A Symposium with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine on November 5

Amy-Jill LevineDo you preach, teach, or study the Gospel? If so, then this event is for you!

Presbytery of the Miami Valley will present a symposium with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, noted New Testament and Jewish Studies scholar, Thursday, November 5, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M., in the Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton.

Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of multiple books, including The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Dr. Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville (although she is often quite unorthodox!) and is also the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of this book.

Picture yourself sitting at a round table with your new complimentary copy of The Jewish Annotated New Testament (NRSV) in hand, as you and a room filled with Sunday School teachers, Christian Educators, Clergy, and other students of the Gospel from across the Presbytery of the Miami Valley are led through a 3-hour interactive symposium by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, as she helps us understand Jesus better by learning about his Jewish context, about Jews and Judaism.

There is no cost for the symposium; the cost of lunch ($5.00) will be payable at the door. Free parking and nursery care for infant through pre-K provided.

To register, email Tom Oxley at the Presbytery Office or call 937 258-8118. Space is limited, so register early.

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Catch the Building Spirit completes 23rd Habitat House build

Habitat House 2015Catch The Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian Churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 23rd house build together this summer.  Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable, Energy Star Certified home for a low-income family to own.

A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from Presbytery of the Miami Valley, which included Bath, Central, College Hill Community, Corinth, Fairmont, Fairborn First, Faith, Memorial: Dayton, Southminister, and Westminster: Dayton.  The churches provided meals, several hundred hours of volunteer labor, and over $13,000 in funding. Thanks for everyone’s support!

On September 19 a dedication was held for the new Habitat home built at at 34 E. Pease Avenue in West Carrollton for David and Christy Armstrong and their four children. The Armstong family has lived in the Dayton area for many years and was 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 2016 Presbyterian and Catholic build will again start on Memorial Day Weekend. Email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360 for more information.
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Two new adult classes in October

EducationTwo new adult education opportunities will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, beginning in September and October. The classes, which are sponsored by the Equipping for Ministry Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley and Southminster, are open to everyone.

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Sunday, September 27 and Sunday, October 11, 2:30-4:30 P.M. in the Adult Lounge at Southminster. The class will be taught by the Rev. Joe Hookey, Pastor Emeritus of Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford and Chair of the Leadership Council of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality: This class will meet in five sessions beginning Sunday, October 18 and concluding on Sunday, November 15, 2:30-4:00 P.M. in the Adult Lounge. The class will be taught by the Rev. Ray Merz, a retired United Methodist Church pastor who attends and frequently teaches classes at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton. The Rev. Dr. Chip Hardwick will be a guest presenter on November 15, and will address the areas of marriage and ordination. He is a Dayton area native, who serves as Director of Theological Formation and Evangelism for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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The Learning Resource Center at Southminster is now free for all PMV churches

LRC at SouthminsterThe Learning Resource Center (LRCS) at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, is now 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.-4:00 P.M. Monday-Thursday  and Sunday 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. For assistance, email Gay Amos anytime or call 937-433-1810 on Mondays.

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Confirmation Project Presentation October 21

Katie DouglassAre you planning confirmation?  Do you have sessions underway? Are you looking to refresh a program or gain ideas from others?

The Rev. Katie Douglass, Co-Director of The Confirmation Project, is coming to Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, for a lunch and learn session October 21, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. This event is designed for church leaders, parents, youth workers, and others. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from the research the Project is doing to develop best practices for strengthening discipleship in youth

The Confirmation Project seeks to learn the extent to which confirmation and equivalent practices are effective for strengthening discipleship in youth in five Protestant denominations in North America, including the PC(USA).

The cost is $ 20.00 per person (includes lunch) or $ 45.00 for three from the same church.

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Ecumenical Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day November 13

An Ecumenical Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day will be held November 13, 8:00 A.M.-3:30 P.M., at First Baptist Church, downtown Dayton. This event is being supported by the Synod of the Covenant, Presbytery of the Miami Valley, Presbyterian Women, and a host of Interfaith and Civic Partners. Presenters include the Rev. Mark Koenig, Director of the Presbyterian Mission Office at the United Nations in New York. The event organizing committee is chaired by Marvella Lambright, Ruling Elder, College Hill Community Presbyterian Church.

The cost of the event is $10 for individuals and includes lunch. Church group discounts are available. Register by November 6.

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POAMN/ARMSS Joint Conference October 13-16

POAMN"The Spirit Sustains: Purpose, Call, Mission, & Ministry" is the theme of the joint conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) and the Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors (ARMSS), to be held October 13-16 at the Crowne Plaza, Albuquerque NM. POAMN offers partial scholarships to attend the conference. Both first time attendee and small church scholarships are available.

POAMN is a network of persons who are engaged in ministry with older adults. These people work in presbyteries and synods, they are leaders in congregations, and some serve in specialized ministries such as chaplains in care facilities and presbytery staff who are involved with older adult ministry committees.

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Black Theology and Pastor Care Retreat October 18-21

Black Theology RetreatThe Irvin Moxley Black Theology and Pastor Care Retreat will be held October 18-21 at the Quaker Hill Conference Center, Richmond, IN. The event is hosted by the Synod of the Covenant.

The theme of this year's retreat is Saving the Soul of America: Ethical Dreams of Racial Justice and will be facilitated by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC.

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Allan Boesak to speak in Cincinnati in November

Allan BoesakDr. Allan Aubrey Boesak, Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN, will speak at Knox Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, on November 14-15. Dr. Boesak will present a lecture on Saturday, November 14, 10:00-11:30 A.M. and will preach at both worship services on Sunday, November 15, 9:15 and 11:00 A.M.

Dr. Boesak was one of South Africa’s leading anti-apartheid activists, leader of the World Alliance of Churches, and patron of the United Democratic Front (UDF). He was a friend and adviser to Nelson Mandela. Although he has retired from active party politics, Dr. Boesak still is deeply and passionately involved in global struggles for human rights, social, economic and ecological justice, gender and sexual justice across the world.

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Healthy Congregations, Mediation Skills training events in Toledo

Lombard Peace CenterThe Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is bringing two training events for church leaders to Toledo. The first, which will be on November 13-14 at Grace Lutheran Church, is the Healthy Congregations workshop, which uses family systems theory for teaching healthy functioning in churches in face of anxiety and negative, reactive forces. A discount is available for groups of four or more from the same congregation.

The second event will be the Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders(MSTI), a five-day institute of hands-on training, providing mediation training for clergy and church leaders.  It is ideal for training members of a judicatory mediation team and other leaders who work with committees, candidates for ministry, and churches. This MSTI will be during the week of May 9-13, 2016, also at Grace Lutheran Church, Toledo. 

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Pray with Me workshop on November 1

Pray with Me, a workshop exploring ways and means of prayer or why one size doesn't fit all, will be presented by the Stephen Ministry of Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, Sunday, November 1, 2:15-4:30 P.M. Everyone is invited to attend this workshop, which will be held in the Christian Fellowship Center at the church. To register, email the church office or call 937-433-1810 by October 21.

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Training on immigration advocacy in November

The Office of Immigration Issues is sponsoring the first in a series of network trainings on immigration advocacy for leaders within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), November 3-7, at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. The training is designed for Presbyterians who are currently involved or have a strong interest in being involved in immigration advocacy. This training has space for 12 people, and Presbyterians who reside in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee in particular are encouraged to attend. The cost is $80 and includes housing and meals. For more information email Laura Polk, Manager for Advocacy, Office of Immigration Issues.


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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