June 28, 2018        Issue 125
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General Presbyter
Maureen Wright
Stated Clerk, Associate for
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Financial Administration/Treasurer

Barbara Chalfant
Associate Presbyter for Mission

Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Ministry

Nellie Howard
Resource Center Director

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Bluestone Facilities Director

Sarah Specht
Bluestone Program Director

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Office Administrator/Communications
Prayer List for Churches
Week 26 - July 1
First Presbyterian Church, Weston
Baxter Presbyterian Church, Dunmore
Big Spring Presbyterian, Slatyfork
In Kenya:  Kigwandi (Kay-GWAH'dee) Presbyterian Church

Week 27 - July 8
Canyon Community Presbyterian Church, Morgantown
First Presbyterian Church, Colcord
First Presbyterian Church, Fairmont

In Kenya: Rev. Naman Githenya (NAH'mahn Gith-THEN'yuh) Memorial Presbyterian Church
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.

July 1
Mark 5:21-43 invites us to see the incredible journey (requiring both determination and hope) that happens as Jesus crosses the other side of the lake, meets Jairus, whose daughter was ill, and the woman who has suffered from a blood hemorrhage for 12 years. Caring for one person doesn't prevent Jesus from being present to the other. Our passage invites us to see in these strangers God's care for each of them. Jesus didn't have to recognize this woman, and he certainly didn't need to be present with one of the synagogue leaders, who we know as a collective group have been very critical of him. And yet, God cares for all of them. God cares for all of us. Consider who you are in the story. Are you Jairus? Are you Jairus' little girl? Are you the unnamed and yet healed woman? Thank God for God's presence of healing in your life.

July 8
Psalm 48:12 reads, "Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. The Lord will be our guide forever." This week, think about the way in which God offers you refuge and guidance. Using the words from this psalm, take a prayer walk around your community. If you cannot walk far, you can take a prayer walk in your backyard or imagine yourself taking a walk in the comfort of your living room chair. As you walk, notice what you see. What are memories from these places? Where do you see God's presence in these places? Thank God for this presence and pray for all those who will pass by or be in these places, that they too will experience God's care and guidance.
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Ed Thompson
I'm sure there would be lots of ways to summarize the 223rd General Assembly. I was thinking of doing a Top 10 list. Instead I've decided to lift up one or two highlights from each of the major GA committees. I'll go through them in numerical order, starting with Committee 03. Committee 02, Bills and Overtures, is a major GA committee, but their work is more procedural, trying to make sure that everything keeps going and everything fits in, so they really don't have any highlights. For some reason, there's no committee 01.
Calendar order update
The presbytery office spoke to the  PC(USA) Store this week regarding delivery of the planning calendars. They are supposed to arrive at the PC(USA) warehouse in Louisville next week, and they plan to ship orders on July 9. Hopefully, we will receive them here at the office early in the week of July 16, after which we will let you know when they are available for you to pick up your orders. 
Here is an important tip about insurance coverage for third-party use of church facilities. This is from the UCC Insurance Board, a church insurance company.
Mark your calendars!
The Small Church Conference will be held Saturday, 
September 15 at Summersville Presbyterian ChurchThe planning team is developing four workshops, which will be relevant to all churches. Andy James (pictured), the Associate for Small Church Ministries and Technology at the Presbytery of New Hope in North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker.  Stay tuned for  more details and  registration  information  in future newsletters.  Flyers and other information will be sent to pastoral leaders and Clerks of Session to share.

What can you do when your congregation is small? Start small and think big!

We invite you to print and include this newsletter in your bulletins, give it to your congregation and distribute widely. We hope it is helpful for your congregation and community.  Click for the July newsletter in the format of your choice: two-sided color, two-sided black-and-white, color booklet and black-and-white booklet.
By Erin Perkins, The Point Pleasant Register
     Individuals are visiting Point Pleasant, volunteering their time to help improve the lives of the others.
     The Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church is currently housing volunteers from the West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps, Inc. (WVMAW).
WV Power Faith & Family Night 
On Friday, July 27, the WV Power will host Faith & Family Night during its game, which begins at 7:05 p.m. The night also includes a performance by The Jason Lovins Band and fireworks.  Church group rates are available; individual tickets are $6 or $8 for box seats. C all  304-344-2287. 
Final week of camp begins Sunday!
Get information on camp dates and scholarships, plus how to volunteer and 
some craft supplies needed. 
August 25 at Summersville Presbyterian
Early Registration Deadline: August 9
Early Registration Cost: $25
Walk-ins welcome for $40. 
For pastors, educators, youth ministers, Sunday school teachers, public school teachers, volunteers, high schoolers in leadership positions, and anyone interested in a day of fun
August 2-5 in Louisville
Celebrating 30 years of Presbyterian Women 
Cost: $425 for the weekend, $125 for a single day. The PWV Presbyterian Women coordinating team will reimburse the cost for PWV women who wish to attend.
Montreat summer events
Aug. 10-12
Keynote speaker: Kate Bowler
Cost range: $292.50-$440, including room & board.  Rates increase by $25 after June 29. 

Aug. 17-19
Examining the current reality of racism in the US and how we can intervene strategically to disrupt/dismantle it
For individuals or groups.  Space is limited. 
Cost range: $290-$580, including room & board. Scholarships available.

Aug. 20-22
Experience wholeness - spiritual, health, financial, and vocational - with four sets of workshops, an optional pre-retreat and more.
Costs: $30 meal fee, $52.50-$100 per night lodging
Registration ends July 27.

Aug. 26-31
Three tracks offered: Intro to Transitional Ministry, The Practice of Transitional Ministry (if you have completed the intro track six weeks to six years prior) and a spousal track.  Register by July 13 for Practice and July 27 for Intro.
Costs: seminar - $424 for clergy, $504 for clergy and non-clergy spouse by July 13, additional $25 each after; lodging - $574.75-$769.50. 

Job opening!
Director of Mission & Community Ministry
First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
First Presbyterian Church in Charleston seeks a full-time Director of Mission and Community Ministry to sustain and grow its active and ongoing program of community and global mission activities and projects. Candidates must be organized, possess excellent communication skills, be able to motivate a large number of volunteers, and have a heart for Christ-based mission. Click here for more information about the church . Submit resumes to nancy@firstpresby.com .
Learn more about the Fossil Free PCUSA Walk, going on now, and Stream Testing Training in Huntington on June 30. Additionally, explore the resources from Glenville Presbyterian's Earth Care Bible School - Dust to Dust: God's Good Soil. 
By Pat Cole, Presbyterian News Service
Church Trends , the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s new online statistical resource, has bolstered the denomination's ability to provide Presbyterians accessible, useful and timely information about their church, according to the research tool's developer. 
The Presbyterian Foundation offers three e-newsletters full of news, tips and resources: Pastor's Life (twice monthly), Stewardship Ministry Newsletter (monthly) and Cornerstone (quarterly magazine). 
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