December 8, 2016        Issue #89

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Presbytery Staff

Ed Thompson
General Presbyter
Maureen Wright
Stated Clerk, Associate for Congregational Support

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

Office Administrator/Communications

Prayer List For Churches

Week 50 - December 11
Summerlee Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church, Nitro
First Presbyterian Church, Williamstown
In Kenya: Philip Nganatha Memorial Church
(Pronun: GAHNah-thah)

Week 51 - December 18
First Presbyterian Church, Bluefield
Highlawn Presbyterian Church, St. Ablans
First Presbyterian Church, Whitesville
In Kenya: Wandumbi Special School
(Pronun: wah-DOO'bee)

Week 52 - December 25
Bridgeport Presbyterian Church
Belle Presbyterian Church
In Kenya: Gatumbiro Church
(Pronun: Gah-toe BAY-'roh)

Included in this enews is the list of churches to pray for during 2017.
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A Word from our General Presbyter
--Ed Thompson
One of the things I used to do in Kansas was to put out a Top 10 list in our last newsletter of the year as a way of celebrating some of the highlights of the past twelve months. . . . READ ON.
Prayer Concerns
Nancy Frame is the Clerk of Session at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charleston. Pray for her recovery following open heart surgery at Duke Medical Center.

Nancy Martin, the CRE at the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church had a heart attack on November 29. She is now doing well and back home.

sympSympathy To . . . 
the family of Donald Steele who died October 2, 2016. Rev. Steele was ordained at First Presbyterian Church of Hinton, served Spencer and Ruffner churches, and, among other things, was on the staff of the Greenbrier Presbytery.

visitorsSpecial Visitors
Patrick and Katherine Nderitu will be visiting Jim and Ginger Carrano on  December 14, 2016, through January 14, 2017 . Please send cards of warm wishes in care of Jim Carrano - 210 11th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 or contact Jim Carrano  (304) 615.3211  
if you are going to be in Parkersburg and would like to visit with Patrick and Katherine.

As the year comes to an end, I want to encourage our churches to remit any amount remaining in Shared Mission pledge, Per Capita, OR other benevolence payments for 2016.  
The General Assembly is allowing us a little extra time to submit payments for this fiscal year. Please forward all remaining 2016 contributions to the Presbytery office by Tuesday, January 19, and those contributions will be included in 2016 records.

Some of our churches have already made pledges for the 2017 Shared Mission benevolence.  I would urge all our churches to return their pledge card to this office and to please do so at your earliest convenience, no matter what the response. 
If you have any questions about mission pledge, Per Capita, or other benevolences, please let us know  (call 304-744-7644, or email: Thank you.      -- Rocky Poole
Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox*
Early Discount Deadline
extended to December 12:
Are you serving in pastoral and/or educational leadership in your congregation . . . The Leadership Development Coordinating Team has planned . . .  READ ON.
Communication Workshop  
with Sky Kershner, February 10-11. 
Register by December 19.
Good communication is critical to successful leadership. This workshop will go over . . . read more by clicking HERE. 
Holiday Newsletter for Older Presbyterians (and their friends) 
December News from the Stewardship of Creation Ministry Team

    10 Tips for a Simpler More Meaningful Christmas

      Environmental Shopper

        Labyrinth in Marion County

          Solar Power

             and more! (Click right here!)

AnnChristmas Joy Offering Works for Ann . . . and You!
Ann gave her whole heart to her work as an educator for the church.  She worked for the church from 1947 to 1999 w
hen she retir ed for the third time, finally to live in one of our Presbyterian Retirement Homes.  After a long illness in 2005, her limited financial resources were gone.  But the support of the Christmas Joy offering kept her safe and in her same retirement home until her death this year.  Thank you for supporting the Christmas Joy offering  and making the last y ears of my beloved mentor's life comfortable and safe.  
B lessings!  Barbara Chalfant
Job Posting in Fairmont
First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont WV is currently seeking a part-time Discipleship Ministry Coordinator to lead and to grow our educational ministries. This position requires . . . Click here to continue reading.
Youth Day of Service - Mission Possible
will take place at three sites around the Presbytery 
WHO: Youth in grades 6-12 and their Adult Advisors  
DATES: February 4, 2017: 10 am - 4 pm. 
             Registration Deadline: January 19.
Projects will vary and will focus on helping those in need.  Read more by clicking here.
"Equipping Disciples" is back!*
The proposed Revised Directory for Worship will be the focus of these events taking place at several sites . . . Click HERE to continue reading.
Exploring Mind-Body Medicine
Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center in Charleston is offering a workshop on ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, experiential, and behavioral factors can directly effect health:
Thursday, December 15; 9 am - 12 noon
Click here for additional info and registration link.
WV State University Campus Ministry
In 2015 the Westminster Foundation requested area churches in the Kanawha Valley consider campus ministry at WVSU in Institute . . .
High School Youth Invited to Montreat
July 15-22 is the week for WV youth at Montreat in North Carolina.   Read all about it here  and note the EARLY registration deadline!
"Pray For" List of Churches for 2017*
Ready for you to include in local newsletters and weekly bulletins, the "Pray For" list includes the churches of the Presbytery of WV and our partner churches in Kenya. Click Here.
 CentsabilityCents-Ability Offering:  What you are doing to alleviate hunger in WV

Is your congregation participating in the Cents-Ability offering?  Then here is a taste of the fruitful work you are doing . . .  read more here.
introducingIn troducing New  Resources!  

chaplainsO n-call Chaplains Needed
CAMC is looking for on-call chaplains to cover mostly night shifts. They are looking for people with a Masters degree and a unit of CPE, but are willing to have a conversation with people who don't yet meet those requirements. Anyone who wants more information is welcome to contact:   Chaplain Julie Hitsman, MDiv,  CAMC Women and Children's Hospital,  304-388-2612,   or Rev. Ravi Isaiah
Read the Synod News by clicking HERE. 
Educators Gatherings 
are designed for those actively serving as professionals or volunteers in the educational ministry of their congregations.  Please participate as you are able. The gatherings will be at the presbytery office in South Charleston from 10 am - 1:30 pm on these Mondays: January 9, February 6, March 13, April 17 (tentative), and May 15. For more information, or to be added to the educators email list, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell.
Unique Scholarship Opportunity
Davis & Elkins College is seeking students who are interested in applying for a unique scholarship opportunity that focuses on faith, ethics, public policy, sustainability and service. This is a competitive scholarship for highly qualified and motivated individuals. Please share this information with potential students and encourage them to contact the Admission office for more information. Click HERE for the information flyer.
*Also on the webpage
You will find located on the Home page of the website (scroll down past the photo) direct links to recent newsletters, Equipping Disciples events, Ministry Toolbox events, the Pray-For church list for 2017, and Enews Archives. Please let us know how we can improve the website and whenever you encounter any problem with it. Thank you.
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