FCC News

December 20, 2017

WV Disciples Online for 12/20/1

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Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
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Upcoming…
12/24 – Advent 4
and Christmas Eve
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


Christmas Greetings from Your Regional Staff

May the joys of this season burn brightly within your hearts and lives,
and may God bless you with a very happy new year!

Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister


Miracles Happen in
Regional Ministry

Miracles happen every day in all our regions as we:

  • Assist congregations and leaders in claiming their unique mission and ministry, and provide resources and support.
  • Call, commission and ordain new pastors, and support and equip all pastors for their ministries.
  • Revitalize existing congregations and plan for new congregations.
  • Connect Regional Disciples to give witness to ministries of justice, hope, and compassion.
  • Provide camps, conferences, and retreats where children and youth find hope and Christ’s love and a community of faith that embraces “everyone.”
  • Make visible the care for all of God’s family through ministries of reconciliation and anti-racism.
  • Call and equip passionate leaders for today’s church.
  • Provide pastoral care for clergy and congregations.

Please help us share the important work of the Regional Church in your congregation, and join us in supporting the Christmas Offering.  This offering, which is vital to sustaining regional ministry, remains entirely within the region for that purpose.  Additional gifts may be made here.

We are grateful for your support and ongoing witness for the gospel in our region!


Musings on a Christmas Morning
By Alexander Campbell
As printed in The Little Harbinger of Bethany Memorial Church last week…

This morning being Christmas, and, as the Roman superstition would have it, the nativity of man’s Redeemer; assuming it as true, my thoughts naturally lead me to Bethlehem, Calvary, and the sepulchre of Joseph. And what mysterious, sublime, and animating associations cluster around those three places! How near the point of distance! Eight short miles measured the whole space from the manger to the cross! And how short the interval of time between the first birth from Mary, and the second birth from Joseph’s tomb, of Arimathea! Not quite the half of three-score- years-and-ten completes the labors and the life of Heaven’s and Earth’s First Born! And yet what scenes and transactions crowd this narrow space of earth, and this short interval of time!

Other children, earth’s noblest sons, her proudest benefactors, were born to shed a few scattering rays of science over the benighted mind of man; or to wipe a few tears of sorrow or of anguish from the cheek of human woe; or to rescue man from some heartless tyrant that doomed his victims to abject slavery; or to confer some transient honor on some little circle of kindred friends and favorites. But this blest child of a thousand hopes and promises—this wonderful offspring of Divinity and humanity—this Son of God and Son of Man, was born to be a light of all nations, and of all ages—to scatter night away from all eyes within the realms of mercy—to break forever its dark sceptre and annihilate its power over all his friends and brethren—to dry up the tears of a weeping world by washing away its sins and sorrows in a fountain filled with his own blood—to deliver man from that fiercest of all tyrants, Death; and to bestow honors on a ransomed race, bright as the throne of God and lasting as the ages of eternity.

And how was all this accomplished! Born in a stable—circumcised the eighth day—dedicated on the fortieth, at Jerusalem, in the Temple— persecuted into Egypt—nursed in the land of Ham—brought back to Bethlehem—removed to Nazareth, where he lived subject to his parents till he completed his thirtieth year, living so obscurely, too, as not to be mentioned but once after his return till about the time of his immersion; and at that time he is found in the Temple amongst the teachers, listening to their discourses and propounding to them questions.

After his baptism, commenced his public life. And what a period was that between his two baptisms! Did ever so many deeds of renown, so many demonstrations of divine eloquence, majesty, and power, cluster together in such a bright interval around the person of any son of woman! What temptations and triumphs! What miracles of mercy!

What words of grace! What acts of condescension fill up the moments of this brightest epoch of Time’s career! A busier or more active life was never spent. “He went about continually doing good.” What multitudes were instructed, healed, relieved, fed, feasted! How many discourses, both public and private—how many questions answered—how many parables spoken—how many controversies and debates decided— how many triumphs gained—and with what travails, privations, fatigues, exhaustion, fasting, praying, and personal consecration! If all that he did and all that he said had been fully written, the world could neither read nor remember it.

How far my musings have led me from my first design! But now when I think of retracing my steps, the cock’s shrill clarion admonishes me that the hour of worship is near; and here I must lay down my pen for the present.

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL WROTE “MUSINGS ON A CHRISTMAS MORNING” IN DECEMBER 1843. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MILLENIAL HARBINGER IN JANUARY 1844.  


Ready for Midwinter Retreat?
Price Break Ends December 15…Register Now!

We’ve registered several so far! It’s going to be a blast! Lots of planning happening and here’s a secret….we have a professional camp musician joining us this year to lead our singing….


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 15: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Bridge - In Support of Ministry - Read More
Read the Full Bridge Here
Rev. Todd A. Adams FROM THE PRESIDENT
Supporting Ministry in Times of Crisis
Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate. Aransas Pass, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Port Arthur. Miami, Naples, Fort Myers and Daytona. San Juan, Bayamon, Ponce, and Giambi. These are names of storms and cities that were ravaged this summer and fall where our members and employers suffered damage to their homes, church buildings, and communities. Read More.
IN THIS ISSUE
  Apps That Will Help You Better Save For Retirement

  How to Deal with Natural Disasters: Tips to Prepare

  How Prepared Do You Feel for Retirement?

  New Website; Mark Your Calendar

  How Do We Deal with Disaster in our Lives?

  Plus much more! Click here.

Money Tree
Kevin M. Kuuskvere, CFA FINANCIAL CORNER
HERE WE GROW AGAIN!
Recently, we sat down with our new Chief Financial Officer, Kevin M. Kuuskvere, CFA, to chat briefly about his prior experience and his vision for his new role. Read More.

Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College
The following was received from the Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie, Dean of Chapel:
I greet you with the love of Christ and the joy that accompanies the season. As the Dean of Chapel at Bethany College, I have the distinct honor to work with the region to coordinate workshops and opportunities as a form of support and resources for your ministry through Buffalo Seminary. I am so excited to work with you in this capacity in the upcoming year. As we prepare for 2018, I hold you all in prayer as we support each other in building the kingdom of God on earth together.  May this holiday season affirm for you again and again that Jesus is alive and active in all of our lives and churches. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Peace and blessings,
Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie

SAVE THE DATES
Buffalo Seminary
Healthy Boundaries Training
January 25, 2018

buff sem
Register Here

64th Annual Oreon E. Scott Lectures
April 9-10, 2018

Lecture: Rev. Dr. Irie Session

scott
Register Here

Lodging Options: Wheeling, WV | Washington, PA
christmas 2

Legacies – Publication available  
Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)
Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.


Being Not Afraid

A Lenten Retreat on Living Beyond Fear

Retreat LeaderJanet Hellner-Burris

Pastor of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, PA

Contemplative activist and seeker of living beyond fear in a

world of anxiety and violence

Day Retreat $50

Saturday March 17 9am-5pm

Overnight Stay + Day Retreat $75

Friday March 16 6pm Supper

followed by Evening Prayer

To Register:

Contact Pastor Janet

412.241.3556

Pastorjanethb@gmail.com

Online Registration available after 1/2/18 at

www.wilkinsburgchristianchurch.com

Retreat location:

Martina Spiritual Renewal Center

From Disciples Church Extension

Disciples Church Extension Fund inspires and empowers congregations to create Holy Places where people connect with God, each other and the community.

See an update of their recent Board Meeting here…
Read what’s happening in their November news by clicking here…

Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation.
While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might touch us, there are valuable resources available that can help congregations answer tough security questions.
Timothy Harris, president & CEO of the Insurance Board, has written a special Active Shooter Message to address questions and concerns after last weekend’s tragedy. The Insurance Board, our recognized ministry partner, has compiled free information and relevant tools for congregations making decisions on church security. Also, churches seeking comprehensive training on how to respond to an aggressive intruder event can contact the Insurance Board to get more information about training sessions. Through our partnership with the Insurance Board, all Disciples of Christ congregations (regardless of whether or not you hold a policy with the Insurance Board) are eligible for a discounted rate on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainings for houses of worship.
Additional training resources:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) active shooter training video RUN, HIDE, FIGHT :
From Disciples Home Missions:
Disciples Volunteering
Summer Mission Intern Program
Summer Mission Intern applications are now being received. Applicants must be age 20 to 26 during their summer of service and available without interruption from late May through mid-August.

Mission opportunities are available to support disaster recovery in Missouri, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas. It’s not too late to make a difference this year and help a family return to their home before winter. Or you can make plans for a mission pilgrimage in 2018. As a part of the response to Hurricane Harvey, Disciples are serving in the ongoing cleanup with NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster – and partnering through a local congregation. Disciples Volunteering is also scheduling teams for a Texas Mission Station that will be open in 2018.

Site leaders are needed to help facilitate the work of the Mission Stations. Disciples Volunteering is looking for servant leaders with a heart for mission and the availability to spend at least one month at a time at a Mission Station. Training for new members of the Servant Leadership Team will take place in April, in cooperation with the Disaster Ministries of the Church of the Brethren and the United Church of Christ.
Learn more about all of these mission opportunities at

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.
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December 19, 2017

WV Disciples Online for 12/13/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 8:25 am
Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
View this email in your browser
Upcoming…
12/17 – Advent 3 
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


Have you signed up for Advent Prayerscapes?
It only takes a moment when you visit prayerscapes.wordpress.com and “follow,” and you will receive a daily devotional thought from one of our ministers (Dec. 3 – Jan. 7). If you have previously subscribed to Prayerscapes, you need not do it again unless your email address has changed.  You can also see them daily on the regional Facebook page. Please share the word!


Miracles Happen in
Regional Ministry

Miracles happen every day in all our regions as we:

  • Assist congregations and leaders in claiming their unique mission and ministry, and provide resources and support.
  • Call, commission and ordain new pastors, and support and equip all pastors for their ministries.
  • Revitalize existing congregations and plan for new congregations.
  • Connect Regional Disciples to give witness to ministries of justice, hope, and compassion.
  • Provide camps, conferences, and retreats where children and youth find hope and Christ’s love and a community of faith that embraces “everyone.”
  • Make visible the care for all of God’s family through ministries of reconciliation and anti-racism.
  • Call and equip passionate leaders for today’s church.
  • Provide pastoral care for clergy and congregations.

The Christmas Special Day offering, received in most congregations Dec. 10 & 17, supports all of these and many other ministries of our region. Your generous gifts make a difference!  Additional gifts may be made here.


Musings on a Christmas Morning
By Alexander Campbell
As printed in The Little Harbinger of Bethany Memorial Church last week…

This morning being Christmas, and, as the Roman superstition would have it, the nativity of man’s Redeemer; assuming it as true, my thoughts naturally lead me to Bethlehem, Calvary, and the sepulchre of Joseph. And what mysterious, sublime, and animating associations cluster around those three places! How near the point of distance! Eight short miles measured the whole space from the manger to the cross! And how short the interval of time between the first birth from Mary, and the second birth from Joseph’s tomb, of Arimathea! Not quite the half of three-score- years-and-ten completes the labors and the life of Heaven’s and Earth’s First Born! And yet what scenes and transactions crowd this narrow space of earth, and this short interval of time!

Other children, earth’s noblest sons, her proudest benefactors, were born to shed a few scattering rays of science over the benighted mind of man; or to wipe a few tears of sorrow or of anguish from the cheek of human woe; or to rescue man from some heartless tyrant that doomed his victims to abject slavery; or to confer some transient honor on some little circle of kindred friends and favorites. But this blest child of a thousand hopes and promises—this wonderful offspring of Divinity and humanity—this Son of God and Son of Man, was born to be a light of all nations, and of all ages—to scatter night away from all eyes within the realms of mercy—to break forever its dark sceptre and annihilate its power over all his friends and brethren—to dry up the tears of a weeping world by washing away its sins and sorrows in a fountain filled with his own blood—to deliver man from that fiercest of all tyrants, Death; and to bestow honors on a ransomed race, bright as the throne of God and lasting as the ages of eternity.

And how was all this accomplished! Born in a stable—circumcised the eighth day—dedicated on the fortieth, at Jerusalem, in the Temple— persecuted into Egypt—nursed in the land of Ham—brought back to Bethlehem—removed to Nazareth, where he lived subject to his parents till he completed his thirtieth year, living so obscurely, too, as not to be mentioned but once after his return till about the time of his immersion; and at that time he is found in the Temple amongst the teachers, listening to their discourses and propounding to them questions.

After his baptism, commenced his public life. And what a period was that between his two baptisms! Did ever so many deeds of renown, so many demonstrations of divine eloquence, majesty, and power, cluster together in such a bright interval around the person of any son of woman! What temptations and triumphs! What miracles of mercy!

What words of grace! What acts of condescension fill up the moments of this brightest epoch of Time’s career! A busier or more active life was never spent. “He went about continually doing good.” What multitudes were instructed, healed, relieved, fed, feasted! How many discourses, both public and private—how many questions answered—how many parables spoken—how many controversies and debates decided— how many triumphs gained—and with what travails, privations, fatigues, exhaustion, fasting, praying, and personal consecration! If all that he did and all that he said had been fully written, the world could neither read nor remember it.

How far my musings have led me from my first design! But now when I think of retracing my steps, the cock’s shrill clarion admonishes me that the hour of worship is near; and here I must lay down my pen for the present.

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL WROTE “MUSINGS ON A CHRISTMAS MORNING” IN DECEMBER 1843. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MILLENIAL HARBINGER IN JANUARY 1844.  


Ready for Midwinter Retreat?
Price Break Ends December 15…Register Now!

We’ve registered several so far! It’s going to be a blast! Lots of planning happening and here’s a secret….we have a professional camp musician joining us this year to lead our singing….


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 15: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Legacies – Publication available  
Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)
Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.


Being Not Afraid

A Lenten Retreat on Living Beyond Fear

Retreat LeaderJanet Hellner-Burris

Pastor of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, PA

Contemplative activist and seeker of living beyond fear in a

world of anxiety and violence

Day Retreat $50

Saturday March 17 9am-5pm

Overnight Stay + Day Retreat $75

Friday March 16 6pm Supper

followed by Evening Prayer

To Register:

Contact Pastor Janet

412.241.3556

Pastorjanethb@gmail.com

Online Registration available after 1/2/18 at

www.wilkinsburgchristianchurch.com

Retreat location:

Martina Spiritual Renewal Center

From Disciples Church Extension

Disciples Church Extension Fund inspires and empowers congregations to create Holy Places where people connect with God, each other and the community.

See an update of their recent Board Meeting here…
Read what’s happening in their November news by clicking here…

Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation.
While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might touch us, there are valuable resources available that can help congregations answer tough security questions.
Timothy Harris, president & CEO of the Insurance Board, has written a special Active Shooter Message to address questions and concerns after last weekend’s tragedy. The Insurance Board, our recognized ministry partner, has compiled free information and relevant tools for congregations making decisions on church security. Also, churches seeking comprehensive training on how to respond to an aggressive intruder event can contact the Insurance Board to get more information about training sessions. Through our partnership with the Insurance Board, all Disciples of Christ congregations (regardless of whether or not you hold a policy with the Insurance Board) are eligible for a discounted rate on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainings for houses of worship.
Additional training resources:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) active shooter training video RUN, HIDE, FIGHT :
From Disciples Home Missions:
Disciples Volunteering
Summer Mission Intern Program
Summer Mission Intern applications are now being received. Applicants must be age 20 to 26 during their summer of service and available without interruption from late May through mid-August.

