FCC News

June 5, 2017

(Repost) WV Disciples Online 5/31/17

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6/4 – Pentecost
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.

Summer Camps Begin June 11

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.

Self Defense for Women at Parkersburg
Parkersburg First Christian & Central Christian Church Disciples of Christ will be holding a women’s self defense class June 24 10am-1pm. The cost is $20 for Disciples and $30 for nonmembers of a Disciples congregation. The class is being taught by a Correction Officer and certified teacher. A class was held in March by the same instructor and was Very helpful and beneficial to attendees ranging in ages 15-70. Contact the Parkersburg congregation office at 304-485-5253.

Pastor Installed at Fairmont Central

The Rev. Robin Norsworthy was installed on Sunday, May 28, as the pastor of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fairmont.  Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, Regional Minister, presided and is shown with her in the photo at left.  Rev. Norsworthy, who came to Fairmont from the Georgia Region, has served the congregation since mid-January.  We welcome Robin to our Regional Church family!

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

General Assembly Just Around the Corner!

If you haven’t reserved your rooms for the 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis, now is the time! Spaces are filling up in downtown hotels, and time is running out to secure our discounted rates. Reserve your rooms by Wednesday, June 7 to save your spot at our group rate!
Several affordable housing options are still available:
To reserve your rooms, visit the General Assembly Housing webpage.


After 12 years of leadership, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins will reach the end of her second term as General Minister and President at the 2017 General Assembly. Tickets are now on sale through the registration system for the banquet to be held in her honor on Saturday, July 8. Well wishers may also attend a reception after worshipSaturday evening.


Calling all DANCERS (or those who can’t sit still) who are registered to attend the 2017 General Assembly! To make our worship time celebratory and inclusive of all our senses, you can now sign up for the General Assembly Dancers through the registration system! ALL AGES AND ABILITIES WELCOME! To add the dance option to your registration, go to ga.disciples.org/registration to login using your confirmation number (remember to choose the Already Registered option) **DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR CELL NUMBER IN YOUR REGISTRATION PROFILE TO RECEIVE UPDATES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE DANCER/MOVEMENT GROUP!**

If you would like to join other singers from across the U.S. and Canada in worship on Wednesday, July 12, this is the opportunity for you! Find out more as well as links to the chosen music on the website. You can sign up  in the registration system. (If you are already registered, simply log back in and add this activity.)

There are at least two other major events downtown the same time period as the Disciples so parking will not be easily found. Gate Ten is offering a dedicated lot, reserved spots and free shuttle service to the convention center at rates that are less than the downtown hotels. So even if you are staying in a hotel, it might be worth the shuttle ride to park your car at Gate Ten for the week.

Indianapolis tends to have daily high temperatures through the summer, with daily highs around 85 degrees (usually between 77-92 degrees). Dress comfortably!

Join us in unity at the start of General Assembly in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m., for a Disciples Rally 4 Family Justice.  We will gather at the convention center beginning at 2:45 p.m. in room 103, and will march from there to the State Capitol Grounds — south steps of the State House — for a rally and press conference.

This event is being sponsored by multiple ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Go here for a flyer that can be downloaded to help get the word out about this important event. Join the Facebook event to receive updates and register here.

  Now What? – a conference on reimagining … our buildings, our mission, our leadership is scheduled for 9 – 3 pm on Saturday, July 8, at the Indiana Convention Center. Sponsored by Disciples Church Extension Fund, the event is designed to help your congregation take the steps toward becoming better stewards of your Holy Place for mission and ministry. All registration costs are in addition to your General Assembly registration. Find out more

On Sunday, July 9, the Indiana Region’s congregations are showing off their Hoosier hospitality! Pastors are opening their pulpits to guest preachers and congregations are welcoming participants to the pews! Some are offering transportation, child care and even lunch, so make plans now to get out and about and see more of the Circle City and maybe even catch a glimpse of the emerald green corn fields Indiana is famous for! In addition, Obra Hispana will gather for a bilingual service in room 101 of the convention center and Christian Theological Seminary is hosting a service.

Items of business (reports and resolutions) for the 2017 General Assembly are posted on the website.

Remember: Badges will NOT be mailed. You will print it onsite when you check in at the Welcome Center for the General Assembly (at the convention center).

Voting information: For information about who is a voting representative and how many each congregation is allowed, see Paragraph 38 of The Design

Voters in the business sessions are required to register.  A voter certification form will be available at the Credentials kiosk. Designated voters should complete and sign their form and submit it to the volunteer.


Once Voters are certified (on site), they will receive a RIBBON to apply to their name badge.  Voter RIBBONS entitle voters to sit in a voters section for all business sessions of this Assembly.  All confirmed ordained/commissioned ministers can pick up their clergy ribbon at check-in in the Registration & Welcome Center.

You do NOT need to submit names to the General Assembly office prior to the event. 

Insurance Board Offers Webinars

Upcoming Webinars
Fire Prevention and Protection for Churches
Wed. July 12th
2pm EST
Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Abuse
Wed. September 13th
2pm EST

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!

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

WV Council of Churches

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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