Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on Psalm 119:143

Remembering Our Sister Ruth Ann Oesterling

Image result for funeralRuth Ann Oesterling, 92, of Weirton, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Valley Hospice Care Center North, Steubenville, OH. She was born July 23, 1925 in Steubenville, a daughter of the late Bernard and Margaret Coffey Caniff. She was also preceded in death by her husband Louis Edward Oesterling in 1965 and sister Jackie Waitley. 

For 20 years, Ruth Ann worked in the filing department for Weirton Steel. She was a life-long member of Cove Presbyterian Church, enjoyed time playing cards with other card club members, loved to swim, golf, hike and take walks. She was also a member of the former Pleasant Valley Country Club. 

Ruth Ann is survived by her daughters Kathy (John) Kranak of Aliquippa, PA and Lou Ann (Barry) Munday of Follansbee, WV; grandchildren Johnna Kranak of Aliquippa, PA, Taryn (Aaron) Fritz of Dayton, OH and Todd Munday of Toronto, OH and great grandchildren Aubrey Jo and Jagger Fritz.

Visitation and funeral service will be private at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are being conducted by Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, 

Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com 304-748-3219.

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Sunday's Minute for Mission - Hunger and Homelessness Sunday

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. (Isaiah 58:7a, NLT)
“Produce Day at La Mesa Presbyterian Church” Photo by Bob Robin, Food for Pantry Director
Like thousands of Presbyterian congregations across the country, the church I serve in Albuquerque, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, knows the reality of food insecurity in the community surrounding the church and among our members. Recent studies indicate that 70,000 New Mexicans seek food every week and some 27 percent of children in the state suffer as a result of food insecurity. Our neighborhood is a lower-income area, so every child at the adjacent elementary school qualifies for a free breakfast and lunch daily, from the federally funded National School Lunch Program.
Like many congregations, we stock a food pantry, helping alleviate immediate hunger for those within our reach. Our pantry is open five days a week, and the shelves are quickly emptied most days. We know that charity alone cannot end hunger, as that requires hunger policy that is just; effective government subsidies like SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and free school meals; and a robust economy with good-paying jobs. But that is the world as it should be, while the immediate hunger we see around us reflects the world as it is. Until we have the will to alleviate poverty, politically and economically, congregations seek to address some of the immediate hunger needs.
Another issue we confront at the food pantry is the nutritional content of the food we offer. Every food pantry, knowingly or unknowingly, makes a series of decisions about what foods are offered. We have concluded that cheap calories, those that yield the biggest bang for the buck, are not always the most nutritious calories. Freeze-dried noodles, cookies and canned meats do not necessarily provide the healthiest of diets. So we have tried to tilt the scales of our food purchases toward more nutritious offerings, even though that is more costly.
Fortunately, many local food banks offer fresh produce and bread for free, which grocery stores donate. Our pantry has added a Produce Day twice a month, for which we order the largest shipment of produce available, currently 1,000 pounds. We also order fresh eggs and healthy frozen meats to provide full meals for nearly 50 families. These offerings provide a more balanced diet for our neighbors, helping stretch their food dollars farther.
On this Hunger and Homelessness Sunday, I commend and encourage all Presbyterians committed to the work of alleviating hunger, clearly one of Christ’s imperatives. Fascinatingly, Jesus opted not to serve inexpensive wine at the wedding in Cana, but only the finest at God’s banquet table. That is a glimpse of the world as it should be!
Rev. Trey Hammond, La Mesa Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Let us pray:
Loving Creator God, we praise you because you are gracious, compassionate and faithful to all of your promises. Your eyes see us, your hands are open to us, and you desire to satisfy the needs of living things.
Great Provider, it is not your desire that any of your creatures should suffer hunger. May the food that we eat make us aware of untold numbers of people who do not have enough food.
May the clean water that we drink remind us of the millions of people who do not have clean water. May we never be satisfied while others are hungry, and may our thirst for justice never be quenched.
In the name of the One who is the Bread of Life, we praise you, O God, and bless your holy name.
Amen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Thought from the Word - A brief thought based on 1 Peter 3:18

