The Church Doesn’t have a Mission… God has a Mission! God’s Mission has a Church!!!

  This year’s March Leadership/Retreat Conference designed for our Presbytery leaders was filled with enthusiasm and energy. The conference, expertly led by the Reverend Bob Armstrong, focused on God’s mission for the Church. The participants not only evaluated current presbytery mission and ministries, they gathered ideas and dreams for the future life and ministries of Scioto Valley Presbytery.        

Presbyterian Planning Calendar 2019-2020 Update

Please note that the 2019-2020 calendar will not be available until August 2019.  This 16‐month calendar—starting with September, 2019, and ending with December, 2020—contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders. Includes lectionary for Sundays and special days, liturgical days, liturgical colors, resource information for PC(USA) programmatic emphases, updated synod, presbytery and  Presbyterian Mission Agency staff directories, color foldout synod/presbytery and world maps. You may place your order now if you wish to do so. The cost is $8.50 for each.  Please contact [email protected] or 614-847-0565.

PC(USA) International Peacemakers Offer Opportunities for Connection

The Presbyterian Peacemakers 2019 program through the Presbyterian Mission Agency has announced the availability of 15 peacemakers who are engaged in peace and justice work throughout the world. If you or your congregation is interested in the possibility of partnering with the presbytery in hosting an international peacemaker this fall, please contact the presbytery office. For more information you also visit: http://ww.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/international-peacemakers

General Assembly Leaders Appoint Administrative Commission Members Appointed by the General Assembly to Address Issues in the Synod of the Covenant

The Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly, Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Cynthia Kohlmann, have appointed the members of the Administrative Commission to Address Issues in the Synod of the Covenant, and appointed Patrice Hatley and Brady Radford as the commission’s co-moderators. The Commission is a response to concerns raised by various presbyteries in the Synod of the Covenant about conflict and disorder in the Synod. Our presbytery, along with others in our Synod, is committed to working in a productive way with the Commission, the Synod, and its presbyteries in order to seek better relationships and more collaborative ministries in the future. Commission members are:  Patrice Hatley, Co-Moderator (Presbytery of Tampa Bay) Brady Radford, Co-Moderator (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) Michelle Johnson (Presbytery of Tropical Florida) Susan Krummel (Presbytery of Chicago) Ben McConaughy (Presbytery of Seattle) Adel Malek (Presbytery of Los Ranchos) Richard …

Tax Law Change that Could Impact Your Church Actions to Take by March 31, 2019

Because of a change in the tax code, tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, may have to pay a tax on the expense of providing parking to their employees. Recent articles in the news or magazines have revealed a tax law change that may make dedicated parking spaces at your church a taxable fringe benefit for your employees. In some cases, even spaces that are used regularly by your employees, but not dedicated to a single person, may require complicated calculations and inclusion as fringe benefits. According to sources, many churches can avoid having to pay the tax by simply eliminating any parking spots that are reserved for church employees before 3/31/2019. This includes a space marked “Pastor”. For further information, contact Mark Johnson, a member of the Presbytery Commission for Congregational Life. Email Mark at: [email protected]

The Forum on Youth Ministry at Princeton Seminary An Event for Christian Leaders in Youth Ministries

Join other youth leaders, directors, and pastors, April 23-26 on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary or a 4-day youth ministry conference. This year’s conference theme is: MOVEMENT: Mission, Body and Justice. This Forum gathers leaders, pastors and scholars in a setting that feeds our work in youth ministry while creating space for ministry leaders to network, rest and learn. For more information, or questions: email the director, Abigail Visco Rusert, [email protected]

Xina Briceño PC(USA) International Peacemaker from Costa Rica

Xinia Briceño, International Peacemaker, became involved in the Rural Aqueduct Association of Milano when she realized that the water source for her community was being contaminated by agrochemicals used in the nearby pineapple plantations. She has led her community in addressing these problems and possible solutions to clean up and protect the springs that provide water for Milano. I am excited about the opportunity to accompany Xinia in her speaking tour as an international peacemaker. Xinia and I are available for visits from Friday, September 13th to Monday, October 7th. If you are interested in having us come to your church, educational institution or community to share about the struggles for environment justice in Costa Rica and our call as Christians to care for God’s creation, please write to me: Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll, Latin American Biblical University, Apartado 901-1000, San …

Podcast Bad Calvinists Post 2 and 3

The Bad Calvinists podcast is back where three Presbyterian pastor-friends discuss matters of faith with fresh insight and humor. Episodes 2 and 3 are now available, “Wild World of Leviticus” and “Jesus and Intersectionality“ Listen and subscribe on iTunes, facebook or The Bad Calvinists website: https://jgraymarshall.wixsite.com/thebadcalvinists   February : This week a new podcast was launched called The Bad Calvinists in which three of our Presbytery pastor friends discuss matters of faith with fresh insight and humor. In the first episode of this podcast, Rev. Joel A. Esala, Rev. Dr. Jason Link and Rev. Gray Marshall, along with behavioral therapist Andy Solovey, discuss “Original Goodness” and contrast it with the better known doctrine of Original Sin. Listen and subscribe on iTunes, Facebook or The Bad Calvinists website. We hope you find our conversations around scripture thoughtful, relevant and funny. Rev. Joel A. Esala, Circleville Presbyterian Church.

Metropolitan Area Council (MACC) Update By The Reverend Dr. George Mehaffey

The Mission Statement of the Metropolitan Area Church Council (MACC) affirms that The Columbus Metropolitan Church Council honors God by linking Christian communities through communicating, expression, and service. MACC recently met to address the antisemitism and anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities. The members of MACC commended the House of Representatives for its overwhelming resolution condemning all types of discrimination “contrary to the values and aspirations of the people of The United States”. For more information about MACC, contact the Rev. Dr. George Mehaffey, 614-361-0755.

Covenant Gathering 2019 Plan now for a week of fun- and faith-filled summer fun!

July 7, 4 pm – July 12, 11 am Geneva Retreat and Conference Center 5282 N Old US 31, Rochester, IN www.genevacenter.org Join with other Christians at the beautiful Geneva Retreat, Camp and Conference Center in the rolling hills of north central Indiana for this year’s Covenant Gathering. We will share amazing “What If” possibilities of faith in God’s Kingdom. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference and a little bit vacation with facilities for all abilities! Visit: www.covenantgathering.com for more information