FCC News

December 8, 2017

WV Disciples Online 11/1/17

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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!

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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!

WV Disciples Online 9/27/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:13 am
Upcoming…
9/24 – Pentecost +17 – Worldwide Communion
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


Register Now for Men’s Retreat 

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.


Week of Compassion Update 

Life Abundant in the Broken Places

By: Virginia White, WoC Contributor

With the floods in South Asia, the earthquake in Mexico, and the hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean, this has been a particularly frightening and heartbreaking month to turn on the news and witness the havoc our planet is wreaking on neighbors near and far. For Week of Compassion, the relief and recovery ministry of our church, which is charged with bringing Christ’s comfort, power, and hope to all those suffering from these devastating events, it has been a particularly challenging, and yet, grace-filled, month.
Read more…


“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

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Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things Churches Can Do
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WV Council of Churches News…
   Visit wvcc.org for more information

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West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

September 5, 2017


Jim Winkler Save the Date – 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!

WV Disciple Online 9/20/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:12 am
Upcoming…
9/24 – Pentecost +16
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


Register Now for Men’s Retreat 

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.


Week of Compassion Update 

With the addition of the earthquakes in Mexico and the coming of yet another Hurricane in the Caribbean, we hold in prayer and support the work of Week of Compassion.

Hurricane Irma:
Week of Compassion partners are assessing the extensive damage in Cuba. We have set aside funds to support the coming appeal, once response plans are in place.
Power outages and flooding continue in Florida and along the southeast coast. Week of Compassion is working with regional leadership to assess the effects of Irma on our Disciples congregations. Reports of roof damage and flooding at homes and church buildings have already begun, and we anticipate many more as people are able to return from evacuation locations. Congregations across Florida and the southeast continue to offer shelter and assistance to their communities, with support from regional leadership.
 
Week of Compassion has an ongoing relationship with the Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disaster, where we are supporting long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew. We have reached out to offer additional assistance for additional efforts responding to Irma.
 
Hurricane Harvey:
In the last week, Week of Compassion has distributed over $100,000 in solidarity grants to households and churches through the Coastal Plains Area and Southwest Region. Additionally, our staff has provided information and pastoral support to Disciples congregations making significant impact in their local areas. Our congregations span the impact zone–from Corpus Christi, Aransas Pass, and Victoria in the west, to Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange in the east; from Galveston and Texas City in the south, to Conroe and Kingwood in the north. Disciples have distributed more than 1000 clean up buckets and have helped muck out dozens of houses. Congregations have collected school supplies, hosted meals, and offered prayer for and with their neighbors.
Together with Disciples Volunteering and local and regional leaders, Week of Compassion is planning for long-term recovery support and volunteer opportunities.

Seminarian Foster Frimpong shares in the feast provided in the Saenam village of West Timor.
Photo by Kyle McDougall
Hospitality – Reflection on a recent visit to Indonesia
Last month, a group of nine Disciples seminarians and recently ordained clergy participated in an immersion experience with Week of Compassion partners in Indonesia. Rev. Miriam Gentle of the Capital Region offered this reflection as part of a recent sermon.
 
In the Christian tradition, Jesus is our example for what welcoming the stranger means.Jesus entered humanity and became human. In the Incarnation, Jesus humbled himself, becoming vulnerable.
Even as he humbled himself, he invited others into a relational experience; strangers, Samaritans, women, tax collectors. He welcomed little children, who had no status in society, and placed them on his lap and proclaimed that to them belonged the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16)
Jesus even broke bread with the person who would eventually betray him.
God’s welcome was extended to all.
As scripture shows us, hospitality is about giving and receiving.
It’s about relationships and mutuality.
Mutuality means that we need to welcome others, but we also need to be humble and vulnerable enough to allow others to welcome us.
I experienced a bit of this mutuality in my recent visit to Indonesia. I traveled with a group of seminarians and newly ordained clergy. We weren’t there to do mission work, dig wells, or build schools. Our task was simply to observe the work that was being done by Week of Compassion, the Disciples’ relief, refugee and sustainable-development mission fund, partnering with Church World Service working with food insecurity and disaster risk management.
As our group of ten traveled to remote villages, I felt like those early apostles, sent out two by two, traveling light, carrying God’s love in our hearts, being welcomed by strangers.
On the island of West Timor, we traveled for hours up a winding mountain road. Breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean on one side. We drove until the cars could no longer travel up the mountain. Then we walked up a rocky hill. A bit winded and weary, I came upon a humble cement block building nestled among the trees. In contrast to the gray and dusty cement block building, brightly colored woven cloths woven by the women of the village, hung neatly in rows.
We climbed the steps and entered the building, their church. I was surprised to see the entire village had gathered to greet us. As we were ushered to the front, a place of honor, the children of the village began to sing. The words, in Indonesian were not ones I understood, but the tune, “Amazing Grace” gave me all I needed to translate. God’s love is here and you are welcome in God’s name. Salam! Welcome! Peace be unto you!
I felt humbled, honored, and loved. God was on that mountain. God was there in our midst. We were offered food to eat from what little they had. Fish, rice, bananas. Even in scarcity, they welcomed us lavishing their food, their water, and their gifts of beautifully woven scarves, on us.
True hospitality is choosing to see another person as a child of God. When we enter into relationships with others, guided by respect, love, and mutuality, we begin to unfold God’s kingdom on earth and live into our calling of “doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly” with God and all creation.

