Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean on January 15

Kenda Creasy DeanDr. Kenda Creasy Dean will speak at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, on Sunday, January 15, 2017, 6:00-8:00 P.M. (a simple dinner included). This program is for all PMV Youth Groups, Youth Advisors and their friends. The event, co-sponsored by Presbytery of the Miami Valley and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, is a part of a series bringing top theologians to the presbytery.

Dr. Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of many books on youth and the church.

Her topic will be "Mission Possible:  How the Start-Up Generation Is Changing the Way We Do Church." Bring your best hare-brained idea to make the world better, find out how to make it work, and how God might even be using your idea as a ministry-in-the-making. More than half of young people say they want to be part of a “start up” (one in three already have already started an entrepreneurial venture or nonprofit on the side). This workshop will introduce you to some churches that serve as “incubators” for missional entrepreneurship for young people, and show you how your church can help you launch your entrepreneurial idea, without losing your soul (or your shirt).

A donation from each youth group attending to help defray the cost of the meal would be appreciated. Please email Nancy Hodgkins, with approximate number you will be bringing from your church.

Networks News

Assistance for presbytery networks, members, and churches

The Networks Support and Grants Committee (NS&G) of Presbytery of the Miami Valley establishes, monitors, maintains criteria, and reviews annually each Designated Network within the presbytery. It also approves new networks and establishes, monitors and maintains criteria for Network financial support. In addition, NS&G also administers grants from the Northminster Fund and the Peacemaking Fund. Any Presbytery matching grants from General Assembly and/or the Synod are provided oversight, as well as are all outside source grants for Designated Networks. The Network financial support is provided through the annual budget voted by Presbytery.

NG&S has financially supported and overseen Designated Presbytery Networks, financially helped individual members of PMV churches to attend conferences through scholarship assistance, and provided financial assistance for a number of mission projects in various PMV churches.

Read more about what Networks Support and Grants has done to help networks, members, and churches of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Around the Presbytery

Advent Through Movies in December

West Side StoryBellbrook Presbyterian Church, Bellbrook, invites everyone in the presbytery to explore Advent Through Movies this December. This two-part film series, December 11 and 18 at 2:00 P.M., will explore films  which are embedded with Advent and other theological themes, even though the films are not "religious" or "faith based" works.

Shown in the church sanctuary, the films will be introduced by film critic Dr. Edward McNulty, whose reviews have appeared in numerous secular, Catholic, and Protestant newspapers and journals around the country. He will also lead the discussion following each showing. Dr. McNulty has been connecting films and the Bible for over 40 years, and teaching others to do so at workshops around the U.S.A. and Canada.

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Free Jazz Band Holiday Concert December 12

The Xenia High School Jazz Band will perform a holiday concert on Sunday, December 11, 3:00 P.M., at Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Xenia.  The concert, which will be held in the church Fellowship Hall, will feature an afternoon of upbeat Christmas music. There is no charge for this performance, however, those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the FISH Food Pantry to supplement the extra demands the pantry experiences during the holiday season.  Please call  937-376-9461 if you have questions.

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.

2017 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont Summer CampRegistration is now open for 2017 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield.

Camps for all ages are available from June 10 through August 13 and include:

You and Me Camp, Quilting Camp, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp (with Robotics, Sports, Science, Art, and Music tracks) Camp Rejoice, Kids Camp, Adventure/Sports/Discovery Camps, Two Week Camp, and Family Camping Weekend.

A discount will be applied for registrations received before January 1, 2017.

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NEXT Church National Gathering March 13-15

NEXT ChurchNEXT Church will hold its National Gathering March 13-15 in Kansas City, MO. The theme for the 2017 National Gathering is “Wells & Walls: Well-Being in a Thirsty World.”

NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful and more agile. The network provides hopeful space for robust conversations about the theology, culture, and the practice of ministry, to serve as a catalyst for new mission callings, and to support strong leadership in a time of adaptive change.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly met November 4-5 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Toledo. Read Synod Assembly Highlights.

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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A guide to all things Presbyterian

Presbyterians Today’s 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 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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