Prayer for the Season of Advent

A Prayer for the Season of Advent… Hear us, God of space where silence reigns!  During a season now purpled, call and coax us from noisy corridors of commerce; and set us instead on a holy way.  Open ears to whispers of shadows’ rise  and distant trumpet notes of Your and  our shared Adventure…in Jesus’ promised coming!

December Ordination Anniversaries Scioto Valley Ministers of Word and Sacrament

December 1, 2007 The Rev. Keith Jones December 1, 1991 The Rev. Amy Miracle December 8, 1974 The Rev. Philip L. Bougher, HR December 8, 1991 The Rev. Dallas M. Dryburgh December 13, 2006 The Rev. Mathias G. Akih December 17, 1967 The Rev. Laurence E. Miller Jr.,HR December 21, 2003 The Rev. Dr Janet A. Hufford December 28, 1969 The Rev. Larry L. Wickliff, HR December 29, 1967 The Rev. Carol R. Weiss, HR

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PIE), JANUARY 11, 2020, NEW LOCATION: Worthington Presbyterian Church

  Plan now to participate in the Presbytery’s popular annual PIE leadership event to be held at the Worthington Church.  This event will focus on “Becoming Vital Congregations”, and will feature guest leader Kathryn Threadgill, PC(USA) Coordinator for the denominational Vital Congregations’ program. Also featured will be David Gambrell, PC(USA) Associate for Music and Worship, and specialist on the Glory to God hymnal. In the midst of worship and keynotes, there will be a wide variety of workshops, such as elder and deacon training, Christian Education, older adult programming, global mission, legal issues in the church, worship, music and others.

Westside Urban Ministry (WUM) Coat Drive

Thank You for Coats! Thanks to all congregations for the wonderful donations of coats for WUM’s Westside Coat Drive. In mid-November, thanks to your generosity, 402 coats were distributed to children at 18 schools on Columbus’ west side! Can You Help Sort Coats? WUM is also partnering with the Harmony Project and City Year Columbus for a 2nd coat drive of the season. For this effort, Harmony Project is asking all 10,000 people who come to its community concert on December 12 to bring a new coat, hat, and mittens. Then WUM will sort these coats on December 14 and distribute to all Columbus Public Schools on December 16 and 17. Can you help collect coats on December 12 in the evening, or sort coats on the morning of December 14? If so, please contact Patti Nussle at [email protected] We need …

Special Advent and Christmas Services….

Columbus Broad Street Presbyterian Church… Blue Christmas Worship Service, will be held on Sunday, December 8, 5 pm. Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in “I am feeling blue.” Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other dis-ease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations can make parties and joviality painful. If you’re not feeling twinkly this Christmas season, join us as we create sacred space in the darkness. Westerville, First Presbyterian Church…Longest Night Service on Friday, December 20, 7-7:30 p.m. For many, the holiday season is not filled with happiness and celebration, but rather it is a time of sorrow and grief. This is a time of year when the loss of a …

A Thanksgiving Prayer, You and me, Lord; how different we are…

Lord, we proclaim… you welcome strangers, aliens, dine with evil company, attend to people crazed or ill. We choose and are chosen by company “more like me.” Yet when I’m a stranger welcomed; or wrong and wounded and invited to lunch by a friend, or harmed, beaten by life and mended by anyone; your vast love and holiness become my song!

Advent Prayer

  Like Mary and Joseph, Lord, you await each birth.In these weeks remind us that waiting tables, for instance, means standing eager to serve hopes, appetites, and purposes of ones who hunger and thirst for what sustains; through Jesus, him for whom we too wait.

Christmas Joy Special Offering

  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Christmas Joy Special Offering supports past, present and future church leaders. During the season of Advent and Christmas, we Presbyterians give through the church-wide Special Offering of Christmas Joy. Fifty per-cent of this offering makes it possible for students to learn and grow in faith at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. Fifty per-cent of this offering assists current and retired church workers and their families with critical financial needs. Because of gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering, Reverend Shelley Wiley, transitional pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, was able to continue her ministry in a former presbytery after an accident left her unable to drive for six months. Reverend Wiley celebrates that the Christmas Joy Offering can help ministry to happen even in critical times.

Winter Camp at the Kirkmont Center, Zansfield, Ohio

  Winter Camp for ages 7-18 will be held December 30-January 1. For only $150 per camper, participants will go on hikes, make tasty treats over campfires, build snow-people, play broom ball and participate in Kirkmont’s own winter Olympics. On December 31, campers will ring in the new year with a New Year’s Eve party. For more information go to