Thanksgiving 2017

The Rev. Dr. Jack Hinton was the pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina. A few years ago he led a mission trip to the Island of Tobago. On the island the team visited a leper colony where Hinton was invited to preach. At the end of the service a woman who he described as, “having the most hideous face I have ever seen,” rose to get his attention. She had no nose or ear. Standing in the back, she waved her fingerless hand and asked, “Can we sing, ‘Count Your Many Blessings’?” Overcome with emotion, the Rev. Hinton wept through the song as he saw her singing joyfully. One of the team members approached Hinton and whispered to him, “I guess you’ll never be able to sing that song again.” He replied, “Oh yes I will! But I will never sing it the same ever again.”
In all of her suffering this woman was able to joyfully sing about her many blessings. Unlike this woman, too often as churches and as a presbytery, we tend to count our troubles and not our blessings. This Thanksgiving, let’s count our blessings and forget our troubles. Let’s focus on what we have and not on what we don’t have.
As we quickly approach the day of Thanksgiving, I pause and count my many blessings. I have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for the role I get to play for our Presbytery and for a presbytery that is willing to change, take challenges and move forward. For the various committees and task forces that work so hard to move our presbytery forward, I am thankful. To the A-Team and the Round Table, I am thankful for your devotion and determination that drives our presbytery into the future. For Patty Oleska and Kandy Dunn, our office personnel who work so diligently at their jobs making the office run smooth while presenting the impression that it is effortless, I am thankful. For Frank Lewis our Stated Clerk, and Connie Quinn our Treasurer, I am thankful for all you do. But mostly I am thankful to all the churches that make up the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. I am thankful for your ministry and outreach, and for the way you are growing the Kingdom of GOD. For the genuine love you have for our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the dynamic and tangible ways in which you demonstrate it, I am thankful. Especially for your enthusiasm and energy, support and generosity that enables us as a presbytery to move forward as a strong unified body, I am eternally thankful.
Friends, with the season of Thanksgiving upon us, let each of us pause, count our many blessings, and be thankful for what we have. As individual churches making up the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, this week, pause and count your many blessings and be thankful. As a united presbytery, we all need to pause and give thanks as we together count our many blessings, celebrate GOD’s guidance, and enjoy His love as HE leads us into the future. May GOD richly bless you and our presbytery this Thanksgiving and always!
Peace,
Rev. William Webster
ADMIN. UOVP
revwilliamwebster@gmail.com

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - November 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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What is Jesus looking for from me?

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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
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
Bob Offerdahl
Judee Parkinson
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
Linda Turner
Vickie Whinnery
Steve McCollam
Jacob Kestner
Dave Boyer
Howard Monroe
Mike Lenno
David Roberts
Ann Varner
Colleen Griffith
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Domasi Partnership
All service men & women


