Issue 236 | April 27, 2023

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Don't forget to register here for the May 20 Presbytery Meeting at Clarksburg First Presbyterian Church. The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 10.

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A Word from our General Presbyter

The church is not a credit union. Not that there’s anything wrong with credit unions. Although I have never joined one, I have thought about it occasionally. There certainly seem to be advantages to doing so. I understand that you can get lower interest rates on loans and higher interest rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit at a credit union. Those are good reasons to make the switch from a bank, but they’ve never been compelling enough to motivate me to take that step. Even more than these perks, what makes credit unions so popular is they take care of their members. That’s their primary focus, their primary concern. They also intentionally limit themselves to a particular demographic – people who belong to a certain union, a certain branch of the armed forces, or perhaps all those who work at a particular company or in a particular industry. That allows them to be more intentional with their programming as well as with their advertising. Church members aren’t – or at least they shouldn’t be – the primary focus, the primary concern of the church. Nor should we limit ourselves to a particular demographic. Yet that’s what happens even though it’s often unintentional.

From the Stated Clerk

Remaining 2022 Session Record Reviews

Five events for Clerks of Session to complete the annual review are left. They include three in-person gatherings and two Zoom events. Each gathering is designed to support one another, share learnings and hear the latest best practices for Clerks of Session, and fulfill the Book of Order requirement to review minutes annually. All Clerks are invited to attend one of the Session Record Review events. 

  • Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. - Old Stone, Lewisburg
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Village Chapel, Charleston
  • Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. - Zoom
  • Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. - Zoom
  • Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. - Bridgeport PC


Kanawha United's BraveHeart Fellowship to host a carnival

The BraveHeart Fellowship, Kanawha United's outreach to teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, will soon host a carnival at the church, 1009 Virginia St. E. in downtown Charleston. The event will take place 6-8 p.m. May 25. For more information, contact Susan Marrash-Minnerly at or 304-549-5749.

Two part-time jobs available at Charleston's Kanawha United

Kanawha United, located in downtown Charleston, has two part-time positions open: a Director of Children & Youth Ministries (10 hours a week, $20 per hour, job description) and a custodian (20 hours a week, $15 per hour, job description). Experience is preferred. Please share with anyone in the Kanawha Valley who might have the requisite skills. Questions? Call Marjorie Cooke at 304-541-9657. Interested? Apply by mail to Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Attn: Marjorie Cooke, 1009 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.

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Moving Mountains

By Bex Law, Marshall University | For Presbyterians Today

(...) I am a non-traditional student completing my undergraduate degree. I started at 25. I have no regrets in waiting, because I was not ready for the commitment and discipline college requires when I was 18. Now I enjoy school, homework, and getting involved, which has, by the grace of God, led me to participating in the 67th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67), and hopefully creating a CSW at my university. The first group I got involved in at Marshall University was Marshall UKIRK. Before coming to school, I was not a practicing Christian. I was raised Southern Baptist, and as a queer, independent, liberal woman, a relationship with God and the church was challenging for me...

Synod "TED Talk" highlights Fairmont First Presbyterian

At the October 2022 Synod Assembly gathering, the Sunday night program included several videos and talks highlighting ministries and initiatives in Synod congregations and presbyteries. The presentations were so well received that they are being shared on the Synod’s YouTube channel for use as a Sunday morning “Minute for Mission” or as a conversation piece during a weekday Bible study. One of the two "TED Talks" being shared this month looks at Fairmont First Presbyterian's Clothing Street Store ministry, where an area is set up along the sidewalk for people to both donate clothing and also take an item if they are in need. To see all of the videos released to date, click here.

Watch Synod of the Trinity grant workshops

The Synod of the Trinity recently provided two online grant workshops that focused on helping grant-seekers with the tools and knowledge to approach funders and apply for the financial support that will push the difference-making initiatives to the next level. The first, "Grant-Seeking: Creating Relationships with Funders," gives you the research tools to pinpoint potential foundations and funding resources within your community and our region. Additional resources from the workshop are these helpful books: The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications; It's Not Just About the Money: How to Build Authentic Major Donor Relationships; The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits; Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work; and Building Donor Loyalty: The Fundraiser's Guide to Increasing Lifetime Value. The second workshop, "Writing the Grant: How to Start and What to Share," provides the framework and confidence to apply for a grant outside of our denomination, and will teach you how to present your case, and your church or other entity, in the most appealing and critical light.

News from the Presbytery's Treasurer

  • New West Virginia tax tables available now
  • Tax guides & housing allowance letter
  • 2023 Shared Mission Pledge Request
  • PDA assisting with Cyclone Freddy
  • Employee or Independent Contractor
  • BOP Toolkits
  • Sending Benevolence to the Presbytery
  • 2023 IRS mileage
  • 2023 Per Capita
  • 2023 Special Offerings

Request a copy of the 2023 Presbytery Directory

We have several physical copies of the directory left. If you would like one, please email or call Amy Robinson at 304-744-7634. Remember, the directory is also on our website; if you need the password to access it there, contact Amy.

Free metal shelves available from the PWV

The presbytery office has a set of two blue shelves that each measure 3 feet wide by 7 feet tall by 9.5 inches deep. They are available for pickup at our storage space at Charleston First Presbyterian Church. Interested? Contact Amy Robinson at 304-744-7634 or to schedule pickup.


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