Meet our new Moderator and Vice Moderator

At its May meeting, Presbytery of the Miami Valley elected and installed Teaching Elder Shelley Wiley as Moderator and Teaching Elder Brian Maguire as Vice Moderator of presbytery.

Shelley Wiley and Brian MaguireShelley Wiley is a Teaching Elder and serves as the Pastor of Honey Creek Presbyterian Church in New Carlisle. She has served on the Committee on Ministry, chairing it for two years, and has done COM, Self-Development of People, and Peacemaking Committee work in four other presbyteries. Shelley has spent 19 years as a professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, teaching at four different colleges including Urbana University; some of that time she was a full-time professor, and at other times such as here in Ohio, she served in part-time pastorates and as a regular Adjunct Professor.

You cannot talk to Shelley for very long without finding out about her love for Haiti. In 1997 she traveled to Haiti with eight other ministers from New Hope Presbytery (NC), and fell in love with a ministry that works with children in Haiti, and with the Haitian culture in general. She just completed her 31st trip to Haiti in January, and regularly takes groups. Since moving to this area she has lead four trips, two of them including members from several congregations in the presbytery, and she is taking a group in June of this year.

Shelley has degrees from the University of Texas at Tyler, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Northwestern University, where she was in the joint PhD program between Northwestern and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is married to Jon Vanderglas, and since the summer of 2013, they have lived in the farmhouse where Jon grew up, not too far from Yellow Springs. Jon is not only a home-brewer of beer, but also a judge of homebrew competitions, which makes him a welcome addition to many parties!

Brian Maguire is a Presbyterian pastor whose nursery school teacher warned him that he was too serious. Brian is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and served as the Presbyterian chaplain at Princeton University before serving ten years as the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Since November 2014, Brian has served as the pastor of Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering. Brian also serves as an adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary where he teaches in the areas of ethics and worship.

His passions and gifts for ministry center on teaching and building up congregational leaders. He enjoys working with teenagers and young adults, especially after they discover irony. Within the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, Brian has spent most of his time cleaning up various messes including seven years’ service on the COM with three as chair, chairing three administrative commissions, three investigative commissions, and chairing a committee of council.

Unlike most Presbyterian pastors Brian does not have a call story so much as a hide story. He asked too many questions in confirmation class and was asked to leave Intervarsity Campus Fellowship for the same reason. But, despite best efforts to the contrary, God kept after him with tenacious resolve.

Brian is originally from Minnesota, which explains his occasional funny accent and his skeptical attitude toward Ohio winters. A graduate of Carleton College and the University of Minnesota Law School, he practiced law for seven years prior to entering ministry. He is recently completed the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke University’s School of Divinity with a focus on dispute resolution. Brian’s ongoing research interests focus on late Second Temple Judaism, covenantal nomism, and the history of eschatology.

Tell us about your Vacation Bible School

VBSSummer is coming, and it's almost time for Vacation Bible School! Presbytery of the Miami Valley would like to list your church's VBS on our website, along with other churches in the presbytery. We'll publicize all VBS opportunities in the presbytery all summer long.

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Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 23

Habitat House 2015Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, now in its 23rd year, will begin construction on this year's house at 34 E. Pease Avenue, West Carrollton. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built; walls, siding, roof, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 23, and will run through May 29. 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.

You may also sign up directly at the Dayton Ohio Habitat website and receive email information on the upcoming build.
Around the Presbytery

Human Trafficking Protection Training Programs May 31

Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Kettering, will offer two human trafficking protection programs conducted by B Free Dayton on May 31. Child Protection 101 will be held 11:15 A.M.-1:30 P.M. for adults and focuses on skills to help protect the adolescents in their lives by offering practical tools such as social media monitoring and conversation starters.  FREE Generation Z for youth from 6:00-8:00 P.M. is designed to teach kids how to protect themselves, their friends, and ultimately their generation from sex trafficking.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to earthquake disaster in Nepal

Nepal earthquakeThe death toll from the massive earthquake in Nepal continues to rise. Nearly 7,000 are known dead and more than 6,000 were injured when the 7.8 quake struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu on April 25. The quake, the worst in more than 80 years, along with many serious aftershocks has also caused damage in parts of India and Bangladesh.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing emergency relief and short–term recovery in the impacted areas with our partner, ACT Alliance and its members who are already on the ground. Immediate response will help provide needed food, water, supplies, and medicine to the impacted towns and villages. As long term recovery plans are developed, PDA will accompany and further financially support our partners in the area to insure that a comprehensive recovery is sustained.

