March 9, 2017        Issue 95
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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

Amy Robinson
Office Administrator/Communications

pray4churchesPrayer List For Churches

Week 11 - March 12
Anderson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Welch
Beulah Humble Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth
First Presbyterian Church, Buckhannon
In Kenya: Kariguini (Kah-REE'goh-ee-nay) Presbyterian Church

Week 12 - March 19
Clear Creek Presbyterian Church
Eleanor Presbyterian Church
Gilbert Presbyterian Church
In Kenya: Kihora (Kay-HOR'Rah)
Presbyterian Church 

Week 13 - March 26
Second Presbyterian Church, Huntington
Liberty Presbyterian Church, Green Bank
Mill Creek Presbyterian Church
In Kenya: Wamagana (wha-MAH'gahNAH) Presbyterian Church and Nursery School
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edthompsonA Word from our General Presbyter
Ed Thompson
     Although I've spent a significant amount of time in both states - almost nine years in Kansas and 13 in West Virginia - I try not to compare them. Each state has its own strengths and challenges.    
     One thing West Virginia has that Kansas doesn't, though, is a strong Council of Churches. When I first moved to Kansas, they did have a group called Kansas Ecumenical Ministries, which was the equivalent of a council of churches. I faithfully attended their meetings and watched as their executive director retired and was replaced by a student at the University of Kansas. The kid looked like Doogie Howser and made me feel old. For about a year, he did a great job, traveling the state and bringing people together. Then, all of the sudden, he disappeared, and the group fell apart. 
     Here in West Virginia, we have a strong Council of Churches, and they're doing some good things. Last year, they held a series of listening sessions around the state dealing with drug problems. Aaron Gooden put together a summary video on these events called "Substance Use Disorder Initiative Listening Event" that is really well done.  Click here to read more
Attention Clerks of Session and Church Treasurers session
     Clerks of Session are annually invited to participate in one of the Session Record Reviews in order to fulfill the Book of Order requirement as outlined in G-3.0108a. The review sessions are a time to meet other Clerks of Session and share best practices, ideas and questions, as well as enjoy fellowship. Stated Clerk Maureen Wright is available to answer questions and work with Clerks to best serve their church.
     This year, church treasurers are also invited to attend! Presbytery Financial Administrator and Treasurer Rocky Poole will join church treasurers for Treasurer Talks. These talks will be a time to share best practices, discuss educational and informational resources available to church treasurers and work through issues with which treasurers may be dealing.
     Churches are strongly encouraged to send their Clerk of Session (or another member of Session) and their treasurer in a "two for one deal." The dates and locations of the five events are listed below. (Note: The Festival of Faith review and treasurer offerings are outlined in the registration materials for that event.)
* March 19 at 3 p.m. at Highlawn Presbyterian Church, Huntington
* March 26 at 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Vienna
* April 1 at Festival of Faith, First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
* April 23 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Buckhannon
* April 30 at 3 p.m. at Salem Presbyterian Church, Ronceverte
Small church folks from throughout the presbytery are invited to  celebrate the goodness of God as small churches full of big-hearted Presbyterian Christians, eager to "blossom 'n bless 'em" in the Lord. 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 May meeting of Presbytery.
Sympathy to the family of the Honorably Retired Rev. Stewart McMurray, who passed away March 5. Over the years, McMurray served at  McElhenney, Keller, Alderson, First Presbyterian Hinton, Forrest Memorial and Carmel Presbyterian churches, as well as The Synod of the Virginias, where he was the Director of Spiritual Development, and Davis Stuart. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
susannewsNews from the Associate for Educational Ministry 
Susan Sharp Campbell

St. John's Bible Workshop
Friday, March 31: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First 
Presbyterian, Charleston
Written in English, using the NRSV translation, The St John's Bible took an international team of six artists and six calligraphers fifteen years to complete. With 1,150 pages of handwritten calligraphy plus 160 major illustrations, it is the only full-scale, illuminated, fine art edition of the Bible. Click here to read more
Festival of Faith
April 1 at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
Jessica Tate, Director of NEXT Church ( ), will be our keynote presenter for Festival of Faith, April 1 at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.  Click here to read more
Marshall University holds Ashes to Go event on Ash Wednesday ashes
Marshall UKirk joined with the Catholic Newman Center and the United  Methodist Campus ministry to dispense ashes on March 1. The  ecumenical event, which was featured on a WCHS news program at 9 a.m. March 5, was well received and had many students and faculty  participate. PICTURED: Rev. Benjamin E. Wells from UMC gives ashes to  a graduate student from Nigeria. (Photo courtesy of John Yeager, a UKirk leader)
Spotlight on: Fayetteville Presbyterian fayetteville
Beginning this week, the Relations Committee will highlight one of our presbytery's churches each newsletter.

