A message from Executive Presbyter Terry Kukuk

Dayton StrongFollowing the mass shooting in Dayton on August 4, I requested a Human Caused Disaster Response Team through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). That request was granted. A two-person team comprised of the Rev. Katherine "Cully" Culpepper and the Rev. Ed Spence were with us August 11-14.

Read an article about PDA's work in Dayton>>

Human Caused Disaster Response Teams provide a ministry of companionship and presence throughout the various phases of a human-caused disaster from impact to recovery. The team shared resources available to us and gathered with us to create space for questions and to decompress.

PDA has produced a number of resources dealing with human caused disasters of public violence. These include worship and study resources, as well as videos like the award-winning PDA produced documentary Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence.

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Let us continue to pray, in word and action, for God's healing presence for all affected by the natural and human-caused disasters that have impacted those living within the bounds of our presbytery.

Grace and peace,
Terry Kukuk, Executive Presbyter 

Ruling Elder Symposium on September 21

Ruling Elder SymposiumThe Presbytery of Cincinnati has extended to Presbytery of the Miami Valley an invitation to be part of the NEXT Church educational event for Ruling Elders on Saturday, September 21, 9:00 A.M.-noon, Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave, Cincinnati.

Ruling Elders will choose a specialized track of ministry in which they hope to gain wisdom, share ideas, and discover solutions while connecting with leaders from other churches who have been called in similar capacities. This is a collaborative and hopeful space created for elders who share a passion for leading the church.

Each track will be facilitated by one ruling elder and one teaching elder. Participants are asked to bring their own questions, concerns, and experiences with them to the event. Tracks will consist of table discussions, not presentations.

Thanks to the Presbytery of Cincinnati for funding this event so that there is no cost to you!

Please sign up as many from your Sessions and Ruling Elders as possible, even if not on Session. Your chosen track for conversation may fill up quickly. 

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Miami Valley Interfaith Disaster Resilience Summit on September 24

Dayton Tornado ReliefIn recognition of September being National Preparedness Month, the Miami Valley Interfaith Disaster Resilience Summit will be held Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at Salem Church of God, 6500 Southway Road, Clayton.

This will be an opportunity to share your experiences with the Miami Valley Memorial Day 2019 tornadoes, learn new strategies for building disaster resilience. and connect with other faith-based partners in fellowship. Lunch will be provided (suggested $5 donation per participant to offset the cost).

This event is being sponsored in part by Presbytery of the Miami Valley, Lutheran Social Services, and the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Group.

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Around the Presbytery

200th Anniversary Celebration

Slifers 200th AnniversarySlifers Presbyterian Church, Farmersville, will celebrate its 200th anniversary with a number of special events on September 28-29.

Former pastors, their families, members in ministry, and former worship leaders have been invited to be a part of this special weekend that includes a picnic, Sunday worship, and a luncheon.

The church is looking forward to worshiping and reminiscing with all those who are part of the history of Slifers.


Faith and Civic Life Lecture by Rabbi Judith Schindler on September 28

Judith SchindlerRabbi Judith Schindler will present the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, second annual Lecture on Faith and Civic Life entitled “Building Bridges of Peace:  Risk and Reward.” The event will be held Saturday, September 28. 7:00 P.M. at the church. Directly following her lecture, Rabbi Schindler will be joined by a panel of area faith and civic leaders for a community discussion. An ensemble from the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will provide a short program of music.

Rabbi Schindler co-authored the book Recharging Judaism which encourages civic engagement as a necessary addition to faith actions of worship, study, and loving kindness. In her 2018 TED  Talk, “Mastering the Art of Loving Your Neighbor”, she explores its “components of vulnerability, empathy, and courage.” She encourages the curiosity and engagement needed to learn from our neighbors, challenging us to recognize our interdependence to better grapple with the sources of community problems and craft better solutions. Rabbi Schindler is the Sklut Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. NC.  In 2016 she was named Rabbi Emerita of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. 

Panel Members will include, Brother Raymond Fitz, former president of the University of Dayton, now with the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community; Judge Mary Wiseman, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court; the Rev. Joshua Ward, Pastor Elect of Omega Baptist Church, Dayton; and Rabbi Ari Ballaban,  Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Or and Jewish Community Relations Coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.

Presbytery churches are invited to Rise Against Hunger October 20

Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, invites other churches in Presbytery of the Miami Valley to join them in a Rise Against Hunger event Sunday, October 20, 2:00-4:00 P.M. This is a meal packing event where meals consisting of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins are packed and then shipped around the world to people who are in need. One third of the meals will be used to help with local food insecurity. The goal is to pack and ship 15,000 meals.

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Blessing Based Spiritual Nurture course in Dayton October 5 & 12

Children runningA course in Blessing Based Spiritual Nurture will be offered on Saturdays October 5 and 12, 9:00 A.M.-noon, and will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville.

The course will explore ways to nurture the spirits of children, to affirm their connectedness with God, to walk with them on their spiritual journeys. (Cost is $150/person, $500/organization - some scholarships are available.)

The course's primary leader is Founder and Director of The Blessing Center, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Nowak, whose doctoral work was in the field of Children’s Spirituality. Jacqueline is a retired Certified Christian Educator and Pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with a background also in early childhood education and daycare. Her education includes degrees from Wright State University and United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, and certifications in Children’s Spirituality from First Steps Spiritual Nurture Center for Children and Teens, as well as in Christian Education.

The Blessing Center is a non-profit ministry of spiritual nurture and formation which is particularly attentive to children and teens, whose spiritual needs deserve as much consideration as their physical, emotional and intellectual lives.  The Center's approach to nurture is based upon research and practice. It is primarily focused upon teaching about and practicing three actions: Holy Listening, Prayer, and Blessing, in the context of a caring community.
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POAMN National Conference October 15-18 in Louisville

POAMNThe 2019 Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) National Conference will be held October 15-18, at Laws Lodge on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

The POAMN National Conference provides inspiration, encouragement, and connection for congregational leaders and parishioners involved in ministry to, with, and among older adults. This year's theme is "Our Calling with the Generations: Intergenerational Engagement."

POAMN is a network of persons who are engaged in ministry with older adults. These people work in presbyteries and synods, they are leaders in congregations, and some serve in specialized ministries such as chaplains in care facilities and presbytery staff who are involved with older adult ministry committees. POAMN is related to the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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The Wee Kirk Conference for leaders of small membership churches

MontreatThe Wee Kirk Conference October 21–23 at Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC , is a conference that aspires to provide Christ-centered inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches. Wee Kirk is just for leaders of small membership churches.

The conference offers four tracks to fit your needs:

1. The Barnabas Track is a specialized track for pastors and CRE/CLPs and their spouses who are serving in their first call. This track begins a day early on Sunday, October 20.

2. The Missional Track will explore, “Who is my neighbor and how am I to love God by loving my neighbor?” In this workshop, we will address this key question and attempt to answer it together with you. We invite you to be a part of this discussion as we discover new challenges and opportunities for the church.

3. The Spiritual Formation Track will be a time to intentionally and transparently open yourself up to the healing and restorative power of the Holy Spirit. Using the tool of the Enneagram, we will explore our individual tendencies, attractions and blindspots, and then discover Christian principles and disciplines to promote personal healing and keep us grounded in truth.

4. The Retreat Track is for those who simply want to enjoy the fellowship of other believers in the beauty of Montreat. It includes all the worship and plenary presentations with abundant time for prayer, recreation, fellowship, and spiritual renewal.

 All the tracks include communal worship and plenary sessions alongside the track-specific workshops. Join us this October for three days of encouragement, community, and growth with fellow small church leaders.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, OH on August 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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