Sending Blessings to All on a Snowy, Winter Day!

“Just below the quiet, just beneath the peaceful softness of the snow, the earth waits and rests in preparation for new life to burst forth; for new hope to emerge; for new things to happen in each one of us…as the Holy Spirit moves in and around and through us.” By Christine Burns, Commissioned Pastor,  First Presbyterian Church, Fredericktown

Lancaster First Presbyterian Church Children’s Program

Lancaster First Presbyterian Church, 222 North Broad Street Lancaster…will feature a special children’s program and lunch gathering on Saturday, March 17,10:00 am-12:30 pm. The program will include a Black Light Puppet Team Ministry, Fun and Fellowship, and Expressive Sign Team Ministry. For more information, contact: Tammy Witham, Families and Children’s Ministries Director. 740-653-1594 Ext. 226 or [email protected]

Clerk’s Corner

One of the things I am working on as the “newish” Stated Clerk is how to streamline some of what we do. At the last meeting of the presbytery in November there were some changes in the meeting docket. This month there will be more. One of the things we have done is put both a synopsis of the meeting minutes and the minutes themselves on the presbytery website under “Documents and Resources” – “Meeting Archives.”  To save both space and paper in the docket, the minutes of the previous meeting will no longer be included. Please make sure that you come to the meeting prepared to approve them, having read them ahead of time.

FREE Mardi Gras Dixieland Jazz Concert

Columbus Indianola Presbyterian Church, 1970 Waldeck Ave…will have a FREE Mardi Gras Dixieland Jazz Concert 2 pm, Sunday, February 11. This year will be our 18th Annual Mardi Gras Jazz Sunday, once again featuring the High Street Stompers Dixieland Band. The concert will also include our Chancel Choir.  While it is a free concert, donations to the Neighborhood Services food pantry will be welcomed. Money, non-perishable food items, disposable diapers, toilet paper, etc will be especially appreciated.

Presbytery-wide Annual Winter Youth Retreat

Presbytery-wide Annual Winter Youth Retreat  February 23-25, Camp Akita Reverend Steve Brand, Retreat Coordinator It is time to get ready for the Presbytery’s Winter Youth Retreat! Your church can bring kids if you have 1 kid or 30 kids. You don’t have to plan anything except getting them there and watching out for their safety. It is a first class, awesome retreat brought to you in part because of your per capita. Here are the details: February 23-25 @ Camp Akita For kids from 6-12 Grade Please plan on arriving between 6-7:15 pm on Friday. (No dinner will be served on Friday) The retreat will be over by 11 am on Sunday. Perfect for getting everyone back to church by noon. The cost is $90 per participant if you register by February 4. The cost is $100 per participant if you register after February 4. You …

Healthy Boundries Training 101

Healthy Boundaries Training 101 – Sign up Now! For all Pastors, Church Staff and Church Leaders New dates are on the calendar for the Presbytery’s Healthy Boundaries Training 101.. Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Jackson. The cost is $30 for the class materials. Make your check payable to the Presbytery of Scioto Valley. To register please contact Dagmar at the presbytery office 614-847-0565 or dagmar[email protected]

PEACE AND PRAYERS… for the World!

PEACE AND PRAYERS…  for the World! Sustainable Development Goals for the Future… From the United Nations Convention on Climate Change Seventeen Global Goals to respond to Climate Change were adopted by the member states of the United Nations in September 2015. These goals for 2030 are designed to transform the world and ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. Goal #1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Goal #2. End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Goal #3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Goal #4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Goal #5. Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.

Church Signs…a Tool for Evangelism

Church Signs…a Tool for Evangelism In my job as executive Presbyter, I spend quite a bit of time traveling around the presbytery as I visit and work with our pastors and congregations. In these travels in central and southern Ohio, I pass many churches of every size, shape, design and denomination, maybe hundreds of them every month. And, most church buildings have some sort of sign in front of their building. Some are old wooden signs…some are new electronic signs…some change messages regularly…some never change. I don’t know about you, but I always notice church signs. The signs catch my eye more than the building does. Recently I noticed the church sign on a Catholic Church in Delaware County. I regularly drive by this church, and the sign changes often. That day the sign said: “Come on In…God has been …

The Columbus Eastminster Presbyterian Church Celebrates 65 Years!

The Columbus Eastminster Presbyterian Church will be celebrating 65 years at Broad St. and Harding on Sunday February 11. This will be a celebration of their time in the current location before they begin the process of moving and finding homes for all that has been collected over the years. Eastminster’s final worship service at 3100 East Broad Street will be on Easter Sunday at 10:30 am. Eastminster has sold their building and will be relocating into a new nesting place after Easter.