It’s a beautiful day in the Presbyterian neighborhood

Beautiful Day in The NeighborhoodThe Rev. Dr. Edward McNulty, pastor of Blue Ball Presbyterian Church, Franklin, has reviewed the recently released film,  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, for Presbyterian News Service. The film follows the story of the relationship between famed children's television host and ordained Presbyterian pastor Fred Rogers and the journalist who is to interview him for a magazine article.

"The new film is the story of a relationship and the healing power of friendship, as well as a father-son story," writes McNulty. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers and Matthew Rhys as the journalist.

Ed McNulty is the author of three books published by Westminster John Knox Press (“Praying the Movies,” “Praying the Movies II” and “Faith & Film”). McNulty’s latest book is “Jesus Christ: Movie Star.” He has reviewed more than 2,200 films during his career..

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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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2020 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont Summer CampRegistration 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.

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Christmas Joy Offering promotional resources

Christmas Joy OfferingThe Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The Offering is traditionally received during the Advent Season, this year December 1-22. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor God's gift of Jesus Christ 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 distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. This has been a Presbyterian commitment for nearly 140 years.

There are a number of promotional resources available online that include minutes for mission, curriculum resources, worship resources, bulletin inserts, and a leader's guide.

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The Presbyterian Giving Catalog

The Giving CatalogGrace and Gratitude: As Presbyterians, we are a people rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our gratitude for God's grace that moves us to join in God's mission in the world, with ministries of love and justice, reconciliation and peace. Generous gifts to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog are signs of our gratitude: feeding the hungry, comforting the broken-hearted, and sharing our faith with young and old. By joining our gifts together, however large or small, we expand our witness to God's gracious and abundant work in the world.

Each gift pictured in the Presbyterian Giving Catalog exemplifies the work prayerfully carried out by ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. These ministries work in collaboration with Presbyterians, congregations, mid councils, and church partners. The purchase and distribution of animals, the building of wells to provide life-giving clean water to entire communities, and ministries to youth and young adults are among the many ways your gift is filling a need, making an impact, and providing hope here in the United States and around the globe.

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Congregations can get up to $50k to help their pastors find renewal

Lily Clergy Renewal ProgramCongregations seeking renewal for their pastor are invited to apply for the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to a news release from the program, congregations may apply for grants of up to $50,000 to underwrite a renewal program for their pastor and for the pastor’s family. Up to $15,000 of the funds are available to the congregation to help cover costs for ministerial supply while the pastor is away.

There is no cost for congregations or pastors to apply. The application deadline is April 1, 2020. Congregations will be notified as to whether their proposals are to be funded or not by the end of August 2020. Activities funded by a 2020 grant in the clergy renewal programs may begin anytime in 2021.

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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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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, November 1-2.

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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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