Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - April 4, 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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"Wait."
 "Be silent."
  "Be still."
   "Listen."
    "LISTEN."
     "Behold."





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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Bob Morgan
Homer Harden
Bob Offerdahl
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
Alex Ford
Mooney family
Domasi Partnership
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
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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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: David Demarest, Nancy DeStefano, Lorraine Dill, Brenda Dunlap, Mike Dunn.
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PRAYER REQUESTED FOR MOONEY FAMILY: It is with both sadness and resurrection hope that we report the death of the Rev. Edward R. “Ed” Mooney, 93, who went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Honorably Retired Rev. Mooney faithfully served several congregations in our Presbytery during his lifetime. He was named Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, OH. He is survived by three sons and five grandchildren. [When we receive any further info, we’ll put it out.]
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APRIL PRAYER REQUESTS can be found on our website under “Spotlight” and in the calendar.
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PRESBYTERIAN FRIENDS will have a gathering on April 15th, and we would like to invite everyone to join us. This time we have a guest speaker coming. Cheryl Buxamusa, a woman that knew Corrie ten Boom, will be doing a Dramatic Portrayal of Corrie ten Boom. Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church, 17365 State Route 45, Wellsville, OH 43968, is our host this time and the program will begin at 3:30 P.M. with fellowship and refreshments to follow. Any questions, call Cindy James 330-532-5747.
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"CREATED TO SHINE!" Upper Ohio Valley Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering is Saturday April 21, 2018, at Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, 42072 Oak Ridge Road, Wellsville, OH 43968. Brunch and Registration begin at 9:00 a.m. Worship, meeting, and speaker from "The Shack" to follow. Bring donations for The Shack.
Directions: Take Rt. 7 to Wellsville, Ohio; get off at the St. Rt. 39 exit, go West on 39 two miles then turn onto Oak Ridge Road, and the church is at the end of the road.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CHURCHWIDE: Arise, Shine Your Light Has Come! The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held at the Galt House in Louisville, on August 2-5, 2018. Full registration is $425.00. Rooms start at $144.00 per night (you can put up to four people per room). Remember, we only get together like this every third year, and there is a lot being offered.
PS: The Synod of the Trinity is offering scholarship money to help those that want to attend Churchwide. $400.00 is available to UOVP PW, and the only stipulation is that it is not used for the Moderator or the voting delegates. So YOU qualify! All you need to do is send a letter to UOVP PW moderator Judy Miller, at 49317 Eagle Drive, East Liverpool, OH 43920, concerning your interest, and the money will be divided equally between those that apply. Judy must receive your letter by April 15, 2018, and those receiving the scholarship will be announced at the Spring Gathering on April 21st.
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LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GROW YOUR CHURCH? The Committee on Ministry, Training and Development Committee, and Evangelism and New Church Development Committee invite all congregational members and congregations of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery to an Evangelism Workshop on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at First Westminster Presbyterian church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, OH 43952. The Rev. Jason Elliott, Pastor of an active, growing congregation will be the workshop presenter. This class is part of the Inter-Presbytery Leadership Formation (IPLF) training for commissioned pastors but is open to anyone wishing to come. Please RSVP by Monday, April 16, to Patty at the Presbytery Office 304-232-3490 or pattyuov@uovpresby.org for lunch following. Carpooling is highly encouraged.
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UPPER OHIO VALLEY PRESBYTERY will gather in stated meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 901 Charles St., Wellsburg, WV 26070.
DINNER SERVED at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Make your dinner reservation to our host church, by Tuesday, April 17thE-mail beckikrzy@comcast.net or call the church office at 304-737-0751. When making your reservation please include your church name and city. Menu: Spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, beverages. Cost: A love offering to benefit the Deacons.
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INSTALLATION SERVICE for the Rev. Erica L. Harley will be Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, 905 National Road, Wheeling. All are invited to this joyous occasion! Please RSVP dinner reservations to the Vance Church Office 304-232-0980 or e-mail office@vancechurch.org by Friday, April 20th. We also invite you to lift up Pastor Erica and the Vance congregation in prayer during your Sunday, April 29, morning worship.
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April 7 ~
April 10 ~
Bill Brown, binwva@msn.com







