The Challenge of Charlottesville

All our hearts are heavy, and our minds deeply troubled, after what happened in Charlottesville last weekend. Many voices are now speaking out, including from our denomination’s Office of Public Witness   and from the Presbyterian  Church (U.S.A.)’s national leaders.

Read the statement from the Office of Public Witness.

Read the statement from PC(USA) Leaders.

They remind us that much difficult and soulful work remains to be done to confront and root out racism and to be the loving community that God intends us to be.

Let us keep our presbytery’s churches in prayer as together we seek to be the Body of Christ, in all that we say and do and are, as a faithful witness to this troubled and anxious world.

In peace,

Gidget Collins
Moderator, Presbytery of the Miami Valley

Free website workshop for presbytery churches on September 30

Website Workshop
My church doesn't have a website. How can we get one?

My church has a website. How can we make it better?

These and other questions will be answered during a free website workshop for Presbytery of the Miami Valley churches on Saturday, September 30, 10:00 A.M.-noon, at the Presbytery Office, 1541 South Smithville Rd., Dayton. The workshop is sponsored by the Leadership Council of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Learn about website fundamentals, including getting a domain name, developing an effective church website, acquiring the site, and website management.

Learn about making your site responsive to desktop/laptop computers, cell phones, and tablets.

Learn about design criteria that will make your site attractive, easy to use, and grab your visitors' attention.

Learn about the various options for creating your church's website, from low-cost Do-It-Yourself to professionally designed sites.

Learn about website hosting options and their costs.

Finally, once your church's site is up and running, how will it be managed and by whom? Various options will be discussed.

The workshop will be led by Robert Carlson, who is currently a Ruling Elder, Treasurer, and Webmaster for Memorial United Presbyterian Church in Xenia.  He is a retired Air Force officer who has worked for various companies in the development and installation of information technology systems. He completely retired in 2001 at which time he and his wife joined the PC(USA) Adult Missions’ volunteer program.  He spent seven years developing software application for various Presbyterian colleges and agencies.  In 2009, Robert joined the Dayton SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteer program to provide free consulting services to start-up businesses on implementing  software and internet  applications.
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Click here to register by email for the workshop.

Be sure to include the name of your church and the names of those who will be attending.
If you or others need child care, please let us know by September 15.
Registration deadline is September 15.

Presbytery of the Miami Valley welcomes the Rev. Dr. Nancy R. Birdsong

Nancy BirdsongThe Rev. Dr.  Nancy R. Birdsong will begin her ministry at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, on October 1, following a vote by the congregation on July 16 to extend a call to become the church's new Pastor/Head of Staff.

Nancy grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and has been a part of the Presbyterian Church since she was baptized as an infant. Her childhood included spending part of every summer at a Presbyterian camp, where she particularly enjoyed the mudslides, whitewater canoeing and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

At the University of Virginia, she was in the pre-med program while majoring in English and minoring in psychology. Her first stirrings about the possibility of ministry came when she was working at the UVA Hospital emergency room and realized that she was the primary person whom the staff sought out to offer comfort to people who were frightened, in pain or grieving. While her sense of empathy and compassion had always been strong, she began to think that perhaps God wanted her to use these gifts in ministry. After beginning the in-sequence Masters/D.Min. program at Union Presbyterian Seminary with some major doubts about having what it takes to be a pastor, her year as an intern reaffirmed her feeling that the Spirit of God was calling her into parish ministry.

After seminary, Nancy served as an Associate Pastor in Indiana and in Pennsylvania and then at The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY, where, among other things, she led the youth programs, mission trips and the area community lunch program.

Nancy is currently serving as the Pastor/Head of Staff at The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook, NJ, where she has helped the congregation to heal from a previous difficult situation while moving forward in a positive direction. She is passionate about mission and has led congregations and communities in numerous new mission endeavors—locally, nationally and globally.

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FEBRUARY 2-12, 2018
An opportunity to see God at work in Cuba

Cuba Team 2017The Outreach Foundation will provide an opportunity to see God at work through the church in Cuba February 2-12, 2018, when it sponsors a trip to connect with fellow Christians of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba. Participants will be learning from church leaders and exploring partnership possibilities with congregations of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. They can absorb the history and culture that shape the ministry context for our partners to the south and discern how changes in relations between our nations will affect them.

The Outreach Foundation, which sponsors this trip, is a Presbyterian organization which reaches across all the Presbyterian family of churches to help establish partnerships with Christians and churches throughout the world, particularly in areas where it is difficult and perhaps even dangerous to be a Christian because of economic and/or political challenges they must face. 

The Rev. Rob Fulton (H.R.), former pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine, will be a part of the trip and invites people from the Presbytery of the Miami Valley to join him. For questions, email Rob Fulton or call him at or  937-441-3997. 

More information about the Cuba trip & application>>
Local National Response Team member is available to speak at PMV churches

Sally DyerSally Dyer, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, has been part of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) since 2011. She is willing to visit churches in our presbytery to speak about PDA and what it does, as well as to share information about disaster preparation for churches. For more information, email Sally Dyer or call her at 937-623-7953.

PDA is made up of 102 clergy and lay members representing 34 states and Puerto Rico. 

National Response Team members commit to one month of service annually. In 2016, national volunteers spent approximately 2,377 days in 62 presbyteries in response to church damage, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, storms, human caused disasters and in the refugee ministry.

Apply for Synod Grants and Scholarships

College StudentsScholarships for Racial Ethnic College Students: For college, university and seminary students who are minority persons, members of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant, and in good academic standing. Scholarships are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Apply by September 1.

New Covenant Grants: One-time grants in amounts up to $10,000 are available to congregations, institutions and organizations within the bounds of the synod that have formal established ties to the synod. Projects must fit within the three mission priorities of the synod: Church Transformation and Development, Multicultural and Justice Ministries, Ministries in Higher Education. Apply by October 1.

Program Grants for Racial Ethnic Congregations: For racial ethnic and multicultural Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant. Grants are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Ordinarily, grants do not exceed $3000. Apply by October 1.

Peacemaking Scholarships: Available to assist those attending specific peacemaking events or trainings that would help further the cause of peacemaking or justice within the Synod of the Covenant. The scholarship is for up to $500. Apply no more than 60 days before the event

Learn more about the grants/scholarships and apply>>

POAMN Regional Conference October 19

The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) will hold its regional conference Thursday, October 19, in Winston-Salem, NC.  This year's regional conference theme is Celebrating God’s Gift of Aging and will feature keynote speaker  the Rev. Dr. Jill Crainshaw, Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC. Registration will open on August 1.

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Motor City Mission Corps offers year-long apprenticeships to young adults

Motor City Mission CorpsThe Motor City Mission Corps is a ministry initiative of the Presbytery of Detroit which invites young adults to live in Detroit and serve a year-long nonprofit apprenticeship with a focus on breaking down racism and building equitable community.

 Participants live in community, serve in organizations with a reputation for making change in the city of Detroit, and explore how they might be called to join God’s work in the world. Housing and a small stipend are provided.

Placements are diverse and include: Cass Community Social Services, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, and Westminster Church of Detroit.

Learn more and apply>>

New Resource: 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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New 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.

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