Issue 157 | November 14, 2019
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Part of me doesn’t want to think about Thanksgiving. Because once Thanksgiving arrives, Advent is lurking just around the corner. Advent means I can’t avoid thinking about Christmas, even though I have been trying to do that since stores started pushing the holiday right after Labor Day. When Christmas gets here, that means a new year will be starting soon... I’m reminded, though, of probably the most important thing I learned during the summer internship after my first year in seminary...The message was simple. “Enjoy each day as it comes. Don’t start looking so far ahead that you miss out on the wonderful things that God is doing in your life right now.” That’s a good thing to remember with the holiday season looming over us with the sense of dread that often accompanies it.
  • 2020 Per Capita
  • 2020 Shared Mission Pledge Request
  • 2019 Year-End Benevolence Processing
  • New Overtime Rules
  • Change to IRS W-4 Form
  • Christmas Joy Offering, including a webinar for church leaders
All invited to Rock Lake's new lectionary study group!
There is a newly formed lectionary study group now meeting at Rock Lake Presbyterian in South Charleston. With the possible exception of Dec. 3, weekly gatherings will be on Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The time will include reviewing the lectionary passages or other passages of scripture that those attending may be using the following Sunday. Upcoming weeks together could help with Advent planning and preaching. For more information, call 304- 768-4141 between 8:45-12:15 weekdays.
Bridgeport Presbyterian Church turns 45
On Sunday, Nov. 24, Bridgeport will celebrate 45 years of serving God and the community. The 10 a.m. worship service will have the theme Past, Present & Future and feature special music and celebration. Then, the evening begins at 5 p.m. with dancing to a brass, rhythm and sax orchestra followed by a Thanksgiving dinner to thank God for all our many blessings. Call 304-842-2211 or email .
Presbyterian Historical Society Executive Director
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
This position is responsible for all PHS operations, as well as for collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the story of American Presbyterianism with mid councils, congregations, and individuals. Located in Philadelphia, it calls for a person with mature faith in Jesus Christ; an enthusiastic commitment to the mission program of the PC(USA) as noted in its theological confessions, the Book of Order, and the actions of the General Assembly; an understanding of the ethos of the non-profit world; skill in
nurturing a teamwork environment at many different levels; a Master of Arts in American history and/or an MLS in Information Science with a specialization in archival administration; and a passion for the PHS and its mission to serve the PC(USA) and the broader community. Click here to read the full job description and here to apply.
All are part-time except Presbyterian Historical Society.
Spring Creek Presbyterian
Seeking a piano player for weekly 10 a.m. worship services at small congregation in Renick. Salary is open for discussion. Call 304-497-2574.

Administrative secretary
Rock Lake Presbyterian Church
Seeking a professional, self-motivated and confident person to perform clerical duties in church office. Successful candidate is Christ-centered, has people skills, is a problem solver and computer literate. A background check is required. Please send resume with references to RLPC, Attn: A&F Committee, 901 Village Dr., South Charleston, WV 25309 or Call 304-768-4141 with questions.

Keyboard accompanist
Teays Valley Presbyterian Church
Seeking a gifted musician who loves Jesus and wants to use their musical gifts in worship! Responsibilities include playing hymns, accompanying the choir and playing with Praise Team. Other occasional responsibilities may include playing for special services and events. Ability to play organ is preferred but not required. Salary based on experience. Contact Kyle Key at 304-757-6071 or
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
The staff of FETCH, an after-school child care program at Community Presbyterian in Arthurdale, had a Peanuts theme for the Friends of Valley District Education Trunk-or-Treat on October 18. The event was very successful.
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News from PWV's
Glenville dedicates its solar panels
By Mike Ferguson, Presbyterians Today
Chuck Fox, a Presbyterian living and working in Houston, first got the idea to start Bless Friday during a homily he heard from a Catholic priest the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2009.
Did you know when you shop for the holidays at , AmazonSmile donates to Presbytery of West Virginia?
Snack bags with Rock Lake Presby
This is the first in a video series exploring Presbytery-supported mission-related programs.
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In one week, Charleston First Presbyterian will open its annual holiday fair trade boutique, Hope Village, which offers unique items from around the world by organizations that employ and sustain refugees, women and children brought out of sex trafficking and international artisans living in poverty. Hope Village, located on the first floor of the church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (except Thanksgiving) and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday beginning Nov. 21. Call 304-343-8961.
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Free to a good home!
South Charleston First Presbyterian has 50 copies of the blue Presbyterian Hymnal and at least 75 of the old red Hymnbook they’d be happy to donate to any church in need. Contact the church office at 304-744-2333 or

Nitro First Presbyterian has 34 maroon choir robes with white stoles they would like to give away. Contact the church office at 304-755-3242 from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday.
The General Assembly Nominating Committee will bring to the 224th General Assembly nominations for nearly 30 entities — boards, committees, and commission. The Committee’s process of discernment and nomination is dependent upon a diverse and deep pool of people who are willing to share their gifts, talents, expertise, and time in service to the larger church. Please consider whether God may be calling you to service on a General Assembly level entity. Click the link above for the nominations portal, which is accepting applications through Dec. 6.
Help fill the WV State University campus food pantry!
St. Albans First Presbyterian is a ministry partner with West Virginia State University's UKirk program, and they're helping stock the school's food pantry with shelf-stable items like pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, granola bars, crackers, canned fruit, cereal and ramen noodles. You can assist them by donating food or a check made out to WVSU Foundation, indicating in the memo line that it's for the campus pantry. The contact at the school is Kellie Toledo, Director of Counseling and Accessibility Services, West Virginia State University, 125 Sullivan Hall East, P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112; you can also contact her at 304-766-3262 or
Learn about John Yeager's "Called to Love" book series, which follows the Revised Common Lectionary with brief essays connecting the scripture to real life. 
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