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March 16, 2017

(Repost) WV Disciples Online 3/15/17

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Great Retreat! 

WV Disciples Youth gathered for the Midwinter Retreat near Parkersburg last weekend, with 64 in attendance.   The theme of the weekend, from Ephesians 4,  was …Worthy…You have been called.
We are so grateful for the youth, their leaders, and tremendously talented adults who joined Rev. Ken Hardway in leading and providing care and covering many details.
You can see, it was a joyful place for the beloved community to explore their places in the Body of Christ. 

Stewardship Program for Your Congregation Teaching Stewardship is one of the marks of a Faithful Regional Church.  Church teaching is also clear that stewardship and generosity are marks of the faithful Christian life.  Stewardship and giving are joyful acts and signs of our participation with God in God’s world.  Stewardship is an invitation to draw nearer to our Lord.

The Center for Faith and Giving has the task of inviting us into this joy!  The materials that are provided are invitational and practical.  They are proven and trustworthy.  We invite you to engage in a disciplined season of teaching stewardship.  This is Disciples material written for Disciples as we seek to be faithful and generous in the lives God has given us.

Because of your generosity to Disciples Mission Fund, and through our regional partnership, these come with no cost.  Perhaps, like stewardship itself, it is simply a gift or an invitation to deepen our relationship with God.
In order for your congregation to access the program, your pastor needs to email Rev. Bruce Barkhauer at bbarkhauer@disciples.org
See an informational flyer here.

“Prayerscapes for Lent”

The Order of Ministry of our WV and PA Regions have joined forces again to present Prayerscapes for Lent, a daily devotional guide for your use and duplication.  A master copy is available for download here.  You are encouraged to offer the following information (in whole or in part) in your church bulletin, newsletter, and online communications:

Read Prayerscapes for Lent, daily devotions beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 1) through Easter, created by Disciples ministers of the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Regions.  You can read them daily in your inbox by subscribing (“Follow this Blog”) at prayerscapes.wordpress.com.  They will also appear on each region’s Facebook page daily, and will be available for download in booklet form soon.  If you have already subscribed during a prior season, you need not do it again… just be sure your email address is up-to-date.  We are grateful for the love and devotion to Christ seen through the lives and words of our ministers, and for the Regional Church who brings them to us!

Bethany Presents Brian McLaren

The 62nd Oreon E. Scott Lectures will be held April 24-25, 2017, at Bethany College. This year, our lecturer is Brian McLaren.
Registration for the Lectures opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 24, at the Mountainside Conference Center. The day’s events begin at 9:30 a.m. with a greeting, followed by McLaren’s first presentation.
During free time provided after the Monday afternoon lecture, you can tour Bethany’s two National Historic Landmarks – the Campbell Mansion and Old Main. You can also visit the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. in Bethany Memorial Church, followed by a worship service and sermon at the Church.  Read schedule and register here…

Mission First The Mission Council submitted the new priority – the result of more than a year of prayer and 80 Mission Gatherings across the U.S. and Canada – to the General Board this weekend. Here it is to start your own dreaming about how your congregation could make an impact in your surrounding community:

God calls us to work with and for children, youth and young adults so together we may share and receive the good news of Jesus Christ by creating communities of healing, learning and transformation.

Read the message from the Mission Council on the Mission First! page.

Mission First!

Discovering what God is doing in the world through Disciples of Christ. Disciples making Mission First!

