November 13, 2014                     ISSUE #44

Resource Center Features

The Zimzum of Love: 

A New Way of 

Understanding Marriage

Authors Rob Bell and Kristen Bell delve into the private universe that connects two people in a marriage.

From Nothing

By Ian A. McFarland

A scholarly look at Creation and the doctrine that God created everything from nothing.  The author explores this belief from the context of the Trinity.  "Christ is the one in whom all things were created and apart from whom nothing was made 

that was made."

Daily Prayer for 

Times of Grief

Author, Lisa Hamilton leads us to use fixed-time prayer to work through grief.  This work includes scripture and meditation along with prayer.

The Rebirthing of God

By John Philip Newell 
The premise of the resource is that western Christianity is collapsing.  We are invited to respond with radical reorientation of our vision and response to God.

Acts From Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners

Donald L. Griggs and Paul Walaskay bring us this latest commentary from the Series, "The Bible From Scratch."  Includes seven chapters that take a deep look at important themes of Acts.  


Prayer List For Churches

Week 46
Presbytery of WV

Bream Memorial
Church of the Covenant, Grafton
Dunbar, First Presbyterian


Nyeri Presbytery

Church:  Githakwa

Pronun:  Git-AH'kwah

  Parish:  Wandumbi

Spoken:  wah-DOH'bee

Week 47
Presbytery of WV

Hinton, First Presbyterian

Kuhn Memorial

Nyeri Presbytery

Church:  Kagio-ini

Pronun:  Kahg-ee-oh-EE'nay

  Parish:  Wandumbi

Spoken:  Wah-DOH"bee



Week 48
Presbytery of WV
Buckeye Chapel

Nyeri Presbytery
Church:  Kigogoini        
Pronun:  Kay-go-go-EE'nay
Parish:  Wandumbi 
Spoken:  wah-DOH'bee


Nurturing Faith Ideas


November 16:  Jesus' parable in the Gospel of Matthew informs us that we need to use the gifts God has given us.  What is your greatest gift?  How do you use your gift to spread the Love of Jesus?


November 23:  In the Gospel reading, we are called to care for those who are less fortunate.  What are some of the ways you help the less fortunate?  What are some of the ways the church helps those in need?


November 30:  This week, watch for God in all you do.  Keep a list or tell your family at dinner what you saw.




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December 13, 2014 Presbytery Meeting Pre-Registration PWVMeeting
Click here to register!

What: Presbytery Meeting


When: December 13, 2014


Where: First Presbyterian Church, Fairmont, WV


Pre-registration deadline is Thursday December 4th. Please click on the image on the right to register or request an excused absence or call the presbytery office at 304-744-7634 or email [email protected]. The cost of morning refreshments and lunch will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. Lunch will consist of various quiches, fruit, rolls, and dessert. Childcare will be available by pre-registration only.

Rhythm of the Synod Synod 

Faith Notes from the Synod of the Trinity Assembly Meeting Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center State College, PA October 6-7, 2014


State College in the fall is a beautiful place to be. In early October, the drive along Routes 322 and 220 through central Pennsylvania once again featured a wide array of fall colors for the 50-some Synod of the Trinity commissioners and ex-officio who made the trek, signaling a change in seasons. Similarly, there are proposed changes coming to the Synod, too, and that was a strong underlying focus during the two-day meeting on the campus of Penn State University.


The third and final Synod assembly meeting of 2014 kicked off at 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, a change in starting time from previous gatherings that met with favorable reaction from those gathered. The meeting began with opening devotions from Synod moderator Jim Robinson and also included a blessing and passing out of stoles to commissioners, which aimed to help distinguish commissioners from others in attendance.


Fair Trade Guidebook FairTrade

Looking for a gift? Planning a Fair Trade holiday bazaar? Global Marketplace purchases benefit not only the people who use and enjoy the items, but the people around the world who make them-and who often rely on the support of our purchases to live their lives in dignity rather than poverty.


The Presbytery of West Virginia Mission Committee is providing you with a How to Host a Global Marketplace handbook which will give you all of the necessary information on things that you may want to think about when planning such an event at your church! 



Advent 2014 Advent

What?  You're still  not ready for Advent?  

Don't worry, there is still some time.  The first Sunday of Advent is November 30 so you still have time to find a good Advent devotional, study lesson worship aid or that perfect craft idea.


While some of our newest resources are already checked out for the season, your Resource Center still has some good choices for you.


We have plenty of resources to help you with crafts, worship games, banners and Advent events.  Give me a call or come in to your Resource Center to see how we can help you and your Church family encounter the Christ during Advent.


For all new resources in your Resource Center please click on the HERE.



Hope Village Opens HopeVillage

First Presbyterian Church of Charleston is excited to announce the grand re-opening of Hope Village, a fair trade shop. Hope Village brings to Charleston a beautiful store filled with unique fair trade items from global partners around the world.  For many years First Presby hosted a Global Market which returns 100% of the proceeds back to the artisans whom have made the products.  Hope Village continues this practice.


Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, Hope Village offers unique items sure to enthrall anyone on your Christmas list - beautiful jewelry, shawls, clothing, olive wood nativities from Bethlehem, baskets from Africa, amazingly delicious olive oil,  home and children's items, and much more!



PC(USA) Compassion, Peace, and Justice Director Letter Peace

"Greetings from the Middle East. As you read this, I have just returned from a three-week visit to the Middle East, led by our newly elected moderator, Heath Rada. Our travels took us to Lebanon and Iraq where we saw firsthand, the fear and anxiety that people across the region are facing as ISIS continues its reign of terror in Syria, Iraq and other neighboring countries. Christians, Ysedis, moderate Muslims and other minority groups are being targeted.  Young men are recruited by force to join ISIS while women and young girls are being rounded up, raped and sold into servitude...

As a church deeply committed to mission in partnership, we cannot forget our sisters and brothers in the region. There are several things you can do... The whole region groans under the weight of conflict. In the midst of it, the light of Christ still shines boldly in the faces of those whose steadfast hope and faith is a reminder to us all that the evils of war and oppression are not the final answer.  One day, the Peace of Christ will reign."

Faithfully in Christ, Sara P. Lisherness


Prayer Concerns Prayer

Please keep the following individuals and their families in your prayers this week as they deal with health issues.


Prayers for healing and wholeness requested for Dr. David Dalrymple, husband of Rev. Bonnie Boyce, Pastor at Spring Valley in Huntington, who is in the hospital dealing with health concerns.


Prayers for healing and wholeness for Briar Melius, grandson of Cinda Harkless, pastor at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church and Ministry Committee Chair, as he recovers from a surgery this past Monday. He is the son of Katy and Jason Melius.

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