Coronavirus Updates and Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
The spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is affecting nearly all parts of the world. As your presbytery and its congregations in the Miami Valley are responding to this pandemic, we are collecting helpful updates and resources to aid in the response.
We pray for an end to this pandemic and the suffering and loss of life caused by it.
NEW! "Re-opening Guidance for Churches" is a list of resources that offers help to churches as they develop plans to re-open.
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Meet our new Moderator and Vice Moderator
At its May 12 meeting, Presbytery of the Miami Valley elected and installed Ruling Elder Alice McCollum as Moderator and Minister of the Word and Sacrament Ben Beres as Vice Moderator of presbytery for 2020-21.
Alice McCollum, a lifelong fourth generation Presbyterian, has been an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dayton for over 45 years. She has served Trinity in several capacities: Trustee, choir member, chair of the James I. Davis Endowment Fund, member of the Pastor Nominating Committee, and after several previous terms, is currently a member of the Session. As a Ruling Elder, Alice designs and conducts new member training at the request of the Pastor and the Clerk of Session. Alice particularly values the regulations and directions provided by the Book of Order.
Serving as a judge for more than 40 years has given Alice a chance to practice her ministry: serving the community; encouraging others to improve their lives through education, treatment, and behavior modification; and resolving disputes in a courteous and professional manner: in other words, treating everyone as she would want to be treated. Alice believes in being a servant leader and desires that her efforts reflect her Christian beliefs and values.
In addition to several professional leadership positions, Alice has served on many community boards including the United Theological Seminary and Dayton Children’s Hospital. Currently, Alice is actively involved with her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Lambda Omega Chapter, which is a service-oriented organization, feeding the hungry, clothing the less fortunate, and delivering other vital services to the community. Alice also enjoys providing memorable experiences for her grandchildren.
While Alice’s involvement in the presbytery was somewhat limited for a while, she has been Vice Moderator for the past year and a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission prior to that. She has served as a commissioner to presbytery representing Trinity and has attended other presbytery meetings for educational development. Alice is excited and humbled to take on these roles in the life of the presbytery.
Ben Beres is the sheepdog for a great little community in Huntsville, Ohio and pastor of Huntsville Presbyterian Church , and much prefers barking to biting. He’s the blessed husband of Sarah and adoring father of Mason, 15, and Kirk, 9 3/4.
He’s served on Administrative Commissions, the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and the Committee on Ministry of this presbytery, and also got to serve as a Commissioner to the 220th General Assembly for the Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
Ben graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2005, and is wrecking the statistical curve for first calls.
When he’s not navigating the choppy waters of physical-distance pastoring, he enjoys meandering conversations, comic books, coaching his kids, and embarrassing his wife with his effervescent karaoke skills.
VIRTUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY JUNE 19, 26, 27
Our presbytery's Commissioners, YAAD's, and Alternates to GA 224
For the first time in the history of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the denomination’s General Assembly will be held online only. The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) voted unanimously to approve a plan for a reduced assembly gathering that will require everyone involved - commissioners, advisory delegates, corresponding members, and staff - to participate in a digital assembly. The virtual 224th General Assembly will occur June 19, 26, and 27.
At the May 12 meeting of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, presbytery commissioned the following people to serve as Commissioners, Young Adult Advisory Delegate, and Alternates:
Commissioners: Ruling Elder Bruce Saunders (The Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, Wilmington) and Minister of Word and Sacrament Michael Isaacs
Alternate Commissioners: Minister of Word and Sacrament Sarah Sparks-Franklin and Ruling Elder Commissioner Bridget Hawkins (First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine)
Young Adult Advisory Delegate: Anne Paquette (Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton)
Alternate Young Adult Advisory Delegate: Caroline Eader (First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine)
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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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LIMITED INVOLVEMENT IN THIS YEAR'S BUILD
Catch the Building Spirit’s 28th Habitat House Build
Catch the Building Spirit, (CtBS), the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will limit its involvement to construct this year's house at 26718 Sandy Drive, Trotwood.
The house, which is being built for Ira and Terese Compton and their three children, is three bedrooms and one bath.
Because of the CORVID-19 virus, Catch the Building Spirit
is limiting its involvement with this year’s build:
· CtBS has concerns about the uncertainty of the coronavirus and the fact that most of its regular volunteers and leaders are in the high-risk category.
· CtBS cannot provide house leaders to the 2020 build. Members will volunteer as they are able to and at their discretion during the build.
· CtBS will provide an initial $10,000 donation toward the house build and provide additional funds as they become available later.
· There will be no Blitz week as we know it this year.
Catch the Building Spirit still encourages volunteers to work on the house build. Visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton volunteer website for further information on the build schedule and safety requirements.
For more information, visit Catch the Building Spirit's website or email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit, or call 937-429-0360.
Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
CO-SPONSORED BY PRESBYTERY OF THE MIAMI VALLEY
An Update: Dr. Alan Wolfelt will lead two seminars in 2021 focusing on grief
Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the noted and best-selling author, educator, and renowned grief counselor, will lead two seminars in April 2021 focusing on grief. The seminars are being co-sponsored by Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is a rescheduling of the original events, which were to be held in April 2020.
A Community Seminar with Dr. Wolfelt, Understanding Your Grief: One Day at a Tim, will be an evening of hope and healing. When someone in your life has died you are faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. This compassionate program provides you support in your personal grief experience.
A Professional Seminar with Dr. Wolfelt, When Grief is “Complicated:” A Model to Understand, Identify and Companion Griever, is anadvanced level workshop which will help members of the caregiving community explore the critically important topic of “complicated” grief. Dr. Wolfelt will present his model for understanding, identifying and companioning grievers lost in the wilderness of grief.
More information will be forthcoming about the locations and times of the workshops.
2020 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center
Registration 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.
Update: Kirkmont Center Summer Camp status
Kirkmont Center is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kirkmont Center has provided the following information about summer camp opportunities, which are to begin in June:
What about summer camp? We do not want campers to miss a camp because they did not register in time. We do not know that we will be able to offer camp. Please register now at kirkmontcenter.org and show your support through a deposit. Many people have asked whether or not to pay the full amount. That is up to each family and their ability to pay. Our refund policy is designed to give families peace of mind. We are planning for the best summer ever. All of us will need summer camp when this is over . . . plan on attending Family Camp.
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An Important Update from our Synod of the Covenant
The General Assembly's Administrative Commission for the Synod of the Covenant (the "AC") has recently released two important documents that provide an update on the situation at the Synod. The documents describe the current and projected status of the Synod's activities as the Administrative Commission has assumed operational control by taking "original jurisdiction" of the Synod.
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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.
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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.