Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - March 21, 2018


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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Give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he or she sees all day.
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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Ed Mooney
Homer Harden
Connie Quinn
Ann Varner
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Wayne Devore
Howard Monroe
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Karen Byrne
Jack Visser
Donna Todd
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
Carl Conaway
Mike Lenno
Steve McCollam
John Lewis
Alice Lucarelli
Juanita Gillison
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Alex Ford
Bob Morgan
Domasi Partnership
All service men & women
PRAY FOR peace and an end to violence and hatred.
Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.
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PRAY FOR the students who were shot in the Great Mills, MD, high school shooting, for the officer involved in the incident, and for all our students, teachers, school employees, and resource officers that they are safe from harm.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Tim Wilt, Andy Woods, Ginny Zoric, Laurie Armstrong, Ruth Ellen Bates.
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THE REV. BILL BETTERIDGE is in the hospital in Boardman, OH. His home address: 47156 Bell School Road, East Liverpool, OH 43920.
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PLEASE KEEP the Rev. Robert Morgan in your prayers. Bob is one of our Honorably Retired Ministers. On February 13, he fell and fractured his hip. He had surgery the next day, was in the hospital for several days, then transferred to a rehabilitation center for physical therapy. He is pretty much housebound right now with the bad weather. Bob asks that we keep him in our prayers. His home address: 22 Geoley Court, Thurmont, MD 21788; E-mail: bomor13@yahoo.com.
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PLEASE KEEP the family and friends of Paul Pickens in your prayers. Paul died on March 17, 2018. He was a member and ruling elder of Scotch Ridge Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry, OH. Paul served as their clerk of session for many years.
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YOU ARE INVITED to a free community dinner, sponsored by Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church, this Saturday, March 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Newell VFD Community Room. Menu: Beef Stew, Biscuits, Tossed Salad, Dessert. For more info, call Kim 330-383-2545 or Cindy 330-385-6107. Come and share good food with friends and neighbors.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter, March, 2018, “Joining Hands,” control+click here.
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CAMP PRESMONT IS HIRING! Looking for a head cook and summer staff. Weekly salary. Room and board available. Contact Leah Rolling at leah@presmont.org or 740-758-5571 for more information. Apply online at www.presmont.org.
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Birthday

March 27 ~ Deborah Messham, debrmess@gmail.com

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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter, March, 2018, control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN WORLD MISSION. New Presbyterian network seeks Korean reconciliation. Concerned Presbyterians have started a new network to contribute to current efforts to reconcile all sides of the Korean conflict through peaceful efforts. The Presbyterian Peace Network for Korea, related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was launched in October 2017 by a group of Presbyterians with a passion for seeking peaceful reconciliation in the Korean peninsula. Read more.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter March, 2018, “Mobilizing to End Gun Violence,” control+click here.
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INVITATION TO APPLY for 2018 Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth ~ Caring for Creation: Thinking Theologically about Ecology and Justice. Theologically curious high school students are invited to apply before May 1 for the 2018 Lux Summer Theological Institute at Presbyterian-related Monmouth College. This free, two-week opportunity from July 15-29 will explore "Caring for God's Creation: Thinking Theologically about Ecology and Justice." The Lux Institute is an opportunity for rising high school sophomores through graduated seniors to participate in a living-learning community through study, worship, community engagement, service, recreation, and vocational exploration. All expenses for the two-week program are covered, with the exception of travel. Free shuttles from the Chicago airports to Monmouth College are provided. For more information and an application: Lux Summer Theological Institute for YouthContact: Lux Institute Director, Rev. Jessica Hawkinson, jhawkinson@monmouthcollege.eduThe deadline to apply for this summer's institute is May 1, 2018.
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LOUISVILLE SEMINARY Key Admissions Dates: April 1, 2018: Early decision for DMin applicants; June 1, 2018: Application deadline for fall admission to the Master of Arts (Religion) and Master of Divinity degree programs; September 7, 2018: Final deadline for DMin applications; November 1, 2018: Application deadline for spring admission to the Master of Arts (Religion) and Master of Divinity degree programs. Learn more about Louisville Seminary Admissions.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Continuing Education.
The Uneasy Task of Forgiveness: Biblical and Psychological Views.As human beings we frequently struggle to forgive, to accept forgiveness, and to know how to serve other people as they struggle with forgiveness. In this workshop March 23, Professor of Psychology (Virginia Commonwealth University) Everett Worthington will develop an intellectually stimulating understanding of forgiveness informed by both psychology and Christian theology. The workshop will provide practical tools for helping people forgive as well as deal with personal struggles in self- or other-forgiveness. This event is co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center and Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. Learn more online.
