Come help us celebrate on Sunday, April 26th from 3:00-6:00pm at First Presbyterian Church in Blissfield, MI.
Maumee Valley Presbytery
700 East Melrose Avenue
Findlay, OH 45840
Monday thru Friday
Maumee Valley Presbytery
P.O. Box 638164
Cincinnati, OH 45263-8164
Board of Pensions:
Synod of the Covenant
Reverend Bob Bidwell's Retirement
Clay Center Celebration
First Presbyterian Church of Clay Center began their ministry in 1904. Throughout their years, this hardy group of faithful souls have provided have been Christ to one another and to their community. They have worshipped each Sunday morning with faithful love. When a tornado struck their nearby community, they opened their hearts and lives and building to respond. Throughout more than 110 years, they have served meals to one another at the time of grief, studied the Scriptures, met together to respond to the good news of the Gospel.
Together, we will celebrate their years of service as they hold their final worship service on Sunday, April 26th beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Church is located at 350 Main Street, Clay Center, Ohio 43408. As the body of Christ, we weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. You are sincerely and openly invited to be present as we celebrate the long years of witness and mourn the closing of this portion of their congregation’s life together.
David LaMotte Concert: Sunday, April 26 at 7:00pm
CPC Youth Summer Mission Trip Fundraiser
We invite all members of Maumee Valley Presbytery, friends, and community members to join us at Christ Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 26 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm for an important fundraising and fellowship event. David LaMotte, an award-winning, internationally traveled, singer, songwriter, speaker and author, will be here to perform a concert to help raise funds for our Youth Summer Mission Trip. David has performed over 2500 concerts and released eleven full-length CDs, including one children’s album. The Boston Globe praises David’s music saying that he “pays homage to folk tradition,” while BBC Radio Belfast lauds David’s “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.” Tickets may be purchased either, in person at Christ Presbyterian Church or online through the Christ Presbyterian Church website: www.cpctoledo.org. The convenience of purchasing tickets online does come with a small processing fee. Tickets are $15.00 for everyone age 12 and older, and $10.00 for kids under age 12. Please plan to join us for this wonderful fundraising and fellowship event, and invite your church members and friends. Children and youth are welcome and encouraged to come!
Palestinian Christian Farmer Presentation
First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh Mission Committee will sponsor an evening with Palestinian Christian Farmer Daoud Nasser of the Tent of Nations, on May 1, 2015 at 6:00pm. Dinner and Program at 6:30pm. At First Presbyterian Church, 211 W. Chicago Blvd. Tecumseh, Michigan 49286. A Middle-Eastern dinner will be followed by a 1-1.5 hour presentation and Q&A by Palestinian Christian Farmer and Director of Tent of Nations. Tent of Nations is an Educational and Environmental Farm committed to issues of reconciliation, peace and justice in the hills just outside Bethlehem. Hear his heartbreaking and inspiring story of hope, resilience and faith and support his ongoing work in the region. Please spread the word! $40/plate (proceeds go to Daoud Nasser, Tent of Nations and Friends of Tent of Nations as well as Tecumseh Presbyterian Church global mission initiatives. http://www.tentofnations.org
Installation for The Reverend Sarah Essenburg Ross
Maumee Valley Presbytery and First Presbyterian Church of Adrian, Michigan Invite you to the Service of Installation for The Reverend Sarah Essenburg Ross on Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00 p.m. After the service, please join us for a reception in the fellowship hall. First Presbyterian Church 156 E. Maumee St., Adrian, MI 49221. For questions, please phone Debbie DuMars at 517 263-3293
Mission Funding for Maumee Valley Presbytery
Opportunities for Spiritual Formation
While reflecting upon the Biblical significance of bread, we will bake communion bread for use in congregations on June 7th in three different locations:
First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh, 211 W. Chicago Blvd. Tecumseh, Michigan
First Presbyterian Church of Huron, 225 Williams Street, Huron Ohio;
First Presbyterian Church of Celina, 700 North Main Street, Celina Ohio;
For more information please see this event flyer.
