Category Archives: Good News

June 4th Assembly News

Joining God’s Good Work in Our Communities: The Presbytery of Ohio Valley assembles to celebrate what we’re doing already and explore what we might yet do. 

God is up to something! All around the world, and right around the corner, God is up to something. And the good news is that we are a part of it!  The congregations of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley make a difference as we bear witness, in word and in deed, to God’s sovereign activity in the world.

The Congregational Mission and Vitality Committee and the Evangelism and Congregational Witness Committee invite you to a different kind of Presbytery Assembly. Regular business will be kept to a bare minimum, as our primary business of the day will be to celebrate what we’re already doing in our communities and to explore what we might yet do.  Consider bringing an additional member or two from your congregation for this special day.

We Will:

  • Gather for worship and proclamation, hearing a few new stories of congregations who are joining God’s good work.
  • Engage with one another (using “World Café” conversations) to generate new ideas.
  • Be led in song by the gospel band “Living By Faith” (in which our moderator Zack Ellison plays). And those who play an instrument are welcome to bring it and join in a pick-up band for the closing worship.
  • Feast on fellowship with one another, as well as grilled cookout fare (hamburgers and hot dogs with vegetarian and gluten-free options available).
  • Receive a small gift to help us make a joyful noise.

The Assembly will take place at 10:00am (9:00am Central) on Saturday, 6/4/2016 at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church, with registration starting an hour earlier.

The packet, driving directions, and the minutes from the April meeting will be available for download from the assembly web page after 4:00pm on May 26th.

Online Pre-registration for the Assembly is available now.

Greencastle Presbyterian Celebrates the Ministry of Rev. Dean Finley

To Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We, the congregation of Greencastle Presbyterian Church, invite you to join us this Sunday, Nov. 8th at 10:30 am as we take time to celebrate Dean’s ministry with and to our community. Through ten moves and the wonderful blessing of two children, Dean and Bev Finley have served Christ’s Church faithfully for over seven decades, both through Dean’s ordained and public ministries, but also through their presence as good neighbors in each place they’ve lived.

Beginning with ministries in Colorado, Ohio, and Indiana, Dean went on to have a fruitful impact as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1975 to 1990, providing pastoral care in his gentle, humble manner. (Download timeline)

Too often, we do not do enough to say thank you for those who have poured out their lives in service to Christ and to others. This Sunday is our occasion to do so for Dean, and even if you cannot be with us, we encourage you to pass on your well wishes to Dean by mail (1044 Shadowlawn Ave., Greencastle, IN, 46135).

NPC Celebration Weekend

Newburgh Presbyterian Church 1840-2015

Join the Newburgh Presbyterian Church on the weekend of October 24th and 25th as they celebrate their 175th Anniversary.

Saturday, October 24th
NPC (642 French Island Trail, Newburgh)

4:00pm – Family Games
5:00pm – BBQ Feast
6:30pm – Concert, Open Mic & Hymn Sing
8:00pm – Bonfire & Sing-along

Sunday, October 25th
Preservation Hall (200 State Street, Newburgh)

10:00am – Doors Open
10:30am – Celebration Service
12:00pm – Luncheon
1:00pm –  Opening of 1965 Time Capsule

Please RSVP to

D.I.A.P.E.R. Project in Charlestown, IN

D.I.A.P.E.R. Project
Community Presbyterian Church of Charlestown Indiana
1370 Monroe Street
Charlestown, IN 47111

Dear Rev. Jackman and members of the Presbytery Ohio Valley,

It is my privilege to share with you the story of our mission, D.I.A.P.E.R Project.

On March 18, 2015, we opened our doors to service the youngest members of our community. One out of every three families with small children struggles to provide diapers, wipes, and non-food essentials for their babies and toddlers. These items cannot be purchased through WIC or with food stamps. With over twelve percent of our county’s population living below the poverty line, and others struggling financially, even for working parents, money is often not available for essentials and nutritional food. It is our goal to ensure that all babies remain clean, dry, and healthy.

