249th Stated Meeting Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church2 West Hunter Street, Logan, Ohio 43138 Driving Directions to First Presbyterian Church, 2 West Hunter Street, Logan, OH. From the north, take US Route 33 south to Logan.  Take the State Route 93 exit (which is a left turn) downtown into Logan.  State Route 93 becomes Mulberry Street.  Turn left onto Hunter Street (fourth traffic light) and go 1 block to the church located at 2 W. Hunter Street, which is at the intersection of W. Hunter and N. Market Streets. Tel: 740- 385-2242   Reports for the Presbytery Meeting Presbytery November 11.27.2018 Combined October Reports for 11.27.2018 Budget Supplemental Papers 11.27.2018

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) participates in a celebration of giving that is observed around the globe.

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) participates in a celebration of giving that is observed around the globe. #GivingTuesday, which this year falls on Nov. 27, is described by its organizers as “a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.” Following the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday presents an opportunity to kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back, http://www.presbyterian-givingtuesday.org/ Within the PC(USA), opportunities to make a #GivingTuesday gift will range from the national level to congregations. A Presbyterian #GivingTuesday webpage offers several giving options for Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries and other PC(USA) causes. The PMA giving opportunities include the “greatest need,” Compassion Peace & Justice, Public Witness and Advocacy, World Mission, …

CLERK’S CORNER…Thoughts from Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

Last week I said that I would spend the next four weeks talking about the four Commissions that have the authority to take action on behalf of presbytery between quarterly meetings. I’d like to begin with the Commission for Nurture and Outreach (CNO), which is chaired by the Reverend Mary Gause. The purpose of this Commission as outlined in the structure design states: “To provide and nurture educational, connectional, and outreach opportunities which promote growth in discipleship, encourage congregational partnerships, and support special areas of ministry such as peacemaking, youth and campus ministry.” CNO is the mission, education and program Commission. It works with educators and youth leaders, those working in areas of mission and outreach, both in the local community and around the world, and in other program areas of the church, including older adult ministries. It administers some …

Per Capita and Mission Funding for 2018…

Thanks and words of gratitude go to all of the congregations in Scioto Valley who have already paid their 2018 per capita and mission pledge! Thanks to you, the presbytery can continue to serve and support the congregations, pastors and members, along with mission activities and projects. If you would like more information about how the per capita and mission dollars are used, please contact the presbytery office for an updated informational brochure.

Winter Youth Retreat,February 22-24 at Camp Akita, Logan

The Winter Youth Retreat, Friday-Sunday, February 22-24, at Camp Akita in Logan is designed for youth in grades 6-12. The retreat offers a variety of activities, fellowship, music and keynotes, along with small group Bible studies and a confirmation tract. Contact the Presbytery Office for the registration brochure, online registration will be available in the near future.

Session-endorsed Neighborhood Mission Grants are still available…

Congregational Mission Grants, awarded by the Presbytery Commission for Nurture and Outreach, are still available for this year. If your congregation would like to have some seed money to start a new mission or ministry project, you may want to complete an application for a mission grant. Information is available from the Presbytery Office or find them on the web site.

Columbus Brookwood Presbyterian Church…will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary on November 17 and 18, 2019

Columbus Brookwood Presbyterian Church…will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary on November 17 and 18.  The Brookwood Church was organized on Thanksgiving Day in 1948. The anniversary celebration begins this Saturday, November 17th with a 5 pm worship service and a Thanksgiving Dinner.  The celebration continues on Sunday, November 18th with the 10:30 am worship service and a reception to follow. The Reverend Chris Roseland, Mission Engagement Regional Liaison with the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will be the guest preacher for both services. Come and join in the celebration! For more information or questions, contact the church office at 614-235-3451.  

Annual Presbytery Retreat for Pastors and Church Professionals is Enjoyed by All!

      Pastors from across the presbytery gathered at Deer Creek Park Lodge and Conference Center for fellowship, worship, and learning earlier this week. Retreat leader, The Reverend Dr. Ken McFayden, inspired, encouraged, equipped and challenged the retreat participants to be brave and strategic leaders in a time of change. Dr. McFayden is the Academic Dean and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

CLERK’S CORNER… Thoughts from Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

In preparing for the next presbytery meeting, I am realizing that there are still questions about our “new” structure which was put in place nearly 6 years ago. At that time, the presbytery went from a traditional structure with committees and a Council to a structure that is made up of four Commissions and two committees. This was done in accordance with the Book of Order, G-3.0109, which allows a presbytery to structure itself in a way that will best serve the mission of Christ in a particular place. With that said, I would remind you that Commissions take action on behalf of presbytery and report those actions at the next presbytery meeting. In order for you to easily find those actions, from this presbytery meeting forward, the report of actions taken on your behalf will be at the beginning …