Rev. Jean-Marie Welcomed in Bethany
Sunday, Sep. 17, saw the welcome of the Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie as pastor of the Bethany Memorial Church and Dean of the Chapel of Bethany College.  The first day in the pulpit was met with great celebration and thanksgiving.  Welcome, Rev. Jean-Marie!


Wheeling Church Hosts
Mental Health First Aid Class

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.  Learn an action plan to help.  Did you know…You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but what do you say to someone who is facing depression, or having an anxiety attack, or says they’re thinking about suicide?  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need.  Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course being taught by Amy Gamble—a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and the Executive Director of the Wheeling Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.   For more information on the training, please seewww.namiwheeling.org or www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Please join us at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1343 National Road, Wheeling, WV on September 30th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. for our Mental Health First Aid training course.  Registration fee is $25 (due at the event) and includes lunch and snacks.  Class is limited to 25 registrants, so sign up now!  Register by calling Jennifer at 304-242-1520or emailing office@wheelingdisciples.org


Pastor Reflects on Youth Mentorship
This past Sunday, Kaylie Allen, a Freshman at Bethany College, began her tenure as a youth mentor at First Christian Church, Wheeling.  Rev. Ken Hardway reflected recently on how the Mentorship Program began:

I remember fondly the events that led up to our creating this Mentorship program.  Perhaps you remember fondly these women, as well?  Lee Thomas Koon and Patsy Kinder.

Lee Koon had given the church a gift of $5,000, and hoped we could usher that to a Bethany College student who was sensing a call into the ministry.  Well, as it turns out, you can’t just give a student that much money without messing with financial aid.  I asked her, “what if we hired one to work with our youth?”  She was keen on that idea, but what happened next sold her on it; she was excited to honor the life and legacy of her friend, Patsy.  Read the rest of the letter…

 


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

WV Council of Churches
West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling

September 5, 2017


Jim Winkler Save the Date – 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!

Huntington Community Reentry Council Meeting
The West Virginia Council of Churches has been working to establish Community Reentry Councils for ex-offenders in each of the Parole/Probation regions. Community Reentry Councils bring together human services, faith communities, corrections, law enforcement, courts, and social services agencies in order to address barriers to reentry for ex-offenders. They identify community assets and service gaps, maximizing effective use of existing resources through collaboration.

The Kanawha Community Reentry Council was established in July 2016 and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Goodwill Prosperity Center in Charleston. Community Reentry Councils are also forming in Beckley and in Grant County.

We are excited to announce that the first meeting of the Huntington Community Reentry Council will be held on September 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mountwest Community College, located at 1 Mountwest Way, Huntington, WV 25701.

For more information on Community Reentry Councils, please contact Beverly Sharp at sharpbeverly@gmail.com.


2017 Day of Hope Materials Now Available
The West Virginia Council of Churches and Community Impact Coalition are collaborating to bring a “Day of Hope: A Celebration of Prevention & Recovery to West Virginia churches and other faith communities on or near September 17, 2017. This year’s theme is “Recovery Happens.”

You can find and download the 2017 Day of Hope flyer, bulletin insert, and litany by clicking here.


Medicaid Summit
Join West Virginians Together for Medicaid and West Virginians for Affordable Health Care at the inaugural Medicaid summit to discuss the future of Medicaid and CHIP in the Mountain State.

Respected national and local experts will be on hand to share information on state and federal Medicaid updates, budget issues, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization, potential cuts and caps to the programs, and the benefits of these programs to West Virginians. Registration is $25 or free for those who would like to volunteer to help on the day. CEU’s are available.

To register for the summit, please click here.


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.


WVCC logo New Logo and Website
The West Virginia Council of Churches has a new logo and website. To check out the website, please go to www.wvcc.org.

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 9/13/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — patricknorton75 @ 11:11 am
Upcoming…
9/17 – Pentecost +15
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

9/15-16 – Buffalo Seminary – Personalities and Communication
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


Wonderful Scenes of Retreat

WV Disciples Women from around the Region joined to celebrate their life together as church, and to deepen their relationships with God and one another, this past weekend. The Rev. Christal Williams was the keynote speaker. We are grateful for the powerful influence of women of faith, and of their excellent leadership team on the Regional Cabinet.

Their Facebook page proudly proclaimed: 
“Love of Christ was shared in Ripley and across the WV Region this weekend. However our generosity and joy did not stay at Cedar Lakes. We gave to Week of Compassion, CASA, the poor and the hungry through blessing boxes and World hunger offerings. These monies will be used wisely and for the glory of God. But our gifts were not only monetary but tangible food was donated. The leftovers from Friday night’s reception and Saturday’s dinner were delivered yesterday afternoon to the battered women’s shelter of Wood county. Your love is widespread and your kindness appreciated.”


For your congregation…

To help assist churches in preparing and responding to natural disasters such as recent hurricanes, Chalice Press is giving away a free copy of Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations for a limited time.
In times of disaster and tragedy, churches provide sanctuary, hope, and practical aid. Written by veteran disaster responders and filled with first-hand accounts from disaster-struck communities, Help and Hope provides practical instructions for pastors and volunteers responding to current crises or preparing now so they are ready when tragedy happens. Help and Hope enables churches to be shelter from the storm.
The free copy of Help & Hope is available through the Chalice Press website,www.chalicepress.com, or phone, 800-366-3383. Use promo code HARVEY at check-out. (Standard shipping charges apply.)

