Eastminster Presbytery

for the Week of July 3, 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
** The Presbytery Office will be closed on July 4th and 5th **
Happy 4th of July to All!
Minister's Communion

As a way to Empower Servant Leadership , the fourth mark of Vital Congregations, Rev. Cath Ulrich will lead a Minister's Communion service for all clergy of Eastminster Presbytery (TE, CRE, and HR) on Thursday, July 18th, 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Park Presbyterian Church, 275 S. Firestone Blvd, Akron, OH 44301. Lunch (on your own) will follow at the Waterloo Restaurant, 423 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron.
In order to make a group reservation at Waterloo and plan for the communion service, please click on the Minister's Communion button below if you are planning on attending. We hope you will take advantage of sharing the Spirit, time, and fellowship with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Council Reminder

Council Members... Please mark your calendars that the Presbytery Council Meeting has been changed to Monday, July 29th. Council will still meet at 3:00 p.m. at Petersburg Presbyteryian Church, 13996 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, 44454.
Addition to Your Summer Reading List:
The Co-Moderators of the General Assembly have recommended the book Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission for congregational and presbytery study. At our September Presbytery meeting , Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, one of those Co-Moderators, will be joining us and we will be discussing the book. Whether you plan to attend that meeting or not, this book has something to say to each church in our presbytery. This book includes practical advice for assessing the ministry your church is already engaged in and for discerning what new areas of ministry your church might be called into as you evaluate the community around you. As our presbytery prepares to embark on a journey through the Vital Congregations Initiative with several churches, this book is a good starting place for us all as it lifts up several of the “marks” of what makes up a vital congregation. The questions at the end of each of the 5 chapters should foster lively discussion, prayerful discernment, and playful dreaming. Plus, the book is only a little over 100 pages! You are encouraged to read this individually, as a book group, a session, or as a church-wide endeavor. May God bless our churches as we read and study together!

If you have any questions please contact Council Member Rev. Jamie Milton at: pastorjmilton@gmail.com or (330) 652-5712

The book may be purchased in paperback or e-book format from www.pcusastore.com or another favorite online or retail book shop.
Eastminster Presbytery
Representatives for the 224th General Assembly

The 224th General Assembly will take place June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore. Our Nominations and Representation Committee is now accepting applications for Teaching Elder Commissioner, Ruling Elder Commissioner, and Young Adult Advisory Delegate. Application Deadline: September 3, 2019 . All costs for those elected by Eastminster Presbytery as Commissioner or Delegate (TE, RE, or YAAD) will have their travel, lodging, and per diem costs covered by General Assembly per capita. The only costs incurred by Commissioners or Delegate (TE, RE, YAAD) will be personal expenses.

The General Assembly (GA) reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church. GA has several specific responsibilities. The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice, is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.

Information and Application links are provided below for those interested in any of the above listed positions or visit eastminsterpresbytery.org /Quick Links on the Main Page or the Resources tab. Questions can be emailed to Ruth Cole , Committee Moderator.

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DiscipleFest 2019

October 12, 2019

Poland Presbyterian Church
2 Poland Manor
Poland, OH 44514

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Kristin Stroble
Submit your proposal for an Ignite talk at this year's Disciplesfest!

Our 2019 DiscipleFest will engage you in creative, spirit-inspired worship, and equip you with ideas to take back to your congregations. We also recognize that there is great wisdom in our midst for creating worship that challenges, teaches, transforms,and deepens our relationships with God and each other. In that spirit we invite you to share the creative, life-giving things that are happening with worship in your congregation. Each presentation is to be 5 minutes or less (and will be timed) and is to be designed in a way that sparks imagination and gets people thinking about the small and large ways we can transform our worship services.

Ignite is a feature of the PCUSA Next Church Gatherings ( nextchurch.net ) and there are Ignite talks around the country, based on the mission that "Everyone Speaks." For more information on the beginnings of Ignite talks go here:  http://www.ignitetalks.io/about.

Submit creative, life-giving things that are happening with worship in your congregation to: Diane (diane@eastminsterpresbytery.or g )
Presbyterian Planning Calendar

Eastminster is currently taking orders for the 2019-2020 Planning Calendar. By placing a bulk order, the cost of the calendar is $9.00 each. Please mail Order Form along with payment to: Eastminster Presbytery / P.O. Box 14439 / Poland, OH 44514. Must be received by August 2, 2019.
Eastminster Presbytery Treasurer

Eastminster Presbytery is seeking to fill the position of Treasurer. The Treasurer position is approximately 10 hours per month and a small stipend will be paid. The Treasurer is required to attend the Administrative Ministry Committee meetings as well as the quarterly council and stated meetings of Presbytery. A job description can be found by clicking on the link below. Questions or interest can be submitted to AMC chair, John Pogue at  j pogue@hhmlaw.com

Continuing Education Opportunity
October 18, 2019
DiVieste's - $35 / 6 CE Hours

S afe and Together: Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and Mental H ealth
Many child welfare cases involve multiple issues, including substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health issues. Often these are seen as "co-occurring" and families are sent to different service providers for each issue. But, research shows us that they are often points of intersection related to each other. This advanced training explores these intersections and looks at how perpetrators can use substances or mental health conditions as another means of control; how adult and child survivors turn to substances to cope; and the impact of domestic violence on victims' ability to secure treatment.

