Around the Presbytery
Vacation Bible School in the presbytery
Summer is here, and it's time for Vacation Bible School! Presbytery of the Miami Valley would like to list your church's VBS on our website, along with other churches in the presbytery. We'll publicize all VBS opportunities in the presbytery all summer long.
See the list and add your church>>
COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Marvella Lambright reflects on Charleston shootings in Daily Horizons article
Ruling Elder Marvella Lambright, College Hill Community Presbyterian Church, Dayton, shared her reflections on the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC in a recent issue of Daily Horizons, a publication of the Presbyterian Women of the PC(USA).
Read the article>>
SLIFERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Bryce Wiebe to speak about Special Offerings August 30
Bryce Wiebe, Manager of Special Offerings for the PC(USA), will be at Slifers Presbyterian Church, Farmersville, on Sunday, August 30. During the Sunday school hour at 9:00 A.M. he will share information about our denominational Special Offerings and then lead worship at 10:00 A.M. Everyone is invited to attend.
Kirkmont Center is one of the Camps that Change the World
The Center for Faith and Service recently named Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, one of its Camps that Change the World. "The Center for Faith and Service looks to lift up and affirm these important institutions and the work they are doing in the lives of young people."
Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarships
Scholarships for Racial Ethnic College Students : For college, university and seminary students who are minority persons, members of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant, and in good academic standing. Scholarships are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Apply by September 1.
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. Apply by September 1.
Learn more about the grants/scholarships & apply>>
MISSION TO THE USA
Apply to be a host church for partners from the Middle East
The Synod of the Covenant's Mission to the USA is a reverse mission program where mission partners from other countries come to the United States. This year, the synod will host several Christian partners from the Middle East (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon). The partners will be placed with host congregations from October 16 - November 8, 2015.
This is year two of a three year focus on the Middle East. The host congregation will schedule the partner to lead Bible studies, discussions about their life as a Christian in another part of the world, and, perhaps, share the partner with another congregation.
The application deadline has been extended to August 15.
Apply to be a host church>>
POAMN/ARMSS Joint Conference October 13-16
"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.
Learn more about the conference>>
Rest and Rekindle: A retreat for women clergy in October
The Transfiguration Spirituality Center, Glendale, OH, will hold Rest and Rekindle, a retreat for women clergy, October 26-30. The cost is $225 for the entire retreat or $75 per night. A deposit of $25 is due by September 1. A full refund will be given if a clerical emergency requires cancellation. People are encouraged to come for the entire week, but individual days are available, too. Email Faith Lang or call 513-771-5291 for more information.
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>>
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>>
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>>