Issue 225 | October 27, 2022

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Please use the following address for Presbytery mail. 

Presbytery of West Virginia

PO Box 11720

Charleston, WV 25339

Don't forget to register here for the Nov. 12 Presbytery Meeting at Davis & Elkins College. The registration deadline is next Thursday, Nov. 3. 

The current registrations for this Stated Meeting of the Presbytery fail to meet quorum. All minister of the Word and Sacrament members of Presbytery and ruling elder commissioners are encouraged to register now. Please use the link above to register or call the presbytery office at 304-744-7634.

A Word from our General Presbyter

I encourage you – actually, I urge you – to vote YES on Amendment 3 in the West Virginia General Election on Tuesday, November 8. A YES vote would change the language in the state constitution that prohibits churches from incorporating. While in some ways that sounds simple, the reality is far more complicated because the Secretary of State has actually been allowing churches to file for incorporation for almost 20 years now even though it’s still prohibited according to the letter of the law. In this case, however, the Secretary of State knows what he’s doing. There are at least three good reasons to vote yes on Amendment 3.

News from the Presbytery's Treasurer

  • 2023 Per Capita
  • 2023 PWV Budget
  • Sending Benevolence to the Presbytery
  • Board of Pensions news
  • New 2022 IRS Standard Mileage


  • Adjusting Minister Housing Allowance
  • Finding a Church Insurance Broker
  • 2022 Special Offerings

November 12 Presbytery Meeting

Consideration of Amendments to the Constitution

The Presbytery will consider many of the proposed amendments to the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Constitution Part II The Book of Order at its upcoming Presbytery meeting. All minister members of the Presbytery, pastoral leaders, and ruling elders are invited to review the amendment booklet now. A summary of the amendments and details regarding the consideration will be included in the presbytery packet on Nov. 2. Questions may be directed to Stated Clerk Maureen Wright, Leadership Team chair Randy Fife, Moderator Dave Lee, or General Presbyter Ed Thompson.

Officer training coming up in November 

2-5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20 on Zoom 

Susan Sharp Campbell, Associate for Educational Ministry, will lead this program, which is specifically designed for newly-elected ruling elders and deacons, although those who are currently serving are also welcome to attend. It will be based on the questions asked at the time of ordination and/or installation. What do these questions mean, and how do they guide our work as those in ordered ministry? The two sessions will build on each other, so participants are expected to attend both. Registration deadline is Nov. 3, so that advance assignments can be shared. All participants will need a copy of the 2019-2021 or 2019-2023 Book of Order. The Zoom link will be sent on Nov. 9, to those registered. Contact Susan Sharp Campbell, or 304-667-9428, with questions or for more information.

"A More Loving World" youth retreat and concert in November will feature David LaMotte

Retreat is Nov. 18-20 at Bluestone. Concert is 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

LaMotte will be the keynote presenter for the Youth Retreat, which is for those in grades 6-12 and their adult advisors. Complete information, including all relevant forms, is available here. Cost is $85 per person. Registration due Nov 7.

As part of this retreat, LaMotte will present a concert on Saturday night, which will be open to all interested persons. There will also be the opportunity for concertgoers to come for dinner on Saturday and stay through breakfast Sunday morning. Click here for more information, including online registration. Registration due Nov. 12. 

Need a sound system for your church? PWV can help!

One thing we forgot to include in our Office Giveaway as the building was being sold was the sound system that was previously used at Bluestone and other Presbytery meeting locations without their own sound system. It was last used in August 2019 and got several upgrades for that meeting. In addition to the mixer pictured here, we have microphones, speakers, and stands. Interested? Please contact Amy Robinson at 304-744-7634 or, and we will discuss how to get everything from our storage space to your church. 

Charleston First to host "For All the Saints" hymn festival

4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the sanctuary

Jayson Keeton, the church's Director of Music and Organist, will be joined by an ecumenical community choir for a concert featuring hymn tunes of the saints. Admission is free. An offering will be received to benefit Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The church is located at 16 Leon Sullivan Way in downtown Charleston.  

Thanks to everyone who supported the Bluestone Fall Getaway. We had a lot of fun and can't wait to do it again in the spring! From Mark and Sarah, Bluestone Camp and Retreat 

PDA responds to hurricane devastation

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is seeking your support this hurricane season. In the wake of catastrophic impacts from Hurricanes Fiona and Ian, recovery is ongoing. Storms are becoming more frequent and more severe, and this early in the hurricane season we must prepare for these broad and anticipated catastrophes that have not yet formed. Give today to enable PDA's response, from emergency needs through the long-term recovery phase. You can help by giving directly, sharing bulletin/newsletter inserts, or putting together Gift of the Heart kits. And when you give to the worship offering at the Nov. 12 Presbytery meeting

2022 PC(USA) Advent Resource Guide

There are books and digital assets for study, devotion, preaching, worship planning, and more. Sample downloads of resource material are available for some books. 

Getting to know our newer pastors: Rev. Elizabeth Lewis

“That is where you are going to go.” That is what Elizabeth’s 92- year- old Aunt Sissy said early in the process. Elizabeth had called her aunt to tell her about the Glenville Church’s Ministry Information Form and how attracted to it she was. Her aunt could hear the excitement in Elizabeth’s voice and knew that she had already fallen in love with the Glenville Church. Her aunt also sensed the work of the Holy Spirit in this pairing. Time would prove that her aunt was right. You gotta love those elderly saints of the Lord and their spiritual wisdom!

Enslow Park celebrates re-dedication after May flood

On Sept. 11, Enslow Park Presbyterian in Huntington held a Re-dedication and Homecoming Service to celebrate its recovery from the May 6 flooding that severely impacted the Enslow Park and Ritter Park areas of the city. At the church, the office manager and 8 pre-school teachers were forced to shelter-in-place for almost 6 hours with 20 young students. In addition to their 7 vehicles that were destroyed, the church suffered water damage in the crawl spaces beneath the sanctuary and education building for the first time since the church was built more than 70 years ago and faced water flowing into the basement throughout the following week on sides where it had never leaked before. For two months following, services had to be conducted in the Fellowship Hall while church leaders and volunteers dealt with recovery efforts. About half of the damage costs were covered by funds received through the Presbytery of West Virginia, the Synod of the Trinity, and private donations.

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