Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - August 2, 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
Bob Shearer
Mike Anderson
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Ginny Zoric
Ed Rudiger
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Royce Browder
Wayne Devore
Karen Byrne
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
David Bruce
Vickie Whinnery
Steve McCollam
Jacob Kestner
Keith McMannis
Judee Parkinson
George Crawford
John Oerter
Domasi Partnership
Malawi food crisis
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Alberta Crawford
Rev. Loren & Mrs. Violet Robinson (Pine Ridge Presby Ch)
Sheryl Looking Elk
All our service men & women
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: Mary Anne Frischkorn, Bob Gracey, Colleen Griffith, Frank Haas, Barry Hall.
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NEXT HAPPENINGS will go out TUESDAY, August 8th.
PATTY will be on vacation Wednesday, August 9, and Thursday, August 10.
THE PRESBYTERY OFFICE will be CLOSED August 9 & 10. In an EMERGENCY, call Rev. Bill Webster 740-359-1813.
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MEDICAL BENEVOLENCE FOUNDATION’S July prayer requests:
1.   The Word of the Lord does not fall on deaf ears. Pray that the people who were witnessed to on July 12th would take seriously the call that God has on their own lives. Pray that the fruit from sowing the seeds of salvation would be spread throughout the communities, and lives would be transformed.
2.   Pray for peace to move through our MBF partner hospitals so that there is clarity for what Spiritual ministry can look like as the staff in each location administers care. Pray that each patient feels a tangible presence as God meets them through the touch and kind words of the doctors and nurses caring for them.
3.   Pray for the farther reaching effects of what spiritual ministry can do to battle the mishandlings and neglect that can come from untrained caregivers, and voodoo based medicines. Pray that the surrounding communities can begin to understand and desire what wholeness looks like both physically and spiritually, and will seek it out from partner hospitals like Ekwendeni.
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THANK YOU CARD RECEIVED: “Dear UOVP, Thank you for selecting me to receive the grant from the Robert and Helen Russell College Scholarship. This will assist me during my second year at Westminster College. I’m looking forward to continuing my studies as a child and family studies major. Thank you again, Samantha Dubetz”
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THANK YOU CARD RECEIVED: “To Whom It May Concern, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for awarding me the Russell Scholarship! I cannot express how much this donation to my education has helped me financially. I truly appreciate it! Sincerely, Jillian Ashley Holgate”
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UPDATE ON WILLIAM HEMINGER: A message from William’s Father: “Good evening everyone. Today William has done very well in all of his therapies. He is still on schedule to be released on Friday, July 21st, if all goes well on Thursday and Friday morning. Today we walked down to 3rd floor (critical care unit) and William gave a thank-you card to Dr. Burris and the head nurse. He also told them thank you in person for the wonderful care received while in the ICU. William will be having more surgeries in the near future but for now we are going home. Thank you each one for your prayers on his behalf and we ask you to please continue to lift him up in prayer because he has a lot of rehab to get through. May the lord bless you this evening. Read Ecclesiastes chapter 3:1-17”
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POGO XXI: Our Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #21 will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 7that the Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, OH. Fee: $40 per golfer (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner). Four­somes, please. Call your RSVP to Roger at First Westminster Church 740-282-4591 or Mike Bongart 740-632-3321.
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BEAVER CREEK CHURCH CAMP Alumni Day—A chance to “come home” to our beautiful place in God’s World—will be held this Saturday, August 5th9 am – 9 pm, but come anytime throughout the day! Everyone is invited! You don’t have to be an alumnus to attend. Activities: Camp stuff, of course!
   9 – 10 am Morning Bible study and discussion
   10 – 11 am Hike along Beaver Creek. Discussion of birds, plant life, etc.
   11 am Lunch Bell
   1 – 2 pm Games
   2 – 4:30 pm Swimming, crafts
   5 pm Dinner Bell
   6:30 pm Vespers
   8 pm Campfire (S’mores, of course)
Cost: Free to all, but offerings toward the costs of the day will be much appreciated! If possible, please send an RSVP through the website, Facebook, or email: beavercreekcampohio@gmail.comIf you need directions, please see our website at: http://www.beavercreekcamp.com/directions.htmlSEE YOU SOON!
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INTER-PRESBYTERY Leadership Formation Retreat will be held Friday, August 11th, beginning with registration from 6 – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 12th, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S Annual Retreat “Take Time to Be Holy” will be held Saturday, August 12th, 9:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Seeds of Hope Farm. $7.00 registration and lunch. RSVP by Monday, August 7, to Mary McElroy 740-769-7546.