Mission opportunities are available to support disaster recovery in Missouri, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas. It’s not too late to make a difference this year and help a family return to their home before winter. Or you can make plans for a mission pilgrimage in 2018. As a part of the response to Hurricane Harvey, Disciples are serving in the ongoing cleanup with NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster – and partnering through a local congregation. Disciples Volunteering is also scheduling teams for a Texas Mission Station that will be open in 2018.

Site leaders are needed to help facilitate the work of the Mission Stations. Disciples Volunteering is looking for servant leaders with a heart for mission and the availability to spend at least one month at a time at a Mission Station. Training for new members of the Servant Leadership Team will take place in April, in cooperation with the Disaster Ministries of the Church of the Brethren and the United Church of Christ.
Learn more about all of these mission opportunities at

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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!


December 8, 2017

WV Disciples Online 11/29/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:20 am
Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
View this email in your browser
Upcoming…
12/3 – Advent 1 (Year B begins)
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


Have you signed up for Advent Prayerscapes?
It only takes a moment when you visit prayerscapes.wordpress.com and “follow,” and you will receive a daily devotional thought from one of our ministers (Dec. 3 – Jan. 7). If you have previously subscribed to Prayerscapes, you need not do it again unless your email address has changed.  You can also see them daily on the regional Facebook page. Please share the word!
More details below…


Thankful for Your Generosity
and Faithful Planning

As your congregation begins to set the budget for next year, learn how your support of the Disciples Mission Fund provides for the work of over 70 ministries.

Scroll through for stories from across the life of the Church. In all, more than 70 different ministries are supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund…


Ready for Midwinter Retreat?

We’ve registered several so far! It’s going to be a blast! Lots of planning happening and here’s a secret….we have a professional camp musician joining us this year to lead our singing….


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 15: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Advent: The Regional Minister Reflects…
The Reverend Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister and President, recently wrote the following for the United Christian Church in California, PA. We wanted to share it with you here.

Advent is an important time for Christians .  In Advent we are given a gift.  Holy Advent calls us to reorient ourselves to God and to each other.  This new beginning of a new Christian year is beautifully set to prepare us for the coming gifts of God in Christ Jesus.

The gift requires us to be good stewards (I have decided that this is a hidden requirement of the best of gifts).  We are responsible to care for this time and these days as we approach Bethlehem together.  This is not a rush trip – so let us slow down and get caught up in the wonder of the journey.  This is not a solo adventure – so we are religiously compelled to consider the needs of those around us (who is our neighbor is a fine question to ask in Advent).  This is a journey that God leads us on – so let us be diligent in looking for the Christ child who is in our midst.  Advent reminds us that we truly do live in the very presence and peace of God.  We are reminded that the one who came to Earth to live with us (Emmanuel) comes to us again, and again, and again.  What a gift.

Bless you as you live out your life as a steward of the gospel and as a steward of this holy season.
+Thad
Your Regional Minister


 

Thanksgiving Day at Wheeling First…


         #giftofyears


Clergy Standing Forms Are Overdue
Ministerial standing forms, including those provided by congregations to affirm the participation of ministers, are past due.  If you have not begun the process or have misplaced the links or instructions, please email us now.


 

Prayerscapes for Advent
We are pleased to announce that Prayerscapes for Advent is ready for publication.  WV and PA Disciples ministers have given themselves to this wonderful project, which will provide daily devotions in your inbox from Dec. 3through Jan. 6.  We hope you will share the word with others who would appreciate receiving them, and direct your friends to http://prayerscapes.wordpress.com.  They also will be published daily on our Facebook pages.

Booklets have been prepared for printing in your local church, and information on the process of making booklets to share in your congregation or with others can be found in this release.

All of this is made possible because of your faithful support of Disciples Mission Fund, and the Christmas Offering for Regional Ministries.  Please consider how your gifts will help us continue our work, and encourage others toward generosity in this vital mission.


 

Legacies – Publication available  
Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.


Being Not Afraid

A Lenten Retreat on Living Beyond Fear

Retreat LeaderJanet Hellner-Burris

Pastor of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, PA

Contemplative activist and seeker of living beyond fear in a

world of anxiety and violence

Day Retreat $50

Saturday March 17 9am-5pm

Overnight Stay + Day Retreat $75

Friday March 16 6pm Supper

followed by Evening Prayer

To Register:

Contact Pastor Janet

412.241.3556

Pastorjanethb@gmail.com

Online Registration available after 1/2/18 at

www.wilkinsburgchristianchurch.com

Retreat location:

Martina Spiritual Renewal Center

from Legacies, Fall, 2017…

Ordinand Tribble and Regional Minister Reflect

“While it sounds funny, the All Saints Fund isn’t really about the money!”

These are some words of witness from Regional Minister, the Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, reflecting on the importance of having this vital means of expressing our faith in the life of the church.  Honoring those who have made a mark on our lives, on the life of the church, and on the world is a privilege to us, as fellow sojourners in the walk of faith.  Those names which are familiar and those which are not to us all hold together a visible sign of the unity of our faith, and the confession that Jesus is Christ and Lord.

The Rev. D. Marie Tribble was honored by colleagues and friends with the naming of an All Saints Fund upon her  ordination to ministry last month and notes:
      When thinking of the word “Saint”, the imagery of one who has lived a life honorably, virtuously, and faithfully comes to mind. I am both humbled and deeply moved to know an All Saints Fund has been established in my name.  Although it is an honor being listed among individuals who have made great legacies and contributions to ministry within the Christian Church, it is also a mandate and a reminder; there is still much more work that needs to be done.
The “saints” of our history recognized the need to consistently be willing to prepare for the future, even if it was a future they would personally never witness. It brings me great joy to think there is something within my present life and active ministry, which my colleagues and friends could identify that qualified me to be viewed as one of the faithful. Being honored in such a remarkable way reinforces the preexistent passion and commitment I have for working in Christ’s Church.

So we have this great opportunity to do what the Church knows best to do—to join in the great cloud of witnesses, calling many of them by name, and taking forth the gospel in the work to which God has called us for our time.  Truer words could not be spoken: “the All Saints Fund isn’t really about the money.”  It is about faithfulness to mission.

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)
Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.


From Disciples Church Extension

Disciples Church Extension Fund inspires and empowers congregations to create Holy Places where people connect with God, each other and the community.

See an update of their recent Board Meeting here…
Read what’s happening in their November news by clicking here…

Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation.
While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might touch us, there are valuable resources available that can help congregations answer tough security questions.
Timothy Harris, president & CEO of the Insurance Board, has written a special Active Shooter Message to address questions and concerns after last weekend’s tragedy. The Insurance Board, our recognized ministry partner, has compiled free information and relevant tools for congregations making decisions on church security. Also, churches seeking comprehensive training on how to respond to an aggressive intruder event can contact the Insurance Board to get more information about training sessions. Through our partnership with the Insurance Board, all Disciples of Christ congregations (regardless of whether or not you hold a policy with the Insurance Board) are eligible for a discounted rate on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainings for houses of worship.
Additional training resources:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) active shooter training video RUN, HIDE, FIGHT :
From Disciples Home Missions:
Disciples Volunteering
Summer Mission Intern Program
Summer Mission Intern applications are now being received. Applicants must be age 20 to 26 during their summer of service and available without interruption from late May through mid-August.

Mission opportunities are available to support disaster recovery in Missouri, West Virginia, Florida, and Texas. It’s not too late to make a difference this year and help a family return to their home before winter. Or you can make plans for a mission pilgrimage in 2018. As a part of the response to Hurricane Harvey, Disciples are serving in the ongoing cleanup with NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster – and partnering through a local congregation. Disciples Volunteering is also scheduling teams for a Texas Mission Station that will be open in 2018.