For a printable flyer to post on your congregation's bulletin board and additional information >>

Invitation from The Pittsburgh Chapter of Presbyterian Association of Musicians

Come to Unity Presbyterian Church, Greentree on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 for a terrific program entitled Introducing the revised Book of Common Worship presented by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, co-editor of the BCW and musician as well as associate for worship in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship and a member of the Hymnal Committee. See his video:   https://share.icloud.com/photos/024fIsZChSqvK2hjba7Ka_kxQ#Louisville_-_East_Main

This is a daylong event starting at 9:00 a.m. with registration; 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer; morning session; lunch; afternoon session and closing worship with communion using All Saints liturgy. We will be finished by 3:00 p.m. Fee for the day, including lunch, is $25/person; $20/person in groups of 2 or more; $15/student. Contact Lynne Williams at lewilliams213@gmail.com for more information. A more detailed email will follow in a few months.
Around Eastminster Presbytery

Canfield Presbyterian Church is seeking a Youth Ministry Leader to work with developing, planning, coordinating and leading ministry for youth grades 5-12. Experience in education and recruiting and managing volunteers preferred. The position is part time, up to 20 hours per week. Letters of interest and resumes may be sent to lbowald@canfieldpresbyterian.org

Position Description
First Presbyterian Church of Salem, Ohio is seeking a Financial Secretary .

The Financial Secretary will have general responsibility for accurate accounting procedures related to receiving and dispersing church funds. 

Applicant must be a high school graduate with a two-year accounting degree or equivalent experience. They need strong computer skills and must be proficient in multiple computer programs such as Excel and Word. Experience with ACS or equivalent non-profit software preferred.

Strong people skills are necessary.  Integrity, accountability, reliability and conscientiousness are required.  Applicant must pass a background check.

The Financial Secretary must maintain strict confidentiality and will adhere to the policy on confidentiality of the church.

Special Job Requirements
This is an hourly part time position requiring 16-20 flexible hours per week. Pay range is from $10-15 per hour. Applicant must be able to negotiate steps.

A complete job description is available upon request.

Send resume to:
Attention: Personnel Committee Or to  office@fpcsalem.org
First Presbyterian Church of Salem
436 East Second Street
Salem, Ohio 44460-9744

  • Northminster Investigating Yoking

Northminster Presbyterian Church in Cuyahoga Falls was formed in 1953. Our congregation, as with many mainline denominational churches, has been through many challenges. Through it all, Northminster has remained a caring, friendly and vibrant congregation in our community and Eastminster Presbytery!

Currently, Northminster has a task force working to discern the possibility of yoking with another congregation. We would welcome any insight, experiences and prayers during this time. We believe the challenges and changes for our times call us to seek new ways to be the church together. Yoking churches is one way in which we can be good stewards of our resources and be connectional in our ministry and witness to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Church Office   330-928-8885          northminsterpcfalls@gmail.com
Paul Stocker    216-392-9520      pstocker3@gmail.com

  • Wickliffe Presbyterian Church (45 Idlewood Dr, Austintown, OH 44515)

SING – Spiration
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy an evening of Live Music with a Live Band. Enjoy music to sing with and be inspired by!

Beaver Creek Church Camp was founded 65 years ago by the old Mahoning and Steubenville Presbytery and called Presmast (MAhoning and STeubenville).  Today its board is made up of representatives of the successor Presbyteries Eastminster and Upper Ohio Valley.  The camp this year runs from July 5-August 10.  The camps are:

Overnighter July 5-6
Senior High July 7-12
Junior (5th and 6th) July 14-19
Junior High (7th and 8th) July 21-26
Pre-Junior (2nd-4th) July 29-31 
Family Camp August 2-4 
Alumni Day August 10.

Counselors are needed. If you want to donate food items the follow would be appreciated: canned vegetables or fruit, cereal, paper products, s'mores fixings, condiments, cake mix, oats, pasta. Call Steve Cramer (330-921-1115) with any questions

For more information about Beaver Creek Camp visit beavercreekcamp. com.
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