The Association of Presbyterian Educators (APCE) February 6-9, 2019 Annual Event in Galveston, TX,

The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators…annual gathering draws Christian educators from across the denomination. Our Scioto Valley educators from Marysville to Athens are in Galveston this week enjoying this annual event focused on worship, keynotes, workshops, music, mission activities, faith formation, fellowship and learning. The APCE event participants gather to connect, be enriched, empowered, sustained and refreshed as they spend quality time with old friends and new. The presbytery of Scioto Valley is well represented with several Christian Educators and pastors participating: Mary Gause, Preston Shealy, Julie Oswalt, Kirsten Trachsel, Haley Van Duzen, Julie Oswalt and Tom and Betsy Rice (not pictured).

G.A. Statistical and Presbytery Annual Report information

From PSV Stated Clerk, Sally Robinson… As a reminder it is the season for Presbyterians to submit their statistical information to the General Assembly. The due date is February 14, and the closer it gets to that date, the slower the website gets, so it is to your advantage to submit sooner rather than later. If you have questions or just need computer help with the forms, please feel free to call the presbytery office, and either Dagmar or I will be happy to be of assistance. For more information on this year’s statistics questionnaire Also, a heads up, the annual report forms for the presbytery will be on the website next week, so be on the lookout for those pages under “Clerk’s Resources: Presbytery Annual Report.” The due date this year is March 29. We want to get you …


Holy One, you are here and there too; “everywhere”or “somewhere”we say. We sense you in life now and then despite saying “eternal,” or”forever.” Shove our lives and our times nearer to our words; to Your Word in Jesus. by Bill Leety   Winter Time – Prayer for Peace Gracious Lord: prod our ease, still our confusion. Gauge our certainties, expose our doubts. Sift the ash for good,  and let the rest go. Glory to You; and to us, Peace.    

Festival of Faith with Brian McLaren – “Being Church in a Time of Division”

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Presbytery of West Virginia will be having its annual Festival of Faith with Brian McLaren, author, speaker, activist, and public theologian.His keynote is entitled “Being Church in a Time of Division.” In addition, he will be leading a workshop “The Seven Stories We Live By,” as part of the different workshops that will be offered. There will be a variety of other workshops as part of this day of worship, fellowship, and learning. Presbyterian Publishing Corporation will be providing a bookstore as part of the event and will carry several of Brian McLaren’s books. For questions or more information about this event, see the link on the West Virginia Presbytery website:

Presbytery Churches….News, Positions and Events

Boulevard Presbyterian Church…1235 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, is in search of a part-time custodian. The position will be 5 evenings per week, after 3 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, and Friday or Saturday, for a total of 15-20 hours per week. Please share with your friends and colleagues. Applications can be downloaded from Boulevard’s website,, and mailed or dropped off in the church office. Covenant Presbyterian Church… in Upper Arlington is in need of an AV tech, who would be able to set up and run sound and video systems in different rooms as needed for weddings, funerals, special events and some Sunday mornings. Hourly rate is very good. For more information, email [email protected] Gahanna Mifflin Presbyterian Church…123 Granville Street, will be featuring a program called Operation Street Smart for parents, grandparents, teachers and youth workers on Saturday, February 9 from 9-1. This program, provided by the …

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

Mission to the USA (MUSA) 2019 A Reverse Mission Program of the Synod of the Covenant

    You do not go to Africa; our Synod brings Christian leaders to you for three weeks in October. They come from Muslim majority countries to inform and participate in your congregation and community. Most of it is paid for by the Synod. Here is one great opportunity we have been doing for 35 years. Contact our MUSA Director, Steve Gorman, for details: 216-801-2036 [email protected]  and visit

Presbyterian Women Events and News

  Working for Justice and Peace will be the theme for the winter gathering of PW in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley on Saturday, February 23, 9:30 to 2:30. Register with Nancy Shuster, 614-519-9755, or email: [email protected]   COMING THIS SUMMER…PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN  IN THE SYNOD OF THE COVENANT Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Covenant will gather July 12-13, 2019 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Road, Columbus, OH  43221. The theme will be: What will the Lord Require of You?  Keynote Speakers will include Eugenia Gamble, author of the 2019 PW Bible Study and Carol Winkler, former Moderator of Churchwide Presbyterian Women.

5th Anniversary PC(USA) Hymnal Promotion Extended through December 31, 2019

  There’s still time to commemorate this exciting milestone of our denomination’s newest hymnal! The 5th anniversary hymnal promotion includes a special price on pew editions: $18 (formerly $20) and free shipping on orders of thirty-six-or more pew editions when you use the promo code HYMNALSHIP. Churches can get more information and place orders by calling PC(USA) Store Customer Service at 800-533-4371 or by ordering directly at “Glory to God has made remarkable contributions to the worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Through its fresh design and engaging features-including brief commentary and expanded indexes-Glory to God introduces new generations to the treasury of the church’s song.” -Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, associate for worship in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship.