be the topic of discussion at this year’s Just Food Conference to be held September 21–23, 2017, at Princeton Theological Seminary. Participants will share stories, eat and worship together as they explore experiences of race and food and how they connect with the deepest parts of our identities, often in subconscious ways. “Just Conversations” sessions at the conference will provide a forum for participants to connect the learnings from plenary sessions with the depths of their individual and collective stories. The cost of the conference is $195. For more information and to register, visit www.ptsjustfood.com.
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SEMINARY FOR A DAY. The time is drawing closer for Seminary for a Day at Union Presbyterian Seminary! On Saturday, September 23, 2017, you will have the opportunity to listen to two keynote addresses, attend two workshops led by UPSem professors, and enjoy a delicious lunch on our beautiful campus in Richmond, VA. All of this costs only $25, including the lunch! It’s a great way to meet up with old friends, make some new ones, and enrich your faith as you learn about some of the areas of interest of our excellent faculty. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. The morning keynote, by UPSem professor Richard W. Voelz, is entitled: Moving the "Conversation" Forward: Preacher, Congregation, and Public in Divided Times, begins at 9 a.m. This keynote address will explore how over the past generation, the metaphor of “conversation” has emerged in preaching, and how it might serve us going forward. Then you may attend one of six workshops in the morning:
·        Looking for Truth? Space Matters, with UPSem president Brian Blount
·        Black Sacred Rhetoric: Developing Our Ethical Voices about Engaging Concerns and Difficult Problems in Society, with Prof Katie Geneva Cannon
·        Parables of Jesus: Stories to Encourage and Challenge, with Prof. John Carroll
·        Preaching with the Spirituals, with Dr. Luke Powery of Duke Divinity School
·        Should Seminarians Study Islam? World Religions and Theological Education, with Prof. Stan Skreslet
·        Drama, Intimacy, and Vulnerability: Spiritual Challenges of Digital Culture, with Prof. Karen-Marie Yust
Following the lunch break, there are six more workshops, from which you may choose one to attend:
·        Praying the Lord’s Prayer with Theologianswith Prof. Dawn DeVries
·        Who is Our Neighbor? Wisdom from the Desert Mothers and Fathers, with Prof. Christine Luckritz Marquis
·        Tiptoeing on Eggshells? Navigating our Way in Ideologically Diverse Faith Communities, with Prof. Ken McFayden
·        Polity Matters for Mission and Ministry, with H. Carson Rhyne
·        Musical Resources for Pastoral Care Ministry, with Prof. Carol Schweitzer
·        Freedom and Form in Christian Worship: Discerning the Balance for Your Congregation, with Prof. Richard Voelz
The day concludes at 4 p.m. following a keynote address and challenge by Dr. Luke Powery, entitled: The Gift of Tears. This keynote will engage Jeremiah and Jesus to explore the role of weeping as a vital Christian practice today. We hope you’ll join us and bring others from your congregation for an uplifting, interesting, and joyful day at Seminary for a DayPlease share this email with those who may be interested. To register and choose your workshops and lunch preference, click here. See you in September! Marilyn Johns, D.Min., Director of Program Development, The Leadership Institute, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227, 5141 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, 804-278-4383 or 800-229-2990 X 383,mjohns@upsem.eduwww.upsem.edu/leadership-institute.
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LOUISVILLE SEMINARY Counseling Center 20th Anniversary Gala: Save the Date Friday, December 1st. The Louisville Seminary Counseling Center is 20 years old! Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host an open house, reception and dinner to celebrate the Counseling Center's two-decade commitment to quality marriage and family therapy services for the Greater Louisville area. Tour the updated Counseling Center facilities. Reconnect with Louisville Seminary Marriage and Family Therapy alums, faculty, staff and supervisors. Share stories about your Counseling Center experience. Registration and other details will be available soon at www.lpts.edu.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Continuing Ed News ~ Upcoming Events:
Spiritual Practice as Fermentation: Brew Like a Monkwith B. J. Woodworth, Sept. 17-20.
W. Don McClure Lectures in World Mission and Evangelism: The Spirit's Mission of Hospitality in a Pluralistic World, with Amos Yong, Sept. 25-26.
