Issue 259 | April 25, 2024

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A Word from our Transitional General Presbyter

This week, the Synod of the Trinity hosted a Committee on Ministry/Committee on Preparation for Ministry gathering over two days. Three staff members from the Office of the General Assembly and the Church Consultant from the Board of Pensions who serves most of the Synod led workshops designed to help presbytery leaders. Each day began with a devotion. This morning, the Synod Stated Clerk, Michael Wilson, reflected on Luke 10: 1-11 and 17-20. This passage focuses on Jesus’ appointing and sending out 70 leaders. In the story, we overhear Jesus training the leaders, offering them instruction. Jesus tells the 70 to say to those they encounter, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” (See verse nine.) Later, the 70 return with joy. Dr. Wilson considered the experience of sessions and Presbyteries who do not know from where their leaders will come and our shared experience of praying and asking God to send leaders – ruling elders and pastors.

News from the Presbytery's Treasurer

  • Board of Pensions 2025 plan update
  • QuickBooks Online available from TechSoup
  • How long should I keep income tax records?
  • Church treasurers and finance committees
  • Register for new BoP Benefits Connect
  • IRS Standard Mileage
  • New Form I-9
  • 2024 Special Offerings

Intergenerational summer mission opportunity with WVMAW

July 14-20 in Colcord

With no registrations for the Youth Summer Mission Trip, the Nurture Committee is now offering an Intergenerational Summer Mission Opportunity with adults in the presbytery and youth who are currently in 8th grade and older who are accompanied by a parent or grandparent. We will work with a Project Manager from West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Workcamps in the Colcord area. The work to be done will be based on the skills of the group, but could include building ramps, repairing porches, flooring, and roofing, as we seek to assist with the needs in the community. The cost per person is $300. Participants will be housed in the manse at Colcord First Presbyterian Church. In order to let WVMAW know if we will have a group attending, please register or contact Susan Sharp Campbell at 304-667-9428 or no later than next Thursday, May 2.

Grants & loans for post-secondary education

The Presbytery, through its Nurture Committee, has $1,000 loans available for those seeking post-secondary education; there are also some grant monies in amounts that vary each year available. Click here for information and application forms. Please share this information with those in your church, especially high school seniors and parents, although these are not limited to those graduating this year. The application deadline, including the return of reference letters, is this coming Tuesday, April 30. Those who have received loans/grants in the past and wish to renew them should submit a written request, including a brief description of their past year, to or Presbytery of WV, Attn: Nurture Committee, P.O. Box 11720, Charleston, WV 25339. They do not have to resubmit the entire application. Questions? Please contact Susan Sharp Campbell at 304-667-9428 or the above email. 

Youth Council applications now being accepted

In a time when there are fewer youth in our congregations, the presbytery’s Youth Council offers a place for youth to find support, develop leadership skills, and grow in their faith. Do you know youth who are currently in grades 8-11 who might enjoy participating and serving on the Youth Council? If so, please share this information with them. There is also a need for adults who enjoy working with youth to serve in partnership with the youth. If that’s you or someone you know, please consider applying or sharing the information with them. Each session is invited to nominate youth and/or adults to serve on youth council, realizing that we are committed to involving people from as many churches as possible. The deadline to apply is this coming Wednesday, May 1.

Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox: Being Vital Today

9:30-4:30 May 4 on Zoom

We live in a new post-Christendom world in which the church is no longer the center of our society. This new world is unlike any world the church has ever existed in before. Thus, we need to be ready to answer a new set of questions; we cannot assume our new world understands what we do anymore. This course, for which you will find an introductory video at the title link, will explore the “7 Marks of Vital Congregations” that the Office of Vital Congregations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency has identified to help us live more fully as disciples of Christ and to identify talking points to share with those who are seeking to believe. It will be taught by Brian Coulter, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX, and a consultant with the Presbyterian Mission Agency Office of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism. Cost is $40. Register by this coming Monday, April 29. Contact Susan Sharp Campbell for more information.

Presbytery has copies of 2024 PCUSA planning calendar

The Presbytery has come into possession of several extra 2023-2024 PCUSA planning calendars. If you need one to get you through this year, please contact Amy Robinson at 304-744-7634 or They are $11 each, plus shipping.

News from our Congregations & Partners

Dunbar First Presbyterian hosts talk on Israel-Gaza Conflict at 12:30 PM Sunday

Marietta Macy, Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Charleston First Presbyterian, is a member of the PCUSA's Israel/Palestine Mission Network and will share updates on a recent visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank by members of the organization. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 1414 Myers Ave. in Dunbar. Call 304-539-2122 for more information.

D&E professor, concert choir to participate in worship at Bream Memorial in Charleston on May 5

Davis & Elkins College Associate Professor for Religion and Philosophy and Co-Director of the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy Dr. C. Brantley Craig, the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir, and Coordinator of Foundation and Church Relations Tina Vial will participate in worship at the 11 a.m. May 5 service at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charleston. The choir will perform several selections, Vial will serve as liturgist, and Craig will deliver the sermon. 

Music Director sought at Nitro First Presbyterian

Nitro First Presbyterian Church is in need of a music director to conduct choir practice once a week (with additional practices for special occasions), direct the choir for Sunday morning worship and special services, direct the handbell choir in rehearsals and performances, coordinate music selection with the pastor and worship committee, care for and organize choir robes, equipment and any other choir-related items as well as handbell equipment, coordinate and direct the choir in special performances such as weddings and funerals conducted within the church when possible (additional compensation as agreed upon in advance), and provide replacements for services or rehearsals when absent or when key musical persons must be absent. Contact the church at 304-755-3242 or if interested or with questions.

Register now for the 2024 Bible & Church Music Conference

This conference is for all ages of worship leaders, be they ordained or lay leaders. