March 23, 2016        Issue #73

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Catch the General Presbyter at the following churches and events:
  • Joint Good Friday, 3/25/16, First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans
  • Easter Sunday, 3/27/16, Marlinton Presbyterian Church
  • Saturday, 4/2/16, Festival of Faith, First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
  • Sunday, 4/3/16, Summersville Presbyterian Church
  • Thursday, 4/7/16, Bridgeport Cluster Gathering
  • Sunday, 4/10/16, Frankfort Presbyterian Church
Presbytery Staff

Ed Thompson
General Presbyter

Maureen Wright
Stated Clerk

Rocky Poole
Financial Administration/Treasurer

Barbara Chalfant
Associate Presbyter for Mission

Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Ministry

Nellie Howard
Resource Center Director

Mark Miller
Bluestone Camp Director

Mark Parsons-Justice
Office Administrator/Communications

Prayer List For Churches

Week 13 - March 27
Second Presbyterian, Huntington
Liberty Presbyterian, Green Bank
Mill Creek Presbyterian Church
Wamagana (+Nursery School)
Parish: Giakanja

Week 14 - April 3
First Presbyterian, Oak Hill
Rome Presbyterian, Proctorville, Ohio
Parish: Gura

Week 15 - April 10
First Presbyterian, South Charleston
First Presbyterian, Terra Alta
Westminster Presbyterian, Charleston
Parish: Gura

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The General's WordGeneral
by Ed Thompson, General Presbyter
The Gospel of Mark tells us that as the women approached  the tomb on that first Easter morning they were wondering - and maybe we should say they were worrying - about who  would roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb . It  turns out they needn't have worried. When they arrived, they discovered that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. This caught them by surprise. Finding a young man in the tomb, presumably an angel, caught them by surprise. The news of the resurrection caught them by surprise. That is the reality of Easter. It is full of surprises. Really, our God is full of surprises.   Continue reading...
Planning Calendar OrdersCalendar
It's time to order the Presbyterian Planning Calendars! Email your orders to or click here to print the form.  Orders must be received on or before Thursday, April 21, 2016.
One Great Hour of SharingOne
We all have a gift to give. The contributions we make each day are as unique as we are: we may give our talents to accomplish something, give our time to help someone, or give our resources to further a cause. While our individual gifts have great value, so much more is gained when we share them in faithful collaboration.  Continue reading...
Shared Mission Pledge Cards shared
Notice to Church Pastors, Treasurers, and Clerks:   As the first quarter comes to a close, this is friendly reminder from your presbytery Treasurer that, if your church has not returned a Shared Mission Pledge card to the presbytery office, it is not too late to do so. Your church's response to the Shared Mission Pledge request is information vital to the efficient and effect management of the presbytery's financial resources and assets. If you are unsure if your church has returned pledge card or have any questions, please call Rocky Poole, Presbytery Treasurer, 304-744-7634.
Joint Good Friday WorshipGoodFriday
The congregations of First, Highlawn, and Riverlawn Presbyterian Churches of St. Albans and First Presbyterian Church of Nitro,  would like to invite you, along with those in your congregations and communities, to join us for a special time of worship, an upcoming Good Friday Tenebrae Service. T his year's service will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Kanawha Terrace, Saint Albans, 25177, beginning at  7 PM.

