Issue 220 | August 11, 2022
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Don't forget to register here for the August 18 Stated Presbytery Meeting, which is on Zoom. Registration is open through Saturday.
The summer after my first year in seminary, I had the opportunity to do an internship at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Winter Park, Florida. Although I may well have been the last person in my class to line up a job for the summer, I probably ended up having the best experience of any of my classmates. In many ways, it was amazing. I learned a lot. I had some great role models. I made some great friends. It was not without its drawbacks, however.
A Note from Barbara Chalfant
Dear Presbytery of WV,
It is with sadness and joy that I have tendered my resignation as the Associate for Mission. I have enjoyed the seven and a half years I have spent doing ministry with you. Through flooding and sunshine, we have learned together better what it means to be bringing in the Kingdom of God in West Virginia. I have learned so much from you. I have been called to become the Presbyter for Congregational Life for the Presbytery of the James. It is a new and exciting challenge for me. Please keep me in your prayers as you are always in mine. 
From the Stated Clerk
Previously shared in this space have been the four in-person Session Record Reviews this month, as well as a Zoom Session Record Review set for Sept. 11. All of those begin at 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. Now, we have a second Zoom event to share, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. To recap, below are the remaining events:
  • Sunday – Frankford Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 21 – Fleming Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fairmont, at 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 28 – Milton Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 8 – Zoom at 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 11 – Zoom at 3 p.m.
Some people’s call to ministry is sudden and dramatic. Others experience the call to ministry as more of a process. In each case, we see the wondrous power of wisdom of the God who loves us. Virginia “Ginna” Taylor grew up in South Charleston. Along with her parents and siblings, she attended First Presbyterian in Charleston. She graduated from West Virginia State University with a degree in accounting and worked as an accountant for nine years – first with the Charleston Marriott Town Center and then with the State of West Virginia. She married her husband, Blair Taylor, and together they adopted a baby and named him Tait, her mother’s maiden name. It was when Tait attended preschool at First, Charleston that Ginna realized she would love to work with young children.
  • Sending benevolence to the Presbytery
  • Board of Pensions news
  • New 2022 IRS Standard Mileage
  • Adjusting Minister Housing Allowance
  • Are internal controls necessary?
  • PWV support of PDA's Ukraine efforts
  • Stewardship Kaleidoscope
  • 2022 Per Capita
  • 2022 Special Offerings
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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