Albright-Deering Workshop and Lecture Missional Engagement with F. Douglas Powe, April 12.
Looking for Lenten devotionals and additional resources for the season? We've got you covered. Access it all online.
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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. Dear Neighbor, It’s Mister Rogers’ birthday—and you can help us bring a Mister-Rogers presence to our neighborhood! Few people embody Pittsburgh Seminary’s mission of Christian hospitality better than our beloved alumnus Fred McFeely Rogers ’62. And in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his pioneering ministry, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, we invite you to help fund the Fred Rogers Family Room in our newly renovated, soon-to-reopen Barbour Library! With its Neighborhood-like feel, furnishings, and outfitting, the Fred Rogers Family Room will welcome families to explore reading and play that inspire loving our neighbors, welcoming strangers, and seeing every person as a child of God. Today we’re kicking off a 50-day drive to raise $25,000 for funding this room. To make your donation toward our goal, visit the Seminary's crowdfunding websiteor send your check (designated “Fred Rogers Family Room”) to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. And remember, PTS is glad to be your neighbor! With Mister-Rogers-like appreciation for you, Christine Chakoian, Vice President for Advancement. P.S. Did you know that President Emeritus C. Sam Calian called Fred a “pioneer in the theology of hospitality”? Watch the 2003 Memorial Service.
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LOUISVILLE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. There's a particularly chilling moment of clarity in an old spy movie when the person who had been orchestrating the sale of weapons to our country is seen on a train orchestrating the arming of our country's enemies. When confronted later with the evidence, the arms dealer explains that he is simply a businessman looking for new markets. Morality, patriotism, freedom, the rule of law: they are all just words he uses to close a sale. Nothing more. Recently there was for me a more chilling moment of clarity. I was reading the morning headlines. An old idea often touted by weapons dealers and their lobbyists was being articulated by elected officials: "The way to stop school shootings is by arming teachers." Suddenly it hit me. Our country is not locked in a principled argument about core Constitutional values. That's what the weapons dealers want us to believe. Rather, the U.S. Constitution, and precious concepts such as freedom, security, personal safety, and defense against tyranny are all just phrases in the hands of the cynical to close the sale. We as a nation have fallen into the grips of weapons dealers who are pursuing their business plan with a vengeance. They have insinuated themselves into the halls of power by using the oldest political trick in the book: legalized bribery. They are promoted by a sophisticated marketing machine that taps into our worst fears and prejudices, our most pernicious hatreds, and our deepest insecurities. They will not be satisfied until every man, woman and child has purchased their own private arsenal. With the connivance of their political operatives they have created a climate of helplessness and blame in which rational and well-meaning people find themselves making deals with the devil, accepting, as though it is somehow a normal and inevitable fact of nature, that our society will find itself periodically confronted with mass shootings, in addition to the gun violence that plays out routinely on the streets and in the homes of our towns and cities. But we know this situation is neither natural nor inevitable. Nor has it been historically a part of our national story. After every mass shooting, we find ourselves shocked, grieving and feeling helpless, while elected officials tell us that now in the immediate aftermath of a shooting is not the time to discuss sensible gun control. The reality, however, is that we are now always in the aftermath of a mass shooting. Now is the time to find the national will and resolve to solve this problem. The schools which many of our children attend already look like prisons, many with metal detectors, locked doors and perimeter fencing. I find it ludicrous that school officials and parents are blamed by lobbyists and politicians for not providing better security. The alternative to a society in which everyone lives in a continual posture of armed defense and insecurity is clear. And, yet, the merchants of death and their acolytes maintain their relentless sales pitch apparently without concern except for their bottom line. Sadly and too often our elected leaders are financially too beholden to them to represent us. Many politicians, it seems, have only one concern: to win the next election and maintain their grip on power. In the meantime, sensible people, citizens on the left and the right, including the overwhelming majority of sportsmen and gun owners (including myself), want meaningful gun control. The Constitution is not a punchline in a sales pitch to sell guns. The Constitution enshrines the sacred franchise of the voting booth. "We the people" have the power to demand better laws. --Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Our Vision: We Build Bridges. Our Mission: Louisville Seminary educates and forms servant leaders for tomorrow's ministries. We build bridges: Between sacred texts and human lives; between the past and the future; among persons of different faiths, Christian denominations, and cultures; ... all in the name of Jesus Christ, the bridge between God and humanity. WE BUILD BRIDGES: A Mission that Matters Now. We lament and are anxious because we do not want our world to become less generous, less open, less compassionate, less gracious. We do not want our world to participate in disrespect and hatred, cruelty and violence, nor to justify oppression and torture in the name of freedom. We want our world to reflect the grace and love of God revealed in and through our Lord Jesus Christ because we know there is no power greater than God's love, and that every claim to power that struts upon this earth threatening to hurt others is full of vain bluff and bluster. We have reason to fear for the safety and liberty of gays and lesbians, transgender persons and bisexuals. We have reason to fear for Black, Latino/Latina and Asian persons, for Muslims and Buddhists, Sikhs and Jews, indeed for anyone who looks differently, thinks differently or prays differently from the majority. We have reason to fear for the plight of children at the margins, the aged, the poor, the under-insured, the under-educated, the under-employed or unemployed. But we cannot believe that they or we will be well-served by giving in to fear. Instead we are called to do the most courageous thing in the world in this time of division: to love without limits. "Perfect love casts out fear," we are told by the author of First John, the same author who tells us that "God is love," and that it is impossible to love God without also loving others. "Perfect love casts out fear," believed a persecuted Christian community which wrote this letter sometime between the reigns of the Roman Emperors Domitian and Hadrian. How in the world could these Christians have said and believed these things in such a time? Simply because their faith was not placed in the hands of the one who held the imperial scepter, but the One who holds all history. We share this confidence, this faith, and this vision. We build bridges. The bridges we build bring people and societies and faiths together in the Spirit of Christ Jesus. Just how important that vision and mission remains is magnified here at Louisville Seminary every day.