Dating back to before the 8th century, the service progresses from light to dark.  The word tenebrae literally means "shadows."  As each candle is extinguished, it symbolizes the shadows that surrounded Jesus and the cross.  Total darkness reminds us of Christ's death and the tomb. The readers represent all of humanity sharing in responsibility for Jesus sacrifice for our sins.
2016 Youth Trienniumtriennium
The Triennium registration deadline is fast approaching on March 31. If you know of a youth  who is interested in attending this every third year, faith nurturing event for Presbyterians, please be sure  his/her registrations are in the presbytery office by that date. The dates for this event are Tuesday, July  19-Saturday, July 23, with a mandatory overnight gathering at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, on  the evening of Monday, July 18.
Session Records Reviewrecords
Session Records Review events will take place throughout the Presbytery in the coming months. Clerks are invited to attend any of the Session Record Review gatherings in order to complete the Minutes Review requirement (G-3.0108a). A complete checklist is available here:   Session Records Review Checklist 2016. Here is the schedule of reviews:
  • Charleston Cluster - 04/02/16 during Festival of Faith, First Presbyterian, Charleston
  • Clarksburg Cluster - 04/03/16 at Glenville Presbyterian, Glenville, at 3 PM 
  • Mountain Valley Cluster - 04/10/16 at Davis Memorial, Elkins, at 3 PM
  • Parkersburg Cluster - 04/17/16 at Beulah Humble Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, WV, at 3 PM
  • Beckley Cluster - 04/24/16; Beckley Presbyterian Church, at 3 PM
  • Greenbrier Valley Cluster - 05/01/16 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, at 3 PM
Got Good News?GoodNews
Does your church have good news to share? Let us all celebrate with you! Share it with us so the whole Presbytery can rejoice! In God's economy, no news is too small to celebrate!  Send your Good News tidbit (a sentence or two) to so we can include it in the newsletter.
  • We celebrate with Fayetteville Presbyterian as they welcomed their new (Stated Supply) pastor, Bob Wood, on Sunday, March 6, with a spaghetti dinner following the church service.  
  • We celebrate with the Logan Cluster and the Teays Valley Cluster as they have joined in prayer as part of the Prayer Vision Initiative.
  • The March 12 Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop at First Presbyterian Charleston was a success with 76 attendees. One half of those attending were from Presbytery churches; represented were Bradley, Comfort, First Williamstown, Highlawn, Riverlawn, Rock Lake, Village Chapel. Eight other denominations were represented, including folks from Ohio and Kentucky.  Dr. Schooley was engaging as he taught skills to assist those grieving losses and how to begin a Stephen Ministry Program in your own congregation. 
Confirmation Retreatconfirmation
Does your church have only a few youth who might be interested in Confirmation? Have you been wondering what to do about a Confirmation Class? Join with youth from other churches in a CONFIRMATION RETREAT for youth in grades 6 and above at Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, Friday, April 15-Saturday, April 16. We will begin at 7 PM on Friday and end at 5 PM on Saturday. There must be one adult (Teaching Elder or Ruling Elder) with each group of youth. Material used will be our denomination's confirmation curriculum,  Professing Our Faith . For more information, or to register youth, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell, 304-645-4568 or The registration deadline is Monday, April 11.
The Guys Weekend 2016 guys
Every year, men from all over the Presbytery of WV gather for The Guys Weekend, a men's retreat designed to encourage you in your faith in Jesus Christ and give you an opportunity to serve making Bluestone Camp the best camp possible, all in the midst of an incredible retreat experience, filled with lots of laughs, great grub, time to hang out, and much more. Join us April 22-24 at Bluestone Camp. Our guest speaker this year comes all the way from Flower Mound, Texas, Alf Laukoter, who will focusing on "Becoming Fools for Christ." You can find more information and the registration forms at .
Synod Regional Connection for Partnership and Networking synod
You are invited to the Synod of the Trinity's Regional Connection for Partnership and Networking. "Partnership and Networking around what," you might ask? "Partnership and Networking for whom?" you might ask?

This "first run" Regional Connection is an opportunity for us (the Synod of the Trinity!) to gather and spend time together in a new way that is not the same as our large Assembly. We gather, not as the Synod in its governance work, but as the Synod - its people, presbyteries and congregations - in relationship for ministry: many people with many gifts, seeking to serve Christ's Kingdom.
  Events will run from April 21 through April 26, with several event locations and focus areas.   For complete event details,  click here.   To register, click here!  
Small Church Conference  small
 Ministry Molded by Mountains
Year III: Mustard Seed Ministry
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Fayetteville Presbyterian Church

For more information, click here!
Faith and Social Responsibility Webinar Slated for May 10Faith
PC(USA) will be offering a Faith and Social Responsibility Webinar on May 10, 2016, from 12 PM - 1 PM, EDT.  For more information,  click here.
Bluestone Golf Tournament  golf
The Friends of Bluestone 6th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on May 14 at Scarlet Oaks in Poca.  In addition to needing golfers to support the event, the Friends of Bluestone are soliciting sponsorships from businesses and churches.  For all the details,   click here!
WV Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps Mission OpportunityWVMAW
WV Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps Inc. is offering a mission opportunity August 14-18, 2016, in Hampden, WV.  Click the link for more information!  WVMAW Mission Opportunity
Children's Bible School VBS
New Resources! newresources
For a list of the newest resources,  click here!
Of Bed Bugs, Clothing Closets,bedbugs Thrift Stores, and Church Ministries
Bed bugs are back in WV with a vengeance! And they don't care if you drive a Porsche or a Pinto. Bring  home bed bugs, and you get more than you bargained for: infestations, perhaps thousands of dollars in  extermination fees, loss of property, isolation and anxiety. Follow these tips to help avoid infesting your  belongings, home, church and ministry.  Read more here!

Bluestone Announces Summer Camp Datesbluestone
It's time to register for Bluestone Camp! Complete camp information can be found online at   To register, download the  Bluestone eBrochure 2016.
Summer Camp Staff Neededstaff
Bluestone is now receiving staff applications for Summer Camp! Anyone interested please see the information contained on the flyer ( Click Here! ). To apply for a position, please visit 
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Spirits healthy
More than 1,000 West Virginians of faith say they want to change the health of our churches and state!  Watch the video, join the network, and share it with your friends!
Nurturing Faith Ideasnurturing
The Nurture Committee has released the next five months of "Nurturing Faith Ideas" to be shared with those in your pews as a way of connecting worship on Sunday morning with faith and faith conversations throughout the week. You will find these ideas for April through May a Nurturing Faith Ideas .
Editor's Note:
In order to keep the  PWV Newsletter fresh, articles sent for publication will generally run for two consecutive issues.  If you wish for a piece to continue to run, please resubmit. We encourage you to reword, add a photo (or different photo), or change the piece in some way so that the news stays fresh and interesting. 
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