Christmas Joy Offering Resources

Christmas Joy OfferingEach year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

The offering benefits the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, and Racial Ethnic Leadership Development. The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season.

Resources are available that include worship resources, hymns, video, posters, bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, and more.

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Rodger Nishioka to speak in our presbytery January 13-14

Rodger NishiokaThe Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka will speak at two events in January co-sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, and Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Both events will be held at Westminster and are free of charge.

- Saturday, January 13, 2:00-4:00 P.M. Presbytery-wide lecture/discussion with adults 
- Sunday January 14, 6:00-8:00 P.M. Youth event for all Presbyterian youth groups in our presbytery

Rodger Nishioka is a preacher, seminary professor, and Christian educator. He currently serves as director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. He was previously the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary and was the national coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Nishioka is noted for his work with young people and his reputation as a popular keynoter at inter-denominational Christian youth conferences.

Applications are now being taken for the Young Adult Volunteer Program

Young Adult VolunteersThe Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors. 

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.

The 2018-19 application process is now live and underway.

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Bundles of new gifts generate big impact 

Giving CatalogThis year's Presbyterian Giving Catalog features a number of new gift items to support Presbyterian mission work in its various forms. Check out the online Catalog now and explore all the new ways you can make an impact in the lives of people in need around the world.  For example:

Help launch a successful farm with the new Farm Bundle. Imagine the delivery of chickens, goats, and other livestock, as well as seeds and tools, all to support an entire family or community. 

The new sewing machine and equipment can be just what someone needs to launch a business that mends, alters, and sells clothing and linens. 
Help our church respond to bullying and educate our youth and families on the dangers and warning signs of online harassment.

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NEXT Church National Gathering February 26-28 

NEXT ChurchThe NEXT Church National Gathering, to be held February 26-28 in Baltimore, MD, is filled with church leaders (pastors and lay people) sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas they are trying, and honest conversations about ministry today. Creative worship centers us around God’s presence. And multiple opportunities to engage in workshops and conversation about particular aspects of ministry foster new and deeper connections. This year's theme is "The Desert in Bloom"

Keynote speakers include David Leong, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he directs the Global and Urban Ministry program and Jonathan Walton is a social ethicist and scholar of American religions who joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in July 2010 and was appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church in 2012.

NEXT Church is a network of leaders- church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians and professors- across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful and more agile.

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Mission Work Groups sought for hands-on opportunities in Detroit

The Presbytery of Detroit would like to welcome your church group to Detroit on its next mission trip. The presbytery's Hands-On Mission Work Group will host your group in a local church for lodging, a kitchen to cook meals, and a place to gather for worship. Cost of lodging is $100 per night for groups of 25 or less. A Hands-On Mission Coordinator will arrange work places and partners, so you have a rewarding visit. Donations to mission partners for work performed are expected. (Recommend $10 per person per day to the work partners.)

Send email to request more information.

A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator

The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.

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Regarding Ruling Elders

Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.

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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry

NEXT ChurchNEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.

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New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities

1001 Worshiping CommunitiesThe 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.

Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.

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Northminster Mission Fund

Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.

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