August 11, 2016        Issue #82

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you checked out the 
Presbytery website? 
Presbytery Staff

Ed Thompson
General Presbyter
Maureen Wright
Stated Clerk

Rocky Poole
Financial Administration/Treasurer

Barbara Chalfant
Associate Presbyter for Mission

Susan Sharp Campbell
Associate for Educational Ministry

Nellie Howard
Resource Center Director

Mark Miller
Bluestone Camp Director

Mark Parsons-Justice
Office Administrator/Communications

Prayer List For Churches

Week 33 - August 14 
Harman Presbyterian Church 
Kesler Memorial Presbyterian Church, Hico McKinnon Presbyterian Church, Charleston

Church: King'ong'o 
Pronun: Kay-nAWE"nAWE" 
Parish: Rware 
Spoken: Roh-ARE'ray

Week 34 - August 21 
First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown First Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg Red Sulphur Springs Presbyterian Church, Ballard

Church: Muringato 
Pronun: Moh-ree-GAH'toe 
Parish: Rware 
Spoken: Roh-ARE'ray

Week 35 - August 28 
Spring Creek Presbyterian Church, 
Renick Union Presbyterian Church Comfort Presbyterian Church

Church: Nyamachaki Memorial 
Pronun: Nya-mah-chah-KEY' 
Parish: Rware Spoken: Roh-ARE'ray

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by Ed Thompson, General Presbyter

I am fascinated by the Olympics. While I don't normally watch much TV, I have found myself glued to the couch for 3-4 hours each night taking it all in. I find gymnastics particularly amazing. Even when I was the same age as those competing, I was never that flexible.  I also find the judging to be curious. It's obvious that 
Flood Response:
What to do to help now....floodres

Resilience & Renewal Retreats rr

undefined Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is presenting three sessions of Resilience & Renewal in West Virginia later this month.  This seminar for disaster assistance personnel responding to the recent floods is an opportunity for recovery personal to refocus and recharge their personal resiliency.  

If you or someone you know has been serving the area, invite them to attend, and please pass this information onto anyone who is continuing to support the WV flood recovery efforts.

Details of location and dates are here...
Presbytery Staff Job Postingjob
Position:  Associate Presbyter for Congregational Support  
Position Description: The Associate for Congregational Support shall provide professional staff support to presbytery committees and congregations. In particular this Associate is the contact person for churches in transition and will work closely with the Ministry Committee to ensure the need is met. He/she will work with small churches to inspire hope, generate vision, and challenge them to consider new models for ministry.
The Administration Committee has approved the request of Mark Parsons-Justice to be placed on a leave of absence from July 1 - October 31Mark is dealing with some medical concerns. If you would like to send him a note, you can reach him at 705 Beech St., South Charleston, WV 25309.

Many of our congregations and pastors are in transition.   Please keep them all in your prayers.  Discernment, prayer, hope and faith are the order of the day. 
New Resources!resources

The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation recently added two new resources to the Glory to God hymnal collection - Glory to God: A Companion and Glory to GodHymns and Songs for Children and Families: Singing Faith All Day Long.  Read more here...
Doodle, Draw, Decorate Think doodle

by Nellie Howard, Resource Center Director

"Book of Fidgets" Is full of doodling ideas to help just about any of us think about our relationship with God and our faith.  

Bluestone Camp & Retreat Mid-Summer Updatecamp       
Summer Camp 2016 proved to be another great program experience for all who participated.  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. 
Once again our presbytery churches were generous...   Continued here

Visitation Training! train       

Saturday, September 17 
at 10 am - 2 pm
Highlawn Presbyterian Church

2501 Washington Ave, 
St Albans
No cost.  Lunch provided.

Please RSVP to 
304-727-7140 for lunch.

Does your church or community have people who are lonely or sick in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, or even their own home?  Do you want to reach out to them with visits and calls, but are at a loss at what to do or say?

This training is designed to equip the average Christian with the knowledge and skills to visit the sick, the elderly, and the lonely.

Facilitator: Tom Hastie, Manager of Pastoral Care at Cabell Huntington Hospital and CRE at Milton Presbyterian Church.
Challenging the Church roger   

The Presbytery of West Virginia's Nurture Committee presents:

Challenging the Church - The Rise of the "Nones" 
with Rodger Nishioka 
Saturday, November 12 
10 am - 3 pm

Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charleston, WV

Cost per person on or before Thursday, October 27 - $25. 
Cost per person after the 27th or at the door - $30. 

Boxed lunches will be available for those who register no later than October 27 at a cost of $12/lunch; or bring lunch with you.

Help Campus Ministry!campus  
Help needed!  The Presbyterian Campus Ministry at WVU is an Ukirk ministry charged with reaching, teaching, and loving college students so they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.  We meet weekly during the school year (Wednesdays, 7 pm, at Campus Ministry Center, downtown).  We need YOUR 
help identifying students who will be attending WVU in the fall (new, returning, transfer, etc).  Here are      ways you can help.  Click Here...
Preserve and Conserve! preserve 
Workshops available on Energy Efficiency, Water Resources, And Community Health
The Presbytery's Stewardship of Creation Ministry Team (SCMT) is continuing to provide workshops around the Presbytery on the importance to the faith community of preserving and conserving resources, especially water and energy.  They are providing these workshops free of charge and will tailor the event to the ages and size of the gathering. 
For more information and a Flyer click here...

Child Protection Policy Workshop! child

Saturday, September 10
10 am - 4 pm
Village Chapel 
Presbyterian Church
  • Has your session been struggling to adopt a Child Protection Policy as now required by our Constitution?
  • Are there questions about why members who have taught Sunday School for 30 years now need background check?
  • Do your session have a child protection policy but it might be time for a review of it?
  • Are some asking, "why do we need such a policy, abuse couldn't possible happen in our church?
  • What would you do if a convicted child molester came to worship?
Dr. Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor of Religion at Presbyterian College, and a life-long advocate for children, will be leading participants in exploring these and other issues related to a child protection policy in our congregations. This will be an opportunity to hear more about some of the issues that have led to the inclusion of the child protection policy in our Form of Government and what needs to be in such a policy.
For more information, click here. If you have questions, please contact Susan Sharp Campbell, [email protected] or 304 -645- 456

PWV Mission Trip CHANGEchange
Many of us had a busy schedule in the month of August and our sign-ups for the mission trip were low, we have decided to redirect our energies to offer a Flood recovery week through WVMAW in Greenbrier County October 16-20.  All the costs will be the same as before, $300.00 for the week or $75.00 a day.  Please mark this on your calendar and prayerfully consider if you are able to serve. 
WVMAW is a long term recovery agency, working in partnership with the Presbytery of WV.  This means that after the first responders go home, we will be there working with families in need for years to come.  WVMAW is booking long term recovery teams now, and would like to give our people in WV the opportunity to respond to their own neighbors.  Please let us know interest by August 1.

The Relations Committee is seeking techies to assist local churches with website and technology needs on a volunteer, as-needed basis. Persons would be called on by churches if they need help setting up a webpage or if they have communications technology questions.  The committee particularly need persons who would be available to churches in the Parkersburg, Charleston, Lewisburg, and Morgantown areas.  For more information, please contact Patrick Ryan, Relations Committee ComTech Teach chair, at [email protected]  
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