A special invitation to the November presbytery meeting

The presbytery’s Transition Visioning Team invites all currently-serving session members and pastors at each church in our presbytery to attend the Saturday, November 12 presbytery meeting at First Presbyterian Church, Middletown. As part of its mandate to assess the presbytery’s mission, the Team seeks perspectives from pastors and ruling elders now on sessions about whether the presbytery’s current mission statement and covenant express what the presbytery is and does and should be in the future. Your ideas and suggestions are vital, so please plan to attend the meeting, which starts at 9:00 A.M. on November 12.

Catch the Building Spirit completes 24th Habitat House build

Habitat House 2016Catch The Building Spirit, a coalition of Presbyterian churches working with Catholic churches, completed their 24th house build together this summer.  Each year the coalition works together to fund and build an affordable home for a low-income family in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton.

A special thanks to the participating Presbyterian churches from Presbytery of the Miami Valley: Bath, Central, College Hill, Corinth, Fairborn First, Fairmont, Faith, Memorial Dayton, Southminster, and Westminster Dayton. The churches provided meals, many hours of volunteer labor, and over $13,000 in funding.

On September 17, 2016, the Catch the Building Spirit coalition dedicated the new Habitat home at 6860 Shadowbrook Road in Trotwood for Alvin and Felicia Lewis and their four children.  The Lewis family have lived in the Dayton area for many years and were 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 2017 Presbyterian and Catholic build will again start on Memorial Day Weekend. Email Hank Baust or call 937-429-0360 for more information.

Networks News

Assistance for presbytery networks, members, and churches

The Networks Support and Grants Committee (NS&G) of Presbytery of the Miami Valley establishes, monitors, maintains criteria, and reviews annually each Designated Network within the presbytery. It also approves new networks and establishes, monitors and maintains criteria for Network financial support. In addition, NS&G also administers grants from the Northminster Fund and the Peacemaking Fund. Any Presbytery matching grants from General Assembly and/or the Synod are provided oversight, as well as are all outside source grants for Designated Networks. The Network financial support is provided through the annual budget voted by Presbytery.

NG&S has financially supported and overseen Designated Presbytery Networks, financially helped individual members of PMV churches to attend conferences through scholarship assistance, and provided financial assistance for a number of mission projects in various PMV churches.

Read more about what Networks Support and Grants has done to help networks, members, and churches of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Chris Pomfret presented a workshop at the POAMN/ARMSS Conference

Chris PomfretRuling Elder Chris Pomfret (Bath Presbyterian Church, Dayton), one of the founders of The Third Thirty Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley, was a presenter at the recent Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network/ Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors (POAMN/ARMSS)  conference in Richmond, VA. The theme of his workshop was “Making Our Third Thirty a Great Thirty: How to Make the Difficult Decisions.”

The Third Thirty Network is PMV's newest network. Its aim is to educate, inspire and prepare us all for the inevitable challenges as we get older and specifically approach or surpass "The big 60".

Read a Presbyterian News Service article about Chris' workshop at the POAMN/ARMSS conference.

Around the Presbytery

Noonday Organ Recitals in October

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will offer Noonday Organ Recitals Thursdays in October, 12:10-12:35. A quick lunch follows each recital. All organ recitals are open to the public at no charge.

Weaving Body, Mind, and Spirit into Chronic Disease October 22

Karen Zielinski Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will present "Weaving Body, Mind, and Spirit into Chronic Disease" October 22, 8:45 A.M.-1:30 P.M. in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Sister Karen J. Zielinski will share her experiences, faith, and coping strategies learned throughout 40 years of living with Multiple Sclerosis. She will share how nurturing her spirituality has enhanced her health response and how we can become prepared for our own journey as patients or caregivers. Sister Karen is a regular contributor to local and national health publications and journals, a blogger for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has authored the book, Hope and Help for Living with Illness.

The cost of $10 will cover a continental breakfast and lunch. Register by October 17.

