Scioto Valley Presbytery Meeting, Tuesday, February 19 at Worthington Presbyterian Church

From the PSV Stated Clerk, Sally Robinson… Our presbytery will be meeting on Tuesday. We will be holding a major Global Mission event beginning at 12:00 noon, followed by the meeting at 3:30. During the meeting we will be voting on the Amendments to the Constitution, hearing a final report from the New Albany Administrative Commission, and reports from our four Commissions on the work they have been doing on our behalf. I encourage all our Commissioners to presbytery to come prepared to do the work of presbytery – learning, worshiping, discussing and voting. The Amendments have been posted on the website for a couple of weeks where you would normally find the docket and minutes. The docket will be posted as of Thursday. Meanwhile, have a blessed Valentine’s Day, and I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday. …

One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)… Special Offering to be taken at the Presbytery Meeting….

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: SHARING RESOURCES AND CHANGING LIVES Each year, churches from every corner of the denomination rise to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters who need a hand up. One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) is one of four church-wide offerings of the PC(USA) and is collected in the Lenten Season, a time when we intentionally focus on aligning our lives with God’s calling for us. Money collected through OGHS is directed toward hunger, disaster, and development. This special offering, collected this year from March 6 to April 21, provides relief in three specific ways: 32% is used to restore hope through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; 36% is directed to reducing hunger: and 32% funds the Self-Development of people (SDOP) program.  Information will be sent to each congregation, with materials needed for your collection to begin Ash …

Register Now for the 2019 Presbyterian Triennium

  This year’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium registration deadline is fast approaching. All interested rising 9th – graduated 12th graders are invited to join in a week of worship, exploration, friendship and fun from July 16-20 on the campus of Purdue University. Cost is $555 per person and includes transportation to and from Purdue. Applications can be found at www.psvonline.org under the News/Events heading. Remember scholarships are available for all who need them. Registration and fees are due to the Presbytery office by March 15th! For questions, contact our presbytery’s Triennium registrar, Mary Gause at [email protected] or 614.261.1040.

Presbytery of Scioto Valley congregations, THANKS…THANKS…THANKS!!!!

    Many words of thanks go to the 58 congregations in our presbytery who paid at least 100% of their 2018 Per Capita. These congregations, ranging from a membership of 8 to over 1300, generously live out their commitment to the work, life, ministry and mission of the wider church.

Presbyterians Called to Help Avert Second Government Shutdown

  Presbyterians are being asked to play an advocacy role to avert a second government shutdown — and at the same time protect immigrants and border communities. An Action Alert issued by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Public Witness indicates that Congress has until Feb. 15 to figure out how to, among other tasks, fund the Department of Homeland Security. “It is critically important,” the alert states, “that Congress work together to avert another government shutdown while protecting the rights and dignity of migrants, border residents and vulnerable communities across the nation.” The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office of Public Witness, said the concern is for every federal worker who’d be impacted by a second shutdown.

Mark your calendars… Pre-Presbytery Gathering…Global Mission Network Special Event February 19

As the Presbytery of Scioto Valley seeks to expand the fellowship we enjoy around the world, the newly-formed Presbytery of Scioto Valley (PSV) Global Mission Network is happy to host a pre-presbytery event featuring Ellen Sherby, the PC(USA) coordinator of Equipping for Mission Involvement for Presbyterian World Mission, on Tuesday, February 19 at noon at the Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 High Street, Worthington. This event features a free lunch which must be reserved by February 11. This is an opportunity to explore how we – as a presbytery – can best support and engage in global missions. Please RSVP  by February 11 for this event by contacting Jeff Schooley (Pastor, First PC of Marysville) at [email protected] Click here to Read Article by Ellen Sherby

SCIOTO VALLEY PRESBYTERY FACEBOOK PAGE a way to connect with other congregations.

The Presbytery of Scioto Valley Facebook Page is for everyone! Each week, around the presbytery, our congregations have important events in and around their communities. The presbytery Facebook Page is an excellent way of letting others know about congregational events. If you have a Facebook Page for your church and create an event, share it with our page so that others can participate. If you “Like” our page, your events will be shared with others. If you need help setting up a basic page for your church, contact Christine Burns at [email protected] You can also share your events on her Facebook page and she can then share them with the presbytery page.

2019 PER CAPITA: An Investment in the Future… Comments from Pastor Christine Burns

Your session clerk and pastor have received a letter from the presbytery showing the amount of Per Capita due in 2019 for your congregation. While Per Capita began in 1734 as a way to promote our connection to one another as a denomination, the new amount of just $35.75 per member is not only a part of our history, but instead is a vital and substantial investment in our future. The majority of each contribution, $23.55, stays in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley to support every congregation in the presbytery. These funds not only pay our paid staff members, but are also used to fund mission grants, the work of our commissions which provide support to congregations and pastors across our vast geographic area. Your investment in the future includes education of new pastors and training for those seeking churches …

2019 MINIMUM COMPENSATION GUIDELINES FOR SCIOTO VALLEY PASTORS…

2019 MINIMUM COMPENSATION GUIDELINES FOR SCIOTO VALLEY PASTORS… Pulpit Supply Rates and Pastoral Minimums Are Increased Each year the presbytery Commission for Church Professionals evaluates the compensation of our pastors. This year’s adjustment for the cost of living includes a number of changes. The IRS mileage rate for reimbursement is now $.58 per mile and there are other adjustments for reimbursable amounts, such as Continuing Education Allowances. Minimum Salary requirements for a full-time minister of Word and Sacrament is now $49,300, with full-time CRE (Commissioned Ruling Elders) compensation at $39,440. For the first time in many years, the increase included the rates your congregation pays to our pastors who fill the pulpit during absences of regular pastors. The rate for one service for pulpit supply is now $150 plus mileage. For two services on Sunday, the rate is now $200 plus …