A Prayer for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany…

  A Prayer for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany… God of Glory, reaching our ears is so much that moves us, sometimes to Nazareth, occasionally to you. Teach us… to examine what’s heard, to learn from it, to bring wisdom alongside it, to determine a course, not to safety… but to love! Save us from running from what’s heard; open us to your arms-wherein we find Nazareth, our home… our sisters and brothers and our brother Jesus.  

Prayers for the Reverend Thomas B. Martin and Family…

Please hold in prayer the Reverend Tom Martin and his family in the death of his wife, Betty, this afternoon, January 22. Tom is an honorably retired minister member of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley and has most recently served as the pastor of the Ostrander Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held for Betty at the Dublin Presbyterian Church in February.

The House of Redemption (THOR), First Fundraising Gala, May 16, The King Arts Complex

The House of Redemption was founded by its Executive Director, the Reverend Cynthia Burse, minister member of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley. The mission of THOR is to serve formerly incarcerated women and men who have long-term and permanent residential needs. The funds raised will be used for THOR’s next residential project of a multi-unit residence. For more information, contact the Reverend Cynthia Burse, [email protected]

The Earth is the Lord’s

The Earth is the Lord’s” (Psalm 24:1) Oh God… fires chase your people yet again to places  named “Nod,” new homes or stops east or west of Eden. Go with your children yet again, Lord. Help those driven by fire, threat or fear to trust they will be received when and where they stop next. And grant, Lord, that we be among their receivers who welcome your children, despite or because of… their origins; in Jesus, your child from Bethlehem, or Nazareth, or the Middle East, or the cross, or from you, to us. Prayer by bill leety

Welcome Jim Wagner… Treasurer for the Presbytery of Scioto Valley

  We are pleased to welcome Jim Wagner to our Presbytery staff as the treasurer for the Presbytery. Jim, a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church in Logan, is the spouse of the Reverend Liz Wagner, pastor of the Logan First Presbyterian Church. Jim comes to this position with vast experience and many skills. Jim is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is a financial and accounting professional, who is committed to improving operations and processes leading to increased productivity. You can contact Jim at [email protected]  

Congregational News and Events

Delaware Old Stone Presbyterian Church… is looking for the following resources: A small group study called “ENGAGE”, and “Start Becoming a Good Samaritan”. If you have these items and are willing to share them, please contact Becky Krueger at 740-815-9701, or by email: [email protected] Mission Work Trip Opportunity… First Presbyterian Church of Jackson has scheduled a mission work trip to Puerto Rico through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the week of July 11-17, 2020. The work team of 16 people, age 14 and older, will be in Añasco, staying at La Posada de Ángeles, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Añasco. The Jackson church has 8 people going, including two high school students, and is looking for 8 more. Please contact Rev. Shelley Wiley, Transitional Pastor of FPC Jackson, for more information: 740-286-1928 or [email protected] Gallipolis First Presbyterian Church…is embarking on …

NEXT CHURCH National Conference, March 2-4, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio

The NEXT Church is a network of leaders including church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians and professors from across the Presbyterian Church (USA), who believe the church of the future will be more relational, diverse, collaborative, hopeful and agile. For more information on NEXT Church: nextchurch.net. Plan now to attend this year’s national NEXT Church conference in March in Cincinnati. Scioto Valley’s Ministry Initiatives Board (MIB) is offering a limited number of $400 scholarships for those interested in attending this conference. For information, or to apply for a scholarship, email Mark Gauen, [email protected]


  • Tuesday, February 18, Stated Meeting of the Presbytery, 3:30 pm, Newark Second Presbyterian Church. (Pre-Presbytery Events: 1-3 pm: Facing Racism; Becoming Matthew 25 Congregations) • Saturday, February 22, Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley Winter Gathering, Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church. Registration and Coffee, 9:30 am. • Sunday-Monday, March 15-16, Presbytery of Scioto Valley (PSV) Annual Leadership Retreat at the Procter Conference Center. This retreat is designed for all Presbytery leaders serving on Presbytery Commissions. A boundaries training will be offered for the Presbytery leaders on the 15th at 2:30 pm. The retreat will officially begin with Sunday evening dinner at 6 pm and end with a meeting of the Coordinating Team (1-3 pm) on Monday, the 16th. • Sunday-Thursday, May 3-7, Transitional Ministry Training 101, sponsored by PSV at the Procter Conference Center. All active pastors …

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PIE) 2020 “PIE” Event Gathers Nearly 200 Presbyterians for a Day of Training, Education, Inspiration and Fellowship

Presbyterians from thirty congregations in the presbytery gathered at the Worthington Presbyterian Church on January 11 for the annual (PIE) leadership/educational event. Special guest leaders, The Reverend Dr. Kathryn Threadgill and the Reverend Dr. David Gambrell, PC(USA) denominational staff, led workshops and keynotes on Growing Vital Congregations and Creative Worship. Much of Kathryn’s Saturday afternoon workshop on Vital Congregations can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/6OmU0Qq2XKw. Many words of gratitude and thankfulness go to the dedicated planning team led by Kathi Bubb, Jenni Whitford, Mary Gause, and the Worthington Presbyterian Church staff and members, who all worked hard to make this popular event a great event for all who participated.

A Prayer of Praise

A Prayer of Praise… Mighty God… who storms Jonah’s ship at sea and in Jesus calms wind and waves of Galilee: in the roar and rant, of taunt and threat. still us in our dinghies; on earth’s rising oceans; steer us a course of peace and safety in Jesus, navigator and destination! prayer by bill leety