missionfirst.disciples.orgWhen a Baby Cries for Heroin Roger Curry, Diaconal Minister for the Region, offers this reflection…    When a baby is hungry, she cries for milk.   Then, she sleeps. And we look at her and know God’s meaning of life.    What does a Christian do when a baby cries for heroin.    They cry because they are in the hell of withdrawal.  Maybe we should cry too. We should pray, God, take the pain from this innocent.   Lord, don’t let this baby believe that this is all there is to life, just one endless pain.    Doctors have a name for what the baby is going thru – NAS – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.  Just giving it a name doesn’t make it any the less ugly.     And nationally, NAS babies born have TRIPLED in the last 15 years.    West Virginia “leads” the nation in NAS babies.  35 of 1000 babies born in West Virginia are drug addicted.   In Pennsylvania, 20 of 1000 babies are born drug addicted.       And this does not even count the babies who are not born addicted, but who have suffered some permanent damage from drug or alcohol use by the mother. In some West Virginia counties, fully 50% of children are born to a mother who has used illegal drugs or is drunk throughout the pregnancy. I often hear drug and alcohol addicted mothers swear oh-so piously that they quit using when they were pregnant. I don’t believe them. You would be a fool to believe them.  They are liars.  Addiction is stronger than the parental bond.    In utero, some drugs cross the membrane into the baby’s blood stream, including  heroin, morphine, oxycodone, buprenorphine (Subutex®) and other opiates. Other drugs are present in breast milk. That includes methamphetamine, a horribly addictive drug.  The mother is addicted, so the baby is addicted. Oh, and fathers are not at all innocent.  The father is often the guy who “turned the mother on” to drugs.  They are equally or more so a part of this dismal equation. They are alsp usually the ones who arrange to move the family from state-to-state, to stay one step ahead of Child Protective Services.    Notice I call them “fathers.”  “Daddy’s” don’t do these awful things to children.    I am a prosecutor. As of this writing in February 2017, in a county of 17,000 people, I have filed 17 abuse and neglect cases this year. 15 of those are due to malignant drug addiction of the parents.  (I wrote the first draft of this article two nights ago – At that time, I had filed 14 cases.  We’ve had a busy week.)    Overall, 80% of the abuse and neglect cases are based on the parents’ profound drug addiction.    The mother and father get high and are too messed up to care for their children.  So often do we see a 10 year old who “parents” young siblings.  The parents spend money – hundreds of dollars a week — which should have gone to food and to housing the family.  Necessarily, in the “drug scene,” the parents hang out with the worst sort of criminals, even with the people who are too smart to use drugs but evil enough to sell them.     Last week, we had one addicted baby died.    So, pray. Our church is.    Cry. I have.    James had something to say: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothes and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “God in peace, be warmed and filled,” whithout given them the things needed for the body, what good it that? James 2:14    Maybe James is suggesting that if ALL we do is cry and pray, we’re the worst kind of hypocrites. We ask, “What would Jesus do?”  Usually, we have already decided that Jesus would do exactly what we have already decided.  We hug ourselves because we are all Christ-like.  That’s false pride.    Jesus was a MAN.  He was a MAN’S MAN.     Jesus was not just some namby pamby big mouth.  Didn’t he teach us to stand up to evil?  The moneychangers in the Temple were popular.  They made money for the Temple.  The priests loved them. But they defiled the Temple.  He threw them out.    He stood up before a crowd with big rocks in their hands, standing between them and a prostitute. He shamed them by daring the one without sin to cast the first stone.     We are now in Lent.  This is the time that we celebrate – and dread – our Lord facing an execution – which he knew was coming.  He could have turned around before He got to the gates of Jerusalem.  He didn’t.  He defied the Roman Governor, the person who had Jesus’ life in his hands – He dismissed Pilate with “That’s what you say.”  And he claimed the title of King, telling Pilate that his “Kingdom is not of this world.”    He was a MAN.    So, can anyone hear the challenge he is giving us?    Actually, He is giving us several challenges.    These babies, these tiny children, need so much care, for they have extraordinary needs. And that is our first job, to care for the victims. We do it by providing medical care.  West Virginia spends $20 million per year in Medicaid funds  on addicted kids alone.  And the rest of us can help by applying Christ’s specialty:  Love. Many newborn wards and neonatal intensive care units will train volunteers to come in and care for these children. It mainly consist of comforting them and holding them as they go through the purgatory of withdrawal. And this is a critical time – these children need lots of human contact. They need lots of love. Were they to be returned to their drug addicted parents – and don’t worry, they won’t be – they would come in a distant second to drugs. They would not and WILL NOT get love if WE don’t provide it.     I hope you’re hopping mad by now.  I hope you have decided that the “other guy” cannot do it all.  There are ten two letter words that fit:  “If it is to be, it is up to me.”    There is the old mountain story of the three hunters who pass by a river.  They see a baby drowning.  They wade in to save the baby.  Then another baby appears in the river.  And then another. And another. And soon, the water is full drowning babies. And our society is full of drowning babies.  So one hunter climbs out of the river.  One of his companions asks “Hey, where are you going? These people need us.” And the first hunter replies, “Keep saving the kids.  I’m going upstream to stop whoever is throwing them in.”    Some Christians must help the victims. And some must go upstream. Someone is throwing these babies in to drown.    Wait a minute, what about the concept of turning the other cheek? Well, that’s a fair question. Was Jesus telling us turn the other cheek, and to let the chips fall as to the rest of God’s people?  Or maybe he saw “turn the other cheek” as some sort of suicide pact.  No, that’s Jim Jones’ theology.  Our Lord wanted us to avoid needless and stupid conflicts – not to sacrifice our children to evil.    So, what is a Christian to do?  First, we need to identify why we are doing nothing.  The answer is easy:  We are too lazy, too busy and too scared.    It’s hard to volunteer to do anything.  It’s hard to approach a problem one person at a time.  It’s far preferable to serve on a little board and make grand pronouncements about policy.  You get noticed!   Maybe there’s a name in the paper for you.  But where the rubber meets the road is caring for each little one.     And it’s hard to find the time.  We are busy making money, doing deals.  God must like money, because he has sent so many preachers of “abundance theology.”  But Marley, the mythical ghost, has the best response:  “Business???  MANKIND is your business!”    And we’re scared.  The drug world is scary.    And let’s face it, some drug dealers are frightening.  Not many – most are pathetic putzes who have big mouths and no guts.  But part of the body of Christ IS willing to confront them, whoever they are.  I always like to see a cross on the right pocket of a police uniform.  It’s not just a statement of faith, it’s a statement of commitment.  Being frightened has nothing to do with real commitment.     And all of the rest of the body of Christ CAN make a difference.  Think – You know a drug dealer.  Maybe it’s through your kid’s school.   Maybe you know of a house with visitors at all hours of the night.  Maybe you see suspicious activity on the street.  Tell someone.  Just tell someone.  Police depend on “intelligence.”  When they know of a new meth house that has been established, they can develop probable cause to raid it.     It can be as simple as making law enforcement welcome in the church and in the schools, to pray, to talk, to teach.  It can be as simple as supporting spending public moneys on drug treatment  centers instead of ever-more prisons.  Prisons store people.  Prisons don’t cure people.    Have you heard about the War on Drugs?  I have sad news for you: We lost.  America is on her knees.  It will take a new dedication, a new revolution, to raise our society.    So, send me the followers of Jesus, the Christ of all Crises.  Together – and ONLY together –  we can raise God’s people from their bleeding knees.