A Community Faith Leadership Breakfast: Sustaining Vocation Over the Long Haul, with Helen Blier, PTS; Shari Hobby, Priest and Former Vicar of Trinity Anglican Church; and Martha Selleck, Integrative Psychotherapist, Oct. 4.
Other Upcoming Events: Click on the image to learn more.
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An Online Class with Dr. Edith M. Humphrey, Sept. 18-Oct. 13.

Lutherblock

An Online Class with Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Woo, Oct. 23-Nov.17

Stardust. "You and I are made of stardust. We are the stuff of exploded stars. We are therefore, at least one way that the Universe knows itself. That, to me, is astonishing." -Bill Nye. “An astrophysicist, a pastor, and a millennial student walk into a lounge…” It sounds like the beginning of a joke—but it’s not! PTS Continuing Ed is the proud recipient of generous program fundingfrom the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Their hope? To increase science literacy and familiarity among those who have been theologically trained. And there’s good evidence to support the crucial importance of this now more than ever! A study conducted six years ago by the Barna Group states that one of the top six reasons for young adults leaving the church is a perceived antagonism toward science by churches. It doesn’t need to be this way, as our conversations this year will underscore! Furthermore, the work of the scientist and the work of the theologian share something—a sense of wonder and curiosity that drives them both to study, explore, and see remarkable depths in the world around them. Wonder—curiosity—play; all are windows into the divine. These are the themes underscoring our programming this coming year! From September to June, we will take the ordinary stuff of life—stars, Sabbath, beer, the Internet, the spaces we occupy, the stuff we’re made of—and attend to the ways these things can become invitations to encounter something holy. Here are a few highlights:
* Our AAAS funding will underwrite our popular Community and Conversation series this year! We have quite the lineup. Check it out!
* Spirituality and beer are connected? Of course they are. Explore the connection with B. J. Woodworth, pastor of The Open Door Community.
* Was C. S. Lewis your first encounter with theology? Reacquaint yourself with him in Edith M. Humphrey’s online class.
So if it’s been a while since you’ve played—proclaimed “Aha!”—and experienced that sense of wonder that isn’t just the domain of children, join us. We promise you a light bulb moment or two! Come and be curious with us!
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE Responds to the famine in South Sudan: Nationwide famine and widespread violence with ethnic targeting in the world’s youngest country is resulting in the quiet death of South Sudan, and we are seeing it covered in very few news stories. The devastation is great. We must act now. Six million of our South Sudanese siblings, half of the country’s population, are struggling to find food and clean water, and 4 million have been displaced because of this complex disaster. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is funding large-scale emergency relief projects for South Sudanese displaced people and refugees, working through Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency, the humanitarian arm of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS). In addition to emergency relief projects, PDA is working to support livelihood and food security, peacebuilding and education for civil society. The ministries supported by the Peace & Global Witness Offering are providing ongoing advocacy and aid to those working for peace. “We need your prayers and support in all ways, including advocacy,” said the Rev. Peter Gai Lual, PCOSS moderator. “It gives us strength and hope that we are standing as Christians together until we have peace.” The needs for the response are great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.
GIVE: Financial support for famine relief efforts may be designated to DR000042Gifts to support ongoing peacebuilding efforts may be designated to PG999999. Gifts may be made onlineby phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which may be mailed to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Or send to UOVP with the designation number and we will forward it on.
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PRAY: That in the heartbreak of all that has been lost by the people of South Sudan, our God of peace will, as Psalm 147 says, “Heal their broken hearts and bind up their wounds.” That the people will experience reconciliation and have courage to participate in peacebuilding, and that the government and those who are seeking to make a difference will be wise in their efforts to put an end to violence, allowing survivors to return to their homes, their fields and cattle, and their livelihoods. Click here for a prayer for South Sudan by the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA coordinator.
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PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE, at the end of each season, participates in a piano enrichment program where they sell all pianos at institutional prices not normally available in retail stores. All pianos used in the program were professionally maintained and will carry a new factory warranty. A private appointment can be arranged for Friday or Saturday, August 18 or 19, by calling 866-580-6484. A public sale will be held Sunday, August 20, from noon to 5 pm. The piano sale will benefit Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre by supporting the enrichment program for the upcoming year. For more info, call 866-580-6484. They are located at 2900 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh.
