Looking for New Members to Serve on the Presbytery’s Youth Ministry Planning Team

The Presbytery of Scioto Valley (PSV ) Youth Ministry Planning Team is looking for 5 new members. The only requirement is that you have a heart for youth ministry. There are no term commitments, no ordination requirements and you do not have to be employed as a youth worker. The main purpose of the team is planning the annual Presbytery-wide Winter Youth Retreat. We typically have one other youth event during the year. We would also like to look into other ways the Presbytery might support youth programming throughout the Presbytery. Though we have meetings 4 or 5 times a year at the Presbytery office, most of the work is done in emails and phone calls. Please let Rev. Steven Brand know if you would be interested. [email protected]; 740-345-1480.

Small Membership Congregations Make Big Differences in their Communities

Columbus Highlands Presbyterian Church provided a Vacation Bible School (VBS) experience with the theme “To Mars and Beyond” for ages 4 through 7th grade. A new format – four Sundays during worship, plus a single two-day event that ran Friday night through Saturday – brought excitement and freshness to this program. With busy schedules this was very much appreciated by parents to have the flexibility so their children could participate.         West Berlin Presbyterian Church, Berlin Station Road in Delaware County, is reaching out with a new addition to the Ice Cream Social tradition. West Berlin Church will have an “Ice Cream and Trucks” event on Friday, July 26, 4:30-7 pm. This unique Ice Cream Social will offer free food and an opportunity for children of all ages to “Touch a Tractor or Truck”.       …

Mark Johnson, Commissioned Pastor for Columbus St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

  Columbus St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of Scioto Valley commissioned Elder Dr. Mark Johnson on Sunday, July 21. Mark, who recently completed the studies in the Certified Ruling Elder training program, will serve the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church as a commissioned pastor while the church continues to search for a called pastor. Mark’s Administrative Commission members included Yfke Njume, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, Charlsie Ramsey, former Moderator of Scioto Valley, John Birkner, Brookwood Presbyterian Church, Susan Mild, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Desiree Youngblood, London First Presbyterian Church, Steve Merold, HR, Kae Merold,CRE, Outville Presbyterian Church, Tom Jones, Parkview Presbyterian Church, and Jeannie Harsh, Presbytery Staff.

GMIM Indonesian Worshiping Community 3rd Anniversary Celebration

The GMIM Indonesian Worshiping Community, a part of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Pickerington, celebrated their 3rd anniversary this month with two special services. On July 14, Prince of Peace celebrated with a joint worship service in the morning. Pdt. Allan Robot, the pastor of the GMIM Worshiping Community, participated in worship. On July 21, the GMIM Columbus Community celebrated with a special afternoon service where Pdt. Dr. Hein Arina, the President of the GMIM Church in Indonesia, was the guest preacher. The afternoon service was also blessed by the Indonesian Triennium Youth Delegation who sang and performed two traditional dances.  Special music was offered by GMIM from New Jersey, the Indonesian Choir from Prince of Peace, and special soloists. The Reverend Charlotte O’Neil is serving as the transitional pastor for the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church.

“Bad Calvinists” Exchange Pulpit Tour this Summer

The three “Bad Calvinists”, Gray Marshall, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Washington Court House, Joel Esala, Pastor, Circleville Presbyterian Church, and Jason Link, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Chillicothe, will be doing a “Bad Calvinist”  Pulpit Exchange Tour this Summer, July 28, August 4 & August 11.They will be going around preaching at each of the churches that they serve, preaching on the story of “The Almost Sacrifice of Isaac” from Genesis 22. Joel will be preaching from the perspective of God in the story, Gray from the perspective of Abraham, and Jason from the perspective of Isaac. The schedule is: August 11: Chillicothe First Presbyterian Church, 10 am, Rev. Dr. Jason Link; Circleville Presbyterian Church, 10 am, Rev. Joel Esala; Washington Court House First Presbyterian Church, 10:30 am, Rev. Gray Marshall. Sunday August 11, at 6:30 pm. You are also invited …

Reverend Jimmie Ray Hawkins To Visit Scioto Valley Presbytery… Saturday, September 14 – Tuesday, September 17

Reverend Jimmie Ray Hawkins, Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C., will be our guest in Scioto Valley, September 14-17. Jimmie will not only be speaking at the September 17th Presbytery Meeting, he will be leading several conversations and gatherings throughout the Presbytery. The events are sponsored by the Commission on Nurture and Outreach. to Download the promotional flier: Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins Events      

July Prayers

  evening came and morning came,the…day” Maker of stars, mixer, molder of clay, our clay, author of dreams, or of ability to nightmare, pretend, plan, envision: make something of us or in us, with us and for the others, neighbors or sisters and brothers when evening and morning become a day, this day with Jesus. (by bill leety)   JULY – A Prayer for Readers… Lord, gospeller John writes:“and the Word was God.” So many words reach only my eyes, Lord, from screen or page.  Yet, words that reach my ears by human voice, recorded or live, give clues of urgency or humor, dread or surprise.  And words that come face to face reveal so much more of what’s said and what the words mean to the other and to me.  Lord, help me read better, and more often face-to-face with …

Pataskala First Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of Scioto Valley Install the Reverend Dr. Janet Hufford.

    On Sunday afternoon, July 13, the Reverend Dr. Janet Hufford was installed as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Pataskala. Presbytery Vice-Moderator Reverend Mark Gauen led this service of the presbytery which began an exciting new chapter for the congregation and Pastor Janet. The Reverend Robert Tolar, pastor of the Grove City First Presbyterian Church, delivered the message on following orders. Welcome to Scioto Valley, Janet Hufford!

Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Covenant Summer Retreat Gathering

  The Reverend Dr. Diane Moffett, President and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC(USA), was one of the featured speakers at the recent Summer Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Covenant held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington. The theme, “What Does the Lord require of You?” from Micah 6:8 was central to this two-day inspirational and educational event. The Reverend Janice Catron, keynoter, gave an inspiring overview of the 2019 PW Horizon’s Bible Study, “Love Carved in Stone-A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments”. This well-planned, delightful event was enjoyed by participants from the Presbyteries throughout our Synod of the Covenant. Many words of gratitude go to the gathering planning team coordinator,  Betty Kennedy, the planning team members and the Covenant Presbyterian Church hosts for this excellent event!

Presbyterian Youth Triennium Delegation to Purdue University,West Lafayette, Indiana

      “Here’s My Heart” is planned for youth going into the 9th grade through high school. This popular triennial event for Presbyterian youth is held July 16-20, 2019, on the campus of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Youth and adults from 13 Presbytery of Scioto Valley (PSV) congregations gathered early Monday morning at Overbrook Presbyterian Church to board the chartered bus to travel to the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium on the campus of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. They will join with thousands of Presbyterian high school youth from across the denomination and around the world for this week-long celebratory event on the theme “Here’s My Heart”. Through worship, workshops, fun, fellowship and team-building exercises, the participants will grow spiritually and form lasting relationships, while enjoying an experience of a lifetime. Thanks to Reverend Mary Gause for coordinating …