The Third Thirty Network: A Ministry for Older Adults

Older AdultsThe Network Support Committee recently agreed to the formation of a new Network that addresses a topic that affects us all whether we like it or not. Known as “The Third Thirty” network, the aim is to educate, inspire and prepare us all for the inevitable challenges as we get older and specifically approach or surpass “The big 60”.  Additionally, many of us in our ‘50’s and ‘60s are either caregivers or actively involved in the parenting of our parents who are typically in their ‘80s and ‘90s. Started at Bath Church two years ago, the “Third Thirty” is run along the lines of a discussion group within an individual church.  There is no rigid syllabus but there are topic areas for discussion and enlightenment. Most of the education comes from the participants themselves who share their experiences, their concerns, and gather courage, strength and encouragement from each other. Expert, guest speakers are also utilized where appropriate or so desired.

The instigator of the network, Chris Pomfret at Bath Presbyterian Church, Dayton, is supported by Stan Aultz from Sugarcreek Presbyterian Church, Kettering. Chris’s desire is to emulate what was started at Bath and help other churches in our Presbytery to start their own “Third Thirty” group. Chris has an introductory presentation and outlines for topics to discuss, so if you want an initial meeting with a group within your church, then Chris and Stan will be pleased to come and meet with you. Chris also envisions having Third Thirty groups come together occasionally during the year so that specific successes experienced by groups can be shared with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ as well as bringing in a special speaker. If you want to know more about the Third Thirty Network please contact Chris at 937-545-6667 or by email.  

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Vacation Bible School in the presbytery

VBSSummer is here, and it's time for Vacation Bible School! Presbytery of the Miami Valley has a listing of VBS opportunities 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.

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Around the Presbytery

Outdoor Labyrinth is open to anyone in the presbytery

The Labyrinth at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Xenia, is a 4-circuit labyrinth cut into a field of native grasses and wildflowers. Interpretative brochures are available with suggested meditations. Facilitated labyrinth walks are also available.  The labyrinth is open to anyone in the presbytery. For more information email Katie Young.

Golf Tournament on July 29 supports mentoring and development of youth

College Hill Community Presbyterian Church, Dayton, in partnership with St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Trotwood, will sponsor a golf tournament July 29 at Meadowbrook Golf Club at Clayton, Clayton. The tournament is open to everyone, with proceeds supporting mentoring and development of youth at College Hill and St. Margaret's. This year the Presbyterian Men's Group at College Hill has supported the Thurgood Marshall High School wrestling team and students completing science fair projects.

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Douglas Tilton, PC(USA) Mission Co-worker, to speak on August 7

Doug TiltonDouglas Tilton, a Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-worker, will be visiting the Presbytery of the Miami Valley August 4-10. Doug is the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for Southern Africa and works with global partners in South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar around World Mission’s three critical global initiatives in poverty alleviation, evangelism and reconciliation.

Doug will be speaking at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton on Sunday, August 7.  He would welcome invitations to visit other congregations in the Presbytery during his stay to share more information about what God is doing through the PC(USA) and its partners in Southern Africa. He is happy to meet with mission committees, men’s or women’s organizations, Bible study groups, or to do a presentation at a luncheon or supper gathering.  To invite Doug, please contact him directly at 317-712-1237.

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Joint POAMN/ARMSS Conference October 11-14

POAMNUnified under a theme inspired by John 13:34-35, Christian Discipleship: People of the Spirit, People of Hope, the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) and the Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses, or Survivors (ARMSS) will co-sponsor a national conference for persons engaged in ministry with older adults from October 11-14 in Richmond, Virginia.
Conference participants will have a unique opportunity to engage in fellowship, networking, sharing resources, interactive and participatory workshops, creative worship, recreation, mission tours, entertainment, and an inspiring keynote address by the Rev. Dr. John Carroll of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Other key leaders include the Rev. Tom Tickner, minister of Spiritual Life at Grace Presbyterian Village, Dallas, worship leader; and David McCollum, minister of music at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock, N.C., music leader.

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Annual Gathering of Presbyterian Women of PMV

The Annual Gathering of Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley will be held August 13, 8:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M., at Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Xenia. Contact Marvella Lambright at  937-951-3008 if you have questions.
Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarships

College StudentsScholarships for Racial Ethnic College Students: For college, university and seminary students who are minority persons, members of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant, and in good academic standing. Scholarships are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Apply by September 1.

New Covenant Grants: One-time grants in amounts up to $10,000 are available to congregations, institutions and organizations within the bounds of the synod that have formal established ties to the synod. Projects must fit within the three mission priorities of the synod: Church Transformation and Development, Multicultural and Justice Ministries, Ministries in Higher Education. Apply by October 1.

Program Grants for Racial Ethnic Congregations: For racial ethnic and multicultural Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant. Grants are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Ordinarily, grants do not exceed $3000. Apply by October 1.

Peacemaking Scholarships: Available to assist those attending specific peacemaking events or trainings that would help further the cause of peacemaking or justice within the Synod of the Covenant. The scholarship is for up to $500. Apply by September 1.

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One Church, Many Voices  

One Church, Many VoicesPresbyterians Today's new blog, One Church, Many Voices, is a forum that welcomes Presbyterians of all stripes to share their ideas and their passions—all aimed at shining a light on the path to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. Contributors include the Rev. Ben Beres, pastor of Huntsville Presbyterian Church, Huntsville.

"This blog is a safe and holy place for reflection and growth. Here you’ll find writing, art, videos, and podcasts. Some of it is bilingual. Some are collaborative projects inviting grassroots voices to speak lovingly but honestly on difficult topics of disagreement. Much of it pushes the boundaries of what passes for conversation in the church and will, we hope, inspire us to dream bigger when it comes to the gospel. Some pieces will no doubt have you nodding vigorously in agreement, while others may make you squirm a little or even get you a bit hot under the collar."

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Preservation Grants for Churches to help digitalize records

HPGTo assist congregations with the preservation of church records, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official records. To qualify,  a church must be a PC(USA) congregation of 250 members or less, be at least 50 years old, be interested in the preservation of its history, and be looking for financial assistance to digitize church records.

Applications are due on October 31. Grants must be used within a two year time period.

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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.

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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. Get ministry resources>>

New 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. 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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