FCC News

May 17, 2017

(Repost) WV Disciples Online 5/17/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:45 am
Upcoming…

5/21- Easter 6 
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

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

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



Camp & Conference Details Announced

It is with great excitement and optimism we announce that Parchment Valley Conference Center located in Ripley, WV is our new location for ChiRho/Junior camps and Camp Campbell Kids Camp. The change of location has risen late in the camp planning stage, but we both agree it is a positive, necessary change. Our youth will be welcomed with open arms not only by your Regional staff, but by the staff of Parchment Valley. There is plenty of housing for all, a pool, a fully equipped dining hall and lots of open land to experience God’s presence and purpose together. We will be the only group using the facility during our week and oversight by our camp counseling staff will be afforded the opportunity to chaperone the rolling hills and children with ease and visibility.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to, during or following camp, please reach out to Rev. Hardway on his mobile phone at (304)780-1989, Rev. Allen on his mobile phone at (304)633-2428 or the Regional office at (304)428-1681.

This will be a great week of camp, and a milestone in the life of the faith of your children, yourselves, and the counselors involved. Rest assured, God will be with us!  CYF Conference will continue to meet at Bethany College.

You can download the ChurchPak with all the needed information and promotional flyers for both Camps and Conference here in PDF or here in a Word .doc.
Register now online at www.wvdisciples.org.


Disciples Historical Society Seeks President
The Disciples of Christ Historical Society, located in Bethany, West Virginia, seeks to call a steward to be our next President. The called person will be given a unique opportunity to serve in continuity within the tradition of extending the ministry of Christ. The successful candidate will be afforded the opportunity to work in an historic, academic and bucolic setting. The position will be located in a newly refurbished reception area and a newly constructed state-of-the-art archival facility that is contiguous to the Alexander Campbell historic sites and within walking distance of sites honored with the national landmark status….Read more


Annual Campaign Strategies for Your Church
What makes for a successful campaign?  Join Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith and Giving for a conversation about proven methods to underwrite your congregation’s mission and ministry.  This session is FREE!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/340290765 
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 340-290-765 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready

–OR–

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/140899621 
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3112
Access Code: 140-899-621 
First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready


General Assembly Just Around the Corner!

Reports & resolutions You can access the reports and resolutions for the 2017 General Assembly on the General Assembly website.


Because You Asked…

Popular Chalice Hymnal Available For Order During Summer 2017
Publisher Taking Pre-orders Now for Delivery By Advent

ST. LOUIS – After a two-year hiatus, a limited run ofChalice Hymnal is in the works for the fall of 2017.Chalice Press, the publishing house of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is now taking pre-orders for the hymnal and must receive at least 500 orders to carry out the printing. Orders received by Labor Day (September 4, 2017) will be included in the reprint, and will be delivered before Advent begins on December 3.

Chalice Hymnal is one of the most popular and best-selling hymnals ever produced. The beloved collection of more than 620 traditional and new favorite hymns and worship readings adds richness to traditional services, home-church gatherings, Taize meditations, community events, and many other settings, making it the hymnal of choice for churches across the country and in many denominations.
Blue Cross Hymnal
The pew edition is available in red and blue covers with a cross and “Chalice Hymnal” in gold foil for $24.99 each. A large-print edition with a red cover and chalice foil is available for $30.99, and a spiral-bound large-print edition with a red cover and chalice foil is $36.99.
To order copies of Chalice Hymnal before September 4:
Because there is currently a limited supply of the Chalice Hymnal in inventory, some orders may be fulfilled immediately. If your Chalice Hymnals are included in the fall reprint, you will not be charged for your order until your hymnals are shipped this fall.

Worship Resources from Your Region
Each week of the year, and also on major holy days, your Regional Church provides “Life in Liturgy” as a resource for lectionary-based worship planning for pastors, elders, musicians, and others who provide leadership in worship.  Now with over 60,000 readers world-wide, this effort continues to grow, providing largely traditional-styled liturgical elements which can be used freely in your congregation.

Each week, along with links to the lectionary scriptures, you will find suggested hymns, original hymns and prayers, traditional prayers from the western church traditions, calls to worship, elders’ prayers for use at the Table, and more.  Some materials are drawn from the tradition, and others are created freshly for the day.by local contributors, including the editor, Rev. David Chafin, Consultant to the Regional Minister.  We welcome your contributions to the effort, as well.  Visit lifeinliturgy.org soon to prepare well for next Sunday. All of this is made possible by your faithful support of Disciples Mission Fund, and we are grateful.


