June 22, 2017        Issue 102
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Maureen Wright
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Rocky Poole
Financial Administration/Treasurer

Barbara Chalfant
Associate Presbyter for Mission

Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Ministry

Nellie Howard
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Mark Miller
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Save the Date: Small Church Conferencesmallchurch

The fourth annual Small Church Conference will take place Saturday, September 23, 2017. This will be a 
time of joyful reunions and learning ways that God empowers our ministries, as well as gaining a renewed and strengthening sense of what it means to be the people of God, growing stronger together as a presbytery ready for an exciting, meaningful and confident future in faith, hope and love. Save the date magnets are available at the Presbytery office and will also be distributed at the next Presbytery Meeting.
Prayer List for Churchesprayforchurch
Week 26 - June 25
First Presbyterian Church, Weston
Baxter Presbyterian Church, Dunmore
Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Slatyfork
In Kenya: Kigwandi  ( Kay-GWAH'dee ) Presbyterian Church

Week 27 - July 2
Canyon Community Church, Morgantown
First Presbyterian Church, Colcord
First Presbyterian Church, Fairmont
In Kenya: 
Rev. Naman Githenya (NAH'mahn Gith-THEN'yuh) Memorial Presbyterian 
 
Week 28 - July 9
Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Charleston
First Presbyterian Church, Kenova
In Kenya: Thunguma (THO-GOH'mah) Presbyterian Church
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edthompsonA Word from our General Presbyter
Ed Thompson
     OK. We're not as inclusive as we want or need to be. I got a call after our last newsletter complaining that the statement on inclusivity adopted by the Bluestone Committee didn't include any mention of people with disabilities. Fair enough. It doesn't. I think we intended to include everyone. That's what we want to do and what we were trying to do. But we fell short. Although that was unintentional, that doesn't diminish the impact, especially on those who may already feel overlooked or ignored.
     So we'll look at the statement again. And, probably more importantly, we'll think about how we can better include children and youth with disabilities in our camping program. That's not necessarily going to be easy. But it will be the right thing to do.
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Missing Recordsrecords
This week, it was discovered that two bound volumes of Presbytery minutes are not in the office. The bound volumes of Presbytery minutes do not circulate; the past five years are available online and copies of 2002 to 2012 are available to be sent to you electronically. Anyone wishing to conduct research of 1987 to the present is able to work at the office by making arrangements with Stated Clerk Maureen Wright. If you removed the bound volumes of 2004 and/or 2010, please bring them to the office or call the Stated Clerk to make arrangements for their return.  
Presbytery phone number changephones
Last month, we updated our phone system, including eliminating the direct dial numbers that some staff members had. Now, the only number you need to call to reach anyone in the office is the  main number, 304-744-7634.
Prayer Concernprayers
Christina Tutterow, the interim pastor at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Please keep her, her husband Robin and the church in your prayers. 
mission Flood Update: WV VOAD bridge project completes 35th bridge
  Families on Elmer Brown Drive in Delbarton
check out their new bridge.

     Two years ago, there was a flood in Mingo County. For 14 families on Elmer Brown Drive in Delbarton, it was a day that changed everything. The flood waters cut into the hill under the bridge they relied on, and the side of the state road caved in, causing the structure of the bridge to fall 3 feet, twisting the metal and making the bridge unpassable.
     The families were cut off from direct access to schools, medical help and easy access to supplies. As the water receded, they found paths to get in and out. But hauling groceries down a railroad track, across a stream, up a bank and a mile down a gravel road by wheelbarrow is a bit more labor intensive than driving home in a car.  None of the 14 families, though, had the resources to rebuild the bridge, and it was not a state-owned bridge.
First Presbyterian, Logan celebrates many blessings on Pentecost logan
Rev. Jim Musgrave preaches at First Presbyterian in Logan on Pentecost. (Photo by Lisa Haddox-Heston)

