Presbytery of Scioto Valley Leadership Conference and Retreat

Presbytery volunteer leaders serving on the Presbytery Coordinating Team and its Commissions recently gathered at the Procter Conference Center for a Leadership Conference and Retreat focusing on God’s Future for the Presbytery of Scioto Valley. During this short conference retreat led by Bob G. Armstrong, the gathering came up with a proposed three-year plan to prepare the presbytery for God’s future and the hosting of the 225th General Assembly (GA) of the PC(USA) in 2022. Focusing on forward thinking, topics included identifying our Presbytery Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA), ministry initiative grants, education on Presbyterian life, witness and the Reformed tradition, sustainable youth ministries, empowering congregations, new ways to measure church vitality, connecting congregations, global mission, campus ministries, regional gatherings and support, new interest groups, and preparations for hosting our denominational General Assembly (GA) in 2022. Watch for more information …

What Presbyterians Believe about Nature…

What Presbyterians Believe about Nature…              By Reverend Susan DeGeorge, Stated Clerk, Hudson River Presbytery Presbyterians come from a tradition that calls us to know, honor, rejoice in and care for God’s creation. Our Scripture – from Genesis to Revelation – invites us to be in relationship with trees that clap their hands, as Isaiah proclaims; water that quenches thirst, cleanses, teaches about justice and quiets our anxiety; and animals that serve as helpers, partners and teachers. Our belief is centered on the Word becoming flesh – physical matter. John Calvin, one of the forefathers of the Reformed tradition, viewed nature as an important source of knowledge of God, awakening us to God’s presence in our daily lives and, thus, is worthy of our care. For decades now, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has called us to …

Clerk’s Corner… by Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

March 20:At our last presbytery meeting on February 19, 2019, commissioners voted on the changes to the Book of Order technically called the Amendments to the Constitution. You may find those amendments on our presbytery website: www.psvonline.org, under Documents and Resources/Minutes Archives/Proposed Amendments for February 19. We voted to approve all but 18-C, which we voted not to approve. As of this week, a total of 132 presbyteries have voted, and those voters have been much the same as ours. All of the amendments have been approved, with the exception of 18-C which was disapproved. That means a new Book of Order will be printed this summer and available to us next fall. For those of you who were commissioners to this meeting, you have had an opportunity to be a part of our national process of our connectional system of government …

Robina Winbush – PRAYER CONCERN from ACROSS THE PRESBYTERY and AROUND THE PC(USA)…

Memorial Service for the Reverend Robina Winbush Friday, March 22, Noon. Calling Hours 10 am-12 Noon. Columbus Broad Street Presbyterian Church Prayers for the family, friends and colleagues of the Reverend Robina Winbush…Robina died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 12 in New York City. Robina, who grew up in Columbus at our Bethany Presbyterian Church, was the Associate Stated Clerk and the Director of Ecumenical Relations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Robina was a highly-respected ecumenical leader and will be missed by colleagues and friends across the denomination and around the world. Robina grew up in Columbus at our Bethany Presbyterian Church. She has been serving as the Associate Stated Clerk and the Director of Ecumenical Relations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  

PSV Commission for Nurture and Outreach News…

Three PSV Congregations Receive Session-Endorsed Mission Grants… Broad Street Presbyterian Church “Home Repair/Construction” Project received a grant of $2000 for home repair for needy homeowners in the Near East side of Columbus near the Broad Street Church. First Presbyterian Church, Grove City received $1000 for their laundromat ministry, “A Clean Idea”. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbus, received $500 for the Lincoln Village Youth and Community Garden. Session-endorsed Neighborhood Mission Grants are available through the Presbytery Commission for Nurture and Outreach. Visit the presbytery website for further information.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) Statistical Report… By Rick Jones, Office of the General Assembly, March 1, 2019

The largest age group in the PC(USA) continues to be 65 and older, while young people, 25 and younger, make up the smallest group. If you grew up in the church during the 1950s and 60s, you probably remember seeing packed sanctuaries and people of all ages participating in the ministry and activities. Most businesses were closed on Sundays except for restaurants who had a strong business from the “church crowd.” Fast forward fifty and sixty years and the landscape has changed. In many cases, the once-filled sanctuaries have more empty seats than filled ones. Churches have a lot of competition on Sundays now and extracurricular activities have taken the place of worship for many families. While congregations have been in decline for decades, the breakdown of age ranges has not changed, says Kris Valerius, Assistant Stated Clerk and manager of …

PC(USA) Self-Development of People… (SDOP)

Many of our congregations will be giving to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering through Lent. One part of this offering is the Self-Development of People (SDOP) program of the PC(USA). The Presbytery of Scioto Valley SDOP Committee recently participated in an SDOP grant. A $5,000 SDOP grant was awarded to an anti-poverty program here in Central Ohio thanks to last year’s donations to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.   Sunday, April 7 will be Self-Development of People Sunday. If you would like interpretative materials, or information about how eligible groups in your community can apply for grants, to:  https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/sdop/ If you’d like help with a “Minute for Mission,” or further information about PSV’s Self-Development of People Committee (SDOP), contact Rev. Les Sauer, [email protected]

2019 Presbytery-wide Winter Youth Retreat

135 Youth and Leaders gathered from across the Presbytery. With the theme of Lift Every Voice, the voices of those gathered at Camp Akita the weekend of February 22-24, did more that connect youth from ten churches in Scioto Valley. The retreat was an outward expression of love for God, one another and every part of creation. As the youth  and leaders wrote their prayers in the closing worship service, they prayed for the friendships and opportunities of the time together in such a beautiful place. They prayed for kindness, generosity, equality and the inclusion of all. They prayed for peace, safety, reconciliation and respect. They prayed for an end to hunger and homelessness. And, they prayed that every voice would be  heard! Let us all echo their prayers!   

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW) NEWS

Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley Winter Gathering was held on February 23 at the Circleville Presbyterian Church. Women from seven churches around the presbytery gathered for fellowship, worship, education and a focus on justice and peace. Those gathered learned helpful information about immigration issues, asylum, sanctuary and the paths to citizenship.   Mark your calendar……. Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Covenant Summer Gathering will be held July 12-13, 2019, at the 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. For more information contact Betty Kennedy, Gathering Coordinator, Email: [email protected] or (740) 285-4548 or Louise Davidson, Email: [email protected] or (614) 736-0042.

Parenting Books by Local Author Yvonne Gustafson

Yyonne Gustafson, Worthington Presbyterian Church Elder, recently published her second book on parenting. In Tools for the Toddler Years & Tools for the Preschool Years (Fall 2018), Dr. Gustafson expresses deep respect for the parents of young children. She reminds us that whether parents know it or not, they are offering within their family the first opportunity to learn that God loves us and sets standards for how we are to behave and show our love. These creative and helpful books are available through Amazon.