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COMMUNITY SUMMIT: Building Community to Protect and Empower Youth and Families. The Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) will host a day-long workshop and community dialogue around empowering youth and families in our communities. The Pittsburgh Seminary's Metro-Urban Institute is a sponsoring organization of this event, which will take placeAugust 19 at the Seminary. This event is free and open to the public! See MUI's website for more information.
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BOOK OF ORDER 2017 – 2019: This book is Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This volume contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. Additional information is provided to the reader through the inclusion of Received Ecumenical Statements of Guidance and Articles of Agreement. Patty is currently taking orders at $10.00 per copy. They must be picked up at the Presbytery Office. OR—if you want to order directly from Presbyterian Distribution Service and have them shipped to you, call them at 1-800-524-2612. Downloadable copies are not yet available (maybe in September).
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter July, 2017: Control+click here. Or find it on our website under Spotlight.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice newsletter July, 2017—“PDA Chooses Welcome” control+click here. Or find it on our website under the Mission sidebar, then Peacemaking.
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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7cd4cf3f8e262e23f778f9fde/images/4976855d-be95-459f-ad5e-f0e262d1ebb1.pngPASTORS, TREASURERS, AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEES – The Board of Pensions reminds us it is time to construct "Employer Agreements" for 2018 coverages and benefits. Review, model, and update or build your 2018 Employer Agreement. Log on to Benefits Connect and choose Employer Agreement to select benefits for employees to elect during annual enrollment this Fall. Access resources to help answer your questions. Go to www.pensions.org for the following: Guide to Selecting 2018 Benefits; web tutorials; Employers: Start Thinking about 2018 Benefits article; Selecting 2018 Benefits: Building Your Employer Agreement short video; Expanded pensions.org section atwww.pensions.org/2018benefits; Submit your 2018 Employer Agreement now through October 13, 2017.

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Have a happy day and live your life like these six little stories:
1.   Once all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That's FAITH.
2.   When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That's TRUST.
3.   Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That's HOPE.
4.   We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That's CONFIDENCE.
5.   We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That's LOVE.
6.   On an old man's shirt was written a sentence, 'I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.' That's ATTITUDE.
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I HAVE 3 WORKING PRINTERS that any church in the valley can have at no cost … just pick it up. Email dknapp@securicom.biz or call between 5 – 9 PM weekdays, or anytime weekends 304-243-1351. If I do not answer, please leave your name and number and I will call you back ASAP. First come, first served. David Knapp, Securicom Ltd., 102 Hummingbird Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003.
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Canon Pixma MP830 Office All-In-One Inkjet Printer: The printer does it all--print, scan, copy, and fax. Copy and scan 2 sided originals with auto duplex Automatic Document Feeder, fast printing up to 30 ppm black/24 ppm color and a photo lab quality, Super G3 (33.6 Kbps) fax with memory for 100 coded speed dials and up to 250 incoming pages, Built-in 2 sided printing/copying and second paper tray for convenient paper selections, print up to 9600 x 2400 color dpi 1 pico-liter droplet size. Used once or twice; essentially in like-new condition. FREE.
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ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1717, the first synod meeting in the United States was held in Philadelphia, making this day the 300th birthday of the Synod of the Trinity. The Synod asks all congregations to join in the celebration on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. A bulletin insert including a liturgy and hymn suggestions that can be used on this day may be found on our website under “Items of Interest.” Also note that congregations who share photos and videos from Sept. 17 will be eligible to receive a $500 prize. Information on this is available in the insert.
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https://gallery.mailchimp.com/60164bdda6e4064d943bed8b2/images/ea82acba-fc36-4dfc-9b07-5d9ab232f55c.jpgFALL CURRICULUM Begins September 3. As a special for Fall 2017, new and returning Feasting on the Word Curriculum users can purchase the Downloadable Total Church Plan for Fall 2017 and SAVE 15%! Still need to try before you buy? Download September 3, 2017, sessions for all ages here. The discount ends September 30, 2017, so you have plenty of time to decide! You can discover additional purchase options for this all-ages, lectionary-based curriculum at these links: childrenyouth and young adultsadult groups and pastorsYou can also save money with total church plans, and if you're a small church (under 50 congregants), we have plans specifically for you.