Registration Open for Men’s Retreat 

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.


Dr. Lowery Welcomed as
President of Historical Society

Provided by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society

September 8, 2017, Bethany, WV

At a regularly scheduled board meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, the Reverend Dr. Richard H. Lowery was called to be the general ministry’s eighth President. Lowery will assume the reins in early November 2017.  Read the article…

Photo at left:  Dr. Lowery signing the covenant along with Rev. Thaddaeus Allen, Regional Minister and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, and Mr. Archie Jenkins, Chair of the Board.

The following was posted by the Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, President of the College, following a reception at Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights, the presidential residence:

Bethany College proudly welcomes Rev. Dr. Rick Lowry as Executive Director of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, former General Minister and President, to Bethany! We Also welcome the Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie as the Dean of the Chapel and Minister of Bethany Memorial Christian Church. Pictured here: We also celebrate the presence and ministry of Rev. Dr. Bill Thomas and Rev. Dr. Michael Kosik as guest speakers with our students! Thank you all, especially the trustees and faithful stewards of Bethany College and the DCHS!


Wheeling Church Hosts
Mental Health First Aid Class

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.  Learn an action plan to help.  Did you know…You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but what do you say to someone who is facing depression, or having an anxiety attack, or says they’re thinking about suicide?  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need.  Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course being taught by Amy Gamble—a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and the Executive Director of the Wheeling Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.   For more information on the training, please seewww.namiwheeling.org or www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Please join us at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1343 National Road, Wheeling, WV on September 30th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. for our Mental Health First Aid training course.  Registration fee is $25 (due at the event) and includes lunch and snacks.  Class is limited to 25 registrants, so sign up now!  Register by calling Jennifer at 304-242-1520 or emailing office@wheelingdisciples.org

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NBA Extends Deadline for New Mission and Ministry Grant Program

2018 Funding Available to Support Older Adults and
At-Risk Children and Youth

Grants from NBA’s purpose-restricted funds in these two areas are available for Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries.

Deadline to Apply has been extended to  Sept. 18, 2017

Learn more about NBA Grants >>

This Week at Buffalo Seminary  

 Why Do You Zig and Others Zag?

Understanding personalities and temperament for effective communication

Rev. Nathan Day Wilson  –  Director of Communications for Christian Theological Seminary 
Sep. 15-16
at Bethany College

Register now at the Bethany website


Pastor Reflects on Youth Mentorship
This past Sunday, Kaylie Allen, a Freshman at Bethany College, began her tenure as a youth mentor at First Christian Church, Wheeling.  Rev. Ken Hardway reflected recently on how the Mentorship Program began:

I remember fondly the events that led up to our creating this Mentorship program.  Perhaps you remember fondly these women, as well?  Lee Thomas Koon and Patsy Kinder.

Lee Koon had given the church a gift of $5,000, and hoped we could usher that to a Bethany College student who was sensing a call into the ministry.  Well, as it turns out, you can’t just give a student that much money without messing with financial aid.  I asked her, “what if we hired one to work with our youth?”  She was keen on that idea, but what happened next sold her on it; she was excited to honor the life and legacy of her friend, Patsy.  Read the rest of the letter…


WV & PA Congregations Offer Training
for Children Worship & Wonder

Training in Children Worship & Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 15-16, 2017. First Christian Church in Wheeling, West Virginia, and their pastor Kenneth Hardway are working together with Fairhill on the CW&W Training event.

This training event, provided by Disciples Home Missions (DHM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be led by Trainer Trudy Betts.
Training in Children Worship & Wonder is based on methods put forth in the book, Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. In Children Worship & Wonder Centers, children hear Bible stories and learn about God as they experience the presence of God. The Bible stories are told in a way that allows the listeners to enter into the stories and respond out of their own life experiences. In Children Worship & Wonder the children also learn the meaning of church traditions and have opportunities to participate in worship practices.
This training in Children Worship & Wonder is comprehensive and will give participants the information and training needed to begin a Children Worship & Wonder program in their churches.

Register online:  http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/cww-training-schedule
Deadline: September 8, 2017

Cost:  $120 ($150 after deadline) plus purchase of the book: Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.  For more information or to register by phone:(317) 713-2641


Healthcare Options for Churches in  2018  

The Pension Fund has announced that it can now connect churches with health insurance options for employees through a partnership with Gravie. Check our the flyer offered here, and follow up soon with the Pension Fund.


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

September 5, 2017


Jim Winkler Save the Date – 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!

Huntington Community Reentry Council Meeting
The West Virginia Council of Churches has been working to establish Community Reentry Councils for ex-offenders in each of the Parole/Probation regions. Community Reentry Councils bring together human services, faith communities, corrections, law enforcement, courts, and social services agencies in order to address barriers to reentry for ex-offenders. They identify community assets and service gaps, maximizing effective use of existing resources through collaboration.

The Kanawha Community Reentry Council was established in July 2016 and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Goodwill Prosperity Center in Charleston. Community Reentry Councils are also forming in Beckley and in Grant County.

We are excited to announce that the first meeting of the Huntington Community Reentry Council will be held on September 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mountwest Community College, located at 1 Mountwest Way, Huntington, WV 25701.

For more information on Community Reentry Councils, please contact Beverly Sharp at sharpbeverly@gmail.com.


