Eastminster Presbytery

for the Week of May 8, 2019
For correspondence mailing, please use the appropriate mailing address:
General Presbyter & Stated Clerk
1201 E Market St #427
Akron, OH
Business Administrator
P.O. Box 14439
Poland, OH 44514
Business Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm
Presbytery Calendar at a Glance

  • May 13-May 16, Atlanta Vital Congregations Conference.
  • May 21-AMC, First, Warren, 3:00 p.m.
  • May 31-Jun 1, EP - VC Retreat @ Loyola Retreat House, 5:30 p.m. check-in on the 31st.
  • Jun 4, Presbytery, First Church (Barberton). Registration begins 4:30 p.m.

EP-VC Retreat - Registration Deadline May 17th

Eastminster Presbytery invites ALL our congregations: pastor, leaders, members to attend an overnight EP - VC retreat at the Loyola Retreat House just south of Akron on May 31-June 1st . This retreat is designed to help us all further understand the Vital Congregations program and what will be asked of participating congregations over the course of the next three years; and to begin fostering closer relationships between our congregations. Our goal is to make this retreat available and affordable to all who would like to attend. The cost for the retreat is $80; however, Eastminster will share the cost and each participant will be asked to pay just $40 .
If your church has agreed to be a part of Vital Congregations, please send a delegation! If your church has been discerning if this is right for you, please send someone to join the retreat! If your church is sure they do not want to participate at this time, you can still send some folks to the retreat to see what your sister congregations will be up to over the next three years. We will all benefit from what God is doing through the Vital Congregations Initiative and hope you will join us on this journey.

Tentative First Day Agenda:

Friday, May 31st 5:30 p.m. Arrival and Check-In
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Program begins!

To register for the EP - VC Retreat, please click on the registration box below! Deadline to register is Friday, May 17th!

If you or your church has questions concerning Vital Congregations or the upcoming Retreat, please contact Rev. Cathy Ulrich , Rev. Jamie Milton , or Rev. Francie Fischer
Save the Date....

Eastminster Presbytery Stated Meeting
June 4, 2019
First Presbyterian Church of Barberton
636 Park Avenue
Barberton, OH 44203

3:30 p.m. Pre-Presbytery Presentation: Board of Pensions with Doug Portz
4:30 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Meeting called to order
Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Registration for the Presbyterian Youth Triennium is closing shortly. If any youth from your congregation are interested in attending, please contact Erika Carcelli ( erika@polandpresbyterian.org ) by May 18 th The PYT will be held July 16 th through July 20 th  at Purdue University. Our Presbytery will be traveling together as a group, hopefully on a charter bus. The cost for the PYT is $555.00. We are also still looking for a male chaperone to travel with us. Feel free to call or text Erika with any questions (330) 518-8834.  
Spread the word to young adults (ages 19-30) that JUNE 1 is the FINAL date to apply to the 2019-20  Young Adult Volunteer  year ! National sites are available.

Learn more online and  APPLY !!
MUSA 2019
Mission to the USA - Synod of the Covenant
Reverse mission. You do not go to Africa; our Synod brings Christian leaders to you. For three weeks. This coming October. They come from Muslim majority countries to inform and participate in your congregation and community. Most of it paid for by the Synod. Here is one great opportunity we have been doing for 35 years. Contact our Director, Steve Gorman, for details: 216-801-2036   stevegorman48@gmail.com  
God is opening one big door here!

Executive Leadership for Ministers Program
Howard University School of Business
May 20-24, 2019
Special Invitation and Registration Opportunity
Church Mutual Insurance Company Customers and Partners
The Howard University School of Business, Department of Executive Education in cooperation with our partners at Church Mutual Insurance Company invite you to participate in our 6th Annual Executive Leadership for Ministers Certificate Program.  This comprehensive executive program will take place May 20-24, 2019 at the Howard University School of Business . Learn More
Presbyterian Historical Society

Could you use more cabinet or shelf space in your church office? The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) can help!

PHS offers free climate controlled archive storage of your session minute books, congregational records, and much more. These records are easily accessible to the church if at some time information is needed regarding a past baptism, marriage or church membership by simply calling PHS and requesting an inquiry ... they do all the work!

To learn more about PHS click >> Presbyterian Historical Society or click on the button below to read the latest PHS Newsletter.
Around Eastminster Presbytery

  • Niles First Presbyterian Church
The youth of the Niles First Presbyterian Church are hosting a Craft Sale on Saturday, May 11th, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM . There will be food as well as a raffle in addition to the many craft tables. Hope to see you there!

  • Protestant Family Service
Annual Charity Golf Tournament  
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Mahoning Country Club 

For Sponsorship information and details download the flier >> Golf Tournament

  • Vienna Presbyterian Church
June 8th 9-4 Presbyterian Bargain Basement Sale at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Preview sale Friday night from 5-8 for $5

  • Heritage Presbyterian Church
Seeking part-time church secretary (Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Requirements: g ood communication skills, skilled with the computer and social media, and well organized. Candidate can apply on Indeed.com or by sending a letter of interest with resume to: Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1951 Mathews Road, Poland, OH 44514, Attn. Church Secretary. No phone calls, please.

Beaver Creek Camp has existed for over fifty years, supported by  Presbyterian churches in the Upper Ohio Valley.  The primary purpose is to provide Christian Camping during the summer months. Camp facilities are available for other uses during select weeks throughout the summer when  summer camp is not in session. Many weekends are also available during the summer, along with most days during the fall and spring months. Available dates can book up as early as a year in advance, so early reservations are recommended to secure facility use. For more information about Beaver Creek Camp visit beavercreekcamp. com or download the 2019 camp schedule .

Mission Housing at Canfield Presbyterian Church
We are an ideal home base for meaningful service that makes a difference!

We have newly renovated accommodations including:
- Lodging for 25- 30 people
- Separate sleeping rooms for men and women
- 28 comfortable cots available
- Separate restrooms and shower room facilities for men and women (handicap accessible)
- Access to a fully equipped kitchen

For more information, registration, or a downloadable brochure click >> Mission Housing
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