     On Sunday, June 4, the congregation and friends of First Presbyterian Church of Logan celebrated! While a Pentecost celebration is not unusual in Presbyterian congregations, the number of things celebrated in addition to Pentecost was noteworthy.
     As a group, the congregation removed the older blue hymnals from the pews and replaced them with the beautiful, purple Glory to God hymnals that were provided with a generous gift from the late Liz Spurlock, a member of the congregation and choir.  At the same time, they dedicated and celebrated recent renovations to their sanctuary and received a new member into their flock. 
     Finally, in a time filled with very mixed emotions, they released Jim Musgrave from his covenant for interim service with the congregation. Jim has been a true friend to everyone there during the last 2.5 years of their search process. They rejoice that they had this time with Jim and will miss his Ministry of Soup, but they look forward to their new friendship that is set to begin in mid-July with their newly-called minister, Rev. Kevin Geurink.  
Eleanor Presbyterian Church opens the town's first Little Free Library eleanor
     Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front yard book exchanges number 36,000 in 70 countries around the world. Now, there is one at Eleanor Presbyterian Church! Located in front of the church at 205 Eleanor Circle, the town's first Little Free Library will allow people to take a book, share it and give books of their own.
     The Little Free Library was dedicated at noon on Sunday, June 18, following the church's worship service. Debbie Yeager thought of the library as a way for her church to give back to the community. Pastor John Yeager built the library as a replica of the church - even down to the red front door. The books are free for everyone to share and pass on. People may also bring their own books to leave in the library. Books will be for all ages and cover a variety of subjects.
     Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. Debbie said, "We at Eleanor Presbyterian Church are glad to do this as Disciples of Christ with love."  

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Check out the June Older Adult Ministry Newsletter for the Presbytery of WV
We invite you to print and include this newsletter in your bulletins, give it to your congregation and distribute widely. We hope it is helpful for your congregation and community. If you would like to add your name to the free subscription list, please email office@wvpresbytery.org. 
First Presby Poetry Nightspoetry
First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston is seeking poetry lovers for its First Presby Poetry Nights this summer. The group gathers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Room A-203 to share favorite and original pieces. They will also discuss the different emotions and topics that poetry lets readers experience. First Presby Poetry Nights are free and open to the public. Call 304-343-8961. 
Rock Lake Arts Camparts
     Next month, Rock Lake Presbyterian Church's Community Life Center will once again host a free summer arts camp for children. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 10-14 and July 17-21 with a theme of "My Home Among the Hills." 
     Children who will be in grades 1-8 in the fall are eligible to attend; there is space for 150 campers total. They will take classes in music, art, theater, voice, dance and life skills, with lessons including square dance, hillbilly folklore and folk art. Lunch and snacks are included.
     Contact Noel Hardman at rocklakeartscamp@gmail.com or 304-768-4141 to register.
Faith & Family Night at WV Power Park power
On Friday, July 14, the West Virginia Power is hosting a Faith & Family Night, which includes a concert by the winner of New Life 94.5's Power Factor competition in addition to the Power's game against the Augusta GreenJackets and post-game fireworks. Churches are invited to bring their congregations or youth groups. The concert runs 6-6:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05 p.m. Box tickets are $6, and box tickets with a hot dog, chips and soda are $10.
Davis-Stuart Executive Directordavis
     Since the recent resignation of its former Executive Director, the Davis-Stuart, Inc. Board of Directors has appointed a search committee that has reviewed and updated the position description for the Executive Director. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15.
     The successful candidate will possess an advanced level degree in an area of human services or a behavioral health field from an accredited graduate school. Experience in management in a congregate or group care setting is preferred. Prior experience in the financial aspects of nonprofit work is a plus.  It is desired but not required for the Executive Director to be a licensed behavioral health provider or capable of licensure. Because this agency is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a commitment to work with the denomination and the presbytery and to operate the agency within that covenant relationship is required. The Executive Director shall fulfill all requirements related to employment within a residential child care facility that would apply to staff primarily working directly with residents, including background checks and a drug screening. A valid driver's license is required.
     The mission of this agency involves providing residential therapeutic treatment to adolescents. While this is an administrative position, it is expected that the Executive Director shall interact on a regular basis with staff, residents, legislators, licensure officials, donors, potential donors, residents' family members, judges and court personnel. The ability to interact in a positive and meaningful way is essential to this position. Good written and verbal communication skills are important. 
     To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest and resume to Susan Perry, P.O. Box 112, Logan, WV 25601 or email those documents to her at perrychick112@aol.com.  
Upcoming events from The Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary union

