Presbytery-wide youth event on January 20 will explore Modern Day Mythology

Modern Day MythologyThe Presbyterian Youth Connection Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley will host a special presbytery-wide youth event Sunday, January 20, 6:00-8:00 P.M., at Westminster Presbyterian Church (125 N. Wilkinson Street, Dayton). This event is an evening of food, fun, and conversation for youth in grades 7-12 and their adult leaders

The theme of the event is "Modern Day Mythology" and will be led by the Reverend Cliff Haddox, pastor at Central Presbyterian Church, Dayton.

This two hour event will include a free dinner (Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, salad and a dessert.), great conversation, and closing worship experience.

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Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 16-20

Youth Triennium 2019Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The 2019 event is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. The theme for the 2019 event is “Here’s My Heart”. Watch a promotional video.

The Triennium is for youth completing grades 8-12, who are active members of a PC(USA) local church. The Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation will consist of 20 youth and 4 adult advisors. Participants will be housed in campus dormitories.

The cost is $555.00 per person. Presbytery of the Miami Valley will cover a third of the cost and provide transportation. Sending congregations and participants are each expected to pay $190.00.

How to apply to be a part of Triennium

- Tell your Pastor/Youth Director/Clerk of Session why you would like to attend the Youth Triennium.
- Ask for the church’s spiritual and financial support.
- Ask your Pastor/Youth Director/Clerk of Session to recommend you by clicking HERE.
- Once your church recommendation is received by the registrar, you and/or your parents will receive an
email with a link to more information and lots of forms to be filled out and returned to the registrar.

All recommendations should be received by January 31.

Email the Rev. Nancy Hodgkins, Presbytery Registrar

Consider Electronic Funds Transfer for your church   

EFTPresbytery of the Miami Valley's electronic funds transfer option is a safe, easy, and convenient way for churches to make their regular contributions to presbytery and other denominational bodies, as well as special offerings. Contributions can now be transferred through our secure site from your church checking or savings account to presbytery's account. 

Our free electronic giving program offers convenience for churches in making recurring or one-time donations. Church treasurers or other designated financial officials can also create an online profile to easily save their church's donation information for future use. 

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Around the Presbytery

An Invitation to join the Book Discussion Group

SouthminsterThe Book Discussion Group of Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, invites anyone in our presbytery to participate in monthly discussions of books, both fiction and nonfiction, that focus on social justice issues such as racism, immigration, homelessness, etc.  Members share in leading the discussions. 

The group welcomes different voices, experiences, and ideas to broaden and deepen the understanding of the issues, and looks forward to making new friends from different areas of the presbytery.

Books to be discussed are: In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (Jan.18), Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (Feb. 15), The 57 Bus by Dashika Slater (Mar. 15), and The Street by Ann Petry (Apr. 19). May-December TBD. Each person arranges to borrow or buy their copy of the book.

The group meets the  third Friday of the month from 10:00-11:30 A.M. in the Hospitality Room at Southminster. For more information, directions, and to RSPV, email Pat Elliott or contact the church at 937-433-1810.

Join a church tour of Scotland in 2020

Oxford Presbyterian ChurchOxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, invites you to join them on an eight-day church tour to Scotland in May 2020. Anticipation is building for the “Spirit of Scotland”.  In the experience of church members from Oxford, journeys - particularly sacred journeys - are life-long learning and faith formation experiences. 

Destinations will include Edinburgh, Stirling, the Iona Community, the Highlands, Perth, and St. Andrews. The tour leader is Rev. Lawrence Bartel (Oxford Presbyterian Church) in coordination with Rev. James Wallace (Church of Scotland).

Informational meetings will be held in Oxford for Sunday, January 13 at 11:30 A.M. and Thursday, January 24, at 6:30 P.M., in the Seminary Church building at 104 E. Church St. (corner of Church and Popular) in Oxford.

For more information email Lawrence Bartel or call 315-369-5225.

Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminars

Peacemaking Travel Study SeminarsThe Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn firsthand from our partners about efforts for peace, justice and reconciliation in contexts of conflict, injustice and oppression. Participants return from these travel study seminars informed and  transformed by their experiences, ready to share stories and bear witness to all that they have seen and heard.

Travel study seminars are planned in partnership with World Mission staff and mission co-workers and in cooperation with our partner denominations and organizations.

Participants in the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars will be inspired by experiences in cross-cultural and global contexts that are addressing peace and justice issues, equipped to bear witness to all that they have seen and heard and to strengthen their peacemaking witness, and connected to partners engaged directly in peacemaking and justice work.

Learn more about the Travel Study Seminars for 2018-20>>
Apply to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for 2019

YADsYoung Adult Volunteers The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 20 sites around the world and in the United States.
YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.

Applications are open October 1, 2018 for 2019 placements.

Learn more about the YAV Program and apply>>

Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, OH, on November 2-3.

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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.

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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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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