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MONTREAT CONFERENCE CENTER ~ Memorial Day Weekend Special: We're offering a special rate for anyone seeking respite on this holiday weekend. The special rate will be available in Assembly Inn for the nights of May 25, 26, and 27. Visit Montreat this Memorial Day.
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PCUSA NEWS ~ control+click on each:
Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Spiritual LeadersDiana Nishita Cheifetz | Office of the General Assembly. Experiencing Abundant Love.New York farm committed to ending racism and injustice in food systemRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Soul Fire Farm provides outreach opportunities for farming and activism.Giving is a ‘response to God’s blessing.’ Eva Stimson | Presbyterian Foundation. Retired pastor uses donor-advised fund to teach generous stewardship.PC(USA) Office of Public Witness to take part in Washington march against gun violenceRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. March 24 event to urge Congress to take action.A Lenten journey to missionPat Cole | Presbyterian News Service. Eight Ohio congregations begin ambitious project to help their troubled community and people around the world.Overcoming Our Fear of Transformative Change in the PC(USA)Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II | Office of the Stated Clerk. It Is Time to Rethink Ministry.Creative ways to use your church propertySue Washburn | Presbyterians Today. The new mission field.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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EASTER PAGEANT. “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 the East Liverpool Community Center the former site of Trinity Presbyterian Church at 110 Maine Boulevard, East Liverpool, OH.
The Easter Pageant on the Hillside: Sunday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m.
For more info, call Rev. Steve Cramer 330-921-1115.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Information and an application for the Russell Scholarship can be found on our website www.uovpresby.orgApplications must be postmarked by MAY 26, 2018; however, if you are dropping them off at the Presbytery Office, they must be brought in by Thursday, May 24th, 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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LOOKING FOR MONEY FOR COLLEGE? If you’re a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) student about to enter or are currently enrolled at a PC(USA)-related school or secular university, Presbyterian Mission has scholarships of up to $3,000 to apply for. The application deadline is May 15, 2018. For details, go to pcusa.org/financial aid and click onundergraduate opportunities.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION New Church New Way eNews March, 2018, control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK: Register NOW for the 2018 POAMN Conference June 5-8 at Zephyr Point Conference Center, Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Download the full conference brochure, complete and return the registration pages. Or register online here.
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MONTREAT CONFERENCE CENTER ~ Movies & Meaning is coming to Asheville! The Movies and Meaning Experience, April 26 – 28, 2018, is a film festival and conference welcoming Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple. Walker will be joined by Brian McLaren, author, activist, and public theologian; Gareth Higgins, Irish peace activist and storyteller; and James McLeary, CEO of the Inside Circle Foundation featured in award-winning documentary The Work. Hosted at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, this event will feature seven films, seven stories, and seven activities designed to present tools for constructive, respectful, and thoughtful dialogue across boundaries. Tickets available on a sliding scale. For more info: www.moviesandmeaning.comLearn More.
