Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 25

Habitat House 2019Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will begin construction on this year's house at 203 West Pease Avenue, West Carrollton. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built: framing, siding, roofing, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 25, and will run through May 31. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.

The house, which is being built for Jeremy Evans and Tiffany Reynolds and their three children, is two stories, five bedrooms, two baths, with special accommodation for wheelchair access for one of the children who suffers from spina bifida.

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.

Help build wall panels on Saturday, May 18, at Southminster

Habitat wall buildEveryone is invited, young and old, youth groups, families, etc. to come nail together wall panels to be used in Catch the Building Spirit's Habitat house build this year. The lumber will be on site and all you have to do is show up at the appointed time. You can bring your own hammer and nail apron or they will be provided for you. 

The wall build will take place Saturday, May 18, 8:00 A.M.-2:30 P.M., at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Far Hills Ave., Centerville. Construction will take place in the parking lot behind the church. It is not necessary to work the entire shift to participate.

Learn more & sign up to participate>>

Habitat FUNdraiser on May 3

A Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party to support Catch the Building Spirit will be held Friday, May 3, 6:15 P.M. at the Moraine Country Club, 4075 Southern Blvd. This special fundraiser will include a Mexican buffet, silent auction, entertainment, and free valet parking. The cost is $40 per person. The event is sponsored by Westminster (Dayton) Presbyterian Women.

RSVP by April 26>>

Around the Presbytery

Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

Joys and ConcernsEach Sunday on our Presbytery of the Miami Valley calendar we hold up one of our mighty 49 churches in prayer. It is part of our covenant that we pray for each other.

Presbytery's Leadership Council periodically shares joys and concerns about each of our churches that can be lifted up in prayer. 

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Pentecost Offering on June 9 helps young people

Pentecost OfferingThe Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost, this year on June 9. It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40% of the offering to support ministries benefiting these age groups in their communities.

The General Assembly's portion (60%) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $14 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

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New FCC regulations affect church wireless sound systems

Wireless MicrophoneIf your church has a wireless sound system, the following may be important information:

The wireless sound systems many churches use operate on several different frequencies (bandwidths) which are controlled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Due to changes in demand, the FCC has repurposed much of the 600 MHz (megahertz) bandwidth for other wireless services. Thus, it is no longer available for wireless microphones.

Specifically, this change applies to the 614-698 MHz frequencies.  All wireless microphone sound systems must cease using these frequencies no later than July 13, 2020 and may be required to cease operation sooner if they cause interference to the new wireless licensees when commercial use is initiated on these frequencies.

If your church is using any wireless microphones in this frequency range, you need to consider replacing them as soon as possible.  You can determine the frequency of each microphone by looking at the nameplate on the wireless receiver or on the microphone itself, usually in the battery compartment.

Read additional technical information from the FCC or contact your sound system supplier.

Summer Opportunities

Covenant Gathering July 7-12 in Rochester, IN

Covenant GatheringThe annual Covenant Gathering, to be held July 7-12 at the Geneva Center, Rochester, IN., is a week of learning, laughter, and worship presented by members and churches of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Synod of the Covenant, and Synod of Lincoln Trails. Locally, Covenant Gathering is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Join other Christians for Covenant Gathering 2019 at beautiful Geneva Retreat, Camp and Conference Center in the rolling hills of north central Indiana as we share amazing "What If" possibilities of faith in God's Kingdom. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference, a little bit vacation, with facilities for all abilities!

Adult classes include what God calls us to be and do, church revitalization, sharing our abundance, the Presbyterian journey, art journaling, and Jesus across boundaries. Children and youth have age appropriate educational and fun activities. The whole community worships together and enjoys delicious meals, evening programs, and afternoon options on many topics.

Learn more and register>>

 Synod PW Gathering July 12-13 in Columbus

Synod PW GatheringThe Presbyterian Women in the Synod of he Covenant will hold their 2019 Gathering July 12-13 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd., Columbus, OH. This year's theme is "What Does the Lord Require of You?"

Keynoters include Eugenia Gamble, author of the 2019-20 Horizons Bible Study, Diane Moffett, Presbyterian Mission Agency president and executive director, and Carol Winkler, former Moderator of
Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Learn more and register>>

Apply to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for 2019

YADsYoung Adult Volunteers The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 20 sites around the world and in the United States.
YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.

Applications are open for 2019 placements.

Learn more about the YAV Program and apply>>

Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at the Weber Conference Center, Adrian, MI, March 21-23.

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

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 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.

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Initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities

1001 Worshiping CommunitiesThe 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.

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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.

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