Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This Week’s PCUSA News

This Week's PCUSA News




 
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‘Language of Heaven’ for 1001 New Worshiping Community
Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service
Arabic Presbyterian Fellowship learning to reach out to Muslim neighbors
 
 
 
Synod’s gift affirms partnership among Presbyterians
Eva Stimson | Office of the General Assembly 
Gifts will benefit two national agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
 
 
 
PC(USA) six agency effort to share ‘Facing Racism’ resources with denomination
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service 
Communication groups aim to inspire conversation and action within local communities
 
 
 
PC(USA) delegation concludes onsite visit to Sierra Leone and Liberia
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service 
West Africa Initiative participants show resilience and growth
 
 
 
PMA and OGA boards to meet in San Juan this week
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service additional reporting by Melody K. Smith 
Puerto Rican location chosen to express solidarity with Presbytery of San Juan
 
 
 
Presbyterian churches commemorate Self-Development of People Sunday on April 2
Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service
Annual event focuses on helping communities, worship resources available for churches
 
 
 
Korean-American churches navigate cultural changes
Kevin Park 
Reaching the next generation
 
 
 
Mission work isn’t just a Cinderella story
Ellen Sherby
The shoe that doesn’t exactly fit
 
 
 
A mother’s odyssey to understand her transgender child
Gail Strange
Just ‘tell them I love them’
 
 
 
Celebrating Triduum — the Great Three Days of Holy Week
Emily Enders Odom
‘The work of the people’
 
 
 
UN Commission on the Status of Women offers solutions to issues affecting Detroit
Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
Byrdsong and Oglesby inspired to make change in their community
 
 
 
Partner health program in Democratic Republic of Congo praised in UK Parliament report
Jeff Boyd | Special to the Presbyterian News Service
Access to health services, treatment and prevention are keys to success
 
 
 
Alaska mayor acknowledges PC(USA) apology
Jerry Van Marter | Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk
Apology came as the result of action by the 222nd General Assembly (2016)
 
 
 
Facebook Live video featuring Rick Ufford-Chase now available
Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
‘Developing Resilience in Difficult Times: A Conversation Grounded in the Sixth Chapter of Luke’ is second in series of multifaith conversations
 
 
 
Dennis Hughes reflects on love, loss and all the saints
Emily Enders Odom | Presbyterian News Service
Cancer diagnosis illumines pastor-scholar’s life, end of life
 
 
 
PC(USA) Office of Public Witness takes part in Washington rally at EPA headquarters
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Participants speak out against President Trump’s environmental position
 
 
 
NEXT Church National Gathering ends with the challenge to ‘make America, America again’
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service
Paul Roberts encourages a ‘redirect’ toward God’s goodness
 
 
 
Seminary student Leslie Cox blogs her way to the Commission on the Status of Women
Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian testimonies from the UN 61st CSW
 
 
 
PC(USA) issues letter urging Wendy’s to join Fair Food Program
Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service
OSU students embark on week-long fast in solidarity with Coalition of Immokalee Workers
 
 
 
Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and Baptism
Rodger Nishioka | Office of the General Assembly
Elders must ensure that those being baptized go through a process of preparation and following the baptism, continue to be nurtured in the faith
 
 
 
Young Presbyterian minister finds ecumenical work ‘life-changing’
Eva Stimson | Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly
The second of three features in March of inspiring female ecumenists in the PC(USA)

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 29, 2017




Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery
907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-232-3490

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In an emergency after office hours: Call 740-359-1813





