Building Resilience for Faith Leaders April 13
AN ONLINE PROGRAM FOR FAITH LEADERS
LED BY PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is hosting a virtual program from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance titled Building Resilience for Faith Leaders. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 13, 10:00 – 11:30 A.M.
We all live with stress. There are times in life when stress intensifies, for any number of reasons. This program increases one’s ability to identify signs of stress and offers tools for engaging that stress and building resiliency.
Feel free to share this information as widely as possible by putting the information in newsletters, bulletins, online platforms, etc.
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Presbytery Virtual Spring Youth Retreat April 9
Registration is open for the Presbytery of the Miami Valley Virtual Spring Youth Retreat, to be held on Zoom, Friday evening, April 9, from 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Connection Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
Students in grade 7 through college and their adult advisors are welcome.
There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
The theme of this year's event is "Going Viral," and we are excited to welcome the Rev. Cliff Haddox as our keynote speaker.
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Our presbytery offices are closed, but we're here to serve
The presbytery office is located in Montgomery County, which is a red county, level 4, for Covid-19 cases. That means the presbytery offices are closed and open to staff only for essential business. Staff are working in a hybrid fashion- from the office when being in the office is necessary and from home for all other work.
All staff members are available to assist you via email, phone at 937-258-8118, or Zoom conference call:
We are grateful to be partners in ministry with all of you!
Please Be Alert to Phishing Scams
Phishing Scams are the fraudulent use of emails that appear to come from a legitimate source. Several phishing scams have attempted to use information from Presbytery Staff in order to ask for your help with something urgent or important.
Ways to identify an email phishing scam
1. Check the email closely. While a familiar name will appear, the email address is one you will not recognize.
2. The email will usually indicate a matter is urgent but the sender is busy and want you to respond to that email.
3. No Presbytery Staff member would ever contact you via email to ask for generic help or for the purchase of gift cards. If the request is for vague, generic help it is not from a Presbytery Staff Member.
Racial Justice Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
"Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against, and work against racism." -Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is assembling a list of resources to help equip churches to work against racism and seek racial justice.
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Watch a video about PMV’s journey to sponsor a host site for tornado recovery volunteers
This video shares the journey of Presbytery of the Miami Valley sponsoring an ecumenical host site for volunteers helping with tornado recovery. This endeavor has allowed the presbytery to partner with many organizations including Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Group, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Brethren Disaster Ministries, Lutheran Social Services, and the Presbytery of Charlotte. Additionally, several members of congregations throughout the presbytery have been involved with making the host site ready.
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UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY
Online Workshop: The Basics of Digital Church Communication
Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, is offering a four-part online workshop designed for church leaders - from pastors to communications managers - to learn to navigate the complexities of digital church communication more easily and effectively. The workshops begin Tuesday, May 11, and continue weekly through June 1.
Touching on a range of important and practical topics, this course includes the four live lessons (along with their recordings), a take-home communications roadmap, and scheduled office hours to address specific questions and concerns.
Topics include: How to Be a Hybrid Church, Social Marketing or Social Ministry?, How to Increase Online Giving, and Virtual Curb Appeal.
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Engaging Matthew 25 Through Film: Dismantling Structural Racism
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has just posted the free booklet written by the Rev. Dr. Edward McNulty, titled "ENGAGING MATTHEW 25 THROUGH FILM: Dismantling Structural Racism." The booklet is is designed for church members to explore structural racism through five engaging films: 12 Years a Slave; If Beale Street Could Talk; Selma; Do the Right Thing; and The Hate U Give.
Ed McNulty is a Presbyterian pastor, the author of three film books published by Westminster John Knox Press, and editor/reviewer of Visual Parables.
Download the free booklet>>
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If you haven't done it, yet, we encourage you to like our newly revised Presbytery of the Miami Valley Facebook Page. We are posting announcements, events, and other items of interest on the page to help Presbyterians in the Miami Valley keep up with what's going on in our presbytery and its churches. Thanks so much!
During the coronavirus pandemic we are also posting important updates using this platform.
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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
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.
Get ministry resources>>
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.