2017 Day of Hope Materials Now Available
The West Virginia Council of Churches and Community Impact Coalition are collaborating to bring a “Day of Hope: A Celebration of Prevention & Recovery to West Virginia churches and other faith communities on or near September 17, 2017. This year’s theme is “Recovery Happens.”

You can find and download the 2017 Day of Hope flyer, bulletin insert, and litany by clicking here.


Medicaid Summit
Join West Virginians Together for Medicaid and West Virginians for Affordable Health Care at the inaugural Medicaid summit to discuss the future of Medicaid and CHIP in the Mountain State.

Respected national and local experts will be on hand to share information on state and federal Medicaid updates, budget issues, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization, potential cuts and caps to the programs, and the benefits of these programs to West Virginians. Registration is $25 or free for those who would like to volunteer to help on the day. CEU’s are available.

To register for the summit, please click here.


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.


WVCC logo New Logo and Website
The West Virginia Council of Churches has a new logo and website. To check out the website, please go to www.wvcc.org.

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!

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Upcoming…
9/10 – Pentecost +14
Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

9/8-10 – Disciples Women’s Retreat
9/15-16 – Buffalo Seminary – Personalities and Communication
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


General Minister and Week of Compassion Update Offer Pastoral Letter

O God, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home: even as our prayers rise with each morning’s sun for those left battered and bruised, we bow our heads in humble thanksgiving for the generous partnership of Disciples everywhere. Fount of every blessing, pour out your streams of mercy on every heartfelt gift and every inundated home, that all might know you as our help in ages past and our hope for years to come. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 1, 2017

Dear Church,

This past week our hearts and minds have been filled with images of our siblings on the Texas Gulf Coast who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our prayers went out for these communities as we watched homes submerged underwater: elders stranded in waterlogged buildings; churches, usually places of refuge and worship, rapidly flooded. We saw rescue workers, neighbors, and strangers risk their own lives to save the lives of others.

Some of us have feelings of dismay, overwhelm, despair, or anger; we cannot comprehend how so many are hurting. Yet, we are also coming together, in prayer and generosity. That is where hope lies. God is in our coming together, as Church, to respond when our family is in need.

Right now it is still too early to know the full scale impact of Hurricane Harvey, and we will not know for weeks, but this is what we know right now:

  • While most of the damage has been in Texas, 13 million people from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky are estimated to be affected by rain and flooding
  • Rescue teams have evacuated than 10,000 people from flooded homes
  • As of Friday, Harvey has claimed 47 lives, and FEMA does not know how many people are still missing or awaiting rescue
  • More than 32,000 people are currently living in shelters, and 365,000 Texans have registered for FEMA assistance

Among Disciples:

  • Three churches have sustained severe damage, and roughly 12 more have had moderate flooding, water intrusion, and roof damage.
  • More than 100 families connected to our congregations have had flooding or other damage to their homes.

As we have been reminded by many emergency responders, now is not the time to come to Texas. Affected communities are busy enough without having to coordinate logistics for outside volunteers. Housing is also at a premium for evacuees and emergency personnel. The commitment and compassion of outside volunteers will be critical in the coming months and years, mostly long after the headlines have moved on, as we clean up and begin repairs. In the meantime, we – Week of Compassion staff, Vy Nguyen, Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, as well as Interim National Hispanic Ministries Pastor, Lori Tapia, and I, your general minister and president – have been reaching out to pastors and congregations to help assess need, pray and encourage these shepherds in the midst of this storm.

Week of Compassion staff have received phone calls and e-mails from so many of you asking what you can do to help as the disaster has unfolded, and we thank you! Disciples from across the U.S. and Canada have offered to come down and provide relief, because sitting still is difficult for us. It is in our DNA to help.

Please know that through your prayers and gifts to Week of Compassion, you are already present in Texas, where we are supporting the relief efforts led by our congregations. Responses include providing shelter, distributing food and cleaning materials, offering emotional and spiritual care, and helping those who have been able to return to their homes begin the process of mucking them out.

The whole Church is committed to the long-term recovery. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells us that the Samaritan not only rescued the man on the Jericho road he suffered attack, but he provided funds to ensure the man was supported in his on-going recovery. (Luke 10:33-35) In the next few weeks, Week of Compassion will work closely with local churches, area ministries, regional staff, Disciples Volunteering, and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), as well as Disciples Church Extension Fund, National Benevolent Association and Pension Fund, to rebuild these communities in the years to come. It is who we are and how we have done it, together, as a church family, after other disasters — Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Joplin tornado, smaller flooding events, and now Hurricane Harvey.

Please continue to keep the people affected by the storms in your prayers. And please continue to donate to Week of Compassion as 100% of your gifts will be used in the weeks and months to rebuild.  Whenever we serve sisters and brothers in need, we are the presence of Christ.  Together, we are there in Christ’s name.

Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President

Vy Nguyen, Executive Director, Week of Compassion


For your congregation…

To help assist churches in preparing and responding to natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, Chalice Press is giving away a free copy of Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations for a limited time.
In times of disaster and tragedy, churches provide sanctuary, hope, and practical aid. Written by veteran disaster responders and filled with first-hand accounts from disaster-struck communities, Help and Hope provides practical instructions for pastors and volunteers responding to current crises or preparing now so they are ready when tragedy happens. Help and Hope enables churches to be shelter from the storm.
The free copy of Help & Hope is available through the Chalice Press website,www.chalicepress.com, or phone, 800-366-3383. Use promo code HARVEY at check-out. (Standard shipping charges apply.)