Insurance Board Offers Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Risk Management for Keeping Youth Safe
at Camp
Wed. May 10th
2pm EST
REGISTER
Fire Prevention and Protection for Churches
Wed. July 12th
2pm EST
REGISTER
Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Abuse
Wed. September 13th
2pm EST
REGISTER

Help Us Grow Our Readership
We are always looking to broaden our distribution of regional news through the WV Regional Online News.  Today, we are asking you, as a congregational leader or pastor, to consider helping us by providing any email list you may have for your congregation.  Each email needs to have a name attached to it, and understand that if you do this, they will begin receiving the WVO without any announcement.  They can always unsubscribe, but this is the surest way to offer it to your members.

Alternately, please consider using the following announcement in your online news, newsletters, and bulletins:
The WV Regional Online  News provides a weekly opportunity for you to see what’s happening around the regional church and beyond.  Sign-up is easy.  Visit www.wvdisciples.org or this link to subscribe today!


Celebrating Baptism  
Many of our congregations are celebrating the baptisms of new disciples in these spring days.  If you have pictures of those in your congregation that you’d like to share, send them on.  We will try to include them.


WV Council of Churches News…
   Visit wvcc.org for more information

WV Council of Churches
 


To register for the Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder, please click here.

“The journey for each of us isn’t over till it’s over.” -Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner

The West Virginia Council of Churches will hold a Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder on May 25 at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The consultation will be an opportunity for clergy from across the state to learn more about the central issues connected with substance use disorder, have discussion around those issues, and take concrete, actionable solutions back to their communities.

The Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner is the Executive Director of the KPCC Counseling in Charleston, West Virginia, and has been with KPCC since 1989. Sky has a Master of Divinity from Drew University, a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton. In 2014, Sky received the State of West Virginia’s Civil Rights Award and was voted West Virginia Counselor of the Year by the West Virginia Counseling Association in 2015.

Sky is known in the Charleston area for his work as a pastoral counselor and therapist, his work on Interfaith initiatives, his care of families and workers after industrial disasters, and for his many presentations to professional, community, and corporate groups on stress, addiction, crisis response, spirituality, and communication.

Please click here for an agenda.

To register for the Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder, please click here.

American Heart Association Healthy Toolkit for Kids
The West Virginia Council of Churches is excited to partner with The American Heart Association to bring heart healthy living ideas and nutrition programs to the people of West Virginia. We are committed to helping kids and families live heart-healthy lives. When planning your VBS this year, please consider using this toolkit as a guide to preparing healthy snacks for your members. You can share this toolkit with all your families as well! Please feel free to share with anyone who you think could benefit from this great resource!

This is just one of the many free resources that are available through the American Heart Association. Check out their site for even more helpful tools and tips!

Save the Date – WVCC Annual Assembly
The 136th Annual Assembly to be held October 15 – 16, 2017 in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preach and keynote speaker. More to come!

 

 


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

 


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.  Please see this flyer for more info.


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May 12, 2017

Camp & Conference Info

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 12:37 pm

Camp & Conference Promotion & Announcements

It is with great excitement and optimism we announce that Parchment Valley Conference Center located in Ripley, WV is our new location for ChiRho/Junior camps and Camp Campbell Kids Camp. The change of location has risen late in the camp planning stage, but we both agree it is a positive, necessary change. Our youth will be welcomed with open arms not only by your Regional staff, but by the staff of Parchment Valley. There is plenty of housing for all, a pool, a fully equipped dining hall and lots of open land to experience God’s presence and purpose together. We will be the only group using the facility during our week and oversight by our camp counseling staff will be afforded the opportunity to chaperone the rolling hills and children with ease and visibility.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to, during or following camp, please reach out to Rev. Hardway on his mobile phone at (304)780-1989, Rev. Allen on his mobile phone at (304)633-2428 or the Regional office at (304)428-1681.

This will be a great week of camp, and a milestone in the life of the faith of your children, yourselves, and the counselors involved. Rest assured, God will be with us!

CYF Conference will continue to meet at Bethany College.  You can download the ChurchPak with all the needed information and promotional flyers here in PDF .  Register now online at www.wvdisciples.org.

Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Visit us soon at www.wvdisciples.org or check out our Facebook page.

May 10, 2017

(Repost) WV Disciples Online 5/10/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 12:04 pm
Upcoming…

5/14- Easter 5 – Mother’s Day
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

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

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


Teach-In to Be Simulcast
As part of its on-going commitment to support the church and its leaders in living out our calling in the current divisive and contentious national climate, the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary will be offering a teach-in on Tuesday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT. This event will be simulcast on the web.  Read more



Worship Resources from Your Region
Each week of the year, and also on major holy days, your Regional Church provides “Life in Liturgy” as a resource for lectionary-based worship planning for pastors, elders, musicians, and others who provide leadership in worship.  Now with over 60,000 readers world-wide, this effort continues to grow, providing largely traditional-styled liturgical elements which can be used freely in your congregation.

Each week, along with links to the lectionary scriptures, you will find suggested hymns, original hymns and prayers, traditional prayers from the western church traditions, calls to worship, elders’ prayers for use at the Table, and more.  Some materials are drawn from the tradition, and others are created freshly for the day.by local contributors, including the editor, Rev. David Chafin, Consultant to the Regional Minister.  We welcome your contributions to the effort, as well.  Visit lifeinliturgy.org soon to prepare well for next Sunday. All of this is made possible by your faithful support of Disciples Mission Fund, and we are grateful.


Help Us Grow Our Readership
We are always looking to broaden our distribution of regional news through the WV Regional Online News.  Today, we are asking you, as a congregational leader or pastor, to consider helping us by providing any email list you may have for your congregation.  Each email needs to have a name attached to it, and understand that if you do this, they will begin receiving the WVO without any announcement.  They can always unsubscribe, but this is the surest way to offer it to your members.

Alternately, please consider using the following announcement in your online news, newsletters, and bulletins:
The WV Regional Online  News provides a weekly opportunity for you to see what’s happening around the regional church and beyond.  Sign-up is easy.  Visit www.wvdisciples.org or this link to subscribe today!


Now What – Pre-Assembly Event
Now What? – A conference on reimagining … our buildings, our mission, our leadership

Saturday, July 8, 2017
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center

We get it. The past is the past. We need to innovate, create, find new ways to use our buildings and be the church. But, how do we get there? “Now What? – A conference on reimagining…our buildings, our mission, our leadership” is designed to help your congregation take the next steps toward becoming better stewards of your Holy Place for mission and ministry.

This one-day event is a collaboration of the Building Funds of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church.

Presenters:

·  Janet Hellner-Burris, Pastor, Christian Church in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania – “Connecting to the Community”

·  Steve Hellner-Burris – “Creative and Alternative Sources of Funding”

·  William Crowder, Pastor, Park Manor Christian Church, Chicago – “Changing Locations for Changing Needs”

·  Katie Hays, Galileo Church, Mansfield, Texas – “Leadership for the Millennial Culture”

The day will include table talks with other conference participants; practical “how we did this” pointers following each presentation; worship and lunch.

Registration: $75 per participant, or $199 for three registrants from a single congregation (registered together at the same time). Register here.


Celebrating Baptism  
Many of our congregations are celebrating the baptisms of new disciples in these spring days.  If you have pictures of those in your congregation that you’d like to share, send them on.  We will try to include them.


WV Council of Churches News…
   Visit wvcc.org for more information

WV Council of Churches
 


To register for the Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder, please click here.

“The journey for each of us isn’t over till it’s over.” -Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner

The West Virginia Council of Churches will hold a Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder on May 25 at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The consultation will be an opportunity for clergy from across the state to learn more about the central issues connected with substance use disorder, have discussion around those issues, and take concrete, actionable solutions back to their communities.

The Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner is the Executive Director of the KPCC Counseling in Charleston, West Virginia, and has been with KPCC since 1989. Sky has a Master of Divinity from Drew University, a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton. In 2014, Sky received the State of West Virginia’s Civil Rights Award and was voted West Virginia Counselor of the Year by the West Virginia Counseling Association in 2015.

Sky is known in the Charleston area for his work as a pastoral counselor and therapist, his work on Interfaith initiatives, his care of families and workers after industrial disasters, and for his many presentations to professional, community, and corporate groups on stress, addiction, crisis response, spirituality, and communication.