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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 19th, 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 Book and Church Register are presented for review each and every year. You, your pastor, or someone you designate needs to be present; however, feel free to attend any meeting on this year’s schedule that is convenient for you. All meetings are open to all clerks of all areas.
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PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNICATORS NETWORK, Presbyterian Mission Agency ~ Engaging your website’s users while gathering constructive feedback: control+click here.
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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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PCUSA NEWS ~ Control+click on each:
Mitzvah: Caring for others in life and in deathMagdalena I. García | Presbyterians Today. Lessons at a graveside service.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to take part in anti-racism event in WashingtonRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Three-day event to mark 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King assassination.
The Rev. Buddy Monahan dies at age 52Gail L. Strange | Presbyterian News Service. PC(USA) and Native American leader was ‘a tireless chaplain and champion of good news.’
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PCUSA STORE ~ A STORY BIBLE FOR THE CHILDREN IN YOUR LIFE: Growing in God's Love A Story Bible. Read Sample StoriesSee the Table of ContentsGrowing in God’s Love: A Story Bible is an engaging resource that features 150 popular Bible stories and features diverse artwork from more than twenty artists to appeal to a variety of ages and learning styles. It is ideal for children ages 4-8, and is perfect for Sunday school classrooms, children’s sermons, vacation Bible school, and gift-giving at baptism or other milestones.

MORE BOOKS TO EXPLORE THE BIBLE:
Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons. Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.

The Marvelous Mustard Seed. Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.







TWO NEW TITLES IN THE BEING REFORMED SERIES FOR ADULTS: Being Reformed is a series of biblically based mini-courses that provide adults with a foundational understanding of the Reformed faith. Each study is written by well-known and respected scholars and addresses its subject from a Reformed theological perspective. There are also helpful suggestions and direction for leaders.
Embraced and Embracing Workbook: Exploring the Foundations of Confirmation: Offering wisdom about confirmation, this workbook is useful for anyone with responsibility in the confirmation of youth: pastor, educator, session, parent, mentor, those who are new to the church, and others. Seven study sessions provide space to write personal reflections and an outline for group study, including discussion questions. View a Sample Session from Embraced and Embracing.The Apostles' Creed Leader's Guide and Participant's Book are available. The Apostles' Creed explores reflections on the Christian faith from the early church to our expressions of being Christian in the world today. Each of the six sessions in the participant's book begins with "I Believe in..." God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the Church, and the Life Everlasting. The leader's guide has an easy-to-follow lesson plan. It includes discussion questions, providing opportunities to engage head, heart, and handsView a Sample Session from The Apostles' Creed Participant Book.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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WORLD MISSION INITIATIVE CONFERENCE will be held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on April 13-14. This year’s conference theme is “All God’s Children: Justice in God’s Mission.” Workshop leaders have been working on the front lines of mission locally and nationally. They will challenge participants to consider how they can lead congregations to respond biblically and responsibly to justice issues. Click here for more details. If you would like to attend both Friday evening and Saturday, contact the PTS Receptionist and Event Coordinator Lisa Bunting lbunting@pts.edu or 412-924-1397.
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2018 PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES NETWORK CONFERENCE June 5-8, 2018. Zephyr Point Conference Center, Zephyr Cove, Nevada. There is still time to apply for a scholarship to attend the POAMN Conference. POAMN offers partial scholarships to retired pastors, their spouses or surviving spouses; small church leaders; or first time attendees at a POAMN Conference. Download scholarship applications for Small Church Leaders or First Time Attendees. Applications can also be found online at www.poamn.org at the Association Events page. If you are a retired pastor, spouse or surviving spouse, contact Ginny at gnyhuis@frontier.com to request a scholarship. Deadline for all scholarship submissions is April 15, 2018. Download the full conference brochure, complete and return the registration pages. Or complete electronically here.
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PCUSA NEWS ~ Control+click:
Special-needs child takes comfort in CommunionKaty Stenta | Presbyterians Today. An inspiration to the congregation.
Looking for money for college? Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. PC(USA) members seeking first bachelor’s degree encouraged to apply for undergraduate scholarships from Presbyterian Mission.
Stated Clerk files amicus brief supporting DACAJerry Van Marter | Office of the General Assembly Communications. 800,000 young people would suffer 'irreparable harm' if program ends.
Presbyterians join hundreds of thousands in march against gun violenceRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Office of Public Witness organizes denominational contingent in Washington.
Recognizing Christ in our midstChip Hardwick | Presbyterians Today. Learning to do better at seeing God in strangers.
Chantal Atnip taps Ken Hockenberry as Vice Moderator running mateJerry Van Marter | Office of the General Assembly Communications. Chicago pastor is longtime stated clerk, veteran GA parliamentarian.
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LOUISVILLE SEMINARY Key Admissions Dates: 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: Albright-Deering Workshop and Lecture Missional Engagement with F. Douglas Powe, April 12.
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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 223rd General 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 fullGeneral 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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