August 23, 2018        Issue 129
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Associate Presbyter for Mission

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Prayer List for Churches
Week 34 - August 26
First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown
First Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg
Red Sulphur Springs Pres., Ballard

In Kenya:  Muringato (Moh-ree-GAH'toe) Presbyterian Church

Week 35 - September 2
Spring Creek Presbyterian, Renick
Union Presbyterian Church
Comfort Presbyterian Church

In Kenya: Nyamachaki (Nya-mah-chah-KEY') Memorial Presbyterian Church

Week 36 - September 9
Beechwood Presbyterian, Parkersburg
Bradley Presbyterian Church
Centerville Presbyterian, Greenville

In Kenya: St. Cuthbert's 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.

August 26
Ephesians 6:10-20 encourages us to put on "the whole armor of God." We don't use armor much here today, but we might still think of what the items represent as tools God has given us to stand up for our faith. So, as you dress each morning, think of putting on truth, righteousness, faith, peace, salvation, God's word, and prayer as you put your clothes on. Share with a friend of family member how putting these things on helps you live as a child of God. 

September 2
James 1:17-27 says we should be doers of the word and not just hearers. If we act, then we will be blessed. What are some ways you can be a doer this week? What are some ways you can live out your life as a Christian?

September 9
In James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17, we are told that we are not supposed to treat people differently. It doesn't matter if people have money and nice clothes or if they do not have much, they are the same and should be treated with compassion and respect. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. What are ways you can "love your neighbor as yourself?"
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Ed Thompson
"We change in order to preserve what we value."  In some ways, that quote probably applies to the church. It helps explain why we get new hymnbooks that feature more modern hymns as well as hymns from other countries. It helps explain why we use new translations of the Bible that take into account older manuscripts as well as our changing language.
7 p.m. Sunday at Summersville Presbyterian
The Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of 10 talented Ugandan children, will present an evening of traditional African song and dance on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Summersville Presbyterian Church, 427 Water St.
Registration deadline is Monday!
Sept. 8 at Village Chapel, Charleston
Human beings are hard-wired for storytelling; it's often how we communicate, and it's definitely how we understand the world. Most importantly, it's an extremely effective way to preach and teach, as stories are what's easiest for most people to remember. Join  Tracy Radosevic, an internationally-acclaimed biblical storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator, for this Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course. 
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. 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 has been mailed to pastoral leaders and clerks of session. Click here for a brochure.

Additionally, singers, please join the Small Church Choir that will lead worship . Choir members will rehearse at  9 a.m., before the service at 10 a.m.  To join, contact Mark Parsons Justice by phone or text at 304-532-3628 or by email at . In addition to rehearsal, you will receive an email with rehearsal tools prior to the conference.  
This fall, the Presbytery will offer to all churches (particularly those who do not have pastoral leadership)  Ruling Elder training for presiding at the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The four-hour event will be held in Bridgeport, Elkins and Scott Depot on Sept. 23; Lewisburg and Oak Hill on Oct. 7, and  Parkersburg and Gilbert on Oct. 14. Registration is one week in advance of each event.
Rev. Alex Awad, an International Peacemaker from Palestine, will be visiting West Virginia Sept. 22-27. He will participate in events in Elkins, the Kanawha Valley, Huntington, Morgantown and Bridgeport; all are free and most are open to the public. Click here for a two-sided half-sheet insert for your bulletin.
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.

By the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Trinity presented Lily's Place in Huntington a $15,000 donation toward the center's mission of treating infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in Beaver Falls, PA
All ministers and men in the Presbytery are invited to this event focused on how the Presbyterian Men's Network is connecting to the Synod's Men's Mission Network. Cost is $10, payable at the door. Contact Larry Ott at or 724-630-5770 to RSVP (by Sept. 15) or with questions. 
Oct. 12 in Worthington, OH
"The Best of Times: God's Call in the Third Thirty of Life" is the theme of this one-day event at the Worthington Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by several presbyteries and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network, it will feature a keynote, worship, inspiring and thought-provoking workshops, fellowship and food.
September-May online or in person in Ohio
This continuing education opportunity centered on Bowen Family Systems Theory is composed of eight one-day seminars (once a month except December) that are either full day in person at Methodist Theological School in central Ohio or half day online. Cost is $1,050, with $100 due at enrollment and the balance due by the September ($450) and January ($500) seminars.

Prayer Concern
John Goodman, a former Stated Clerk and Associate Executive of the Presbytery, is scheduled to have rotator cuff surgery at the end of the month. Please keep him in your prayers.
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.

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.
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.

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. 
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 
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
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.
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. 
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.
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 volunteers and staff at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, and would get paid to do it? The church is accepting applications for a Cook/Kitchen Manager.  This is a part-time team position with regular hours on Wednesdays, two Thursdays a 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.
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