Presbytery Video: Our Stories of Preparing, Equipping, Nurturing
Our Presbytery Covenant states that the mission of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley “prepares, equips, and nurtures congregations in their ministries for God’s mission to transform creation and humanity by calling all people to Christ.” But how do we do that?
As part of the Leadership Council initiative to connect congregations by sharing stories, and the planning for the 2014 presbytery budget, a video has been produced about the ways in which we prepare, equip, and nurture. Presented at the presbytery meeting on November 9, this video, available for viewing on our website, is also being sent each session in the presbytery to help both teaching and ruling elders lead congregations to grow in connection to one another as the presbytery.
Watch the presbytery video>>
Larry Hollar reports on the 2013 Moderators’ Conference
Ruling Elder Larry Hollar, Vice Moderator of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, attended the Presbyterian Moderators’ Conference November 8-10 in Louisville, KY. He will become presbytery moderator in May 2014. He has prepared a report featuring highlights of the conference, which can be downloaded below.
The Moderators’ Conference has come to be known as a wonderful and significant opportunity for moderators of synods and presbyteries to get to know one another, to share best practices, and to be trained in the important ministry of moderating PC(USA) mid councils. Each year, in addition to opportunities for education and fellowship, moderators engage in discussion and reflection on important issues in the life of the church.
Read Larry Hollar’s Moderators’ Conference report
Doris Arnett Whitaker is elected president of the Association of Stated Clerks
The Rev. Doris Arnett Whitaker, Stated Clerk of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, was recently elected president of the Association of Stated Clerks (ASC). She will serve as president through 2015. ASC is a professional organization in which membership is open to all Stated Clerks and affiliates of Presbyteries and Synods of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The association sponsors an annual professional development conference, creates the annual analysis of proposed amendments to the Constitution (Book of Order), contributes to the content and program of the annual Polity Conference, advises the Office of Constitutional Services of the Office of the General Assembly, and provides invaluable fellowship and networking opportunities.
221ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Applications for Alternate Commissioners & Young Adult Advisory Delegates
Applications are being accepted for Young Adult Advisory Delegates (YAAD) and teaching/ruling elder alternates to the 221st General Assembly, June 14-21 in Detroit, MI.
Cover letters with details and applications are now available for download.
Applications are due no later than December 31, 2013.
Download cover letters and applications>>
The Christmas Joy Offering
GET PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES
For more than 70 years, Presbyterians have given generously at Christmas to support the unmet needs of families who have devoted their lives to the mission of the PC(USA). Today this Offering is shared equally by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers and their families, and by Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. The Christmas Joy Offering is traditionally received on the Sunday before Christmas, this year on December 22.
Learn more and get promotional resources>>
Around the Presbytery
Dayton Westminster receives synod grant for its ID Ministry
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, has been awarded a $3000 New Covenant Grant from the Synod of the Covenant to support the church’s ID Ministry. This ministry assists people in obtaining identification documents and birth certificates to get employment, education, and access the social services they need.
New Covenant Grants are funded from shared mission dollars received from presbyteries, who receive the money from congregations.
Learn more about the ID Ministry>>
Renew memberships to Southminster’s Learning Resource Center
It’s membership renewal time at the Learning Resource Center at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville. Membership offers access to an online catalog of resources, unlimited help with curriculum selection (plus an array of sample materials for children, youth, and adults), and unlimited resourcing for any church or individual from a Certified Christian Educator, PC(USA). Currently there is an effort to add more DVD’s and the replace all videos. New books from Westminster John Knox Press are added regularly through a subscription with the PC(USA).
An individual membership ($30) allows one person from a church to check out materials and receive the services of the LRC for the coming twelve months. A church membership is $75 for a year. Send checks made out to Southminster for membership to Jeanne McIver, 7001 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH 45459.
UNION PRESBYTERIAN SEMINARY
Apply for a Congregational Leadership Award
Each year Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, awards congregations who show leadership in developing new and effective ministries with Congregational Leadership Awards. Each of the eight awards carries a $1,000 prize to support the congregation in continuing its ministry. Click here for more information and to apply for one of the Union Presbyterian Seminary Congregational Leadership Awards, or call 1-800-229-2990, ext 231. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.
EQUIPPING FOR MINISTRY NETWORK
Vacation Bible School Preview January 12
The Equipping for Ministry Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley will sponsor a Vacation Bible School Preview, Sunday, January 12, 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville. The preview will feature dozens of publishers of VBS curriculum and is presented by Cokesbury. Discounts will be offered on orders received during the preview.
To make a reservation to attend the preview, email Jeanne McIver or call 937-433-1810. This event is free and open to everyone.
2014 Spring Youth Retreat April 4-6
The annual spring youth retreat (for all youth in grades 7 through 12 and their adult advisors) will be held at April 4-6, 2014 at Kirkmont Center! The event is planned and hosted by the Presbyterian
Youth Connection (PYC) Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Celebrate God's grace, peace, love and creation by relaxing, singing, playing outside, worshipping, reflecting, seeing old friends, and making new ones!
If you have any questions, please email the PYC Network or call advisors Kristie Marcum (513-305-7134) or Nancy Hodgkins (937-223-0376). Details and registration information will be sent out in the next few months.
The new online Presbyterian Giving Catalog
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has announced an easy new way to make a life-changing difference for people around the world. Through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog and website you can share generously with those in need, through gifts of livestock, water, tools, education, and more. There are 40 giving opportunities in all from around the world for individuals, churches, and church groups to choose from.
Explore the Presbyterian Giving Catalog>>
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
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>>