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December 8, 2017

WV Disciples Online 11/8/17

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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/.
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!


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