Colombian Pastor to Speak on Ways to Build Lasting Peace With Children

Angelica Munera CeveraAngélica Munera Cervera, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cartagena on the north coast of Colombia, South America, will speak on the current status of the Colombian peace accords and the ministries of her congregation addressing long-term peace on Thursday, January 23, at 7:00 P.M. at the offices of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, 1541 S. Smithville Road, Dayton.

Pastor Angélica will spend Jan. 11-27 in our presbytery, primarily connecting to College Hill Community Presbyterian Church in Dayton, the Cartagena congregation's sister church. Her presentation on January 23 offers the entire presbytery a chance to learn about ProPazes, an initiative that reaches young children in the economically-challenged La Paz barrio near the Cartagena church, teaching techniques to reduce conflict and build sustained peace.

The Cartagena church also fosters the ministry of MAJUP, the youth praise band that toured widely in our presbytery in the summer of 2018. MAJUP seeks to build peace and commitment to and with at-risk youth through lively praise music that the band shares throughout Colombia.

College Hill's connections to the Cartagena Church are one of a growing number of active sister church relationships that are part of the presbytery's Colombia Partnership Network.

Pastor Angélica is a graduate of the Reformed University in Barranquilla, Colombia, has a Masters of Theological Studies degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and studied at the University of Cartagena with a specialization in university teaching and social conflict. Besides pastoring the Cartagena Church, she recently was elected moderator of the council of the Presbytery of the North Coast in Colombia.

For more information about her visit, the January 23 event, or the Colombia Partnership Network, email Larry Hollar or call 937-643-3168.

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It’s a beautiful day in the Presbyterian neighborhood

Beautiful Day in The NeighborhoodThe Rev. Dr. Edward McNulty, pastor of Blue Ball Presbyterian Church, Franklin, has reviewed the film,  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, for Presbyterian News Service. The film follows the story of the relationship between famed children's television host and ordained Presbyterian pastor Fred Rogers and the journalist who is to interview him for a magazine article.

"The new film is the story of a relationship and the healing power of friendship, as well as a father-son story," writes McNulty. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers and Matthew Rhys as the journalist.

Ed McNulty is the author of three books published by Westminster John Knox Press (“Praying the Movies,” “Praying the Movies II” and “Faith & Film”). McNulty’s latest book is “Jesus Christ: Movie Star.” He has reviewed more than 2,200 films during his career..

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New presbytery office hours in 2020

The presbytery office will now be open from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday. For times that the office is closed, you can still leave messages by phone at 937-258-8118 or email Tom Oxley , and we will reply as soon as possible.

NEXT Church National Gathering March 2-4 in Cincinnati

NEXT Church National GatheringRegistration is open for the NEXT Church National Gathering to be held March 2-4, 2020 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati. This year's theme is "What Do These Stones Mean? Witness, Power, and Hope" and is based on Joshua 4:1-9.

The NEXT Church National Gathering 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 participants around God’s presence, and multiple opportunities to engage in workshops and conversation about particular aspects of ministry foster new and deeper connections.

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. NEXT Church provides hopeful space for robust conversations about the theology, culture, and the practice of ministry. It supports strong, faithful leadership in a time of adaptive change, and encourages collaboration and creativity across congregations and geographies.

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Consider Electronic Funds Transfer for your church in 2020

EFTPresbytery of the Miami Valley's electronic funds transfer option is a safe, easy, and convenient way for churches to make their regular contributions to presbytery and other denominational bodies, as well as special offerings. Contributions can now be transferred through our secure site from your church checking or savings account to presbytery's account.

Our free electronic giving program offers convenience for churches in making recurring or one-time donations. Church treasurers or other designated financial officials can also create an online profile to easily save their church's donation information for future use.

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2020 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont Summer CampRegistration is now open for 2020 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. 

Sixteen camps for all ages are available from June 5 through August 2 and include:

You and Me Camp, Quilting Camps, Beginners Camp, PYC/PYC Junior Camp, Camp Rejoice, Pioneers, Ramblers, Hill Climbers,  Highlanders, Voyager, Bushcraft / Archer, Arts and Drama, Garage Band, Fishing Camp, Crew, and Family Camping Weekend.

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Blessing-Based Spiritual Nurture course February 22 and 29

ChildrenThe Blessing Center, a Dayton, Ohio ministry of spiritual nurture and formation for children and teens will present a Blessing-Based Christian Formation and Spiritual Nurture course, Saturdays, February 22 and 29, 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M., at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Dayton.

The course's primary leader is Founder and Director of  The Blessing Center, the Rev. Dr.  Jacqueline Nowak , whose doctoral work was in the field of Children's Spirituality. Jacqueline is a retired Certified Christian Educator and Pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with a background also in early childhood education and daycare. Her education includes degrees from Wright State University and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, and certifications in Children's Spirituality from First Steps Spiritual Nurture Center for Children and Teens, as well as in Christian Education.

The cost is $150/person or $500/group and includes materials, refreshments, and lunch. 1 CEU, upon request. Scholarship requests accepted.

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Congregations can get up to $50k to help their pastors find renewal

Lily Clergy Renewal ProgramCongregations seeking renewal for their pastor are invited to apply for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to a news release from the program, congregations may apply for grants of up to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastor and for the pastor’s family. Up to $15,000 of the funds are available to the congregation to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away.

There is no cost for congregations or pastors to apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2020. Congregations will be notified as to whether their proposals are to be funded or not by the end of August 2020. Activities funded by a 2020 grant in the clergy renewal programs may begin anytime in 2021.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, November 1-2.

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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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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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