Issue 172 | July 9, 2020
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I feel like I’m making progress in understanding racism and white privilege. I still have a long way to go, but at least I think I’m moving in the right direction. What was helpful was the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. I mentioned that in a previous article. I’d encourage or perhaps even challenge you to try it. (...) In some ways, I’ve kept going even after the 21 days, especially by listening to different podcasts. What’s also been helpful has been reading the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. It doesn’t really qualify as a page turner, but it definitely qualifies as an eye opener.
+ Board of Pensions information ----------------- + PPP loan forgiveness
+ CARES Act ------------------------------------------ + Restarting church operations
+ PDA Covid-19 relief ------------------------------- + 2020 PC(USA) Special Offerings
PWV grant opportunities
There are two kinds of grants available through the Mission Committee: Mission Initiative Grants and Hunger Action Grants. Both are normally not more than $2,000. The Mission Initiative Grant deadline is Sept. 1, while Hunger Action Grants are accepted throughout the year.

Mission Initiative Grants, which are paid out quarterly over the calendar year, are given to congregations that are beginning new mission-related programming, activities or relationships. Apply here.

Hunger Action Grants are given to organizations and congregations who are engaged in direct food aid in the form of food pantries, community gardens, and other food-related activities; they can be used for food or for things that make providing food possible, like purchasing shelving, freezers and other equipment. Apply here.
New Wilmington Mission Conference
The New Wilmington Mission Conference is the world's oldest and sole-surviving mission conference, having begun in 1906. This year, it will be held virtually. Free to attend, it runs July 17-19. Attendees will learn of mission opportunities, hear updates from mission co-workers and global partners, and more.
Learn more about the conference, including how to participate in a music video for a new worship song written especially for the conference ("Living By My Faith" by Broadway actor/musician Ben Chavez), here. This year's theme is "For we walk by faith, not by sight"(2 Corinthians 5:7). NOTE: the deadline for music video submissions is Sunday.
Nathan Kyle Lively, who grew up studying and playing the organ at Hinton First Presbyterian Church, will offer the webinar, which will help participants see "where we are, where we need to go, how we can get there, and what do we need to cover along the way - be that different types of worship styles, worship resources, and how to stay on the legal side of copyrights." The 29-year-old, who previously served at two Presbyterian churches, is currently the Director of Music at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stamford, CT. Those who have already expressed interest in the webinar will be emailed the Zoom connection information by Monday; anyone else who is interested should contact the Presbytery office to register.
Sympathy to Forrest Palmer, whose mother, Lois Mae Davis Palmer, passed away at age 97 on June 28 at Porthouse Senior Care in Port Republic, VA. No funeral will be held. Memorial donations can be made to the Keister Elementary School Forrest & Lois Palmer Faculty/Staff Recognition Award Fund, c/o Harrison Education Foundation, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, 1 N. Court Sq., Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Click here to read her obituary.
Need hymnals?
Rock Lake Presbyterian Church has 78 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (blue)) and 18 copies of The Hymnbook (red) in need of a good home. If your church is interested, please contact Rock Lake at or 304-768-4141.

Additionally, Welch First Presbyterian still has 13 copies of Glory to God (purple) with a loose-leaf binder and 22 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal also with a loose-leaf binder. If you are interested, contact Wendy Brewster at 304-436-6942 or .
Festival of Faith will be a VIRTUAL event this year, held on August 29. Rather than meeting in person with the uncertainty that goes with it in this time, we will be meeting by Zoom, which gives us the opportunity to see and interact with each other, whether by video or phone. We will follow the original schedule as much as possible, although now you don’t have to travel to Charleston, and you can join in your pajamas or workout clothes or whatever you desire to wear. And you don’t have to worry about whether you’ll like lunch or not, as you’ll be fixing your own.
Here is what's new at your
PWV Resource Center

If you see something in the video that you are interested in for personal or congregational use, please contact Resource Center Director Nellie Howard at or 304- 481-8027.

Small Church Conference cancelled
Due to the uncertainty with Covid-19, the Congregational Development Team of the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry feels it is in the best interest of all to cancel this year's Small Church Conference on Sept. 12. A large Thank You goes to Clarksburg First Presbyterian Church for their willingness to host the event. As you plan for 2021, please mark Saturday, September 18 as the next Small Church Conference.
Music Director (part-time)
Elk Hills Presbyterian Church, Charleston
Elk Hills Presbyterian Church, located just north of Charleston, is seeking a part-time Music Director, who will provide music appropriate for Sunday morning worship services (piano and/or organ) as well as seasonal services, and work closely with the choir and pastor in worship planning. For a position description or additional information, email
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