Summer Internship Available The Region is pleased to announce the opening for applications of the 2017 Tad Fitzsimmons Youth Ministry Internship.  The 2017 Tad Fitzsimmons Youth Ministry Intern will serve on the staff of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia for a minimum of one, and up to three, weeks surrounding our camps/conference season (June 11-16 for camps, July 2-8 for conference), with starting and ending dates being somewhat negotiable.  The intern will serve on the staff of one or more of the events, and be supervised by the directors of each respective event in conjunction with an Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

All room and board will be provided and the position will carry with it a $250.00 per-week stipend. All travel costs will be covered. The intern will be expected to participate fully in each event, through the sharing of his or her gifts for ministry with the event and the participants.

Following the internship, the intern shall provide a narrative of his or her learning experiences to the Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and shall schedule time to discuss the experience with him and with other Regional Staff.

The position will be shaped by the intern’s particular strengths and by the event’s needs. It is anticipated that the position will play into the intern’s particular gifts and graces.

A preferable candidate for the internship will be a high-school graduate and must be an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Preference will be given to those considering ministry as a vocation.

To apply, provide a letter indicating your interest, your concept of youth ministry and the value of church camps and conferences. Please limit this to two (2) pages, double-spaced. Also, please provide three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your minister.

Applications and letters of recommendation need to be submitted by April 28th, 2017.  Please send all documents to the Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, The Rev. Kenneth Hardway via his e-mail at k.hardway@yahoo.com

Camps & Conference Promotion The summer will soon be here, and we will be looking forward to a great season of camps and conference for WV Disciples youth!  Save the dates now: Junior Camp (completed grades 3-5) June 11-16 ChiRho Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 11-16 Camp Campbell (completed K through Grade 2) June 14-16   – get the flyer for Junior/ChiRho/Campbell CYF Conference (completed grades 9-12) July 2-8 at Bethany College – get the flyer

Congregations: Have You Submitted Your Yearbook Report? The congregations and pastors of the region are reminded that reporting to the Yearbook and Directory is a process that is well underway and ends in March.  Please find your report forms now, and complete the process on paper or online.  It’s very important to the life of our covenant together as church, and also is critical in your congregation maintaining its 501(c)(3) status under the blanket provision of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.  Please don’t let this slip through the cracks!

Disciples Women’s Gatherings Please share the following news with the women of your congregation.  WV Disciples Spring Gatherings April 22 – Fairmont  11 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 29 – Charleston  11 a.m. – 2 p.m. REGISTER ONLINE! Download full-size photo to print
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Disciples News The Disciples News Service offers regularly-published updates of news from around the church.  You can read that March 1 issue here.