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ASHLEY HICKS WHITE to Address Interpersonal Relationships and Social Justice at Louisville Seminary's Fall 2017 Convocation. Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will begin its 164thacademic year with its Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel located on Louisville Seminary's campus (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205). The public is invited to attend. Dr. Ashley Hicks White, an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Louisville Seminary, will be the Convocation speaker. Her Convocation address, Toward a Relational Approach to Social Justice, will draw on Mark 12:28-34 and will center on the ways in which the call to love one another can be carried out to affect change in our individual and collective lives. Hicks White contends that issues of injustice might be better addressed using an optional conceptualization that places the highest value on interpersonal relationships. Hicks White is a specialist in couples/family therapy, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. She joined Louisville Seminary's faculty in 2016 and is a founding member of Louisville Seminary's Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society. She has worked in a number of clinical settings serving clients from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations, homeless and low socio-economic individuals and families. Her current research focuses on the intersection of mental health, oppression, and well-being among African Americans. Her other research interests and teaching experience include risk and resilience in adolescent development, adolescent eating disorders, trauma exposure and trauma informed care, and culturally informed care of African American, Hispanic, and immigrant youth and families. "As a teacher, it is my privilege to help students develop critical thinking skills and provide an atmosphere that facilitates personal development and self-reflection," said Hicks White. "I believe that culture is an important aspect of the educational process and aim to encourage students to consider how culture influences one's worldview and the way they interact and operate within larger society." In addition to her teaching and research experience, Hicks White maintains an active commitment to congregational ministries and social action to change the circumstances in which families live. Most recently she served in the Women of Power Human Trafficking Ministry and the Take 2 College Discipleship Ministry at New Salem Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a member of the Ohio Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Ohio Department of Education's Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Initiative. Hicks White received her Bachelor of Arts (dual degree), Master of Science, and Doctorate at The Ohio State University.
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Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks. Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.) After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the sacks.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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CHOIR ROBES: Bethel Presbyterian Church, in western PA, is giving away about 30 beautiful choir robes with several colors of stoles for each season. For more info, or if you want them, please contact their music director Cheryl Buxamusa, email cbuxamusa@att.net.
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COMMUNITY SUMMIT: Building Community to Protect and Empower Youth and Families. The Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) will host a day-long workshop and community dialogue around empowering youth and families in our communities. The Pittsburgh Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute is a sponsoring organization of this event, which will take placeAugust 19 at the Seminary. This event is free and open to the public! See MUI's website for more information.
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THE LONGEST TABLE, a community dining experience to fight hunger in the Ohio Valley, will be held Sunday, September 24th, at the Urban Mission, downtown Steubenville. The street will be closed down to accommodate a table two blocks long. Appetizers and music will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the meal will be served at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30, but an early bird discount is available until August 24. Go to www.urbanmission.org or call 740-282-8010 to reserve your seat.
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THE BOARD OF PENSIONS reminds us it is time to construct "Employer Agreements" for 2018 coverages and benefits. Review, model, and update or build your 2018 Employer Agreement. Log on to Benefits Connect and choose Employer Agreement to select benefits for employees to elect during annual enrollment this Fall. Access resources to help answer your questions. Go towww.pensions.org for the following: Guide to Selecting 2018 Benefits; web tutorials; Employers: Start Thinking about 2018 Benefits article; Selecting 2018 Benefits: Building Your Employer Agreement short video; Expanded pensions.org section at www.pensions.org/2018benefits; Submit your 2018 Employer Agreement now through October 13.
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FREE WORKING PRINTERS: Rev. David Knapp, 102 Hummingbird Ln., Wheeling, has three printers that any church can have at no cost, just pick it up. Email dknapp@securicom.biz or call between 5 – 9 PM weekdays, or anytime weekends 304-243-1351. If his machine picks up, please leave your name and number and he will get back to you.
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ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1717, the first synod meeting in the United States was held in Philadelphia, making this day the 300th birthday of the Synod of the Trinity. The Synod asks all congregations to join in the celebration on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. A bulletin insert including a liturgy and hymn suggestions that can be used on this day may be found on our website under Items of Information. Also note that congregations who share photos and videos from Sept. 17 will be eligible to receive a $500 prize. Information on this is available in the insert.
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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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