Category Archives: Presbytery

2017 Pyoca Summer Camp

– The following is the text of the Pyoca Summer newsletter.

Friends of Pyoca,
We are in the midst of transitioning from an unforgettable, very successful summer camp season to a very busy and exciting fall retreat season. While there’s much to look forward to this fall as we have a full conference and retreat schedule, I’d like to say a few words looking back at Pyoca’s 2017 summer camp season.

2017 Summer Camp
We’ve had a fantastic 2017 camp season, ministering to 619 campers since the beginning of June!  That’s almost 100 more campers than last year!  With the theme ‘Branching Out,’ campers learned to reach out to others to deepen their relationships with God, friends, and family. Through bible study, small groups, worship, and activities, they deepened their faith and learned the importance of serving others in need.

We also introduced hunger relief as our service opportunity for our campers this summer. Over 200 hundred campers participated in packing almost 20,000 meals for those in need through the non-profit, Rise Against Hunger. Not only did campers pack meals for the hungry, but they learned about hunger awareness and how to continue to help our local communities and those around the world.

I would like to extend deep thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers for their great leadership, making Pyoca a transformative and safe experience for our campers and families.

Pyoca High School Conference, Oct. 6-8, 2017
Join us for our third annual HS conference themed ‘Building Bridges’ featuring Rev. TC Anderson as the keynote speaker and worship leader!  Last year we had over 70 high schoolers from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky attend. Help us make it even bigger this year. More information can be found at: http://pyocaconferences.org.

On behalf of the Pyoca Advisory Council, staff, guests, volunteers, donors, and the whole Pyoca family, I want to thank you for your support of this life-changing ministry.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Dr. R. Jacob Hofmeister

Building Bridges image

Above: Inside the new yurts!
Below: A view of the entire finished project. Campers loved them this summer!

 

News from PC(USA) 7/25/2017

Attending church is good for your health. Now what?
Yonat Shimron | Religion News Service
Latest in a long line of studies shows church attendance is good for your health

Buckle up, hold on tight, and pray like crazy
Eva Stimson | Office of the General Assembly Communications
Community outreach sparks new life at Tacoma church

PMAB Executive Committee begins three-day retreat in St. Paul
Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service
Updates from Way Forward Commission and All Agency Review top the agenda

Young adults weigh in on PC(USA)’s efforts to dismantle racism
Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
Opinions given at Presbyterian Intercultural Young Adult Network’s post-Big Tent event

July edition of Facing Racism leverages Big Tent theme and resources
Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service
‘Race, Reconciliation and Reformation’ seen as a call for transformation

Advocates gather around threats to family farmers and other Iowans
Rick Jones and Andrew Kang Bartlett | Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Hunger Program partner Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement hosts statewide conference

World Protestant body issues solidarity message with Palestinian Christians
Stephen Brown | World Communion of Reformed Churches Communications
WCRC says ‘integrity of Christian faith is at stake’

Recognizing systems of power and privilege that perpetuate racism
Gail Strange | Presbyterian News Service
Big Tent workshop speaks to Presbyterian effort to dismantle racism

Big Tent workshop offers stories and struggles of reconciliation around the world
Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service
Features work in South Sudan, Cuba and the Israel-Palestine

More news from PC(USA)

POV Assembly: June 15th at Mitchell

The next Assembly will take place at 10:00 am (ET) on Thursday, 6/15/2017 at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am (ET).

The packet, driving directions, and the minutes from the March 25, 2017 meeting will be available for download from the assembly web page after 4:00pm on June 8th.

Online registration for the Assembly is available now. Please let us know if you will be in attendance!

What Happened at Assembly on March 25, 2017

What Happened at Assembly on March 25th?

The Presbytery enjoyed the hospitality of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church, Mitchell, Indiana

Installation of Vice Moderator and Stated Clerk

The Moderator installed David Crittenden as Stated Clerk and Barbara Ferguson as Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley.

Examination of Je Myoung Lee

After preaching for the Presbytery Je Myoung Lee, a candidate under care of the Presbytery of Chicago, was examined by the Presbytery and approved for ordination to the ministry of Teaching Elder.  Je has been called to served the congregations of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, Bedford, as pastor of the Lawrence County Parish.

Proposed Amendments from the 222nd General Assembly

The Commissioners approved all sixteen amendments to the Book of Order proposed by the 222nd General Assembly. (Ballot tallies are shown below.)

Congregational Mission and Vitality Committee Grants Approved by Presbytery Council

The Council report noted two grants from the Monroe City Funds one in the amount of $3,400 to the Scipio Presbyterian Church for an outdoor worship, spirituality and fellowship area and the other in the amount of $4,000 to the Community Presbyterian Church in Charlestown, Indiana, for funding for a Bundle of Joy Basket Program as part of the congregation’s D.I.A.P.E.R. ministry.

No.Amendment TitleYesNoBlank
16-AChild & Youth Protection Policy
On Amending G-3.0106
603
16-BParity in Committees
On Amending G-3.0109
549
16-C1Ministers of the Word and Sacrament
On Amending F-3.0202
594
16-C2Ministers of the Word and Sacrament
On Amending G-2.0102
5931
16-C3Ministers of the Word and Sacrament
On Amending G-2.0301
5931
16-C4Ministers of the Word and Sacrament
On Amending G-2.05 and G-2.0501
5931
16-C5Ministers of the Word and Sacrament
On Amending G-2.0701
5931
16-C6Ministers of the Word and Sacrament and Commissioned Pastors
On Amending G-3.0307
5571
16-C7Minister of the Word and Sacrament and
Commissioned Pastor
On Amending the Directory for Worship and
the Rules of Discipline
5571
16-C8Minister of the Word and Sacrament
On Amending W-4.4001a.
5931
16-D1Relationship to the PC(USA) of a Person Who Has
Renounced Jurisdiction of the Church
On Amending G-2.0509
50121
16-D2Relationship to the PC(USA) of a Person Who Has
Renounced Jurisdiction of the Church
On Amending D-10.0401
49122
16-ECertified Service Requirements
On Amending G-2.1101
612
16-FThe Ministry of Members
On Amending G-1.0304
594
16-GAccess to the Lord’s Table
On Amending W-2.4011a. and b.
558
16-HDirectory for Worship
On Replacing the Current Directory for Worship
50112

POV Assembly: March 25, 2017

The next Assembly will take place at 10:00 am (ET) on Saturday, 3/25/2017 at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am (ET).

At this Assembly, we will be voting on the proposed amendments to the Book of Order that were approved by the 222nd General Assembly. The amendments are available via download at the following link: Proposed Amendments to the Constitution.

As this is the only method by which the amendments have been made available, we strongly recommend that you print the document beforehand and bring it with you to the meeting. The wireless network at Mitchell will not be able to handle everyone trying to access the document at once, and we will only be printing a limited amount of copies to bring.

The packet, driving directions, and the minutes from the December 2016 meeting will be available for download from the assembly web page after 4:00pm on March 16th.

Online registration for the Assembly is available now. Please let us know if you will be in attendance!

POV Office Closings in January

The POV Office will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 17th at 9:00 am (Eastern).

We will also be closed for an all-day staff meeting on Monday, January 23rd, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00 am (Eastern).

POV Office Closed 12/23/16 – 1/2/17

Due to the holidays and staff vacations, the presbytery office will be closed from Friday, 12/23/2016 through Monday, 1/2/2017. The office will reopen at 9:00 am on Tuesday, 1/3/2017.

During this time, the staff will be checking email and voicemail periodically.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!