August 28, 2016        Issue #83

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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 36 - September 4 
Beechwood Presbyterian Church,
Bradley Presbyterian Church, Centerville
Presbyterian Church, Greenville

Church in Kenya: St. Cuthbert's 
Parish: Rware; Spoken: Roh-ARE'ray 

Week 37 - September 11
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elkins 
Highlawn Presbyterian Church, Huntington

Parish in Kenya: Thegenge 
Spoken: They-GEN'gay
Week 38 - September 18 
First Presbyterian Church, Kingwood McLean Presbyterian Church, Ronceverte Mount Hope Presbyterian Church

Church in Kenya: Gathuthi;
Parish: Thegenge 

Week 39 - September 25 
Parsons Presbyterian Church 
Smithers Presbyterian Church 
St. Marys Presbyterian Church

Church in Kenya: Hubuini
Pronun: Hobo-ENN'nay 
Parish: Thegenge
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by Ed Thompson, General Presbyter

Some of you may know about - or may have even ordered from - Abbey Press. They market religious and inspirational products for a wide variety of holidays and other special occasions. If you ever ordered anything from them it seemed like you would get their catalogs in the mail at least twice a week. Now it seems like they have abandoned their print catalogs and do their marketing mostly online. Or maybe they just lost my mailing address after a series of moves.

Many of their products reflect a Roman Catholic religious perspective which is not surprising and completely understandable since they are owned and operated by Saint Meinrad Archabbey, a Benedictine monastic community.  When my wife Jackie and I were . . . Continue reading here
Flood Response:
What to do to help now....floodres

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.
This summer we in French Creek, West Virginia are celebrating 200 years since the Rev. Asa Brooks arrived in the wilderness of western Virginia to preach to the settlers, at the time Rev. Brooks also preached at Buckhannon (30 years before we became a Church); he also preached at Huttonsville, Beverly, and Belington. After organizing the French Creek Church (1819), in 1830 he moved to Clarksburg and organized that Church and is buried under what was their pulpit in the original building; he is still there but no longer under the pulpit. Our celebration was Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21, with Rev. Gini Campbell (3rd Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, VA) as the guest preacher. She has deep roots in French Creek.     - Amy W. Tenney
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. Additional prayers for Mark Parsons-Justice and Lawton Posey. 
Elk Hills Seeking Office Assistantelkhills
Elk Hills Presbyterian Church is currently seeking a part-time Office Assistant; approximately 5-6 hours per week. Overview of duties include preparation of the church bulletin, newsletter, data entry of accounting receipts, ordering supplies, personal auto for completion of some responsibilities, etc. Seeking a self-motivated individual with the ability to work independently, and basic computer skills. Good extra income opportunity for a retiree or stay-at-home parent. If you are interested in additional information, please contact Jean Naylor, Personnel Elder; at 304-925-7490 or Pastor Cherrie Sizemore 304-610-4507.
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 - 
The Rise of the "Nones"  roger

The Presbytery of West Virginia's Nurture Committee presents:
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
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.
Flood Recovery Week in October change
The PWV Mission Trip will be a flood recovery week through WVMAW in Greenbrier County October 16-20.  The costs will be the $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  September 15.
The Relations Committee is seeking techies to assist local churches with website and technology needs on a volunteer, as-needed basis. Churches need help with setting up a webpage or with communications technology.  The committee particularly needs 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]  
The 135th West Virginia Council of Churches Annual Assembly will be held October 16 - 17, 2016 at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston. This year's theme will be "Acts of Mercy." Plenaries include Acts of Mercy from an Interfaith Perspective and a presentation on the Common Good by Dr. Robert Rupp of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Ms. Gaylene Miller, State Director, AARP West Virginia, will be our Ecumenical Breakfast speaker. The Assembly will be followed by our annual Public Policy Forum on October 18. Registration for the Annual Assembly and the Forum will be open soon!
The West Virginia Council of Churches' Prison Ministry/Corrections program unit has been working with Beverly Sharp, a lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church, to create local Community Reentry Councils over the past year or so. On June 15, working in conjunction with many partners, the Kanawha Community Reentry Council was launched. Community Reentry Councils help ex-offenders make the transition back into the society by networking together to provide information on housing, employment, and other ex-offender needs. The Kanawha Community Reentry Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Please call (304) 344-3141 or email[email protected] for more information or if you have an interest in starting a Community Reentry Council in your area.
Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary conted
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