Flyer from the Pension Fund

The Pension Fund offers a handy flyer detailing steps to follow when calling a pastor.  You may download a copy here.

Mission Camp at Wilkinsburg
Come help the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, situated in an urban neighborhood of Pittsburgh, by volunteering to help renovate their building which is used for their active peacemaking ministry. Most needed are skilled workers, especially in carpentry.  Workers can live and eat for free at the church and experience first hand the dynamic ministry of this congregation. Come anytime between June 23 – July 2. Please contact Pastor Janet Hellner-Burris at pastorjanethb@gmail.com.  Pleasesee this flyer for more info.

New For Treasurers  from the Christian Church Foundation: The Handbook for Treasurers of congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been updated to take into account changes in health care for church employees. You can download and print a copy here: http://www.christianchurchfoundation.org/…/Treasurer’sHandb…

General Assembly July 8-12 in Indianapolis Visit ga.disciples.org for details and registration. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS 3/31

Legacies for Fall, 2016

The Regional Church, in partnership with our sister region and the Christian Church Foundation, is pleased to offer a new edition of Legacies – our planned giving periodical designed to help you and your congregation grow as stewards of God’s good gifts.
You can read a copy online here, or download a tabloid (11×17) for copying for your congregation (the 3rd sheet is designed to be printed on two sides of an 8.5×11 sheet as an insert).
Your congregation’s office will receive sample copies to distribute, unless you reply now and advise us that you do not desire them to be mailed.  We appreciate your help in saving costs by duplicating in your own congregation.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 hereAbout 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 dtchafin@gmail.com for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue.  Some photos will be gladly received as well.  Try to send items a week in advance of the Wednesday 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
3/19 – Lent 3 – Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org
3/20 – Commission on Ministry at Charleston UDOCC
4/22 – Women’s Gathering at Fairmont
4/29 – Women’s Gathering at Charleston

6/11 – 16 ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/14-16  Camp Campbell
7/2-8 – CYF Conference

Check out our planning calendar online!

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

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March 1, 2017

(Repost) WV Disciples Online for 3/1/17

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The ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

Blessed Ash Wednesday “Prayerscapes for Lent”

The Order of Ministry of our WV and PA Regions have joined forces again to present Prayerscapes for Lent, a daily devotional guide for your use and duplication.  A master copy is available for download here.  You are encouraged to offer the following information (in whole or in part) in your church bulletin, newsletter, and online communications:

Read Prayerscapes for Lent, daily devotions beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 1) through Easter, created by Disciples ministers of the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Regions.  You can read them daily in your inbox by subscribing (“Follow this Blog”) at prayerscapes.wordpress.com.  They will also appear on each region’s Facebook page daily, and will be available for download in booklet form soon.  If you have already subscribed during a prior season, you need not do it again… just be sure your email address is up-to-date.  We are grateful for the love and devotion to Christ seen through the lives and words of our ministers, and for the Regional Church who brings them to us!

Meet the New General Minister From Disciples News Service:

The General Board voted to forward the name of Rev. Teresa (Terri) Hord Owens to the 2017 General Assembly as the nominee for General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

A Disciple since young adulthood, Hord Owens is currently dean of students at the University of Chicago Divinity School and pastor of First Christian Church of Downers Grove, IL.

Search Committee Chair Jackie Bunch reviewed the process for the General Board before the members of the board had the opportunity to meet Hord Owens in small groups and in the plenary. Of more than 40 people recommended last summer, nine were screened in accordance with the executive search process. Four were then interviewed in person in October by the search committee. Just prior to the General Board meeting, three candidates were interviewed by the Administrative Committee to determine which candidate to recommend to the board.

Rev. Owens is widely sought after as a preacher, speaker and workshop facilitator. Her ministry and intellectual interests include a theology of reconciliation, cultural intelligence, developing inclusive and multi-cultural congregations, and the mentoring of youth and young adults. She is married to Walter Owens, Jr., with whom she will soon celebrate 30 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of an adult son, W. Mitchell Owens, III.

Mission First The Mission Council submitted the new priority – the result of more than a year of prayer and 80 Mission Gatherings across the U.S. and Canada – to the General Board this weekend. Here it is to start your own dreaming about how your congregation could make an impact in your surrounding community:

God calls us to work with and for children, youth and young adults so together we may share and receive the good news of Jesus Christ by creating communities of healing, learning and transformation.

Read the message from the Mission Council on the Mission First! page.