Give, Act, Pray

Presbyterians are being called on to stand in the "GAP": Give financial support for relief efforts, Act by learning how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation, and Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, aid, and support.

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2015 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont campersOnline registration is now open for 2015 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield.

Camps for all ages are available from June 6 through August 16 and include Grandparents Camp, Quilting Camps, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp, Camp Rejoice, Kids Camp, Adventure Camp, Sports Camp, Teen Camp, and Family Camping Weekend.

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Pentecost Offering helps young people

Pentecost OfferingThe Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost (May 24). 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 $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

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Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women June 18-21

PW Gathering 2015The 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held June 18-21, in Minneapolis, MN. The theme of the Gathering is "One Body, One Spirit," based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. As always, workshops, plenary sessions, worship, mission opportunities and all Gathering programming will explore the theme in the context of a diverse, faithful sisterhood.

"The Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women is a time to make and renew friendships, enrich our minds and souls and engage in new ways to live out our PW Purpose through mission opportunities, advocacy work and Bible study."

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Covenant Gathering June 28-July 3

Covenant GatheringCovenant Gathering is a week of learning, laughter and worship presented by members and churches of Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference, a little bit vacation with facilities for all abilities! "Join other Christians for Covenant Gathering June 28-July 3 at beautiful Michindoh Conference and Retreat Center in southern Michigan near the Ohio and Indiana borders to discover and explore how we are blessed by God and how to share that blessing. You will leave refreshed and inspired." An early registration discount will be applied through June 10.

Adult class options include Bible Study, The Art of Possibility, Growing Stewardship, Photography as Spiritual Discipline, Hymns in Faith, Enough for Everyone, Praying with the Elements, Living Simply, and Children in Worship. Children and Youth have age-appropriate and fun educational opportunities.

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Synod MultiCultural Youth Conference  June 29-July 3

Multicultural Youth ConferenceThe 4th Annual Synod of the Covenant MultiCultural Youth Conference will be held is June 29- July 3 this at Michindoh Conference Center in Hillsdale, MI. The conference is open to rising 9th to 12th graders.

The conference fee is $200 if paid by June 1 and $250 after June 1. Scholarships of $100 are available by writing a one page essay titled "What does Multicultural mean to me and where am I."

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Big Tent in Knoxville July 30-August 1

Big TentBig Tent,  a conference that will inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally, will be held July 30-August 1 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

"Experience that deep sense of community one would expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians- a great big family reunion! Join us for a wide variety of workshops, all under one Big Tent... Join us for worship, bible study, displays of the PC(USA) agencies, and a wide variety of workshops and other activities. All are welcome!"

"Discover a Presbyterian Church (USA.) that is more exciting, more diverse, and more faithful than you ever imagined. Big Tent will inspire you and make you proud to be Presbyterian."

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Church Business Administrator Certification Seminars July 21-30

Union Presbyterian SeminaryChurch Business Administrator certification seminars through The Church Network (formerly NACBA), will be held at Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, July 21-30.  The entire two-week core course requirement can be fulfilled or, for those who need just a few of the seminars, register for one week or individual classes.  These seminars are open to anyone with interest in this area, and will give participants valuable information on the administration of churches. 

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Lombard  Mediation Skills Training Institute August 3-7

Lombard Peace CenterLombard Mennonite Peace Center will offer Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), August 3-7 in Glen Ellyn, IL.  MSTI provides 32 hours of training, which is useful for judicatory leaders, clergy, pastors in transitional/interim ministry, and lay leaders. The training is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.

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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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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 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. Get ministry resources>>

New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities

1001 Worshiping CommunitiesIn 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>>



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