Applications for Nomination to the 223rd General Assembly due November 1

Presbytery of Scioto Valley APPLICATION FOR NOMINATION TO THE 223rd GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2018) June16-23, 2018 St. Louis, Missouri The Nominating Committee of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley is seeking applications for three (3) teaching elder commissioners, three (3) ruling elder commissioners and one (1) young adult advisory delegate to the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) which will meet from June 16 – June 23, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. More Information about the 223rd General Assembly (2018) may be found at: Applications need to be into the presbytery office by November 1, 2017, for inclusion in the November 28th Presbytery meeting “Commissioner’s Handbook.” Late Applications will not be forwarded. GA-223 2018 Application 2018 Guidelines for Delegate-elections    

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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.

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.

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 …

November 28th Pre-Presbytery Event will be “Conversations About the Opiate Epidemic in Ohio”

November 28th Pre-Presbytery Event will be “Conversations About the Opiate Epidemic in Ohio” Noon-12:45: Q&A with ‘Dreamland’ writer Sam Quinones In his book ‘Dreamland’ journalist Sam Quinones shows us how capitalism run amok, the unfettered prescribing of pain medications in the 1990’s and an influx of black tar heroin has led us to the frightening abuse of opiates we see today. He uses the lives and stories of the people of Portsmouth, Ohio as the background for this book. Sam Quinones will be joining us via Skype for a question and answer period revolving around ‘Dreamland’ and his experience preparing and writing this book. ‘Dreamland’ is an important read for all churches as we look to face a problem that is hurting all of our communities. 12:45-1:30: Lunch $5 Lunch will be available for $5. We will be having pizza, …

Older adults are a gift to congregations…

I want to offer a short “Jeannie” Talk”… I want to challenge each of you to think in some new ways about who we are as Presbyterians and what resources we already have in our congregations. What do you think makes a congregation vital and vibrant? Is it full pews? Is it a congregation with the average member age of 30? Or would it be a congregation that is perfectly located in a fast-growing community? In any event, I am guessing that most of our presbytery congregations aren’t blessed with any of these… Yet, I am convinced that every one of our congregations has a resource for vitality and vibrancy! Look around at our gatherings of Presbyterians today. We sit in sanctuaries full of mature, wise and successful people. And, maybe the average age is…50…60?…maybe, 70??? We see people who …