Issue 192 | May 27, 2021
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The pandemic has brought us a number of challenges. In the beginning, it was whether to suspend in-person worship. Then it quickly became about how we put our worship services online. That segued into how to do session meetings online. It was one thing after another. In some ways, it still is. Although we seem to have turned a corner in the last few weeks, there are still some unsolved quandaries. As churches resume in-person worship, which brings its own set of challenges, it seems one of the biggest questions facing us is how to present meaningful hybrid worship services. Or is that even possible? Many churches report that they have had more people watching their worship services online than they ever had present for in-person worship. When we resume in-person worship, do we just leave those people behind? (...) How can we make worship an opportunity for people to experience the presence of God whether they are in the sanctuary or watching us online?
For more on the topic of hybrid worship, see the Both/And workshop from PRC further below.
PDA grants Cabwaylingo $3,000
After this winter's ice storms and flooding, the Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Chapel in Wayne County responded. They opened the Dunlow Community Center as a shelter and began plans to help their community recover. From refrigerators to food to hot showers, Director Bill Likens and his wife Addie (pictured) gave out supplies and listened to the stories of the people affected. To assist this recovery ministry, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, through a request from the presbytery, awarded a $3,000 grant.
Bluestone has been busy creating space for RV camping enthusiasts and can now accommodate travel trailers up to 30 feet in length, as well as smaller motor homes, on six new sites equipped with electric and water service. Seasonal use activity begins this weekend, with fees just $35 per night (based on double occupancy) plus $10 for each additional person age 12 and up. This price includes use of the pool, shower house, recreational game courts, and hiking trails. Call 304-397-5050 or email to make a reservation.
Ann Rankin (Mungo) Hoppe, the mother of Bates Memorial Presbyterian Church Pastor Scott Hoppe, passed away at the age of 90 on May 17 in Huntington. A funeral service was held on May 21. Click here for her obituary. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Huntington, 1101 6th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers.
Susannah Goad Johnson, former longtime Clerk of Session at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston and part of this year's Festival of Faith planning team, passed away in her St. Albans home at age 83 on May 16. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 29, at the church. Click here for her obituary. Memorial donations can be made to the church, 1009 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301 or the South Charleston Public Library's Corner Bookstore, 312 4th Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Worship livestreaming workshop from the Presbyterian Communicators Network to be held Tuesday afternoon
One thing the pandemic has taught us is that as we re-enter our church buildings, we must do worship differently. This free workshop will share tips, tools, and techniques to help you up your livestreaming game, featuring a variety of resources that are available at little or no cost. Register now for the workshop, which begins at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
We invite you to print and include this newsletter in your bulletin or church newsletter, share it with members, and/or distribute it in your community. Click for the JUNE newsletter in color or grayscale.
Matthew 25 panel discussion link

If you missed the April 29 panel discussion with the Presbytery's three Matthew 25 churches (Clifton, Dunbar First, and Bream Memorial), it was recorded. To request that link, email, and it will be sent to you.
Space still available in weeks 3 & 4. Register now!
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Digging in the dirt
Members of Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg prepare the community vegetable garden to share with the senior citizens and local residents.
Music Director (part-time), Elk Hills Presbyterian Church
Elk Hills, just north of Charleston, is seeking a part-time Music Director, who will provide music appropriate for Sunday morning worship services (organ a plus) as well as seasonal services and other church or worship events. For additional information, please contact Personnel Chair Jane Keeney at

Interim Director of Christian Education, Charleston First Presbyterian
This is a full-time position with benefits for an initial six-month contract, and the Interim DCE will be permitted to be considered for the permanent position. If you are interested in this role, please email ASAP. Interviews commence the first week of June, and they hope to hear from qualified candidates within the week.

Music Director (part-time), Old Stone Presbyterian Church
Seeking energetic, creative music director for part-time salaried position in Lewisburg that entails working within a budget to serve as choir director, facilitate music associated with worship, and work with church youth. Formal music training and ability to play piano or organ preferred. Successful applicant will be required to pass a background check, in accordance with the church's Safe Sanctuary Policy. Email or call 304-645-2676 to apply.
Need hymnals? Edgewood has some to share!
Edgewood Presbyterian Church has copies of the blue Presbyterian Hymnal free to any congregation in need. Those interested should call the church at 304-645-6536 and leave a message for Larry.
Come see us!
The Presbytery office will fully reopen on Tuesday. This means that all in-office staff will be present daily, Monday-Thursday, and that doors will remain unlocked during business hours (8:30-5:30). If you come see us, masks are encouraged for the health of everyone. Thank you!
Covid-19 Mitigation Strategies for Choirs
Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Cincinnati and the educational speaker at our May 20 Presbytery meeting, recommends this video regarding choir strategies developed from the NFHS scientific study on aerosol droplets. For more from Lisa, check out her presentation at our meeting.
Practical Resources for Churches webinars
Return to Congregational Singing, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Register.
Brian Hehn, Director of the Center for Congregational Song, and Karrie Rushing, Music Director of First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, NC and a Presbyterian Association of Musicians board member will lead this panel discussion that includes resources, ideas, and advice to help your congregation return to singing in a way that is safe and practical.

