Connecting and equipping congregations to bear witness to the overwhelming hope, audacious joy, and contagious love of Jesus Christ.

by Reverend Dr. Chip Hardwick, Synod of the Covenant

Your Website is CRITICAL!

Tips for Websites:
  • Keep it up to date – if the most recent event is an announcement for Christmas Eve Services in 2014, people will dismiss your church
  • Make sure all relevant information for a decision is on the first page: time of service(s)/Bible Study/Children’s programs, parking
  • If you have social media, put the links on
  • Use pictures of people too! Pictures of the building are great but not informative (see an opportunity on the following pages to up your photography game)

In a survey of 2,000 churches, photography was one of the things that set growing churches apart. But photos are only good if you can use them.

How significant is photography really to your church's growth?
Here are 5 reasons that photos of your people are one of the best tools you have for reaching new people:
  1. Photography gives people a preview of what it’s like to attend your church.
  2. Photos increase trust, because they show people what to expect.
  3. Photography reduces fear, especially for people without a history of church attendance.
  4. Photos will help you talk about life with Jesus in a compelling way.
  5. Last but not least, photography empowers your artistic members to use their gifts for God.

If you're ready to focus on getting great photos for you church,
you're going to love this guide!
Calendar
Tuesday 4 May
9:30AM Bible Study for Pastors and Preachers, by Zoom (Rev. Stacey Midge)

Tuesday 4 May
1:00PM Leadership Team, by Zoom

Tuesday 4 May
6:00PM COM Meeting, by Zoom

Thursday 6 May
4:00PM Trustees Meeting, by Zoom

Tuesday 11 May
9:30AM Bible Study for Pastors and Preachers, by Zoom (Rev. Stacey Midge)

Tuesday 11 May
5:30AM Presbytery Gathering, by Zoom
Wednesday 12 May
12:30PM Committee on Representation Meeting, by Zoom

Presbytery of Cincinnati
Upcoming Events
Presbytery Gathering
11 May 2021 6:00PM, by Zoom
Zoom will open at 5:30PM

Required Boundaries Training
Per the policy of the Presbytery, completion of this course is required for all ruling elders commissioned to pastoral service and all teaching elders currently serving a congregation. It is strongly recommended for all teaching elders, including those who are HR.
 
This year the Synod is sponsoring 3 Boundaries trainings. Please register for the session that best fits your schedule. Each training will be 5 hours online via zoom, 2.5 hours each day for 2 consecutive days. (5 CEUs will be granted upon completion of the program.)

  • May 18 and 19, 9:00-11:30 AM Eastern each day (Registration Deadline 5/5/21)
  • August 18 and 19, 6:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern each day (Registration Deadline 8/5/21)
  • November 9 and 10, 9:00 – 11:30 AM Eastern each day (Registration Deadline 10/27/21)
 
To register for this workshop, or others offered through LeaderWise in 2021, visit LeaderWise Registration.
 
You’ll receive the zoom information after you register. Once you’ve completed the course, please send the completion certificate to the Presbytery office. 
 
If you are a pastor who has joined the Presbytery within the last year and completed Boundaries training at your former Presbytery, please send the certificate of completion to the Presbytery office.
 
There is no cost for these trainings. Your Presbytery and Synod are investing in your leadership by providing these workshops for free.
The Presbytery Music Network is now live! 
Please visit to see what is going on musically!
Should you need access to the Music Directory,
or to the Dropbox Sharing Site
please send an email to DawnMarie.
Postage Machine
Are you getting ready to renew your lease contract?
Do you know any organization/business that will be doing so in the near future?
Please consider taking over the current lease contract from the Presbytery Office.
Contact DawnMarie for details and questions.

JOB POSTINGS:
Knox Presbyterian Church - Communication and Technology Specialist

Knox Presbyterian Church seeks one or more candidates to build on and develop further a robust program of effective communication strategies and worship resources for internal and external audiences employing various forms of print and digital media.

Salary is commensurate with experience.   Preferred start date is June 1, 2021.
The position is open until filled.


Please submit statement of interest and resume to hr@knox.org   

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Ruling Elder Training
PC(USA) has great material for ongoing Ruling Elder Training:


Ruling Elder and Clerk of Session Presbytery Training

Ruling Elder training material available – contact Erwin

Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders 
Students in undergrad, associates, vocational, or their first theology Masters program are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Applications due 5/31/21


Preaching Institutes
 
For non-COVID related reasons the Presbytery will not be offering the Ruling Elder Preaching Institute in 2021, BUT…
here are some ways for Ruling Elders to get some training:

  • Maumee Valley Presbytery is offering a two-day workshop by zoom on Saturdays May 8 and 22 for people who might want to preach in their home church/get their feet wet.
  • Alma College/Lake Huron Presbytery is offering a four Thursday evening workshop by zoom beginning on July 8 to help train people to go on a supply preaching list
 
And if you are a frequent preacher, there’s a Synod opportunity for you as well!

The Synod Executive, Rev. Dr. Chip Hardwick, is offering a series of one-off workshops for frequent preachers, beginning on Wednesday May 5, called “How to Preach on Social Justice without Losing your Convictions or Getting Fired” – an amazing set of conversations!
 
More details at the link here:
Questions? Contact Lisa
Small gifts and little people can make a big difference!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) season is almost here!

Set your very own giving goal, as you and your congregation prepare for the best week of the summer.

