Around the Presbytery
FAIRMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Community gathering about the opioid epidemic September 24
Where Can I Find Support? What Can I Do To Help?
Fairmont Presbyterian Church, Kettering, will host a community gathering on Sunday, September 24, 3:00-5:00 P.M., to share resources addressing the opioid epidemic in our community. Local law enforcement, recovery agencies, and faith leaders will share their insights and ideas.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Fairmont, Harmony Creek Church, and Thrivent Financial.
Call 937-229-3539 to sign up for the event. Free childcare provided with prior registration
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WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, DAYTON
Peace Literacy Dayton Film Forum October 2, 3, 4, 6
The Peace Literacy Dayton Film Forum - Breaking the Silence About Immigration, a local collaborative project between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will host four special screenings of two award-winning short documentaries, “Locked in a Box” and “To Breathe Free”, to call attention to the challenges and issues facing immigrants and refugees today.
The screenings of these two compelling films, free and open to the public, will be held:
Monday, October 2, 7:00 P.M. at Goodwill/Easter Seals, 660 S. Main St., Dayton, hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 P.M. at Fazl-i-Umar Mosque, hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at 637 Randolph St. Dayton.
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 P.M. hosted at Sinclair Community College Bldg. 7, Room 7-006. (includes refreshments prior to screening & panel discussion afterward.)
Friday, October 6, 6:00-7:00 P.M. hosted at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton. (includes a “Meet the Filmmaker” event, panel discussion and conversation)
GIVE, ACT, PRAY
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to Hurricane Irma
On September 6, Category 5 Hurricane Irma, packing winds of up to 185 mph, tore through the northern Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico and Florida. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has been in constant communication with communities in its path.
PDA has been in touch with the leadership of the Synod of Boriquen (Puerto Rico) and the Presbyteries of San Juan, Noroeste (Northwest) and Suroeste (Southwest) to share contact information and grant information.
PDA is also in touch with the Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network (FLAPDAN), which is a mutually agreed upon partnership between six presbyteries in Florida. This is a unique platform in which PDA can relate to all six presbyteries at once for disaster situational awareness.
PDA asks everyone to join them in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm.
Learn how you and your church can help>>
Peace and Global Witness Offering October 1
The PC(USA)'s Peace and Global Witness Offering (formerly the Peacemaking Offering) has been a source of relief and encouragement to those seeking peace around the world. The Offering now has a greater global reach, make a more significant impact, and empower participating congregations to use 25% of the money they raise on local and worldwide ministries of their choice.
After deducting their congregational share, churches should send the remaining offering proceeds to the presbytery, c/o bookkeeper Joyce Routzohn, so she can allocate that remainder to the presbytery and General Assembly.
The Peace & Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace, which ends on World Communion Sunday, this year on Sunday, October 1.
Learn more & get promotional resources>>
AT KIRKMONT CENTER
Fall Artists Retreat October 7-9
Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, and the Logan County Art League will again host the annual Fall Artists Retreat. The Artists Retreat attracts all artists and art forms- photography, jewelry, writing, sculpture, film, textiles, painting, drawing, etc. Kirkmont offers 278 acres of space to enjoy a relaxing weekend of camaraderie and inspiration with fellow artists. Call 937-844-3102 or email Woody Amidon for more information.
FEBRUARY 2-12, 2018
An opportunity to see God at work in Cuba
The Outreach Foundation will provide an opportunity to see God at work through the church in Cuba February 2-12, 2018, when it sponsors a trip to connect with fellow Christians of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba. Participants will be learning from church leaders and exploring partnership possibilities with congregations of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. They can absorb the history and culture that shape the ministry context for our partners to the south and discern how changes in relations between our nations will affect them.
The Outreach Foundation, which sponsors this trip, is a Presbyterian organization which reaches across all the Presbyterian family of churches to help establish partnerships with Christians and churches throughout the world, particularly in areas where it is difficult and perhaps even dangerous to be a Christian because of economic and/or political challenges they must face.
The Rev. Rob Fulton (H.R.), former pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine, will be a part of the trip and invites people from the Presbytery of the Miami Valley to join him. For questions, email Rob Fulton or call him at or 937-441-3997.
More information about the Cuba trip & application>>
PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Local National Response Team member is available to speak at PMV churches
Sally Dyer, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, has been part of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) since 2011. She is willing to visit churches in our presbytery to speak about PDA and what it does, as well as to share information about disaster preparation for churches. For more information, email Sally Dyer or call her at 937-623-7953.
PDA is made up of 102 clergy and lay members representing 34 states and Puerto Rico.
National Response Team members commit to one month of service annually. In 2016, national volunteers spent approximately 2,377 days in 62 presbyteries in response to church damage, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, storms human caused disasters and in the refugee ministry.
Apply for Synod Grants and Scholarships
New Covenant Grants: One-time grants in amounts up to $10,000 are available to congregations, institutions and organizations within the bounds of the synod that have formal established ties to the synod. Projects must fit within the three mission priorities of the synod: Church Transformation and Development, Multicultural and Justice Ministries, Ministries in Higher Education. Apply by October 1.
Program Grants for Racial Ethnic Congregations: For racial ethnic and multicultural Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant. Grants are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Ordinarily, grants do not exceed $3000. Apply by October 1.
Peacemaking Scholarships: Available to assist those attending specific peacemaking events or trainings that would help further the cause of peacemaking or justice within the Synod of the Covenant. The scholarship is for up to $500. Apply no more than 60 days before the event
Learn more about the grants/scholarships and apply>>
POAMN Regional Conference October 19
The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) will hold its regional conference Thursday, October 19, in Winston-Salem, NC. This year's regional conference theme is Celebrating God’s Gift of Aging and will feature keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Jill Crainshaw, Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC.
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
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.
Connect with Regarding Ruling Elders>>
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.
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New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 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.