Two installation services for new pastors

The Presbytery of the Miami Valley, and its Moderator Larry Hollar, invite you to two upcoming installation services for pastors of churches in our midst.

Richard Baker
  Brian Maguire
Richard Baker
Brian Maguire

Sunday, November 2, at 3:00 P.M. is the service to install the Rev. Dr.  Richard Baker as Pastor and Head of Staff of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 North Wilkinson Street in  Dayton, Ohio 45402.

Sunday, November 16, at 3:00 P.M. is the service to install the Rev. Brian Maguire as Pastor and Head of Staff of Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Avenue in Kettering, Ohio 45429.

A festive reception will follow each service.

Installation services are significant moments in our presbytery’s life, as together we celebrate God’s work through the faithful mission and ministry of our churches. We hope you can be part of these important covenant events in November.

Directions and parking

To Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 North Wilkinson St., Dayton: The church is in downtown Dayton on the south side of First Street, between Wilkinson and Perry Streets. Free parking is available in the lot directly across from the front doors of the church, on First Street. Click here for directions and information on handicapped accessibility.

To Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Avenue, Kettering: The church is on the west side of Route 48 (Far Hills Avenue) in Kettering. There is ample parking behind the church off Foxridge Drive and in a smaller lot just south of the church on Far Hills. Click here for directions.

Catch the Building Spirit completes 22nd Habitat House build

Habitat House 2014Catch The Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian Churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 22nd house build together this summer.  Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable, Energy Star Certified home for a low-income family to purchase and own.

A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from the presbytery, which included Central, College Hill Community, Corinth, Fairmont, Fairborn First, Dayton Memorial, Southminister, Dayton Westminster, Bath, and Faith.  The churches provided meals, several hundred hours of volunteer labor, and over $13,000 in funding. Thanks for everyone’s support!

On September 6 we dedicated the new Habitat Home at 1388 Jordan Avenue in Dayton for Jean Claude and Patricie  Musafili and their five children. The Musafili family emigrated from Congo, Africa in 2011.  The family was elated with their new home.

The 2015 Presbyterian/Catholic build will again start on Memorial Day Weekend. For more information about how you and your church can get involved, email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360.

Around the Presbytery

Cancer Survivorship Forum November 8

Surviving and ThrivingSurviving and Thriving, an afternoon of sharing and learning how not just to survive cancer, but to thrive, will be held  November 8, 2:00-4:00 P.M. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville. The event organizers "invite anyone who is a cancer survivor, whether you are just on the other side of treatment or have been there for many years. This afternoon is designed to help you with every day issues like how to dress to hide scars; or what do you need to disclose in a job interview if you were off work for an extended period of time; and so much more." Register for this free event no later than November 5 by calling 888-227-6446 ext. 4701.

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Advent Images of Christ: A Look at Masterpieces in November

Advent Images of Christ: A Look at Masterpieces (from the BBC Film Series), a class sponsored by the Equipping for Ministry Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, will be held Sundays, November 9, 16, and 23, 3:00-4:30 PM, at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville. The class will be led by David Leach, Professor Emeritus at Wright State University, and is free of charge. Register today by calling 937-433-1810.

Musical weekend November 14 and 16

On Friday, November 14, 7:00 P.M., at First Presbyterian Church, Middletown,  "From Classical to Jazz"  will bring together the mighty power of the pipe organ accompanying instrumental and vocal numbers. This annual concert features Joyce Zigler, Music Director of FPC  and musicians from throughout the community showcasing the versatility of the organ. There is no charge for the concert, but for those who may enjoy a meal before the concert, a fundraising dinner will be held from 5:00-6:30 P.M. in Fellowship Hall. Tickets must be  purchased in advance by calling the church office at 513-422-6365.

On Sunday, November 16, 10:00 A.M.,  the  Central State University Chorus, directed by Jeremy Winston, will lead the worship service at FPC. "This highly acclaimed, internationally known Chorus will have the congregation clapping their hands and raising their voices in praise!"  All are welcome to attend. 

Westminster College offers scholarships to Presbyterian students

Westminster CollegeWestminster College, New Wilmington, PA, is offering  four-year PC(USA) Young Presbyterian Scholarships of $74,000 ($18,500 per year) for qualified students from PC(USA) churches. To qualify for the Young Presbyterian Scholarship students must be PC(USA) church members, have a 3.5 (or higher) cumulative High School GPA, and be nominated by their church (pastor, youth director, session). Nomination forms are due by December 1. Each PC(USA) congregation can nominate at least two qualifying graduating seniors for the scholarships each academic year.

More info and nomination form>>

The Christmas Joy Offering

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 21. Downloadable resources are available, including a Leaders Guide, Minutes for Mission, and Bulletin Inserts.

Learn more and get promotional resources>> 


Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly met at Muskingum University, New Concord, OH, on August 8-9. Part of the Assembly included an opportunity for presbyteries to share about the context of their ministry and exchange learning. Ruling Elder Larry Hollar, Moderator of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, presented for our presbytery.

Download Synod Assembly Highlights

An affordable way for churches to purchase the new Presbyterian hymnal

Glory to GodTo make purchasing the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, more affordable for congregations, interest-free payment plans are available. Place your order of 100+ copies of the pew edition and pay 25% when you order. Hymnals will ship as soon as your order is received. Receive an invoice with due dates for the remaining balances and freight charges split into three equal additional payments due every three months.

To take advantage of this offer, call a customer service operator at 800-533-4371.  Offer expires December 31, 2014.

Learn more about Glory to God>>

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>>

Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality November 3-5

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, will offer “Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality” as part of its innovative programs focusing on church leadership. This program is for leaders of churches with fewer than 150 members. This energetic and creative learning event will take place at the Center for Lifelong Learning on November 3-5.

More info & registration>>

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 CommunitiesIn 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>>



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