Disciples Women’s Retreat Begins Friday

The Regional Church will be in prayer for the Disciples Women’s Spiritual Life Retreat which will begin Friday evening and run through Sunday at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.  Watch their Facebook page and next week’s WV Online for updates.


Registration Open for Men’s Retreat 

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.


Wheeling Church Hosts
Mental Health First Aid Class

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.  Learn an action plan to help.  Did you know…You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but what do you say to someone who is facing depression, or having an anxiety attack, or says they’re thinking about suicide?  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need.  Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course being taught by Amy Gamble—a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and the Executive Director of the Wheeling Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.   For more information on the training, please seewww.namiwheeling.org or www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Please join us at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1343 National Road, Wheeling, WV on September 30th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. for our Mental Health First Aid training course.  Registration fee is $25 (due at the event) and includes lunch and snacks.  Class is limited to 25 registrants, so sign up now!  Register by calling Jennifer at 304-242-1520 or emailing office@wheelingdisciples.org


WV & PA Congregations Offer Training
for Children Worship & Wonder
Deadline to Register: This Friday

Training in Children Worship & Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 15-16, 2017. First Christian Church in Wheeling, West Virginia, and their pastor Kenneth Hardway are working together with Fairhill on the CW&W Training event.
This training event, provided by Disciples Home Missions (DHM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be led by Trainer Trudy Betts.
Training in Children Worship & Wonder is based on methods put forth in the book, Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. In Children Worship & Wonder Centers, children hear Bible stories and learn about God as they experience the presence of God. The Bible stories are told in a way that allows the listeners to enter into the stories and respond out of their own life experiences. In Children Worship & Wonder the children also learn the meaning of church traditions and have opportunities to participate in worship practices.
This training in Children Worship & Wonder is comprehensive and will give participants the information and training needed to begin a Children Worship & Wonder program in their churches.

Register online:  http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/cww-training-schedule
Deadline: September 8, 2017

Cost:  $120 ($150 after deadline) plus purchase of the book: Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.  For more information or to register by phone:(317) 713-2641

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NBA Extends Deadline for New Mission and Ministry Grant Program

2018 Funding Available to Support Older Adults and
At-Risk Children and Youth

Grants from NBA’s purpose-restricted funds in these two areas are available for Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries.

Deadline to Apply has been extended to  Sept. 18, 2017

Learn more about NBA Grants >>

Upcoming at Buffalo Seminary  

 Why Do You Zig and Others Zag?

Understanding personalities and temperament for effective communication

Rev. Nathan Day Wilson  –  Director of Communications for Christian Theological Seminary 
Sep. 15-16
at Bethany College

Register now at the Bethany website


Healthcare Options for Churches in  2018  

The Pension Fund has announced that it can now connect churches with health insurance options for employees through a partnership with Gravie. Check our the flyer offered here, and follow up soon with the Pension Fund.


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

September 5, 2017


Jim Winkler Save the Date – 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!

Huntington Community Reentry Council Meeting
The West Virginia Council of Churches has been working to establish Community Reentry Councils for ex-offenders in each of the Parole/Probation regions. Community Reentry Councils bring together human services, faith communities, corrections, law enforcement, courts, and social services agencies in order to address barriers to reentry for ex-offenders. They identify community assets and service gaps, maximizing effective use of existing resources through collaboration.

The Kanawha Community Reentry Council was established in July 2016 and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Goodwill Prosperity Center in Charleston. Community Reentry Councils are also forming in Beckley and in Grant County.

We are excited to announce that the first meeting of the Huntington Community Reentry Council will be held on September 8 at 9:00 a.m. at the Mountwest Community College, located at 1 Mountwest Way, Huntington, WV 25701.

For more information on Community Reentry Councils, please contact Beverly Sharp at sharpbeverly@gmail.com.


2017 Day of Hope Materials Now Available
The West Virginia Council of Churches and Community Impact Coalition are collaborating to bring a “Day of Hope: A Celebration of Prevention & Recovery to West Virginia churches and other faith communities on or near September 17, 2017. This year’s theme is “Recovery Happens.”

You can find and download the 2017 Day of Hope flyer, bulletin insert, and litany by clicking here.


Medicaid Summit
Join West Virginians Together for Medicaid and West Virginians for Affordable Health Care at the inaugural Medicaid summit to discuss the future of Medicaid and CHIP in the Mountain State.

Respected national and local experts will be on hand to share information on state and federal Medicaid updates, budget issues, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization, potential cuts and caps to the programs, and the benefits of these programs to West Virginians. Registration is $25 or free for those who would like to volunteer to help on the day. CEU’s are available.

To register for the summit, please click here.


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.


WVCC logo New Logo and Website
The West Virginia Council of Churches has a new logo and website. To check out the website, please go to www.wvcc.org.

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WV Disciples Online 8/30/17

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Upcoming…
9/3 – Pentecost +13

Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

9/8-10 – Disciples Women’s Retreat
9/15-16 – Buffalo Seminary – Personalities and Communication
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


Week of Compassion in Texas

A cataclysm, then a rainbow on the other side of this storm

By Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Associate Director for Week of Compassion

11:45pm, Aug 28, 2017

Sometime in the middle of last week, I started tracking Tropical Storm Harvey – an “interesting” and “unusual” storm in the Gulf of Mexico. Over the next two days, the storm rapidly increased in strength from a tropical storm to a hurricane, the descriptors also increased in severity.

