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Pyoca Summer 2020 Updates for Congregations

To our presbytery and congregational partners,

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from you and our greater camp community upon our announcement to cancel 2020 summer camp programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this decision deeply saddens us, we know that it is the best one we could make for our community as a whole.

This is also a historic decision, as this is the first time in 68 years that we will not have on-site camp programming. We are looking to move forward with new ways to engage safely with our campers and greater community in the weeks to come.

As we move forward we want to keep you all updated, as so many of you support your camper families through generous mission dollars. Information regarding registrations from this summer and our new outreach program Camp to You can be found below.

No Risk Registration: Updated Information for Churches
We remain committed to our No Risk Registration policy. As previously stated, families and churches have the following options regarding their camp registration fees:

  • Donate all or a portion of your camper fees to the ministry of Pyoca,
  • Hold all or a portion of your camper fees toward a future Pyoca program,
  • Or, receive a full or partial refund of paid camper fees.

Churches that have paid all or a portion of 2020 camper fees will receive a follow-up email to determine how you would like to move forward. For families who have registered without paying a deposit or fees, no further action is required at this time.

To help Pyoca through this difficult time, we are asking our church partners to prayerfully consider covering the cost of your anticipated camper fees for this summer. We know this is also a trying time for congregations and appreciate your consideration. Your continued support this summer will allow us to provide transformative camp experiences for years to come.

Have additional questions? Feel free to call our office at (812) 358-3413 or email program@nullpyoca.org.

Camp to You
Camp may not look the same this summer, but a little bit of camp is coming to our campers! We will be connecting with all of our campers this summer through our free Camp to You program.

Campers will receive a box full of camp activities focusing on this summer’s theme, Bible study resources, and a camp t-shirt.

All campers registered for the 2019 camp season and eligible for the 2020 season, as well as new campers registered in 2020, will be receiving a free box.

If covering the cost of camper registration fees is not feasible, we are asking churches to consider covering the cost of providing Camp to You for their children and youth. This program will also be available for purchase if additional youth from your congregation are interested in participating in the program. Please let us know if you would like to place an order and we can have them delivered to your church.

Camp to You will also be available in an alumni version, full of camp swag! Each purchase of an Alumni Camp to You box will cover the cost of one camper box. These will be available for purchase June 1st and shipped out in early July.

More information will be available concerning Camp to You pricing and availability later this month.
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Thank you for your unending support of this ministry. We are incredibly grateful to have such wonderful congregational partners.

May Christ’s peace be with each and every one of you.

Mike Davis, Senior Director
Rev. Molly DeWitt, Program Director
Pyoca Advisory Council

COVID-19: Finding Information and Resources

Updated: 4/22/2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Congregations and Members

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have compiled a series of resources for congregational leaders and members. It’s available here: https://www.pcusa.org/covid19/

COVID-19 Legislation Overview: A Guide for Presbyterian Churches and Ministers

OGA releases new web mapping tool to show COVID-19 confirmed cases

Additional Sources of information:

Check these sites regularly, as information is subject to change.

Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering Postponed

Updated: 4/6/2020

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering in the Presbytery of Ohio Valley was originally planned for May 9, 2020; however, it has been postponed and now has a new date.

The Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering: Celebrating Female Clergy will now take place:

  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Brown Memorial Chapel, College Ave, Hanover, IN.
  • Registrations begins at 9:00 am EDT
  • Lunch cost will be $10

Please make reservations by Monday, September 14, 2020

Downloads: Fall 2020 Meeting Flyer | Spring 2019 Minutes

Contact: Donna McCreary, 812-256-2370 or mtlincoln@nullhotmail.com

The Presbytery of Ohio Valley is Posting a List of Online Worship Opportunities

In an effort to help us stay connected with one another, the presbytery has complied a list of our churches offering online worship services. The presbytery cannot provide technical support for any of the links, and if you experience any difficulties, please contact the specific church directly.

Churches, should email Stephanie Worden by noon each Thursday with new or updated worship service information. If you are posting on Facebook, please include a direct link to your Facebook page.

Click here to go to the Online Worship Services page.

Registration for the 224th General Assembly Delayed

From the PC(USA) website:

Rick Jones | Office of the General Assembly – March 12, 2020

The continued spread of the coronavirus has once again prompted officials with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to take action to ensure the health and safety of employees, board and committee members and others traveling on behalf of the church, as well as determine the best course of action for the upcoming 224th General Assembly.

Last week, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), announced that registration for this year’s gathering would be delayed until March 24. However, after meeting with church leaders on Wednesday, the decision was made to delay registration until no later than April 20.

Read the rest of the article on the PC(USA) site

PC(USA) Articles: Social Distancing and Ways to Stay Connected

Here are links to some of the recent articles published by PC(USA) regarding social distancing, and ways to use technology to keep congregations connected.

Social distancing and the love of neighbor
Zooming to the rescue in the face of COVID-19
Three hundred participate in 1001 Zoom conversation on streaming worship services

Free Resources from the PC(USA) store may be found HERE.