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Control+click: Attending church is good for your health. Now what? Yonat Shimron | Religion News Service. Latest in a long line of studies shows church attendance is good for your health.
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ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY. Noor’s flight from Syria is a reminder of the Christian call to love one another; by Alethia White | Special to Presbyterian News Service
BERLIN – Noor arrived in Europe with two young children and without her husband. She left her home in Aleppo, Syria, two years earlier. Conditions made it impossible to live. Her family felt they had no other choice. During her passage across the Mediterranean Sea, the boat she was on sank with her young children and a group of other migrants. Noor had trained for years as a swimmer so she was strong enough to stay afloat and keep her children safe until they were rescued. But she had tears in her eyes as she remembered one mother who screamed repeatedly for her lost baby.
Those listening to her story were silent as she cried.
Noor arrived in Germany, but didn’t understand the language. She remembered having to take her young son to the doctor because he had a serious illness, but she couldn’t understand the doctor’s instructions. In those moments, she felt alone and uncertain. Noor decided she had to conquer the language to navigate life in her new country so she studied hard and attended regular German language classes. She told her story in fluent German.
A nurse in Syria, Noor hopes to someday continue her work in Germany.
Someone asked Noor about her family in Aleppo and she fell silent. Another person asked her what she misses about Syria. The tears start to fall. She said she misses everything about Syria. Would she go back if she could, another asked? She said, “Yes, of course.” Although she has conquered the language and worked hard to establish herself in her host culture, nothing compares to the idea of life in her home country, her home city free from war. She has lost a great deal but now has Germany, a small community of other Syrians and has finally reunited with her husband who traveled separately from Syria.
The circumstances that brought her to Germany are incomprehensible to most of us. But her story brought light to those who listened. We heard her voice, her hope and her uncertainty. We learned she is more than just a “refugee.” She is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a nurse, a swimmer, a language learner, culinary creator, and a human being in search of peace.
Pity. Fear. Compassion. Sympathy. Uncertainty. Stranger. War. Disaster. Loss. What are the words that come to mind when you hear the word “refugee?” It’s a lot to comprehend so choose to ignore the people who have been propelled into refugee status.
As a mission co-worker working with refugees, I encourage individuals and congregations to sit and listen to a refugee’s story. Learn. Their humanness will take shape in those interactions. After all, aren’t we all human beings in search of peace?
In many churches, we “pass the peace” to each other every Sunday morning without a second thought. What if we chose to pass the peace to everyone we encountered, not just on Sunday mornings? What does that look like if not a brief handshake and repeating familiar phrases? Maybe it’s welcoming someone new into the neighborhood. Maybe it’s helping them sort mail in an unfamiliar language, accompanying them to the doctor’s office, finding furniture, helping navigate unfamiliar systems. Maybe it’s breaking down walls, real and imagined. Maybe it’s following Jesus, who was himself once a refugee, forced to flee as a baby into Egypt, and who calls us to love one another.
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LOMBARD MENNONITE PEACE CENTER, 101 West 22nd St., Ste. 206, Lombard, IL 60148, 630-627-0507, www.LMPeaceCenter.org. Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process: Are you encountering unhealthy patterns within the church related to unresolved conflicts from the past? Are you interested in enhancing your ability to manage self in a non-anxious manner in the midst of congregational anxieties? Sign up below to attend Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, and tell your colleagues about this opportunity! The Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is a program designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting. It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one's ministry, while also facilitating reflection on how one's own functioning can either fuel anxiety or have a calming influence on the church system. The Clergy Clinic meets 3 times, for 3 days each time, over the course of a year, and includes input on systems theory, family of origin groups, and congregational case study groups. Location: Lombard, IL (Chicago area). Two options: choose Group A or Group B.
Group A dates                                     Group B dates
October 23-25, 2017                             November 6-8, 2017
February 19-21, 2018                           February 26-28, 2018
April 23-25, 2018                                  April 30-May 2, 2018
Have you already taken Clergy Clinic and want to recommend it to others? Do you know friends or colleagues who might be interested in the Clergy Clinic or the Mediation Skills Training Institute? You can forward this information to others by clicking here.
Mediation Skills Training Institute: Are you experiencing conflict in your church or community? If not, you will in the future. To be prepared, come learn skills to transform conflict and prevent it from becoming destructive. Click here to learn more. Click here to register online. Click here for a registration brochure.