Site leaders are needed to help facilitate the work of the Mission Stations. Disciples Volunteering is looking for servant leaders with a heart for mission and the availability to spend at least one month at a time at a Mission Station. Training for new members of the Servant Leadership Team will take place in April, in cooperation with the Disaster Ministries of the Church of the Brethren and the United Church of Christ.
Learn more about all of these mission opportunities at

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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 Disciples Online 11/22/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:19 am
Upcoming…
11/26 – Christ the King
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


We give thanks to God for the gift of life in Christ and the blessings of God’s abundant provisions in the life of the Church.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

from your
Regional Minister and Staff


Ready for Midwinter Retreat?

We’ve registered several so far! It’s going to be a blast! Lots of planning happening and here’s a secret….we have a professional camp musician joining us this year to lead our singing….


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 15: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Thanksgiving: A Pastor Reflects…
The Reverend Kenneth M. Hardway
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wheeling, WV

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year.  For many it’s a time to watch football and try new pumpkin recipes.  For the faithful, it’s a time to heighten the spiritual discipline of giving thanks, and channel that thanksgiving into acts of love to those who need it.  The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wheeling has always found ways to reach out to the community around Thanksgiving time.  But 5 years ago, we were struck with a new call, and given a new focus to share togetherness and thanksgiving for the Gift of Years.

It began five years ago by reevaluating our traditional Thanksgiving outreach ministry.  We were doing good work in the community, but we were sensing our call was changing.  So we took a look around our neighborhood, and asked, “How is God calling us to love our neighbors?”  Our neighbors included six (now even more) senior living facilities.  We wondered, “Are there any of our neighbors who may spend Thanksgiving Day alone?”  The thought both broke our hearts and inspired us.  With that a new outreach ministry was born!  The mission wouldn’t be to combat hunger (although, we do eat well!).  The mission would be to combat loneliness and celebrate togetherness.

At the same time, the Christian Church in WV offered us an opportunity to participate in the Gift of Year’s Project.  This is a ministry priority to, with, and for seniors.  This was a project that lifted up the gifts of those who have lived a long life—gifted with many years—and recognize that with those years come perspective, faithfulness, and grace.  The Gift of Years affirms that our seniors are our sages and repositories of wisdom that the world needs.

For the fifth year now, we will spend our Thanksgiving Day readying the family feast.  A living room is set up for guests who await to be called for dinner.  On the TV is the Macy’s Parade and football.  Friends are made and laughs are shared.  Children will mingle with these sages.  This is a beautiful picture of the family of God gathering for the feast.

When dinner is called, we move into the fellowship hall.  We find our places around white linen cloth covered tables.  The candles are lit.  Handmade table decorations adorn the place settings.  The smell from the fresh baked rolls tingle the senses as the meal is anticipated.  A child sings a song.  A poem is read.  Guests are invited to share the things in which they are thankful for.  A Commonplace book is offered for guests to write down wisdom they’ve gleaned over the years.  Finally, a prayer is offered.  Members from the church begin passing out made-from-scratch mashed potatoes, corn casserole, green beans, cranberry dishes, stuffing, gravy and the turkey.  A plethora of deserts are offered.  Bread is broken.  Life is shared.  God is good.  And the family is together.  There is no better way I can think of to spend Thanksgiving.

The faith is about our living into our oneness and togetherness in Christ.  In a world that seems to value division, selfishness, and youthfulness at the expense of our gifted in years, ministries of wisdom and grace and togetherness are so important.  Our calling as a church is to rise above these ills and live into these Kingdom-values given to us by Christ, while seeking to share love and unity among our neighbors.  We are called into living as if the Kingdom of God is near, and is here.

The Kingdom of God is a reality that is so often hard to see.  But in certain moments in this life of faith, we catch a glimpse!  A moment of life which shows us how heavenly and eternal life can be.  It takes those with eyes to see and ears to hear, and hearts to love and hands to serve.  For those who claim to find Christ and Life around the Eucharistic (Thanksgiving) Table, it is no surprise that we find glimpses of the Kingdom around tables shared freely by all, and particularly among those who might otherwise be forgotten.

I was handed a piece of wisdom once that said, “Though we cannot add years to our life, we can add life to our years.”  Perhaps this is the gift of the faith that teaches life is to be found—abundant and eternal—when we seek unity, love our neighbors, gather to celebrate our togetherness, and give thanks for wisdom, grace and faithfulness shared.  This is the family of God gathered at Thanksgiving.  This is the Gift of Years.  May it be so for you and yours.


Reminder to Clergy 
Ministerial standing forms, including those provided by congregations to affirm the participation of ministers, are due before Nov. 25.  If you have not begun the process or have misplaced the links or instructions, please email us now.


Prayerscapes for Advent
We are pleased to announce that Prayerscapes for Advent is ready for publication.  WV and PA Disciples ministers have given themselves to this wonderful project, which will provide daily devotions in your inbox from Dec. 3through Jan. 6.  We hope you will share the word with others who would appreciate receiving them, and direct your friends to http://prayerscapes.wordpress.com.  They also will be published daily on our Facebook pages.

Booklets have been prepared for printing in your local church, and information on the process of making booklets to share in your congregation or with others can be found in this release.

All of this is made possible because of your faithful support of Disciples Mission Fund, and the Christmas Offering for Regional Ministries.  Please consider how your gifts will help us continue our work, and encourage others toward generosity in this vital mission.


Legacies – Publication available  
Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.


Being Not Afraid

A Lenten Retreat on Living Beyond Fear

Retreat LeaderJanet Hellner-Burris

Pastor of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, PA

Contemplative activist and seeker of living beyond fear in a

world of anxiety and violence

Day Retreat $50

Saturday March 17 9am-5pm

Overnight Stay + Day Retreat $75

Friday March 16 6pm Supper

followed by Evening Prayer

To Register:

Contact Pastor Janet

412.241.3556

Pastorjanethb@gmail.com

Online Registration available after 1/2/18 at

www.wilkinsburgchristianchurch.com

Retreat location:

Martina Spiritual Renewal Center

from Legacies, Fall, 2017…

A Grand Legacy

by W. Darwin Collins

 In 1856, a small gathering of Restorationists in Lawrence County could not have imagined the future that would await their efforts to begin a new church. The group grew in numbers and wealth with the support of  the Thomas Phillips family and  many other prominent residents of the New Castle area. Within only 8 years they would organize a church group that would eventually construct a church home known as the “big steeple” church on the city’s diamond.

The church continued its ministry with growing numbers of members and expanding ministry in the community and denomination. Along the way their history was marked by a split of an independent church, Central Christian, but also a merger with a Baptist congregation.

With the passage of years this great steepled building became a greater responsibility to maintain. Utility bills soared and worship attendance and membership declined in the decades of the 1960’s and 70’s. The church continued even in this declining period to actively share in outreach in their community and through the Pennsylvania Region and  mission funding of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

However, faced with increasing deferred maintenance and dwindling attendance, the congregation decided to sell their building in 2012 and to gift their assets as a last testament to their devotion to God’s mission and the commitment of their ancestors in faith. A large gift was made to the Christian Church in Pennsylvania. Although most of those funds were used by the Region for ongoing expenses, the Regional Board, at the recommendation of the Regional Minister, Thad Allen, committed $2,000 to establish a named permanent fund with the Christian Church Foundation as part of the Pennsylvania Region’s All Saints Fund, the First Christian Church of New Castle Fund. Through this Fund the legacy of those generations since 1856 will continue to serve Christ’s church through an annual income to the Region.

Legacy Permanent Funds, either as a part of the Pennsylvania All Saints Fund or established directly with the Christian Church Foundation, enable the accumulated assets of a congregation to continue to serve God’s  mission long after the doors of a church  building close.


If you and your congregation are interested in exploring what  a Named Legacy Fund might offer to  extend your church’s legacy, contact either Rev. Dr. Darwin Collins (or call 412-337-4293) or
Rev. Thaddaeus Allen (or call 304-633-2428).

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)
Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.