By this morning, newscasters were becoming adept at finding synonyms for “catastrophic.” No words seem to communicate the extent, the severity, the unprecedented reality of the situation in Texas. A good contender is “cataclysmic” – meaning, in various uses, “a sudden and momentous event marked by overwhelming upheaval and demolition,” or “related to a deluge.”

Harvey and its ongoing effects are certainly marked by overwhelming upheaval and undoubtedly relate to a deluge. As a disaster, it is the most severe weather event in the United States in over a decade. It will be days before the storm passes, months before we have a sense of the total damage, and years before the affected communities really recover.

According to recent FEMA estimates, more than 400,000 households have sustained damage, including dozens of families from our Disciples churches near where Harvey made landfall and in the greater Houston area. Several Disciples church buildings have also been damaged in the storm. At the time of landfall, and during the several hours of sustained Hurricane force winds, Iglesia Cristiana Betania lost their roof and had water damage to the sanctuary. Cypress Creek Christian Church in Spring, TX has severe flooding, and presumably several other churches across the Houston area do as well. (“Presumably,” because roads to the churches have been impassable, preventing confirmation of the damage pastors and members suspect.)

The more than 50 inches of rain have caused cascading emergency situations. The reservoirs that help control water flow in the bayous (which under typical conditions helps prevent flooding), are beyond capacity, causing flooding behind the dams and necessitating the release of water into bayous already running high. Creeks and streams continue to rise. Along the Brazos River, levees have been insufficient to hold back the cresting waters. As several of our Disciples pastors in the area have told me, “it’s bad, and it keeps getting worse.”

Another definition of cataclysmic comes to my mind, though, as I think of all I have heard from our friends and colleagues: from geology: “related to a sudden physical action producing changes.” True, the connotation of the word is still usually negative, but it brings to my mind a positive association as well. Disciples across the state (and, really, far beyond the boundaries of Texas) have taken actions that have produced changes.

Pastors, trapped in their houses by flooded streets – sometimes battling the water from their very doorsteps with trenches, buckets, and whatever means available – have ministered to their anxious and scattered congregations, through virtual prayer services, phone calls, and offers of shelter, if people can reach them safely.

Friends living thousands of miles away have connected people in need to people with resources who could help. Those few who had passable roads have taken blankets and towels to the evacuation shelters.

As of 9:30pm Central, Kingwood Christian Church was housing 70 people who were evacuated from the rising waters of Lake Houston, according to Pastor Amber Mattingly. Neighbors provided food and supplies, and so far, the power has stayed on. Even with the anxiety of the evacuation and the pressing task of finding 70+ air mattresses, those gathered at KCC took a moment to celebrate a birthday, complete with a cupcake and candle.

On the opposite side of the Houston metro area, Pastor Heather Tolleson is trapped in her house in Katy. She said to Week of Compassion staff earlier today: “I can’t get out. But when the storm passes in a few days we will use our church [First Christian Church, Katy] as a site for healing and to help rebuild our community. There is a rainbow on the other side of the storm.”

The last few days have been grim and heartbreaking. At the same time, we have witnessed once again the incredible power of compassion, generosity, and love of one another. As area minister for the Coastal Plains Area wrote earlier today, “We know that such a catastrophic disaster will take a very long season of recovery, and being bathed in the love and care from brothers and sisters in Christ will be instrumental in our healing and reclaiming of the peace and wholeness we all desire.”

Week of Compassion will continue to be in communication with Disciples in the affected areas and to monitor the ongoing situation. Together with the area and region, we are working to get support to the families and churches that have experienced damage from the floods. We are also looking toward long-term recovery, which we anticipate will take several years. Harvey has been cataclysmic, but we, followers of a Christ who broke even the bonds of death, know about actions that produce great change. We will continue to act, together.

Please consider donating to Week of Compassion to support these communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  100% of your gifts designated for Hurricane Harvey will provide immediate relief and long-term rebuilding in the days, weeks, and years ahead. Thank you.


New Pastor and Dean of the Chapel Called to Bethany
from Bethany Memorial Church:

We are happy to announce The Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie has answered the call to become the new Bethany College Dean of Chapel and Minister of Bethany Memorial Church! Rev. Jean-Marie will be joining us for worship September 17, 10:45 a.m. Please come worship with us, and stop by the church office during the week to introduce yourself to Cherisna!

Here’s a little introduction for us: Rev. Jean-Marie, a Haitian-American born and raised in Newark, N.J., graduated from Kean University in Union, N.J. in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communications. In 2010, she completed her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and was awarded the coveted Florence Conwell Prize for outstanding preaching. Rev. Jean-Marie was ordained into the Christian ministry by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2012. She is known as an authentic and passionate preacher and teacher of God’s word. In addition to her pulpit ministry, she is a workshop facilitator, motivational speaker and ministry consultant and community event organizer.

Welcome to Bethany, Rev. Jean-Marie!


