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Presbytery Spring Youth Retreat March 31 - April 2

Spring Youth RetreatThe annual Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat will be held March 31 - April 2 at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. This year's theme is "Finding Jesus Piece by Peace."

This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley and is for all youth grades 7-12 and their adult advisors.

This year's keynote speaker is Katie Douglass. Katie is an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and served as a Associate Minister for Youth at the American Protestant Church: An International Congregation in Bonn, Germany. She grew up Fairmont Presbyterian Church, Kettering, and holds a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the co-director of The Confirmation Project. Katie moved to Seattle a year ago with her husband, John, and three children, George, Paul, and Will.

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Commuter Core Godly Play Training concludes in April

Godly PlaySouthminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, and the Equipping for Ministry Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, will host Commuter Core Godly Play Training in April. 

The trainer is Deb Egloff, Children’s Ministry Pastor at Christ United Methodist, Kettering, who is a certified Godly Play instructor.

Liturgical Action: Saturday, April 1, 8:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Building Holy Rituals & Spaces: Liturgical Action & Creating Sacred Environments
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Lunch is included in your registration. (Note: When registering please make sure to enter the church's address in the attendee address field and include all attendee information.)

Please email to Erin Dickerson, Children's Educator at Southminster, or call her at 937-433-1810.  

An Active Workshop for Congregations on May 6 in Troy

• What is Leadership?
• What is the Purpose of Change?
• How are change and loss connected as issues leaders must address?
• What is vision? What is it for? How is vision cultivated?

Ken McFaydenChange is constant and unrelenting, and often seems to cause institutional paralysis, especially in the church. Too often, congregations find themselves drifting aimlessly through changing culture and society and ultimately longing for the “good ol’ days” of the past.

A one-day active workshop, Saturday, May 6, 8:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M., at First Presbyterian Church, Troy,  will explore an alternative to this aimless drifting, looking at ways of understanding ways of intentionally moving and working through change. The workshop is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Troy, and the presbytery’s Committee on Ministry.

The leader will be the Rev. Dr. Ken McFayden (left), Academic Dean, Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the author of Strategic Leadership for a Change. (While reading this book is not essential for participation, it can prove helpful. There will be a limited number of copies of the book available the day of the event.)

Participation in this workshop is limited only to Congregational Teams consisting of two or three members and the pastor. The only cost will be lunch (which will be around $7.00 per person).

Space is limited to around 15 to 18 congregations.

Reservations are required. Deadline for Reservations is May 1, 2017

Please email your reservations to Tom Oxley, including all the names of Team Members

Questions about this event? Email Hart Edmonds, Interim Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Troy.

One Great Hour of Sharing Resources

OGHSSince 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief for those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Most congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday, or both, while many receive it throughout Lent.

Bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, posters, worship resources, video, and resources for children are available to churches free of charge.

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Around the Presbytery

Letting Go and Downsizing April 23

Lori FirsdonIs it difficult to face the prospect of disposing of decades of accumulated "stuff"? Are your closets, attic basement, and garage full of items that have sentimental value to you and no one else? Do you have a friend or loved one who can't seem to face this challenge?

As part of its Third Thirty series, Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Xenia, in association with presbytery's Third Thirty Network, invites you to be a part of a special presentation on "Letting Go and Downsizing" Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 P.M. Lori Firsdon, a professional organizer, will offer practical tips and advice.

The program is free and open to everyone. Please contact the church office at 937-376-9461 if you plan to attend.

The Learning Resource Center: Free resources for all churches in our presbytery

LRCSThe Learning Resource Center (LRCS) at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, is open to all members or staff of the churches in the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. There are no fees required to use the materials .

Some of the resources are designed to help teach a class while some will be especially for individuals to use for study, devotions, or to read for enjoyment. There are many videos/DVD's, some with study guides for teaching and others for personal use. The collection has an extensive fiction and children's collection.

