The Christmas Joy Offering
The Christmas Joy Offering, a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s, helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools. The Offering distributes gifts 50/50 to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and
Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.
The Christmas Joy Offering is received during the Advent Season, traditionally on the Sunday before Christmas, this year on December 21. Downloadable resources are available, including a Leaders Guide, Minutes for Mission, and Bulletin Inserts.
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Westminster College offers scholarships to Presbyterian students
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, is offering four-year PC(USA) Young Presbyterian Scholarships of $74,000 ($18,500 per year) for qualified students from PC(USA) churches. To qualify for the Young Presbyterian Scholarship students must be PC(USA) church members, have a 3.5 (or higher) cumulative High School GPA, and be nominated by their church (pastor, youth director, session). Nomination forms are due by December 1. Each PC(USA) congregation can nominate at least two qualifying graduating seniors for the scholarships each academic year.
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Around the Presbytery
EQUIPPING FOR MINISTRY NETWORK
Advent Images of Christ: A Look at Masterpieces
Advent Images of Christ: A Look at Masterpieces (from the BBC Film Series), a three-part class sponsored by the Equipping for Ministry Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, concludes on Sunday, November 23, 3:00-4:30 PM, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville. The class is led by David Leach, Professor Emeritus at Wright State University, and is free of charge. Register today by calling 937-433-1810.
Catch the Building Spirit completes 22nd Habitat House build
Catch The Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian Churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 22nd house build together this summer. Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable, Energy Star Certified home for a low-income family to purchase and own.
A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from the presbytery, which included Central, College Hill Community, Corinth, Fairmont, Fairborn First, Dayton Memorial, Southminister, Dayton Westminster, Bath, and Faith. The churches provided meals, several hundred hours of volunteer labor, and over $13,000 in funding. Thanks for everyone’s support!
On September 6 we dedicated the new Habitat Home at 1388 Jordan Avenue in Dayton for Jean Claude and Patricie Musafili and their five children. The Musafili family emigrated from Congo, Africa in 2011. The family was elated with their new home.
The 2015 Presbyterian/Catholic build will again start on Memorial Day Weekend. For more information about how you and your church can get involved, email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360.
BOP pre-retirement and financial planning seminars in February
Board University, the educational program of the Board of Pensions, will partner with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to offer two free education seminars in February 2015 at the seminary campus in Louisville, KY.
Growing into Tomorrow…Today (pre-retirement planning for lay and clergy members) will be held February 19-20. This free two-day seminar is for plan members and their guests who plan to retire within the next fifteen years.
Getting in Shape Fiscally (financial planning for lay and clergy members and seminarians) will be held February 21. It’s an introduction to Board seminars and general financial planning.
Seating is limited. Register no later than January 23, 2015.
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Synod Assembly Highlights
The Synod of the Covenant Assembly met at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, OH, on November 7-8.
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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.
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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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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.
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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>>