Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 28

Habitat House 2016Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, now in its 24rd year, will begin construction on this year's house at 6860 Shadow Brook Drive, Trotwood. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built; walls, siding, roof, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 28, and will run through June 3. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.

If your church is interested in participating with labor, hospitality, or financing, please email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit or call 937-429-0360. You may also sign up directly at the Dayton Ohio Habitat website and receive email information on the upcoming build.

Learn more about Catch the Building Spirit>>

Installation Service for Kevin Lawler on May 15

Kevin LawlerThe Presbytery of the Miami Valley invites you to the service to install Teaching Elder Kevin Lawler as Pastor of the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church in Belle Center, on Sunday, May 15, at 3:00 P.M.

The service will be at the church, located at 202 Walnut Street, Belle Center. A reception will follow the service.

The opportunity to welcome Teaching Elders among us in shared ministry is a sacred time for our presbytery. It is one important way to celebrate God's work through the faithful mission and ministry of our churches.

We hope you can be part of this important covenant event on May 15.

Directions to the church>>

Around the Presbytery

Stewards of Children Training May 9

Stewards of Children, a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, will be held Monday, May 9, 6:30-8:30 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church, Middletown. Church leaders, volunteers, parents, grandparents, and community members are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Learn the facts about Childhood Sexual Abuse and how you can help prevent it.

"Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.

"This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know and care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It's going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not - unless you stop it from happening. And the good news is, it can be stopped."

More info and registration>>


Jesus Christ Movie Star: A Film and Faith Workshop May 22

Jesus Christ Movie StarA workshop led by local author Dr. Edward McNulty, based on his book, Jesus Christ Movie Star, will be held Sunday, May 22,  1:30 P.M. at Sugar Creek Presbyterian Church, Kettering. All who read the Gospels and enjoy movies will find the session interesting, helpful (especially if they teach or lead groups), and even inspiring.

The workshop will take a hard look at some of the major films produced in Hollywood and Europe dealing with the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth, including the one scheduled to open May 13 at local theaters, Last Days in the Desert, starring Ewan McGregor. This film, the third Jesus film to be released this year, should prove to be an unusual one in that the star plays not only Jesus, but the Devil as well.

The cost of the 2 1/4 hour workshop is $25 for those registering by May 16, and $30 afterward. The fee includes a copy of the book. The book explores and provides discussion questions for 12 films plus a survey of Jesus films through 2015.

Churches and groups are welcome to bring additional members, the fee (without a book) being $10 a person. The participants can then form the core of a film group back at their own church. Participants will receive enough ideas and material for a year of good viewing and exploration of theological and moral issues.

Dr. McNulty, who earned his Doctor of Ministry in art, film and theology at Dayton’s United Theological Seminary, is a nationally known author,  speaker and workshop leader, as well as a weekly film reviewer. He and his wife Sandra recently moved back to the Dayton area where during the 90s he pastored a Presbyterian church and founded his film and theology journal Visual Parables.

More info and registration>>

Douglas Tilton, PC(USA) Mission Co-worker, to speak on August 7

Doug TiltonDouglas Tilton, a Presbyterian Church (USA) mission co-worker, will be visiting the Presbytery of the Miami Valley August 4-10. Doug is the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for Southern Africa and works with global partners in South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar around World Mission’s three critical global initiatives in poverty alleviation, evangelism and reconciliation.

Doug will be speaking at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton on Sunday, August 7.  He would welcome invitations to visit other congregations in the Presbytery during his stay to share more information about what God is doing through the PC(USA) and its partners in Southern Africa. He is happy to meet with mission committees, men’s or women’s organizations, Bible study groups, or to do a presentation at a luncheon or supper gathering.  To invite Doug, please contact him directly at 317-712-1237.

More information about Doug>>

Pentecost Offering helps young people

Pentecost OfferingThe Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost, this year on May 15. It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40% of the Offering to support ministries benefiting these age groups in their communities.

The General Assembly's portion (60%) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $8 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

Learn more & get promotional resources>>

Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center

Kirkmont Summer CampRegistration is now open for 2016 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield.

Camps for all ages are available from June 11 through August 14 and include:

You and Me Camp, Quilting Camps, Beginners Camps, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp, Robotics Camp, Camp Rejoice, Sports Camp, Service Camp, Kids Camp, Adventure Camp, 2 Week Camp, and Family Camping Weekend.

Camp schedule & registration>>

One in the Spirit: Covenant Gathering July 3-8

Covenant GatheringThe annual Covenant Gathering will be held July 3-8 at the Michindoh Conference Center, Hillsdale, MI, near the  Ohio, Indiana and Michigan border. Join Christian friends from Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails- and beyond.

"You can learn about what the Bible says about one spirit, how to nurture children’s spirituality (and your own), the real story behind the issues between science and scripture. You’ll find ways to make your backyard into a spiritual and sustaining habitat, how in touch with sacred stories, and deepen your understanding of communion through other traditions.

"Children and youth will be exploring their places in the world God created in age-appropriate classes with experienced, seasoned teachers. Everyone can enjoy the trails, lake, water slide, and water sports at Michindoh!"

Learn more and register>>
Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 19-23

Youth TrienniumRegistration is now open for youth completing grades 8-12, who are active members of a local church, to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium July 19-23 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. The Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation will consist of 20 youth and 4 adult advisors.

The registration cost is $505.00 per person. Presbytery will cover one-third of the cost and provide transportation. Sending congregations and participants are each expected to pay $170.00.

To apply to be a part of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation to Triennium youth must receive the spiritual and financial support of their home church and be recommended by their pastor, youth director, or Clerk of Session.

Registration information>>

One Church, Many Voices  

One Church, Many VoicesPresbyterians Today's new blog, One Church, Many Voices, is a forum that welcomes Presbyterians of all stripes to share their ideas and their passions—all aimed at shining a light on the path to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. Contributors include the Rev. Ben Beres, pastor of Huntsville Presbyterian Church, Huntsville.

"This blog is a safe and holy place for reflection and growth. Here you’ll find writing, art, videos, and podcasts. Some of it is bilingual. Some are collaborative projects inviting grassroots voices to speak lovingly but honestly on difficult topics of disagreement. Much of it pushes the boundaries of what passes for conversation in the church and will, we hope, inspire us to dream bigger when it comes to the gospel. Some pieces will no doubt have you nodding vigorously in agreement, while others may make you squirm a little or even get you a bit hot under the collar."

Explore One Church, Many Voices >>


Preservation Grants for Churches to help digitalize records

HPGTo assist congregations with the preservation of church records, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to PC(USA) congregations, covering up to $500 of the cost to digitize official records. To qualify,  a church must be a PC(USA) congregation of 250 members or less, be at least 50 years old, be interested in the preservation of its history, and be looking for financial assistance to digitize church records.

Applications are due on October 31. Grants must be used within a two year time period.

Learn more and apply>>

Mediation Skills Training Institute in Toledo
in May

Lombard Peace Center

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will offer a Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) May 9-13 at Grace Lutheran Church, Toledo. This is a five-day institute of hands-on training, providing mediation training for clergy and church leaders.  MSTI is ideal for training members of a judicatory mediation team and other leaders who work with committees, candidates for ministry, and churches.

Learn more about this event and register>>

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 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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