Issue 219 | July 28, 2022
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The Leadership Team has called a meeting to approve the sale price of the Presbytery office building. This item of business cannot wait until the Stated Meeting. Register here for the August 4 Called Presbytery Meeting, which will be held virtually on Zoom.

And don't forget to register here for the August 18 Stated Presbytery Meeting, which is also on Zoom.
“Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.” That line comes from a song by Australian singer John Paul Young, which was recorded back in 1977. It spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was his only US Top 40 hit. (You can find a version on YouTube if your memory or your curiosity gets the best of you.) For some reason, that song comes to mind as I think about the pending sale of the Presbytery office building. It makes more sense when you replace the word “love” with “change.” Change is in the air, everywhere I look around. It’s in emails, in phone calls, in Zoom meetings. It pops up in conversation with random church members and with the staff. Sometimes, it wakes me up at night. 
National Religious Partnership for the Environment is currently hosting a mini-grant program in West Virginia called "In Praise and Care of Creation: ​Youth Solutions to Climate Change" that is open to faith and community groups that include participants under the age of 18. It will provide up to $500 of funding to qualified care projects in the fall of 2022 or spring of 2023. A one-hour virtual gathering for potential applicants will be held on Sept. 8 on Zoom; at least one person per group must attend.
Oct. 10-12 at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA
Wee Kirk will inspire, equip, motivate, and encourage small churches and provide rest and refreshment for the clergy and lay leaders of those churches. This year's plenary speakers include Asa Lee, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary President and Professor of Theological Formation for Ministry; Sue Washburn, former editor of Presbyterians Today magazine; Charles Cotherman, and Jenn Frayer-Griggs. Click for a conference brochure or online registration. Register by Sept. 24. Individual cost: $150, group registration available. You can participate in person or via Zoom.
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From the Stated Clerk
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. The late summer events offer both in-person opportunities and an online opportunity on Zoom; all are at 3 p.m.
  • August 7 – Elk Hills Presbyterian Church, Charleston
  • August 14 – Frankford Presbyterian Church
  • August 21 –Fleming Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fairmont
  • August 28 – Milton Presbyterian Church
  • September 11 – Zoom
By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, and Marika Proctor, Religion News Service
At the Seven Loaves Food Pantry at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, volunteers have been serving 800 to 1,200 families a week since the COVID-19 pandemic began — about four times the weekly traffic in 2019.

“We are busier than ever right now,” said Shannon Cameron, executive director of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora, Illinois, where, after a slight dip around tax return season, between 30 and 60 new families are registering every week.

The inflation that has loomed over the economy and restricted many Americans’ purchasing power of late has doubly affected low-income people who already struggle to get by. A recent survey by the anti-hunger organization Feeding America has shown that increased demand has affected nearly 80% of U.S. food banks, as higher prices cause more families to seek assistance.
Emmet Rogers grew up in Nicholas County thinking that he wanted to be a chemical engineer. God had other plans. In his junior year at Richwood High School, a Young Life group was started at the school. He was impressed that the leader of the program, Brian Shirak, would move to a backwater place like Nicholas County to tell teenagers about Jesus. That summer, Emmet went to the Young Life Summer Camp, and his life changed. He gave his life to the Lord, and he committed to following wherever God called him. He didn’t know where that would be, but he somehow knew that he would be called to go somewhere most people wouldn’t want to go in order to share the gospel with teenagers.
The Register-Herald, Beckley, WV
Rachel McNeel, a senior at West Virginia University majoring in chemistry and minoring in biology and business, will represent all West Virginia Presbyterian Young Adults at the National General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., June 20-24.

A member of the Presbyterian Student Fellowship, McNeel has excelled in blending her faith and major fields of study in chemistry and biology.
Enslow Park participates in pulpit exchange with fellow Huntington church Full Gospel Assembly
On Sunday, July 10, Enslow Park Presbyterian Church and Full Gospel Assembly hosted a pulpit exchange, with Enslow Park Commissioned Pastor John Yeager preaching at Full Gospel Assembly and its pastor, Bishop Samuel Moore, preaching at Enslow Park. After services, the two churches held a time of fellowship at Ritter Park. Though this was the first pulpit exchange between the churches, it was part of their ongoing collaboration, designed to solidify the relationship between the congregations.
Bishop Samuel Moore and Pastor John Yeager pose for a picture (above) while members of the two congregations enjoyed lunch and fellowship together (right).
Synod of the Trinity seeks next Stated Clerk
The Rev. Wayne Yost will retire from the position of Stated Clerk of the Synod of the Trinity at the end of the year. The search for the next person to serve as the Stated Clerk of the Synod is underway. Although a part-time position, the person fulfilling this role is important in ecclesiastical matters and in support of the ministry and mission of the Synod. Here is a link to the position description in CLC. Interested candidates should submit a PIF to the contact included.
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