Judaism, Christianity, & Israel: It's more complicated than we know

Brad HirschfieldThe Presbytery of the Miami Valley invites you an evening conversation with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 P.M., at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering. This event is hosted by Fairmont Church and the Presbytery of the Miami Valley and is free and open to the public. Child care will be available.

Rabbi  Hirschfield, President of the Jewish Center on Learning and Leadership (CLAL), author and scholar on inter-religious dialogue, and frequent media commentator on inter-religious issues, returns to the Presbytery of the Miami Valley to help us continue to learn about contemporary issues swirling around our communities on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity especially as it touches upon our understanding(s) of Israel.  Rabbi Hirschfield will help us to identify some of our own unstated assumptions and seek constructive methods to move forward both as faith communities and also as individuals struggling with identity, theology, politics, and justice.  Beyond labels and pontificating lie central questions about how different religious communities relate to power.  Rabbi Hirschfield will help us as we seek better responses and a deeper conversation both within our congregations and our communities.  

Since the past General Assembly, the Presbytery Leadership Council has heard the questions and concerns posed by our members and our pastors about our relationship to Judaism and Israel.  As part of our ongoing effort to equip congregational leaders and members to thoughtfully engage these issues, we continue the work begun a few weeks ago with Dr. Amy Jill Levine's presentation at Westminster Church.  Two years ago, Brad Hirschfield addressed our presbytery leading us to think of new ways of conceiving of covenant.  Many participants said it was perhaps the most interesting and thought-provoking presbytery gathering they had attended in years.  We now invite you and all those interested in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity to come and share in this important evening.  

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Apply to be a Commissioner, Alternate, or Young Adult Advisory Delegate

GA 222Currently, there are openings for two Teaching Elder Commissioners, one Ruling Elder Commissioner, and one Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD), as well as two Teaching Elder Alternates and two Ruling Elder Alternates for the 222nd General Assembly, June 18-25, 2016 in Portland OR.

Ordinarily, alternate commissioners for the 222nd General Assembly will be asked to serve as commissioners for the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis MO, June 16-23, 2018.

If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, Alternate, or YAAD, please download and complete the appropriate application below.

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Participate in a survey about the status and future of the PC(USA)

Heath RadaIn response to a call by Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly, a church-wide conversation about the status and future of the Presbyterian Church USA has been initiated. "The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly has called for a church-wide consultation that seeks to engage the whole denomination in a conversation about what the church is called to be and do, what it means to be a connectional church, and what is our shared identity, so that the 222nd General Assembly in 2016 will be substantively informed by the insights and wisdom of congregations, councils, and agencies when it gathers in Portland to ponder these things," said Moderator Rada.

All Presbyterians are invited to participate in the conversation individually and/or through congregations, councils, and agencies of the PC(USA).

People are encouraged to share thoughts by participating in an online survey available until December 18. A discussion guide has also been prepared to use individually or in groups.

Learn more and participate>>

Networks News

Scholarships available for the 2016 APCE Conference

APCEThe Presbytery of the Miami Valley, through its Christian Educators Support Network, has set aside funds to support educators going to the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (APCE) meeting in Chicago, January 27-30, 2016. Deadline for applications for a scholarship is December 1. The amount of the scholarship is dependent upon two things: the total number of applications and whether or not the applicant is a first time attendee.

Please email applications to Jacqueline Nowak, Associate Pastor, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, Include your name, best contact email, your title, church name, if you are going to APCE for the first time, and any questions you have.

Around the Presbytery

The Learning Resource Center is now free for all PMV churches

LRC at SouthminsterThe Learning Resource Center (LRCS) at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, is now open to all members or staff of the churches in the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. There are no fees required to use the materials.

Some of the resources are designed to help teach a class while some will be especially for individuals to use for study, devotions, or to read for enjoyment. There are many videos/DVD’s, some with study guides for teaching and others for personal use. The collection has an extensive fiction and children’s collection.

The LRCS is open for self-serve anytime the church is open 8:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Monday-Thursday  and Sunday 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. For assistance, email Gay Amos anytime or call 937-433-1810 on Mondays.

Visit the new LRCS website>>

Community Grant for tutoring program

The Huber Heights Foundation awarded its first Community Grant to Faith Presbyterian Church, Huber Heights. The $500 grant will be used for Faith's tutoring program with Valley Forge Elementary School. Volunteers work with at-risk second and third graders to help them prepare for and pass the third grade reading test.
The Art of Neighboring

Faith Presbyterian Church, Huber Heights, invites everyone to participate in a group discussion of The Art of Neighboring, by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. Participants will meet December 9, 11:30 A.M. at Jeet India Restaurant, 2750 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek,  to discuss chapters 1-6. Email Maggie Gillespie with any questions.

Jason Brian Santos: Connecting with Younger Generations

Jason Brian SantosThe Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos, Mission Coordinator for Youth, College, and Young Adult Ministries at the Presbyterian (USA) Mission Agency and the National Director of UKirk, will present two workshops on February 6 at Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford:

Intergenerational Ministry as the Foundations for Making Connections (9:15-10:30 A.M.)

Young Adult Faith Formation: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Emerging Adulthood (10:45 A.M.-12:30 P.M.)

Registration is 8:45-9:15 A.M. with coffee and  refreshments. Registration cost is $5.95, which includes breaks, materials, and a simple lunch. To register or for more information email the Rev. Hart Edmonds, Interim Senior Pastor, or call the church at 513-523-6364. The registration deadline is February 1.

Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 19-23, 2016

Youth TrienniumThe Presbyterian Youth Triennium, a gathering for high school age youth and their advisors, which meets every three years, will be held July 19-23 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. This year's theme is GO... into the world and make disciples.

Interested in serving in a volunteer role at the Triennium? Applications are available on the Triennium website and are currently being received for Small Group Leader, Residence Hall Coordinators, Care Team, and Work Crew.

Participant and registrar information is now available, as well as theme information, event schedule, and promotional materials.

Visit the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium website>>

Christmas Joy Offering promotional resources

Christmas Joy OfferingThe 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 20 . Downloadable resources are available, including a Leaders Guide, Minutes for Mission, and Bulletin Inserts.

Learn more and get promotional resources>>

Mediation Skills Training Institute in Toledo in May

Lombard Peace Center

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will offer a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) May 9-13 at Grace Lutheran Church, Toledo. This is a five-day institute of hands-on training, providing mediation training for clergy and church leaders.  MSTI is ideal for training members of a judicatory mediation team and other leaders who work with committees, candidates for ministry, and churches.

Learn more about this event and register>>

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.

Find out more and order>>

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 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. 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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