FCC News

October 14, 2015

Repost: WV Disciples online for October 14,2015

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Week of the Ministry

At Pension Fund, we’re passionate about working with those passionate about ministry. We recognize it takes courage to answer God’s call to ministry and continue to carry out His good work.
This week is Week of the Ministry, created as a reminder to honor and celebrate the call to ministry. During the 82nd Week of the Ministry, consider:

  • Encouraging your peers or congregation to participate in Week of the Ministry activities
  • Honoring your pastor’s ordination
  • Supporting those in or interested in a career in ministry

Week of the Ministry was created as a reminder to honor and celebrate the call to ministry. During Week of the Ministry, consider encouraging your peers or congregation to participate in Week of the Ministry activities or honor your pastor’s ordination.

Celebrate week of Ministry
Pension Fund thanks you for making a difference in the world (one person, community and ministry at a time).
Access Week of the Ministry materials and congregational resources
online at 
www.pensionfund.org/week-of-ministry, including

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Ministerial Standing Renewal
All ministers with standing should have received an email requesting completion of the ministerial standing forms (and congregational confirmations).  If you did not, or need a new copy, pleasecontact David Chafin right away.  Deadline for completion is Oct. 21.

Buffalo Seminary
PA School for Congregational Life
Nov. 14 
at Toftrees Resort in State College, PA – featuring various workshops of interest.
See the PA website for more info and registration

These events are open to all church leaders who wish to give effort to serious study for leadership growth.  Costs are minimal to participants, thanks to our supporters, and continuing education credits will be provided by Bethany College.  Questions? Contact Dr. Larry Grimes, Dean of the Seminary.

WV Council of Churches Annual Assembly

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! West Virginia Council of Churches, 134th Annual Assembly, October 18-19, 2015 Public Policy Forum, October 20, 2015, Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Charleston, WV 25301 Guest Preacher: Bishop McKinley Young Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Sunday, October 18 7:00 pm

Sunday Evening, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
Guest Preacher – Bishop McKinley Young
Third Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Monday Morning, October 19, 7:30 a.m.
Ecumenical Breakfast Speaker: Senator Joe Manchin III

October 19th Plenary Sessions

Responding to Substance Abuse in West Virginia
Panel Discussion with Rev. James Patterson, Partnership of African American Churches; Martha Polinsky of the Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

The Church’s Response to Racism
Bishop McKinley Young

Starting a Community Reentry Council for Ex-offenders
Rev. Beverly Sharp

Workshops and discussion groups on dismantling racism, starting a community reentry council, Day of Hope substance abuse initiative, Healthy Bodies/Healthy Spirits, Pan Methodist gathering, WV Interfaith Power and Light, and a planning session on the State of Appalachia.

For more information or to register for the Annual Assembly,
please go to the West Virginia Council of Churches website 

A call to prayer 
In anticipation of the Mission First! Mission Gatherings, the Office of General Minister and President issues this reminder:  Prayer will be a major part of our preparation for a mighty movement of God. Disciples, let us pray! Let’s open our spirits to the Spirit of God as we seek to make a difference through Mission First!

Mission First! prompts Disciples to listen for God’s call to mission in the 21st century world. It is also a 2-year pilot of a model for identifying shared mission for our entire Church and working in partnership to fulfill it. At the heart of Mission First! are Mission Gatherings which will take place in 2016. All Disciples are invited to participate and share their congregation’s particular passion within God’s larger mission as well as be inspired to action by the stories of others.
As we prepare and implement Mission Gatherings, let’s listen to the Spirit. Let’s pray for a shared sense of call within God’s larger mission; that we will identify ways to work together that we may never have dreamed of before. Let’s seek God’s inspiration and leadership as we put God’s Mission First! among Disciples. Let us bathe Mission First! in intentional prayer and action.

Beginning in October, you will receive a weekly e-mail prompt for prayer and action.  Thank you in advance for your participation through prayer. Click here to learn more about Mission Gatherings near you or more information about prayer teams and other ways to support!   Sign up for weekly prayer prompts.

Get re-inspired. You can watch (or share) General Minister and President Sharon Watkins’ address from the 2015 General Assembly.   Link to Video

Stay Connected!
Wondering where to get information about events, resources or recent news in the general Church? Keep up with all the latest from the general Church by subscribing to Disciples News Service, a weekly e-letter. Sign up here

About the News…
It is our intent to offer this weekly news, published Wednesday mornings, for use throughout the region, as a means to help us stay more connected.  We hope you’ll encourage others to follow and subscribe by using the “Forward to a Friend” link below, and by sharing this on Facebook & Twitter.

If you have news of an important event in the life of your congregation that might have broad appeal, please forward it to dchafin@wvdisciples.org for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue.  Some photos will be gladly received as well.  Try to send items a week in advance of theWednesday publication date.

For now, we thank you for your participation in our regional church life, and urge you to share the word of this new publication schedule with the folks in your congregation.

Upcoming Events

10/18-19 – WV Council of Churches Assembly – visitwww.wvcc.org

10/21 – Deadline for Ministerial Standing Renewal process – emaildchafin@wvdisciples.org

10/18 – Proper 24B – 21st Sundayafter Pentecost

11/14 – Pennsylvania School for Congregational Life: www.padisciples.org

11/21 – Regional Board Meeting(10:30)

FEB 57, 2016: Midwinter Youth Retreat at Crossroads Camp

Learn more about us

Visit www.wvdisciples.org to discover more about your Regional Church.  Our NewsWire contains past and future news of the region, and will house these weekly news items.

You’ll find a wealth of learning events provided by our Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College described on our webpage, and can follow the events and their follow-up at our Buffalo Bits blog.

We publish Life in Liturgy to assist your congregational leaders in planning worship. Visitwww.lifeinliturgy.org

You’ll discover back issues of our Regional Newsletter, Legacies (our planned giving magazine), and other helpful publications on ourpublications page.


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