General Assembly Wrap-up
The 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was 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, converged on the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination’s biennial gathering.
Pictured are members of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley Delegation in Portland. From left to right: Commissioner Marvella C. Lambright, Observer Shelley Wiley, Commissioner Gidget Collins, Commissioner Richard Culp, Commissioner Sandy McConnel, and PMV Stated Clerk Larry Hollar.
You can get a recap of the proceedings by checking out News and Statements from GA 222 and by reading Shelley Wiley's GA Musings from the week.
Presbyterian Outlook has also prepared a bulletin insert for congregations summarizing the work of GA 222. The insert includes information about our new co-moderators, new stated clerk, proposed changes to the Book of Order, and more. The insert is available for download now or order in hard copy form.
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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.
See the list and add your church>>
Around the Presbytery
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, XENIA
Outdoor Labyrinth is open to anyone in the presbytery
The Labyrinth at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Xenia, is a 4-circuit labyrinth cut into a field of native grasses and wildflowers. Interpretative brochures are available with suggested meditations. Facilitated labyrinth walks are also available. The labyrinth is open to anyone in the presbytery. For more information email Katie Young.
COLLEGE HILL COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Golf Tournament on July 29 supports mentoring and development of youth
College Hill Community Presbyterian Church, Dayton, in partnership with St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Trotwood, will sponsor a golf tournament July 29 at Meadowbrook Golf Club at Clayton, Clayton. The tournament is open to everyone, with proceeds supporting mentoring and development of youth at College Hill and St. Margaret's. This year the Presbyterian Men's Group at College Hill has supported the Thurgood Marshall High School wrestling team and students completing science fair projects.
Learn more and register>>
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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.
PDA responds to West Virginia flooding
On June 23 heavy rainfall began to accumulate in West Virginia. By the following morning, 44 out of 55 counties in the state were declared a State of Emergency. Twenty-three people have died and more than 100 homes have been destroyed in the storm.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) reached out to the Presbytery of West Virginia and issued an immediate deployment of two PDA National Response Teams (NRT). The NRT teams will provide a ministry of presence to the presbytery and congregations, and assist with assessments.
Presbyterians are asked to Give, Act, and Pray to support relief efforts.
Find out how you and your church can help>>
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.
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."
Explore One Church, Many Voices >>
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>>
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>>