Catch the Building Spirit completes 25th Habitat House

Habitat House 2017Catch the Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 25th house build together this summer.  Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable home for a low-income family in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from our presbytery: Bath, Central, College Hill Community, Corinth, Fairborn First, Fairmont, Faith, Dayton Memorial, Southminister, and Dayton Westminster.  The churches provided meals, many hours of volunteer labor, and over $14,000 in funding. Thanks for everyone’s support!

On September 16, 2017, the “Catch the Building Spirit” coalition dedicated the new Habitat home at 6725 Little Richmond Road in Trotwood for Sherelle Gabriel and their three children.  The Gabriel family has lived in the Dayton area for many years and were desperate for decent affordable housing.   After meeting all the requirements and putting in many extra hours of sweat equity, the family was elated to get their new home.

The 2018 Presbyterian and Catholic build will again start on Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360.

Around the Presbytery

Progressive Christian Campus Ministry

Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford, has launched its Progressive Christian Campus Ministry for college students. In this growing ministry, church members worship, eat, and pray with students from Miami University in an informal gathering where all are welcome.

Sleep Mats for the Homeless

Slifers Presbyterian Church, Farmersville, is beginning its second year of crocheting sleep mats for the homeless using recycled plastic grocery bags. Last year church members cut, looped, rolled, and crocheted mats that were distributed in Montgomery and Preble Counties.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to hurricanes and earthquake

Hurricane rescuePresbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the earthquake in Mexico.

Even as (PDA) began working toward recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes Irma and Maria followed shortly behind. PDA is working closely with presbyteries in Texas and Florida, and PDA is remaining in constant contact with PC(USA) leadership in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. It is still too early to send in National Response Team (NRT) members as the resources in Puerto Rico are already stretched too thin. Emergency grants are being issued and when it is safe and secure, and volunteers will not be creating an additional burden on the limited resources, the PDA's NRT of bi-lingual volunteers will be deployed to assist.  PDA is also responding in Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In Mexico, PDA is partnering with the Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches for emergency response and capacity building. PDA will also be working with ecumenical partners to support their recovery efforts.

PDA asks everyone to join them in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of these natural disasters.

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Rodger Nishioka to speak in our presbytery January 13-14

Rodger NishiokaThe Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka will speak at two events in January co-sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, and Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Both events will be held at Westminster and are free of charge.

- Saturday, January 13, 2:00-4:00 P.M. Presbytery-wide lecture/discussion with adults 
- Sunday January 14, 6:00-8:00 P.M. Youth event for all Presbyterian youth groups in our presbytery

Rodger Nishioka is an American preacher, seminary professor, and Christian educator. He currently serves as director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. He was previously the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary and was the national coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Nishioka is noted for his work with young people and his reputation as a popular keynoter at inter-denominational Christian youth conferences.
Bundles of new gifts generate big impact 

Giving CatalogThis year's Presbyterian Giving Catalog features a number of new gift items to support Presbyterian mission work in its various forms. Check out the online Catalog now and explore all the new ways you can make an impact in the lives of people in need around the world.  For example:

Help launch a successful farm with the new Farm Bundle. Imagine the delivery of chickens, goats, and other livestock, as well as seeds and tools, all to support an entire family or community. 

The new sewing machine and equipment can be just what someone needs to launch a business that mends, alters, and sells clothing and linens. 
Help our church respond to bullying and educate our youth and families on the dangers and warning signs of online harassment.

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NEXT Church National Gathering February 26-28 

NEXT ChurchThe NEXT Church National Gathering, to be held February 26-28 in Baltimore, MD, is filled with church leaders (pastors and lay people) sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas they are trying, and honest conversations about ministry today. Creative worship centers us around God’s presence. And multiple opportunities to engage in workshops and conversation about particular aspects of ministry foster new and deeper connections. This year's theme is "The Desert in Bloom"

Keynote speakers include David Leong, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he directs the Global and Urban Ministry program and Jonathan Walton is a social ethicist and scholar of American religions who joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in July 2010 and was appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church in 2012.

NEXT Church is a network of leaders- church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians and professors- 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.

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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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