Issue 164 | March 13, 2020
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It’s time to consider suspending worship. I’d never thought it would come to this. To be honest, my mind has changed in the last 24 hours. That’s why I scrapped my original newsletter article yesterday. I finished writing it about 12:30, went to lunch, ran an errand, and while I was gone, the governor was having a news conference and shutting down the boys and girls state basketball tournaments, the NCAA was canceling March Madness, and various other pro leagues were suspending their schedules. 
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March 28 at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
The Nurture Committee will discuss possible postponement due to COVID-19 early next week.
This year’s Festival of Faith will feature Presbyterian Outlook Editor Jill Duffield (pictured) as the Keynote Speaker, focusing her presentation on what people beyond our walls are saying about us, members of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She will also lead one of the many workshops we will offer; plus, there will be fellowship, learning, and worship for all. Please note when you register that B and C are the two one-hour afternoon workshops and D is the two-hour afternoon one; you cannot attend all three.
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  • Remitting church benevolence

  • Board of Pensions tax resources

  • Festival of Faith workshops

  • 2020 Per Capita

  • 2020 Shared Mission Pledge Request

  • 2020 Special Offering Calendar
Building Bridges to a Better Community
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19-20 at Goodwill Industries, Charleston
Free, but advance registration required here by Wednesday
This two-day, community-based training focuses on understanding the challenges of reentry and how to support people who have been recently released from incarceration or who have criminal records. Co-sponsored by the WV Council of Churches, It is designed to provide a historical perspective of the issues we are currently facing in our nation, including the War on Drugs, the changing economy, the school to prison pipeline, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), generational incarceration, the collateral consequences to a felony conviction, and how we can start to eliminate and navigate these barriers through legislative changes, community partner collaboration, and more.
2-3:30 p.m. March 26 (on-demand replay available after live event)
This webinar, led by Rev. Dr. Paul Hooker of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will explore what serving in the church’s ordered ministries is all about (including what we mean by “ordered ministry”) and how the Book of Order can be an important resource for you in your work.
Brenda Wilson passed away on Tuesday, March 10 following a brain aneurysm. She was the Clerk of Session at Spencer Presbyterian Church, as well as a passionate member of the Presbytery's Stewardship of Creation Ministry Team and part of the Administration Committee. At her husband Robin's request, there will be a potluck celebration of her glorious love and life at Heartwood in the Hills, 229 Heartwood Lane, Big Bend, WV 26136, at 2 p.m. March 21.
A note from Pres. Historical Society's David Staniunas
Good day, friends, from the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia! My name is David Staniunas. I'm a records archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society, and three weeks ago, it was my pleasure to spend some time with your presbytery at the Stated Meeting at Riverlawn. I wanted to thank you all for your hospitality! You can read about what I learned during my visit on our blog.

It's our mission to help all PC(USA) congregations preserve core records of their work and witness. You can learn more about depositing original records in the archives, our digitization services, and our church membership program on our website. I hope I can see you all again soon. Peace and blessings.
Eleanor says goodbye to Pastor John Yeager
The congregation of Eleanor Presbyterian Church said their goodbyes along with well wishes and love on March 8 as Pastor John Yeager departs after 5 wonderful years at this remarkable little church with the biggest heart. He and wife Debbie were sent there by God when Eleanor needed them to be there at that time in history to fulfill His special purpose for them. He will begin his new ministry at Enslow Park Presbyterian in Huntington on March 29.
Edgewood's "Get Together Tuesday" ministry
At the most recent "Get Together Tuesday" ministry at Edgewood Presbyterian in Lewisburg, the women present enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, playing bingo and board games, putting together picture puzzles and relishing a nice lunch of salad and dessert. The goal of this ministry is to provide an opportunity for folks to get out of the house during the long winter afternoons and spend time with old friends or make new ones. (Photo by Carolyn Napier)
Eleanor Presbyterian Church once had stained Blenko Glass windows that were dismantled when newer windows were installed many years ago. Some of the old windows were given away, others were sold, still others were broken and a few were saved but then lost. Recently, three of them were found in an old shed when the Scout Troop at the church did a spring cleaning. These windows were re-framed and mounted in the sanctuary, with lightboxes added to highlight the stained glass colors. There are twelve panes of glass mounted in three window boxes. The project was completed by Pastor John Yeager and others before he departed for his new ministry at Enslow Park in Huntington.
Job opening
Choir Director and Organist
First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
Music is an integral part of the worship experience at First Presbyterian Church, evoking majesty, wonder and awe. The congregation has a long tradition of excellence in music coupled with an intellectual, liturgy-based worship style while incorporating a wide, eclectic mix of music.The church has a cathedral-like sanctuary with two pipe organs, including the only C.B. Fisk organ in the state. The Choir Director/Organist will serve as the principal musician of the church, providing leadership, management, collaboration, and coordination of the music ministry program. Click here for a position description, including job qualifications and ways to apply. Application deadline: March 31.
April 24-27 in Washington, D.C.
This Compassion, Peace & Justice Advocacy weekend includes plenaries, workshops, lectures and more activities to address movements for social change. It will explore the various ways we are addressing climate change, ecological destruction and environmental racism.
The 2020 Montreat Youth Conference, July 11-18, will provide opportunities for youth in our churches to connect with hundreds of high school youth from across the country to engage in faith conversations exploring who God is and who we are. Youth currently in grades 8-12 are invited to participate, though space is limited.
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