August 9, 2018        Issue 128
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General Presbyter
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Associate Presbyter for Mission

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Prayer List for Churches
Week 32 - August 12
Fayetteville Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church, Clarksburg
In Kenya:  Gitumbi(GAY-TOE'bay)  Presbyterian Church

Week 33 - August 19
Harman Presbyterian Church
Kesler Memorial Presbyterian, Hico
McKinnon Presbyterian, Charleston

In Kenya: Muringato (Moh-ree-GAH'toePresbyterian 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.

August 12
In Ephesians 4:25-5:2, we find a description of how we are to live together in the body of Christ - tell the truth; let go of anger; do honest work; use words that build others up, not tear them down; put aside bitterness; don't lose your temper; use your inside voice. In addition, be kind, compassionate and forgiving. Reflect on how these instructions guide you at school, work or home. Which ones do you need to work on this week? Share.

August 19
Imagine you are responsible for a country and all the people who lived there. What would you pray for? In 1 Kings 3:3-14, Solomon, the new King of Israel, prayed for an "understanding mind," so he would know the difference between good and evil and he could govern the people well, according to God's ways. What do you need to understand better to be a better servant of God and disciple of Jesus? Pray that God would give you a mind that understands what God desires of you.
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Ed Thompson
We had a draft at the presbytery office this past Monday. No, we didn't find a way to crack open the windows, which seem to be hermetically sealed. Nor did we prop open the doors to let the breeze in and the new carpet odors out. Instead, the staff got to choose or "draft" which churches within the presbytery they will each contact. 
Early registration deadline is today!
Aug. 25 at Summersville Presbyterian
Early Registration Cost: $25
Walk-ins welcome for $30.
Register today to save money!
Don't miss workshops on  Pew Play, intergenerational activities and creative arts, plus creative worship and a theme party! Recommended 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. 

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 August newsletter in the format of your choice: two-sided color, two-sided black-and-white, color booklet and black-and-white booklet.
Register by Aug. 20 
The August 20 registration date is for those registering for the whole program or just the first course. Find single-course registration for other courses in the link.
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
Sept. 15 at Summersville Presbyterian Church
The 2018  Small Church Conference  will be held Saturday, 
September 15 at Summersville Presbyterian Church. The theme is Where Do You Fit in the Puzzle?, and there will be four workshops, including ones on reaching younger members and sharing pastoral care when a full-time pastor is not an option.  Andy James, the Associate for Small Church Ministries and Technology at the Presbytery of New Hope in North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker. Information will be available at the Presbytery meeting and mailed to churches later this month.
Sept. 27 at Village Chapel, Charleston
Please send one or more members of your congregation to this one-day training
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.
None of us really wants our neighbors to think we are "weird." Interesting, unique, maybe even eccentric, but not weird. So how do we follow the commandment to "love our neighbors" without being bothersome, obnoxious, pushy or just plain weird?  To read more, click the headline link.

Mission trip planning
If you are interested in being a part of planning or attending a mission trip in the next year led by the Presbytery of WV, please call Barbara Chalfant at the Presbytery office (304-744-7634). We are currently investigating the possibility of one international and one or two national trips. 
Rev. Zac Morton installed as pastor at Morgantown First
On Sunday, August 5, Rev. Zac Morton was installed as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown. Pictured here is the laying on of hands following the prayer of installation. Photo by Wayne Yost, Stated Clerk of the Synod of the Trinity
Old Stone to celebrate 235 years
10 a.m. Sept. 9 in Lewisburg
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Old Stone Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 235th anniversary. The morning begins with a brief service at the original church site (Triple T Ranch on Sydenstricker Road) at 10 a.m.; guests are asked to please bring their own chair if they need one. That is followed by worship at 11 a.m. and then lunch, both at the Valley View Barn, 29554 Midland Trail East. The Rev. Dr. Ed Thompson will preach. Please RSVP by Sept. 2 to 304-645-2676 or 
By Elise Neal
As the outgoing president of the Westminster Foundation, I want to say how grateful I am to the Presbytery of West Virginia for their support of campus ministry across the state. This is a vital ministry that helps transform so many young people's lives.

The 2018 Davis & Elkins graduate accepted the call to serve as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Tucson, AZ for the 2018-19 year. While there, he will have a full-time job with the Abundant Harvest Cooperative, whose mission is to contribute to local food security and food justice by helping operate a farmer's market, providing educational assistance, and coordinating events to raise community awareness of healthy sustainable food options. As part of his service, he is keeping a  blog , where you can stay updated on his experience. 
Kingwood First receives grant
Susan Hardesty and Christie Warnick show off the $16,250 check First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood recently received from the WV Division of Culture and History. This is the second matching grant the church has been awarded. The first was used for a new roof, and this one will help address exterior water issues.

Prayer Concerns
Jenka Lockwood, the clerk of session and treasurer at Second Presbyterian Church in Huntington, is in the hospital after being seriously injured in a head-on collision on Aug 1. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Cherrie Sizemore, the Commissioned Ruling Elder at Elk Hills Presbyterian Church, had hip surgery on Aug. 7 and is recovering. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 

Jackie Thompson, wife of General Presbyter Ed Thompson, will be having surgery at Cleveland Clinic on Aug. 14. Please keep her, Ed and their family in your prayers. 
The GA Opening Worship offering, combined with online donations, raised more than $50,000 to support  two organizations working against mass incarceration by purchasing the freedom of people who languish in jail because they are too poor to afford the fines levied against them for minor offenses. Included in this donation was the $890 we donated in the offering from our May 17 Presbytery meeting.
Job opening!
Part-time cook/kitchen manager
First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
Do you know someone who loves to cook, would love to work with the wonderful volunteers and staff at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, and would get paid to do it? The church is now accepting applications for a Cook/Kitchen Manager.  This is a part-time, team position with regular hours on Wednesdays, two Thursdays/month and occasional other events, with the summers off. Please call the church office at 304-343-8961 to obtain an application or e-mail a resume to .
Job opening!
The Presbyterian Church of Radford (VA)
The Presbyterian Church of Radford, VA, is seeking a full-time intern to direct the UKirk Ministry in the Radford University community. The intern will work closely with the minister as an integral part of a team ministry. For more information or to submit a resume, please contact UKirk committee chair Carol White at, 540-838-2273 or  36 Fieldale Dr., Radford, VA 24141.
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.
Now's the time for churches to review, update, and submit their employer agreement with the Board of Pensions for 2019. In the link, you'll find out how to do this, as well as links to BOP resources for making your decision.
The Westminster Foundation of West Virginia invites churches in the presbytery to pray for young adults, colleges and universities and students starting college either on Sunday, August 12 (which PCUSA has designated as College & Young Adult Sunday) or any Sunday in August as students return to campus.
Aug. 18-19 at the church, 201 Kanawha Terr.
First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans will mark its 150th anniversary with a fun-and-faith-filled family celebration the weekend of August 18-19. Activities include an open house, catered dinner and Presby Pickers concert, Sunday worship and a reception.
Community Presbyterian Church in Arthurdale was proud to host a quilt show on July 14 entitled "Wrapped in His Love." The event was planned in conjunction with Arthurdale Heritage's New Deal Festival. The church is grateful to Mike and Kathy George, who coordinated the event, and everyone else who helped with decorating, displaying and returning the quilts.
7 p.m. Aug. 28
This hour-long webinar, led by Jonathan LeMaster-Smith,  will give a basic overview of the nuances of rural ministry and several resources for innovative rural faith formation.  For more webinars, click here .
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