October 25, 2018        Issue 133
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Associate Presbyter for Mission

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Prayer List for Churches
Week 43 - October 28
First Presbyterian Church, Mannington
Philippi Presbyterian Church

In Kenya:  Mathakwaini (Mah-THAH-kwab-ENN'nay) Church Dispensary

Week 44 - November 4
Rock Lake Pres., South Charleston
Salem Presbyterian Church, Ronceverte
Sugar Grove Presbyterian, Morgantown

In Kenya: Ndugamano (Doh-gah-mah-NO') 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.

October 28
All Saints Day is November 1, an opportunity to celebrate Christian heroes and heroines. A saint is a person who shows us about God. Some famous people were Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa. All God's people are saints, and each saint shows us a different part of God. Who do you know that you see God in them? Name a saint you know in your congregation.

November 4
Read Ruth 1:1-18. The story of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, is a wonderful story of family, faith, and determination. When Naomi encourages Ruth to go back to her own family, Ruth refuses to leave. "Where you go, I will go...your people shall be my people, and your God my God," she tells Naomi. What is something you can do for one of your family members this week that will make them feel special?
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Ed Thompson
One sign of a good book, movie, or even meal is you keep thinking back on it, reflecting on what you've learned and being challenged by its insights. That's been the case with  Fear + Less Dialogues  by Gregory C. Ellison II, who also led a day-long workshop based on his book at the Mid-Council Leaders Gathering in Chicago I attended earlier this month. I may be conflating the book and workshop; nevertheless, I keep thinking about it, even now three weeks later.
From the Presbytery's Treasurer
Annual enrollment is the chance for employees to review and elect benefits coverage for 2019. Encourage them to visit pensions.org/annualenrollment for information and resources to help them make their choices. 

People older than 70-and-a-half  can make a donation from their traditional IRAs to charity. Learn more at the link. 
The Presbytery will go on a discipleship safari to the Nyeri Presbytery in Kenya Aug. 21-Sept. 2, 2019. Maximum cost is $3,000, with the first $1,000 due Nov. 1. If you are interested but cannot make the first payment by next week, please contact Mission Committee chair Bob McCutcheon (304-637-2606, mccutchr@msn.com) to let him know you'd like to go and how much you can pay initially. 

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 November newsletter in t he format of your choice:  two-sided color two-sided black-and-white color booklet  or  black-and-white booklet .
Feb. 6-9, 2019 in Galveston, TX
If you would like to learn more about educational ministry, the APCE Annual Event is a good place to do so!  The 2019 Annual Event will be in Galveston, TX, Feb. 6-9. The presbytery has two spots for anyone interested in attending without becoming a member, as well as funding assistance.
Registration information will be emailed to church leaders next week.
The next  Presbyterian Youth Triennium, Here's My Heart,  will be July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University. Cost is $450 per person, which includes all programming, food (minus meals while traveling), lodging, transportation and two t-shirts. 
2018 Older Youth Retreat 
Nov. 16-18 at Bluestone
Registration deadline: Nov. 5
Jen Evans (pictured) will lead this retreat for high school youth and their adult advisors, which will explore what encourages us in our faith and recharges our batteries of faith. Questions? Please contact Susan Sharp Campbell at 304-645-4568 or susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com. 
The Ministry Committee's church professional care team is gathering continuing education and peer group information to start a database of ideas to share with members of the presbytery. You can help by completing this quick survey.
Rev. Chris Bailey is now well into his second year as the Presbyterian Campus Minister for  Marshall UKIRK, which m eets weekly on Tuesdays during the academic year for dinner, worship, and Bible study in the Marshall University Campus Christian Center . The group also hosts several other regular activities.
It's long been known that stuffed animals bring comfort and joy, and First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar is taking that comfort seriously with its Love Buddy ministry, which gifts donated animals, tagged with a special message, to those who need some extra love and attention, including flood victims and hospital patients.  
Prayer concern
Jim Leitch, an honorably retired minister member of the presbytery, has been discharged from the hospital to The Brier in Lewisburg, where he is getting settled in before therapy begins soon. Call his bedside phone at 304-645-0518 or send mail to Jim Leitch, Room 206B; The Brier, 601 Rocky Hill Road, Ronceverte, WV 24970. 
2:30-4 p.m. Nov. 4 
Water: A Sacred Gift, A Human Right & Our Stewardship Role is a free  ecumenical workshop that focuses on  the theological importance of water and  local concerns about our water systems. Co-sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Creation Justice Ministries, it will be held at  Christ the King Lutheran Church,  5700 E. US Highway 60, Huntington, WV, 25705. Contact Robin Blakeman at robin@ohvec.org.
Nov. 6-7 in Beckley, Nov. 27-28 in Fairmont
Motivational Interviewing is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based response to help people find positive motivation to make significant changes in their lives.  Class is led by Sky Kershner and runs 9:30-4:30 both days. Cost is $20, which includes lunch and book.
Barbour Library at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary reopening celebration
Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 9. RSVP by Nov. 2
A reopening celebration for the completely renovated Clifford E. Barbour Library at  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be held noon-2 p.m. Nov. 9, including a complimentary lunch and tours. Attendees receiving complimentary borrowing privileges for a year. You can also visit the  Seminary's Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology. RSVP to kyates@pts.edu or 412-924-1376 by Nov. 2. 
Noon, Nov. 13
Congregational leaders, pastors, elders and members who wish to learn more about the Christmas Joy Offering can participate in this webinar from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, which will be recorded and posted online for those who can't participate live. Additionally, c ongregations with standing orders for promotional materials should expect them in mid-November, with digital copies of this year's resources already online.   
Dec. 1 at Blessed Sacrament, South Charleston
Focused on substance use disorder, this year's conference has a theme of Faith, Hope Love - Creating Connections for Healing. The keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Barry Steiner Ball. It runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free. The conference will also be held March 9 in Wheeling and May 18 in Morgantown with keynote speakers TBA. 
By Robyn Davis Sekula | Presbyterian Foundation 
Giving Tuesday is a way for Presbyterians to hit the reset button, says Rev. Aimee Moiso of the Presbyterian Foundation. Churches can use this day to highlight special ministries and invite members to generously share all that they have.

There is a new fund at the Presbytery of WV with a goal of assistance for rental housing deposits for low-income older adults. Learn more, including how to donate, at the link above.

Many of you may not know that there was a short but significant water crisis in Kincaid, Fayette County, in late August. We contacted Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and they sent us a grant.

In September 2017, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance graciously granted the WV VOAD bridge project $90,000 to fund the building of bridges in WV.  Since then, the funds have made an astounding difference in the bridge project's ability to move forward more quickly and efficiently. 

If your congregation would like to create Church World Service  cleanup buckets and/or hygiene kits to go to areas affected by Hurricane Florence, we will collect them at the presbytery office. Click the above link for more information.
from your Presbytery Resource Center
Background check consent form updated
The provider we use for background checks updated their  consent form and reporting in September due to updated federal and state requirements. Telephone number, which was not previously requested, is now required. Our consent form, located in the Documents section of the website, has been updated. Please download a copy, or let us know if you'd like it mailed to you.
October 31 is the deadline to apply for a Presbyterian Historical Society Heritage Preservation Grant, which  covers up to $500 of the cost of digitizing official records (including storage at HPS) for congregations 250 members or less that are at least 50 years old.
The Davis & Elkins College 2018 William E. Phipps Interdisciplinary Lectureship is "Why Don't Muslims Condemn Terrorism? Racist Scapegoating and Western Violence in an Age of Islamophobia" by Islamophobia expert Todd H. Green. Admission is free, and a reception follows.
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