Please click here for an agenda.

To register for the Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder, please click here.

American Heart Association Healthy Toolkit for Kids
The West Virginia Council of Churches is excited to partner with The American Heart Association to bring heart healthy living ideas and nutrition programs to the people of West Virginia. We are committed to helping kids and families live heart-healthy lives. When planning your VBS this year, please consider using this toolkit as a guide to preparing healthy snacks for your members. You can share this toolkit with all your families as well! Please feel free to share with anyone who you think could benefit from this great resource!

This is just one of the many free resources that are available through the American Heart Association. Check out their site for even more helpful tools and tips!

Save the Date – WVCC Annual Assembly
The 136th Annual Assembly to be held October 15 – 16, 2017 in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preach and keynote speaker. More to come!

 

 


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


Help4WV Offers Hope to Those Battling Addiction

First Choice Services is excited to operate a program that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. The program features a 24/7 call and text line: 1-844-HELP-4-WV.

Many of those answering the helpline are peer-support specialists or recovery coaches. This means that they have personal experience in recovery from a mental health or substance abuse issue. This initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Resources, is designed to streamline the process of seeking help for behavioral health issues.

The helpline staff offers confidential support and resource referrals, including self-help groups, out- patient counseling, medication-assisted treatment, psychiatric care, emergency care, and residential treatment.

The helpline provides assistance for those who need help themselves, and guidance for those seeking help for loved ones. It is also an ideal way for social workers, nurses, and others involved in discharge or care planning to access a comprehensive list of state resources Visit help4wv.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


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.  Please see this flyer for more info.


May 5, 2017

(Repost) WV Disciples Online 5/3/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 10:07 am
Upcoming…

5/7- Easter 4
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

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

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


Disciples Women’s Gathering

The Scene from Saturday in Charleston…

On Saturday, a great gathering of Disciples Women came together at United Disciples of Christ Church to worship God, learn how to support the children of WV through WV CASA, and enjoy fellowship together. Both of our spring gatherings have been very life-giving events.  We are grateful for women of faith!



Worship Resources from Your Region
Each week of the year, and also on major holy days, your Regional Church provides “Life in Liturgy” as a resource for lectionary-based worship planning for pastors, elders, musicians, and others who provide leadership in worship.  Now with over 60,000 readers world-wide, this effort continues to grow, providing largely traditional-styled liturgical elements which can be used freely in your congregation.

Each week, along with links to the lectionary scriptures, you will find suggested hymns, original hymns and prayers, traditional prayers from the western church traditions, calls to worship, elders’ prayers for use at the Table, and more.  Some materials are drawn from the tradition, and others are created freshly for the day.by local contributors, including the editor, Rev. David Chafin, Consultant to the Regional Minister.  We welcome your contributions to the effort, as well.  Visit lifeinliturgy.org soon to prepare well for next Sunday. All of this is made possible by your faithful support of Disciples Mission Fund, and we are grateful.


Teach-In Offered for Clergy
As part of its on-going commitment to support the church and its leaders in living out our calling in the current divisive and contentious national climate, the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary will be offering a teach-in on Tuesday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT. This event will be simulcast on the web.  Read more


Help Us Grow Our Readership
We are always looking to broaden our distribution of regional news through the WV Regional Online News.  Today, we are asking you, as a congregational leader or pastor, to consider helping us by providing any email list you may have for your congregation.  Each email needs to have a name attached to it, and understand that if you do this, they will begin receiving the WVO without any announcement.  They can always unsubscribe, but this is the surest way to offer it to your members.

Alternately, please consider using the following announcement in your online news, newsletters, and bulletins:
The WV Regional Online  News provides a weekly opportunity for you to see what’s happening around the regional church and beyond.  Sign-up is easy.  Visit www.wvdisciples.org or this link to subscribe today!


Now What – Pre-Assembly Event
Now What? – A conference on reimagining … our buildings, our mission, our leadership

Saturday, July 8, 2017
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Indiana Convention Center

We get it. The past is the past. We need to innovate, create, find new ways to use our buildings and be the church. But, how do we get there? “Now What? – A conference on reimagining…our buildings, our mission, our leadership” is designed to help your congregation take the next steps toward becoming better stewards of your Holy Place for mission and ministry.

This one-day event is a collaboration of the Building Funds of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church.