For all in the U.S. and around the world affected by shootings and other acts of terrorism, by wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
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 in your prayers this week: Bill Brown, David Bruce, Steve Cramer, George Crawford, Rich Cunningham.
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BILLS & OVERTURES COMMITTEE: We are looking for ministers and ruling elders who feel called to serve on the Presbytery’s Bills & Overtures Committee. If interested, please contact David Demarest ddemarest1@sbcglobal.net.
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PATTY WILL BE on vacation next week. She will be back in the office on Monday, Nov. 27th. In an emergency, call Frank Lewis or Bill Webster. No “Happenings” Nov. 22.
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UPPER OHIO VALLEY PRESBYTERY will gather in stated meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Stone Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, WV. Lower level parking behind the church is reserved for those with mobility issues. There is a ramp leading to the Fellowship Hall in the back. The ramp is also especially useful if you are dropping off presbyters as the dinner, worship, and business meeting will all be held in the Fellowship Hall.
PASTORS & COMMISSIONERS: You need to sign yourself in at presbytery meetings to be counted as present.
PRAYER AREA. 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – A private prayer area will be available for all pastors, ordained and lay. Ask for location when you sign in. Our Pastoral Care Team is also available.
DINNER SERVED at 5:00 p.m. Make your dinner reservation by Tuesday, November 21stto our host. Call 304-242-4610; or e-mail stonepresbyterian@gmail.com$9.00, payable at the meeting.
MEETING CONVENES at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with worship and the celebration of Our Lord’s Supper.
THE OFFERING received during worship will be designated for Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering.
THE LOCAL MISSION PROJECT: Bring canned peas, corn, and green beans for Stone’s Hunger Cupboard.
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A CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR ALL PASTORS will be held Wednesday, December 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Office/Vance’s Potter Chapel. We will have food and fellowship. Wear your craziest Christmas sweater as prizes will be awarded for the most original, ugliest, and funniest. We will also have a “white elephant/gift war” gift exchange [spend no more than $10.]. ALL PASTORS ARE INVITED—men, ladies, ordained, commissioned, lay, honorably retired, at large, pulpit supply, those available to preach, those in training, inquirers, candidates, etc. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 13th, to pattyuov@uovpresby.org or call 304-232-3490.
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2017 ANNUAL REPORTSAll forms for your 2017 annual reports are available on the presbytery’s website www.uovpresby.org.
Clerk’s Annual Questionnaire needs to be submitted online to GA by Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Clerk’s Session Annual Statistical Report is due to be submitted to GA by the end of January, but no later than Feb. 15.
Training on how to complete Annual Reports will take place Saturday, December 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Presbytery Office. This is for all clerks of session and anyone interested.
Session books reading time: For clerks who wish to have their session records read, there will be a reading time following the workshop. Bring your minutes book and your church register.
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YOU ARE INVITED to a free community dinner this Saturday, November 18th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Newell VFD Social Hall, Newell, WV. Menu: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, and Dessert. For more info, call Kim 330-383-2545 or Cindy 330-385-6107. Come and share good food with friends and neighbors. Served by Trinity Parish Presbyterian Church.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter November, 2017, “Prayers in Time of Disaster,” control+click here.
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Nov. 22 ~
David Stammerjohn, david.stammerjohn@gmail.com
Nov. 25 ~
Karen Edwards, ptookle@comcast.net
Nov. 26 ~
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COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Begins Certification with Green Seminary Initiative. For the full story, go to https://www.uovpresby.org/columbia-theological-seminary.
