Stated Clerk, Associate for
Associate Presbyter for Mission
Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Ministry
Resource Center Director
Bluestone Facilities Director
Bluestone Program Director
Prayer List for Churches
Clear Creek Presbyterian Church
Eleanor Presbyterian Church
Gilbert Presbyterian Church
In Kenya: Kihora (Kay-HOR'Rah) Presbyterian Church
Week 13 - April 1
Second Presbyterian Church, Huntington
Liberty Presbyterian Church, Green Bank
Mill Creek Presbyterian Church
Wamagana (wha-MAH'gahNAH) Presbyterian Church and Nursery School
Week 14 - April 8
First Presbyterian Church, Oak Hill
Rome Presbyterian, Proctorville, Ohio
In Kenya: Gura (GOO-rah) Parish
Nurturing Faith Ideas
March 11, 18 & 25
Nurturing Faith Ideas are weekly suggestions and activities from the Presbytery's Nurture Committee to link worship and home and to nurture faith development in the family. They are intended for all ages and family types. Add one to your bulletin each week or put them in your monthly newsletter. They could also be sent via email or added to a Facebook page.
Ideas for the entire year can be found here.
Read John 12:12-16. The people shouted, "Hosanna!
What about Jesus makes you want to shout, "Hosanna!" Write down five things about Jesus that you love and may make you want to shout, "Hosanna!" Write "Hosanna!" and put it where you will read it every day of this week until Easter.
Today we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. In John 20:1-18, we are reminded that on that first Easter morning, there was no one that would be considered a Christian. One had denied Jesus publicly, some faded away to save themselves, and some were left wondering what they had missed. Even when Mary saw Jesus in the garden and he spoke to her, she did not believe until he called her by name. Even today, we often struggle to recognize Jesus in the world; even when he speaks to us, we fail to recognize it. He is calling to us. If we are willing to listen, we might just find him. Practice your listening this week.
In Acts 4:32-35, we read of the early days of the Church. At that time, the believers did without many of the things we take for granted, including a church building and the ability to practice their faith. What they did have was each other, and as they came together, the Body of Christ grew exponentially. Anything they did have they gave to the disciples to share as it was needed. Take some time this week to find ways to give back to others.
Recently, I was at a meeting where the question was asked, "What would your hope or goal be for your church five years from now?" The first answer was "Survival." I didn't exactly stop listening at that point, but I kept thinking about that answer for the rest of the meeting and on my drive home.
In some ways, I understand the answer and the thinking behind it. Or at least I think I do. I know churches go through ups and downs. They'll go through periods when they lose members, when money dries up, when things are tight. The very survival of the church seems threatened. If churches can just survive these downturns, they may well experience an upturn.
Listening to Our Churches, Strengthening Our Partnership l
istening events, including Session Record Review & Treasurer Talks
- April 8 at 3 p.m. - Gilbert Presbyterian Church
- April 15 at 3 p.m. - Spring Creek Presbyterian, Renick
- April 22 at 3 p.m. - Church of the Covenant, Grafton
- May 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Beulah Humble Presbyterian, Elizabeth
- May 6 at 3 p.m. - First Presbyterian Church, Oak Hill
- May 9 at 6:30 p.m. - Beverly Presbyterian Church
On Tuesday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the presbytery office, Kathy Dale McNair will lead the second 2018 Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox Course, about mental health concerns and how they affect individuals, their families and your congregations. Experience a new model for adult education that links faith and hope to loss, loneliness, anxiety, depression and grief. Kathy serves in the Presbytery of Chicago, specializing in mental health ministries.
for more information, including a list of suggested (not required) reading.
for a registration form/flyer.
Festival of Faith will begin with registration at 9 a.m. April 7.
Early registration has ended, so the fee is now $20 and can be paid on arrival that day. Lunch also can no longer be ordered.
In addition to the keynote, there will also be worship, a wide variety of workshops to choose from (including Earthcare Congregations, Children in Worship, Viable Volunteers and Finding Faith in the Fabric), several of our mission/ministry partners to hear from, a bookstore and fair trade coffee and other items for sale.
for complete information and registration, which is also on the website. If you need a copy by email or snail mail, please let the presbytery office know.
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