Catch the Building Spirit completes 26th Habitat House

Habitat House 2018Catch the Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian Churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 26th house build together this summer. Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable home for a low-income family in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

 A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from Presbytery of the Miami Valley: Bath, Central, College Hill Community, Corinth, Fairborn First, Faith, Dayton Memorial, Southminister, and Dayton Westminster.  The churches provided meals, many hours of volunteer labor, and over $13,000 in funding.

On October 6, 2018, the Catch the Building Spirit coalition dedicated a new Habitat home at 6778 Sandy Drive in Trotwood for Terry Pate and her family. The Pate family has lived in the Dayton area for many years and were desperate for decent affordable housing. After meeting all the requirements and putting in many extra hours of sweat equity, the family was elated to get their new home.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to Hurricanes Florence
, Michael

Hurricance FlorencePresbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

PDA is delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Florence on the eastern seaboard of the United States. PDA has sent teams to affected presbyteries to meet with Presbyterian and community leadership to assist in coordinating relief efforts and mucking out homes and churches. After initial needs are addressed, PDA will remain- providing spiritual emotional care and Long Term Recovery to address unmet needs of those impacted. 

PDA is also responding to Hurricane Michael. Before the devastating Category 4 Hurricane made landfall, PDA reached out to the presbyteries in the path of the storm to offer resources and prayers. It will deploy National Response Team members in the coming days to assist Presbyterian and community leadership in developing short-term response plans and provide a ministry of presence.
PDA asks everyone to join them in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of these natural disasters.

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Scholarship fund established in memory of Katie Geneva Cannon

Katie Geneva CannonThe Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship fund to honor the name and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Dr. Cannon succumbed to leukemia August 8, 2018.

Cannon, a leading voice in the subjects of womanist theology and women in religion and society, was a renowned lecturer on theological and ethical topics and the author or editor of numerous articles and seven books.

The scholarship, the Women’s Ministry Fund, is a fund of Racial Equity and Women’s Intercultural Ministries at the Presbyterian Mission Agency and has been established for women of color to attend leadership development events.

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Reformation Sunday bulletin insert, coloring pages

The Presbyterian Historical Society has prepared downloadable resources for churches to use in celebration of Reformation Sunday on October 28.

The resources include a bulletin insert and coloring pages for children and adults, which center on John Calvin's Geneva.
Around the Presbytery

Presbytery churches are invited to Rise Against Hunger on October 21

Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, invites other churches in Presbytery of the Miami Valley to join them in a Rise Against Hunger event Sunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00 P.M. This is a meal packing event where meals consisting of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins are packed and then shipped around the world to people who are in need. The goal is to pack and ship 15,000 meals.

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Seminary building open house October 27

The Oxford Church will celebrate the rededication of its Seminary building at 104 E. Church Street, Oxford, with an open house on Saturday, October 27, 1:00-4:00 P.M. The church recently completed the remodeling and renovation of the building.

Video of Jim Wallis at the Faith and Civic Life events

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, presented the first annual Lecture on Faith and Civic Life, Friday, September 28 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton.

The following morning, Saturday, September 29, at 9:30 A.M., a panel, composed of area faith and civic leaders, shared the stage at Westminster with the Rev. Wallis.

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Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminars

Peacemaking Travel Study SeminarsThe Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn firsthand from our partners about efforts for peace, justice and reconciliation in contexts of conflict, injustice and oppression. Participants return from these travel study seminars informed and  transformed by their experiences, ready to share stories and bear witness to all that they have seen and heard.

Travel study seminars are planned in partnership with World Mission staff and mission co-workers and in cooperation with our partner denominations and organizations.

Participants in the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars will be inspired by experiences in cross-cultural and global contexts that are addressing peace and justice issues, equipped to bear witness to all that they have seen and heard and to strengthen their peacemaking witness, and connected to partners engaged directly in peacemaking and justice work.

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Apply to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for 2019

YADsYoung Adult Volunteers The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 20 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.

Applications are open October 1, 2018 for 2019 placements.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at First Presbyterian Church, Maumee, OH, on August 3.

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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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