A Prayer for Peace

Holy Creator of all tribes,who risks your Word in the world: Time-worn images of chaos assail again- armies in formation fly banners; Families seek refuge; fighters flee or dig in; heads of state threaten, posture, proclaim. Bring the peace-makers… who share hope, find common ground, and work with a passion for justice; and let us be among them… in Jesus Christ!

Office of the General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson Calls for Prayer…

Dear Friends in Christ, Your Moderators and I are greatly troubled by the political struggle that is underway in our nation’s capital, as well as other developments in the U.S. and around the world, and we feel led to call upon all Presbyterians to join us in a season of prayer. As the struggle in the U.S. Congress over the question of articles of impeachment for President Trump moves forward, it is easy for our Christian faith to take “second place” behind our political views and preferences, and when that happens, it is very hard for the Holy Spirit to break through and lead us in the path of God’s will. That struggle is made more difficult given the degree to which many of us have linked our own political preferences to our faith, suggesting that what we wish for …

News from the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) …Healthy Pastors/Healthy Congregations Program

This program brings together pastors and congregational leadership to work toward financial sustainability by providing financial education, consultation, and theological reflection to help all build a brighter future financial together. A one-time grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible pastors after the pastor and congregational leaders have completed an educational seminar, and the pastor has completed online educational modules, as well as financial counseling through Ernst and Young.  The program is paid for by the Board of Pensions and a Lilly Grant.  The grant can be used for debt reduction or for retirement savings. For more details please go to www.pensions.org and look under the heading “Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations” to check the eligibility requirements for this program. The Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz, will conduct a seminar at the Circleville Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 18th from 6:30- 8:30 …

Marion Lee Street Presbyterian Church Pastor Scott Schnapp also serves the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

  The Reverend Scott Schnapp, pastor of the Marion Lee Street Presbyterian Church, was recently installed as the pastor of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Prospect. Because of the formula of agreement between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), pastors can fully serve in both of these denominations. Under this agreement of our common calling, or being in full communion, the churches agree to recognize the sacraments and ministry of each church and their pastors

Metropolitan Area Church Council (MACC) Update By the Reverend Dr. George O. Mehaffey, HR

The Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council (MACC) recently increased collaboration with the Ohio Council of Churches and experienced a renewed opportunity for ecumenical financial contributions from several denominations. Council members include representatives from the Disciples of Christ, United Methodist, PC(USA), and the United Church of Christ. There was also a discussion on the response from the Ohio Governor and legislators’ leaders indicating a shared concern on assault weapons and mandatory background checks.

Older Adult Rally Event Features Theo Brown… Inspiring Discussion on the Importance of Civility

  On Saturday, October 12, persons from across the presbytery gathered at the Hanover Presbyterian Church for warm fellowship, a delicious lunch, inspiration and a challenging conversation with guest leader, Theo Brown. Theo, the Director of Outreach to Faith Based Organizations for the National Institute for Civil Discourse, inspired and challenged all participants with his presentation about applying the Golden Rule in political discourse. He encouraged all to join individuals and congregations across the country in participating in Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics on Sunday, November 3, 2019. For information about this,  visit: www.ReviveCivility.org

Per Capita Supports Vital Mission and Programs

We are indeed fortunate to be part of a connectional, and very responsive, denomination. Our brothers and sisters, locally and PC(USA)-wide, can look to all of us for support in the most difficult times, in addition to celebrating the joys we share. As the Commission for Operations of the Presbytery began to look at the budget for next year, it became evident that our budget efforts for 2020 needed to include an increase in per capita so that we can continue to be responsive to our congregations within the presbytery. While some of these funds are forwarded to support the General Assembly and the Synod, it is important to know that the bulk of the per capita you pay supports the programs, ministries, resources and staff right here in the presbytery of Scioto Valley. If we are going to continue …

Openings in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley (PSV)….Seeking Staff Persons and Pastors…

Presbytery of Scioto Valley Search for Presbytery Treasurer for 2020 Are you someone knowledgeable in financial management and accounting and familiar with Presbytery polity and systems? If so, the position of Treasurer of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley may be the way to serve that you have been looking for. The Treasurer is a 1-year position with an option for renewal. Some of the responsibilities include working with the presbytery staff team and the various commissions to prepare and present budget and audit information. This important role includes working closely with the Financial Assistant to organize and communicate the finances of the presbytery to provide clarity for all. The Treasurer also oversees the presbytery and church loan relationships with the Office of General Assembly, the Foundation, and local financial institutions. This is not a paid staff position but does provide a …

Prayer – Creator and Befriender

Creator and Befriender: You birth us into belonging-within family and sometimes marriage, congregation, friendship, wherein disagreement is not failure; where mutual kindness is breath, blood, and bone. To you our thanks and deep joy in the peace of belonging  with Christ.

World Communion Sunday Celebration in new Presbytery of Scioto Valley(PSV) congregations

The new Rose Run Presbyterian Church in New Albany gathered people from across the Presbytery for a Dedication of the Ministry and Mission of this new and enthusiastic congregation on the afternoon of October 6. After sharing the history of this church, a video message of support from many congregations in Scioto Valley reminded the worshipers that they do not stand alone as they move forward as a new church. Through participation in “A Litany of the Calling of the Church”, the participants committed to be a community of faith, hope, love and witness as we together stand as the body of Christ. The day was marked by the lasting symbol of a tree planting.       The new Unity Presbyterian Church in Reynoldsburg celebrated its new life on World Communion Sunday. In this opening worship service led by the three …