Dr. Roy Hamelin Johnson (right) with his award presenter, Dr. Joseph Dangerfield, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition in the School of Music at the University of Florida and fellow Fayetteville native.
Fayetteville Presbyterian was delighted to host a ceremony and reception for Dr. Roy Hamelin Johnson on May 12, 2016. On that day, Johnson and his wife, Jan, who are both active in the congregation, introduced fellow parishioners to more of his musical accomplishments. 
Although most people knew Johnson had grown up in Fayetteville, attended the church, was an accomplished pianist and had retired as a Professor of Piano from the University of Maryland, they had no idea he was and is revered in music as ''America's foremost living composer of carillon music." However, others in the community did, and on that day, Johnson was induction into the Fayette County Wall of Honor. Wall of Honor recipients must be Fayette County natives and are chosen because they have been nationally and/or internationally recognized for contributions to their chosen field. Click here to read more
Upcoming Conferences conferences
State of Appalachia Conference
March 31-April 1 at Pipestem State Park
The West Virginia Council of Churches is co-sponsoring the State of Appalachia Conference, March 31-April 1 at Pipestem State Park. The conference will focus on the health, economy, ecology and spirituality of Appalachia; it will include plenaries, workshops, state caucuses and a Projects Fair. For more information or to register, visit here. Limited scholarships available. 

Generosity NOW
April 25-27 in Washington, D.C.
This stewardship conference ( formerly the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy helps participants 
increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship and generous giving through plenary sessions, workshops and worship.  The cost is $299. Learn more and register here  by April 18.
Blue Star Sunday bluestar
In March,  Mountains of Hope, West Virginia's Comprehensive Cancer Coalition, encourages congregations to go blue for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. This toolkit contains information about how the faith community can help increase awareness of colon cancer and ways your congregation can participate in Blue Star Sunday, as well as information about Mountains of Hope, colon cancer and screenings and testing for it.
Faith Questions: Simple Sundays faithQs

Simple Sundays? Really? If you are a Sunday school teacher, a church educator or a church pastor then Sundays are seldom "simple" for you. Congregational 
Ministries Publishing, a Ministry of the General Assembly Mission Council, PC(USA), has published lesson material that can make Sundays much simpler for teachers of our youth.  These lessons can even be used for some adult classes. In the Resource Center, there are four new lessons in the Simple Sundays series. Click here to read more 
Introducing New Resourcesresources

PCUSA Presbyterian Mission Agency Monthly Live Chats on Facebookchats
Monthly live chats spearheaded by  PCUSA Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Interfaith Relations are now available on the PC(USA) Facebook page. The first chat took place Feb. 16; see it here. The next is scheduled for Thursday, March 16. Read the Christian Post article on the program here
Lay Academy of Religionacademy
Sundays at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
The Lay Academy of Religion is hosting a series on "The Addictive Brain" at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, Sundays through May 21 (skipping Easter Sunday). Classes run 4-5:30 p.m. in the dining room of the church's Activities Building; each one begins with a DVD lecture, followed by a panel discussion. 
     Lectures are by Dr. Thad Polk, who teaches about the opiod epidemic through neuroscience. He uses three case studies to demonstrate how ordinary people can become involved in dangerous addictions and explains the difference between use, abuse, dependency and craving. Session topics include genetics, alcohol, marijuana, stimulants and gambling. 
     All classes are free. For more information, contact Dr. Robert G. Newman at 304-345-0225 or  Click here to read more
Part-time Music Director Soughtmusicdirector
Beckley Presbyterian Church
Approximately 24 hours/week
Beckley Presbyterian Church is seeking a Part-Time Director of Music, who would be responsible for an Adult Choir, Youth Ensemble and Handbell Choir, which would include weekly rehearsals, one Sunday service and typical holiday and holy day responsibilities. Submit your resume and/or request for a job description to . No phone calls, please.   
Copier for salecopier
Village Chapel Presbyterian Church - Charleston
If you are interested in purchasing a business-class color copier, Village Chapel has a SHARP MX-7001 Color Document System, which copies, prints and scans, for $4,000. Please contact Mary Howard, the church's administrative assistant, at 304-925-7265 or 
Bluestone Summer Camp Newscamp

Summer camp scholarships available
Scholarships are available for Bluestone summer campers, thanks to support from the Molly Grant Scholarship Fund. Candidates must apply through their local church; find applications here. Funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Presbytery's Bluestone Committee.

Volunteer at the camp
Weeks available: 6/11-17, 6/18-24, 6/25-7/1, 7/2-8
Bluestone volunteer opportunities include camp nurse (1 per week), key leaders (3 per week, to lead curriculum studies), craft leaders (3 per week) and general support staff (drivers, kitchen help, grounds and maintenance help, photo/media techs and extra counselor support). If interested, contact Mark Miller at 304-466-0660 or 
Sign up for The Beech Treebeech
The Beech Tree, the Friends of Bluestone newsletter, is now electronic. If you wish to receive it, go here   to sign up!

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