"How to Offer Emotional & Spiritual Care Following a Disaster
" on November 13

Dayton StrongPresbytery of the Miami Valley will sponsor How to Offer Emotional & Spiritual Care Following a Disaster, a workshop to strengthen skills for offering hope to those surviving community-wide disasters.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 9:00 A.M. -  3:00 P.M. at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave.,  Kettering. Welcoming and networking will begin at 8:30 A.M. The free workshop includes lunch.  (Indicate your food preferences upon registration.)

Who should attend this workshop?

Pastors, disaster responders, social workers, chaplains, elders, deacons, case managers, teachers, medical professionals…in short anyone helping survivors of the tornadoes and the tragic shooting of the summer of 2019.

In this workshop participants will be able to:

1.  examine what makes emotional and spiritual care (ESC) particularly challenging in community-wide disasters, particularly complex disaster scenarios such as Dayton, 

2. become familiar with some common best practices in community-wide disaster spiritual and emotional care, and

3. work with peers in the community to assess and plan for particular next-step practice needs for ESC in the Dayton community.

For more information email John Pyron or email Sally Dyer.

Register online by November 8>>

Catch the Building Spirit completes 27th Habitat House

Habitat House 2019Catch the Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 27th house build together this summer. Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable home for a low-income family in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

 A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from the Presbytery: Bath, Central, College Hill Community, Corinth, Fairborn First, Faith, Dayton Memorial, Southminister, Sugarcreek, and Dayton Westminster. The churches provided meals, many hours of volunteer labor, and over $12,000 in funding.

On September 21, 2019, the Catch the Building Spirit coalition dedicated a new Habitat home at 203 W. Pease Avenue in West Carrollton for the Reynolds-Evans Family and their four children.  The family has been living in a two-bedroom apartment. After meeting all the requirements and putting in many extra hours of sweat equity, the family was elated to get their new home. Their handicapped daughter now has lots of room to roll around in.

For information about the 2020 build and how you can get involved, email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360.

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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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Mental Health First Aid Training: Children/Youth Edition

Mental Health First AidSt. John's United Church of Christ, 201 West Market Street, Germantown, will host Mental Health First Aid Training: Children/Youth Edition on Saturday, November 9, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. It will be led by Montgomery County Human Services personnel.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Training is limited to 30 participants. A $10 registration fee, due the day of training, covers food and materials.

For questions contact the Rev. Laureen Roe, Pastor, St. John's UCC-Germantown at 937-855-2050 or Marilyn Miller, Director , Love Is A Hug Preschool/Childcare at 937-855-2150.



Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, OH on August 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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