Coronavirus Updates and Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
The spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 is affecting nearly all parts of the world. As your presbytery and its congregations in the Miami Valley are responding to this pandemic, we are collecting helpful updates and resources to aid in the response.
We pray for an end to this pandemic and the suffering and loss of life caused by it.
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An Important Update from our Synod of the Covenant
The General Assembly's Administrative Commission for the Synod of the Covenant (the "AC") has recently released two important documents that provide an update on the situation at the Synod. The documents describe the current and projected status of the Synod's activities as the Administrative Commission has assumed operational control by taking "original jurisdiction" of the Synod.
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Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat is canceled
The Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat which was to have been held in April at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley is looking forward to next year's retreat, April 9-11, 2021.
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!
During the coronavirus pandemic, we will also be giving important updates using this platform.
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Dr. Alan Wolfelt will lead two seminars in July focusing on grief
Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the noted and best-selling author, educator, and renowned grief counselor, will lead two seminars July 27-28 focusing on grief. The seminars are being co-sponsored by Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is a rescheduling of the original events, which were to be held in April.
A Community Seminar with Dr. Wolfelt, Understanding Your Grief: One Day at a Tim, 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.
A Professional Seminar with Dr. Wolfelt, When Grief is “Complicated:” A Model to Understand, Identify and Companion Griever, 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.
More information will be forthcoming about the locations and times of the workshops.
Catch the Building Spirit’s 28th Habitat House Build begins May 23
Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will begin construction on this year's house at 26718 Sandy Drive, Trotwood. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built: framing, siding, roofing, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 23, and will run through May 29. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.
The house, which is being built for Ira and Terese Compton and their three children, is three bedrooms and one bath.
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.
Build Wall Panels for this Year’s Habitat House on May 9
You and your church are invited to join in building the walls that will be used in this year’s habitat house build, Saturday, May 9, 8:00 A.M.-2:30 P.M., at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville.
Everyone is invited, young and old, youth groups, families, etc. to come nail together wall panels to be used in Catch the Building Spirit’s Habitat house build this year. It is not necessary to work the entire shift to participate.
Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.
One Great Hour of Sharing promotional resources for churches
A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. OGHS benefits Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Presbyterian Self-Development of Peoples.
Most congregations receive OGHS on Easter Sunday (this year on April 12), Passion/Palm Sunday, or both, while many receive it throughout Lent.
OGHS has prepared free online resources for churches, which include a leader's guide, worship resources, bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, education curriculum for children, multimedia, and webinars.
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2020 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center
Registration 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.
Update: Kirkmont Center Summer Camp status
Kirkmont Center is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kirkmont Center has provided the following information about summer camp opportunities, which are to begin in June:
What about summer camp? We do not want campers to miss a camp because they did not register in time. We do not know that we will be able to offer camp. Please register now at kirkmontcenter.org and show your support through a deposit. Many people have asked whether or not to pay the full amount. That is up to each family and their ability to pay. Our refund policy is designed to give families peace of mind. We are planning for the best summer ever. All of us will need summer camp when this is over . . . plan on attending Family Camp.
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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
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 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
The 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.