An Active Workshop for Congregations on May 6 in Troy

• What is Leadership?
• What is the Purpose of Change?
• How are change and loss connected as issues leaders must address?
• What is vision? What is it for? How is vision cultivated?

Ken McFaydenChange is constant and unrelenting, and often seems to cause institutional paralysis, especially in the church. Too often, congregations find themselves drifting aimlessly through changing culture and society and ultimately longing for the “good ol’ days” of the past.

A one-day active workshop, Saturday, May 6, 8:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M., at First Presbyterian Church, Troy,  will explore an alternative to this aimless drifting, looking at ways of understanding ways of intentionally moving and working through change. The workshop is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Troy, and the presbytery’s Committee on Ministry.

The leader will be the Rev. Dr. Ken McFayden (left), Academic Dean, Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the author of Strategic Leadership for a Change. (While reading this book is not essential for participation, it can prove helpful. There will be a limited number of copies of the book available the day of the event.)

Participation in this workshop is limited only to Congregational Teams consisting of two or three members and the pastor. The only cost will be lunch (which will be around $7.00 per person).

Space is limited to around 15 to 18 congregations.

Reservations are required. Deadline for Reservations is May 1, 2017

Please email your reservations to Tom Oxley, including all the names of Team Members

Questions about this event? Email Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Troy.

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Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 27

Habitat House 2017Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, now in its 25th year, will begin construction on this year's house at 6725 Little Richmond Road, Trotwood. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built; walls, siding, roof, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 27, and will run through June 2. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.

If your church is interested in participating with labor, hospitality, or financing, please 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. 

Help Build Wall Panels on Saturday, May 13

This year only, as a special celebration of its 25th year of building, Catch the Building Spirit invites everyone, young and old, youth groups, families, etc. to come nail together wall panels on May 13 to be used in the Habitat house build this year.  The lumber will be on site and all you have to do is show up at the appointed time.  You can bring your own hammer, tape measure and pencil, or tools will be provided for you.

The wall build will take place at two sites on Saturday, May 13:

10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton
12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. at St. Charles / Alter High School, 4500 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering, OH.

Sponsor a Wall Panel

As part of its 25th Anniversary Year, Catch the Building Spirit will provide this one-time extra funding to allow it to finance the entire house: 

Buy a large wall panel for $250, a medium wall panel for $200, a small wall panel for $150, or make any donation. Your name or the group name can be written on the wall panel and your name posted on Catch the Building Spirit's “Wall of Fame”.

Learn more about Catch the Building Spirit & donate>> 


Cinco de Mayo fundraiser on May 5 in Dayton

A Cinco de Mayo event, sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will benefit Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit. This presbytery network brings Presbyterian and Catholic churches together each year to construct a Habitat for Humanity house in the Dayton area. The fundraising event will be held May 5, 6:15 P.M., at Moraine Country Club, 4075 Southern Blvd., Dayton, and will feature a Mexican themed buffet, silent auction, and improv comedy by the Rev. Dwight McCormick. Valet parking will be available. Cost is $35.00 per person. Everyone is welcome.

More info and reservations>>

Around the Presbytery

Film as Visual Parables with Ed McNulty on May 3

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will present Film as Visual Parables: Letting Films Do More Than Entertain Us, Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 P.M. The program will be led by Dr. Edward McNulty, nationally known faith and film writer and retired Presbyterian minister. This program, which is part of the church's "Arts on Purpose" series, is free and open to the everyone, and includes free parking and popcorn.

The Learning Resource Center: Free resources for all churches in our presbytery

LRCSThe Learning Resource Center (LRCS) at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, is open to all members or staff of the churches in the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. There are no fees required to use the materials .

Some of the resources are designed to help teach a class while some will be especially for individuals to use for study, devotions, or to read for enjoyment. There are many videos/DVD's, some with study guides for teaching and others for personal use. The collection has an extensive fiction and children's collection.

The LRCS is open for self-serve anytime the church is open, 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday. For assistance, email Gay Amos anytime or call 937-433-1810 on Mondays.

Annual meeting expands team's knowledge of disaster ministries and response

PDAThe annual meeting of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) was recently held in Atlanta, GA.  Members of the volunteer National Response Team (NRT) and National Volunteer Team gathered to expand the team's knowledge of disaster ministries and response.