Bethany Students Welcomed

(from Bethany College News)

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College marked the start of the 2017-18 academic year on Thursday, August 24, with a formal matriculation convocation held on the school’s northern West Virginia campus.The afternoon began with the Class of 2021 walking in a processional from Benedum Commons through the historic Oglebay Gates up the hill to Pennington Quadrangle in the heart of campus. This class will not walk through the Oglebay Gates together again until their graduation from Bethany.  Read article…


 

It’s Nearly Here!
Women’s Retreat
Deadline: TOMORROW
The 2017 Disciples Women’s Spiritual Life Retreat is scheduled for Sep. 8-10 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.  We hope you will download this important flyer with registration form, and share it with any women whom you may know who would enjoy this wonderful opportunity.  We would love to have as many of our sisters present as can be with us.  Come join us!


Registration Open for Men’s Retreat 

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.


Wheeling Church Hosts
Mental Health First Aid Class

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.  Learn an action plan to help.  Did you know…You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but what do you say to someone who is facing depression, or having an anxiety attack, or says they’re thinking about suicide?  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need.  Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course being taught by Amy Gamble—a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and the Executive Director of the Wheeling Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.   For more information on the training, please seewww.namiwheeling.org or www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Please join us at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1343 National Road, Wheeling, WV on September 30th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. for our Mental Health First Aid training course.  Registration fee is $25 (due at the event) and includes lunch and snacks.  Class is limited to 25 registrants, so sign up now!  Register by calling Jennifer at 304-242-1520 or emailing office@wheelingdisciples.org


WV & PA Congregations Offer Training
for Children Worship & Wonder

Training in Children Worship & Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 15-16, 2017. First Christian Church in Wheeling, West Virginia, and their pastor Kenneth Hardway are working together with Fairhill on the CW&W Training event.
This training event, provided by Disciples Home Missions (DHM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be led by Trainer Trudy Betts.
Training in Children Worship & Wonder is based on methods put forth in the book, Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. In Children Worship & Wonder Centers, children hear Bible stories and learn about God as they experience the presence of God. The Bible stories are told in a way that allows the listeners to enter into the stories and respond out of their own life experiences. In Children Worship & Wonder the children also learn the meaning of church traditions and have opportunities to participate in worship practices.
This training in Children Worship & Wonder is comprehensive and will give participants the information and training needed to begin a Children Worship & Wonder program in their churches.

Register online:  http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/cww-training-schedule
Deadline: September 8, 2017

Cost:  $120 ($150 after deadline) plus purchase of the book: Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.  For more information or to register by phone:(317) 713-2641

NBA video image - click to view!

NBA Extends Deadline for New Mission and Ministry Grant Program

2018 Funding Available to Support Older Adults and
At-Risk Children and Youth

Grants from NBA’s purpose-restricted funds in these two areas are available for Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries.

Deadline to Apply has been extended to  Sept. 18, 2017

Learn more about NBA Grants >>

Upcoming at Buffalo Seminary  

 Why Do You Zig and Others Zag?

Understanding personalities and temperament for effective communication

Rev. Nathan Day Wilson  –  Director of Communications for Christian Theological Seminary 
Sep. 15-16
at Bethany College

Register now at the Bethany website


Children’s Chorus Seeks Members

The Chanticleer Childrens Chorus is a choral music program in North Central West Virginia open to singers from Pre-K through the 12th grade. CCC of WV was designed to provide meaningful ways for children to discover their own creative musicality in an educationally-based, nurturing environment.  The personal and musical challenges presented to each of the choristers help in developing their musical sensitivity, poise, self-confidence, perseverance and a loving understanding of musical art. Throughout our entire program, we aim to create a dynamic where singers support one another, feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes, and work together to develop understanding and superb musicality.

If you are a singer in grades Pre-K to 12, weve got a group for you! For more information, contact Dr. Dan Hughes at CCCofWV@gmail.com or (304) 473-8700.  Rehearsals start Tuesday, September 5 at Horizons Church in Lost Creek!


Healthcare Options for Churches in  2018  
The Pension Fund has announced that it can now connect churches with health insurance options for employees through a partnership with Gravie. Check our the flyer offered here, and follow up soon with the Pension Fund.


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
Save the Date – WVCC Annual Assembly
The 136th Annual Assembly to be held October 15 – 16, 2017 in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preach and keynote speaker. More to come.


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 8/23/17

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Upcoming…
8/27 – Pentecost +12

Visit www.lifeinliturgy.org

9/8-10 – Disciples Women’s Retreat
9/15-16 – Buffalo Seminary – Personalities and Communication
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


Women’s Retreat
The 2017 Disciples Women’s Spiritual Life Retreat is scheduled for Sep. 8-10 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.  We hope you will download this important flyer with registration form, and share it with any women whom you may know who would enjoy this wonderful opportunity.  We would love to have as many of our sisters present as can be with us.  Come join us!


Registration Open for Men’s Retreat 

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.