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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Ed Mooney
Leura Nancy Macon
Bob Shearer
Mike Anderson
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Ginny Zoric
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
All our service men & women
Tanta Luckhardt-Hendricks
Karen Byrne
Delbert McNear
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Sharon Willits
Royce Browder
Keith McMannis
Dakota Partnership
Sheryl Looking Elk
Alberta Crawford
Laurie Hensley
Wayne Devore
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
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: Erica Harley, John Harris, Bob Haseltine, Sue Haseltine, Joe Hendricks.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION International Partner Prayer Requests for March: During this time of personal reflection in the Lenten season, we ask that you join us in prayer for our medical missionaries. These are our partners in mission who have given their time and talents as a complete offering to God as they share His love and bring physical healing to those all but forgotten by the rest of the world. While we have limited communication with some of our PC(USA) missionaries, we were able to list a few personal prayer requests. Please pray with us for:
1.      Martha Sommers is a missionary who has a heart for the people in DR Congo, however circumstances beyond her control have kept her away. She asks that we pray for safety at the seminary where she is living. Pray that she is able to feel peace as anxiety has been felt since she had to evacuate DR Congo. As she receives test results from her follow up due to previous breast cancer history, pray the results would be favorable and would not hold her back from what she believes God has called her into. Pray that she is able to rest as God has granted her more time to learn her French and enjoy the time she has in France.
2.      Cindy and Les Morgan have been missionaries in Bangladesh for many years, currently stateside to speak to churches about their experiences. They ask that we pray for the protection of all foreigners working in Bangladesh, who continue to be targeted for killing by extremist groups in the country. Also pray for the churches and all minority groups in Bangladesh, who live under the constant threat of violence. Offer special prayers for the security of Christian Mission Hospital and its affiliated Nursing Institute in Rajshahi. Also pray for the Morgans as they are speaking, that God would direct them to the missional hearts that would support them.
3.      Dan and Elizabeth Turk are missionaries in Madagascar, and recently experienced the loss of his father, Robert Turk, who passed away at 87 years old. Please pray for peace as this family grieves. We are thankful that Dan and his siblings were able to attend the funeral and that Elizabeth and their daughter Frances were safe at home. Please pray for the people of Madagascar as they are still recovering from Cyclone Enowa.
4.      Pray for the missionaries who are keeping a low profile from governments that outlaw the work of evangelism. Pray that God would strengthen them and give them peace as they move from hospitals and clinics under the radar. Pray that they are able to share the love of Jesus with many who need hope.
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APRIL PRAYER requests can be found on our website under “Spotlight.”
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LIMESTONE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 5704 Waynesburg Pike Road, Moundsville, WV, invites you to participate in the "Miracles of Mercy" program. For six weeks beginning with Easter Sunday, the Rev. Larry Kline will be presenting messages describing God's mercy. All are invited to attend the 9:30 a.m. services. Each person will receive a devotional booklet to assist with putting the truths of God's mercy on a personal level to become "doers of the Word." For further information, call or text Rev. Kline at (304) 281-3196.
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BEAVER CREEK CAMP has a nice video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqiiC1aRnEU.
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PASTORS AND CLERKS OF SESSION: It is now time for sessions to nominate persons to be our presbytery’s commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) to the meeting of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis, MO. The General Assembly meeting will take place from June 16 to June 23, 2018. At the June 27, 2017, presbytery meeting, we need to elect one minister commissioner, one ruling elder commissioner, and alternates, and a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. E-mail your nominations for minister, ruling elder commissioner, and YAAD to the Presbytery Office by May 25, 2017. Applications and info including eligibility have been sent out by e-mail. If you need another copy, please contact the Presbytery Office.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our website www.uovpresby.org. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, MAY 27, 2017. If you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 25th, as the Office is closed Fridays. If you have questions concerning the application, please call Cindy Foster 740-359-2750. Online applications will not be considered.
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ATTENTION CLERKS OF SESSION: The annual session minutes and church register review meetings for Area I is scheduled for Thursday, April 20th, at 2:00 p.m. and again 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church, 342 Carolina Ave., Chester, WV. It is the responsibility of every clerk to see that his or her Minutes and Register are presented for review each and every year. All meetings are open to all clerks of all areas.
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The Right Question: Leaders do not need answers. Leaders must have the right questions. While "All Are Welcome" messages abound outside churches, Carey Nieuwhof says that "increasingly unchurched people think about walking into a church the way you might think about randomly walking into a wedding to which you weren't invited." Convinced that in the future about the only way non-Christians will enter churches is through personal invitation, he suggests that the next time you drive by a church building you ask: What would it take to convince me that I can walk in uninvited and participate in what they're doing? Want more Right Questions? Read Right Questions for Church Leaders.
What Church Leaders Need to Know about Grants and CrowdfundingMany churches need to think more creatively about funding their ministries in today's environment. Church planter and consultant Rosario Picardo provides tips and resources for those interested in exploring the potential of grants and crowdfunding. Read more.