From Disciples Church Extension

Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation.
While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might touch us, there are valuable resources available that can help congregations answer tough security questions.
Timothy Harris, president & CEO of the Insurance Board, has written a special Active Shooter Message to address questions and concerns after last weekend’s tragedy. The Insurance Board, our recognized ministry partner, has compiled free information and relevant tools for congregations making decisions on church security. Also, churches seeking comprehensive training on how to respond to an aggressive intruder event can contact the Insurance Board to get more information about training sessions. Through our partnership with the Insurance Board, all Disciples of Christ congregations (regardless of whether or not you hold a policy with the Insurance Board) are eligible for a discounted rate on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainings for houses of worship.
Additional training resources:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) active shooter training video RUN, HIDE, FIGHT :
From DHM::
Children’s Disaster Services
Did you ever wonder who attends to the hearts and souls, minds and bodies of children during times of major disasters? Well, let me tell you, Disciples Home Missions is there. We are blessed to partner with the Church of the Brethren in a unique ministry called Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) which includes a network of trained volunteers and partners across the country which, since its founding in 1979, has  involved more than 3100 volunteers who have cared for more than 87,800 children in response to floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, ice storms, tornadoes, mudslides, terrorist attacks, and aviation incidents.
Kathleen Fry-Miller, CDS Associate Director, reports that in response to the multiple disasters from which our nation has suffered in the past two months CDS teams have been deployed to 17 different locations in Texas and Florida with 74 caregivers serving over 1400 children as of October 16th.

A Critical Response Child Care Team has just been sent to Las Vegas to serve in the Family Assistance Center set up to provide services to families of those who were killed and those who were injured, as well as survivors. Undoubtedly, teams will soon be deployed to Northern California. Volunteers have been alerted by Red Cross that there may also be needs related to mass evacuations to Florida from Puerto Rico. There are professionals affiliated with each team to support and give guidance to volunteers. Providing care to families and children in a disaster situation is a special calling which is not for everyone. However, if you are interested in training to participate on a Critical Response Child Care team, there are two workshops coming up in November:

November 17-18, 2017 ~ Bethel, Pennsylvania

Little Swatara Church of the Brethren

Contact: Jean Myers, (610) 678-5247 
For additional details see www.childrensdisasterservices.org/.


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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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 Disciples Online 11/15/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:18 am
Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
View this email in your browser
Upcoming…
11/19 – Pentecost +24/Thanksgiving Sunday
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


Ready for Midwinter Retreat?

EARLY-BIRD PRICING ENDS TODAY!
We’ve registered several so far! It’s going to be a blast! Lots of planning happening and here’s a secret….we have a professional camp musician joining us this year to lead our singing….


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 15: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Reminder to Clergy 
Ministerial standing forms, including those provided by congregations to affirm the participation of ministers, are due before Nov. 25.  If you have not begun the process or have misplaced the links or instructions, please email us now.


Legacies – Publication available  

Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.


from Legacies, Fall, 2017…

One Congregation’s Legacy:

From Little, Much

by David T. Chafin

The little congregation of First Christian Church in Ravenswood, WV, had fallen on hard times.  They had a solid dozen of faithful members in attendance, but all of them were aging quickly, and the community had taken a downturn years before.  The options for growth and renewal were not showing a great deal of promise.  While the congregation held properties, stocks, and cash enough to continue their gathered presence in the old decaying building, they were concerned that at the rate they were going, regular budgetary income was not going to allow them to preserve their assets for the future of ministry in that place.

After careful analysis, the trustees of the congregation, working with the Christian Church Foundation, created a permanent fund, along with a “Last Will and Testament” describing their intentions and  desires for an ongoing ministry for the church, even after they ceased to meet in the old building on the corner of Sand and Gallatin.

The day came within a year or so when the Will was executed, as the group determined they could no longer expect to meet for worship and Sunday School as they had for so many years.  Their wishes were immediately implemented in such a way as to sustain their commitments to their local hunger ministry, Week of Compassion, and the Christian Church in West Virginia.  Two of the congregation’s members transferred their membership to the Parkersburg congregation, and all of the others were received as members of the Regional Church and are under its care.

The church building was kept in the care of the Region and is presently housing an important recovery ministry in the town, along with providing space for gatherings of a community group which had met there for years. An “estate sale” was conducted and more funds were raised, which along with the proceeds from sale of the parsonage and stock portfolio, along with much of the accumulated cash, were added to the permanent fund at the Foundation.  A small home adjacent to the church building is still held locally for continued occupation by an immigrant family who has begun to settle into life in the community, and which fondly remembers being in worship periodically with the congregation, and having their youngest child blessed and dedicated in that place.

Former members of First Christian Church remain a vital part of Ravenswood’s life, and continue to provide salt and light in a place where God’s presence is much needed.  The ending of a full rich era of life in ministry for one historic congregation will now bless the coming generations in ways that its faithful members had dreamed, and planned, and took action for.  This is the life beyond life that the gospel speaks of.  This is faithfulness that has no known end.

If you desire information on creating a legacy plan for your congregation, contact Rev. Darwin Collins at theChristian Church Foundation, or Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, Regional Minister.

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)
Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.


From Disciples Church Extension

Active shooter preparedness

Following the tragic loss of life at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, we are all reminded once again that even churches might be confronted with an active shooter situation.
While we can never know when such senseless acts of violence might touch us, there are valuable resources available that can help congregations answer tough security questions.
Timothy Harris, president & CEO of the Insurance Board, has written a special Active Shooter Message to address questions and concerns after last weekend’s tragedy. The Insurance Board, our recognized ministry partner, has compiled free information and relevant tools for congregations making decisions on church security. Also, churches seeking comprehensive training on how to respond to an aggressive intruder event can contact the Insurance Board to get more information about training sessions. Through our partnership with the Insurance Board, all Disciples of Christ congregations (regardless of whether or not you hold a policy with the Insurance Board) are eligible for a discounted rate on ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) trainings for houses of worship.
Additional training resources:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) active shooter training video RUN, HIDE, FIGHT :
From DHM::
Children’s Disaster Services
Did you ever wonder who attends to the hearts and souls, minds and bodies of children during times of major disasters? Well, let me tell you, Disciples Home Missions is there. We are blessed to partner with the Church of the Brethren in a unique ministry called Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) which includes a network of trained volunteers and partners across the country which, since its founding in 1979, has  involved more than 3100 volunteers who have cared for more than 87,800 children in response to floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, ice storms, tornadoes, mudslides, terrorist attacks, and aviation incidents.
Kathleen Fry-Miller, CDS Associate Director, reports that in response to the multiple disasters from which our nation has suffered in the past two months CDS teams have been deployed to 17 different locations in Texas and Florida with 74 caregivers serving over 1400 children as of October 16th.

A Critical Response Child Care Team has just been sent to Las Vegas to serve in the Family Assistance Center set up to provide services to families of those who were killed and those who were injured, as well as survivors. Undoubtedly, teams will soon be deployed to Northern California. Volunteers have been alerted by Red Cross that there may also be needs related to mass evacuations to Florida from Puerto Rico. There are professionals affiliated with each team to support and give guidance to volunteers. Providing care to families and children in a disaster situation is a special calling which is not for everyone. However, if you are interested in training to participate on a Critical Response Child Care team, there are two workshops coming up in November:

November 17-18, 2017 ~ Bethel, Pennsylvania

Little Swatara Church of the Brethren

Contact: Jean Myers, (610) 678-5247 
For additional details see www.childrensdisasterservices.org/.


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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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!


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11/12 – Pentecost +23
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


Carol Gump Commissioned to Ministry

This past  Sunday was a great day of celebration at the Madison Avenue Christian Church in Huntington as Carol Gump was Commissioned to Christian Ministry. Regional Minister, the Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, presided, and was joined in the celebration by Commission on Ministry members, the elders, and Jamie Gump, pastor of the congregation.  Carol’s practice of ministry, within the congregation and in chaplaincy, were lifted up as she was welcomed to the Order of Ministry by those present.


