Issue 148 | June 27, 2019
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A brief Called Presbytery Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9 at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charleston.
I recommend  Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation Into a Powerhouse For Mission  by Krin Van Tatenhove and Rob Mueller. Actually, I’m piling on here. The book was first recommended by the co-moderators of the General Assembly, Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Cindy Kohlmann. We’ve been reading it as a presbytery staff, and it has sparked some good discussion. The book focuses on how we could partner, how we should partner, and how we need to partner with other groups to be more effective and more faithful.
Application deadline: Sept. 23
The General Assembly will meet June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore, and the Nominating Committee is  now accepting applications for Minister of Word and Sacrament and Ruling Elder Commissioners, as well as Young Adult Advisory Delegates (YAADs). Ruling Elder and YAAD applications require a Session endorsement. Click here for an application, which is also included in the headline link.
By Forrest Palmer, PDA National Response Team
I am one of about 100 volunteers for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry. Approaching retirement, I felt a calling to receive more training and offer myself as one who helps others following a disaster. PDA stands ready to go help churches, communities, families and individuals deal with the aftermath effects of a disaster, whether it be a natural disaster or human-caused disaster.
The session of Mannington First Presbyterian Church prides themselves on their relaxed hospitality. “We are a very open, warm, come-as-you-are congregation,” they said. Although they average only about 11 people for worship, they have several children who come, including neighborhood kids, who sometimes come in the middle of the service, which is OK. They obviously feel very welcome.
Bradley celebrates 70th Homecoming
July 21 at the church, 310 Maple Lane, Bradley
Everyone is invited to the Bradley Presbyterian Church 70th Homecoming! After the 11 a.m. service, enjoy a potluck meal at noon in Fellowship Hall, immediately followed by a concert by the Arnold Bolen Group in the chapel. Call 304-877-5865 for more information.
Regarding Ruling Elders is a monthly PC(USA) series for spiritual leaders. This piece focuses on child and youth protection policies to keep church events safe for everyone. You can find more Regarding Ruling Elders articles here or sign up for daily or weekly PC(USA) news digests, which will include them when they're available.
Job opening!
This position, which will serve with other staff and regional leaders, will have primary responsibility for an enhanced grants program, event planning, and a variety of connection and resourcing aspects of the Synod's work. The qualified candidate, preferably a college graduate with PC(USA) connections, should send a cover letter and resume to  by July 26 to start in early-mid-September.
Half of the PWV Associate for Mission's work is to serve as pastoral care for 11 low-income older adult homes and one family housing community in West Virginia, which she visits every month, including quarterly craft classes at the older adult homes.
We invite you to print and include this newsletter in your bulletins, share it with your congregation and distribute widely. We hope it is helpful for your congregation and community. Click for the JULY newsletter in the format of your choice: two-sided color, two-sided black-and-white, color booklet or black-and-white booklet.
Oct. 15-18 in Louisville
Our Calling with the Generations: Intergenerational Engagement is the theme for this Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network event at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Laws Lodge. Keynote speakers are Rev. Dr. Diane L. Givens Moffett and Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Some partial scholarships are available to help offset costs, which start at $385 per person.
Register now for Big Tent!
Aug. 1-3 in Baltimore. Register by MONDAY!
PC(USA)'s Big Tent 2019, Called to a Movement Beyond Institution, will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions, particularly in relation to race, gender and economic disparity. Cost is $95 per person. Click here for more information, here for a full schedule and here to register.
FestivALL event at Kanawha United in downtown Charleston
Aug. 6-9 at Stony Point Center
Cost: $225 by July 9.
Room & board: $300.
In the Presbytery Sept. 28-Oct. 7
The Peacemaker coming to our Presbytery this fall is  Moon-Sook Lee from South Korea.   She will be available to speak September 29 – October 6. If you would like to host her, please contact Robin Ray at with your first and second choices of dates and times. We are asking each host church to contribute $50 towards the cost of hosting her and, in most cases, housing her for one night.
Farewell to Shelly Barrick Parsons
On June 12, an Open House was held at the WVU Campus Ministry Center to say goodbye to Shelly Barrick Parsons and celebrate her and her ministry these past 15+ years in Morgantown. Her family is moving to Richmond, VA for her husband's new job. Best wishes, Shelly!
Welcome Madison Katherine Misfeldt
Madison Katherine Misfeldt, the daughter of Minister of Word & Sacrament Emily Harden Misfeldt, was born in the early morning hours of June 12. Born at home, Madison weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces. She joins her big brother, Jesse.
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