Wheeling Church Hosts
Mental Health First Aid Class

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.  Learn an action plan to help.  Did you know…You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but what do you say to someone who is facing depression, or having an anxiety attack, or says they’re thinking about suicide?  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need.  Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course being taught by Amy Gamble—a certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructor and the Executive Director of the Wheeling Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.   For more information on the training, please seewww.namiwheeling.org or www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Please join us at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1343 National Road, Wheeling, WV on September 30th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. for our Mental Health First Aid training course.  Registration fee is $25 (due at the event) and includes lunch and snacks.  Class is limited to 25 registrants, so sign up now!  Register by calling Jennifer at 304-242-1520 or emailing office@wheelingdisciples.org


WV & PA Congregations Offer Training
for Children Worship & Wonder

Training in Children Worship & Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 15-16, 2017. First Christian Church in Wheeling, West Virginia, and their pastor Kenneth Hardway are working together with Fairhill on the CW&W Training event.
This training event, provided by Disciples Home Missions (DHM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be led by Trainer Trudy Betts.
Training in Children Worship & Wonder is based on methods put forth in the book, Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman. In Children Worship & Wonder Centers, children hear Bible stories and learn about God as they experience the presence of God. The Bible stories are told in a way that allows the listeners to enter into the stories and respond out of their own life experiences. In Children Worship & Wonder the children also learn the meaning of church traditions and have opportunities to participate in worship practices.
This training in Children Worship & Wonder is comprehensive and will give participants the information and training needed to begin a Children Worship & Wonder program in their churches.

Register online:  http://www.docfamiliesandchildren.org/cww-training-schedule
Deadline: September 8, 2017

Cost:  $120 ($150 after deadline) plus purchase of the book: Young Children and Worship, by Sonja M. Stewart and Jerome W. Berryman.  For more information or to register by phone:(317) 713-2641


#1 College Choice for WV: Bethany

Bethany College has been named the best choice for colleges in WV by College Choice, an independent online national ranking service for persons looking to enter college.  Our church’s school was noted for its academic rigors, adding “It is a point of pride to know that the students are ready to enter their respective fields with a Bethany Degree.”  Congratulations Bethany College!  See the site and read more here…



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NBA Extends Deadline for New Mission and Ministry Grant Program

2018 Funding Available to Support Older Adults and
At-Risk Children and Youth

Grants from NBA’s purpose-restricted funds in these two areas are available for Disciples congregations and health and social service ministries.

Deadline to Apply has been extended to  Sept. 18, 2017

Learn more about NBA Grants >>

Upcoming at Buffalo Seminary  

 Why Do You Zig and Others Zag?

Understanding personalities and temperament for effective communication

Rev. Nathan Day Wilson  –  Director of Communications for Christian Theological Seminary 
Sep. 15-16
at Bethany College

Register now at the Bethany website


Registration deadline extended until August 28!
Start…Sustain…Soar! at Leadership Academy

“One trait that I look for in any good coach is someone who is able to say, ‘I have been in your shoes…made lots of mistakes, but ultimately succeeded,’” says Jim Griffith, Founder of Griffith Coaching and nationally renowned author of “Ten Most Common Mistakes New Starts Make.” Griffith will join an all-star lineup of ministry professionals, who will share their expertise in coaching, leadership, church transformation, revitalization and sustainability at the Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation Leadership Academy in Indianapolis,September 18-22.

This year’s Leadership Academy features three different tracks:
  • Start (Pre-launch) Track is designed to empower leaders whose new church projects have yet to launch. During this track led by Rich McCullen and Joey Cotto, you will discern your missional purpose, develop your future story and prepare for launching a new church.
  • Sustain (Post-launch) Track is designed to empower leaders whose projects/church starts are less than ten years old. During this track led by Terrell L McTyer and Kate Penney Howard, you will develop strengthening practices to grow and maintain a sustainable ministry. This track is also perfect for core teams, congregation/lay leaders and newly-affiliated churches.
  • Soar (Transformation) Track is designed to empower church teams to revitalize and transform congregations to do God’s mission and make deep connections with their community. During this track led by Rick Morse and Michael Whitman, you will tackle issues of future vitality and prepare a ministry-planning process.
Attendees will also participate in DOCTalks, joint sessions that address missional transformation inclusive of every stage of leadership and LEADLabs, interactive workshops designed to help leaders imagine new possibilities for mission and ministry.

It’s not too late to register! Visit www.LeadWithHOPE.org. Bring your team! Contact800­.274­.1883 or leadershipacademy@hopepmt.org with questions.


Children’s Chorus Seeks Members

The Chanticleer Childrens Chorus is a choral music program in North Central West Virginia open to singers from Pre-K through the 12th grade. CCC of WV was designed to provide meaningful ways for children to discover their own creative musicality in an educationally-based, nurturing environment.  The personal and musical challenges presented to each of the choristers help in developing their musical sensitivity, poise, self-confidence, perseverance and a loving understanding of musical art. Throughout our entire program, we aim to create a dynamic where singers support one another, feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes, and work together to develop understanding and superb musicality.

If you are a singer in grades Pre-K to 12, weve got a group for you! For more information, contact Dr. Dan Hughes at CCCofWV@gmail.com or (304) 473-8700.  Rehearsals start Tuesday, September 5 at Horizons Church in Lost Creek!


Healthcare Options for Churches in  2018  
The Pension Fund has announced that it can now connect churches with health insurance options for employees through a partnership with Gravie. Check our the flyer offered here, and follow up soon with the Pension Fund.


Insurance Board Offers Webinars

Know Your Score! Abuse Prevention Self Assessment
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Keeping Ministries Safe: 5 Things Churches Can Do
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How to Avoid Background Screening Litigation
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WV Council of Churches News…
   Visit wvcc.org for more information

WV Council of Churches
Save the Date – WVCC Annual Assembly
The 136th Annual Assembly to be held October 15 – 16, 2017 in Charleston. Rev. Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, will be our guest preach and keynote speaker. More to come.


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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