Tell us about your Vacation Bible School
Summer 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 its website along with other churches in the presbytery.
To be included, please email us the name of your church, the theme of your VBS, dates and times, along with registration and contact information.
See the list so far and add your church
CATCH THE BUILDING SPIRIT
Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 25
Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, will begin construction on this year’s house at 132 N. Smith Street, West Carrollton, on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and will run through May 31. Construction will continue throughout the summer.
If your church is interested in participating either with labor, hospitality, or financing, email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit, or call 937-429-0360.
Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center
Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, is offering a variety of Summer Camp opportunities for children, teens, and adults. The summer season will kick off with Grand Camp June 7-8, for grandparents and their grandchildren (ages 3 and up).
Other camps this year include Quilting Camps, Pre-school Camp, Beginners Camp, MADD Camp (Music, Art, Dance, and Drama), PYC Camp, Camp Rejoice, Kids Kamp, Urban Explorers, Adventure Camp, and Sports Camp.
Summer Camp Schedule & Registration>>
Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 16-20
Registrations are now being accepted for the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium to be held July 16-20 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. The Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation will include 20 youth (grades 8-12) and 4 adult advisors. Youth must receive the recommendation of their local church.
This year’s theme is I am. “During the 2013 Triennium participants will explore, each day, one of the significant ‘I am’ metaphors from the gospels. Jesus used the 'I am' images to help the rookie disciples understand his purpose, depth of care, everlasting presence and wide redemptive love. We hope to do the same in hearing and seeing and praying these stories at Triennium!”
Learn more and register
Big Tent in Louisville August 1-3
Big Tent 2013 will be held August 1-3 in Louisville, KY and will combine, under one roof, 10 national Presbyterian conferences and a single theme: “Placing God’s First Things First” (Matt. 6:33–34). It will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center and nearby hotels in downtown Louisville.
“Discover a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that is more exciting, more faithful, and more diverse than you have ever imagined. Big Tent will inspire you and make you proud to be a Presbyterian. The event will be celebratory, diverse, and participatory, with intergenerational activities.”
More info and registration>>
Presbyterians support military personnel and their families
The Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel (PCCMP) supports the worldwide communities of people in which our military personnel are serving; pastor our far-flung chaplains and support them in their ministry and touch the lives of the military family members. The role of the PCCMP is the procurement, endorsement, and supervision of chaplains loaned to the Armed Services by their Church. Further, the Council offers assistance and support to chaplains and their families and renders an effective ministry to service personnel. Learn more about PCCMP & support its ministry>>
Around the Presbytery
Haiti Mission Trip informational meeting May 20
Honey Creek Presbyterian Church, New Carlisle, is looking for volunteers from around the presbytery to participate in a mission trip to Haiti October 28-November 4, 2013. Volunteers will travel to the southern coastal town of Jacmel, as well as to the capital city of Port au Prince. In Jacmel the volunteers will be painting newly constructed spaces at a K-4th grade school, which is part of the ministry of the St. Joseph Family in Haiti. In Port au Prince, participants will stay at St. Joseph's Home for Boys and learn more about its ministry.
An informational meeting for people who may be interested in volunteering for this mission trip will be held Monday, May 20, 7:00 P.M. at the Honey Creek church. The leader for trip is the Rev. Shelley Wiley (937-654-0078), who has been leading groups to Haiti for many years.
Red Cross Living Center receives Presbyterian Women grant
The Red Cross Family Living Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the national Presbyterian Women to assist in its work with the homeless in Dayton. The grant was endorsed and facilitated by the Leadership Council of Presbytery of the Miami Valley. The Family Living Center’s director, Alissa Rhinehart, is a member of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Kettering.
Workshops in Blessing Based Spiritual Nurture
The Blessing Center, a ministry of Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, will offer workshops in Blessing Based Spiritual Nurture May 22 and June 22 at the church. Learn more and register>>
Nature photography exhibit at Southminster
Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville will exhibit photos by Bro. James Lemke, noted nature photographer, May 1-June 30 in the church’s art gallery. The gallery is open any time the church is open and is located next to the sanctuary.
Synod Multicultural Youth Conference June 18-22
The Synod of the Covenant will hold its second annual Multicultural Youth Conference June 18-22 at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. This year's theme is "Let It Flow: Connecting the Streams of Life." Learn more and register>>
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>>
Church World Service Blankets+ helps people around the world
For over 60 years the Church World Service Blankets+ program has been a special mission opportunity for all ages. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold CWS Blankets+ events, providing funds to help people in need around the world. Blankets+ provides emergency supplies in the wake of disaster, tools and seeds for farmers, wells for families living in drought prone areas, and literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential. Learn more, including how to host a Blankets+ Sunday at your church.
New evangelism curriculum from the Presbyterian Mission Agency
Engage—developed in partnership with the office of Evangelism of the PC(USA) and Congregational Ministries Publishing—connects the church with its community and equips members to live out and share their growing faith. Organized in three parts—Engage: Gospel, Engage: Discipleship, and Engage: Mission— each seven-session curriculum resource makes spreading the good news of Jesus Christ easier for growing disciples. Find out more about Engage>>
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>>