Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 23

Habitat House 2015Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, now in its 23rd year, will begin construction on this year's house at 34 E. Pease Avenue, West Carrollton. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built; walls, siding, roof, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 23, and will run through May 29. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.

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.

You may also sign up directly at the Dayton Ohio Habitat website and receive email information on the upcoming build.

Around the Presbytery

Silent auction of Homer Hacker watercolors April 19

The Presbyterian Women of Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Kettering, invite everyone to Homer Hacker's Watercolors Silent Auction, Sunday, April 19, 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. in the church's Fellowship Hall. Thirty-four paintings will be displayed on tables with silent auction sign-ups for each one, showing appraised value (this is a minimum bid). Additional bidding must be made in increments of $10.00 or more. At 1:00 pm bidding will close. If you are the highest bidder, you must be present to purchase the painting(s). All proceeds will go to Building for Outreach.


A new after-school tutoring program

Faith Presbyterian Church, Huber Heights, is conducting an after-school tutoring program at the church for second and third graders at Valley Forge Elementary School. Nine volunteers from the church, who work closely with the school's teachers,  tutor students one-on-one to help strengthen their skills in various subjects. The congregation has also purchased materials and has donated snacks for each day and books to give to the children, as well as books for the program.

Faith Presbyterian Church worked with Jim Henry of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton and Sarah Steenrod of First Presbyterian Church, Sidney, whose churches already have church-school partnerships, to help develop their own program. "Our connections to the Presbyterian churches in the Miami Valley have been a valuable resource to us in launching our new program.  We appreciate the materials and wisdom they shared with us."

David Hawley to lead a study of the Gospel of Matthew

The Rev. David Hawley will lead a study of the Gospel of Matthew in the Adult Lounge at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville,  Sunday afternoons April 12 through May 24, 2:30-4:00 P.M. David is a renowned Bible teacher whose creative insights make the Scriptures come alive! Everyone is invited to join him for this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in Christ.

2015 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont campersOnline registration is now open for 2015 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield.

Camps for all ages are available from June 6 through August 16 and include Grandparents Camp, Quilting Camps, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp, Camp Rejoice, Kids Camp, Adventure Camp, Sports Camp, Teen Camp, and Family Camping Weekend.

Camp schedule & registration>>

Save the Date: Spring Gathering May 16

Presbyterian Women of the Miami Valley will hold their Spring Gathering Saturday, May 16, 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville. This year's theme is "Presbyterian Women Then and Now." Look for more information as it becomes available.
An invitation to apply to be a  Presbyterian Panelist

Presbyterian PanelSince 1973, church leaders have turned to the Presbyterian Panel to learn more about the beliefs and practices of Presbyterians. By joining this list, you will be added to a group of people who are willing to answer occasional surveys that may help Presbyterian entities, congregations, and others make informed decisions and reach their goals.

It is important that the group of panelists we select represents Presbyterians as a whole. We are also interested in extending our panel to represent those in new worshiping communities, new immigrant fellowships, and new expressions of worship! All surveys will be available in English, Spanish, and Korean.

If you are selected to become a Presbyterian Panelist, you will be sent a welcome letter with further details. If you are not selected right away, Research Services will keep you on a list of potential Panelists for the future. You can unsubscribe from this list at any time.

Learn more about the Presbyterian Panel and apply>>
Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women June 18-21

PW Gathering 2015The 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held June 18-21, in Minneapolis, MN. The theme of the Gathering is "One Body, One Spirit," based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. As always, workshops, plenary sessions, worship, mission opportunities and all Gathering programming will explore the theme in the context of a diverse, faithful sisterhood.

"The Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women is a time to make and renew friendships, enrich our minds and souls and engage in new ways to live out our PW Purpose through mission opportunities, advocacy work and Bible study."

Learn more & get registration info>>
Big Tent in Knoxville July 30-August 1

Big TentBig Tent,  a conference that will inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally, will be held July 30-August 1 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

"Experience that deep sense of community one would expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians- a great big family reunion! Join us for a wide variety of workshops, all under one Big Tent... Join us for worship, bible study, displays of the PC(USA) agencies, and a wide variety of workshops and other activities. All are welcome!"

"Discover a Presbyterian Church (USA.) that is more exciting, more diverse, and more faithful than you ever imagined. Big Tent will inspire you and make you proud to be Presbyterian."

More info and registration>>

Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry April 28-May 1

Princeton Theological SeminaryPrinceton Theological Seminary will hold its 2015 Forum on Youth Ministry April 28-May 1 on the seminary's campus in Princeton, NJ. Engaging, reflective, and theologically substantive, the 2015 Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry will focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in youth ministry. The Brothers of Taize will lead worship in Princeton University Chapel, and an exciting cast of leaders will give lectures and offer classes. Renew your energy for ministry as you create vocational friendships, stretch your imagination, and give Sabbath to your soul.

Learn more and register>>

Regarding Ruling Elders

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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A guide to all things Presbyterian

Presbyterians Today’s new special issue and guidebook, Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!, is the perfect resource to give you a quick overview of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and what it means to be Presbyterian. It's an excellent resource for leadership training, new member classes, adult Sunday School, etc.

Find out more and order>>

NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry

NEXT ChurchNEXT 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. Get ministry resources>>

New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities

1001 Worshiping CommunitiesIn June 2012, the 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities in the next 10 years. 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. Learn more>>



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