Jeremiah 29 Congregational Resilience Program
We face many challenges as we live our Christian life in discipleship. Congregational Leaders face conflicts and stresses, enormous joys and difficult disappointments and death. Maumee Valley Presbytery’s Jeremiah 29 initiative begins with a workshop on “Resilience as the people of God”
Jeremiah 29 is a yearlong program which will develop congregational capacity to lead through times of conflict, with accountability, community, and wisdom. Our ministry is designed to be the next step for those who have been through a New Beginnings Process and the first step for those who have not yet participated in New Beginnings.
Mobile Health Fair Ministry
Donations are needed for our annual health fair. Please see this flyer for more information.
Interim Youth Director Position Available
First Presbyterian Church of Norwalk is seeking a part-time staff person to coordinate, lead and work with youth and related programs. Resumes reflecting qualifications and experience may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd. Norwalk, Ohio 44857 or via e-mail to the Office Coordinator (
). The job description is available on the church website www.firstpresbyterian.net. For more information please see this job description.
Loads of Love
First Presbyterian Church in Sandusky, Ohio offering free laundry service to help relieve a financial burden to the low income, offer hope and to show that people care. Click here to see the YouTube video.
How Gender Justice Brought Me Back to the Church
“I have always found it difficult to walk away from the church, but I have also found it difficult to walk with it.”
Those evocative words, the first sentence of feminist theologian Letty Russell’s formative work Church in the Round, are the best summary I can give of my introduction to feminist theology. As a woman who grew up in a church tradition that did not allow for any sort of leadership by women, “walking with” the church has been a painful experience for a large part of my life. Even now, long after I left that particular church tradition, those years of forced diminishment of my humanity have left what feels to be a “limp” in my soul.
As a result of this negative experience growing up in the Church, I left for college and jumped at the opportunity to finally “walk away” from the institutional church – with no intention of ever coming back. During this time I happened upon Mary Daly’s writings and her ideas about post-biblical feminism. Based on my experience, I could understand why she wrote these things about the Bible and the Church that some Christians found so offensive. In my rage at the Church that marked my early twenties, I was convinced that this patriarchal institution and faith tradition had nothing to offer me except for more disappointment and abject denial of who I was.
MVP’s Employee Dues-Share with Health and Dependent Care Savings Plan
The Maumee Valley Presbytery Employee Dues-Share Plan with Health Flexible Spending Arrangement and Dependent Care Spending Account (the “Plan”) was established to provide for the payment of Medical Plan and/or Optional Health Insurance premiums and the reimbursement of certain eligible Healthcare Expenses and Dependent Care Expenses of the eligible employees of Maumee Valley Presbytery (“Employer”). This document constitutes the Plan, effective as of January 1, 2015.
MVP’s Employee Dues (Share with Health and Dependent Care Savings Plan)
Pastors, Treasurers and Clerks of Session...
Thank you for your ministries in congregations in Maumee Valley Presbytery.
As we approach the end of the year 2014 and look ahead to 2015, many congregations are finalizing their 2015 budgets. Several of you have asked for confirmation about the per capita mission contributions per member and the terms of call and the $2.00 per member baptismal offering.
1. Commissioners voted the following per capita contributions for our wider church:
General Assembly $ 7.07 (increase of .05 from 2014)
Synod of Covenant $ 3.25 (no change from 2014)
Presbytery $18.25 (increase of .42 from 2014)
2. The minimum terms of call for pastoral leaders were increased by only 1% plus at least one half of the Board of Pensions increase for pastors with spouses/dependents/family. (See the attached document for calculations).
3. An additional $2.00 per member special mission contribution (which we are calling the Baptismal offering) to support our New Church Development, Christian Community of Restoration and Revival in Norwalk was also approved. (See the attached information on CCRR which is the first of several interpretive materials we will be sending over the next year).
4. As a reminder, the Mission Treasury recommended distribution for your general mission dollars, unless otherwise indicated is
General Assembly 31%
Thank you for your faithfulness in the reign of Christ.
Presbyter for Common Life
The Plight of the Working Poor
To view the letter from Gradye Parsons regarding the economic crisis that has affected our lives in recent years which has only exacerbated the long-running battle among those who are entrapped in the cycle of poverty please click here.