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ADVENT DEVOTIONAL. Again this year, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will observe Advent with an online devotional. We invite you to read and listen to daily messages written by students in our Doctor of Ministry program. You can access the devotions in these ways: Read online or print and share; receive daily e-mails; listen on the web; follow along on Facebook and Twitter; download our free Android or apple app; request your printed copy. Visit our website for additional free worship planning resources and music for your youth to perform. Also, our Lent Devotional—and more—will be available in January, 2018.Visit www.pts.edu, call 412-924-1388, or e-mail info@pts.edu.
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CELEBRATE THE SEASON! Everyone is invited to a CHRISTMAS CONCERT sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, 52 Liberty St., Dillonvale, OH, on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. featuring the music of Dan Jones, Dustin Kinsey, and Brian Dawes. A Love Offering will be taken; coffee and cookies will be served in fellowship hall after the concert. For more info, phone 740-769-7765.
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GIFT BOOKS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST! Take care of your Christmas shopping at PC(USA) Store! We have 365-day devotionals from Walter Brueggemann and Dietrich BonhoefferThe Presbyterian Handbook for new members; and much more for the children, leaders, and other special people in your life. Make sure to order by Friday, December 8, to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.
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PCUSA SPECIAL OFFERINGS. Money May Not Grow on Trees—But Generosity Does. A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT: Celebrate the generosity and goodwill of the Christmas season by encouraging your congregation to give to Presbyterian mission. Decorate a Tree of Hope with your congregation, and join in the life-saving work being prayerfully carried out around the world. Watch as your tree fills with fruits of hope, representing your congregation's generosity and love. With a few simple steps, your church can make a big impact.
1.      Put up a Christmas tree in your church's entryway or sanctuary, and set the Tree of Hope paper ornaments on a table near the tree.
2.      Tell your congregation about the activity. Share Stories of Impact and encourage them to pledge a gift and decorate the tree.
3.      On Christmas, add up your church’s total pledges, and share with your congregation in celebration of their generosity and faith.
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We give thanks to the Lord and celebrate God's abundant goodness, and wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.
If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.
If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare.
If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.'
Acknowledge God's blessings. Simply say, “Thank you, Lord.”
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http://emailimages.nxt.blackbaud.com/emailimages/2017/11/10/14/40721/5628039/408042/4eba40c4-3450-48f3-9150-55393b0b0153.jpgDEAR PRESBYTERY of the Upper Ohio Valley, In this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to God for the blessings you have bestowed upon Presbyterian seminary students! From 2014 to 2016, the Theological Education Fund distributed nearly $2 million of your gifts to our 11 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminaries. These gifts have helped keep the cost of seminary affordable for those who seek theological education. We are so grateful for your support! As you likely know, about 75% of pastors are eligible to retire in the next decade – and today’s seminary graduates are needed in our pulpits and communities, sharing the love of Christ with the world. We must do our part to ensure that cost does not deter would-be pastors from attending seminary – and that’s the purpose of the Theological Education Fund. In the coming weeks, you’ll receive from us a short booklet that helps tell the story of how Presbyterian seminary graduates are changing the world. We hope that you’ll enjoy reading it – and know that you are part of the solution. We are thankful for you, and so glad to have you with us on this journey. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Gratefully, Lee Hinson-Hasty, DMin., Senior Directory, Theological Education Funds Development. Lee.Hinson-Hasty@PresbyterianFoundation.org; 502-569-5357;