Church Business Administration courses 
July 18-27 
   These are core courses needed for church administrator certification by The Church Network, though any pastor, church administrator, office manager, communications specialist or other interested person may take them. They are Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Communications, Finances, Legal and Tax Issues and Facilities and Property. All are one day each, except Human Resources and Finances, which are two days each.  
     Week one is Strategic Planning, Human Resources and Communications; week two is Finances, Legal and Tax Issues and Facilities and Property. Cost is $670 for both weeks, $335 for one or $100 for individual courses; this includes lunch each day. 
     Additionally, people can participate in a one-day event on Saturday, July 22 that gives .2 CE units each in four courses: Technology Basics, Technology Trends, Self-Care for Church Administrators and Theology and Ethics of Church Administration. Each course is two hours, and the schedule, which begins at 8:30 a.m., follows the order of the list above. Cost is $25 per course. 

Seminary for a Day -  Saturday, Sept. 23 
     In addition to two keynotes, participants can choose two of 12 workshops (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) to participate in. See the list of workshops here. Keynote speakers are Union's Richard W. Voelz in the morning and Duke Divinity School's Luke A. Powery in the afternoon. Cost is $25. Get more information and register here

Mission Possible: Embracing the Task of Strategic Visioning - Oct. 9-12
     This four-day workshop for pastors, church administrators and educators features Olanda Carr, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. He will lead participants to explore critically and statistically the state of today's mainline churches and who we are in relation to the larger church, as well as help them develop a mission strategy for their congregation. Cost is $195 by Sept. 25 and $250 after that. Get more information and register here.

Pathways to Learning and Leadership
Online courses during the 2017-18 academic year 
     This series of online courses can provide educational preparation towards becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder or simply allow church members to increase their knowledge and discipleship. Courses run five weeks, with two hours of live, online instruction each week and about four hours of reading and homework, including some practical applications. 
     The schedule is: Worship and Sacraments, Sept. 7-Oct. 5; Biblical Interpretation, Sept. 12-Oct. 10; Teaching the Bible, Oct. 19-Nov. 16; Reformed Theology and Church History, Oct. 24-Nov. 21; Confronting Racism in the Congregation, Jan. 9-Feb. 6; Polity and Administration, Jan. 11-Feb. 8; The Christian Life, Feb. 20-March 20; Pastoral Care, Feb. 22-March 22; Mission and Evangelism, April 10-May 8; Preaching the Bible, April 12-May 10 and Parables of Jesus, May 24-June 21. Click here for more information on the courses. 
     Cost is $100 per five-week course. Get more information and register here
News from the Associate for Educational Ministry Susan Sharp Campbell 
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Creative Worship for Advent workshop
Sept. 8-9. Register by Aug. 14.
     The next Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course will be Creative Worship for Advent on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, Charleston. This courses is designed for Commissioned Ruling Elders, Authorized Lay Preachers, Christian Educators, Pastors, worship leaders and committee members, church musicians and others in leadership in our congregations, particularly those with limited continuing education funds.
     The focus on Friday evening will be texts from the Revised Common Lectionary for Advent Year B. On Saturday, participants will be able to choose two of three workshops: Preaching the Advent Texts, Visual Arts in Advent and Music in Advent. Leaders for those are Mary Odin (Music), Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston; Amy Parker (Visual Arts), Pastoral Assistant and Christian Educator at Village Chapel; and Beverly Zink-Sawyer (Biblical Texts and Preaching), who has recently retired as Professor of Preaching from Union Presbyterian Seminary. 
     For those needing housing on Friday night, the WV Institute for Spirituality and John XXIII Pastoral Center offer very reasonably priced accommodations. 
     The registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 14. Upon registration, the advance assignment will be sent to participants. Click here for more information and a registration form.
           
