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Come to the Holy Land with The Presbytery of Ohio Valley

Sign up today for the Presbytery of Ohio Valley trip to the Holy Land!

March 8-17, 2017

Marietta Macy, Director of Children and Youth Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, will lead the group. Marietta notes, “I hope you will join us on this once in a lifetime experience that is sure to enrich and expand your faith as you encounter God in the people and places of the Holy Land.”

The Partnership we share with the International Center of Bethlehem includes travel and seeing Bethlehem first hand removes the mystery of the important work being done there. The trip includes Jerusalem, Galilee, the Jordan River, the Mount of Olives, Shepherds’ Field, Church of All Nations, conversation with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and a trip to the Deheishe Refugee Camp. Dar al-Kalima, which is the name of the work in Bethlehem, includes a health and wellness program, an Academy, a University, a Guesthouse, classes for young and old, serving all the people of Bethlehem.

The cost is $2895.00, including all tips, transfers, accommodations (dbl), many meals, guides and airfare. See a full description and Sign up on line at WWW.GTD.ORG G#170305
or with Marietta 812-821-2581,
or with Jo Lucas 812-343-1847 or

Unpack once! Accommodations are at the Guesthouse of the International Center of Bethlehem

2014 travelers to the Bethlehem region

2014 travelers to the Bethlehem region

100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation


Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.


WHO: Any and all who are interested in the children and youth of the church – especially parents, grandparents, relatives, youth leaders, adults committed to living out the commitment we make to infants and children when they are baptized!

WHAT: A workshop/conversation with the Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick, author of 100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation: A Guide for Parents and Youth Leaders — Westminster/John Knox Press, 2015


  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 – 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 25, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

You are welcome at either, or both, of the conversations.

WHERE: Calvin Hall, Northminster Presbyterian Church
1660 Kessler Blvd., East Drive, Indianapolis 46220

WHY: We promise each time children are baptized that we will guide and nurture – by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of Christ’s church …


Rebecca Kirkpatrick is Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Mission at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary, she served for 10 years as Associate Pastor for Children and Youth at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in South Bend, IN. From 2013-15, she served as a mission worker with Presbyterian World Mission (PCUSA) and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. She blogs about nurturing the spiritual lives of children at


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding in West Virginia

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.—Song of Songs 8:7

Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the people of West Virginia in the wake of catastrophic flooding. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has deployed the National Response Team to support the Presbytery of West Virginia and Synod of the Trinity as they begin outreach to those affected.

Please give by clicking here. You’ll be taken to our web site to donate securely and quickly.

If you prefer to mail a check, you may send it to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
PO Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700
You may also call us Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET), at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone.

Give: Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000191—Disaster Relief—U.S. Flooding. Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. You can also text PDA to 20222 to donate $10.

Act: Stay informed: Subscribe to receive PDA Rapid Information Network emails to keep aware of current responses and urgent needs that you can share with your congregation, and like us on Facebook.

Pray: Please pray for those who suffered loss of loved ones and for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.

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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.

What Happened at Assembly April 7, 2016

POV enjoyed the hospitality of First Presbyterian in Jeffersonville.  The windows in the sanctuary have been refurbished in a major project that has been completed since the last time that the Presbytery met there.

Ruling Elder Zack Ellision moderated his first meeting.

The Transitional Executive from the Synod of Lincoln Trails was present.  Sara Dingman brought the sermon to our worship.  Sara also made comments during the meeting to outline the work and contributions of the Synod to our common life.  Specifically she discussed:

  • The synod is encouraging exploration of Bi-Vocational Ministry.
  • The synod is intensely in discussions about per-capita and mission giving.
  • The synod is intensively encouraging care for pastors with peer groupings and other           interventions.
  • Transitional skills (applicable to all persons) is to be taught locally in the synod.

A Vote was held on concurrence with an Overture to GA.  Overtures start on a presbytery level.  They move to the General Assembly where they are approved, rejected, edited, changed or answered in some way.  Every overture must have referral from more than one presbytery to be considered by GA.  If the changes involve change to the constitution, they must go back to the presbyteries.

The overture we acted upon did not involve constitutional change.  It was to support ministry of GA efforts related to HIV/Aids persons.

The Presbytery Foundation’s ministry was presented by Lisa Longo.  The Foundation’s national office is located in our presbytery in New Albany. Lisa outlined for us several important supports for mission and stewardship that are available to our congregations.

The POV Academy Committee reported through Trudy Vanderbeck.  The Academy has broadened its mission to focus on leadership training for all people in the Presbytery.  There is little demand by Elders for training to be Commissioned Ruling Elders. However, the need for training and education is still a need.

Report of the Lilly Grant   Charlie Pye brought us an update on Lily Grant issues.  Charlie reported for the Lily Excellence in Ministry Program.  Both loans and grants are available through the program.  Charlie reported his own work and helps.  He also emphasized the “no interest” loans for debt resolution.

Larry Jackman
Stated Clerk

2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium


Attention Pastors:

On July 18th youth from around the Ohio Valley Presbytery will be gathering for a delegation overnight before attending one of the greatest youth events in the Presbyterian world – Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT).  Every three years 6,000 youth gather at Purdue University in July for five days of worship, prayer, study and great fun. The dates for the youth to be at Purdue are July 19-23.

The theme for the 2016 event is “GO”! This theme is as much about when they leave the Triennium as it is about the event itself. From the first worship service they will explore what happens AFTER the Triennium.

You want your kids to be involved… here is what you need to be doing!

  1. Go to and download information and promotional material.   Post that information in your church and make sure your youth leaders/ advisors know about this opportunity. Triennium Forms can also be downloaded and printed from the POV website, on the Resources for Youth page.
  2. Speak to EVERY youth in eighth grade- your 2016 graduating seniors.  Tell them about dates and encourage them to check-out the website or facebook group (POV Presbyterian Youth Triennium Delegation and Presbyterian Youth Triennium).  Give the attached information form and participant information form to youth that are interested in attending.  Do you have a young adult who has participated in the past and would like to be part of the triennium work crew?  Contact Cheryl Moles. All forms required for registration are attached to this email, but will also be sent to participants as needed.
  3. Talk about Triennium from the pulpit!  Add the youth and this event on your church’s prayer list.
  4. Let your Session know that 1/3 of the cost should be covered by the church.  That means you need to plan for $175.00 per youth participant.  The cost for Triennium is covered by the individual youth, church and presbytery each paying 1/3 of the cost.  The PYT fee is $505 and an additional $20 has been added to help with the costs of delegation t-shirts, and the delegation overnight expenses.  The Presbytery acknowledges the importance of PYT by budgeting to send a delegation to PYT and provides transportation to and from Purdue.  If your church or youth has financial need, contact Cheryl Moles for assistance.
  5. Contact your youth personally.  Let us know how we can help you encourage your youth to participate.
  6. We don’t want anyone to miss out!  April 15th  is the deadline for your registration and fee payment.  All should be sent to Cheryl Moles at Central Presbyterian 125 North 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807.   Earlier is better!  You may have individuals mail their forms or send them from your church.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Cheryl Moles                                       Susan McGhee
Triennium Registrar                           POV Executive Presbyter
PYT Coordinating Team                     PYT Coordinating Team                     
812-232-5049                                      866-344-7853