September 13, 2018        Issue 130
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Prayer List for Churches
Week 37 - September 16
Davis Memorial Presbyterian, Elkins
Highlawn Presbyterian, Huntington

In Kenya:  Thegenge (They-GEN'gay) Parish

Week 38 - September 23
First Presbyterian Church, Kingwood
Mount Hope Presbyterian Church

In Kenya: Gathuthi (GAH-THO-THEE) 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.

September 16
James 3:1-12 is a warning about our tongues. Words can make people feel good, and words can also make people feel very bad. This week, make a point of using your words to help people feel good.

September 23
In  James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, we are told to live our lives wisely. Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It's the way you live your life, not the way you talk, that is important. Part of living wisely, according to James, means getting along with everyone. Sometimes that's hard work, but God wants us to treat each other with dignity and honor. How can you live wisely this week?
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Registration deadline is Monday!
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.
The Presbytery will go on a discipleship safari to the Nyeri Presbytery, our sister presbytery in Kenya, Aug. 21-Sept. 2, 2019. Make plans now to join the trip! Maximum cost is $3,000. First payment should be made by Oct. 1.  
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.
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, making Monday the deadline for the Sept. 23 events
Presby Prep course in October
Would you like to know more about what we believe as Presbyterians who share in the Reformed Tradition? The Reformed Theology course of Presby Prep will provide you an opportunity to do so. It's offered three Saturdays, each in a different city; you choose your location. Cost is $10, with registration due by Sept. 27. 
Oct. 27 at the Presbytery office
Do you preach every week? Once a month? Once a year? It doesn't matter. If you preach at all, this course if for you! Richard Voelz, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary, will lead this final 2018 Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course. Cost is $75. Registration deadline is Oct. 15.
2018 Older Youth Retreat 
Nov. 16-18 at Bluestone
Jen Evans, Associate Pastor for Youth, Young Adult and Families with Children Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR, will lead this retreat for youth in grades 9-12 and adult advisors/chaperones. Throughout the weekend, we will explore what encourages us in our faith and recharges our batteries of faith. Information has also been sent to congregational leaders by email and can be found on the website. If you need printed information or have questions, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell at 304-645-4568 or 

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 September newsletter in either color or black-and-white.
From the Presbytery's Treasurer
With several of our churches in the midst of minister searches, we thought it important to pass along information from Associate General Counsel April Davenport from the Office of the General Assembly in regards to the effect of the recent tax law changes on moving expenses. After reading this notice, if you have any questions or need additional information, please give me a call at 304-744-7634 or send an email to

Jeanne Hamilton, a ruling elder and Presbyterian Women moderator at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, passed away Sept. 6 at her home in Lewisburg. She was 95.  Click here to read her obituary. Memorial donations can be made to Davis Stuart, 163 Cottage Dr., Lewisburg, WV 24901. 

Prayer Concerns
Jenka Lockwood, clerk of session at Second Presbyterian Church in Huntington, has been moved to the Shepherd Center, a spinal rehabilitation center in Atlanta, following the serious car accident she was in on Aug. 1. She will be there for at least three months. Get well wishes can be sent to Jenka Lockwood, c/o Shepherd Center,  2020 Peachtree Rd. NW,  Atlanta, GA 30309. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 

Charles "Rab" Snider, treasurer and a ruling elder at Fleming Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairmont, had kidney surgery earlier this week and is recovering. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. 
Westminster Foundation of WV celebrates Rev. Dr. Shelly Barrick Parsons in her 15th year of ministry. Shelly was ordained in August 2003 in the Presbytery of New Hope and started her call at West Virginia University as Presbyterian Campus Pastor on Sept. 1, 2003. In addition to that primary call, she is a lecturer in WVU's Department of Religious Studies, the Executive Director of the Harless Center, and Director of WVU Campus Ministry. 
Highlawn Presbyterian, Huntington celebrates Rick Wilson as he retires
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Rev. Rick Wilson will conclude his ministry with Highlawn Presbyterian Church in Huntington. He has been pastor at the church for the past eight years. 
Old Stone Presbyterian celebrates its 235th anniversary
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg held a special worship for its 235th year, including a brief service near the site of the first church building, which is located about a mile and a half from town in what is now a cow pasture. (Photos by Ed Thompson.)
LEFT: Marker at the site of the original church location.

 Rev. Anna Pinckney Straight, the pastor at Old Stone, discusses the church's history with two young congregation members.

Stewardship of Creation Ministry Team News 
Faith leaders requested to speak at EPA Clean Cars Hearing
Sept. 26 in Pittsburgh
Interfaith Power & Light is trying to get as many faith leaders as possible to attend the EPA Clean Car Hearing at the Pittsburgh DoubleTree by Hilton on Sept. 26. If you have any interest in this subject and would like to present a public testimony, contact  Kil-Jae Hong at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at no later than Monday. Provide your name, affiliation, address, email, telephone, fax (if applicable), time you wish to speak (morning or afternoon), and whether you require accommodations, including a sign language interpreter. 

WV Council of Churches Annual Assembly
Oct. 15-16 in Charleston
The 137th West Virginia Council of Churches Annual Assembly will be held Oct, 15-16  at St. John XXIII Pastoral Center in Charleston. It will offer four tracks to choose from: Faith and Order; Prison Ministry; Substance Use Disorder; and Compassion Calls Us. For more information, call 304-344-3141
Oct. 26-27
The Evolving Faith conference is sold out, but all general sessions, including keynote speakers and panel discussions, are being recorded. Those who register for the webcast can livestream the events as they happen and have replay access through Dec. 15. Registration is $59 per connection, with each connection allowing an numerous people to view the webcast from a single access point. Click here to register.
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.
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.
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.
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