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December 8, 2017

WV Disciples Online 11/29/17

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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.
Your Regional Minister


Thanksgiving Day at Wheeling First…


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



Online Registration available after 1/2/18 at


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!


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