July 12, 2018        Issue 126
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Prayer List for Churches
Week 28 - July 15
Grace Covenant Presbyterian, Chas.
First Presbyterian Church, Kenova

In Kenya:  Thunguma (THO-GOH'mah) Presbyterian Church

Week 29 - July 22
Beckley Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church, White Sulphur Springs

In Kenya: Kiandu (Kay-ah-DOH') 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 15
Read aloud Ephesians 1:3-14. The first verse (v. 3) says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places." How long has it been since you counted your blessings? Take time to list some of your blessings and share them with someone this week. Conclude your time of prayer by singing the chorus of the song "Count Your Blessings": Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done.

July 22
Read 2 Samuel 7:1-14a. God and the prophet Nathan discuss King David. God talks about how it will be God who will establish the house for the people, and that the Lord has not asked David to build him a house out of cedar. The reading ends with a promise, which we remember at Advent (as we think of Christ's birth), at Easter (as we celebrate the Kingdom established by Jesus through his resurrection) and in every season of the church year, as we are invited to live in the light of this kingdom rather than the lesser kingdoms that surround us. Read 2 Samuel 7:13-14 again. Pray today concerning what thing God would have you add or take away from your daily living so that you can live in the light of God's Kingdom.
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Ed Thompson
On May 24, I wrote about ways churches could show their appreciation for their pastor. Recently, a session pushed back and suggested I write about how pastors could show appreciation for their church. Fair enough. Here it is.
Haven't signed up for AmazonSmile yet? It's easy! Go to the link in the left-hand column here (below the staff list) and designate the Presbytery of West Virginia as your chosen charitable organization. From there,  the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases on Amazon to the presbytery.
The Nurture Committee has been offering a second round for Youth Council applications in light of several available places for both youth and adults. Applications must be received at the presbytery office by Monday.
August 25 at Summersville Presbyterian
Early Registration Deadline: August 9
Early Registration Cost: $25
Walk-ins welcome for $30. 
August 25 will be here before you know it! Register now! 
Creative worship, a theme party, networking, lunch and workshops on Pew Play, intergenerational activities and creative arts will be the order of the day.
Sept. 8 at Village Chapel, Charleston
Tracy Radosevic, an internationally-acclaimed biblical storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator, will lead this Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course. It is intended for  anyone  who shares the biblical story in preaching and teaching.
2018 Small Church Conference is coming!
Sept. 15 at Summersville Presbyterian Church
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.
Sept. 27 at Village Chapel, Charleston
Open to people of all denominations and faiths
This  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance disaster response training, which focuses on natural disasters and public violence, is sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity and the presbytery. Register by Sept. 17.
The next  Presbyterian Youth Triennium  will be July 16-20, 2019 on the campus of Purdue University. This life-changing, faith-forming event is for those who will be in grades 8-12 during the 2018-2019 school year.
A group of about 25 people gathered June 28 for a dedication ceremony for Spencer Presbyterian's recently installed solar panels.
9:30-11:30 Aug. 11
Sponsored by Bradley Presbyterian pastor Beth Stone's WV Living Stone Ministries. Held at the  Lewis Center, 469 Central Ave.
Cost: $20 or $15 each for groups of 10+ (must register together) by July 31; $25 after that
Gail Rymer, the lay pastor at Hughes River Presbyterian Church in Cairo, is one of the 2018 inductees into the Ohio Department of Aging's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, which celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others; the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives.  Rymer (at left in the photo) lives in Little Hocking, OH. 
Welcome Daniel John Maleke
Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown and Waverly-Bethel Presbyterian Church, gave birth to her son, Daniel John Maleke, on June 21. Though he was born three weeks early, he is doing well, as is Mom. Daniel is pictured with his big brother, Caleb.

Robert Musgrave, the brother of Jim Musgrave, a Commissioned Ruling Elder who is chair of the PWV Vocations Committee and on the Leadership Team, passed away June 28. Click here to read his obituary.  A memorial service was held July 11 in Lexington, KY. Memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 W. High St., Lexington, KY 40507; Boy Scout Troop 1789, c/o First United Methodist Church, 200 W. High St., Lexington, KY 40507; and the  University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 1030 S. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504. Please keep Jim and his family in your prayers.

Edith Kinnamon, the sister of Jim Robinson, a former Acting Stated Clerk of the presbytery who serves on the Trustees and as WVMAW interim board chair,  passed away July 3. Click here to read her obituary. A memorial service was held July 9 in Baraboo, WI. Please keep Jim and his family in your prayers.
Davis & Elkins College exceeded its 10-year Secure the Future campaign goal ringing in at $100,854,321 as of Saturday morning with additional gifts still being tabulated. 
The posts in the link above appear in reverse chronological order. Click on each post title to see that post individually, including the comments on it. In addition to Straight, who is the pastor at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, other authors are Elise Neal, Greg Bolt, Bonnie Thurston and Janice Stamper.
National Disability Voter Registration Week begins Monday. The information in the headline link may be helpful for disabled and/or aging individuals in our congregations.  Note: early voting locations and many of the contacts are specific to Cabell County; contact your county clerk's office for your area's information.  Thanks to Helen Gibbins from Bates Memorial Presbyterian Church in Huntington for this information. 

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.
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. 
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. 
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.
What can small congregations do? Start small and think big!
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).
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