Category Archives: Presbytery

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!

Madison Presbyterian Church Finds Historic Documents

Historic find sheds light on Indiana church’s past

by Pam Newhouse | Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jill Wiest (left) and Pam Newhouse (right) with the safe at Madison Presbyterian Church. (Photo provided)

MADISON, Ind. – In 2014, a year before Madison Presbyterian Church’s 200th anniversary, Jill Wiest and I volunteered to see what information we could find to enhance the celebration. After looking through many old files we wondered if we had found everything—after all, there are many nooks and crannies in our 1846 church building.

What about that old safe in the small room off the kitchen that had been the pastor’s study in the 1800s? It took a while to find the right key, but eventually we did and opened it. To our satisfaction, it held a treasure trove of documents, letters, and ledgers that told of some of the highs and lows of Madison Presbyterian Church through the years.

Read the remainder of the article on the Presbyterian Mission Agency site.

Read more news stories from PC(USA).

Ordination of Jaeseok Park

The Presbytery of Ohio Valley invites you
to attend the ordination of

Jaeseok Park
to the ministry of Teaching Elder
in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Brown County Presbyterian Fellowship
602 State Rd 135 N, Nashville, Indiana,
on Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
(812) 988-9764

All ministers are invited to vest and wear red stoles.

The Art of Transitional Ministry – Registration Now Open

The Synods of Lincoln Trails and Mid-America (MALT) have joined together to provide interim training every spring and fall to pastors nationwide. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in interim ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful.

MALT Weeks 1 and 2 (“The Art of Transitional Ministry”) will be held
October 31st – November 4th, 2016

  • Registration is now electronic and through eventbrite.
  • The Synod now accepts credit cards (as well as checks) for payments.
  • A signature is no longer required by COM moderators or EPs
  • The event brochure is available here on the Synod Website.

For more information, see the Interim Pastor Training page, here.

Summary of Presbyterian Youth Triennium

The 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium took place 7/19-7/23 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Twenty-two youth and four adults from the Presbytery of Ohio Valley made the trip. Below are some short summaries of what Triennium was like for some of our participants:

“Triennium was really awesome! Worship was really fun and we learned a lot from the sermons! I really enjoyed trading pins and recreation! The Pause Prayer Center was also really cool! My best memory of Triennium is Friday night, where everybody threw glowsticks in the air once it got to the chorus of Fireworks by Katy Perry! The food was also amazing!”

— Samuel Ford

“This was my second time at PYT and my experience was just as wonderful but very different from last time. I loved that we bonded much more as a delegation this year and I made so many friends that I want to stay in touch with for a long time. Also the pastors who spoke were so incredible and empowering. After this experience I feel much stronger in my faith. I wish I could keeping going!”

— Hannah Frey

“It was a whole new experience just like the first time I went. I got to meet new people with different views and backgrounds and sometimes and completely different perspective than mine. It was and will be one of the greatest experiences I have ever had the privilege of having.”

— Alec Hooker

“Hey this is Zoe! Oh geez describe Triennium in a few sentences that’s hard. Triennium this year was a way different experience than 3 years ago, this year I strengthened my faith and got some answers to questions that could only be answered through God. Not to mention I met many wonderful people that I am still keeping in touch with on a daily! This Triennium is the one I will never forget!”

— Zoe Pierce

“It was awesome. It was hot. My favorite memory is bowling with 4 youth down in the bowling alley at the student union. It is great for students to see speakers from across the country about relevant and compelling topics. I also loved that they were able to have bible studies in groups. It would have been nice if they were smaller, but it was great they were still able to do a bible study over what the session talk was about instead of just hearing at the main session.”

— Connor Scanlon, adult advisor

“I thought the 2013 Triennium was amazing. Then I went to the 2016 Triennium. I was nervous that I was expecting more out of it than what I was actually going to get, and boy was I wrong. It was incredible! I would go once a month, if that was even possible! Not only did I form lifelong friendships with people from all over the country, but I also grew in my relationship with God. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.”

— Crimson Tennis

“This was my second experience at Triennium and I can say that it was enriching and wonderful as the last time. Worship again opened my ears, eyes, and heart to what God wanted me to hear and carry out into the world. The members of our delegation are certainly welcoming and accepting and that created an even better experience.”

— Alysa Epperson

“The generation with whom I spent this past week is not, as some believe, selfish, always on their phone, apathetic and without valid opinions. Instead, I saw firsthand how compassionate, connected and convicted they are, with an amazing worldview to offer us all. Also, they exemplified the diversity, welcome, and passion of that early Church we read about in the Acts of the Apostles. They are not our future. We need them now. For as adults argue and debate, these youth not only will be but are now the generation of change.”

— Allen Colwell, adult advisor

Triennium TravelersFor more, read the articles on the PC(USA) website or check out the Triennium Facebook page that chronicled the 5 day event!