Presenters:

·  Janet Hellner-Burris, Pastor, Christian Church in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania – “Connecting to the Community”

·  Steve Hellner-Burris – “Creative and Alternative Sources of Funding”

·  William Crowder, Pastor, Park Manor Christian Church, Chicago – “Changing Locations for Changing Needs”

·  Katie Hays, Galileo Church, Mansfield, Texas – “Leadership for the Millennial Culture”

The day will include table talks with other conference participants; practical “how we did this” pointers following each presentation; worship and lunch.

Registration: $75 per participant, or $199 for three registrants from a single congregation (registered together at the same time). Register here.


Celebrating Baptism  
Many of our congregations are celebrating the baptisms of new disciples in these spring days.  If you have pictures of those in your congregation that you’d like to share, send them on.  We will try to include them.


WV Council of Churches News…
   Visit wvcc.org for more information

WV Council of Churches
 


To register for the Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder, please click here.

“The journey for each of us isn’t over till it’s over.” -Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner

The West Virginia Council of Churches will hold a Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder on May 25 at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The consultation will be an opportunity for clergy from across the state to learn more about the central issues connected with substance use disorder, have discussion around those issues, and take concrete, actionable solutions back to their communities.

The Rev. Dr. Sky Kershner is the Executive Director of the KPCC Counseling in Charleston, West Virginia, and has been with KPCC since 1989. Sky has a Master of Divinity from Drew University, a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton. In 2014, Sky received the State of West Virginia’s Civil Rights Award and was voted West Virginia Counselor of the Year by the West Virginia Counseling Association in 2015.

Sky is known in the Charleston area for his work as a pastoral counselor and therapist, his work on Interfaith initiatives, his care of families and workers after industrial disasters, and for his many presentations to professional, community, and corporate groups on stress, addiction, crisis response, spirituality, and communication.

Please click here for an agenda.

To register for the Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder, please click here.

Step by Step AmeriCorps VISTA
Step by Step, Inc., is recruiting year long VISTA service members to start in May and June (summer positions also available starting June 5th). With VISTA you can pay off student loans and earn money for future education through the Eli Segal Education. Full-year VISTAs receive a moderate living allowance, child care if applicable, coverage of any qualified relocation expenses, training and resume building experience, as well as noncompete status for government jobs at the end of their service terms.

To apply, please see link here.

Step by Step AmeriCorps position listings are viewable here. Just enter “Step by Step” in the field for Program Name.

American Heart Association Healthy Toolkit for Kids
The West Virginia Council of Churches is excited to partner with The American Heart Association to bring heart healthy living ideas and nutrition programs to the people of West Virginia. We are committed to helping kids and families live heart-healthy lives. When planning your VBS this year, please consider using this toolkit as a guide to preparing healthy snacks for your members. You can share this toolkit with all your families as well! Please feel free to share with anyone who you think could benefit from this great resource!

This is just one of the many free resources that are available through the American Heart Association. Check out their site for even more helpful tools and tips!

Save the Date – WVCC Annual Assembly
The 136th Annual Assembly to be held October 15 – 16, 2017 in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preach and keynote speaker. More to come!

 

Pension Fund Seeks CFO

The Pension Fund of the Christian Church is seeking an Executive Team Member to serve as Chief Financial Officer.  For the right candidate, this is an exceptional opportunity to work in a personally fulfilling environment and excel professionally by leading a customer-focused, entrepreneurial, and results-driven team, with a purpose-driven organization that works to secure the financial futures of our 12,600+ members who serve others. Read more…


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


Help4WV Offers Hope to Those Battling Addiction

First Choice Services is excited to operate a program that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. The program features a 24/7 call and text line: 1-844-HELP-4-WV.

Many of those answering the helpline are peer-support specialists or recovery coaches. This means that they have personal experience in recovery from a mental health or substance abuse issue. This initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Resources, is designed to streamline the process of seeking help for behavioral health issues.

The helpline staff offers confidential support and resource referrals, including self-help groups, out- patient counseling, medication-assisted treatment, psychiatric care, emergency care, and residential treatment.

The helpline provides assistance for those who need help themselves, and guidance for those seeking help for loved ones. It is also an ideal way for social workers, nurses, and others involved in discharge or care planning to access a comprehensive list of state resources Visit help4wv.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


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.  Please see this flyer for more info.


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