Dates and Locations of Mediation Skills Training Institute:
August 7-11, 2017                    Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago area)
October 2-6, 2017                    Lakeland, FL (Tampa area)
November 13-17, 2017             Woodland Hills, CA (Los Angeles area)
March 12-16, 2018                    Columbia, SC
May 7-11, 2018                         New England (location TBD)
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How to Attract Millennials to Your ChurchThough most millennials say they value spiritual development, fewer than half say that religion is important to them. How can your church help millennials see the value in church as a way to grow closer to God? Tricia Brown offers suggestions in a post for United Methodist Communications. Read now.
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Control+click: Five members of interfaith group barred from boarding plane for IsraelRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Former PC(USA) moderator among those denied.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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A PEACH SOCIAL will be held Friday, August 11thfrom 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Food, fellowship, and fantastic music will be featured at the 67th Annual Peach Social. Roger Hoard and Dan Jones will headline the entertainment. This event is sponsored by the Dillonvale, First Presbyterian Church and will be held at the Dillonvale Park, Main St., Dillonvale, OH, by the Gazebo. Dinner items: Haluski, sandwiches, and salads can be purchased at an additional cost. The traditional Peach Social ticket cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child and includes cake, ice cream, peaches, and lemonade or coffee. Please join us for dinner, dessert, and music at this annual community event. 
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AUGUST PRAYER REQUESTS are on our website under Spotlight and in the calendar.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Agency July, 2017--New Church New Way control+click here.
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COLERAIN PRESBYTERIAN Church is making plans for their 100th Anniversary, and they came across a film that needs a 16 mm projector. Do you have a 16 mm projector that they may borrow; or do you know of anyone who may have one? If you can help them, please contact Patti Crunelle dpcrunelle61@comcast.net or 740-635-9212.
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PRESBYTERIAN MISSION Agency Justice & Peace Newsletter July 2017—We Choose Welcome control+click here.
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THE MOST UP TO DATE pulpit supply list, 7-10-17, is available on our website. Click on “pulpit supply” on the top blue box.
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UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY will hold “Seminary for a Day” Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Choose from 12 workshops! Two keynotes! Get a taste of what seminary is like. Connect with old friends and new. For workshop descriptions and to register, go to www.upsem.edu/event/seminary-day-2017.
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PRAYER PARTNERS: The prayer partner list for July 1, through December 31, 2017, is on our website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Prayer Partners” in the top blue box. Your prayer partner is the church on the same line across from your church in this file. The purpose is to get to know each other better and to pray for one another by sharing joys and concerns in a more personal way. You should contact that congregation throughout this six month period to get acquainted and find out about their prayer concerns and share those with your congregation in your bulletin and/or newsletter.
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STEWARDSHIP KALEIDOSCOPE will be held September 25 – 27, 2017, at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL, for pastors, lay leaders, and anyone who is looking to learn more about stewardship in today’s church context. 30+ workshops will be offered. To register or for more info: www.stewardshipkaleidoscope.org.
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WEE KIRK, Northeast (PA) Small Church Conference, will be held October 9-11, 2017, at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA. Purpose: To inspire, equip, motivate and encourage small PC(USA) Churches and to provide rest and refreshment for the Clergy and Lay Leaders of those Churches. For more info, contact Helen Kester at (724) 980-9565 orhelen.kester@gmail.com. Online registration are available at www.wee-kirk-ne.org.
TIMOTHY PROJECT, in conjunction with the annual Wee Kirk Conference: Come and celebrate with us as you begin your ministry. Let us walk with you and be an encourager and even perhaps answer some of your questions from seasoned pastors and lay leaders. Monday, October 9, 2017, Noon—meet in the Lodge for lunch; 1:00—Ice Breakers & Worship; 2:00—Session One: “Facilitating Adaptive Change in the Small Church,” by Larry Myers; 3:15—Session two: “Using Appreciative Inquiry As a Planning Tool in the Small Church,” by Jordan Rimmer: 4:30—registration & check in; 5:00—supper. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:30 – Noon Session Six: “Facing into the Tsunami,” a tsunami of cultural change is headed toward all our churches. How do we begin to wrestle with the adaptive challenges we now face? by Jim Farrer. The remainder of the time you will join the Wee Kirk Conference. See brochure for times and activities. 1 Tim. 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:18, 1 Tim. 6:20. If you are interested in attending the Northeast (PA) Wee Kirk and the Timothy Group, separate registration is necessary. Contact Helen Kester 724-980-9565 or helen.kester@gmail.com.
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