Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat April 17-19

Youth RetreatThe Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat will be held April 17-19 at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. The retreat promises a weekend of fun and friendship around the theme "I See You."

This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Connection Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

The keynote speaker for the weekend is Cliff Haddox, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Dayton. He’s married to Emily Haddox, pastor of Bath Presbyterian Church, Dayton. They have two children, Madeline and Jonah. He taught Christian Education with Emily at Kirkmont PYC camp for the last two years. Cliff will be one of the recreation leaders for the Montreat Youth Conference 2020 weeks 3 and 4.  He is an avid geek of movies, TV, books, and games.

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Like our newly revised Facebook Page

We encourage you to like our newly revised Presbytery of the Miami Valley Facebook Page. We intend to run announcements, events, and other items of interest through 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!

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Dr. Alan Wolfelt will lead two seminars in April focusing on grief

Alan WolfeltDr. Alan Wolfelt, the noted and best-selling author, educator, and renowned grief counselor, will lead two seminars in April focusing on grief. The seminars are being co-sponsored by Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

A Community Seminar with Dr. Wolfelt will be held April 16, 7:00-9:00 P.M. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. Understanding Your Grief: One Day at a Time 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.

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A Professional Seminar with Dr. Wolfelt will be held April 17, 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. (includes a 1 hour break with provided lunch) at  Beavercreek Golf Club, 2800 New Germany Trebein Rd., Beavercreek. When Grief is “Complicated:” A Model to Understand, Identify and Companion Grievers 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.

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Video of Cindy Kohlmann at the February Presbytery Meeting

Cindy KohlmannThe Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Co-Moderator of 223rd General Assembly, was the guest of Presbytery of the Miami Valley February 7-9. She spoke and preached at the February 8 stated meeting of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, and spent additional time in other presbytery activities.

Cindy has served two churches as a solo pastor, first at the Carlisle: New Jersey Church (which was then a congregation in our presbytery but has since departed) and in Clinton, MA.

She has been serving the Presbytery of Northern New England as their Presbyter since 2010, and in 2015, she said goodbye to the church in Clinton and began serving Boston Presbytery.

In addition to serving these two Presbyteries as the Resource Presbyter, Cindy was also elected in June 2018 as Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.and will continue to serve until June 2020, when the 224th General Assembly meets in Baltimore and elects a new moderator or moderators.

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NEXT Church National Gathering March 2-4 in Cincinnati

NEXT Church National GatheringRegistration is open for the NEXT Church National Gathering to be held March 2-4, 2020 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati. This year's theme is "What Do These Stones Mean? Witness, Power, and Hope" and is based on Joshua 4:1-9.

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

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Consider Electronic Funds Transfer for your church in 2020

EFTPresbytery of the Miami Valley's electronic funds transfer option is a safe, easy, and convenient way for churches to make their regular contributions to presbytery and other denominational bodies, as well as special offerings. Contributions can now be transferred through our secure site from your church checking or savings account to presbytery's account.

Our free electronic giving program offers convenience for churches in making recurring or one-time donations. Church treasurers or other designated financial officials can also create an online profile to easily save their church's donation information for future use.

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2020 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont Summer CampRegistration 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.

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Congregations can get up to $50k to help their pastors find renewal

Lily Clergy Renewal ProgramCongregations seeking renewal for their pastor are invited to apply for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to a news release from the program, congregations may apply for grants of up to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastor and for the pastor’s family. Up to $15,000 of the funds are available to the congregation to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away.

There is no cost for congregations or pastors to apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2020. Congregations will be notified as to whether their proposals are to be funded or not by the end of August 2020. Activities funded by a 2020 grant in the clergy renewal programs may begin anytime in 2021.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, November 1-2.

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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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