October 26, 2017        Issue 110
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Prayer List for Churchesprayforchurch
Week 44 - October 29
Rock Lake Presbyterian, South Charleston
Salem Presbyterian Church, Ronceverte
Sugar Grove Presbyterian, Morgantown
In Kenya: Ndugamano (Doh-gah-mah-NO') Presbyterian Church

Week 45 - November 5
First Presbyterian Church, Williamson*
Chattaroy Chapel**
(*denotes sponsoring church and ** denotes chapel of that church)
In Kenya: Wand Presbyterian Church

Week 46 November 12
Bream Memorial Presbyterian, Charleston
Church of the Covenant, Grafton
First Presbyterian Church, Dunbar
In Kenya: Githakwa (Git-AH'kwah) Presbyterian Church
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genpresbyterA Word from our General Presbyter
Ed Thompson
     Did you know that October is Adopt a Dog Month, Church Library Month, Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month, Feral Hog Month (I don't think Hallmark makes a card for that one), Learn to Bowl Month, and National Go on a Field Trip Month? This was all news to me. One website I visited listed 123 such celebrations for this month, including Squirrel Awareness Month. (I could be wrong, but I don't think we really need that one. I think everyone who lives in West Virginia is aware of squirrels.)
     To my surprise, that list did not include Pastor Appreciation Month, although it did include Photographer Appreciation Month. If you want to do something special for your favorite photographer, that's up to you. I would encourage you, though, to show some appreciation to your pastor. Even if you can't quite sneak it in before Halloween, it's still a good thing. 
     Being a pastor is hard work. It involves more than writing sermons and takes far more than one hour a week.  Click here to read more
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. 
youthretreatOlder Youth Retreat: Climbing Mountains
Nov. 17-19 at Bluestone. Register by Nov. 2.
     High school youth and their adult advisors are encouraged to join together at the Older Youth Retreat at Bluestone Conference Center Nov. 17-19. Seth Lovell, the Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministry at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA, will be the keynote presenter. Through keynote and small group discussion, participants will explore together the paths we walk throughout our lives and those with whom we share these paths. 
     Information regarding this retreat was sent to pastoral leaders, educators, clerks of sessions and youth ministry and Christian education contacts by email in September. Please share it with your youth and the adults who live/work with them.  
      If you need this information or any additional information, including how we might include a youth with special needs, contact Susan Sharp Campbell at susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com or 304-645-4568. Complete registration information can be found  here.

     Thank you to all the congregations and organizations that participated in hosting our International Peacemaker, Ebun James-DeKam from Sierra Leone. It was a gift to have her for 10 days and to find our vision of the world widened by her story.  
     If your congregation is interested in participating in the hosting of another International Peacemaker in the fall of 2018, please contact the Presbytery office today. 
Ebun James-DeKam with Kari Preslar and Derek Hudson
scmtNews from the Stewardship of Creation Ministry Team 
Earth Care Congregations
     Both Glenville Presbyterian Church and Riverlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Albans have achieved the status of Earth Care Congregation . Earth Care Congregations have  committed to the "Earth Care Pledge" and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God's earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. 
     Additionally, Huntington's Highlawn Presbyterian Church established a Green Team to work towards becoming an Earth Care Congregation. If your congregation is interested in exploring how to become an Earth Care Congregation, click here

Sustainable Development Goals
    From the PC(USA)'s Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry, here are the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 17 different categories. You can click on each numbered icon for information on how to achieve sustainability worldwide in that category. Environmental categories include clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consupmtion and production, climate action, life below water and life on land. 

Faith Hope Love: Our Common Home event
      What does it mean to "care for our common home" in West Virginia? This free event, which focuses on sustainability and justice, is a gathering to discover the answer together. It runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 E St., South Charleston. There will be two interactive breakout sessions, plus a panel discussion, guided meditation walkthrough and more.  Click here  to register. 
Care of the Earth that Feeds Us event
     This program in Ohio by Faith Communities Together (FaCT) for a Sustainable Future features Green Edge Organic Farm owner/operator Kip Rondy. It begins at noon Nov. 11 at The Grange, 16 State St., Amesville, OH. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are requested to factohio@gmail.com. 
     FaCT welcomes people of all faith traditions, as well as those not affiliated with one; it works from a moral perspective to preserve the web of life that sustains us all. 
mpccPornography: A Serious Relationship Problem - What Clergy Need to Know
Nov. 3 in Morgantown. Register by Tuesday.
     The 17th Annual Pastors Workshop, presented by the Morgantown Pastoral Counseling Center, focuses on how pornography affects relationships and how clergy can help couples. Addiction therapist Robert Edmundson is the keynote speaker, and a guest speaker will share from his personal struggle. 
     The workshop runs 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Mon Health Medical Center (Pastoral and Spiritual Care Division), 1200 J.D. Anderson Dr., Morgantown. Cost is $15. Click here for more information, including a registration form. 
apceDeep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality
2018 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Annual Event at The Galt House, Louisville, KY
     The event's theme encourages you to open your heart, mind and doors. With 80 workshops, 6 mini-plenaries, imaginative worship, keynote presentations and a marketplace, there is something for anyone engaged in educational ministry who wants to learn more about being welcoming in their ministry and congregation.  
     The early registration deadline is Dec. 8, for which the cost is $350 for APCE members and $525 for non-members; after that, it goes up by $50 through Jan. 5 and another $50 after that. Joining APCE, even if only for a year, will help lower your cost. Also, please be aware that workshop sizes are limited, and some fill up quickly. 
      Click here for more information and to register.
     If you are interested but not sure about attending, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell at susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com or 304-645-4568. Several of our educators have already registered, and we would welcome more to join us. Also, the presbytery has some money available for scholarships, and APCE also offers some scholarship (for which you must apply by Sunday). Please be in touch if you need more information about this as well. 

edgewoodSpotlight on: Edgewood Presbyterian
Church hosts International Peacemaker dinner

     On Oct. 2, Edgewood Presbyterian Church hosted an event featuring Sierra Leonne's Ebun James-DeKam, an International Peacemaker with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. People from at least five churches in the Greenbrier Cluster attended the covered dish supper followed by her presentation, which included the response of churches of the world to the troubles in Sierra Leonne, including their civil war, famine, and the recent Ebola epidemic. Her description of the effects of the Ebola outbreak was heartbreaking. She told of the courage of the people working to contain it and help those affected.   
     Ebun James-DeKam lives with her family in Freetown, Sierra Leone. With her MA in Education, she taught in the classroom for a number of years. She served as the Director of the Human Rights and Social Services Department of the Council of Churches, and in 2011, she was appointed to the position of General Secretary for the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, leading them in the implementation of a variety of activities to counter and defeat the Ebola virus epidemic . Her trip to the United States began with a meeting in Louisville, KY, right before her visit to West Virginia. Her next stop will be in San Francisco.
     At the end of the evening's program, Pastor Larryetta Ellis brought everyone together in the center of the hall and led a prayer for Ebun James-DeKam and her work.     
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