Mission First!

Discovering what God is doing in the world through Disciples of Christ. Disciples making Mission First!

missionfirst.disciples.orgMarch into Midwinter Registration and promotional material is being mailed to your congregation.  Please help us spread the word of an exciting March into Midwinter at Crossroads Camp, near Parkersburg, March 10-12. You can download the ChurchPak here, with all forms and flyer.
Online Registration: wvdisciples.org Download this flyer

Summer Internship Available The Region is pleased to announce the opening for applications of the 2017 Tad Fitzsimmons Youth Ministry Internship.  The 2017 Tad Fitzsimmons Youth Ministry Intern will serve on the staff of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia for a minimum of one, and up to three, weeks surrounding our camps/conference season (June 11-16 for camps, July 2-8 for conference), with starting and ending dates being somewhat negotiable.  The intern will serve on the staff of one or more of the events, and be supervised by the directors of each respective event in conjunction with an Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

All room and board will be provided and the position will carry with it a $250.00 per-week stipend. All travel costs will be covered. The intern will be expected to participate fully in each event, through the sharing of his or her gifts for ministry with the event and the participants.

Following the internship, the intern shall provide a narrative of his or her learning experiences to the Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and shall schedule time to discuss the experience with him and with other Regional Staff.

The position will be shaped by the intern’s particular strengths and by the event’s needs. It is anticipated that the position will play into the intern’s particular gifts and graces.

A preferable candidate for the internship will be a high-school graduate and must be an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Preference will be given to those considering ministry as a vocation.

To apply, provide a letter indicating your interest, your concept of youth ministry and the value of church camps and conferences. Please limit this to two (2) pages, double-spaced. Also, please provide three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your minister.

Applications and letters of recommendation need to be submitted by April 28th, 2017.  Please send all documents to the Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, The Rev. Kenneth Hardway via his e-mail at k.hardway@yahoo.com

Camps & Conference Promotion The summer will soon be here, and we will be looking forward to a great season of camps and conference for WV Disciples youth!  Save the dates now: Junior Camp (completed grades 3-5) June 11-16 ChiRho Camp (completed grades 6-8) June 11-16 Camp Campbell (completed K through Grade 2) June 14-16   – get the flyer for Junior/ChiRho/Campbell CYF Conference (completed grades 9-12) July 2-8 at Bethany College – get the flyer

Thursday: Bethany Founder’s Day

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BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold its annual Founder’s Day celebration Thursday, March 3, in honor of Bethany’s 176 years as a small college of national distinction. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg — Bethany’s recently appointed President — will address attendees at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall.

Rodenberg, who began her tenure as Bethany’s 20th president on January 1, 2016, had previously served as the Vice President of Advancement at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

As Vice President for Advancement at Brite Divinity School at TCU, Rodenberg headed a team of advancement officers who have successfully completed major fundraising initiatives to enrich the permanent endowment and the annual operating budget. She lead Brite into a celebration of Brite Divinity Schools Centennial that will fund faculty chairs, create new scholarships and stipends for students, and expand cross-cultural education and travel immersion experiences.

Prior to her arrival at Brite in 2011, Rodenberg completed a two-year intentional interim presidency at the Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont, California. Under her leadership, the Foundation increased its endowment, instituted new financial controls, converted the donor tracking process, changed investment advisors, and emerged with one of the institution’s first successful audits.

From 2006-2009, she served the Foundation as Dean for Southern California, where she was responsible for the oversight and development of the educational programs.

She also has been an adjunct professor in sociology, ethics and religion at various institutions, and has worked in development and strategic planning. A graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, Rodenberg has served as the campus minister of the University of Kentucky as well as a congregational minister at Christian churches in Kentucky and California.  She earned a doctorate in philosophy, Christian Ethics and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in 2006.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Campbell Cemetery, weather permitting. The wreath will be placed at the gravesite of Alexander Campbell (1788-1866), Bethany College’s founder and first president. Guests are invited to visit the Campbell Mansion, one of Bethany’s National Historic Landmarks, following the ceremony.

Founder’s Day at Bethany College is observed on the first Thursday of March. The College received its official charter from the Legislature of Virginia March 2, 1840. The charter was affirmed June 20, 1863, by the Legislature of the newly formed state of West Virginia.

Congregations: Have You Submitted Your Yearbook Report? The congregations and pastors of the region are reminded that reporting to the Yearbook and Directory is a process that is well underway and ends in March.  Please find your report forms now, and complete the process on paper or online.  It’s very important to the life of our covenant together as church, and also is critical in your congregation maintaining its 501(c)(3) status under the blanket provision of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.  Please don’t let this slip through the cracks!

