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Columbus Covenant Parish of Shady Lane and Fairmoor Churches

CONGREGATIONAL News and Events… Columbus Covenant Parish of Shady Lane and Fairmoor Churches…invite all to attend the annual Jane’s “Teddy Bear Tea” on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Shady Lane Church, 4117 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus. There will be fun, fellowship, a light lunch, and entertainment provided by the “Spirit of Praise” Choir. Come and bring “real” friends along with Teddy Bears and other “stuffed” friends” to be donated to the Far East-side Neighborhood Pride Center and Firehouse #23 to support their Christmas toy drives.

Presbytery’s Youth Rally was Fun for All!

  Presbytery’s Youth Rally was Fun for All! Sixty-five teens and adult leaders from twelve congregations in the presbytery gathered the last Saturday in September for the fall youth rally event held on the church lawn of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Pickerington. Everyone who participated enjoyed an afternoon of outdoor games, a fun video truck, food, fellowship, energizers, music and worship. Thanks to the planning team led by Steve Brand and the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church for hosting this year’s fall youth rally.

Presbyterian Women (PW) in PSV Fall Gathering

  Presbyterian Women (PW) in PSV Fall Gathering Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am to 3 pm. Come and join the Fall Gathering of PW at the Ramseyer Presbyterian Church, 3228 Westerville Road in Columbus. The theme will be “Walking in the Light”, and will focus on mission in the church worldwide. The mission project for this gathering will benefit school children. Ramseyer Presbyterian Church has asked that our “in-gathering” this month include supplies that kids of all ages need for school. Items suggested are: note books, pens, pencils, erasers, colored markers, file folders and crayons, pocket folders, assorted colors; Elmer’s Glue sticks; box(es) of facial tissues, colored pencils, etc.

Ohio Council of Churches Director Rebecca Tollefson

Ohio Council of Churches Director Rebecca Tollefson Rebecca Tollefson organized an ecumenical and interfaith prayer vigil held October 4, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Columbus. Prayers for the victims of violence and their families were lifted up by ecumenical and interfaith leaders in the Columbus area


PRAYERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD… National and World Councils of Churches … The World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA lift up prayers for and grieve with the families of those who were injured or lost their lives in the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on the night of October 1. The Reverend Bob Kelley, Moderator for the Presbytery of Nevada reminds us all that as Christians  “we know that Jesus our Lord will overcome tragedy.”

Congregational News…Columbus Indianola Presbyterian Church

Columbus Indianola Presbyterian Church…Come and go to the OSU football game and also support Presbyterian missions by parking at Indianola Presbyterian Church (18th & Waldeck). The $20 charge for parking goes to support the following church programs: the Children’s Center, the Deacons, the Choir, the Bell Choir, the Youth Group, the Christian Education program, and the general Mission Program of the church.

Annual Church Professionals Retreat at Deer Creek Sunday-Tuesday, November 5-7…Sign up now!

Plan now to attend the Presbytery’s Annual Fall Retreat at Deer Creek Resort designed especially for pastors and church professionals. Reverend Dr. Thomas Long, this year’s guest leader, is the Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler School of Theology on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta. The retreat theme will focus on worship and preaching. For more information on the retreat and registration information, contact the presbytery office, or visit the presbytery website:

Board of Pensions News for Pastors and Churches Employer Agreements for 2018

The Board of Pensions of the PC(USA) is reminding congregations and pastors of the need for churches to submit Employer Agreements by October 13th. Every church employer must log on to Benefits Connect by the deadline to review, update, and submit the Employer Agreement for 2018. The benefits selections employers submit in their Agreements will determine the coverage employees will see, and be able to elect, on Benefits Connect during annual enrollment October 30-November 17, 2017. Employers who have questions about the benefits available to pastors and other employees may find more information in a 90-second video, in the expanded section, or by contacting the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN). For questions, or more information, contact Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz, Senior Church Consultant, Board of Pensions of PC(USA), Synods of the Covenant and the Trinity (excluding Philadelphia Presbytery), office 215-587-7455 or work cell: 267-788-4962, email  [email protected], or …