Upper Ohio Valley Ministers Meet
Continuing a long tradition, the clergy of the Upper Ohio Valley will gather for their monthly meeting this Thursday at noon, at Ye Olde Alpha in Wheeling.


“Heroin(e)” Showing Nov. 9
Screening Offered to Congregations 

The West Virginia Council of Churches will host a free Screening of the Netflix Original Documentary, “Heroin(e)” on November 9th, 2017 at the La Belle theater in South Charleston, West Virginia. This event runs from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

After the screening, a panel of professionals will discuss how the opioid epidemic.  Educational tools regarding disposal and prevention will be provided to those in attendance.

Also, from 7 p.m. – 8 .m., the South Charleston Police will be holding a Drug Take Back Event in front of the theater. During that time anyone can bring unwanted pills and prescriptions for disposal.

Download the poster.  Free screenings of the film can be provided in other parts of the state, if your congregation is interested. Contact Rev. Jeff Allen for information.


 


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 5: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Reminder to Clergy 
Ministerial standing forms, including those provided by congregations to affirm the participation of ministers, are due before Nov. 25.  If you have not begun the process or have misplaced the links or instructions, please email us now.


Legacies – Publication available  

Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.


from Legacies, Fall, 2017…

Eternal Stewardship:
Remembering What’s Most Important

by Kenneth M. Hardway

What is the most important thing in life?  This is a fair question.  It is a question of utmost relevance.  It is a question that marks and shapes this journey of life.  It is a question that points to legacy and what we leave behind.  It is a question that comes to mind always when I think of those saints who have remembered the church in their end of life gifts, wills, and bequests.  I like to think of this as eternal stewardship—the stewardship of the saints.  It is the question I was reminded of afresh when we received the gift from the estate of one such saint, Jean Spear Sharp.

When I first met Jean some 6 years ago now, I knew right away what was important to her—God and the church.  I was aware of her love from her work with Disciples Women in WV.  But I was made keenly aware of her when I first moved to Wheeling.  We were setting up for Advent and I pulled out this beautiful nativity scene, and someone said, “Jean bought that for us, and had it set low on this stand so that the miracle of Christ’s birth would be eye level with the kids.”  We restarted the chimes choir shortly after, and someone said, “we can thank Jean for these  instruments.  She always loved beautiful music to God.”  These were just a few of the many ways Jean shared her love for God and the church while she was walking among us.

One evening Jean fell when getting onto her back porch.  She lay there in pain, with what we would later find out to be a broken hip.  She thought she would freeze to death on that porch. She curled up tight, and spent the cold night in a mixture of fear and comfort.  Fear is only understandable, yet what is beyond understanding is the peace that would give her moments of warmth and courage—what can only be known as the “peace of Christ which is beyond understanding.”  She prayed.  Her faith had made her strong, even when her body was at its weakest.  Later when we talked, she gave thanks for the faith that had been nurtured within her through her church, and had given her the strength she needed to get through the long, dark night.  “Do not be afraid” were the words of comfort.  “Joy comes in the morning” was her hope.

Full recovery never came, yet her spirit was as strong as ever.  Her love for God and the church kept her whole.  Her life was marked by this love—this love that leads to giving.  Her life was a testimony to this marvelous cycle of receiving and giving, only to receive again and give again.  And at life’s end, when she had given all that she can, she received life anew.  The church she loved gathered around her and prayed.  We thanked God for the gift that was the life of this saint of the church, and for the life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son, in whom we, too, are gifted with life.

And the marvelous cycle continues.  Even in life eternal, Jean still gives.  Because of her faithful stewardship in life, that nativity scene still proclaims the miraculous gift of our Savior’s birth to our young.  The chime’s still ring in special music to our God.  And the gift from her estate is invested wisely, giving in perpetuity, to the mission of God’s love and our little part within it.  That  investment will continue to glorify God through her designations of portions of its proceeds to help fund WV Disciples Women’s Ministries, and to strengthen the Regional Church, as well.

It is a marvelous cycle indeed—receiving and giving and receiving anew to give anew.  It is the love of God through Christ in us, among us, and through us—even with the saints who have gone on before.  Receive the gift, give it, and receive it anew. Give thanks and remember the gift of the saints who still urge us to “run the race with perseverance.”

If you desire to discuss how you may leave a lasting legacy with your congregation, region, or other important ministry, contact Rev. Darwin Collins at the Foundation, or Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, Regional Minister.

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)

 Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.


From Disciples Home Missions…
These notices are from DHM

Continuing Education Grants
The application period for the 2018 Clergy Continuing Education Grants has been extended (this year only) until November 13, 2017.  Applications completed by Disciples Clergy with Standing (Ordained or Commissioned) will be considered for awards to be distributed next year. These awards are to help DOC clergy participate in continuing education experiences in 2018 that will enhance their gifts and graces for ministry. You can find out more, and access the application process here.
Children’s Disaster Services
Did you ever wonder who attends to the hearts and souls, minds and bodies of children during times of major disasters? Well, let me tell you, Disciples Home Missions is there. We are blessed to partner with the Church of the Brethren in a unique ministry called Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) which includes a network of trained volunteers and partners across the country which, since its founding in 1979, has  involved more than 3100 volunteers who have cared for more than 87,800 children in response to floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, ice storms, tornadoes, mudslides, terrorist attacks, and aviation incidents.
Kathleen Fry-Miller, CDS Associate Director, reports that in response to the multiple disasters from which our nation has suffered in the past two months CDS teams have been deployed to 17 different locations in Texas and Florida with 74 caregivers serving over 1400 children as of October 16th.

A Critical Response Child Care Team has just been sent to Las Vegas to serve in the Family Assistance Center set up to provide services to families of those who were killed and those who were injured, as well as survivors. Undoubtedly, teams will soon be deployed to Northern California. Volunteers have been alerted by Red Cross that there may also be needs related to mass evacuations to Florida from Puerto Rico. There are professionals affiliated with each team to support and give guidance to volunteers. Providing care to families and children in a disaster situation is a special calling which is not for everyone. However, if you are interested in training to participate on a Critical Response Child Care team, there are two workshops coming up in November:

November 10 – 11, 2017 ~ Northville, Michigan
Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Contact: Jen Pifer, Telephone: (734) 776-1667

November 17-18, 2017 ~ Bethel, Pennsylvania

Little Swatara Church of the Brethren

Contact: Jean Myers, (610) 678-5247 
For additional details see www.childrensdisasterservices.org/.
Submitted
 by:
Kate Epperly, Coordinator
Justice and Advocacy for Family and Children’s Ministries
Disciples Home Missions

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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 Disciples Online 11/1/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:17 am
Upcoming…
11/5 – Pentecost +22
or- All Saints Sunday

Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

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


A Blessed
All Saints Day
to You 

from your Regional Minister and Staff


Minister to Be Commissioned

Upon the whole-hearted recommendation of the WV Commission on Ministry and by the grace of God, the Madison Avenue Christian Church in Huntington invites your prayers and your presence as Carol Gump will be Commissioned to Christian Ministry during their 9:45 a.m. worship service this coming Sunday, Nov. 5.  The Regional Minister, the Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, will preside, and will be joined in the celebration by Commission on Ministry members, the elders, and Pastor Jamie Gump who shepherds the congregation.  The Regional Church gives thanks for those who give themselves to lives of service in Christ’s Church.


“Heroin(e)” Showing Nov. 9
Screening Offered to Congregations 

The West Virginia Council of Churches will host a free Screening of the Netflix Original Documentary, “Heroin(e)” on November 9th, 2017 at the La Belle theater in South Charleston, West Virginia. This event runs from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

After the screening, a panel of professionals will discuss how the opioid epidemic.  Educational tools regarding disposal and prevention will be provided to those in attendance.

