Excerpts From A PRAYER FOR LENT…By Ann Weems

Excerpts From A PRAYER FOR LENT…By Ann Weems Holy is the time and holy is this place, and there are holy things that must be said. Let us say to one another what our souls whisper.. O Holy One, cast your tent among us; come into our ordinary lives and bless the living! These days stretch before us, and those of us who believe, yearn to feel Your presence, yearn to be Your people; and yet, the days fill with ordinary things. with no time left for seeking the holy. Spiritual contemplation is all right for those who have the time, but most of us have to make a living. Most of us have to live in the real world, where profanity splashes and blots out anything holy. Where, O Holy One, can we find you in this unholy mess? How, …

PW Winter Gathering – February 27, 2021

PW Winter Gathering – February 27, 2021 Today is the last day to register and request the Zoom link for the PW/PSV Winter Gathering on Saturday, February 27, at 10 am! Please send your name, church (include city), phone number and email address to Martha Pool [email protected] And if you need to find out how to connect to Zoom, contact Martha also 740-407-1708. More information can be found in the winter newsletter on our website: www.psvonline.org/presbytery-leadership/nurture-outreach-commission/pw-presbyterian-women/ Feel free to pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in attending.

NEXT Church a FREE live-streamed gathering March 5-7.

NEXT Church is for teaching elders, students, educators, church members, youth leaders and ruling elders who care about the flourishing of the church of Jesus Christ in ways that are relevant to our communities, with a distinctively Presbyterian witness. They are offering a FREE live-streamed gathering March 5-7. There’s a schedule for each day. Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am – Noon. https://nextchurch.net/gathering/2021-national-gathering/

Join us for a “Matthew 25 Roundtable” Zoom meeting Saturday, March 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Join us for a “Matthew 25 Roundtable” Zoom meeting Saturday, March 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Members from Matthew 25 churches in our presbytery will be sharing what their churches are doing, as well as give others a chance to share and ask questions. This event is for both current Matthew 25 churches AND for those seeking more information. Please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofu6rpjktGdGJshu6AOoQaQTWPAm5BkIw

Presbytery of Scioto Valley Congregations Lifted Up in Prayer

Presbytery of Scioto Valley Congregations Lifted Up in Prayer The Commission for Congregational Life is committed to helping congregations promote and nurture healthy, faith-filled relationships and ministries in their congregations and communities. Our weekly Email news is highlighting our 88 congregations, celebrating their ministries and lifting them up in prayer. We hope you and your congregation will join in celebrating our congregations and holding them in your prayers. Columbus Crestview Presbyterian Church Crestview Presbyterian Church was organized in 1915 and incorporated in 1922. The church faithfully serves the Clintonville area in an area between Arcadia Avenue and East North Broadway. The church continues to host many local groups including Alcoholics Anonymous. Crestview Church is actively involved in local mission including the Community Resources Center and Faith Mission. A yearly Strawberry Festival is held for the neighborhood during the month of June. There …

Don’t Gather Together! (Tune: Kremser (“We Gather Together”) A fun song by the Rev. David Gambrell, PCUSA Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA)

Don’t Gather Together! (Tune: Kremser (“We Gather Together”) A fun song by the Rev. David Gambrell, PCUSA Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Don’t gather together! We might be contagious. Our state’s Covid cases are way off the chart. Don’t say it’s courageous; it’s disadvantageous to be here in this place less than six feet apart. Don’t gather together! This room is not airy. I’ve just read the latest from the CDC. Till this sanctuary is not quite so scary The breath of God alone will be breathing on me. Don’t gather together! We’re under the weather. Reschedule the potluck (not anytime soon). Till we are all better don’t be super-spreaders. O come, Emmanuel, and make us immune. Don’t gather together without vaccination; the only thing we want to spread is the Word. Let our congregations escape tribulation. God, grant us antibodies; …

WESTSIDE URBAN MINISTRY COAT DRIVE

WESTSIDE URBAN MINISTRY COAT DRIVE Thanks to the collaborative efforts of a number of PSV congregations, Westside Urban Ministry (WUM) had another successful coat drive. During October and November 2020, Broad Street, Covenant, and Overbrook hosted drive-by coat drop-offs; other congregations collected coats and delivered them to Hoge PC. In late November, over 650 coats were sorted and bagged for distribution to schools on the West Side of Columbus: 24 bags for elementary schools; 16 bags for middle schools; and 10 bags for high schools. On December 3, 2020, school personnel drove to Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church and collected the coats for their schools. After the first of the year, more coats were donated, including some from First Community Church that had come through Burlington Coat Factory. These coats have been distributed to schools, including the Hilltop Learning Extension Center. …

Lenten Prayer

Creator, this Lenten season, open our eyes to the injustices around us. May we begin to build the foundation for a world that is honoring and pleasing to you.—one that removes fear and values everyone. Amen. The Rev. Rebecca Barnes, Coordinator for the Presbyterian Hunger Program

Continuing Guidance for our PSV Congregations

Continuing Guidance for our PSV Congregations From Your Presbytery Coordinating Team (CT) The Presbytery of Scioto Valley strongly discourages in-person worship, meetings and gatherings during the current phase of the Pandemic. Although the vaccines are coming, the Presbytery will continue to recommend physical distancing and the wearing of masks. The new more transmittable strain reinforces the concerns underlying this strong recommendation. Church Opening and Closing Guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic https://psvonline.org/publication/church-opening-and-closing-guidelines-during-covid-19-pandemic

PASTORS OF PSV WEEKLY CHAT MEETING ON ZOOM.

PASTORS OF PSV WEEKLY CHAT MEETING ON ZOOM. Join our online chats on Thursdays to give and receive encouragement and practical advice during this unusual and changing time of ministry. To join this gathering of our pastors at 1 pm each Thursday. To join: https://zoom.us/j/588789104?pwd=cDBEUm8yYnNlS0RUK3dwZG5KVFMvZz09 Meeting ID: 588 789 104, Password: 463317, One tap mobile+13126266799,588789104#