Suggestions for Churches with a ClergywomanIf you have a female pastor, the all-purpose question to remember is: "Would you honestly ask (say, criticize) this if the pastor were a man? If so, okay. If not, drop it." Know that a female pastor continues a tradition of women in ministry going back to biblical times. Learn to celebrate her pastoral leadership during Women's History Month with "To the Point: Suggestions for Churches with a Clergywoman." Learn more and download free.
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A teardrop on earth summons the King of Heaven.  –Charles R. Swindoll
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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LOOKING FOR A FEW DISCIPLES. Practices are well underway for the Easter Pageant on the Hillside. We need a few more disciples (minor disciples -- if there is such a thing) and two other parts. The pageant is performed at 6 p.m. on Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday. Practices are Sundays at 2. If you are interested, call Jan Toot 330-383-2500.
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Presbyterian churches commemorate Self-Development of People Sunday on April 2Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service. Annual event focuses on helping communities, worship resources available for churches.
Celebrating Triduum — the Great Three Days of Holy WeekEmily Enders Odom, ‘The work of the people.’
PC(USA) issues letter urging Wendy’s to join Fair Food ProgramScott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service. OSU students embark on week-long fast in solidarity with Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
PC(USA) Office of Public Witness takes part in Washington rally at EPA headquartersRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Participants speak out against President Trump’s environmental position.
Regarding ruling elders: ruling elders and BaptismRodger Nishioka | Office of the General Assembly.Elders must ensure that those being baptized go through a process of preparation and following the baptism, continue to be nurtured in the faith.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY March, 2017, newsletter can be found on our website under “Items of Interest.”
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UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY March, 2017, newsletter: click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION celebrates 180 years. In the February “Keeping Faith” video newsletter, Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, takes us inside 180 years of Presbyterian World Mission. Watch the video.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church of Wheeling continues its Lenten series of Wednesday noon TGIW (Thank God It’s Wednesday) services in the chapel at 1307 Chapline St. Each week focuses on select images and scripture depicting Christ’s journey to the cross. Paintings illustrating these stations of the cross are added to the “gallery’ hallway each week with the whole series available to view by the 6th week of Lent. Participants have valued this meaningful and peaceful break in their week. You are invited to join us.
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CONTINUING ED WORKSHOPS for UOVP TEs, CREs, and REs trained to preach:
Ethics/Boundaries Workshop: April 1, 2017, 1:00 – 4 :00 
pm, presented by the Rev. Craig Kephart, at Washington Presbytery Center, 89 Lively Road; Eighty Four, PA; $20, collected at the door, checks made to Washington Presbytery; RSVP to Nancy Youmans 724-222-1500 or office@washingtonpresbytery.org. [Office closed Fridays.]Church Leadership Workshop: April 22, 2017, 9:00 AM – Noon, presented by the Rev. Bill Webster & CCE Linda Webster, at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Rd., Wheeling, WV; $20, collected at the door, checks made to UOVP; RSVP to Patty 304-232-3490 or uovp@uovpresby.org. [Office closed Fridays.]
Contact the Rev. Erica Harley for more information: 608-322-2522 or erica.harley@hotmail.com.
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“THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US.” (John 1:14) God’s word is not an abstraction, but a living presence with us. One way to celebrate that living presence is to come and see the words of the story of the Passion of Christ come alive in human form at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 110 Maine Blvd., East Liverpool, OH.
The Easter Pageant on the Hillside: Palm Sunday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. and Holy Saturday, April 15, at 6:00 p.m.
For more than thirty-five years now, seventy or more people have portrayed the final days of Jesus life, following Him from the Palm Sunday procession through the Upper Room to the trial, crucifixion, and the resurrection. Over the years it has enriched the spiritual journey of many Christians to see the Passion story recreated and remembered. If the weather is nice you may be seated on chairs in the parking lot (or bring your own chairs). If the weather makes it necessary, you may sit in your vehicles. For more info, call the church office 330-385-3557, M-F 9-Noon.
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YOU ARE INVITED to a seminar on writing new words to traditional hymns Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main St., Weirton, WV, presented by Carolyn Gillette,minister, poet, and teacher. Suggested donation: $10.00. Continental breakfast and lunch included. RSVP by April 26, to 304-232-3490 (leave a message on the answering machine). Sponsored by UOVP’s Peacemaking Sub-committee. For more info, call 304-737-3130.
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WITH SYNOD OF THE TRINITY celebrating their 300th anniversary, they have posted histories of their presbyteries. They can be found here: http://www.syntrinity.org/synod-presbytery-histories-300th/. We thank the Rev. Dr. Gene Toot for submitting ours.
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BIG TENT. Save the date for Big Tent 2017! The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)’s Big Tent biennial gathering will be held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6–8, 2017. Mark your calendar and plan to join in three days of worship, workshops and the opportunity to engage and connect with other Presbyterians.Learn more.
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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 registerwww.nwmcmission.org.
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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. A free webinar will be held June 13.
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