News from The Ohio Council of Churches

News from The Ohio Council of Churches The Reverend Rebecca Tollefson, Executive Director The Unite to End Racism Rally, April 3-5, Washington D.C. Sign up now to join in a bus trip leaving Columbus on April 3rd to travel overnight to Washington DC for the Interfaith Service of Prayer and Preparation at the Lincoln Memorial and a Rally at the National Mall on April 4. Registration deadline is March 1. For more information visit the Ohio Council of Churches website: www.ohcouncilchs.org  or contact Rebecca Tollefson, email: [email protected]

Contact Informatiom Update

Contact Information Update from the E-News Editor Executive Presbyter, Reverend Dr. Jeannie Harsh Recently I decided I needed to replace my well-used cell phone. After four hours at the local Verizon store, I ended up with a new phone which has two phone numbers. I can now be reached by calling or texting 614-562-1775 or 614-896-0670.

Per Capital Update

Sixty-one PSV Congregations Paid Full Per-Capita in 2017 Many thanks to the 61 congregations with membership of 8 to over 1300 members who fully supported our Presbyterian denominational connections by paying full per capita to the Presbytery, Synod and the General Assembly. Certificates of Appreciation have been prepared to recognize these congregations and their support of the mission and ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in our neighborhoods and around the globe. The certificates are now available in the presbytery office or can be mailed to congregations

Sustainable Development Goal #8

Sustainable Development Goals to Transform our World for the Future… Seventeen global goals were adopted in September 2015 by the member states of the United Nations to work for dignity and equality for all in a healthy environment. The Goal,#8, lifted up this week, is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Worthington Presbyterian Church Celebration of Sound

Worthington Presbyterian Church…invites all to a Celebration of Sound Concert at 3 pm this Sunday, February 25. The musical program will feature Cuban-born pianist Orlay Alonso and soprano/narrator Jennifer Hambrick in “Vive l’Espagne”, a performance of Spanish and French masterworks. Worthington Presbyterian Church is located at 773 High Street in Worthington. Admission is free and open to the public. Following the concert, all are invited to meet the artists at a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Columbus Covenant Parish of Fairmoor and Shady Lane…invites you

Columbus Covenant Parish of Fairmoor and Shady Lane… invites all to come to their Worship Center at 360 South James Road, on Sunday, February 25th at 10:00 am for the celebration of African American History Month. The Reverend Augustine Krukrubo, pastor of the All Nations Christian Church, will be the guest preacher. The Spirit of Praise Choir with musicians from the All Nations Church will provide special music. Following worship, everyone is invited to gather for delicious food and wonderful fellowship at an annual Soul Food Feast!

Ash Wednesday Celebrations…

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS AND EVENTS….. Ash Wednesday Celebrations in Presbytery Congregations… Scioto Valley’s two congregations in Knox County, First Presbyterian Fredericktown and First Presbyterian Mt. Vernon, joined together on the evening of Ash Wednesday for a service of scripture, message, music  prayer and the imposition of ashes. The First Baptist Church in Fredericktown joined with the Presbyterians in this service celebrating the beginning of the Lenten journey. Worthington Presbyterian Church’s youth group, under the creative leadership of Youth Director Brian Edwards, led the Ash Wednesday service for the church. They presented the story of “The Rag Man” written by Walter Wangerin, Jr. They proclaimed that  Jesus came to take our old rags (sin, hurts and fears) and give us new rags (hope, love and life). They encouraged the congregation to spend time with God this Lent and exchange the old for …

Presbytery February Meeting Highlights

The Presbytery of Scioto Valley held its February Meeting on Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Chillicothe.  The meeting began with uplifting worship, an inspiring message preached by the Reverend Dr. Doug Portz, Senior Church Consultant for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. With a focus on the One Great Hour Offering, a minute for mission was led by Elders Dave and Eloise Lewis, who shared the joy of working as mission volunteers with the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Highlights of the meeting included the retirement of the Reverend Robert Coberly, hospice chaplain; a celebration of the life and ministry of the Reverend Chuck Stenner by the Reverend Alice Phillips; PSV candidate Adam Anderson was approved for ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament and cleared for the call as …

A Lenten Reflection

A Lenten Reflection… From The Lenten Poem by Ann Weems Lent is the time to take the time to let the power of our faith story take hold of us, a time to let the events get up and walk around in us, a time to intensify our living unto Christ. 

Lancaster First Presbyterian Church Children’s Program

Lancaster First Presbyterian Church, 222 North Broad Street Lancaster…will feature a special children’s program and lunch gathering on Saturday, March 17,10:00 am-12:30 pm. The program will include a Black Light Puppet Team Ministry, Fun and Fellowship, and Expressive Sign Team Ministry. For more information, contact: Tammy Witham, Families and Children’s Ministries Director. 740-653-1594 Ext. 226 or [email protected]