The Presbyteries of the Miami Valley and of Cincinnati present
Joint Educational and Spiritual Opportunities
Mission in the City—Innovative Approaches from Philadelphia
Monday, September 8, 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Light Dinner (free will offering) at 6:00 P.M.
First Presbyterian Church, Middletown
The Rev. Bill Golderer (left), founding pastor and convener of the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, along with the Rev. Andy Greenhow from BSM’s staff, discuss new and open ideas of transformation and mission, and ways for your congregation to take part. BSM is an innovative ministry emphasizing hospitable outreach, civic involvement, and creative expression.
Bill Golderer will also preach at the September 9 meeting of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley at Clifton United Presbyterian Church, Clifton.
Celebrating the New Glory to God Presbyterian Hymnal
Saturday, October 18, 11:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Lakeside Park, KY
Dr. Walter Brueggemann keynotes a celebration event about the new Presbyterian hymnal project, Glory to God. Dr. Brueggemann is one of the most provocative writers and speakers of our time on biblical and theological matters. This event, which begins with lunch, will focus on hymnology and offer opportunities to experience the many joys of singing and exploring the new hymnal’s rich resources.
Dr. Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
Full details about both events
Vacation Bible School in the presbytery
Summer is here, and it's time for Vacation Bible School! We will be listing VBS opportunities in the presbytery on our website all summer long.
Presbytery of the Miami Valley wants to add your church's VBS to the list. To be included, email the name of your church, the theme of your VBS, dates and times, along with registration and contact information. We’ll list it on our website and publicize all VBS opportunities in the presbytery.
See the list so far & add your church>>
General Assembly News and Statements
The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was held from June 14 to 21 at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit, MI. This biennial meeting brings together commissioners and advisory delegates from all 172 presbyteries, as well as other delegates and observers from around the world.
Read news and statements from GA 221>>
Reports of PMV Commissioners and YAAD
Each Commissioner and Young Adult Advisory Delegate from Presbytery of the Miami Valley has prepared a report of their impressions of the 221st General Assembly. These reports were presented to presbytery at a special meeting held on July 22.
Read the Commissioner and YAAD reports>>
Synod of the Covenant grants and scholarships
Racial Ethnic Scholarships: 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. Apply by September 1.
Learn more about the grants/scholarships & apply>>
Upcoming National Presbyterian Conferences
Multicultural Conference July 31-August 3
The 15th annual Multicultural Church Conference will meet July 31-August 3 in Fort Worth, TX. This year's theme, Journeying and Awakening into God’s Diverse World, is a call for the church to be open to change and innovation. This event is sponsored by Multicultural Congregational Support ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Evangelism and Church Growth Conference August 11–14
The 2014 Evangelism and Church Growth Conference will be held August 11–14 in St. Pete Beach, FL. This year's theme is Go Disciple Lie, which comes from Matthew 28:18-20 (The Great Commission) where Jesus encourages his earliest followers to go into the world and make disciples, teaching them to practice all that Jesus commanded. The event is sponsored by the Evangelism and Church Growth ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
POAMN/ARMSS Joint Conference October 14-17
"Come ’B’ Refreshed" is the theme of the joint conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) and the Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors (ARMSS), to be held October 14-17 at the Elms Hotel and Spa, Excelsior Springs, MO. POAMN offers partial scholarships to attend the conference. Both first time attendee and small church scholarships are available.
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.
Learn more about POAMN & the Conference>>
An affordable way for churches to purchase the new Presbyterian hymnal
To make purchasing the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, more affordable for congregations, interest-free payment plans are available. Place your order of 100+ copies of the pew edition and pay 25% when you order. Hymnals will ship as soon as your order is received. Receive an invoice with due dates for the remaining balances and freight charges split into three equal additional payments due every three months. To take advantage of this offer, call a customer service operator at 800-533-4371. Offer expires December 31, 2014.
Learn more about Glory to God>>
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.
Connect with Regarding Ruling Elders>>
PC(USA) Daily Prayer app is now available for Android
The long anticipated Android version of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s highly successful Daily Prayer app is now available for download. Daily Prayer provides users with readings from the two-year Daily Lectionary along with a short prayer service that can be used by individuals or in groups.
Learn more and get the app>>
A guide to all things Presbyterian
Presbyterians Today’s new special issue and guidebook, Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!, is the perfect resource to give you a quick overview of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and what it means to be Presbyterian. It's an excellent resource for leadership training, new member classes, adult Sunday School, etc.
Find out more and order>>
Faith in Our Music September 23-24
The Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, will hold Faith in Our Music: Many Voices, Diverse Chords, Common Hopes, September 23-25. This three-day conference will combine diverse worship experiences with interesting, relevant workshops to help pastors, musicians, worship committees, and anyone who loves music to experience the wide varieties of music available to us in worship. The conference will feature John Bell from the Iona Community in Scotland; Warren Cooper, who writes and performs sacred jazz music; and Amanda Powell, whose specialty is global music.
Learn more and register>>
Women in Ministry and Leadership Conference October 22-24
The second annual Deborah’s Daughters Women in Ministry and Leadership Conference will be held October 22-24 at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, and at the Hilton Garden Inn in Beavercreek.
This year’s conference, Take Back Your Temple – Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Wellbeing, "is designed to provide women (and men) with the tools they need for emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing and to develop the skills that can help their ministries become the fruit of being with Jesus. Foundational to this conference is the understanding that in order to love and serve others with the love of Christ we must love and take care of ourselves, emotionally, physically and spiritually."
More details and registration>>
Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality November 3-5
The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, will offer “Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality” as part of its innovative programs focusing on church leadership. This program is for leaders of churches with fewer than 150 members. This energetic and creative learning event will take place at the Center for Lifelong Learning on November 3-5.
More info & registration>>
NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT 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. Get ministry resources>>
New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
In June 2012, the 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities in the next 10 years. 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. Learn more>>