May 28, 2015                          ISSUE #55


Upcoming Events


"Restore the Shore" Mission trip June 29-July 3.  


Youth Day of Service - June 6


"Restore the Shore" Mission trip -June 29-July 3.   


For more information on any events, please visit the  Presbytery of WV website, Bluestone website, or call the office @ 744.7634



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Forrest Palmer
Interim Executive Presbyter

Craig Butler
Transitional Associate for Congregational Support

Maureen Wright
Stated Clerk

Rocky Poole
Financial Admin./Treasurer

Barbara Chalfant
Associate for Mission

Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Min.

Nellie Howard
Resource Center Director

Leslie Curtis
Office Administrator

Mark Miller
Bluestone Camp Director


John Bell Visits Presbytery of WVBell


John Bell, of the Iona Community in Scotland, will be with us in the Presbytery of West Virginia, June 19 and 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.


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Please note...  The address of the event is 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301...  This was miss printed in earlier versions. 

 On Saturday, June 6, Youth in Service: Mission Possible II for youth currently in grades 6-12 and adults who work with them  will be held at three different sites across the presbytery, as follows:  Bridgeport Presbyterian Church; Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton; and Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Hurricane.   While the sites and projects will vary, depending on the needs of the community, the day's opening and closing will be the same as a sign of our unity in service.  The day will begin at 10 am and conclude at 4 pm.  There is no cost for this event; all participants need to bring a brown bag lunch with drink included. If you or your group have not signed up but still with to come, please let Susan Sharp Campbell know asap.   Complete information can be found 


Mission trip space still available!Missiontrip

There are still a few spaces available on our "Restore the Shore" Mission trip June 29-July 3.  

Register now of call the Presbytery office at 304-744-7634


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Summer Recommendations From the Resource Centersummerresource

  What will you do over the summer?  Do you vacation? Do you spend warm afternoons lounging by the pool? Maybe you are one who spends your summer mowing and trimming a yard of verdant quick-growing grass grass, grass that threatens to take over your home as well as your life. Which are you? Are you the relaxer or the worker?  Either way Your Presbytery Resource Center can help you. We can help you relax while still keeping your mind agile or, if you have so much work that you can only take short breaks we can help your summer be a bit more enjoyable by giving you a good reason to take that break.

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D&E Students Lend a Hand for a Day of ServiceDandE


ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College students joined with members of Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church recently to do their part in the Great Day of Service. The community service project is conducted twice annually to provide assistance where it's needed.


"The partner sites were very pleased with the character of the students, and how they presented themselves as cheerful, helpful and wanting to better our community," says Davis & Elkins Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Kevin Starcher. "They were thankful for the opportunity to serve and they worked hard."


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Our congratulations to James Riggs, Sarah Specht, Barbara Hopta and Pat Collier for their successful completion of the Institute for Leaders in Ministry.  This year-long course met for seven two-day sessions and was led by Marylyn Huff and Sam Hobson of Western North Carolina Presbytery.  James, Sarah, Barbara and Pat will be honored at the August 29th Presbytery meeting.

ConGRADulations Beth!congrad

Elizabeth Stone is now a 2015 graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte. 


Beth is the Commissioned Ruling Elder of Mount Hope and Bradley Presbyterian Churches.  Beth is married to (The Reverend) Greg Stone, pastor of Fayetteville Presbyterian. 


Somewhere between being a wife, raising five children, being a grandmother, and the pastor to two churches Beth has squeezed in miles and miles of travel to Charlotte, and hours upon hours of study.  We celebrate this passage along her journey of faith.  We pray that the learning she has done will inform her wisdom, the process inform her continuing growth, and the experiences and friendships in Christ inform her ministry going forward. 

Scholarship AvailableScholarship


Glenville Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for Presbyterians who attend Glenville State College.  Founded in 2007, the award is up to $4,000 per academic year; awarded in two installments of $2,000, one in August and one in January.  To be eligible, students must be Presbyterian, a West Virginia resident and attending Glenville State College as a full time student or who have been accepted to attend. 