Also, from 7 p.m. – 8 .m., the South Charleston Police will be holding a Drug Take Back Event in front of the theater. During that time anyone can bring unwanted pills and prescriptions for disposal.

Download the poster.  Free screenings of the film can be provided in other parts of the state, if your congregation is interested. Contact Rev. Jeff Allen for information.


 


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 5: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Reminder to Clergy 
Ministerial standing forms, including those provided by congregations to affirm the participation of ministers, are due before Nov. 25.  If you have not begun the process or have misplaced the links or instructions, please email us now.


Legacies – Publication available  

Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.


from Legacies, Fall, 2017…

Calling the Roll:
Forever Blessed Are They

West Virginia’s Saints Named and Celebrated

 by  David T. Chafin

Honoring the memories of those who have gone before us in faith, and lifting up the names of those we recognize as saints among us today, has been a great joy of the Church from earliest times.  The Bible speaks often of God’s “holy ones” (the “saints”) who, gathered together from all peoples and nations of earth and those in heaven, continually lift up praise to the name of “the One who was, and who is, and who is to come.”

Read the entire issue here.  (note that the listing of the All Saints Fund included contains errors corrected in the download below)

 Downoad the updated and corrected “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (10/25/17)  in this PDF file.

Sharing the All Saints Fund  
You can download a bulletin insert to help you share the word of the WV All Saints Fund with your congregation by clicking here.


From Disciples Home Missions…
These notices are from DHM

Continuing Education Grants
The application period for the 2018 Clergy Continuing Education Grants has been extended (this year only) until November 13, 2017.  Applications completed by Disciples Clergy with Standing (Ordained or Commissioned) will be considered for awards to be distributed next year. These awards are to help DOC clergy participate in continuing education experiences in 2018 that will enhance their gifts and graces for ministry. You can find out more, and access the application process here.
Children’s Disaster Services
Did you ever wonder who attends to the hearts and souls, minds and bodies of children during times of major disasters? Well, let me tell you, Disciples Home Missions is there. We are blessed to partner with the Church of the Brethren in a unique ministry called Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) which includes a network of trained volunteers and partners across the country which, since its founding in 1979, has  involved more than 3100 volunteers who have cared for more than 87,800 children in response to floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, ice storms, tornadoes, mudslides, terrorist attacks, and aviation incidents.
Kathleen Fry-Miller, CDS Associate Director, reports that in response to the multiple disasters from which our nation has suffered in the past two months CDS teams have been deployed to 17 different locations in Texas and Florida with 74 caregivers serving over 1400 children as of October 16th.

A Critical Response Child Care Team has just been sent to Las Vegas to serve in the Family Assistance Center set up to provide services to families of those who were killed and those who were injured, as well as survivors. Undoubtedly, teams will soon be deployed to Northern California. Volunteers have been alerted by Red Cross that there may also be needs related to mass evacuations to Florida from Puerto Rico. There are professionals affiliated with each team to support and give guidance to volunteers. Providing care to families and children in a disaster situation is a special calling which is not for everyone. However, if you are interested in training to participate on a Critical Response Child Care team, there are two workshops coming up in November:

November 10 – 11, 2017 ~ Northville, Michigan
Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Contact: Jen Pifer, Telephone: (734) 776-1667

November 17-18, 2017 ~ Bethel, Pennsylvania

Little Swatara Church of the Brethren

Contact: Jean Myers, (610) 678-5247 
For additional details see www.childrensdisasterservices.org/.
Submitted
 by:
Kate Epperly, Coordinator
Justice and Advocacy for Family and Children’s Ministries
Disciples Home Missions

From the Council on Christian Unity…

Dear Friends,

The CCU has published prominent ecumenical journals such as Midstream and Call to Unity for more than fifty-five years. As the CCU renews its commitment to publishing an ecumenical and interfaith journal, the Council renamed its journal as Sunesis: Disciples Ecumenical and Interfaith Journal. Dr. M. Eugene Boring said, “I think Σύνεσις would be an excellent choice for the name of the new journal. Among the fairly narrow range of meanings, ‘Insight’ would be appropriate for the journal (Eph. 3:4).”

We pray that Sunesis will provide you with new insights regarding not only ecumenism but also our interfaith neighbors.There is joy when we acquire new insights about others, and many times that joy leads us to pursue friendship. We hope that through these friendships and relationships with other ecumenical partners and interfaith friends, we will achieve a better understanding of others, as the word Sunesis implies. Then we will be able to live peacefully together as God’s children and work together to bring peace to this fragmented world.

Peace,

Rev. Paul S. Tche
President

Read the Journal

From the Pension Fund …

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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 Disciples Online 10/18/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:16 am
Upcoming…
10/22 – Pentecost +20
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 = Midwinter Youth Retreat
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
t.b.a. – CYF Conference

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


Disciples Men on Retreat 

It was a joyful and encouraging time of fellowship, learning, mission, and spiritual growth for the men gathered at Ripley last weekend.

Rev. Stephen Smythers (at left) of Washington, PA shared “Instructions for the Walk,” and the times of worship and sharing of gifts was impressive.

It was noted that the men’s ‘Bucks for Beef’ project has, over the past five years, raised over $60,000 to help combat hunger for children of the Mountain State.  Funds continue to arrive from congregations who were not present for the event, so if you have “beef bucks” to share, please send them soon to the Regional Office.

Ready for next year?  Men, mark your calendars now for Oct. 5-7, 2018 and plan on joining us!


 


Midwinter Youth Retreat, Feb. 9-11, Parkersburg
Midwinter Retreat Registration is now open! Paper forms can be downloaded and completed, or you can do an online registration at: https://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-youth-in-wv

  • Who: Students Grades 3-12 & Post High Young Adults, Youth Leaders, Adult Volunteers
  • Where: Wingate Inn, 1502 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV  26105
  • When: Arrive by 7 p.m.Feb. 9; Depart NoonFeb. 11 (from First Christian Church, Parkersburg)
  • Register: Do it early! Save money (see below), and assure that you can attend.  We are required to make our reservations at the facility 30 days in advance, so don’t miss out!
  • Cost if you register by…Nov. 5: $115…Dec. 15: $125…After Dec. 15: $135

See you this winter!
Download flyer 
Email jrheaallen@yahoo.com with registration questions


Legacies – Publication available now

Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship futures.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region is featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations (see excerpt below), then visit the page and read or download for print. Please help us share with your friends and members of your congregation who may not receive the weekly online news.


from Legacies, Fall, 2017…

Calling the Roll:
Forever Blessed Are They

West Virginia’s Saints Named and Celebrated

 by  David T. Chafin

Honoring the memories of those who have gone before us in faith, and lifting up the names of those we recognize as saints among us today, has been a great joy of the Church from earliest times.  The Bible speaks often of God’s “holy ones” (the “saints”) who, gathered together from all peoples and nations of earth and those in heaven, continually lift up praise to the name of “the One who was, and who is, and who is to come.”

The late Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock preached on last chapter of Romans, which he called “the list,” as a time when Paul was greeting first one he remembered fondly, then another, as though he were “calling the roll” of the saints.  The apostle noted the numerous ways in which so many people made all the difference to the life of the world, and the fledgling church coming as it established itself in the imperial city, in the best and worst of circumstances.  He called them each by name, and left a legacy within the holy scriptures which we might   easily overlook – a legacy recorded for the ages, and loaded with the inspirational truth that there is lasting impact (in this case, impact across two millennia) in the lives of the saints.  We may remember them in the church year  only rarely, but we cannot avoid their presence among us even today.

We have the honor of lifting up their names before one another as examples of hope and faith, especially when we come near Nov. 1: All Saints Day.  Those we name in worship or memorial prayers, those we keep in “roll calls” within our hearts, all are offered before God as precious and holy in God’s sight.  In the Christian Church in West Virginia, we keep a roll as well of those who have been named and honored through gifts to the All Saints Fund, which is in the care of the Christian Church Foundation and provides regular distributions to strengthen the ministries of the region – ministries which those named have held dear and cherished in their walk through this life.