Disciples Women’s Gatherings Please share the following news with the women of your congregation.  WV Disciples Spring Gatherings April 22 – Fairmont  11 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 29 – Charleston  11 a.m. – 2 p.m. REGISTER ONLINE! Download full-size photo to print
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Philips University Offers Scholarship The Phillips University Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce it is accepting new applications for its Undergraduate Scholarship and Leadership Development Program for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The Legacy Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholarship and Leadership Development Program makes annual awards of up to $5,000 per year to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a liberal arts education at any of the 17 colleges or universities currently or historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Recipients are chosen based on their academic achievements, their present and potential leadership in the church, their chosen vocation, and their community.  It is not a requirement that recipients attend a church that is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  The program is available to incoming freshmen as well as college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Mar. 10 is the Deadline to apply.  Contact David Chafin for links to the forms.

Mission Camp at Wilkinsburg
Come help the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, situated in an urban neighborhood of Pittsburgh, by volunteering to help renovate their building which is used for their active peacemaking ministry. Most needed are skilled workers, especially in carpentry.  Workers can live and eat for free at the church and experience first hand the dynamic ministry of this congregation. Come anytime between June 23 – July 2.
Please contact Pastor Janet Hellner-Burris at pastorjanethb@gmail.com.  Pleasesee this flyer for more details.

Buffalo Seminary March 13-14 “Ethics of Influence and Persuasion,” led by Nathan Day Wilson Senior Minister of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Shelbyville, IN Clergy, whether they wish it or not, are invested by their congregations with considerable influence and a forum for persuasion. Indeed, we all exert influence and engage in persuasion daily. But do we do so ethically? Do we step back when we should step forward? Do we abuse our influence and power? How can we know that our use of influence and power are for the good of the Kingdom and not the good of ourselves or our narrow constituency? Come and explore the ethics of influence and power.

Register Online for this event Download flyer to share events in your congregation

Insurance Board Offers Free Webinars…

What is the right background check to perform for various staff/volunteer positions within your church?
Learn about best practices in screening for your church. Our partner, Praesidium, the leader in abuse prevention programs, will conduct the FREE webinar.

Wed. March 8th at 2pm EST.   –  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO…

NEW FOR TREASURERS  from the Christian Church Foundation: The Handbook for Treasurers of congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been updated to take into account changes in health care for church employees. You can download and print a copy here: http://www.christianchurchfoundation.org/…/Treasurer’sHandb…

 

For Ministers and Congregations from the Pension Fund Pension Fund now has two great resources for ministers (and their tax preparers). As in year’s past, we’re still making available the Minister’s Guide for 2016 Income Tax but this year, as part of the Excellence in Ministry program, Pension Fund is providing a new eBook from the ECFA: Ministers’ Taxes Made Easy-2017 Edition. Both are great resources aimed at helping you navigate this tax season to make your filing easier.
Also, new this year from the ECFA, an eBook for congregations: Church Reporting Made Easy-2017 Edition. From charitable gift reporting to reporting as an employer, this guide helps congregations complete the forms that must be filed this tax season. To access these free resources, click here.

General Assembly July 8-12 in Indianapolis Visit ga.disciples.org for details and registration.

Legacies for Fall, 2016

The Regional Church, in partnership with our sister region and the Christian Church Foundation, is pleased to offer a new edition of Legacies – our planned giving periodical designed to help you and your congregation grow as stewards of God’s good gifts.
You can read a copy online here, or download a tabloid (11×17) for copying for your congregation (the 3rd sheet is designed to be printed on two sides of an 8.5×11 sheet as an insert).
Your congregation’s office will receive sample copies to distribute, unless you reply now and advise us that you do not desire them to be mailed.  We appreciate your help in saving costs by duplicating in your own congregation.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 hereAbout 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 dtchafin@gmail.com for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue.  Some photos will be gladly received as well.  Try to send items a week in advance of the Wednesday 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
3/1 –  Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins  – Visit prayerscapes.wordpress.com and www.lifeinliturgy.org
3/5 – Lent 1 – Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org
3/10-12 – Midwinter Youth Retreat …Read and Register here
4/22 – Women’s Gathering at Fairmont
4/29 – Women’s Gathering at Charleston

6/11 – 16 ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/14-16  Camp Campbell
7/2-8 – CYF Conference

Check out our planning calendar online!

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

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