Tell us about your Vacation Bible School
Summer is coming, and it's almost time for Vacation Bible School! Presbytery of the Miami Valley would like to list your church's VBS on our website, along with other churches in the presbytery.
To be included, email the name of your church, the theme of your VBS, dates and times, along with registration and contact information. We'll list it on our website and publicize all VBS opportunities in the presbytery.
See the list so far, and add your church to the list>>
Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins June 23
Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, now in its 26th year, will begin construction on this year's house on Sandy Drive in Trotwood. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built: framing, siding, roofing, etc.) will begin June 23 and will run through June 29. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.
(This is a change from the previously announced build in Huber Heights, where rezoning issues have delayed construction. Catch the Building Spirit plans on helping with this house build on Shull Road when things come together on that property.)
If your church is interested in participating with labor, hospitality, or financing, please email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit, or call 937-429-0360.
Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
A video of Tom Hay's General Assembly preview presentation
The Rev. Thomas Hay, Associate Stated Clerk and Director of Assembly Operations at the Office of the General Assembly in Louisville, spoke in Presbytery of the Miami Valley on April 19 to provide an in-depth look at what's in store at the 223rd General Assembly (GA) that meets on June 16-23 in St. Louis.
His insights helped us prepare for and respond to issues that may emerge at GA and, through media coverage and advocacy alerts, may result in interest, concern, or excitement in our churches.
Watch a video of Tom Hay's presentation>>
Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminars
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn firsthand from our partners about efforts for peace, justice and reconciliation in contexts of conflict, injustice and oppression. Participants return from these travel study seminars informed and transformed by their experiences, ready to share stories and bear witness to all that they have seen and heard.
Travel study seminars are planned in partnership with World Mission staff and mission co-workers and in cooperation with our partner denominations and organizations.
Participants in the Peacemaking Program’s Travel Study Seminars will be inspired by experiences in cross-cultural and global contexts that are addressing peace and justice issues, equipped to bear witness to all that they have seen and heard and to strengthen their peacemaking witness, and connected to partners engaged directly in peacemaking and justice work.
Learn more about the Travel Study Seminars for 2018-20>>
POAMN Annual Conference, June 5-8
The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) will hold its Annual Conference June 5-8 at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, Zephyr Cove, Nevada. This year's theme is Savoring The Journey, “So that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. ” (Acts 3:20a)
Keynoters include Dr. John Holton, Director of the Center for Gerontology and a visiting associate professor of Gerontology at Concordia University, Chicago, and the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Greenslit, a retired Navy chaplain and retired Director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel.
Learn more about the 2018 conference and register>>
PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING DEBUTS NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK PROGRAM
Flyaway Books offers inclusive and imaginative books for children
Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) recently announced the launch of Flyaway Books, a new children’s book imprint dedicated to creating titles to inspire the next generation to fly. The new imprint will offer books that carry themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion and care for our world. Many of the books will help children understand today’s most pressing social issues and the titles will be intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters.
The first two books to carry the new Flyaway Books logo will be released May 2018. They will be Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts by Ian De Haes and The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Several children’s books recently released under PPC’s acclaimed Westminster John Knox Press imprint will join the program.
Future authors for Flyaway Books include children’s book legend Katherine Paterson, bestselling children’s book authors Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Kathy Bostrom, renowned preacher and author Barbara Brown Taylor, noted New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, the African Methodist Episcopal Church pastor and activist Michael Waters, and author and illustrator Katie Yamasaki.
Explore Flyaway Books>>
Presbyterian Women's Churchwide Gathering August 2-5 in Louisville
The Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Gathering, to be held August 2–5 in Louisville, KY, will mark the 30th anniversary of Presbyterian Women.
"Arise, shine, your light has come!" (based on Isaiah 60:1) is the theme for the Gathering. Held every three years, PW’s Churchwide Gathering is an event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Participants enjoy workshops, tours, forums, resource gathering (and shopping!), plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, worship and more.
PW’s triennial Business Meeting will take place just before the Churchwide Gathering (August 1–2), where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases for the next triennium are decided.
Learn more about the PW Gathering and register>>
Synod Assembly Highlights
The Synod of the Covenant Assembly and Commissioner Retreat was held at the Weber Center, Adrian, MI, on March 15-17.
Read Synod Assembly highlights>>
A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator
The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.
Download On Calling An Educator>>
Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.
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New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.
Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.
Learn more & get involved>>
Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.