Spring Youth Retreat April 5-7
will explore gratitude

Spring Youth RetreatThe Presbytery of the Miami Valley Spring Youth Retreat, which will be held April 5-7 at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, is open to all youth in the presbytery in grades 7-12 and their adult leaders. This year's theme is "Got Thanks?".

The retreat is sponsored by the Presbyterian Youth Connection Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.

This year's keynote leader is Bryce Wiebe, who serves the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as the Program Manager of Special Offerings for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Bryce is a passionate justice advocate, Christian Educator, and retreat leader.

The weekend, which promises fun and friendship at Kirkmont Center, will explore the spiritual practice of gratitude.

More information and registration>>

Installation Service for Marc van Bulck on March 31

Marc van BulckThe Presbytery of the Miami Valley is pleased to invite you to attend the service to install Teaching Elder Marc van Bulck as Associate Pastor for Family and Campus Ministries at the Oxford Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Ohio on Sunday, March 31, at 4:00 P.M. A reception is planned immediately after the service.

This service will take place at the Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 North Main Street, Oxford, OH 45056.

Directions to the church>>

Please join us for this special occasion in our presbytery’s life to celebrate and affirm God’s call to Rev. Van Bulck to serve as pastor at the Oxford Church. The opportunity to come alongside pastors and congregations as they transition in shared ministry is a sacred time for our presbytery. It is one way to celebrate God's work through the faithful mission and ministry of our churches. We hope you can be part of this important covenant event.

Teaching Elder Kelley Shin, Moderator
Presbytery of the Miami Valley

Around the Presbytery

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. 

Read the latest installment of Joys and Concerns>>

Corinth and Memorial churches host joint Lenten Bible Study

Divine FriendshipCorinth Presbyterian Church, Dayton, and Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will host a joint weekly Lenten Bible Study March 6 - April 19.

The study will use the book Divine Friendship: Reflections for Lent, which contains daily devotions for the season.

Everyone is invited to join them in this shared Bible study.

Learn more>>

One Great Hour of Sharing resources for churches

OGHSA gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. OGHS benefits Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Presbyterian Self-Development of Peoples.

Most congregations receive OGHS on Easter Sunday (this year on April 21), Passion/Palm Sunday, or both, while many receive it throughout Lent.

OGHS has prepared  free online resources for churches, which include a leader's guide, worship resources, bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, education curriculum for children, multimedia, and webinars.

Get the OGHS resources>>

New FCC regulations affect church wireless sound systems

Wireless MicrophoneIf your church has a wireless sound system, the following may be important information:

The wireless sound systems many churches use operate on several different frequencies (bandwidths) which are controlled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Due to changes in demand, the FCC has repurposed much of the 600 MHz (megahertz) bandwidth for other wireless services. Thus, it is no longer available for wireless microphones.

Specifically, this change applies to the 614-698 MHz frequencies.  All wireless microphone sound systems must cease using these frequencies no later than July 13, 2020 and may be required to cease operation sooner if they cause interference to the new wireless licensees when commercial use is initiated on these frequencies.

If your church is using any wireless microphones in this frequency range, you need to consider replacing them as soon as possible.  You can determine the frequency of each microphone by looking at the nameplate on the wireless receiver or on the microphone itself, usually in the battery compartment.

Read additional technical information from the FCC or contact your sound system supplier.

Top 10 films for believers

Film reelEach year the Rev. Dr. Edward McNulty delivers his list of top 10 films for people of faith to see and discuss.

"Because the list of readers of my online journal 'Visual Parables' consists mostly of believers, my criteria are different from those of secular critics whose lists you might have already read," writes Dr. McNulty.

"Artistic excellence is important, but the films on this list do more than entertain us."

Dr. McNulty is the pastor of the Blue Ball Presbyterian Church, Franklin, the author of three film books published by Westminster John Knox Press, and the editor/reviewer of Visual Parables. His latest book is Jesus Christ: Movie Star.

See the Top 10 list of films for people of faith>>
 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.).

Learn more and register>>

Apply to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer for 2019

YADsYoung Adult Volunteers The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 20 sites around the world and in the United States.
YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.

Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.

Applications are open for 2019 placements.

Learn more about the YAV Program and apply>>

Synod Assembly Highlights

The Synod of the Covenant Assembly was held at Christ Presbyterian Church, Toledo, OH, on November 2-3.

Read Synod Assembly highlights>>

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.

Download On Calling An Educator>>

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.

Connect with Regarding Ruling Elders>>

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>>

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>>



Presbytery of the Miami Valley

News & More

PC(USA) News
Daily Lectionary
Mission Yearbook
Presbyterians Today

Clerk's Corner
Resources for Churches

Kirkmont Campers
Kirkmont Center
Summer Camp

Info & Registration

Presbyterian Hymnal
Monthly Hymn Focus
A 2018-19 initiative to
connect Presbyterians
in the Miami Valley

Presbytery map
Church Locator Map

Covenant Connections
Covenant Connections
Sharing stories & ideas
across the presbytery

Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5000
Learn more & apply