Currently, we service 45 children per month, and the number continues to grow every week.  We distribute diapers, wipes, wash, lotion, ointments, bottles, food items, and some first aid supplies. Each child is given approximately $20 – $40 dollars worth of essentials per month.  Our parents have expressed their gratitude for our assistance, and several have brought their children for us to meet. Some parents have jobs, but still need assistance.  Others have been laid off from work, are currently on leave, or have encountered other financial hardships.  One mother comes to us because her husband left the state with his girlfriend, leaving her with no income and two infants.  Another is struggling with a child who has a medical condition which does not allow him to digest solid food; she needs help providing Pedi sure.  A few of our parents have been so grateful for the assistance that they have brought in donations of things they cannot use.  Their ability to donate, even though they need it themselves, gives them satisfaction in knowing they are helping others.

We would like to thank the POV for providing us with a grant to help us open the doors and help our children.  It is because of your support that we are able to be a blessing and help to our community.  We are always open to receiving donations, and anyone who wishes to contribute may do so by contacting us at the above address.


Donna McCreary-Bowen

Highlighting our Earth Care Congregations

I recently received the following email from Rebecca Barnes, Associate for Environmental Ministries with the Presbyterian Mission Agency, celebrating the re-certification of First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, as an Earth Care Congregation. Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute, is also certified as an earth care Congregation. If your congregation would like to consider joining this effort, please read below for more information. Thanks to the good people of First Prez and Unity for their commitment to our good earth!

Susan Mcghee
Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Ohio Valley

Dear Susan:

I am writing to inform you, and to celebrate with you, that First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville was recertified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries through February 2016.  This honor speaks to the great commitment that this congregation has to caring for God’s earth.

To become an Earth Care Congregation, this church originally affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life. It also completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. It continues to grow and deepen its ministry.

The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that have made the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries.  The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life.  The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that made that commitment, and encourages others to follow their lead.

For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to

Please join me in celebrating the wonderful ministry of this good congregation!

Peace and blessings,

Rebecca Barnes
Associate for Environmental Ministries

Madison Presbyterian – 200 Years

UPDATE: This event was originally scheduled for 2/22/15, however, due to weather concerns, it has been rescheduled, and will now take place on 3/15/15.

The Session and the Congregation of the Madison Presbyterian Church invite you to join us in a celebration of our 200th anniversary.

To commemorate the George Washington Birthday Feaste, first held on February 22, 1887 (later known as a “tea”), “A Tribute to Our Heritage” will be held on March 15, 2015, at 3:00pm in the sanctuary at 202 Broadway, Madison, Indiana.

It will include brief histories of our 200 years, and special choral and instrumental music that was typical of “ye olden tyme,” as well as familiar hymns for everyone to sing.

Afterward, “patriotic” desserts will be served in the fellowship hall.

Energizing Creation Care

From Hoosier Inter-Faith Power and Light:

Check out the entire H-IPL October Newsletter.

Join us for our H-IPL statewide celebration on Saturday, October 25!

2014 has been a great year for Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light.  We have new regional affiliates, new staff members, a huge advocacy victory in Indianapolis, and more congregations and more people of faith involved than ever before.  We are truly uniting Hoosiers to care for God’s creation.

And that is why we want to invite you to our statewide celebration happening on Saturday, October 25, at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.  The celebration starts at 1:00 PM and ends at 5:00 PM. The afternoon will be packed full with interfaith worship, networking, creation care workshops, and fun.

You can RSVP here  (though you can register in person also).

Here are some of the celebration highlights:

  • Music From H-IPL board member Wyatt Watkins and some of  his Irish Airs bandmates
  • Creation Care Theology conversation led by biblical scholar, author, and H-IPL staffer Trisha Tull
  • Words from H-IPL Executive Director Larry Kleiman
  • Plenty of time and opportunity to network with others from across Indiana
  • Introductory workshops about advocacy, growing the creation care movement, and energy efficiency efforts

Planning ahead towards an impactful 2015 and beyond

We hope you can join us!