PDA members receive training throughout the year in areas such as natural and human-caused disasters, emotional and spiritual care, church damage, post-disaster volunteer work force housing, long-term community rebuilding, and refugee and immigration in disaster response.

PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. The organization gratefully receives support through your One Great Hour of Sharing donations.

PDA is made up of 102 clergy and lay members representing 34 states and Puerto Rico.  NRT members commit to one month of service annually. In 2016, national volunteers spent approximately 2,377 days in 62 presbyteries in response to church damage, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, storms, human caused disasters and in the refugee ministry.

Local NRT member is available to speak at PMV churches

Sally Dyer, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, has been part of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance since 2011. She is willing to visit churches in our presbytery to speak about PDA and what it does, as well as to share information about disaster preparation for churches. For more information, email Sally Dyer or call her at 937-623-7953.

Pentecost Offering helps young people

Pentecost OfferingThe Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost, this year on June 4. It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40% of the Offering to support ministries benefiting these age groups in their communities.

The General Assembly's portion (60%) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $11 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

Learn more & get promotional resources>>
Host a mission partner from Indonesia in the fall

MUSA Partners
2016 MUSA Partners

The Mission to the U.S.A. program links churches in the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio) with international church leaders, both clergy and lay leaders. Each Mission Partner is hosted by a congregation in the synod, joining in the life of church. As the Mission Partners and the congregations spend three weeks together, they share worship, Bible Study, pastoral care, many meals, and much more, they break down cultural barriers and truly become brothers and sisters in Christ.

The synod is beginning a new focus for the next three years (2017 to 2019). The theme is Muslim/Christian relationships in countries where the population has a Muslim majority. Mission Partners will be coming from Indonesia this year. Hosting dates for congregations are October 13 to November 3.

Applications for a congregation to host a mission partner in the fall are due by May 1.

Learn more about hosting a mission partner and apply>>

Big Tent July 6-8 in St. Louis

Big TentPresbyterians from around the country will join together at Big Tent 2017, held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6-8. The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace.

Learn more and register>>

Covenant Gathering July 16-21

Covenant GatheringThe annual Covenant Gathering will be held July 16-21 at its new location, the Geneva Retreat and Conference Center, Rochester, Indiana. Join Christian friends from Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails and beyond.

"Discover and explore how we are blessed by God and how to share that blessing within your families, your churches, and the world. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference, a little bit vacation, with facilities for all abilities!!!

"Come learn, worship, relax, and refresh. Adult classes include options: Being Mortal; Big Bang Theory; Do Not Be Afraid! Bible study; Presenting God's Word in Speech, Drama and Song; Waking Up White; Social Media 101 for Churches.

"Children and Youth have age-appropriate educational and fun activities taught by experienced teachers and leader."

Learn more and register>>
7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality

Ageing & Spirituality ConferenceThe 7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality will be held June 4-7 at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL. This year's conference theme is "Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Ageing Through Spirituality." The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) is sponsoring the Congregational Track at this year’s conference and two of the keynote speakers are well respected Presbyterian pastors, authors, speakers, and visionary leaders – the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner and the Rev. Dr. John Buchanan.

Past International Conferences have attracted both those with academic interests and expertise in this discipline, as well as those with more practical experience through involvement in the aging service industry, in congregations, or as informal care partners. The Conferences include a mixture of keynote speakers, workshops and papers of interest to those coming from a faith-based approach and to those approaching spirituality from a secular viewpoint. The conference will address issues of how aging presents us with opportunities to navigate transitions over the life course. Additionally, it will explore how we transcend the mundane and connect with something greater than ourselves while being transformed in the process.

Chris Pomfret, POAMN Vice President and one of the founders of Presbytery of the Miami Valley's Third Thirty Network, encourages people from our presbytery to attend: "It is a wonderful opportunity for the presbyteries and congregations in the Great Lakes Region to participate. This conference will go back overseas next year (where it originated) and may not return for many years, so we are especially pleased to be partnered with them this year."

Learn more and register>>

Synod Assembly Highlights

The  Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held March 16-18 at the Weber Center in Adrian, MI.

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New Resource:
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.

Download On Calling An Educator>>

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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New 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.

Learn more & get involved>>

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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