Presbytery-wide youth event on January 20 will explore Modern Day Mythology

Modern Day MythologyThe Presbyterian Youth Connection Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley will host a special presbytery-wide youth event Sunday, January 20, 6:00-8:00 P.M., at Westminster Presbyterian Church (125 N. Wilkinson Street, Dayton). This event is an evening of food, fun, and conversation for youth in grades 7-12 and their adult leaders

The theme of the event is "Modern Day Mythology" and will be led by the Reverend Cliff Haddox, pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, Dayton.

This two hour event will include a free dinner (Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, salad and a dessert.), great conversation, and closing worship experience.

Learn more and RSVP>>

Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 16-20

Youth Triennium 2019Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart”. Watch a promotional video.

The Triennium is for youth completing grades 8-12, who are active members of a local church. The Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation will consist of 20 youth and 4 adult advisors. Participants will be housed in campus dormitories.

The cost is $555.00 per person. Presbytery of the Miami Valley will cover a third of the cost and provide transportation. Sending congregations and participants are each expected to pay $190.00.

How to apply to be a part of Triennium

- Tell your Pastor/Youth Director/Clerk of Session why you would like to attend the Youth Triennium.
- Ask for the church’s spiritual and financial support.
- Ask your Pastor/Youth Director/Clerk of Session to recommend you by clicking HERE.
- Once your church recommendation is received by the registrar, you and/or your parents will receive an
email with a link to more information and lots of forms to be filled out and returned to the registrar.

All recommendations should be received by January 31.

Email the Rev. Nancy Hodgkins, Presbytery Registrar

Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth June 16-30

Lux InstituteFunded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, this two-week summer experience is for high school youth interested in hunger and poverty issues in the context of theological study. It is designed to provide participants with opportunities to engage pertinent topics in theological inquiry, learn new modes of worship and spiritual practice, participate in service, experience interfaith activities, and explore their vocation.

The 2019 Lux Institute will be held June 16-30, 2019  at PC(USA)-related Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, on the theme A Place at the Table: Thinking Theologically about Hunger and Poverty. The Lux Institute is free, with all expenses paid, except travel to Monmouth.

The application deadline for students is January 1, 2019

Learn more about the Lux Institute and apply>>
Christmas Joy Offering Resources

Christmas Joy OfferingEach year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

The offering benefits the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, Schools and Colleges Equipping Communities of Color, and Leadership Development for Leaders of Color.

The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season.

Resources are available that include worship resources, hymns, video, posters, bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, and more.

Learn more and get promotional resources>>
Around the Presbytery

Longest Night Service on December 21

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. 

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Springboro, invites anyone in our presbytery to attend its "Longest Night Service", Friday, December 21, 6:00 P.M.

"Come out, and join with us," says Covenant pastor Sarah Sparks-Franklin, "in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle  - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome."  


Ohio Historical Marker recognizes 200 years

Slifers Presbyterian Church, Farmersville, recently learned that its application for an Ohio Historical Marker has been approved. The marker, which should arrive in the Spring of 2019, is in recognition of the church's 200th anniversary, which will be celebrated in September.

The Church Has Left the Building

On a recent Sunday morning members of Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, left the building to do works of service that will have a positive effect on people who are in need.

“Instead of having a worship service, our service was our worship,” Pastor Nancy Birdsong said. “We spent the day worshipping God by fanning out around the community to do works of service. One project is a global outreach called Little Dresses for Africa.”

Read a Dayton Daily News article>>


Rise Against Hunger packs 15,120 meals

"The Rise Against Hunger event that Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, hosted on October 21 was amazing. 15,120 meals consisting of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and vitamins were packed for hungry children and families. Over a hundred volunteers from various churches in Oxford, the interfaith community, Miami University community, West Chester, First Presbyterian Church from Eaton, and Reily Presbyterian Church were there," said Ruling Elder Danny Cross.

"It was wonderful to see so many volunteers from all over come together and work together for the good of people in need. The Miami University Office of Community Engagement sponsored a meal and discussion about local food insecurity after cleanup for Rise Against Hunger. The Presbyterian Church, St Mary’s Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hillel the Jewish Center, and others attended and discussed ways we can address the structural causes of food insecurity in Oxford."  

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.

Watch videos of these events>>

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.

Learn more about the Travel Study Seminars for 2018-20>>
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.

Learn more about the YAV Program and apply>>

Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, OH, on November 2-3.

Read Synod Assembly highlights>>

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.

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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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.

Learn more>>



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