Those we remember and name as saints can be added “in memory” or “in honor” to the roll call, through your gift of $25 made payable to the Christian Church in West Virginia (or given online: wvdisciples.net/donatenow). Once a name has been added, you may contribute further in honor or memory of that person with your contribution in any amount.

These are God’s saints whom we name together, who have given of themselves and continue to give as faithful stewards of the mysteries of grace.  Let us rejoice in this opportunity to speak their names, to join them in the sacred mission of Jesus on this earth, and look forward to dining with them in the presence of Christ the Lamb in the feast which has no end.

Read the entire issue here.

 Downoad the “Roll Call” of the WV All Saints Fund (9/30/17) here in this PDF file.

Sharing the All Saints Fund  
You can download a bulletin insert to help you share the word of the WV All Saints Fund with your congregation by clicking here.


From the Council on Christian Unity…

Dear Friends,

The CCU has published prominent ecumenical journals such as Midstream and Call to Unity for more than fifty-five years. As the CCU renews its commitment to publishing an ecumenical and interfaith journal, the Council renamed its journal as Sunesis: Disciples Ecumenical and Interfaith Journal. Dr. M. Eugene Boring said, “I think Σύνεσις would be an excellent choice for the name of the new journal. Among the fairly narrow range of meanings, ‘Insight’ would be appropriate for the journal (Eph. 3:4).”

We pray that Sunesis will provide you with new insights regarding not only ecumenism but also our interfaith neighbors.There is joy when we acquire new insights about others, and many times that joy leads us to pursue friendship. We hope that through these friendships and relationships with other ecumenical partners and interfaith friends, we will achieve a better understanding of others, as the word Sunesis implies. Then we will be able to live peacefully together as God’s children and work together to bring peace to this fragmented world.

Peace,

Rev. Paul S. Tche
President

Read the Journal

Issue Number 1

The very first issue of our new E-journal, Sunesis: Disciples Ecumenical and Interfaith Journal, has been published online. This issue includes these three excellent articles:

  • 14th Joe A. and Nancy Vaughn Stalcup Lecture on Christian Unity; Sisters and Brothers by Other Mothers by Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
  • 29th Peter Ainslie Lecture on Christian Unity; Unity Today and Unity Tomorrow by Rev. Joel Ortega-Dopico
  • 2017 Churches Uniting in Christ National Celebration Address; When You Do This, Remember Me: Remembering and Recovering  the Purpose of COCU and CUIC by Rev. Dr. Keith Watkins

Please visit our website to download the journal at no cost.

From the Pension Fund …

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.

Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!

Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.


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


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 Disciples Online 10/11/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:15 am
Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
View this email in your browser
Upcoming…
10/15 – Pentecost +19
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

10/13-15 – Disciples Men’s Retreat

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


Men Gathering This Week!

Disciples Men of WV will gather at Cedar Lakes near Ripley for their annual Fall Retreat,, Oct. 13-15. “Instructions for the Walk” is the theme of the weekend, led by the Rev. Stephen Smythers, Pastor of First Christian Church in Washington, PA.

Limited space available!  Visit http://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-men-in-wv.h… for downloadable flyers and registration forms.


Legacies to Feature All Saints Fund
Keep an eye on your inbox this week, as the next edition of Legacies is ready to be published.  Legacies is an important stewardship tool that helps members of the WV and PA Regions make good decisions about how to strengthen the church and plan for their own stewardship.  It is published jointly by the regions and by the Christian Church Foundation.

The All Saints Fund of the region will be featured in this Fall Edition, along with stories of great legacy planning by individual Christians and congregations.  Don’t miss it!

You can download a bulletin insert to help you share the word of the WV All Saints Fund with your congregation by clicking here.


Insurance Board Offers Webinars

Know Your Score! Abuse Prevention Self Assessment
REGISTER
Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things Churches Can Do
REGISTER
How to Avoid Background Screening Litigation
REGISTER

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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

Not too late to register for the Assembly!


Jim Winkler WVCC Annual Assembly Begins Sunday!
The 136th Annual Assembly will be held October 15 – 16, 2017 at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preacher and keynote speaker. We’ll have a plenary on Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World), workshops on becoming a child advocate, Disaster Response 101, and organizing. Registration is coming soon!

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.


Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!


Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.

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


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 Disciples Online 10/4/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:14 am
Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
View this email in your browser
Upcoming…
10/8 – Pentecost +18 
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

10/13-15 – Disciples Men’s Retreat

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


Men’s Retreat Next Week!

Disciples Men of WV will gather at Cedar Lakes near Ripley for their annual Fall Retreat,, Oct. 13-15. “Instructions for the Walk” is the theme of the weekend, led by the Rev. Stephen Smythers, Pastor of First Christian Church in Washington, PA.

Registration is officially open!  Visit http://christianchurchinwv.weebly.com/disciples-men-in-wv.h… for downloadable flyers and registration forms.


Pumpkin Patch at Wheeling Supports Good Works 
First Christian Church in Wheeling has opened their annual Pumpkin Patch, with a brigade of helpers unloading over 1000 pumpkins on Sep. 29.   

All proceeds of sales from the patch go to support Faith in Action Caregivers, Inc., Wheeling Health Right, and the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling.


“THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS,
AND THE DARKNESS DOES NOT EXTINGUISH
THE LIGHT.” JOHN 1:5

Pension Fund is thankful for the ministry and work of the many faithful ministers who are shining a light in the darkness through their service to others. Throughout this Week of the Ministry, join us in celebrating our pastors by showing appreciation for their dedication.

Be Inspired

In case you missed our Ministers & Mates breakfast with Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren at General Assembly this summer or want to see it again, we’ve posted it on our website.  To view, click here.

Online Resources

Recognize your pastor with these online resources to celebrate Week of the Ministry. To view, click here.

Facebook Live

In honor of Week of the Ministry, our very own Rev. Ruth Chavez Wallace will be preaching on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. EST for Disciples Center Chapel Worship.  Like our Facebook page and then tune in when we go live.
P.O. Box 6251, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6251 | www.pensionfund.org 
Pension Fund provides retirement, disability, death and health care benefits to clergy and eligible employees of ministries and organizations affiliated with the Stone-Campbell/Restoration movements. Learn more by visiting www.pensionfund.org.

Insurance Board Offers Webinars

Know Your Score! Abuse Prevention Self Assessment
REGISTER
Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things Churches Can Do
REGISTER
How to Avoid Background Screening Litigation
REGISTER


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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

Not too late to register for the Assembly!


Jim Winkler WVCC Annual Assembly
The 136th Annual Assembly will be held October 15 – 16, 2017 at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preacher and keynote speaker. We’ll have a plenary on Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World), workshops on becoming a child advocate, Disaster Response 101, and organizing. Registration is coming soon!

West Virginia Faith Community Nursing Network
The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) is a 501c3 non-profit coalition dedicated to improving the culture of health in WV through strengthening an expanding nursing practice, education and leadership. FONWV has developed an online Toolkit and Network to support faith community nurses (FCNs) in West Virginia. The goal is to have FCNs serving every county in the state.

If you are interested in joining or supporting the WV FCN Network go to: http://www.futureofnursingwv.org/faith-community-rn-toolkit and click the icon.


Facebook and Twitter
You can find the West Virginia Council of Churches on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wvcouncil and through Twitter at https://twitter.com/wvcouncil. Please become a friend of the West Virginia Council of Churches and follow us on Twitter!


Clergy Consultation on Substance Use Disorder

Consultation presentations will be on the WVCC website soon!  Here’s the link for the Pathology of Addiction video. For those interested in Sky Kershner’s CRAFT presentation, please click here.

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


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!

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