Issue 190 | April 22, 2021
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I had never heard of the Platinum Rule before. The Golden Rule, I grew up with that. Probably had to memorize it when I was in Sunday school. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (...) The Platinum Rule, however, says, “Treat others the way they want to be treated.” The difference seems to be that with the Golden Rule, we make assumptions about how someone else would want to be treated. With the Platinum Rule, we ask questions and pay attention to the answers.
Mission Committee to launch lunch speaker series in May
Beginning in May, the Mission Committee will host a free lunchtime speaker series on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. First up, on May 27, is Dr. Jerry Carr Jr., President of the Morgantown/Kingwood branch of the NAACP, who will speak about how we can take action to change racism. Next, Rev. Zac Morton of Morgantown First Presbyterian will speak on June 24 about houselessness and ways we can act upon it in our own communities. Get more details in the next newsletter!
Dr. Jerry Carr Jr.
May 27
Rev. Zac Morton
June 24
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Bluestone Sunday worship video
If you are interested in having a Bluestone Sunday at your church, your chance is coming up. Worship leaders, be sure to pay attention to your presbytery email for an upcoming link to a worship service from Bluestone Camp & Retreat that includes camp testimonials, liturgy, scripture, hymns, and a sermon.
Earlier this month, Hinton First Presbyterian Church member Betty Giles was honored as a Hometown Hero by local news station WVVA. The Hometown Hero program honors those who have a huge heart and go above and beyond for their community. In Giles' case, that includes being instrumental in starting Hinton's first and only food pantry (at the church), distributing items to a local nursing home during the pandemic, actively serving at Hinton First, and always being available to help people in her community.
Short-term pastoral mission opportunity in Alaska
Per the opening lines of its orientation brochure, "Yakutat Presbyterian Church is in the isolated Yakutat community of around 600 people. Yakutat means 'place where the canoes rest' and is located on the Gulf of Alaska. The town has a beautiful mountain backdrop to some of the best fishing around...Historically Alaska Native, the congregation continues to celebrate Tlingit heritage and to promote the preservation of the Tlingit culture." Yakutat is accessible primarily by plane and lesser so by ferry. The congregation is small but faithful and caring. Without ongoing pastoral leadership, they have struggled to support and grow the congregation. Attempts to bring pastors to Yakutat for multiple weeks at a time to serve the congregation and the community are beginning to bear fruit. Other interested and available pastors are needed. If you are able to give two or more weeks to experience Yakutat’s beauty and participate in God’s mission there, please contact Rev. Steve Cort (HR) to learn more: stephencartercort@gmail.com or 724-991-3457. (Photo: Yakutat Chamber of Commerce)
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Post-secondary scholarships deadline is next Friday
Loan and grant monies are available through the Presbytery’s Nurture Committee to assist with academic or vocational study beyond high school. Information can be found here or by contacting Susan Sharp Campbell (susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com, 304-667-9428). In addition, those who have received loans in previous years are eligible to renew them; to do so, send a statement updating the committee on your past years and progress toward a degree (no need to resubmit the application). The deadline for applications (including letters of recommendation) and renewal statements is April 30. Email to susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com or mail to the Presbytery Office, 520 Second Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303.
REGISTER BY NEXT THURSDAY, APRIL 29!
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 15 at Coonskin Park, Charleston
This year's Younger Youth Retreat (grades 6-8) will be a one-day event at Coonskin Park Picnic Shelters 19 and 20. Led by the Youth Council, it will explore where we encounter trolls in life, when we are trolls, and how Jesus transforms us away from being trolls. Cost is $10 per person. Box lunches will be provided, so be sure to include lunch choices with your group's registration and payment.
Ribbons of Faith: Cancer Prevention in Faith Communities
Mountains of Hope, the statewide cancer coalition, will hold Ribbons of Faith, a free cancer prevention training for faith leaders, from noon to 2 p.m. May 18 and 25 on Zoom. The four-hour event will equip participants to use the cancer prevention and early detection curriculum provided to them in their faith community; share resources and materials about certain cancers, risk factors, and family history; discuss the role of faith communities in cancer prevention and early detection, and increase awareness and decision-making skills about important cancer screenings. Register by May 10.
Preaching for the Future Church is the theme of this year's Festival of Homiletics from Luther Seminary, which is online from May 17 to 21. The event invites participants into conversation around how the promise of the Gospel might shape hope and ministry for the future church and what the role of preaching is in forming the church of the future. Over five days, there will be more than 50 speakers, including Kate Bowler, Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren, Neichelle Guidry, Matthew L. Skinner, and Rebekah Lowe and Adam Walker Cleaveland of Illustrated Ministry. You can register for free or purchase a recording package ($75) for full access to all sessions, which you can watch on your own schedule, plus bonus material like additional speaker presentations and live workshops/lectures.
June 20-25 and June 27-July 2 in person at Montreat (virtual option available for week 2)
This year, PAM's annual Worship & Music Conference will offer both in-person and online options for participants. It is an intergenerational event for pastors, directors, organists, pianists, guitarists, percussionists, ringers, worship leaders, choir members, and anyone who loves and takes part in the worship and music of the church. Offerings include six worship services, the 2021 Routley Lectures, Adult Choir with Phillip Shoultz, handbell ensembles for all levels, a seminar on copyright law for churches, and evening concerts. In-person cost is $350 for PAM members, $525 for non-members, and $280 for youth; virtual cost is $175 for members and $250 for non-members, with group rates available.
Does your church offer an after-school program or other services for students? If so, the West Virginia Education Alliance invites you to participate in two upcoming training sessions online to learn age-appropriate strategies for supporting Social Emotional Learning, including activities to implement with students. The elementary (pre-K-grade 5) session is May 5, and the secondary (grades 6-12) session is May 12; both are on Zoom and begin at 4 p.m. Click to register for the elementary and/or secondary session.

The 5th Annual Davis Stuart Horse Show will be held at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg on May 8. A fundraiser for the Davis Stuart equine program, it will include 24 classes and is open to all ages. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the show starts at 10 a.m. For more information, email development@davisstuart.org.
Learn about becoming a Matthew 25 church
Is your congregation considering becoming a Matthew 25 church and would like to learn from those who have already begun their Matthew 25 journey? If so, please mark your calendar for 7 p.m. April 29! That is when PWV's Matthew 25 congregations – Clifton, Dunbar, and Bream Memorial – are hosting a panel discussion on Zoom to share their stories and answer your questions about becoming a Matthew 25 church. Join them for this engaging conversation online (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87997293465) or by dialing in (1-301-715-8592) with the Meeting ID 879 9729 3465.
New PCUSA curriculum available in July
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living features 36 units based on practices Jesus did and taught to his follower; it looks at where these practices are found in Scripture and how they have been used in the Christian faith in the time of Jesus, now, and in between. There will be curriculum available for children, youth, and adults, along with a Congregational Guide that has links to worship, an intergenerational session plan, and more. Watch an introductory video, and find more information - including a sample session, timing of the different units, and new updates - here. Practical Resources for Churches will host a free, in-depth "Follow Me" webinar at 1 p.m. April 28; register here.
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