Nurturing Faith Ideas are intended to link worship with our daily lives. In 2019, they are organized around a common theme each month. The Presbytery's Nurture Committee encourages you to share them in your newsletters, bulletins, etc., as a way of nurturing faith in members of all ages. Ideas for the entire year can be found here.
One other tradition during Lent is that congregations refrain from saying "Alleluia,"which means “Praise the Lord,” so that they can experience the joy of unveiling and saying the Alleluia again on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter season. Some congregations “bury” or “hide” the Alleluia at the start of the season. In this Lenten season, reflect on your reasons for praising God. What draws you to worship each Sunday, and in what ways do you find yourself able to praise God in your every day? Journal about this.
Maundy Thursday is April 18. This is the day we remember the last meal that Jesus ate with his disciples before his death and gave them the command/ mandate to love one another. John’s gospel tells us that during that meal, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, and in doing that act, he taught us that it is better to be a servant than to expect people to serve us. How can you serve someone today?
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A lot is a relative term. To say that we took a lot of pictures of my new granddaughter when we were visiting her for the first time is open to debate. I probably took over a dozen. But if you add up the ones taken by my wife, my daughter, and my son-in-law we may well have more than 100 pictures of that beautiful little girl. And my granddaughter’s not even one month old yet. Is that a lot? I don’t know.
If you have youth in grades 8-12, please encourage them to consider being part of the presbytery’s delegation. PYT is an opportunity to grow in faith with more than 5,000 youth from across the country and the world. If you need more information, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell (304-645-4568,
Save the date!
Small Church Conference - Sept. 7
6th Annual Small Church Conference will be returning to
Fayetteville Presbyterian Church and will feature keynote speaker
Judi Slater, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Duquesne, PA, and formerly on staff at the Pittsburgh Presbytery.
At the 2018 Northeast Wee Kirk Conference, Rev. Slater offered the seminar “A New Day is Dawning: Small Church Partnerships,” which was described as “Times are changing for the church, but God’s Spirit is alive in some new and exciting ways with creative models of partnership ministry in smaller congregations.” As the Presbytery of WV, we hope to gain new insights into how to be more effective and faithful small churches for now and into God’s future.
"Being Church Today" is the theme of this year's event, held April 6 at First Presbyterian, Charleston, with keynote presenter Brian McLaren speaking on "Being Church in a Time of Division." Additionally, participants can go to two or three workshops, engage in times of worship and fellowship, visit a Presbyterian Publishing Corporation bookstore, and attend a book signing by McLaren. Complete information, including a registration form, is here. Early registration and lunch ordering has ended; the cost is now $30 per person with no lunch provided. For more information, contact Susan Sharp Campbell at 304-645-4568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like to convert your yard into one that features wildflowers and attracts birds, butterflies, other pollinators, and wildlife? The Wild Yards program is a project of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Diversity Program that gives tips on how to develop your property into a yard that features native plants while using less water and lists the attributes your yard needs to attract birds and other wildlife. It includes suggestions for city property, suburban property, farms, etc.
All pastoral leaders who have not completed a Healthy Boundary Training workshop after 2014 must attend an event by June 15. Remaining events are in Lewisburg (April 24), Huntington (May 10) and Charleston (May 23).
The Westminster Foundation of West Virginia is entering a period of transition at the ministry in Morgantown as the current Presbyterian Campus Pastor at West Virginia University, Rev. Dr. Shelly Barrick Parsons, will be relocating to Richmond, VA, this summer with her family.
Explore the Stewardship Navigator
The Presbyterian Foundation's
Stewardship Navigator is a new online tool that includes tools and resources to develop a creative and comprehensive annual stewardship program, along with customized materials for your congregation. For assistance setting up your account, contact 800-858-6127 or
Since we know many of your churches sponsor scout troops, we wanted to share a volunteer opportunity for the upcoming 2019 World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. If you serve a minimum of four hours July 24-25 or July 27-31, you'll receive a free visitor's pass on the day of your choosing. Interested? Contact Carol McCarthy at 703-587-4453 or
email@example.com, including your name, preferred date(s) and shift time(s).
For those engaged in educational ministry in their congregation, whether as paid staff or a volunteer, these an opportunity to share questions, lift up issues, support one another and learn from each other.
Will Messer and Sky Kershner of the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center will lead this workshop, which focuses on communication, as well as the Enneagram and its 9 personality types. Cost is $60. Register by April 22.
The Synod of the Trinity's Presbyterian Men's Network does not currently have a representative from the presbytery; anyone interested can contact Larry Ott at 724-630-5770 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The group meets twice a year in Bedford, PA.
Oct. 7-10. Cost: $322.50-$650, group rate available; rates rise by $75 after Aug. 26. A conference addressing systemic racism in the church. With preacher Traci Blackmon and key leaders Lis Valle-Ruiz, Raj Nadella and Jennifer Harvey.
April 27 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, New Castle, PA
Dr. Leonard Sweet is the keynote speaker for this inaugural event that asks
pastors and church leaders to consider how the church of tomorrow will take shape. Registration is $35, but use Westminster College's "ilovewestminster" code for
a $10 discount.
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