PC(USA) Co-Moderator to preach, then hold an open discussion

Denise Anderson & Jan Edmiston
PC(USA) Co-Moderators
Denise Anderson (l)
and Jan Edmiston

The Presbytery of the Miami Valley is delighted to announce that the Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will preach at the stated presbytery meeting on Saturday, February 11, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 North Wilkinson Street, Dayton. The meeting begins at 9:00 A.M. in the sanctuary at Westminster, and is expected to conclude by 12:30 P.M.

Following the meeting and lunch, the Co-Moderator will also hold an open discussion session starting at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 11, in the church's fellowship hall. Jan will speak, followed by questions and discussion. All are invited to attend the presbytery meeting and the subsequent open discussion session, or come to either event.

Anyone wishing to have lunch between the presbytery meeting and the discussion session must RSVP to Tom Oxley at 937-258-8118 or email by Friday, February 3.

The Rev. Jan Edmiston was born, raised, and educated in Chapel Hill, NC, where she grew up in the University Presbyterian Church. She attended Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament, having received a call to serve as pastor of the Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke, New York. Rev. Edmiston and her husband, the Rev. Fred Lyon, moved to National Capital Presbytery in 1989 to serve as Designated Co-Pastors of Fairlington Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA. She served the congregation for twenty-two years before moving with her husband to Chicago where he accepted a call in Flossmoor, Illinois. She currently serves as Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry at the Presbytery of Chicago.

Edmiston contributes to her blog, A Church for Starving Artists. She was also a regular contributor for Homiletics Magazine and the Alban Institute’s Congregations magazine. Throughout her parish ministry years, Edmiston served as moderator of the social justice committee (Albany Presbytery) and personnel committee (National Capital Presbytery), as well as taking leadership roles in the areas of church revitalization, new church development, and presbytery council in both presbyteries.

Colombian pastor brings ideas on youth ministries,
Colombian peace process to the Miami Valley

Angélica Munera CerveraRev. Angélica Munera Cervera, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cartagena, Colombia, will offer varied and unique perspectives on faith and service in her church and country during a three-week stay in the Presbytery of the Miami Valley that begins January 26 and continues to February 16.

Rev. Munera Cervera will speak on the involvement and responses of her country’s faith communities to the Colombian peace process and recent accords during a presentation on Thursday, February 9, 7:00 P.M. at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Avenue, Kettering.  All are invited to this open, public discussion.

The Presbyterian Church of Cartagena has a vibrant ministry with youth in the church and surrounding community, centered on a youth praise band called MAJUP that is gaining notice throughout the country of Colombia. Rev. Munera Cervera will offer an open presentation on MAJUP and her church’s commitment to the at-risk community around it following the morning worship service at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Springboro, Sunday, February 5. She will also preach at that service, which begins at 10:00 A.M. The church is located at 415 North Main Street, Springboro.  

Rev. Munera Cervera will preach at the College Hill Community Presbyterian Church, 1547 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, on Sunday, January 29. The service begins at 10:30 A.M. and the public is welcome.

Her itinerary in the area includes speaking with church youth groups and with local church and community leaders, participating in the February 11 stated meeting of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, and joining with others to develop plans for deepening collaborations with the presbytery and its churches. Rev. Munera Cervera’s visit is sponsored by College Hill Community Presbyterian Church, the sister church of the Cartagena church she serves; by the Colombia Partnership Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, which has a long-standing partner relationship with the Presbiterio de la Costa in Colombia that includes Cartagena; by the Presbytery of Detroit; and by other cooperating churches.

For more information about the visit, email Larry Hollar or call 937-643-3168.

Networks News

Commuter Core Godly Play Training in February, March, and 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 beginning in February and continuing in March and April. 

The trainer is Deb Egloff, Children’s Ministry Pastor at Christ United Methodist, Kettering, who is a certified Godly Play instructor. The courses are $155 each:

Sacred Stories: Saturday, February 11, 8:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Growing as God’s People: Sacred Stories & Supporting the Circle of Children
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Parables: Saturday, March 4, 8:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Engaging God’s Playful Word: Parables & Honoring the Spirituality of the Child
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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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Each course is part of a series of three commuter core training modules. Participation in the three modules constitutes Core Training Certification. You must register separately for each module. 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.)

Scholarships will be available for those who are members of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley and are registered for all three courses. Amounts will be determined by the number of applicants.  Please email requests or questions to Erin Dickerson, Children's Educator at Southminster, or call her at 937-433-1810.  

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.

More info and registration>>

Around the Presbytery

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 31, 2017.

Camp schedule & registration>>
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

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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.

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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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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