Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 26

Habitat House 2018Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, now in its 26th year, will begin construction on this year's house on Shull Road, Huber Heights. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built: framing, siding, roofing, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 26, and will run through June 1. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.
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.

Help Build Wall Panels on Saturday, April 28

Habitat Wall BuildEveryone 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. The lumber will be on site and all you have to do is show up at the appointed time. You can bring your own hammer, tape measure and pencil, or tools will be provided for you.

The wall build will take place Saturday, April 28, 8:00 A.M.-2:30 P.M., at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. Construction will take place in the parking lot behind the church.

You can sign up by email or sign up online for the panel build.

The Pentecost Offering helps young people

Pentecost OfferingThe Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost, this year on May 20. It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults.

Congregations are encouraged to keep 40% of the offering to support ministries benefiting these age groups in their communities.

The General Assembly's portion (60%) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $14 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

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Peace Literacy-Dayton Film Forum on April 26

Peace Literacy-Dayton Film ForumThe Peace Literacy-Dayton Film Forum, a local collaborative project between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will host two special screenings of award-winning filmmaker David Barnhart’s short film, Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, to address the critical issue of gun violence.

The screenings of this compelling film, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, April 26, 4:30 P.M. and 6:15 P.M. at the Dayton Metro Library (Downtown), 215 E 3rd St., Theater off Third.

Trigger, selected for the Martin Luther King Jr. D.R.E.A.M Film Series, frames gun violence as a “disaster” and “public health” issue. It examines how one shooting impacts individuals, families and communities and gives voice to the questions and insights that arise. Audience members will be invited to share in a brief panel discussion and community dialogue exploring the question, "What can we do to prevent gun violence?”

Spring Day of Renewal at Kirkmont Center on April 25

Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, will host a Day of Renewal, Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Melissa Tidwell, a writer and pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Xenia, whose topic will be "Spiritual Survival Skills." Amanda Ark, a former Kirkmont Center camper, summer staffer, and naturalist, will also share her experience teaching at the Jochiwon Girls Middle School in South Korea.

The cost is $20 and includes a fresh, locally sourced lunch.

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POAMN Annual Conference, June 5-8

POAMNThe Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) will hold its Annual Conference June 5-8 at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, Zephyr Cove, Nevada. This year's theme is Savoring The Journey,  “So that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. ” (Acts 3:20a)

Keynoters include Dr. John Holton, Director of the Center for Gerontology and a visiting associate professor of Gerontology at Concordia University, Chicago, and the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Greenslit, a retired Navy chaplain and retired Director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel.

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Flyaway Books offers inclusive and imaginative books for children

Flyaway BooksPresbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) recently announced the launch of Flyaway Books, a new children’s book imprint dedicated to creating titles to inspire the next generation to fly. The new imprint will offer books that carry themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion and care for our world. Many of the books will help children understand today’s most pressing social issues and the titles will be intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters.

The first two books to carry the new Flyaway Books logo will be released May 2018. They will be Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts by Ian De Haes and The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Several children’s books recently released under PPC’s acclaimed Westminster John Knox Press imprint will join the program.

Future authors for Flyaway Books include children’s book legend Katherine Paterson, bestselling children’s book authors Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Kathy Bostrom, renowned preacher and author Barbara Brown Taylor, noted New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, the African Methodist Episcopal Church pastor and activist Michael Waters, and author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki.

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Presbyterian Women's Churchwide Gathering August 2-5 in Louisville

PW GatheringThe Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Gathering, to be held August 2–5 in Louisville, KY, will mark the 30th anniversary of Presbyterian Women.

"Arise, shine, your light has come!" (based on Isaiah 60:1) is the theme for the Gathering. Held every three years, PW’s Churchwide Gathering is an event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Participants enjoy workshops, tours, forums, resource gathering (and shopping!), plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, worship and more.

PW’s triennial Business Meeting will take place just before the Churchwide Gathering (August 1–2), where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases for the next triennium are decided.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly and Commissioner Retreat was held at the Weber Center, Adrian, MI, on March 15-17.

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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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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.

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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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