Looking for a Local Mission Project?
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is excited to partner with Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) in rehabilitating the home at 4658 Marlin Rd in Trotwood as part of the Tornado Survivors PATHWAY to Homeownership Program.
The home will be called “The Fearn House” in memory of First Presbyterian Church, Middletown, member and Ruling Elder, Fearn Gerber, who wanted part of her estate gift to be used for affordable housing. Fearn was the first woman to be the moderator of Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Additional funds for this project are coming from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the PMV Tornado fund, and gifts from individuals and congregations.
Volunteers will sign up with BDM and work under the guidance of trained BDM team leaders, who will be able to provide training as well as any tools or materials needed. The first volunteer week is in May, with more opportunities throughout the summer.
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Our presbytery offices are closed, but we're here to serve
The presbytery office is located in Montgomery County, which is a red county, level 4, for Covid-19 cases. That means the presbytery offices are closed and open to staff only for essential business. Staff are working in a hybrid fashion- from the office when being in the office is necessary and from home for all other work.
All staff members are available to assist you via email, phone at 937-258-8118, or Zoom conference call:
We are grateful to be partners in ministry with all of you!
Presbytery of the Miami Valley
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is seeking a part-time Office Manager to work collaboratively with all staff and leaders of the presbytery, supporting the presbytery and its churches, as the presbytery seeks to live out its mission:
“The presbytery prepares, equips, nurtures, and connects congregations in their ministries for God’s mission.”
The position requires strong general administrative, bookkeeping, and communications skills.
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Racial Justice Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
"Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against, and work against racism." -Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is assembling a list of resources to help equip churches to work against racism and seek racial justice.
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Catch the Building Spirit’s 2021 House Build
PRESBYTERIAN/CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP NOW IN ITS 29TH YEAR
Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will construct this year's house at 233 West Pease Avenue, West Carrollton. It will begin with Blitz Week May 24 through June 4 (when the main structure of the house is built: framing, siding, roofing, etc.).
Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house: June to September, Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.; Thursdays, 4:00 P.M. to dark; Saturdays, 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
The house is being built for the Koko family, who first moved to the United States from Sudan in 2006. After struggling for many years, they wanted a home of their own. Through many years of hard work, not only did all three become citizens, but they also qualified for a Habitat House. The house is two stories, three bedrooms, two baths.
For more information, visit Catch the Building Spirit or email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit, at email@example.com or call 937-429-0360.
Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY
Online Workshop: The Basics of Digital Church Communication
Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, is offering a four-part online workshop designed for church leaders - from pastors to communications managers - to learn to navigate the complexities of digital church communication more easily and effectively. The workshops begin Tuesday, May 11, and continue weekly through June 1.
Touching on a range of important and practical topics, this course includes the four live lessons (along with their recordings), a take-home communications roadmap, and scheduled office hours to address specific questions and concerns.
Topics include: How to Be a Hybrid Church, Social Marketing or Social Ministry?, How to Increase Online Giving, and Virtual Curb Appeal.
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Engaging Matthew 25 Through Film: Dismantling Structural Racism
The Presbyterian Mission Agency has just posted the free booklet written by the Rev. Dr. Edward McNulty, titled "ENGAGING MATTHEW 25 THROUGH FILM: Dismantling Structural Racism." The booklet is is designed for church members to explore structural racism through five engaging films: 12 Years a Slave; If Beale Street Could Talk; Selma; Do the Right Thing; and The Hate U Give.
Ed McNulty is a Presbyterian pastor, the author of three film books published by Westminster John Knox Press, and editor/reviewer of Visual Parables.
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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.