Connecting and equipping congregations to bear witness to the overwhelming hope, audacious joy, and contagious love of Jesus Christ.

This Week: Rev. Dr. Erwin Goedicke, North Church



Black History Month Service
"Still I Rise!"
Live-streamed February 24 at 9 AM
Upcoming Events
February - March
2021 CALENDAR

Tuesday 23 February
9:30AM Bible Study for Pastors and Preachers, by Zoom (Rev. Stacey Midge)

Thursday 25 February
9:30AM Presbytery Staff Meeting
10:00AM COM Leadership Team Meeting, by Zoom

Friday 26 February – Saturday 27 February
Future Church Summit – see below and Lisa for more details!
 
Tuesday 2 March
9:30AM Bible Study for Pastors and Preachers, by Zoom (Rev. Stacey Midge)

Wednesday 3 March
6:00PM COM Meeting, by Zoom

Thursday 4 March
4:00PM Trustees Meeting, by Zoom

Friday 5 March – Sunday 7 March
NEXT Conference
 
Monday 8 March
6:00PM Presbyterian Foundation Small Church Forum, via Zoom – see below and Lisa for more details!


Presbytery of Cincinnati
Mission Partner
SMALL MEMBERSHIP CHURCH FORUM:
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK
 
Monday, March 8 2021
6:00PM-8:00PM, via Zoom
 
The Presbyterian Foundation is partnering with the Presbytery of Cincinnati’s Center for Learning to offer a FREE Zoom forum looking at the smaller church and the current financial challenges of ministry.
 
Pastors, Treasurers, Clerks of Session and active members are STRONGLY encouraged to attend this workshop. There is no limit to the number of attendees, and we want to offer ideas, insights and intentions as we consider, together, all the possibilities before us.
 
Small churches are defined as those with membership of 50 or less – but all the churches of the Presbytery are invited!
 
Please RSVP by March 1st (with the number from your church, and names) to dawnmarie@cpresby.org, or call Lisa if you have questions (513/885-5434). 
 
We’ll send the zoom link closer to the event.
Free Training Opportunity from the
Presbytery of Cincinnati Center for Learning!

Friday February 26, 7PM-9PM
Saturday February 27 9AM-3:30PM
Speakers include Michael Beck, Tod Bolsinger, Shannonn Keiser, Keisha Polonio,
and Len Sweet, with Topics such as:
Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission in a Polarized, Post-Corona, Hyper-Connected World
Minefields and Goldmines: What to Anticipate in the New World
The Plans I Have for You: Why Your Church's Destiny Lies in its History
The Church Has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing congregations from the outside-In
The Power to Become the Church of Tomorrow: Becoming the Church of Tomorrow Today
LOTS OF Q&A and engagement!
 
This is FREE to you – don’t miss it. 
LENT RESOURCES

Synod and Presbyteries offer full services,
or just Scripture and Sermon,
for each Sunday of Lent,
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
and the Sunday after Easter.
Ash Wednesday – Presbytery of Cincinnati
Lenten Sundays – Maumee Valley Presbytery
Maundy Thursday – Presbytery of Lake Michigan
Good Friday – Synod of the Covenant and the Michigan Black Presbyterian Caucus
Sunday after Easter – Eastminster Presbytery and Presbytery of the Western Reserve
Easter Resources
The Ferncliff Easter-in-a-Basket will provide a week-long experience from Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Easter, diving into the stories that prepare us for Easter.

Easter-in-a-Basket will hold 8 mini lessons, one for each day from Palm Sunday to Easter. These Holy Week activities will be low stress for busy folks, encourage family and community connection, and help you prepare for Easter! Over the course of the week, you will be creating your own Easter basket to help you celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter!

Kennedy Heights hosts
"Vespers at Lent"

March 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

A service of multicultural word, music, and dance live on Zoom, that provides an opportunity to share our various histories, enrich each other's worship experience, and make all of us more comfortable with our differences.

Please invite your friends and families to be a part of this worship service. 

If you or your congregation would like to participate, with anthems, solos, or liturgy, please contact Elders Patricia Brown [patgreenebrown@gmail.com], Janet Langhorst [jlanghorst@cinci.rr.com] or leave a message at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church [513-631-1114]. 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
 
Newly elected and ordained ruling elders and deacons in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) can now access resources that will guide them in understanding the constitutional questions of the denomination.

"Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons based on the Constitutional Questions" is the first initiative launched as part of the Church’s Year of Leader Formation. The focus on the constitutional questions of the PC(USA) makes this a robust training!

 
Creating Engaging Online Worship
FaithLead
March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 1:00 PM CST    Via Webcast | LIVE ONLINE
Registration cost $55.00
Four one-hour webcast sessions, every Thursday in March from 1 PM - 2 PM
  • Discuss the critical and applicable ways of engaging your faith community in online worship.
  • Interactive on your specific wants, needs, and fears within a safe context, with chance to learn and apply
  • What You’ll Learn:
  • The elements that create unique, digitally diverse worship experiences
  • Ways of incorporating audio and visual techniques effectively
  • How to bridge the gap between an in-person experience and virtual formats
  • What to do (and not to do) when you have both face-to-face and remote
 


Stewardship Kaleidoscope – Right here in Cincinnati!
Meet Our Speakers!

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2021 will be in Cincinnati, OH,
September 13-15, as well as offering a virtual experience.
This annual conference offers education, worship, and amazing opportunities for growth in stewardship and generosity.
This year we are excited to announce that Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience will join us for two plenary sessions, with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), leading us in worship.
The Presbytery of Cincinnati is partnering with the Presbyterian Missions Agency on this event, and the offering will go toward our mission partner
Our Daily Bread! 

We will have more than two dozen workshops for in-person attendees that address topics from the spirituality of stewardship to practical tools for managing pledge campaigns.

Stewardship Kaleidoscope draws leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other ecumenical partners with content designed to help participants explore stewardship that has a real impact on ministry.

Look for more speaker announcements and news about registration coming soon!

Find additional information about the 2021 and past conferences HERE
Congratulations to our own Rev. Amy Snow!
Invited Speaker
2021 BLACK CHURCH STUDIES CONSULTATION
POWER, ACTION, AND JUSTICE:
African American Rural Ministry for the 21st Century
February 19, 2021
 
“Assessing Prophetic Leadership With Regard to Racial Justice in the Non-Black Teaching Elders of the Presbytery of Cincinnati”

For many years, the Presbytery of Cincinnati has supported the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC).

Two of our Presbytery members – Patricia Brown (Board) and Bob Clary (Advisory Council) have served them faithfully.

Our financial situation and the One Hopeful Fund policy have made it so that we cannot continue to support them from the Presbytery Operating Fund. 

Our OHF monies go to our churches and the policy states we cannot donate to private 501c3’s.

That said, we are looking at ways we can partner with MARCC going forward, particularly as they work on homelessness in Cincinnati. 

Any individual church looking to support this great organization can get information here.

as of 2-22-21
The Presbytery Office is at Level Three of our Pandemic Plan.
The Presbytery office will remain closed to the public for the immediate future.
Lisa will largely be in the office. The rest of the staff will work remotely.
Anyone needing to come to the Presbytery Office call Lisa on her cell at 513/885-5434.

Masks are required and sanitizer is available in the office.

All committees should plan to schedule meetings/ministry teams/work groups via Zoom.
Thank you for your cooperation. Stay safe!! We are praying for you all!!!
NEXT CONFERENCE 2021

BREAKING, BLESSING, BUILDING
A Call For The Common Good
A FREE Live-Streamed Gathering for ALL Church Leaders
March 5-7, 2021
Don't miss this event!
ELDER AND DEACON
Form Your Faith. Anytime. Anywhere.


BOOKS:
The Presbyterian Ruling Elder: An Essential Guide, Revised for the New Form of Government

The Presbyterian Deacon: n Essential Guide, Revised for the New Form of Government
STEWARDSHIP
The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong - TED Talk featuring Dan Pallotta

Not Your Parent's Offering Plate - book by J. Clif Christopher



PRESBYTERY STAFF AND OFFICERS
Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter

Rev. Erwin Goedicke, Stated Clerk

DawnMarie Hayes, Office Manager

Jonathan Sparks-Franklin, Dir. UKirk Cincinnati
Barbara Jean Havens, EAC Coordinator

Bill Maney, Treasurer

Rev. Carol Holbrook Prickett, Moderator

Elder Carol Buckhout, Vice Moderator

Elder Bill Bogdan, Council Chair