May 24, 2018        Issue 123
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Ed Thompson
General Presbyter
Maureen Wright
Stated Clerk, Associate for
Congregational Support

Rocky Poole
Financial Administration/Treasurer

Barbara Chalfant
Associate Presbyter for Mission

Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Ministry

Nellie Howard
Resource Center Director

Mark Miller
Bluestone Facilities Director

Sarah Specht
Bluestone Program Director

Amy Robinson
Office Administrator/Communications
Prayer List for Churches
Week 21 - May 27
Zion Presbyterian Church, Helvetia
Bates Mem. Presbyterian, Huntington
Beverly Hills Presbyterian, Huntington

First Presbyterian Church, Thomas
In Kenya: Marua (Mah-ROH'ch) Presbyterian Church

Week 22 - June 3
Church of Our Savior, Clarksburg
Clothier Presbyterian Church
Enslow Park Presbyterian, Huntington

Milton Presbyterian Church
In Kenya:  Muruguru (Moh-roh-GOR'OH) Presbyterian Church

Week 23 - June 10
Keller Presbyterian, Pence Springs
Falls View Pres., Charlton Heights
Kanawha United Pres., Charleston
First Presbyterian Church, Logan

In Kenya: Riamukurwe (RAY-eh-moh-KOH'ROHeh) Parish
Nurturing Faith Ideas
Nurturing Faith Ideas are weekly suggestions and activities from the Presbytery's Nurture Committee to link worship and home and to nurture faith development in the family. They are intended for all ages and family types. Add one to your bulletin each week or put them in your monthly newsletter. They could also be sent via email or added to a Facebook page. Ideas for the entire year can be found  here.

May 27
In John 3:16, Jesus tells us, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." Reach out to congregation members and friends who have been absent from Sunday School or worship for a time, check in with them, share the good news of the church and let them know they are missed.

June 3
June is National Children's Awareness Month. Children are important to God and a blessing and gift to us. Hannah knew this and entrusted her son, Samuel, to God. Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10, the story of the priest Eli helping Samuel understand God's call to him. Adults, consider the children in your life. Talk with them about how God might be calling them to serve God. Children, talk with an adult you trust about where you think God is calling you to serve God.

June 10
Read 1 Samuel 8:4-20, which tells the story of the people of Israel telling Samuel, the priest/prophet of God, that they wanted a king so they would be like other nations. Samuel warned them against a king, but the people insisted. Following God's instructions, Samuel anointed Saul as King of Israel. When have you insisted on your own way, despite others urging you to do differently? How did things turn out for you? Pray and ask God to help you make choices that are good for you.
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Ed Thompson
Within the last week, I ended up 
asking the members of a church, 
"How can you let your pastor know 
that you appreciate their ministry?"
From the Presbytery's Treasurer
The most recent issue of Employer News, a newsletter from The Board of Pensions, announced several key dates regarding 2019 benefits. Click above for more information.
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May 30-31 at Kanawha United, Charleston
In lieu of traditional Vacation Bible School, Bream Memorial  and Kanawha United Presbyterian churches in Charleston will kick off the summer with Music Alive! from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31, at Kanawha United, 1009 Virginia St. E. The program includes free intergenerational music education workshops, a drum circle and more.  Call or text Lisa Smith at  304-437-2203.

Camp starts June 10!
Get information on camp dates and scholarships, plus how to volunteer and 
some craft supplies needed. 
Free men's dress shirts
Two short-sleeve men's dress shirts, collar size 16, were donated to the Presbytery Meeting on May 17 free to a good home. One is red, and one is purple. If you or someone you know can use them, please contact the Presbytery office by June 4.
Registration deadline: June 1
The two-part colloquy is  scheduled for Aug. 6-8, 2018 and Feb. 11-13, 2019 at the seminary campus in Decatur, GA. Leaders are Small Town Churches Network founder  Jonathan Davis and Outreach Foundation Small Church Mission Catalyst Camille Josey. 
August 25 at Summersville Presbyterian
Early Registration Deadline: August 9
Early Registration Cost: $25
Walk-ins welcome for $40. 
Three workshops available: 
     Intergenerational Activities
     Pew Play Shh...
Plus creative worship, a theme party, networking, and lunch
June 24 in Point Pleasant
Crowder, Big Daddy Weave, Rend Collective and Social Club Misfits are the bands on the bill for this 6 p.m. concert at the Mason County Fairgrounds in Point Pleasant. Tickets are $15-$35, with additional VIP packages available.
Aug. 10-12 at Montreat
D ivinity professor, young mother, historian and author Kate Bowler (pictured), who was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at age 35, will be the keynote speaker for the conference, which also includes worship, workshops (optional) and more Cost range is $292.50-$440, which includes room, board and a copy of Bowler's latest book.  Rates increase by $25 after June 29. 
Sept. 24-26 in St. Louis
This stewardship conference  includes four plenary sessions and your choice of four workshops from a series of more than 30. This year's theme is Transforming the Face of Generosity, and keynote speakers are Diana Butler Bass and Chick Lane.  The cost is $275 by Aug. 1 and $300 after; scholarships and grants are available.  
Oct. 8-10 in Mt. Pleasant, PA
Our own Rev. Barbara Accord is the moderator of this conference for folks from small churches. Any questions about the conference can be sent to her at 304-678-7558 or
Recently, 17 members of First Presbyterian Church of Bluefield, participated in a   Heaven Sent Ministries Hunger Challenge , assembling nutrient-enriched food packages that are headed to South Sudan to help feed the remote areas of that nation.
Recent reports indicate that 
air-polluting smog is increasing. Here are some suggestions from WV's Division 
of Air Quality for decreasing our contribution to air pollution.
This recently released book was edited by former PWV pastor Dean K. Thompson, as well as D. Cameron Murchison. Per the editors' overview, " Mentoring and being mentored are two indispensable means by which character is infused into the social order from generation to generation. The book serves as an encouraging panorama, 
a wide-ranging gallery of 14 compelling chapters and angles of vision into the gracious, expectant, and somewhat demanding mentor/mentee relationship." 
Missing a hat after Festival of Faith?
After the last newsletter, we received a note from First Presbyterian Church of Charleston that they have a gentleman's hat left at the Festival of Faith. It is a John Molloy hat from Ireland, made of Donegal tweed and pure wool. If this is your hat, please call Nancy McLaughlin at the church and describe it to her; the number is  304-343-8961, ext. 100.
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