Attic Treasures Sale and Auction on October 29
will benefit Mt. Pleasant Resident Relief Fund

Attic TreasuresFirst Presbyterian Church, Middletown, will hold its annual Attic Treasures Sale and Auction on Saturday, October 29. This year's Attic Treasures will benefit the Mount Pleasant Resident Relief Fund. The north wing of the Mount Pleasant Place apartments, at the Presbyterian Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe, was struck by lightning on August 13, and the ensuing fire destroyed the apartments and belongings of the residents. Miraculously, all 69 residents were safely evacuated and have been temporarily relocated until the structure can be rebuilt. The Fund will provide for immediate life essentials and refurnishing needs when the north wing is rebuilt.   

Church members are "donating one or two cherished possessions they no longer need or use, as an opportunity to give something in gratitude to God for all He has given us."  The October 29 sale and auction, which includes finer furniture, antiques, art work, and more, will begin at 10:00 A.M. There will be a preview of items from 4:00-6:00 P.M., Friday, October 28.  Absentee bids can be made at that time.  Everyone is invited!

Mission Trip to Haiti in June is open to anyone in the presbytery
Informational meeting on November 9

Haiti Mission TripHoney Creek Presbyterian Church, New Carlisle, is sponsoring a seven or eight day mission trip to Haiti, during the first two weeks of June 2017 (precise dates to be determined). This will be the fifth mission visit for the church to Haiti, and like all prior trips, it is hoped that persons from churches in the presbytery will take part.

The group will be based in the southern coastal city of Jacmel, staying at the Guest House at Wings of Hope. Part of the St. Joseph Family, Wings of Hope is a home for children and young adults who live with severe and sometime multiple disabilities. After working at the home for two days, the team will meet up with Cindy Corell, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Co-worker, who was part of a 2015 Honey Creek mission trip, and take day-trips to visit three organizations assisted by our denomination on the southern coast. A long-term goal for the congregation (and presbytery) in working with her is discovering  places where future support relationships might be established.  

As of this writing, Hurricane Matthew has just passed through, and while it has been confirmed that Wings of Hope suffered only only some minor flooding, there is no news yet on the organizations that the group plans to visit with Cindy Corell, one of which is a fishing village. 

The trip will be led by the Rev. Dr. Shelley Wiley, who is pastor of Honey Creek, who has been going to Haiti since 1997.  She has led many mission groups to Haiti, including a work group after the 2010 earthquake.  If you would like to learn more about the trip, including possible scheduling and costs, please join us at Honey Creek Presbyterian Church, 212 W Jefferson St, New Carlisle on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 P.M. By that time, we expect to have information as to the effects from Hurricane Matthew on the PC(USA) partner organizations, and also what churches in this presbytery might be able to do to provide hurricane relief.

Sew Faithful Quilt Sale November 11-12

The Sew Faithful Circle at Central Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will hold their annual quilt sale on Friday, November 11 and Saturday November 12 from 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. each day. The group makes quilts, afghans, teddy bears, and more year round and donates the items to a number of local causes, including Southview Neonatal, Agape for Youth, House of Bread, and West Carrollton Schools, and others.  All quilts will be $20.00 and many other handmade items will be for sale at bargain prices. Hand knit infant sweaters, just like Grandma used to make, are this year's specialty item. Proceeds from the sale support this ministry. The Circle's ministry was also the recipient of a 2016 grant from Networks Support and Grants of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

The Learning Resource Center: Free resources for all churches in our presbytery

LRCSThe Learning Resource Center (LRCS) at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, is 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.-4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday. For assistance, email Gay Amos anytime or call 937-433-1810 on Mondays.

A Fall Day of Renewal October 26 at Kirkmont Center

Fall LeavesA Fall Day of Renewal will be held at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, on October 26, 9:45 A.M.-4:00 P.M. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.

The Rev. Patrick Harley, the pastor at Ottawa Presbyterian Church (Maumee Valley) will share stories of his experience as a year-long volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland and what he learned about the difficult and rewarding work of conflict transformation, peacemaking, and reconciliation in a land divided by violence. 

Using the Abridger Institute's work, The Anatomy of Peace, the Fall Day of Renewal also hopes to cultivate conversations around how we engage with others in our own communities and society, and why that's pivotal to our own spiritual health and Christian Witness. 

Participants can also enjoy Kirkmont Center and each other by  hiking, doing art and/or walking the labyrinth. Specific new afternoon activities are still being confirmed. 


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.

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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.

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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 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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