Issue 152 | August 29, 2019
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Are you paying attention? That question haunts me. Well, it doesn’t keep me up at night but I keep coming back to it. It’s been almost a month since I returned from Baltimore, the site of this year’s Big Tent, our denomination’s biennial gathering, but I still find myself thinking about it. Are you paying attention? The question was first raised early in the conference by staff of The Center (pictured), which is the mission arm of the Presbytery of Baltimore.
Register by Tuesday to guarantee lunch
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Fayetteville PC
Sometimes the phrase “small church” can cause us to hear or see a subliminal message. Small church can subconsciously translate as less church. While the human and financial resources available may be less, that does not mean the smaller church is any less “spirit filled” or less engaged in God’s work. That is why this year’s theme is “Little is much when God is in it.”
Planning calendar update
As of today, we have not yet received our order of planning calendars. Once they do arrive here, those who have ordered will be contacted to let them know when they can pick up their order. Please let us know if you are planning to attend the Small Church Conference, and we can arrange to bring your calendars and Books of Order if everything has arrived by then.
International peacemaker Moon-Sook Lee of South Korea will visit the Presbytery Sept. 26-Oct. 7, including stops at Buckhannon First Presbyterian and Davis & Elkins on Sept. 29, Village Chapel on Sept. 30, Williamstown First Presbyterian and Waverly-Bethel on Oct. 1, Highlawn Presbyterian in St. Albans on Oct. 2, Charleston First Presbyterian on Oct. 4, and Bridgeport on Oct. 6.
Click on the image for a printable flyer and here for more information/a registration form.
  • Compostable single-use plates, utensils & cups
  • Become an Earth Care Congregation
  • Stormwater pollution
  • Select your 2020 benefits
  • New overtime rules
  • Church insurance
  • PC(USA) Special Offerings calendar
Did you know that our Presbytery Relations Committee has $2,000 to support ministry efforts shared by more than one congregation/worshipping community in the presbytery? If you're planning a special concert with another Presbyterian church or need a little help with a collaborative mission project or Christian Ed program, funding is here! Contact committee chair Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke at
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24
at Village Chapel Presbyterian
Cost is $50, which includes lunch and materials; you can now pay by Paypal on our website . Register by Oct. 11.
We invite you to print and include this newsletter in your bulletins or newsletters, share it with your congregation and distribute it widely. We hope it is helpful for your congregation and community. Click for the SEPTEMBER newsletter in two-sided color , two-sided black-and-white , color booklet or black-and-white booklet .
9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at First Presbyterian, Charleston
This free workshop, which will be held in the dining room of the Activities Building, is open to ministers, session members, trustees, and staff members; it will be led by Rob Yandow, a former law enforcement officer, a trained security instructor, and the public policy leader for the Faith Based Security
Network. Learn about the development of safety and security teams, security protocols and response to emergency situations, including active shooter, medical emergencies, and fire and weather-related disasters. Register by Oct. 1 by filling out the flyer in the article title and mailing to Vannessa King, Programs Coordinator, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301. Call 304-343-8961 for more information.
Presented by St. Mary’s Department of Spiritual Care and Mission, these Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center-affiliated groups, which are free and open to the public, offer a safe place where community members can receive support and learn more effective ways to communicate with their loved ones struggling with substance abuse. The first groups, including one led in part by PWV's Noha Khoury-Bailey, begin Sept. 5.
2-6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Bridgeport Presbyterian
After several communion trainings last year, the intent moving forward is to provide one event a year as there is need. This is the 2019 event. All churches, particularly those that do not have pastoral leadership, are invited to recommend and send 2-3 ruling elders in good standing. Register by Sept. 19 through the link or by contacting Maureen Wright.
Three-part Synod webinar for church leaders starts Sept. 5
The Rock Forge Presbyterian Church in Morgantown has a beautiful building with a gorgeous sanctuary. The church has a long history of ministering to the poor and hurting of the area. Although there are only seven who can come to worship, the people of Rock Forge are committed to making a difference in their community. They are a welcoming group with a warm sense of camaraderie.
After hearing Sarah Specht’s presentation about Bluestone at the May Presbytery meeting, the Session of Frankford Presbyterian agreed to try to find a kid to send to camp since we have no children in the church, using some of our money budgeted for local outreach. We contacted the principal of Frankford Elementary School to see if she had any suggestions of a child or children who might benefit from a week a camp.
Community PC continues after-school program
At Community Presbyterian in Arthurdale, a program called Folks Educating, Telling, Caring and Helping (FETCH) offers affordable after-school child care for school-age children. FETCH provides snacks and homework support; students also participate in supervised and structured activities. The church looks forward to another successful year supporting local families with this much-needed service.
From Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019
“I went to Triennium not knowing where I was with God. I had struggled for months to try and find my faith. I ended up leaving Triennium with a new mindset, and I am now growing in my faith,” said one PWV youth attendee. “Triennium helped me realize that not all people are bad and that there is still love in the world. That love is surrounded by God, and to me, that’s the most heartwarming thing on Earth. I’ve learned that God brings peoples together in ways nothing else can. Thousands of people from all around the world came to one spot and loved each other without thinking twice, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
Click here to read our first report from the event.
Application deadline: Sept. 23
The General Assembly will meet June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore, and the Nominating Committee is  seeking folks to represent PWV. Needed are Minister of Word & Sacrament and Ruling Elder Commissioners as well as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) . Click here for an application, which is also included in the headline link.
Oct. 7-9 in Mount Pleasant, PA. Registration deadline: Sept. 24
This annual conference is an opportunity for small church pastors (both seminary-trained and lay pastors) to gather for renewal, education and fellowship. This year's presenters include our own Ed Thompson, Synod of the Trinity's Sue Wonderland and GA Co-Moderator Vilmarie Cintron-Olivier. Cost is $125 for people in churches with 125 members or less, $150 for those in churches with 126-200 members and $300 for everyone else. Additionally, the free Timothy Track , limited to 10 participants, is for pastors in their first five years of small church ministry.
Healthy Congregations is an ecumenical and interfaith organization providing resources based on Bowen Family Systems Theory to think more clearly about families, relationships and faith communities. Its annual Leadership Series features eight one-day seminars that meet monthly September-May (minus December) online, exploring topics to help leaders to work through challenging issues or conflict. Discounted rates for individuals and groups are available through Aug. 15.
One year into providing their  First Reading: The Old Testament Lectionary Podcast , Revs. Rachel Wrenn and Tim McNinch, Emory University  Hebrew Bible doctoral students, are delivering a weekly tool for preachers who crave practical sermon help on the Old Testament passages found in the  Revised Common Lectionary .
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