Issue 221 | August 25, 2022

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A Word from our General Presbyter

Apparently, September 9 is “Buy Your Priest a Beer Day.” I ran across this somewhat useless piece of information when I was looking at my news feed or perhaps scrolling through my emails. It might actually have been mentioned in a post on Jan Edminston’s blog, “A Church for Starving Artists.” (...) I’m not sure if “Buy Your Priest a Beer Day” is meant as a Roman Catholic alternative to Pastor Appreciation Month in October or what. There’s certainly no reason that you can’t celebrate both. I’m also not sure whether most Protestant pastors are teetotalers or not. I know that I have seldom, if ever, tried to buy a beer (or any alcoholic beverage, for that matter) on my presbytery credit card either here or in Northern Kansas. I don’t think I ever asked about doing that but just assumed it would be frowned upon by the Treasurer as well as by the Personnel Committee. However, the contents of the beverage don’t really matter. What counts is spending some time with your priest or pastor in a relaxing, non-work setting, shooting the breeze, getting to know them, spending some quality time together.

PWV Office Inventory Giveaway

As you know, the Presbytery office building has been sold and staff will soon begin to work from home. With the sale, we are downsizing to a smaller storage space at First, Charleston, which means that a number of office furnishings, equipment, and kitchen items are going to be let go of. We started our giveaway on Monday morning by initially offering this inventory to pastors and clerks of session for their churches, but we are now opening it up to everyone who receives the newsletter.

You can claim any available item by emailing, noting the item number and description in the subject line and your name in the body. (Items marked by a C in the inventory have already been claimed.) Please claim only one item per email response, though you may claim as many items as you'd like. The items will go to the first email response received, as indicated by the time stamp. You may pick up claimed items during regular office hours (8:30 AM-5:30 PM Monday-Thursday) until Sept. 22. The office is located at 520 2nd Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303.

News from the Presbytery's Treasurer

  • 2023 PWV Budget
  • Sending benevolence to the Presbytery
  • Board of Pensions news
  • New 2022 IRS Standard Mileage
  • Adjusting Minister Housing Allowance


  • Are internal controls necessary?
  • Stewardship Kaleidoscope
  • 2022 Per Capita
  • 2022 Special Offerings

Need hymnals or Bibles? Kuhn Memorial can help!

Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church in Barboursville has more than 80 of the blue Presbyterian Hymnals and more than 40 RSV Bibles available for any church in need. If you are interested, please contact the church at or 304-736-4512.

Manual for Church Building Care & Related Operations

In the Aug. 16 Synod of the Trinity newsletter, this resource was included, which is helpful but may not cover everything for every church. Produced by the Pittsburgh Presbyterian Men, who have been active in providing building maintenance and restoration care for many years, it includes sections on Funding & Design Resources, Maintenance, and Project Implementation, including areas relating to roofing, stained glass, food service, building security, and solar power. There are numerous inspection checklists to help buildings and grounds people determine the life of their facilities. 

From the Stated Clerk

Remaining Session Record Review events

  • Sunday – Milton Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 8 – Zoom at 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 11 – Zoom at 3 p.m.

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. 



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.
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