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PWV News
July 23, 2015    Issue #59
Upcoming Events

Playology - August 15th Click here for details
Presbyterian Women Gathering - August 15th Click here for details
Neighborhood Experience Workshop - August 28th Click here for details
Presbytery Meeting - August 29th - Click here to register
Disaster Preparedness Training - September 12-13 Click here for details 
Opening - Director of Youth Ministry

First Presbyterian Church, Charleston is seeking a full time Director of Youth Ministry to encourage our youth to know, follow, and deepen their faith in Christ. The successful candidate will enhance and grow a vibrant youth program encompassing our middle and high school students and their families.  For more information about our church please visit and submit resumes to [email protected]


None of us really wants our neighbors to think we are weird-interesting, unique, maybe even eccentric but not weird. So how do we follow the commandment to "love our neighbors" without being bothersome, obnoxious, pushy or just plain weird? 


Amy Lively confronts this question head-on in her book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, published by Bethany House (2015). 



PDA National Response Teams


This week we hosted 4 members of our PDA National Disaster Response Team.  At the request of West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WVVOAD) they worked in Lincoln county Doing pastoral care, damage assessments and setting up a response center in Griffithsville.  They reported on the condition and needs of over 75 homes and bridges affected by the flooding.  As they walked and drove through the area people began to recognize the PDA shirts and vehicles and come out to share their stories, their sorrow and their concern for neighbors and friends...

Hunger Action Team 

Your Hunger Action Team has been at work and they are pleased to say that they have distributed all the funds you have sent us from your Centsability offerings!  Keep up the good work and continue to gather those funds.  We have more requests to fill for support for local food banks, community garden support, feeding programs, backpack programs and many other needful programs that are addressing the continuing need for food for the hungry of West Virginia. 

Presbyterian Church Group Visits WVMAW


The West Virginia Mission and Advocacy Workshop welcomed a group of workers Monday from the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, who will finish their week of mission work Saturday.


"Throughout the week, we've just been trying to do as many things as possible to help the city, help people in the city and help the community out," volunteer Reid Smith said. "A couple days ago, we were painting a trailer, and we've went to the Mission, where they help the homeless or people who are not as fortunate as others."

Playology II - Experiencing God Through the Art of Play

Saturday, August 15, 9 am - 4:30 pm  -  Early Registration Deadline  ($25) is August 6.  Walk-ins welcome ($40)  -  Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charleston

Workshop options will be Low Cost, No Cost Art; Creative Worship; and Games Galore. Join with others from around the presbytery for this day of creative worship, a theme party, two workshops, networking and lunch for PLAYOLOGY on August 15 in Charleston. For more information or to register, click here. If you have questions, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell, [email protected] or 303-645-4568.



Church Shares Music With Community

The sanctuary at Second Presbyterian Church in West
Huntington rang with music from Rodrigo Almeida's acoustic guitar Sunday afternoon, all the way to the top of its 60-foot dome. Almeida, a classical guitarist pursuing a master's degree in performance under Marshall University professor Dr. Júlio Alves, volunteered to put on the free concert Sunday afternoon to share music in the community and continue performing during the summer months.  

Westminster Foundation & Campus Ministry in the Mountain State


With the summer vacation time half over, many of you are preparing to send family members off to college, some for the first time, so you may be wondering what awaits them on campus. At five our our state's campuses, including the two largest, ministries supported by The Westminster Foundation of West Virginia is waiting to welcome, support and care for those students.


Resource Center Features

Letters from the Farm: a Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life by Becca Stevens


Think Like a 5-Year-Old: Reclaim Your Wonder & Create Great Things by Len Wilson 


Preaching in Pictures: Using Images for Sermons that Connect by Peter Jonker


The Book of Genesis: A Biography by Ronald Hendel

Neighborhood Experience Workshop

A practical, hands-on, feet walking, lunch eating, people meeting practice that will help you and the leadership of your church make missional decisions.  What this is: Fostering natural conversations with people outside the church walls and listening to what they have to share.  An opportunity to discover why and how to pay attention to a ministry context and develop mission plans appropriate to the context.  Register for the Neighborhood Experience Workshop by August 21 by filling out the form attached to the brochure and mailing to to the presbytery office. (click here)


CLICK HERE for more information
God's Concern: A Biblical Reflection on Hunger

Join the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Barry Ensign-George, associate for Theology in the Office of Theology & Worship, and Patty Sanders, HAE for the Presbytery of the Redwoods as we reflect on hunger in the Bible and our call to respond to God's concern. Hunger is both a physical and a spiritual reality in the Bible. It is a marker of our human dependence on God and on others for health and well-being-as others are dependent on us. In our Bible study on Monday, Aug. 3, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT, we will consider God's concern about and provision for the multi-layered hunger that is a reality of our life together. Learn more and register today!


Learn more here

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Prayer Concerns

Carol Hastie - whose cancer has returned. Carol is the wife of Tom Hastie, Commissioned Ruling Elder at Milton Presbyterian Church.

Carl Pattison - former minister at the Salem and McLean Presbyterian Churches in Ronceverte, as he recovers from some heart problems.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, WVMAW, and all others that are aiding those suffering/recovering from all of the storm damage and flooding.

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