Issue #37                                                                               July 24, 2014




Amos & Hosea: Boundaries, Tough Love Amazing Grace

 The Resource Center has a couple copies of this Kerygma course.  We have one for preview only and one to check out.  We also have a few participant books to give away - first come,

first serve.



Faith and Aging 

This DVD led by Richard Morgan and Jane Thibault teaches us how to stay active in the Church as we age.  It suggests what we can do for God and God's people as our physical and mental 

abilities wane.



The Unbearable 

Wholeness of Being 

by Ilia Delio

The knowledge of Evolution empowers us with the transforming power of love. Our knowledge of evolution must lead us to a retelling of our Christian story, empowering us with the transforming power of love.



Being Reformed: 

Faith Seeking Understanding, The Prophets Still Speak

Author, Patricia K. Tull This six-week study teach the message that the prophet had for his 

time and for ours.



















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Register for the August 19, 2014 Presbytery Meeting PresbyteryMeeting

The next meeting of the presbytery will take place on August 19, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in St. Albans. Please use the link below to register. The deadline for registration is August 10th. If you need to request to be excused from the meeting for either yourself or your church please email Leslie at [email protected] or call 304-744-7634. 


Docket items will include - examination of a candidate for ordination, election of a treasurer, report of the General Assembly Commissioners, and the presentation of the 2015 budget.


Please click here to register! 

Bluestone Summer Camp 2014 Bluestone

Summer Camp 2014 is in the books, and Bluestone is now hosting its first ever summer band camp.  The

practice field we built back in April, now has the lines of a football field and about 120 Capital High School students... 


Bluestone had another great summer camp program.  Dedicated staff and volunteers, energetic campers, the beauty of our natural setting, and the presence of the Holy Spirit combined to make our rendition of the summer camp experience memorable and meaningful for everyone involved...


Statistically, Bluestone had a much better summer than the previous two.  255 campers is 36 more than were enrolled in 2013.  Once again our presbytery churches were generous in providing subsidy to enable families in their communities of faith to afford our camper registration fees...


We did a good thing at Bluestone this summer as a presbytery.  Feel good about it!  Give thanks and praise, and know that your support and investment in camping ministry is making a difference.  Thanks be to God!



PWV 2014 Mission Trip MissionTrip

WHEN:  September 14- September 20th, 2014


WHERE:  Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township Chatham, NJ


WHAT:  Home repairs and construction for damages from Hurricane Sandy.


HOW MUCH:  $200 covers trip per diem, food and transportation.


DEADLINE:  Registration deadline is August 28th


Let us know of your interest now!  Contact: Claire Butler 304 744-7634 or  [email protected]


Click here for more information!
Homelessness and Affordable Housing SundayHomelessness

What is the role of the church to assist in the effort to end homelessness? Our denomination has for years selected the first Sunday in August, August 3rd this year, to highlight homelessness and also the need, and opportunity to create more affordable housing. Click on the link to find resources to use in recognizing Homelessness and Affordable Housing Sunday as well as resources to assist your church in learning more about Homelessness and how to work to end it.


For more information, please click here.

Playology Playology

AUGUST 23 is fast approaching!!!  Time to register for PLAYOLOGY:  Experiencing God Through the Art of Play, to be held Saturday, August 23, 9 am - 4:30 pm at Fayetteville Presbyterian Church.


Are you looking for new and creative ideas for Bible study, art and games in your ministry? Whether you are a pastor, educator, youth minister, Sunday school teacher, playful volunteer or high-schooler in a leadership position, or just interested in having fun this is the event for you!  Workshop options will be Creative Bible Study, CreArt (creative art activities) and Around the Table games. 


Join with others from around the presbytery for this day of creative worship, a theme party, two workshops, networking and lunch for PLAYOLOGY in August.  Deb Guess and Lisa Dietrick, of the Annual Recreation Workshop will provide leadership for this event. 


For more information or to register, click here. The cost per person is $25 per person before August 14 and $40 at the door.   If you have questions, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell, 304-645-4568 or [email protected].

Planning for Fall Christian Education FallEducation

As summer heats up so do our September

calendars. Fall classes begin soon and some of us still haven'tfigured out what we will be offering our members to study. This is where your Resource Center can help.  We have samples of curriculum for all ages and we have many studies to check out for children, youth, teens, and adults.  Do you want to have your class watch a video then discuss it.  We have plenty of options from studies on Islam and other religions to learning about our church history to gaining insight to what mission God is leading us.


We have a video study just for women: Sisters: knowing God. Or maybe you have a class who would like to read a book together using The Gospel According to Harry Potter as a study guide? Do you have a class interested is a Bible study? The Resource Center has some great scripture studies divided into sessions with good questions to start class discussions. Besides Sunday School or evening classes most of our Youth Groups will be gearing up in the fall.  Come in and check out some of our books on how to get your youth involved in God's Word God's world. 


From books to Videos to Games to crafts to all sorts of curriculum your Resource Center has something that will help education planners and teachers prepare for a new season of learning!  If you cannot make it to the Resource Center at the Presbytery office in South Charleston, give us a call at 304-744-7648 and we'll help you figure out just what you need then get the resources to you.

In response to last fall's event with Frances Taylor  Gench, the Nurture Committee is offering another learning opportunity for pastors, educators, CREs, ALPs, and any other interested persons in conjunction with Union Seminary's Alumni/ae Development Office.  On Tuesday, October 7, Richard Boyce, Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary's Charlotte Campus, will be sharing with us on the topic, "Public Works: Reclaiming God's Glory in the World."  


Join us for what promises to be a day of reflection and learning on Tuesday, October 7, from 10 am - 12:30 pm at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in Charleston.  The cost for this workshop is $10 before October 1 and $15 at the door. 


Following this workshop, there will be a gathering over a dutch-treat lunch for Union Presbyterian Seminary alums and friends.   More information will be forthcoming on this part of the event. More information will be available at the presbytery meeting.  Look for a registration form on the presbytery's website after August 1. 



ACSWP Seeks People to Serve on Study Teams Authorized by 221st General Assembly GAVolunteers

Volunteers needed to serve on five committees, reports due to 222nd Assembly (2016). Following actions of this summer's 221st General Assembly, the Advisory (ACSWP) is seeking nominations from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of people to serve on study task forces. The studies below were authorized in response to overtures. A short nomination form is available by clicking here.


Study topics include:  

  • Drug Policy Reform
  • End-of-Life Concerns
  • Sustainable Development and the Precautionary Principle
  • Two-State Solution in Israel and Occupied Palestine
  • Human Trafficking Comprehensive Policy (with the Advocacy Committee on Women's Concerns)

For more information please click here.

Click here for the nomination form.

Fair Trade Store/Holiday Sale WebinarWebinar

WHAT: Have you ever seen fair trade products at a local Fair Trade shop or 10,000 villages?  Has your church or presbytery sold fair trade coffee and chocolate through Equal Exchange?  Fair Trade is one of the many ways the Presbyterian Hunger Program addresses hunger and presents opportunities for local congregations to engage issues of global poverty while connecting with producers from all over the world.  Running a store or sale through the local church can be a difficult prospect, but can also be rewarding and enriching to the life of a congregation.  Join us as we explore the reasons for engaging in this ministry, the process for getting started, and helpful tips and tricks from those who have done it before.  Lauralyn Kolb, Merry Panteleo, and Julie Bills will be joining in preparation and presentation.


WHEN: Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


To register for this free webinar click here.

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