Catch the Building Spirit completes 28th Habitat House

Habitat House 2020Catch the Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 28th 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 our presbytery: Bath, Corinth, Fairborn: First, Southminister, Sugarcreek, and Westminster: Dayton

It was a difficult year, and even with a late start we did complete another house.  On December 11, 2020, the “Catch the Building Spirit” coalition dedicated a new Habitat home (pictured at left) at 6718 Sandy Drive in Trotwood for Christal Works and her family of three children. Christal Works has been in the Dayton Habitat program since 2015.  She completed all the required education courses and completed the required volunteer hours by working at the Restore and at a number of house builds.  The family was elated to get their new home just before Christmas! 

For information about the 2021 build and how you can get involved, email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360.


Interactive Stations of the Cross at Southminster

Stations of the CrossSouthminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, will be hosting an interactive Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. The liturgy of the ten stations has been adapted from A Sanctified Art and Rev. T. Denise Anderson, former moderator of the PC(USA).

The stations take approximately 20-30 minutes to go through and everything is indoors and handicapped accessible. The stations are spread out for social distancing and masks will be required for all participants.

The Stations of the Cross begins at the sanctuary entrance of Southminster and will be open to everyone March 29-April 2 from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and 5:00-8:00 P.M.

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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!

Racial Justice Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley

Racial Justice"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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Ukirk Cincinnati: A student ministry of the Presbytery of Cincinnati

UkirkUkirk Cincinnati, a ministry of the Presbytery of Cincinnati for students at the University of Cincinnati, is up and running. Students are meeting weekly for food, fellowship, conversation, service, and fun!

The mission of Ukirk is to foster a diverse and inclusive community where students can explore their faith through honest conversation, experience it through spiritual disciplines, and live it through radical service.

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NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering March 5-7

A FREE Live-Streamed Gathering for all Church Leaders

NEXT ChurchRegistration is now open for the NEXT Church 2021 National Gathering to be held March 5-7. This is a FREE Live-Streamed Gathering for all Church Leaders. This year’s theme is “Breaking, Blessing, Building: A Call for The Common Good.”

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, supports strong, faithful leadership in a time of adaptive change, and encourages collaboration and creativity across congregations and geographies.

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Thanks for liking our newly revised Facebook Page!

PMV on FacebookThe number of likes is growing!

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

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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