The Presbyterian Giving Catalog recognizes the impact of setting and reaching goals, and how doing so creates change.

Challenge your students to create and reach a collective giving goal in order to make a life-changing impact on children and families around the world.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your impact during VBS through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog:
  1. On Day 1, explore the Presbyterian Giving Catalog with your students. See what gifts they are excited about and what they hope to share through their collective effort.
  2. Set a giving goal that you and your students can work toward throughout the week. This can be a dollar amount or a number of gifts.
  3. Throughout the week, remind students of the goal they’ve set, and of the impact their gift will have on others. Inspire them to talk with friends and family members to join in on reaching their goal.

At the end of the week, reveal the total amount raised, and emphasize the difference they are making in communities around the world.

Once your achievements have been shared with the kids, please share the good news with us! We want to celebrate with you.
Send your giving goals, stories and photos to presbyteriangifts@pcusa.org.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope – Right here in Cincinnati!

September 13-15
Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2021 will be in Cincinnati, OH, September 13-15, as well as offering a virtual experience. This annual conference offers education, worship, and amazing opportunities for growth in stewardship and generosity.
 
This year we are excited to announce that Tod Bolsinger of Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience will join us for two plenary sessions, with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), leading us in worship.


The Presbytery of Cincinnati is partnering with the Presbyterian Missions Agency on this event, and the offering will go toward our mission partner
Our Daily Bread! 

We will have more than two dozen workshops for in-person attendees that address topics from the spirituality of stewardship to practical tools for managing pledge campaigns.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope draws leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other ecumenical partners with content designed to help participants explore stewardship that has a real impact on ministry.

Registration is OPEN!
We are looking forward to hosting a hybrid conference that includes both in-person and virtual experiences. If you are registering for the in-person event you will be asked to select workshops for each of four blocks. If you are registering for the virtual event you will automatically be registered for the virtual workshop offering.
 
A link to access the online event will be emailed prior to the event itself. A complete schedule of the virtual programming can be found here.

If you are attending in-person, you will also need to make your hotel reservations. You can find more information about the conference hotels and how to make reservations with the conference rate by clicking here.
 
We will be observing recommended covid safety protocols for in-person attendees. Details on what to expect will be shared as we get closer to the conference date.

To register, select your registration type by clicking a button below:




DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!
Around The Presbytery
Congratulations to the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming for being recognized by mission partner Valley Interfaith! Well done!
Indian Hill Youth Complete Faith Statements for their Confirmation Class of 2021.
 Congratulations and many blessings!

Winton Hills Beautification – Got Plants? You Can Help!

Dear Presbytery gardener friends:
 
Winton Hills church has undergone a massive landscaping project. We have chosen to use our wooded property to become a picnic area/park area for our neighborhood. We are in the final stages now. We will install fencing along the drop off to prevent accidental falls in the next few days. The grass seed goes in next. We would also like to establish some flower garden areas.  
As a congregation of elderly members on a very limited budget, we are calling out to all of our gardening friends. If you are dividing perennials, we would like donations of

  • Day lilies
  • Hosta
  • Daisies
  • Cone flowers
  • Lenten rose
  • Geranium
  • Iris
  • Anything else!

You get the idea. We would like donations of things that will come up year after year, that we can plant, mulch and let it be because our elderly bodies can only do limited gardening. We also plant a vegetable garden yearly to produce fresh veggies for the neighborhood. That limits our time and funds to spend on flowers.

We hope to have an outdoor work day for those who would enjoy getting their hands dirty!
 
If you have donations or questions, please call Kathy Angi, 513-807-8866.
Email to arrange how we might get the plants to Winton.
Knox Presbyterian
collects supplies for their
six mission partners.
Great job!


A Beautiful Children’s Book of Blessings
The Rev. Pamela Short, Honorably Retired from the Maumee Valley Presbytery, has recently published an illustrated children’s book of blessings. 

 
She is offering the opportunity for churches to use this book as a fundraiser for a special project—maybe children’s ministry or outreach to bless their neighborhood. 
For each book sold, whether paperback or hardcover, the church would receive $5.00. 
Interested? 
Contact: Rev. Pamela Short
419-806-4326, landline
419-403-0049, cell
The Presbytery Office
The Presbytery Office is at Level Two of our Pandemic Plan.

Lisa will largely be in the office, but most of the time staff will work remotely and we will keep the Presbytery Office closed to the public for the immediate future. 

Anyone needing to come to the Presbytery Office call Lisa on her cell at 513/885-5434.

Masks are required and sanitizer is available in the office.

All committees should plan to schedule meetings/ministry teams/work groups via Zoom.

Thank you for your cooperation. Stay safe!! We are praying for you all!!!
Presbytery of Cincinnati Mission Partner
Presbytery of Cincinnati Campus Partners

UC Campus Ministry
Xavier Campus Ministry
PRESBYTERY STAFF AND OFFICERS
Lisa Allgood, Executive Presbyter

Rev. Erwin Goedicke, Stated Clerk

DawnMarie Hayes, Office Manager

Sheryl Helsinger, Dir. Center of Learning

Jonathan Sparks-Franklin, Dir. UKirk Cincinnati
Barbara Jean Havens, EAC Coordinator

Bill Maney, Treasurer

Rev. Carol Holbrook Prickett, Moderator

Elder Carol Buckhout, Vice Moderator

Elder Bill Bogdan, Council Chair