FCC News

January 10, 2018

WV Disciples Online for 1/3/18

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Glad to share the latest news of the WV Region
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1/6 – Epiphany
1/7 – Epiphany Sunday/Baptism of Jesus
Visit http://www.lifeinliturgy.org

2/9-11 – Midwinter Youth Retreat
2/26-27 – Visit with General Minister
6/10-15 – ChiRho & Junior Camps
6/13-15 – Camp Campbell for Kids
7/1-7 – CYF Conference

Check out our planning calendar online!

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

Epiphany (Jan. 6), the twelfth and final day of Christmas, will be observed in many of our congregations this Sunday. Then in many places the colors and lights of Christmas will be tucked away in a dark closet until the beginning of next Advent.
Yet in the darkness and cold of this season, we continue to marvel at the warmth and light that has been kindled among us, and the many ways in which the faithful children of God continue to reveal that holy light in their everyday lives.
2018 is just another trip around the sun for the earth,
yet it is the gift of God to us of another 365 opportunities in which we may choose to live in and reveal the light of God.

Blessings for your closing days of Christmas,
for your celebration of light on Epiphany,
and for this newly-born, joy-filled, and faith-led new year!

Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

A Final Appeal for the 2017 Christmas Offering
Reminder: This Thursday is the last safe day to mail Christmas Offerings and other DMF monies to Disciples Mission Fund for credit in the 2017 Yearbook. More details below

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!
Deadline for Christmas Offerings to be received for reporting in 2017 Yearbook statistics is Jan. 6. Please share this word with your church financial officers.

Visit with the General Minister
We are looking forward to a time with the General Minister and President, the Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, who will be visiting our WV and PA regions Feb. 26-27. Watch for details on the location coming soon.
Week of the Laity: Jan. 21-27
from Disciples Home Missions
Week of the Laity will be celebrated January 21 – 27, 2018.
Laity Sunday is a special time when the lay people of the church often pause to consider their varied gifts for ministry, inside and outside the walls of the church building. The 2018 resource was written by Lonnie Graves. Click Laity Resources.
Ready for Midwinter Retreat?
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 Noon, Feb. 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 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
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.

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
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

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

Register Here

Lodging Options: Wheeling, WV | Washington, PA
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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 Leader: Janet 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

Download a promotional flyer for this event

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 http://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.

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 http://www.wvdisciples.org or this link to subscribe today!



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