An Advent Prayer by Bill Leety

Praying Luke 1, Gabriel & Zechariah God whose messenger silences servants who love you or lead others. Help us remember times when words failed us, when news came too good, too holy to speak or word. Dispatch Gabriel whose sweet secrets awe us yet again so that we cannot tell or soon spread. Then, put songs on our lips for that time when voice and speech return.

Clerk’s Corner…By Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

This week is the third in the series about our Presbytery Commissions and what they do on behalf of presbytery. Three weeks ago (November 14) I featured the Commission for Nurture and Outreach. Last week it was the Commission for Congregational Life (CCL). Today I’m looking at the Commission for Church Professionals (CCP). As I said last week, when we restructured into Commissions, the old Committee on Ministry was divided. CCL took over the churches in transition and church development pieces, and CCP oversees the church life of our professionals, or as the structural design states it: “Purpose: To foster the faith and vitality of those who are called to professional ministry: pastors, associate pastors, designated pastors, interim pastors, honorably retired teaching elders, stated supply, temporary supply, teaching elders in specialized ministries, inquirers, candidates, commissioned ruling elders, certified Christian educators, …

2019 Presbytery-wide Winter Youth Retreat for Grades 6-12

  The Presbytery’s Annual Winter Youth Retreat will be held on February 22-24, at Camp Akita. This retreat offers fellowship, music and keynotes, along with small group Bible studies and a confirmation tract. The theme: “Lift Every Voice” will be explored through a wide variety of activities. The retreat keynote speaker will be Reverend Rob Jackson, pastor in Greensboro, North Carolina. Rob, formerly a pastor in Scioto Valley, was one of the creators of the popular winter retreats at Camp Akita. The retreat cost is only $90 per participant if you register by January 28. After that date, the cost will be $100. For details and registration information, visit the Presbytery website:

2018 Neighborhood Mission Grants Awarded…

The Presbytery’s Commission for Nurture and Outreach has awarded the neighborhood mission grants to the following congregations this year: McArthur Presbyterian Church in support of their Layette Program – $500 Amesville-New England Parish to strengthen their camping program – $1,500 Portsmouth First Presbyterian Church for the Deacon’s Ministry Outreach Program – $3,000 Johnstown Presbyterian Church in support of the supplies needed for cooking stations – $2,000 For more information about applying for a congregational mission project grant, visit the Presbytery website.

Annual Partners in Education (PIE) Event January 12, 2019 at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church

The Presbytery Commission for Nurture and Outreach invites all to come to the Partners in Education (PIE) event, which is designed for educators, church officers, teachers and church leaders. The Keynote Speaker will be Bryce Wiebe, Presbyterian justice advocate and Christian educator staff person in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Agency. There will be a variety of workshops for elders, deacons, clerks, church leaders and teachers. The event will begin at 9:30 am and conclude by 3 pm. The cost is only $10, and includes lunch. The day will also feature the Healthy Boundaries training for pastors and church leaders. There will be an extra cost for the Boundaries class. The complete brochure is now available on the presbytery website.

The First Presbyterian Church in Waverly….

The First Presbyterian Church in Waverly…celebrated the beginning of Advent with a delicious pot luck dinner, Christmas carols and readings, and delightful, seasonal music by Kelley’s Bridge Band. This band features local musicians including Christine Hunt, the spouse of Carson Hunt, Commissioned Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church in Ironton. Christine expertly plays the Irish Whistle (penny whistle).

Worthington Presbyterian Church…will present a Musical Celebration of Advent and Christmas

Worthington Presbyterian Church…will present a Musical Celebration of Advent and Christmas on Sunday, December 16, during the 10:00 am worship service. The Chancel Choir, Renaissance Ensemble and soloist Martha Duersten-Pettit will be joined by brass, percussion, flute, oboe, organ and four-hands piano. The joyous program will include works by G.F. Handel, Howard Helvey, Glenn Rudolph, Morten Lauridsen and Dan Forrest.

The First Presbyterian Church of Westerville…

The First Presbyterian Church of Westerville…will host a Longest Night Worship Service on Friday, December 21 at 7 pm to help those who find December to be a difficult time of year. This service will last about 30 minutes and fill focus on the message of hope, healing and wholeness that Christ brings into the world. The church is located at 41 West College Avenue in Uptown Westerville, one block west of State Street.

Columbus Highlands Presbyterian Church…

Columbus Highlands Presbyterian Church… invites all to a music event, Sunday December 9 at 2 pm, which will feature a lecture-recital for piano by L. Godowsky, with Dr. Nicholas Ross of Otterbein University. This event will be held at the Highlands Presbyterian Church, 6909 Smoky Row Rd., Columbus, Admission is free.