Presbytery Spring Youth Retreat April 6-8

Spring Youth Retreat 2018The 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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Around the Presbytery

Learn about the Third Thirty program on February 24

Chris PomfretSlifers Presbyterian Church, Farmersville, cordially invites everyone to attend a special presentation of "The Third Thirty” program, 9:00 A.M.-noon, Saturday, February 24, at the church. The featured guest speaker is Chris Pomfret (shown at right in the photo), who is a member of Bath Presbyterian Church, Dayton, and chair of the Third Thirty Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley. The program is FREE and  covers printed materials and a light breakfast.

Guided by faith, the Third Thirty program identifies common themes surrounding aging, such as rediscovering life purpose, downsizing property and personal effects, as well as providing opportunity for open communication with spouse and/or children regarding quality of life. This program has grown to include local churches and regional conferences. Participants will not only be able to receive information but will have the opportunity to express ideas, share experiences, and ask questions to help them and their loved ones prepare for life following retirement.

Please contact Pastor Angie Schenck at 937-696-2840 at the Slifer’s church office for any additional questions or directions to the church. 

"Treacherous Waters: Navigating the Local Opioid Crisis" on March 10

Opiod EpedemicThe Presbyterian Church of Hamilton invites everyone to attend Treacherous Waters: Navigating the Local Opioid Crisis Saturday, March 10, 9:00 A.M.-noon, at Lindenwald United Methodist Church, 3501 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton. This event is sponsored by the Stephen Ministries of Lindenwald United Methodist Church and The Presbyterian Church of Hamilton.

The workshop will address the origins and nature of the opioid crisis and the church's position in navigating families and the afflicted to care.

The presenter is Dr. Quinton Moss, who is a psychiatrist and a founder of Modern Psychiatry and Wellness LLC, as well as Director of Genesis Center of Excellence in Hamilton. The center, which offers assistance to those dealing with mental health issues and addiction, is a faith based program.

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Networks News

Miami Valley Presbyterian partners visit Colombia

Presbyterian Church of ColombiaThe 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.

Habitat Houses Network seeks volunteers

Catch the Building SpiritHabitat 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

One Great Hour of SharingSince 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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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. Apply by March 1: Most sites available, final date to apply for international sites.

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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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