2014 Spring Youth Retreat April 4-6
The annual spring youth retreat (for all youth in grades 7 through 12 and their adult advisors) will be held at April 4-6, 2014 at Kirkmont Center! The event is planned and hosted by the Presbyterian
Youth Connection (PYC) Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Celebrate God's grace, peace, love and creation by relaxing, singing, playing outside, worshipping, reflecting, seeing old friends, and making new ones!
Andrew Kang Bartlett from the Presbyterian Hunger Program will be the guest speaker as participants explore this year’s theme, “Food for Thought: Following God’s Recipe.”
If you have any questions, please email the PYC Network or call advisors Kristie Marcum (513-305-7134) or Nancy Hodgkins (937-223-0376).
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Around the Presbytery
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, DAYTON
God’s Healing Power for the People of Syria March 29
Syria has become the most dangerous place in the world because of its current civil war which started in March 2011. Peace does not seem to be a possibility despite all the international efforts. How are the Christians of Syria dealing with this crisis? What do we need to know? How can we respond? What are Presbyterians doing to bring peace?
The Rev. Dr. Roula Alkhouri, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Batavia, NY, will be the guest speaker for God’s Healing Power for the People of Syria, Saturday, March 29, 10:00 A.M., at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton. The Rev. Alkhouri grew up in Damascus, Syria, and has an extensive background in the Middle East. She has led many workshops and presentations about faith, social justice, and women’s concerns, and is committed to ecumenical and interfaith connections and cooperation between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
The event is sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Women. Everyone is invited to attend. Email Joyce Ferguson or call 937-414-6526 for more information.
CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Community Easter Egg Hunt April 13
Central Presbyterian Church, Dayton, will hold its fourth annual free Community Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 13, 2:00-3:00 P.M. The egg hunt (for children up to age 12), which includes activities, and refreshments, will be held outside behind the church and in the pavilion (weather permitting.) Email Cindy Wagner for more information.
HONEY CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Haiti Mission Beach Trip June 24-July 1
Honey Creek Presbyterian Church is once again sponsoring a trip to Haiti, and would like to invite members of other presbytery churches to join in. Tentatively scheduled for June 24-July 1, the core piece of this trip will be to help with the Wings of Hope beach trip. Once a year, the residents of Wings of Hope, a home for children and young adults living with multiple disabilities, get to spend the day at a beach. The staff needs one fully able-bodied person to accompany each one of the Wings residents. Honey Creek sponsored this same trip in the summer of 2012, and participants had an incredible spiritual experience of joy while assisting the children and young adults.
Additional options for other kinds of things that might be done on the trip include general helping out at Wings of Hope, visiting a rural village, learning about food issues in Haiti, or participating in a “Spirituality of Mother Teresa” retreat.
The Rev. Dr. Shelley Wiley, Pastor of Honey Creek and experienced trip leader, will lead this trip. She is happy to speak to anyone about the details. Please email Shelley Wiley if you want to learn more. There will also be an informational meeting March 13, 6:30 P.M., at the church.
Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center
Online registration is now open for 2014 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield.
Camps for all ages are available from June 7 through September 1 and include Grandparents Camp, Quilting Camps, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, PYC Camp, Camp Rejoice, Kids Kamp, Adventure Camp, Sports Camps, Teen Adventure, Summer’s Last Blast, Adult Camping Weekend, and Family Camping Weekend.
Camp schedule & registration>>
New Presbyterian Hymnal celebration March 14-15 in Louisville
A celebration of the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, published in September, will be held March 14-15 in Louisville, KY to further prepare people to use this new resource.
This conference will feature two days of worship, workshops, and lectures and is designed for pastors, musicians, educators, worship committees, and ecumenical friends. Focus topics will include global music, how to teach a new hymn, the theology behind the notes, liturgy in Glory to God, and much more. The $35 registration fee includes two meals, a pew edition of Glory to God, and more.
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One Great Hour of Sharing resources
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering help provide relief those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. The offering supports Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. Most congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday, or both, while many receive it throughout Lent.
Bulletin inserts, minutes for mission, posters, worship resources, video, clip art, music, and more are available to churches free of charge.
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2014 Synod PW Gathering in July
Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Covenant will host Radical Hospitality, their 2014 Gathering. July 18-19 in Flint Township, MI. The 2014-15 Horizons Bible study, by Elizabeth Hinson Hasty, will be presented by author Janice Catron, and Mary Cook Jorgenson, Moderator of the PW Churchwide Coordinating Team will present a workshop about the spiritual discipline of hospitality. There is a discount for registrations received before June 15.
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Stewardship Kaleidoscope March 17-18
Stewardship Kaleidoscope, the annual Presbyterian conference on stewardship, will be held March 17-18 in St. Louis, MO. Workshop topics will include congregational giving analysis for your church, giving through technology (both online giving and social media generosity), stewardship in small membership churches, how presbytery teams can train congregations, Endowment 101 - beginning and growing one, the role of the pastor in stewardship, and capital campaigns that work. Learn more & register>>
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>>