Alena Henry of First Presbyterian Church Tecumseh has sent us the following link which includes lovely pictures from the Presbytery meeting on Tuesday. Please feel free to share these or use them in any way you would like.
Maumee Valley Presbytery
P.O. Box 853
Findlay, OH 45839-0853
700 East Melrose Avenue
Findlay, OH 45840
Monday thru Friday
Core Values &
Board of Pensions:
Synod of the Covenant
“WE ARE CALLED
BY JESUS CHRIST IN
THIS TIME AND PLACE:
Living as covenant community;
Transforming lives and
communities in Jesus Christ;
Making healthy transitions as
leaders and congregations.
We are the
USA regional body of Christ in
northwestern Ohio and
Pictures from the Presbytery Meeting
God’s Bread Basket
The front of the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Tecumseh, Michigan was overflowing with an abundance of loaves of bread during the Spring Stated Meeting. Members of the Presbytery of Maumee Valley brought many varieties of breads to be given to “God’s Bread Basket”, a ministry addressing hunger in Tecumseh. More than 40 loaves of bread were donated.
The gathering began with an address by Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the PCUSA, who challenged the Presbytery to consider the Biblical journey into Antioch. Later in the day, during worship, he encouraged participants to “pay attention to the invisible people” and to display the community love of Jesus Christ.
Fifth Week Sacred Conversations for Leaders
While pastors and church leaders are focused on the spiritual life of their congregations, an opportunity to pray, reflect, and spend sacred time with one another is provided by the Presbytery through our Sacred Conversations. Our purpose will be to gather in prayer and in Scripture on the Fifth Thursday of on the following dates: May 30th, August 29th, October 31st, 2013. We will be led by Spiritual Directors within Maumee Valley Presbytery as part of our emphasis upon becoming a covenant community of ordained leaders. You may come to all four, or come to the one which feeds your soul or meets your schedule.
A Prayer for You on Pentecost
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Please help assemble clean-up buckets....Heavy precipitation from early 2013 storms and floods has resulted in widespread and severe flooding in Illinois and other states.
Recently, PDA National Response Team members assembled 500 clean-up buckets as part of their service project during the annual conference. Those buckets are among the 2,500 Church World Service (CWS) Clean-up Buckets on the way to help families who will return to the daunting task of beginning to clean up what the flood waters leave behind.
We are thankful to Presbyterian congregations and other groups who prepare clean-up buckets throughout the year so that they are ready to send as soon as a disaster strikes.
Defiance Church Wins 2nd Prize in Youth Video Contest
The youth group of First Presbyterian Church of Defiance, Ohio won 2nd prize in the Pentecost Offering youth video contest! Look at their video, along with 1st and 3rd places, on the special offerings page. http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/specialofferings/pentecost-offering/.
Use it to prepare your congregation for receiving the offering on May 19th!
New Remittance Address for Presbytery
Effective April 1, 2013, the presbytery office address FOR RECEIPTS ONLY is changing. The office will be utilizing a lockbox system, whereby all monies received at the lockbox address, will be deposited immediately and reported to our office daily.
2013 Mobile Health Fair
Plans are underway for the 2013 Mobile Health Fairs in Maumee Valley Presbytery to be held June 25-July 3. As in the past we would like to have hygiene and/or dental kits to hand out to those coming to the fairs. Kits may be preassembled with a washcloth, soap, comb and shampoo and possibly a nail brush. Dental kits could include a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Board of Directors for 2014 Medical Dues
Healthcare Committee Postpones Providing Recommendation to the Board of Directors for 2014 Medical Dues. Voices from throughout the Church have been responding to communications by the Board of Pensions about a potential restructuring of healthcare dues for the Medical Plan Traditional Program for active members. From pastors to mid council staff to churches and other employers, we have heard many voices through many channels. We want you to know that we are listening. Click this link for the full article.
Board Connections Tax Guide
The Board's annual publications that assist teaching elders and churches with tax filing and returns have been updated and are now available.
Youth Triennium 2013
The Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches are centered around the worship of and the trust in God as lived and taught by Jesus Christ and carried on by the power of the Holy Spirit. At the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, from July 16-20, 2013 at Purdue University, through the presentations, studies, recreational events and mission experiences we strive to connect youth and adults with activities that inspire them to be alert, active and seek ways to connect their lives with their growing faith.
Westminster College Scholarships
Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA has scholarships of up to $18,500 per year or $74,000 over 4 years for PCUSA young men and women who are outstanding in their academic abilities and church involvement. For more information about the Young Presbyterian Scholarship Program , please contact www.westminster.edu/yps. Qualifications include a 3.5 cumulative High School Grade Point Average, a member of the PCUSA, and nomination by a pastor or congregation.
Pastoral Study Project Grants
Pursue your passion for learning, revive your soul. Pastoral Study Project grants of up to $15,000 enable working pastors to invest their energy in projects that matter for the whole church. Please help spread the word about this grant program designed especially for pastoral leaders. For more information pastoral leaders can visit www.louisville-institute.org or call: 502-992-5431.