Christmas Blessings

The Christmas Joy Offering

Christmas Joy OfferingThe Christmas Joy Offering, a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s, helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools. The Offering distributes gifts 50/50 to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

The Christmas Joy Offering is received during the Advent Season, traditionally on the Sunday before Christmas, this year on December 21. Downloadable resources are available, including a Leaders Guide, Minutes for Mission, and Bulletin Inserts.

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Consider Electronic Funds Transfer for your church in 2015

EFTPresbytery of the Miami Valley's electronic funds transfer option is a safe, easy, and convenient way for churches to make their regular contributions to presbytery and other denominational bodies, as well as special offerings. Contributions can now be transferred through our secure site from your church checking or savings account to presbytery's account.

Our free electronic giving program offers convenience for churches in making recurring or one-time donations. Church treasurers or other designated financial officials can also create an online profile to easily save their church's donation information for future use.

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Four Chaplains Sunday February 1

Four ChaplainsPresbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel (PCCMP) is inviting churches to consider taking up the Four Chaplains special offering for the pastoral care of our military chaplains on Sunday, February 1. All funds raised during this appeal will go only for the care of chaplains and their families, those who are on the frontlines of caring for our military members and veterans.

About the Four Chaplains: In 1943 four U.S. chaplains aboard the torpedoed and sinking United States Army Transport Dorchester organized an orderly evacuation of the ship. When life jackets ran out, the chaplains removed their own and gave them to others, sacrificing their own lives to help.

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Apply for a Congregational Leadership Award

Union Presbyterian SeminaryUnion Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, is offering eight Congregational Leadership Awards. Each of the eight awards carries a $1,000 prize to support a congregation in its ministry. Since 1991, 110 churches in 29 states have received these awards.

Click here to download a brochure and application. The application deadline for the 2015 Awards is February 15.
BOP pre-retirement and financial planning seminars in February

Board UniversityBoard University, the educational program of the Board of Pensions, will partner with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to offer two free education seminars in February 2015 at the seminary campus in Louisville, KY.

Growing into Tomorrow…Today (pre-retirement planning for lay and clergy members) will be held February 19-20. This free two-day seminar is for plan members and their guests who plan to retire within the next fifteen years.

Getting in Shape Fiscally (financial planning for lay and clergy members and seminarians) will be held February 21. It’s an introduction to Board seminars and general financial planning.

Seating is limited. Register no later than January 23, 2015.

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A new book by Megan Collins

The Rev. Megan Collins has written a new book titled Drunk Toddlers and In-laws: Finding God in the Everyday. "In our everyday lives, we are faced with constant choices... What if these choices are exactly where God is at work? Each chapter examines a different choice we make, and connects it to both real life experiences and the testimony of a person in the Bible..."

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NAPC Triennium April 16-19

The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen (NAPC) will hold its Triennium April 16-19 at the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, Little Rock, AR. NAPC "seeks to affirm, nurture, and sustain all Presbyterian clergywomen." Active membership is open to  ordained female Teaching Elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly met at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, OH, on November 7-8.

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An affordable way for churches to purchase the new Presbyterian hymnal

Glory to GodTo make purchasing the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, more affordable for congregations, interest-free payment plans are available. Place your order of 100+ copies of the pew edition and pay 25% when you order. Hymnals will ship as soon as your order is received. Receive an invoice with due dates for the remaining balances and freight charges split into three equal additional payments due every three months.

To take advantage of this offer, call a customer service operator at 800-533-4371.  Offer expires December 31, 2014.

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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 CommunitiesIn June 2012, the 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities in the next 10 years. 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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