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HEALTH RIGHT. Faith Communities Join to Raise Funds, Awareness for Wheeling Health Right. Last spring, “Congregations for Caring—Blessings for Health Right” invited local houses of worship to join in supporting Wheeling Health Right by raising awareness, garnering financial support and eliciting widespread prayer. Wheeling Health Right serves uninsured and underinsured residents of Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler Counties in West Virginia and Belmont County, Ohio, and appreciates receiving financial support from Marshall, Wetzel and Belmont Commissions. Our local faith communities’ response was an encouraging blessing, making this inaugural event a huge success. Seventy congregations participated in raising $19,050, an amount which directly provides for care of 26 patients for one year at the clinic. We are very fortunate to live in a supportive, caring community. Congregations for Caring is one example of how faith congregation members can come together to make a difference in the lives of real working people who struggle. Plans are in the works for our second year of community-wide support of Wheeling Health Right and its patients. We hope you will join us again to further demonstrate the impact that is possible when we unite in faith. Please consider a special offering in support of Health Right. If this is not possible, please lift them up in prayer and let potential patients know of the medical and dental care this free clinic provides. For more info, contact Bob Willits sbwillits@yahoo.com or 304-312-5712.
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EARLY APPLICATIONS for January 2019 admission to the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry program are due Monday, April 2, 2018. An application fee of $75 and the appropriate reference forms must be submitted with the application. APPLY NOW. For more than 30 years, Louisville Seminary has offered a world-class Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree to strengthen the connection between theology and ministry practice either in the church or in fields closely related to the mission and witness of the church. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE DMIN FACT SHEET. A world-class program at considerably lower cost than DMin programs elsewhere, our low tuition and block scheduling offer the financial and personal flexibility that busy practitioners need. Under the guidance of our outstanding faculty, candidates study cutting-edge theological, biblical and practical bases of ministry, and complete a project that strengthens their current ministry even as they earn their degree. DMin tracks of study include Pastoral Care and Counseling, Black Church Studies and Advanced Practice of Ministry. An advanced, professional degree, the DMin is designed for experienced practitioners who have a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an ATS-accredited school, along with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 3 years of experience. The program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). More information including details on program tracks, tuition/fees, schedules and requirements are available at WWW.LPTS.EDU/DMIN. For questions, please contact the Louisville Seminary Office of Admissions at (800) 264-1839, extension 373 or admissions@lpts.edu.
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PCUSA STORE ~ Big God Big Questions: Confirmation for a growing faith. Available June 2018, the brand-new confirmation curriculum for PC(USA) congregations helps youth tell their own story as Christian believers and focuses on preparing students to authentically answer the traditional membership questions. control+click here to Learn More about the New Confirmation Curriculum. Samples Now Available! You can download PDFs of sample sessions for each curriculum component by clicking the links below, or you can order a free physical copy of the confirmation curriculum sampler, by clicking hereYou can download PDF samples: Teacher's GuideStudent JournalParent and Mentor GuideInfographics
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WE NEED ALTERNATE COMMISSIONERS. Pastors and Clerks of Session, it is now time for sessions to nominate persons to be our presbytery’s ALTERNATE commissioners to the meeting of the 223rdGeneral Assembly, June 16 to June 23, 2018, in St. Louis, MO. We need to elect one alternate minister commissioner and one alternate ruling elder commissioner. Qualified ministers may be nominated by the session he/she moderates, any session if the minister does not moderate a session, or by any standing committee of presbytery. Ministers shall have attended 50% of the stated meetings of presbytery over the previous two year cycle prior to the election. If you have any questions, call our stated clerk. Qualified sessions may nominate one of their ruling elders for alternate ruling elder commissioner. Ruling Elders shall be active in the life of his/her congregation. If you have any questions, please call our stated clerk. An application can be found on our website under Items of Interest. E-mail your nominations for alternate minister commissioner and alternate ruling elder commissioner to the Presbytery Office as soon as possible.
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WE NEED AN ALTERNATE Young Adult Advisory Delegate for General Assembly, June 16 – 23, 2018, in St. Louis, MO. If needed, the alternate MUST attend the full General Assembly meeting for which they apply, and report to the Presbytery. Young adults age 17-23 (at the time of the meeting) are eligible to apply. The General Assembly provides travel and housing. A Presbytery training date will be announced after the commissioners, the youth advisory delegate, and alternates are elected. We will be selecting one YAAD alternate. An application can be found on our website under Items of Interest. Applications must be returned as soon as possible. E-mail applications to: uovp@uovpresby.org with a copy to cjfoster1005@comcast.net. For more info, contact Cindy Foster at 740-359-2750 or cjfoster1005@comcast.net.
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2018 EVANGELISM CONFERENCE October 15-19, 2018, at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. 'No ordinary conference.' Every part of the 2018 Evangelism Conference is designed as an invitation to participate in Sabbath practices together—and to challenge thinking about Sabbath. Click here for conference information and registration.
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THE BOOK OF ORDER 2017 – 2019 download is free and available at http://oga.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/book-of-order2017-electronic_updated110117.pdf.
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