A note from our Executive Presbyter
As you gather for worship and work in your local congregation or with the presbytery, do you ever wonder what God is up to through this gathering of people? I know I do. God has brought together a variety of gifts, ideas, and life experiences. How will all of this be used by God to usher in the promise of a world made new?
I am excited to work with the congregations and teaching elders, which form the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, as we discover how God is calling us into partnership with God and with one another. We are a covenant community of disciples of Jesus Christ, living in the strength of God’s promise, and giving [ourselves] in service to God’s mission. (G-3.0101) What a joy and responsibility God has given to us!
I am filled with gratitude and humbled by your invitation to serve as your Executive Presbyter. I covenant with all of you to serve with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. We are the body of Christ. Christ has given to us all the gifts we need to be his body. May we rely on God’s grace to make our life together a witness of our faith and trust in our Triune God.
As I get to know all of you, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to the visits, phone calls, e-mails, and meetings which will allow me to get to know your hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows, daily challenges and blessings.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Terry L. Kukuk
Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley
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Presbytery Spring Youth Retreat April 6-8
The annual Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat will be held April 6-8 at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. This year's theme is "Plot Twist."
This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley and is for all youth grades 7-12 and their adult advisors.
This year's Keynote speaker is the Rev. Kori Phillips McMurtry, Associate Pastor at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD. Kori has joyfully served in ministry with Bradley Hills since 2013. She grew up at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton and attended the Spring Youth Rally at Kirkmont Center every year during high school and served as a counselor and artist in residence for PYC Conferences a number of times.
Kori's work experience is deep, having served churches in Florida, Ohio and New Jersey, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations both before and during seminary. Before finding her way to seminary, she participated in and led multiple mission projects for the PC(USA), with extensive periods in both Peru and Colombia. Other international projects have taken her to Guatemala, India, Cuba, and the Holy Lands.
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THE THIRD THIRTY NETWORK
Continuing education courses focused on Older Adult Ministry
Chris Pomfret, Ruling Elder, Bath Presbyterian Church, and moderator of Presbytery of the Miami Valley's Third Thirty Network, recommends two upcoming courses focusing on Older Adult Ministry:
"As we all know, churches across the country face a growing need for Older Adult Ministry within their congregations. Two upcoming courses at Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS), Decatur, GA, dive to the heart of this important topic. The short courses (two days each) are suitable for laypersons as well as clergy and are part of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network’s (POAMN) Certification Course. I will be at CTS as a student for these courses in April and having completed, in 2017, the other two courses that accompany these, I can say that they are very enriching and mentally stimulating."
The two courses are Theological Reflections and Affirmations in Older Adulthood (April 16-18) and Spiritual Formation and Older Adults (April 18-20).
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COLOMBIA PARTNERSHIP NETWORK
Miami Valley Presbyterian partners visit Colombia
The Colombia Partnership Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley visited our partner Presbytery of the North Coast (PNC) in Barranquilla, Colombia in February. The trip included representatives of three of the Sister Church relationships within our Network: College Hill Presbyterian Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church of Springboro, and Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton, as well as a representative of Kirkmont Center, which is also active in the partnership. The Network renewed our partnership agreement during this trip and explored new avenues of shared ministry.
This partnership has spanned 23 years and includes annual visits by Colombian young adults who participate in our Sister Churches' summer ministries at Kirkmont Center; shared worship, spiritual, and musical events; northbound and southbound delegation trips between Sister Church congregations; and mutual support of each presbytery's pastoral and social justice ministries.
The Network currently has five Sister Church relationships between congregations of the PMV and congregations of the PNC. There are seven additional congregations in the Presbytery of the North Coast who are seeking sister churches in our Presbytery.
Please email Colombia Partnership Network Moderator Jennifer Vicarel with any questions, comments, or requests for additional information.
CATCH THE BUILDING SPIRIT
Habitat Houses Network seeks volunteers
Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit, a network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, is seeking volunteers to join with them to help provide safe, affordable homes for needy families in the Dayton area.
The network is looking for people to volunteer a few hours of their time to help with construction, fundraising, newsletters, lunches, photography, and more.
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One Great Hour of Sharing Resources
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief for those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Most congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday, or both, while many receive it throughout Lent.
Bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, posters, worship resources, video, and resources for children are available to churches free of charge.
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PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING DEBUTS NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK PROGRAM
Flyaway Books offers inclusive and imaginative books for children
Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) recently announced the launch of Flyaway Books, a new children’s book imprint dedicated to creating titles to inspire the next generation to fly. The new imprint will offer books that carry themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion and care for our world. Many of the books will help children understand today’s most pressing social issues and the titles will be intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters.
The first two books to carry the new Flyaway Books logo will be released May 2018. They will be Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts by Ian De Haes and The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Several children’s books recently released under PPC’s acclaimed Westminster John Knox Press imprint will join the program.
Future authors for Flyaway Books include children’s book legend Katherine Paterson, bestselling children’s book authors Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Kathy Bostrom, renowned preacher and author Barbara Brown Taylor, noted New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, the African Methodist Episcopal Church pastor and activist Michael Waters, and author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki.
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Presbyterian Women's Churchwide Gathering August 2-5 in Louisville
The Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Gathering, to be held August 2–5 in Louisville, KY, will mark the 30th anniversary of Presbyterian Women.
"Arise, shine, your light has come!" (based on Isaiah 60:1) is the theme for the Gathering. Held every three years, PW’s Churchwide Gathering is an event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Participants enjoy workshops, tours, forums, resource gathering (and shopping!), plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, worship and more.
PW’s triennial Business Meeting will take place just before the Churchwide Gathering (August 1–2), where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases for the next triennium are decided.
Learn more about the PW Gathering and register>>
PRESBYTERY OF DETROIT
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
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 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
The 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.