Issue 180 | November 12, 2020
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All Minister of Word & Sacrament members of presbytery and Ruling Elder Commissioners, as well as guests who want to watch the meeting, are encouraged to register by Tuesday.
I flinch every time I read or hear Governor Justice refer to the 41 outbreaks of Covid-19 that have happened in churches. I am grateful that none of them have happened (as far as I know) in any of the churches in this presbytery. It makes me want to knock on wood, though, because I’m concerned that it could happen to one of us. (...)  As the infection numbers and rates rise throughout the state and throughout the nation, I think we need to suspend in-person worship again for the foreseeable future. However, that’s up to each Session. I do not have that authority. (I kind of wish I did, but as I often say, “I’m not the bishop.”) Here's why...
Pictured is the Harvard GlobalEpidemics.org West Virginia risk map for today, November 12, 2020;

  • 2021 Per Capita
  • 2020 Shared MIssion Pledge Request
  • New PILP loan program
  • Information from the Board of Pensions
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • Stewardship & Budgeting in a Time of Uncertainty
  • PDA Covid-19 Relief
  • Special Offering calendar & news
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Ready for new Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox courses?
In 2021, there will be three all new Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox courses - Dismantling Structural Racism in January, Teaching for Faith: Methods, Technologies and Strategies in April, and Conflict Management and Communication in October. As of right now, it is anticipated that all will be offered through Zoom; if any change to in-person courses, that decision will be made next year. Courses run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Cost is $15 for the first one and $50 for the others. Registration deadline will be two weeks prior to each course, which makes the first one shortly after the new year, so register now before holiday busyness overwhelms you!

In the January course, participants will explore the reality of racism as a socially constructed system and how we might all work to address that system, which surrounds us. Leading them will be Rev. Denise Anderson, Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson, Rev. Michael Moore, and Rev. Amy Mendez, all involved with racial justice and equality programs in the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Get more information and register online here, or click here for a registration flyer.
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Get free food for food pantries!
Does your church have a food pantry or a relationship with a food pantry? Occasionally, the Presbytery gets information about truckloads of free food being distributed to food pantries. If you're are interested in free food for your pantry, please send your contact information to Barbara Chalfant, missions@wvpresbytery.org.
Job opening: Secretary (part-time)
St. Albans First Presbyterian currently has an opening for a part-time secretary. Duties will include, but are not limited to, preparation of the Sunday bulletin and the newsletter (The Presby Record), answering the phone, and updating records. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to First Presbyterian Church, 201 Kanawha Terrace, St Albans, WV 25177.
Festival of Faith workshop application deadline is Monday
Next year’s Festival of Faith, featuring Diana Butler Bass, will be March 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. In addition to Butler Bass' keynote and workshop, several other workshops will be offered, and committee chairs, presbytery staff, and others interested in presenting one should submit a workshop application by Monday, so the Planning Team, at its meeting in late November, can review them and select those to be offered in March.
This newsletter features a greeting from our representative, Doug Portz, who will speak briefly at next Thursday's Presbytery Meeting, as well as a handful of notable headlines and a page examining the changes to benefits offerings for 2021 - which, remember, the last day of Annual Enrollment/to review your coverage options is Friday.
Charleston First Presbyterian Church's annual fair trade boutique, Hope Village, will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 20, and 21, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 22. Items from 13 global vendors include African baskets, carved olive wood from Bethlehem, shea butter soap, jewelry, scarves, clothing and fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate. If you're looking for a unique gift this Christmas, be sure to check out Hope Village!

Hope Village, a mission outreach ministry, is located on the lower floor of the church's Activities Building, 16 Leon Sullivan Way. Payment must be by cash or check. Masks must be worn while shopping. Click image to enlarge.
Davis Stuart Thanksgiving offering
For the last 100 years, Davis Stuart has received an offering at Thanksgiving from the churches of the Presbytery, and since 1993, that offering has been designated to support Davis Stuart's Spiritual Life program. Once again, the organization, headed by Executive Director Stephanie H. Williams, is asking for this offering to help in their continued mission of serving vulnerable young people who are recovering from abuse, neglect, or behavioral issues.

If your church, or you as an individual family or congregant, would like to contribute to the Davis Stuart Thanksgiving Offering, you can give online at davisstuart.org/donate. After clicking the Invest Now button, it will take you to Paypal, where in addition to entering the amount of your offering, you should select Spiritual Life Program under the optional "Use this donation for" space. If you would prefer to mail an offering, send it to Davis Stuart at 163 Cottage Dr., Lewisburg, WV 24901. Call 304-647-5577 with questions.
The Presbytery and Friends of Bluestone are AmazonSmile charities.
By Jonathan Weaver | The Exponent Telegram
While families have been unsure when their children might have in-person instruction this fall, they have been reassured they are in a safe environment at Bridgeport Presbyterian Church. Aside from designated online school instruction each morning, students who are also members of the church have been able to engage with others and volunteers in faith-friendly activities while wearing masks, using hand sanitizer often and social distancing — all part of COVID-19 safety recommendations.
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