200 East 12th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130. https://www.presbyterianfoundation.org/tef
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Lessons and Carols 2017

LESSONS AND CAROLS 2017.
Please join us for this free, family-friendly event featuring the Louisville Seminary Choir and special musical guests.

Louisville Seminary is located at:
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

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WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE. Special Offerings News: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift” — 2 Corinthians 9:15. In the 2nd letter to the Corinthians, Paul offers a mini sermon on the results of generosity. First Paul grounds us in God’s generosity, reminding us that God is both source and amplification of our generosity. The gifts we give are from God and they are multiplied and increased as we give. Giving has a compounding effect, enriching the life of the giver “in every way.” It results in impact to the giver, who receive the ministry made possible by the gift, overflows in thanksgiving to God, and to the whole church as it inspires and testifies to the gracious work of God through Christ. It is that grace, then, that is described by Paul as “indescribable,” and that grace that is made known when we give. Participating in the Christmas Joy Offering lives out this truth. We give because God has freely given. We give to support the needs of our church leaders, past, present and future and God amplifies and extends those gift through the ministry of those who benefit. Those gifts of ministry extend and amplify as well, even as they “overflow” in thanksgiving to God, while the entirety of the impact bears witness to the whole church of God’s grace, a truly indescribable gift. A church worker who receives a grant receives the generosity of the church in the same way they have been generous in their service to it. A student at Presbyterian Pan Am receives the generosity of the church and responds by generously dedicating his life to the service of the church. The work of the Offering is compounding generosities, with unending expansion and ceaseless increase. And at the core of it all is the grace of God, through Jesus Christ – the indescribable gift. Your church may have already received its promotional resources for this year’s Offering. If not, resources can still be requested or downloaded here. We’ve put together materials to help you plan for an energetic and engaging Offering. Click here to find lesson plans, a sample children's sermon, and worship resources. Blessings, Bryce Wiebe,Director, Special Offerings
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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance delegation travels to Puerto RicoRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Group worships and meets with local churches.
Can we help end poverty? Liz Theoharis | Presbyterians Today. Jesus’ quest for justice.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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TO ANY CHURCH OR CHURCHED PERSON: We have over a dozen refurbished and new computers with Windows 10 and all updates as of November 1, 2017, installed. With DVR and of course 1 hard drive (usually at least 1 TB). Warranty: 2 years labor no charge, 90 day parts at no charge, 2 years parts at cost (Acts of nature not covered – including voltage surges). No Monitors. We have some keyboards and mouses. Strongly suggest that each computer be plugged into a UPS. Suggest $100.00 each – make an offer …. We just need to have someone be using these fine machines. (Each of these computers new cost around $400 to $500 to make.) All moneys to be donated to Laughlin Chapel youth program in Wheeling. Pick up by appointment only. Cell: 304-639-3181, or Office: 304-243-1351, or dknapp@securicom.biz. First come …. First pick. Or for a special church program for youth or adults at the church only – FREE – with session approvalDavid Knapp, Securicom Ltd., 102 Hummingbird Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003
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#UOVPAX #PEACETWEETS. The Peacemaking Sub-Committee (@uovpax) of Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery’s Mission Committee is sponsoring a #peacetweets contest, this concluding at midnight on Sunday, November 26, 2017. In 140 characters or less (including spaces) and using the hashtags #uovpax and #peacetweets, post a message of intention and inspiration for peace to Twitter. Your #peacetweets may be a passage from scripture with citation, a quote from your favorite author with attribution, an original prayer, thought, or intention and inspiration for peace, including an attached photograph that depicts a message of peace. The member of presbytery or participant in any of its churches whose #peacetweets is most retweeted and whose#peacetweets is most liked will each receive a copy of the 2010 book Peace Tweets. Winners and their #peacetweets will be announced and prizes awarded at the November 28th, 2017, Presbytery Meeting. Please “follow” @uovpax on Twitter. Post your #peacetweets. “Retweet” and “like” the #peacetweets of others. Invite your Twitter friends, your children, grandchildren, and the youth of your church to participate. If you are not already on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com. Click “Sign up for Twitter.” Provide basic information about yourself and choose your username, and then start posting #peacetweets.
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2018 LITURGICAL COLORS CALENDAR: To find a printable liturgical calendar with the liturgical colors for paraments, go to https://www.presbyterianmission.org/resource/2018-liturgical-colors-presbyterian-planning-calendar/, or go to our website under “Spotlight.”
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THE COLERAIN PRESBYTERIAN Church is looking for a new choir director. The position is for 5 hours a week at $12 an hour from September through May. The ability to accompany the choir on piano or organ would be helpful, although not necessary because our organ can be programmed with midi files. Anyone interested should contact Pastor Joe Ellis by email atjoecellis@comcast.net.
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LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS for kitchen help Mondays through Thursdays 2:30-6:30 p.m. Call the Rev. Dr. Georgia Kurko, director, at 304-232-2630 if interested or for more info.
WEBSITE: www.laughlinmemorialchapel.org. Facebook page: laughlinmemorialchapel.
VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST NEEDED: During our afterschool hours, we need a receptionist to answer the phone, take messages, and greet visitors. This volunteer position is available on Thursdays from 2:30 - 6:00 pm. Please contact us at (304) 232-2630 if you are able to help. We are interested in having the same person help every Thursday except when Ohio County Schools are closed, starting immediately and continuing through the school year.
