Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 24
Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, will begin construction on this year’s house at the corner of Jordan Ave. and Greenwald Ave. in Dayton, on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and will run through May 30. Construction will continue throughout the summer.
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.
Around the Presbytery
MIDDLETOWN FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon Series
First Presbyterian Church, Middletown hosted a five-week Lenten Lunch series on the topic "How My Mind Has Changed". Five clergy from area churches inspired participants with their stories of faith and the challenges they had on their road to ministry. The luncheons were true ecumenical events with attendees from at least 10 different denominations filling Fellowship Hall, eating together as they celebrated their common faith in Jesus Christ.
Pictured are guest pastors Father John Civille (Holy Family Parish), Rev. John Wagner (First United Methodist Church), Pastor Roger Smith (Bethlehem Temple First Pentecostal Church) and Rev. Michelle Terry (Bethlehem Lutheran Church). ( Not pictured Rev. Elaine Caldbeck ( Church of the Ascension). The Rev. Gregory Gibson, Interim Pastor at FPC, hosted the series.
SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
5K race May 17 supports work in Rwanda
Everyone is invited to join the youth of Southminster Presbyterian Church as they host their second annual 5K race to support redevelopment work in Rwanda in partnership with ARDR (Association Rwandaise pour le Developpement Rural) and ARDR Allies. The race will be held on Saturday May 17, 9:00 A.M.-noon at Sugarcreek Metropark, Bellbrook. For more information or to be a corporate sponsor email Megan Collins.
More info, register, donate>>
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, DAYTON
MADD Days August 4-8
MADD Days at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, a Music, Art, Dance & Drama Day Camp, will be held August 4- 8, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. at the church. The day camp is for children and youth from the Miami Valley and beyond completing grades 2-8.
"Love is What We All Can Do" is the theme for the 2014 camp. All campers will have the opportunity to discover how they can make a difference in the world around them by singing in choir, exploring Bible stories about the relationship between love and action, creating beautiful art, dancing and movement, drama, paying Orff instruments or hand bells, and daily recreation options that take advantage of our downtown Dayton location.
The cost is $75 per camper, which includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, as well as a t-shirt. For more information email MADD Days or call 937-223-7285.
Learn more & register>>
Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center
Online registration is now open for 2014 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield.
Camps for all ages are available from June 7 through September 1 and include Grandparents Camp, Quilting Camps, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp, Camp Rejoice, Kids Kamp, Adventure Camp, Sports Camps, Teen Adventure, Summer’s Last Blast, Adult Camping Weekend, and Family Camping Weekend.
Camp schedule & registration>>
One Great Hour of Sharing resources
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Most congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday, or both, while many receive it throughout Lent.
Bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, posters, worship resources, video, clip art, music, and more are available to churches free of charge.
Get OGHS resources>>
REGARDING RULING ELDERS
A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully
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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2014 Synod PW Gathering in July
Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Covenant will host Radical Hospitality, their 2014 Gathering. July 18-19 in Flint Township, MI. The 2014-15 Horizons Bible study, by Elizabeth Hinson Hasty, will be presented by author Janice Catron, and Mary Cook Jorgenson, Moderator of the PW Churchwide Coordinating Team will present a workshop about the spiritual discipline of hospitality. There is a discount for registrations received before June 15.
Download brochure/registration Download the PW newsletter
FREE Presbyterian Youth Book Club study guides
New recommended reads and study guides for youth groups engage young people in exploring their faith through fiction and fantasy. Presbyterian Youth Book Club study guides include bible study, discussion questions, community building, and a youth friendly flow. The guides are written by experienced youth ministry practitioners. Titles include Divergent (NEW), The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Diamonds in the Shadow, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, and Looking for Alaska.
Learn more & get the free guides>>
PC(USA) Daily Prayer app is now available for Android
The long anticipated Android version of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s highly successful Daily Prayer app is now available for download. Daily Prayer provides users with readings from the two-year Daily Lectionary along with a short prayer service that can be used by individuals or in groups.
Learn more and get the app>>
CWS Blankets program helps people around the world
For over 60 years the Church World Service Blankets program has been a special mission opportunity for all ages. Some 8,000 congregations and groups across the U.S. hold CWS Blankets events, providing funds to help people in need around the world. (In the United States alone, over 4500 blankets were distributed in 2013 to respond to the wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes as well as to those who are economically disadvantaged.) CWS Blankets provides emergency supplies in the wake of disaster, tools and seeds for farmers, wells for families living in drought prone areas, and literacy training and microcredit for women struggling to realize their potential.
Learn more, including how to host a Blankets Sunday at your church.
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.
Find out more and order>>
Faith in Our Music September 23-24
The Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, will hold Faith in Our Music: Many Voices, Diverse Chords, Common Hopes, September 23-25. This three-day conference will combine diverse worship experiences with interesting, relevant workshops to help pastors, musicians, worship committees, and anyone who loves music to experience the wide varieties of music available to us in worship. The conference will feature John Bell from the Iona Community in Scotland; Warren Cooper, who writes and performs sacred jazz music; and Amanda Powell, whose specialty is global music.
Learn more and register>>
Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality November 3-5
The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, will offer “Small Churches: Adventures in Vitality” as part of its innovative programs focusing on church leadership. This program is for leaders of churches with fewer than 150 members. This energetic and creative learning event will take place at the Center for Lifelong Learning on November 3-5.
More info & registration>>
NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT 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
In 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>>