The LRCS is open for self-serve anytime the church is open, 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday. For assistance, email Gay Amos anytime or call 937-433-1810 on Mondays.

Host a mission partner from Indonesia in the fall

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2016 MUSA Partners

The Mission to the U.S.A. program links churches in the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio) with international church leaders, both clergy and lay leaders. Each Mission Partner is hosted by a congregation in the synod, joining in the life of church. As the Mission Partners and the congregations spend three weeks together, they share worship, Bible Study, pastoral care, many meals, and much more, they break down cultural barriers and truly become brothers and sisters in Christ.

The synod is beginning a new focus for the next three years (2017 to 2019). The theme is Muslim/Christian relationships in countries where the population has a Muslim majority. Mission Partners will be coming from Indonesia this year. Hosting dates for congregations are October 13 to November 3.

Applications for a congregation to host a mission partner in the fall are due by May 1.

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Benefits Connections gathering for employers March 28

Board of PensionsThe Board of Pensions of the PC(USA) will hold a one-day Benefits Connections gathering for employers March 28, 9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M., in Pittsburgh, PA. This event is one of ten regional gatherings to be held around the country to help employers learn about "theological values that shape the Benefits Plan, gain a better understanding of the plan and how best to use it for your church or organization, and learn new strategies for being the best employer you can be."

The program is designed for pastors, personnel committee chairs, business administrators, clerks of session, COM chairs, EPs, Stated Clerks, and others responsible for benefits decisions and managing benefits. Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend.

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Medical-Spirituality Conference April 27 in Dayton

The Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University will hold a Medical-Spirituality Conference, April 27, 8:45 A.M. - 4:45 P.M., at the Sinclair Conference Center, 301 W. Fourth St., Dayton. This year's theme is Pediatric Health and Healing: Exploring the Spiritual and Emotional Needs of Our Young Patients. Keynote addresses and break-out sessions around the theme will be featured.

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Covenant Gathering July 16-21

Covenant GatheringThe annual Covenant Gathering will be held July 16-21 at its new location, the Geneva Retreat and Conference Center, Rochester, Indiana. Join Christian friends from Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails and beyond.

"Discover and explore how we are blessed by God and how to share that blessing within your families, your churches, and the world. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference, a little bit vacation, with facilities for all abilities!!!

"Come learn, worship, relax, and refresh. Adult classes include options: Being Mortal; Big Bang Theory; Do Not Be Afraid! Bible study; Presenting God's Word in Speech, Drama and Song; Waking Up White; Social Media 101 for Churches.

"Children and Youth have age-appropriate educational and fun activities taught by experienced teachers and leader."

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7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality

Ageing & Spirituality ConferenceThe 7th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality will be held June 4-7 at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL. This year's conference theme is "Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Ageing Through Spirituality." The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) is sponsoring the Congregational Track at this year’s conference and two of the keynote speakers are well respected Presbyterian pastors, authors, speakers, and visionary leaders – the Rev. Dr. Eileen Linder and the Rev. Dr. John Buchannan.

Past International Conferences have attracted both those with academic interests and expertise in this discipline, as well as those with more practical experience through involvement in the aging service industry, in congregations, or as informal care partners. The Conferences include a mixture of keynote speakers, workshops and papers of interest to those coming from a faith-based approach and to those approaching spirituality from a secular viewpoint. The conference will address issues of how aging presents us with opportunities to navigate transitions over the life course. Additionally, it will explore how we transcend the mundane and connect with something greater than ourselves while being transformed in the process.

Chris Pomfret, POAMN Vice President and one of the founders of Presbytery of the Miami Valley's Third Thirty Network, encourages people from our presbytery to attend: "It is a wonderful opportunity for the presbyteries and congregations in Chicago and throughout Illinois and the Great Lakes Region to participate. This conference will go back overseas next year (where it originated) and may not return for many years, so we are especially pleased to be partnered with them this year."

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New Resource: 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.

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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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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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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.

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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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