To apply for this scholarship students must:

  • Submit proof of GSC acceptance or attendance (acceptance letter, approved application or current course schedule).
  • Submit a Glenville Presbyterian College Scholarship Application which can be found here:
  • Submit a personal letter of need
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Be willing to appear for an interview before the GPC College Scholarship Committee.


Completed applications should be sent to:


            Glenville State College

            Attn:  Foundation Office, 200 High Street,

            Glenville, WV 26351

Small Church Residency Program a helping hand in West Virginia...residency

First-call pastors fresh out of seminary school with plenty of enthusiasm and desire looking for a congregation to begin their ministry. Small churches searching for a preacher to lead them in new and exciting directions. Seems like a match made, well, from heaven.


It's the kind of relationship that is fueling the Small Church Residency Program within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Formerly known as "For Such a Time as This," the Small Church Residency Program places fresh-out-of-seminary pastors into churches where one is needed with the hope of giving the pastor a starting point and also revitalizing the congregation with which it lands. Currently, there are five churches in the Presbytery of West Virginia that participate in the program. 


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New Resource for Conversation About Disabilitiesdisab

Presbyterians for Disability Concerns (PDC), in collaboration with the Office of the General Assembly and the five Human Resources Departments of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is excited to introduce a brand new resource: "Better Together: Transformed by God's Variety of Gifts," just in time for Disability Inclusion Sunday on June 14.


If you haven't yet registered for the Board's first-ever Financial Well-Being Retreat, now is the time to do so. 


Financial Well-Being Retreat 2015 will be hosted by Board University, Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, 2015, at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina.


This event is designed for active Benefits Plan members to help them take a step back from daily work and focus on resources for individual and church well-being and financial stewardship. 


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Elkins, W.Va. -- Davis & Elkins College will offer youth camps throughout the summer for baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and strength and conditioning. To view the summer schedule and find out more, visit the 2015 Summer Camps section of the website.  


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Presbyterians Today 
Issue Dedicated to 


June 2015 Issue of Presbyterians Today is themed: Discover the power of small congregations.


Many churches think success means getting bigger, but this fascinating issue of Presbyterians Today shows that isn't necessarily so. Small congregations have quite a few striking advantages when you learn how to tap into your unique strengths. This is a must-read for church leaders and members. 


The 2015-2016 Planning Calendars have finally arrived!  They were backordered, so we are getting them later than expected.  If someone from your church will be in the Charleston area in the next few weeks, please have him or her stop by the Presbytery office and pick up the calendars for your church.  Calendars not picked up from the office will be taken to the June 11 Presbytery meeting.

Prayer Concerns PrayerConcerns

John S.Lyles

Please pray for Patterson and Terri Lyles upon the death of Patterson's father, John S.Lyles, who was a former minister member of the Presbytery of West Virginia where he served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church inDunbar.  Rev. Lyles passed away on May 23, 2015 in Davidson, North Carolina following a long and faithful life of ministry and service.  A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, North Carolina.   Read more here


Israel Blankinship

Please pray for the family of Jackie Blankinship, former member of the Ministry Committee and member of the Fayetteville Presbyterian Church, as they grieve the loss of month old Israel Blankinship from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Israel was Jackie's great-grandson and was the grandson of Chip Blankinship; his parents are Frank and Rhiannon Blankinship of Knoxville, TN.  Israel is also survived by his twin sister, Olivia.  The family will gather in Fayetteville for a memorial service and to celebrate Israel's life. 


Steve Hopta

Please pray for the family of Steve Hopta. Steve (the son) serves on the Trustees Committee for the Presbytery.  Steve Hopta, 93, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice West after a short illness. Please keep Steve and Barbara Hopta and their family and friends in your prayers as they remember and celebrate the life of their beloved father.


Memorial contributions can be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Road, Charleston, WV 25314 or Hospice Care of West Virginia, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

There are mini Grants available through "Try This West Virginia" for churches and religious communities who are doing a new thing to help their communities eat better and move more.  The deadline for grants applications is:  June 7th.


Application Here 


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