Issue 153 | September 13, 2019
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I’ve been thinking about mission studies lately. For some, even mentioning those words will cause them to start twitching or perhaps break out in a cold sweat. Others might begin to curse and vow never to do that again. I certainly hope that’s not the case. I think mission studies can be helpful, maybe like a visit to the doctor or dentist is helpful. We may not want to hear what they have to say, but they have our best interests in mind, and if we follow their advice, we will be healthier in the long run. I think doing a mission study regularly – say every five years – will also make us healthier in the long run.
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3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the church
A dedication ceremony will be held on Sept. 22 for Glenville's solar energy system. Rev. Karen Kinney will lead the short outdoor ceremony, which will be followed by solar-powered refreshments and information about solar energy in the church hall. The refreshments – sun tea and s’mores – are being made by the Gilmer County Girl Scouts, using energy from the sun.
6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Riverlawn, St. Albans
Join the Presbytery of West Virginia's Kenya Mission Team for an evening of worship, sharing and plenty of photos on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Riverlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Albans. Come and learn how the Lord is at work in the amazing people of Kenya. For more information, contact Chris Kilbert at
Beginning in January, Davis & Elkins College will offer a preaching course on Tuesday evenings as part of a new minor designed as pre-professional training for those seeking to enter ministry after college. Locally-licensed clergy who wish to continue their training may also enroll in the course. Email for more information.
Canyon Community Presbyterian Church members (from left) Mary Gribko, Debra Hagedorn, and Mary Jo Sodomick pose in their newly-renovated fellowship hall. They share the building with their community, including a knitting group that recently began meeting in fellowship hall after they lost their previous meeting space.
The 5th annual Day of Hope: A Celebration of Prevention and Recovery will take place this weekend. Sponsored by the West Virginia Council of Churches, the Community Impact Coalition and prevention organizations across the state, this day is an opportunity for faith and local communities to focus on solution-oriented discussion and activities to reduce substance use disorder in our state. This year's focus is on the effects substance and alcohol use in teens have on their brains.
9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 19 at Trinity Evangelical, Charleston
Social media addiction and internet addiction disorder are not currently classed in the DSM-5 but are considered conditions for further study. This Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center workshop will discuss the validity of internet addiction as a diagnosis, problems that can occur from excessive device use and risk factors for adolescent social media addiction in addition to the use and validity of adapted screening tools. Cost $40.
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, St. Albans First Presbyterian on Oct. 2, Charleston First Presbyterian on Oct. 4, and Bridgeport on Oct. 6.
For sale
Sharp Digital Imager copier ( model A/R 287) that copies, prints and scans in black-and-white only, plus sorts and staples. Purchased in 2006 but maintained by The Copier Guy in Nitro and is still functional. Will need toner soon, which is also still available. Cost: $100 or best offer. Contact Rev. Doug Jenkins of St. Albans First Presbyterian at 304-727-2241 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bluefield First Presbyterian is in search of 25 of the older red or blue hymnals. They ask that if a church has any they are no longer using to please contact them to see about a transfer. Email or call 304-327-9727.
William Alan Light, 71, of Bluefield, passed away August 15th at Princeton Community Hospital following a long battle with a chronic and debilitating disease. Alan was member of First Presbyterian Church of Bluefield, where he served as an elder, trustee, and treasurer. He also served as a member of the Presbytery's current Stewardship Committee. Services were held August 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Bluefield. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church’s Janie and Herbert Light Congregational Care Fund or to the church’s Capital 225 Fund; mail to First Presbyterian Church, 208 Tazewell Ave., Bluefield, WV 24701.
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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 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. 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.
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