Copyright and the Church, 2 p.m. Wednesday. Register.
Want to be sure that you are using music legally online, in person, and in print? Join representatives from Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) and its sister company, Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS), to learn about the individual blanket licenses and bundles they offer and ask questions about your usage.

Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and In-Person Audiences, 2 p.m. June 8. Register.
This 90-minute webinar will consider how churches can create worship for two audiences at the same time - those in the pews and those on their couches - that will keep everyone engaged so no one feels like just a spectator. Topics include creating interactive worship experiences for both groups, bringing the two groups together in real time, alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person livestreams, repurposing in-person worship for online audiences, and strategies for adapting practices for both/and audiences. Learn more here. The first 500 registrants who log in on June 8 will attend the live webinar; all others will receive a link to the recording that will be available for 30 days.
From your PWV Presbyterian Women
Crude roads turn a quick trip to Malawi, Africa’s remote prisons into a day’s journey. Desperate inmates yearn for the arrival of Chaplain Rev. Stanley Chimesya, who travels to eight prisons, taking the Gospel and lifesaving supplies to the forgotten children of God. Visits are few but Rev. Stanley, as he is affectionately called, continues to deliver the hope and light of Jesus, as well as soap, food, water, and essential support to the inmates and their families. The one common denominator for all of these activities is reliable transportation. Rev. Stanley’s former truck was totaled by bad roads in rural Malawi, so now his already very time-consuming travel time is extended by hiring vehicles to take supplies to the prisons, therefore making his visits rare. This mission project is to raise funds to purchase Rev. Stanley a Nissan X-Trail truck to assist in his ministry. PWV Presbyterian Women circles, please consider your monetary and prayer support for this ministry encouraged by the Synod of the Trinity's Presbyterian Women. Checks should be made to PW Synod of the Trinity and mailed to Connie Musgrave, Presbytery of WV PW Treasurer, 127 Wyngate Dr., Barboursville, WV 25504 by Dec. 1, 2021. Share a flyer with your PW circle.
Mission Committee's lunchtime speaker series continues June 24
In response to the PC(USA)'s Matthew 25 vision to actively engage in the world around us, the Mission Committee is hosting a free lunchtime speaker series on Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. Next up, on June 24, Rev. Zac Morton of Morgantown First Presbyterian will speak about houselessness and ways we can act upon it in our own communities. The committee is also planning a Matthew 25 corner in the newsletter and asks churches to share their activities with Robin Ray ( or Barbara Chalfant ( 
Short-term pastoral mission opportunity in Alaska
Yakutat Presbyterian Church is in the isolated Yakutat community of around 600 people, located on the Gulf of Alaska, accessible primarily by plane and lesser so by ferry. The congregation, which continues to celebrate Tlingit heritage and promote the preservation of Tlingit culture, 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. If you are a pastor who is interested and available 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: or 724-991-3457.
Council of Churches pandemic worship survey
The West Virginia Council of Churches Faith and Order Program Unit is conducting a survey of how congregations held worship during the pandemic. The goals are to understand the impact of the pandemic on worship in West Virginia, understand what was helpful during this time and what was not helpful, and to design training and resources that might be useful for the future. Click here to take the survey.
Faith Flow yoga to be offered monthly at Enslow Park
Enslow Park (1338 Enslow Blvd., Huntington, WV 25705) is now offering Faith Flow yoga on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. No prior yoga experience required. Joan St. Clair of Studio 8 will lead, as Pastor John Yeager recites verses that follow the teachings and life of Christ through a moving meditation of breathing and various poses. The service also includes the Lord's Supper. Space is limited. Attendees must bring their own mat and mask. Reservations required. Call 304-523-9920 or 304-360-1198 for info.
On April 19, the Center for Congregational Singing shared a link to the full 40-page scientific study update from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Maryland on Covid risk through aerosol droplets during singing. In addition to that link, the page linked in our headline shares the most important study excerpts in terms of congregational singing, as well as recommendations from the center's director.
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