Child Protection Policy and Training Help
     The Constitution of the PC(USA) now requires that each council, including sessions, have a Child and Youth Protection Policy. Many sessions have begun working on these, but others aren't sure what to include, where to start, etc. The Presbytery of West Virginia now has several people across the presbytery who have been trained in assisting sessions in writing child protection policies. If you would like to have one of these trainers meet with those who are developing a policy for your session/congregation, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell, Associate for Educational Ministry at 304-667-9428 or susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com or Maureen Wright, Stated Clerk, at 304-744-7634 or statedclerk@wvpresbytery.org.  
   
Next ALP/CRE Preparation Program to begin in September 2018
     While some of the specifics are still up in the air, the Vocations Committee is planning for another Authorized Lay Preacher/ Commissioned Ruling Elder Preparation Program to begin in September 2018. Are there people in your congregation who have gifts and skills for commissioned pastoral ministry or pulpit supply, who might sense a call to serve churches in our presbytery as Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) or Authorized Lay Preachers (ALPs)? Do you sense a call to do so? Prayerfully consider how you might respond or how you might encourage someone(s) in your congregation to be a part of this preparation program.    
Glenville Presbyterian Church named an Earth Care Congregationglenville
Glenville Presbyterian recognized as an Earth Care Congregation at the May 18 Presbytery Meeting.
     In 2016, Glenville Presbyterian Church began pursuing the goal of becoming a certified Earth Care Congregation
The certification was completed with the assistance and many helpful ideas of child volunteers and members of the church. Together, they thought of concepts and key points to fulfill each of the four required elements and began to see their church property in an entirely new way.  
     Through the leadership of Pastor Karen Kinney, the church enveloped a more environmentally-aware worship and promoted environmental education through enrichment, stewardship and outreach, thus impacting the maintenance and upkeep of their facility. A more efficient heating and cooling system was installed, native gardens were planned and installed and future plans were developed for their official Wildlife Habitat and worship space.  They even highlighted their grounds as a habitat that met the needs of the once-native Carolina Mantid in an ongoing conservation effort by a professor at the local college, who used the habitat as a drop point to reintroduce the mantids into the wild.
     Glenville Presbyterian Church is dedicated to being stewards of God's earth. They write, "We look forward to what we can do as a church together to promote the importance of environmental preservation and conservation. We have the privilege of seeing and understanding. We have the responsibility of caring. We have the joy of celebrating. We are full of the grace of creation. We are graceful. We are grateful. We rejoice in all life."
Membership and Outreach Directormembership
First Presbyterian, Charleston
     The director will  develop and promote the mission of outreach to visitors and be able to articulate the Gospel clearly to those new to the faith, plus work with the Leadership Staff and congregation to gather new people into the life and work of the church and engage existing members to encourage more involvement in our ministries.
     The successful candidate will extend Christian hospitality to all, work toward developing a culture for evangelism within the church, have excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable working in a collaborative team environment.
     Full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Send resume to nancy@firstpresby.com.
Kanawha United Presbyterian, Charleston
Must be able to perform on a Rieger Kloss organ. Responsibilities include organizing the Choral Scholarship Program and working with the adult and children's choir and outside music organizations. Applicants should be imaginative and willing to help rebuild our music ministry. Salary: $35,000 to $50,000. See more information at www.kanawha-church.org . Deadline to submit resumes is July 14 .
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