Clerk’s Corner… From PSV Stated Clerk, Reverend Sally Robinson

I would love to have a quarter for every time over the years I have heard the phrase “General Assembly, they….” as though GA were some sort of nefarious entity in which most of us have no part. I could have retired a very rich woman, and sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. In the words of the immortal Pogo, “We have met the enemy and they are us.” Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly are us. You elect your session, sessions elect commissioners to presbytery and presbyteries elect commissioners to Synod and General Assembly. With all that said, we have a chance to bring some changes to the Book of Order. We will be voting on Amendments to our Constitution at our stated meeting on February 19. The amendments will be part of the docket for the meeting, …


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN IN THE SYNOD OF THE COVENANT WILL GATHER JULY 12-13, 2019 AT COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 2070 RIDGECLIFF ROAD, COLUMBUS, OH  43221 THEME:  What will the Lord Require of You? Keynote Speakers include Eugenia Gamble, author of the 2019 Bible Study and Carol Winkler, former Moderator of Churchwide Presbyterian Women (Registration material will be coming soon!)

The 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held in Columbus, Ohio, in 2022!

  Plans are already being made by our Presbytery to prepare for the honor of hosting the 225th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 25-July 2, 2022. Many members of our presbytery will remember the excitement and joy of hosting the 214th General Assembly in Columbus in 2002. There are abundant ways to be involved in hosting a PC(USA) General Assembly, and many volunteers will be needed. If you want to be involved in the planning for the 225th General Assembly, please email: [email protected]

Annual Partners in Education (PIE) Event January 12 at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church

Over 100 elders, pastors and leaders from forty churches across the presbytery gathered on a snowy Saturday in January for the annual PIE classes and workshops in leadership, education, elder, deacon and clerk training, and healthy boundaries training, along with worship, food and fellowship, displays and even a bookstore.  Guest speaker was Bryce Wiebe, Presbyterian Church USA Director of Special Offerings. Many words of thanks go to the Hilliard Presbyterian Church for the gracious hosting of this annual event and to the Partners in Education (PIE) Planning Team led by PIE Chairperson Kathi Bubb.

News from the Presbytery of Detroit Hands-On Mission Work Groups

The Hands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit invites Mission Work Groups during the summer or for an Alternative Break Week during the school year. With over 10 years of experience, the Presbytery Work Group can offer a wide variety of service opportunities that will suit the work team’s skills and interests. Opportunities include: urban gardening, building and remodeling, handicap ramp installations, homeless outreach, clothing sites, feeding programs, and many others. Over a dozen churches assist in hosting the work groups. For more information, contact: Michael Barconey, Hands-On Mission Coordinator of Detroit Presbytery: [email protected] or 313-903-6609 (cell).

Clerk’s Corner…By Reverend Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

Happy New Year! I am looking forward to meeting more new folks and working with many of you in the coming year. I am also looking forward to some special projects for this new year which I will share with you in coming weeks. This week I want to talk about what our statistics guru at General Assembly, Kris Valerius, calls “Stats Season.” “Stats Season” is what congregations and presbyteries are in the middle of right now. Clerks of Sessions are filling out forms with all the numbers that tell the story of their church and the work the churches are doing. Presbyteries and Synods also fill out forms about changes within their body in the past year. While filling out forms and reading session and presbytery minutes is not something I learned in seminary, I enjoy it all because …

Ostrander Presbyterian Church….

  Ostrander Presbyterian Church celebrated the 4 years of faithful ministry by their pastor, the Reverend Dr. Tom Martin, upon the occasion of his last Sunday on December 30. Highlights of this inspiring celebration service included delightful special music, a piper, and a dialogue sermon with music by Pastor Tom and Granddaughter Louisa.

Mission Trip for Hurricane Recovery to Panama City, Florida

Worthington Presbyterian Church  has been invited by Hamilton Presbyterian church to partner in a MISSION TRIP FOR HURRICANE RECOVERY  February 3-9, 2019. An extraordinary opportunity to be the first group to go to Panama City, FL and prepare the way for future mission teams!  We need 15 men from our Presbytery, serving together with 25 men from Miami Valley Presbytery (it’s an all-male group because there is only one functional lodge right now).  Please contact Pastor Tom Rice ([email protected]) about details.  A deposit of $75 is due to Pastor Tom (payable to: Worthington Presbyterian Church 773 High St. Worthington, OH 43085) by January 11, 2019.  The cost is $250 per person.  Scholarships are available.  

An Investment in the Future…2019 Per Capita Comments by Christine Burns, Fredericktown Pastor

By now, your session clerk and the pastor of each church have received a letter from the presbytery showing the amount of Per Capita due in 2019 for your congregation. While Per Capita began in 1734 as a way to promote our connection to one another as a denomination, the new amount of just $35.75 per member is not only a part of our history, but instead is a vital and substantial investment in our future. The majority of each contribution, $23.55, stays in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley to support every congregation in the presbytery. These funds not only pay our paid staff members, but are also used to fund mission grants, the work of our commissions to provide support to congregations, and to provide pastoral support and transitions across our vast geographic area. Your investment in the future …

Hanging Rock Area Church Professionals Gathering

Pastors and colleagues in ministry from the southern churches in the Presbytery gathered in Jackson today, December 12, for a delightful holiday gathering lunch and conversation of the Hanging Rock Area Church Professionals. Today’s gathering included: David Faulkner, Harrisonville; Rob Martin, Athens; Joe Fields, Waverly; Carson Hunt, Ironton; Shelley Wiley, Jackson; Jim and Patti Snyder, Sardis and Moriah; Liz Wagner, Logan; Charlsie Ramsey, PSV Past-Moderator; Dagmar Romage, Presbytery staff; Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk; Kay Puckett, Honorably Retired; Christine Burns, Fredericktown. All pastors and church professionals, especially in the Hanging Rock area (southern churches), are invited to the monthly lunches and conversations normally on the 4th Wednesdays. The next gathering will be on January 23rd at the Jackson Arch and Eddies Restaurant. Lunch will be at noon, with a time of Bible study and sermon preparation at 11 am. For …