JUNE 18-25, PORTLAND, OR
222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held June 18–25, in Portland, OR.
Commissioners and advisory delegates from all 171 PC(USA) presbyteries, coupled with other delegates and observers from around the world, will converge on the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination’s biennial gathering.
Hosted by the Presbytery of the Cascades and united under the theme “The Hope in Our Calling,” from Ephesians 1:18, the General Assembly will include rich worship services, the election of persons to moderate the Assembly as well as others to serve in key denominational posts, action on a plethora of overtures, and much more.
General proceedings and worship during assembly will be live-streamed, and the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) is especially encouraging congregations to gather in groups in their locations to worship with the assembly via live stream.
Live, from Portland! Shelley Wiley's GA 222 Blog
Teaching Elder Shelley Wiley, Moderator of the PMV Leadership Council, past-Moderator of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, and pastor of Honey Creek Presbyterian Church, New Carlisle, will be attending the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Shelley will be blogging her observation and insights during the week, beginning June 20.
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Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation
Ruling Elder Cheryl (Gidget) Collins, Bath Presbyterian Church, Dayton
Teaching Elder Richard Culp, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Troy
Ruling Elder Marvella C. Lambright, College Hill Community Presbyterian Church, Dayton
Teaching Elder George H. (Sandy) McConnel, Honorably Retired
Ruling Elder Cyndi Adams, Faith United Presbyterian Church, Huber Heights
Teaching Elder Maggie Gillespie, pastor of Faith United Presbyterian Church, Huber Heights
Ruling Elder Larry Hollar, Stated Clerk
Teaching Elder Shelley Wiley, pastor of Honey Creek Presbyterian Church, New Carlisle
Vacation Bible School in the presbytery
Summer is here, and it's time for Vacation Bible School! Presbytery of the Miami Valley has a listing of VBS opportunities in the presbytery.
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.
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Around the Presbytery
HONEY CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Cindy Corell, PC(USA) Mission Co-worker from Haiti, visits July 17
Honey Creek Presbyterian Church, New Carlisle, will host Cindy Corell, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Co-Worker from Haiti, on Sunday July 17. In the summer of 2015, on a mission trip to Haiti, members from Honey Creek and others met with Cindy, who took them to the central part of the country to see some of the amazing agricultural work our denomination is doing there.
Cindy will do a “Time with Young Children/Minute for Mission” during worship on the 17th, and after worship there will be a luncheon where Cindy will tell about the work of our denomination in Haiti and a bit about her work specifically. Worship on July 17 is at 10:30, and the luncheon will follow immediately.
Please RSVP to the church office at 937-845-1298. Leave a message by July 13 if you will be attending, so the church can have plenty of food.
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CORINTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Douglas Tilton, PC(USA) Mission Co-worker, to speak on August 7
Douglas Tilton, a Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-worker, will be visiting the Presbytery of the Miami Valley August 4-10. Doug is the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for Southern Africa and works with global partners in South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar around World Mission’s three critical global initiatives in poverty alleviation, evangelism and reconciliation.
Doug will be speaking at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton on Sunday, August 7. He would welcome invitations to visit other congregations in the Presbytery during his stay to share more information about what God is doing through the PC(USA) and its partners in Southern Africa. He is happy to meet with mission committees, men’s or women’s organizations, Bible study groups, or to do a presentation at a luncheon or supper gathering. To invite Doug, please contact him directly at 317-712-1237.
SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 13
Annual Gathering of Presbyterian Women of PMV
The Annual Gathering of Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley will be held August 13, 8:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M., at Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Xenia. Contact Marvella Lambright at 937-951-3008 if you have questions.
One in the Spirit: Covenant Gathering July 3-8
The annual Covenant Gathering will be held July 3-8 at the Michindoh Conference Center, Hillsdale, MI, near the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan border. Join Christian friends from Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails- and beyond.
"You can learn about what the Bible says about one spirit, how to nurture children’s spirituality (and your own), the real story behind the issues between science and scripture. You’ll find ways to make your backyard into a spiritual and sustaining habitat, how in touch with sacred stories, and deepen your understanding of communion through other traditions.
"Children and youth will be exploring their places in the world God created in age-appropriate classes with experienced, seasoned teachers. Everyone can enjoy the trails, lake, water slide, and water sports at Michindoh!"
Learn more and register>>
Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarships
Scholarships for Racial Ethnic College Students: 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. Ordinarily, grants do not exceed $3000. Apply by October 1.
Peacemaking Scholarships: Available to assist those attending specific peacemaking events or trainings that would help further the cause of peacemaking or justice within the Synod of the Covenant. The scholarship is for up to $500. Apply by September 1.
Learn more about the grants/scholarships & apply>>
PRESBYTERIANS TODAY’S NEW BLOG
One Church, Many Voices
Presbyterians Today's new blog, One Church, Many Voices, is a forum that welcomes Presbyterians of all stripes to share their ideas and their passions—all aimed at shining a light on the path to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. Contributors include the Rev. Ben Beres, pastor of Huntsville Presbyterian Church, Huntsville.
"This blog is a safe and holy place for reflection and growth. Here you’ll find writing, art, videos, and podcasts. Some of it is bilingual. Some are collaborative projects inviting grassroots voices to speak lovingly but honestly on difficult topics of disagreement. Much of it pushes the boundaries of what passes for conversation in the church and will, we hope, inspire us to dream bigger when it comes to the gospel. Some pieces will no doubt have you nodding vigorously in agreement, while others may make you squirm a little or even get you a bit hot under the collar."
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Preservation Grants for Churches to help digitalize records
To assist congregations with the preservation of church records, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official records. To qualify, a church must be a PC(USA) congregation of 250 members or less, be at least 50 years old, be interested in the preservation of its history, and be looking for financial assistance to digitize church records.
Applications are due on October 31. Grants must be used within a two year time period.
Learn more and apply>>
Mediation Skills Training Institute in Toledo in May
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
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 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
The 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>>