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Chapel needs help with the afterschool program each day from 3:45 until 4:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The Chapel is "home" to 54 children, and each of them needs a bit of assistance with homework tasks. The younger children can't always read directions on their worksheets; it's easy to jump in and help them understand what to do, but many adults are needed to get them started and to check their work. Those in third through fifth grades need supervision on a lesser scale, but every once in a while need help defining a word or refining their answers. If five people arrived at the Chapel, our afterschool homework dilemma would be solved. Please contact Dr. Georgia Kurko at 304-232-2630 if you would like to help. You may choose your day of the week; you may choose the age group you'd be willing to help!
CHRISTMAS AT THE CHAPEL: This Christmas, the Chapel wants to help our children and youth celebrate, reminding them that adults in the community care about them through the presentation of….presents! Through a charity program associated with the Mattel toy company, we can purchase gifts for our younger children at greatly reduced prices, things like Hot Wheels and Barbie dolls. We estimate that we need about $30 per child--for approximately 44 children--to make each one's Christmas special. Since we can order the items in bulk, these gifts can be purchased and delivered directly to the Chapel. For our 40 middle schoolers and youth, we would like to provide each one with a $40 gift card so they can choose their gifts themselves. If you are willing to help us with this Christmas project, please send your gift check to us at P.O. Box 6195, Wheeling, WV 26003 and designate the donation as "Christmas project." We will wrap the gifts and present them in Jesus' name--from His people--to the Chapel's youngsters. (If you have any questions, please call and ask!) [Note: While money for Mattel toys and gift cards is an easy way for you to do your Christmas shopping, if you prefer to purchase gifts for the kids, we will gladly and gratefully accept them. The children have always had a special Christmas because of your generosity.] Deadline for checks and toys: Monday, December 4, 2017.
BRIDGING THE GAP: The Chapel will begin a ministry to high schoolers on November 15 at the Chapel beginning at 7 p.m. Community leaders Charles Bass and Javetta Gray are serving as mentors to high schoolers and have developed G.A.P. on Wednesday evenings throughout the 2017/18 school year. G.A.P. is a "get ahead program" and is designed to introduce youth to the academic and employment opportunities available to them after their high school graduation. Workshops will focus on resume writing and building, interview skills, how to keep a job once one is secured, and how to use one's first job as a step toward future success in one's field. Charles and Javetta are working under the supervision of Mrs. Judith Saunders who is the Chapel's Program Coordinator, and are joined by volunteers from Wheeling Jesuit U. If interested in helping with this innovative ministry, please call Georgia Kurko, Interim Exec. Director, 304-232-2630
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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE. You can assist PDA in responding to acts of public violence, in wildfire recovery efforts in California, earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, and hurricane recovery efforts in Texas; Florida, and the islands in the Atlantic. Memo your check: DR000188–Public violence [this includes Las Vegas & Sutherland Springs], DR000165–CA wildfires, DR000014–Mexico earthquakes, DR000169Harvey, and/or DR000194Irma & MariaSend your check payable to UOVP, 907 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, and the presbytery will forward it on. For updates, go to pda.pcusa.org.
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PCUSA SPECIAL OFFERINGS. A Black Friday event for Presbyterian ministries? Why not? Presbyterian Giving Catalogue: GIVE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DOORBUSTER DASH. This year on Black Friday, host an Alternative Giving Market at your church! Your congregation can engage in intentional giving with lasting, meaningful gifts for friends and family that support ministries close to their hearts, such as clean water, agriculture, or relief and assistance projects. Tips for a Fun and Successful EventInvolve Others! Recruit a group of inspired volunteers to help with the event, perhaps your youth group, Presbyterian Women group, or a Sunday school class. Or get all of these groups working together! Tell Everyone You Know! Invite neighboring congregations and hang fliers around your local community. There are many people who like to support charitable causes who live close to your church—invite them in for a cup of hot cocoa and a chance to support great causes. Make It Memorable! Set up booths and create posters for each of the items you want to highlight, or one for each item category: livestock, water, agriculture, people, or kits and tools. You can find more great tips and advice on hosting a successful event in our Hosting an Alternative Giving Market guide. It’s a wonderful way to get people together for a great cause and ring in the Holiday Giving Season! Download the Guide
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CHURCH TREASURER NEEDED: Part-time, knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel, Word, and general bookkeeping a must. Send résumé with references to: The Presbyterian Church of Cadiz, 154 W. Market Street, Cadiz, OH 43907. No phone calls, please.
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LOUISVILLE SEMINARY Counseling Center will celebrate their 20th Anniversary Friday, December 1stfrom 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST at the Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Rd., Louisville, KY 40205. Driving Directions To mark the occasion, the center is hosting a daylong celebration that features workshops, an open house of the center's new facilities, a reception and dinner. Get more information Register Now! If you have questions, please contact Becky Timerding at btimerding@lpts.eduWe very much look forward to seeing you at the celebration!
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ASSOCIATION OF PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH EDUCATORS 2018 annual event, “Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality,” will be held January 30 – February 3 in Louisville. APCE is for professional educators, pastors, and volunteers in ministry to children, youth, and adults. For more info: www.apcenet.org.
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WE ARE SEEKING 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 by January 27, 2018.
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WE ARE SEEKING 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 by January 27, 2018. 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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