Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat Build begins May 25

Habitat House 2019Catch the Building Spirit, the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will begin construction on this year's house at 203 West Pease Avenue, West Carrollton. Blitz Week (when the main structure of the house is built: framing, siding, roofing, etc.) will begin Memorial Day weekend, May 25, and will run through May 31. Construction will continue throughout the summer to complete all the rest of the house.

The house, which is being built for Jeremy Evans and Tiffany Reynolds and their three children, is two stories, five bedrooms, two baths, with special accommodation for wheelchair access for one of the children who suffers from spina bifida.

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. 

Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Ruling Elder Training for Presiding at the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

CommunionPresbytery of the Miami Valley will offer Ruling Elder Training for Presiding at the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on Saturday, June 8, 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at Honey Creek Presbyterian Church, 212 West Jefferson St., New Carlisle.

It can be challenging for congregations without pastoral leadership to find a minster of Word and Sacrament to preside at the Lord’s Supper. The presbytery has the ability to train and authorize ruling elders to preside at the Lord’s Supper as a way of providing care to the presbytery’s congregations.

The sessions of congregations without pastoral leadership are invited to send ruling elders to this training event. The training will cover the theology of the Lord’s Supper using Scripture, the Book of Confessions, and the Directory for Worship, and will include a service for the Lord’s Supper and a practical time for ruling elders to break bread and bless the cup.

The training will be led by The Rev. Diana Circelli, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Sidney, and the Rev. Terry Kukuk, Executive Presbyter.

To register, or for more information email Tom Oxley or call Tom at 937-258-8118 or 1-800-270-8118. Registration deadline for this event is Friday, May 31.

Packets of materials and a lunch will be provided to participants.

Around the Presbytery

Tell us about your Vacation Bible School

VBSSummer is coming, and it's almost 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. 

To be included, email the name of your church, the theme of your VBS, dates and times, along with registration and contact information. We'll list it on our website and publicize all VBS opportunities in the presbytery all summer long. 

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Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

Joys and ConcernsEach Sunday on our Presbytery of the Miami Valley calendar we hold up one of our mighty 49 churches in prayer. It is part of our covenant that we pray for each other.

Presbytery's Leadership Council periodically shares joys and concerns about each of our churches that can be lifted up in prayer. 

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Pentecost Offering on June 9 helps young people

Pentecost OfferingThe Pentecost Offering is traditionally received on the day of Pentecost, this year on June 9. It provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth, and young adults. Congregations are encouraged to keep 40% of the offering to support ministries benefiting these age groups in their communities.

The General Assembly's portion (60%) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults and supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $14 million for these ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

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Summer Opportunities

Covenant Gathering July 7-12 in Rochester, IN

Covenant GatheringThe annual Covenant Gathering, to be held July 7-12 at the Geneva Center, Rochester, IN., is a week of learning, laughter, and worship presented by members and churches of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Synod of the Covenant, and Synod of Lincoln Trails. Locally, Covenant Gathering is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

Join other Christians for Covenant Gathering 2019 at beautiful Geneva Retreat, Camp and Conference Center in the rolling hills of north central Indiana as we share amazing "What If" possibilities of faith in God's Kingdom. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference, a little bit vacation, with facilities for all abilities!

Adult classes include what God calls us to be and do, church revitalization, sharing our abundance, the Presbyterian journey, art journaling, and Jesus across boundaries. Children and youth have age appropriate educational and fun activities. The whole community worships together and enjoys delicious meals, evening programs, and afternoon options on many topics.

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 Synod PW Gathering July 12-13 in Columbus

Synod PW GatheringThe Presbyterian Women in the Synod of he Covenant will hold their 2019 Gathering July 12-13 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Rd., Columbus, OH. This year's theme is "What Does the Lord Require of You?"

Keynoters include Eugenia Gamble, author of the 2019-20 Horizons Bible Study, Diane Moffett, Presbyterian Mission Agency president and executive director, and Carol Winkler, former Moderator of
Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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Big Tent in Baltimore August 1-3

Big Tent 2019Join the movement of Presbyterians in Baltimore August 1-3 for a Big Tent like no other.

Through worship, Bible study, learning opportunities, and active engagement with one another and the community, attendees will encounter the Church participating in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity.

This year's theme, Called to a Movement Beyond Institution, will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. The goal is to come together and live in this moment, immersed in our current cultural context of racial division, gender inequality, and economic disparity to be renewed, refreshed and reformed, so that we may be sent out to affect change in our own communities. Big Tent will provide a place where our Presbyterian polity and identity is the foothold by which we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action and answer the call to discern the will of God together.

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Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at the Weber Conference Center, Adrian, MI, March 21-23.

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A resource for churches:
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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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