Presbyterians respond to the aftermath of Dayton area tornadoes

Loading clean-up bucketsPresbytery of the Miami Valley and its churches have responded with assistance to those affected by a series of tornadoes that struck Dayton and the Miami Valley the night of May 27-28.

Through the generosity of PMV congregations and individuals and a grant from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), our presbytery has helped to meet emergency needs and to provide meals for tornado victims. PMV has also been involved in the distribution of 180 clean-up buckets from Church World Service, as well as blankets and hygiene kits. Pictured at left are clean-up buckets being loaded onto the Trinity Presbyterian Church (Dayton) bus for distribution to those in need.

In addition, there have been many examples of Presbyterian churches in the Miami Valley responding with donations of money, supplies, clothing, clean-up labor, meals, and other assistance.

Recovery efforts are ongoing, and Presbytery of the Miami Valley is continuing to meet with representatives of PDA and other partner organizations to determine the best ways to be of assistance in the weeks and months ahead.

Third Thirty workshop on August 10 in Dayton to focus on aging

Older adultsThe Third Thirty Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley will present a free half-day workshop on August 10, 8:30 A.M.-noon at the presbytery office at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dayton. The workshop will introduce a myriad of potential topics to help attendees grasp the depth and breadth of Third Thirty areas. The Third Thirty Network has the goal of educating, inspiring, and empowering your congregants for the wonderful opportunities and inevitable challenges that come with maturing into the twilight years.

Suggested attendees include Pastors, Directors of Congregational Care, Directors of Christian Education, and members of Session.  Coffee and snacks will be provided starting at 8:00 A.M., and a light lunch will be provided at noon, all at no charge.

For more information, email Janet E. Miller, Third Thirty Network Lead, or call her at 937-219-7314.

Big Tent in Baltimore August 1-3

Big Tent 2019Join the movement of Presbyterians in Baltimore August 1-3 for a Big Tent like no other.

Through worship, Bible study, learning opportunities, and active engagement with one another and the community, attendees will encounter the Church participating in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity.

This year's theme, Called to a Movement Beyond Institution, will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. The goal is to come together and live in this moment, immersed in our current cultural context of racial division, gender inequality, and economic disparity to be renewed, refreshed and reformed, so that we may be sent out to affect change in our own communities. Big Tent will provide a place where our Presbyterian polity and identity is the foothold by which we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action and answer the call to discern the will of God together.

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Presbyterian History

Include some Presbyterian history in your summer travel

PHS sites mapThe American Presbyterian and Reformed Historic Sites Registry honors places of special significance to the Reformed tradition in the U.S.A. The Presbyterian Historical Society has created an interactive map of more than 400 sites nationwide.

The Registry was established by the Presbyterian Historical Society in 1973. To be listed in the registry, congregations submitted formal applications, which were first approved by the presbytery or classis within whose bounds the site lay, and then approved by the Society’s Historical Sites Committee. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number.

Although the registry is now closed, the Presbyterian Historical Society continues to collect and share records of Presbyterian congregations from across the United States. Churches and other sites of historic significance may still be added to the map.

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Preserve your church records at the Presbyterian Historical Society

Church recordsAs the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) collects records of historic value from congregations, mid councils, national agencies, individuals, and families. PHS supports the record-keeping activities of all entities of the Church.

For congregations, PHS carries out that mission by digitizing records; storing records of permanent value; and providing advice on records retention, storage, and preservation.

PHS can digitize original records and microfilm for PC(USA) congregations at a subsidized rate.

It also holds original records of permanent value on deposit in an environmentally controlled archival storage area with specialized fire detection and security systems. Congregations can deposit records at no charge. Congregations retain ownership of the records and may request their return at any time with written authorization from the clerk of session.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at the Weber Conference Center, Adrian, MI, March 21-23.

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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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