Issue 185 | February 11, 2021
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All Ministers of Word & Sacrament and Ruling Elder Commissioners, as well as guests who want to watch the meeting, should register by Wednesday.
Cameron Trimble writes a blog for Convergence, a group she co-founded and serves now as their CEO. Recently, she wrote about a project they have come up with called “Letters to 2021.” Here’s how she described it: “We are inviting people of faith and congregations to write a letter to 2021, which will both remind us of the lessons we learned during this challenging season and how it felt to live through it, and cast our personal vision for the world we want to see coming into being by December 2021.” Here’s my attempt at such a letter, looking back at the pandemic from the vantage point of the end of the year:
Reminder to clerks: The Statistical Report must be completed by Feb. 18.
On March 20, Festival of Faith, with keynote speaker Diana Butler Bass, an award-winning author and internationally-known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics, promises to be a good day for learning, worship, and fellowship, with a variety of workshops available, and all from the comfort of your own home, thanks to Zoom. Besides Bass' workshop, others include ones on intergenerational church, next year's PW Bible study, and knitting/crocheting, as well as opportunities for church treasurers, clerks of session, and ruling elders. Click here for complete information, including online registration. Questions? Contact Susan Sharp Campbell at or 304-667-9428. Register by March 11, which will be here before we know it. 
Now is the time to consider who in your congregation you might encourage to apply to serve on the PWV Youth Council, which is an integral part of our ministry with youth. We have openings for 10 youth, who will be in grades 10-12 in the fall, and 5 adults who enjoy working with youth; we are particularly in need of male adults. Applications and session nomination forms are due to the Presbytery office by March 31.
  • Board of Pensions tax resources
  • Festival of Faith
  • Free Church Law & Tax webinar
  • New round of PPP loans
  • IRS Standard Mileage
  • 2021 Per Capita
  • 2021 Shared Mission Pledge Request
  • Day of Learning
  • Special Offerings calendar
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Condolences to Presbytery minister member Kathryn Willoughby Weed, the chaplain at Thomas Health Systems, and her family on the death from COVID-19 of her father, Larry Pate Willoughby, on Jan. 29 at Brookdale Lawndale Park Assisted Living in Greensboro, NC. Click here for his obituary.
By Scott O'Neill, Presbyterian News Service
The grassroots hunger initiative capitalizes on football fandom. A West Virginia church was an early adopter. Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, a small rural congregation of approximately 100 members in north central West Virginia, has been participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring for as long as church members can recall.
Webinar: West Virginia Vaccination Program & the Church
Sponsored by the West Virginia Council of Churches, this online event with state officials (WV COVID-19 Czar Dr. Clay Marsh, WVDHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch, State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad, and Jim Hoyer, Director of the Joint Interagency Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines) is at noon Tuesday. Topics include how faith communities can help with the vaccination program, outreach to people of color, and what to do about summer programs. Click here to register. To pre-register for COVID-19 vaccinations, visit this WVDHHR website.
Critical need for volunteers
Do you have time to help with COVID vaccine shot distribution? West Virginia VOAD is looking for volunteers to help with everything from parking to paperwork, phone calls to people herding. Interested? Just fill out the volunteer form here, and then a coordinator will call you about your availability and special skills. Counties are organizing now and will likely need volunteers for the next several months.
Tell us your favorite church jokes/funny stories!
One of the workshops at this year's Festival of Faith on March 20 is "Keep That Sense of Humor; It's Critical!" It will consist of people from the Presbytery of West Virginia sharing their favorite church-appropriate jokes and funny stories. The best way for us to do this is to have each person video themselves telling their joke/story, and then send it to Don Parker, who will put all of the content together. If you have a favorite joke or story you'd like to share, please make a short video of yourself telling it and send the video to Don Parker at or 304-545-0666 no later than Feb. 28.
This year for the season of Lent, you are invited to reflect upon the gift of shalom, the Hebrew word for peace. In the Bible, shalom can be translated not only as peace, but also as tranquility, security, well-being, health, welfare, completeness and safety. How can we receive this gift of shalom and, in turn, bestow it upon the world?
Scholarships available at Davis & Elkins
Click here for information on the Presbyterian Scholars Program, open to students who are active in a PCUSA congregation, and the Covenant Scholarship for children of ordained PCUSA clergy.

Click here for the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy scholarship. Renewable worth up to $40,000, it is open to Christians of all denominations. (Additional qualifications required.)
By Mike Ferguson, Presbyterian News Service
What started off as an initiative of the adult Sunday school class at First Presbyterian Church in Morgantown, West Virginia, has grown to a wider community-based effort now called Dismantling Racism Together. During a recent session, a group of about 30 people, including several from the church, heard from someone who dismantles racism as part of his work — J. Spenser Darden, director of Diversity Initiatives and Community Engagement at West Virginia University.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone: individuals, families, congregations. It has been especially difficult for hospitalized patients separated from their loved ones. Cell phones and Facetime do provide a link, but patients want to see loved ones in person, to be touched and hugged. Families also have to cope with this separation, fearful they will never see their loved ones again. This is nowhere more true than on Critical Care units, where nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, and other support staff care for families from a distance while caring for critically ill patients.
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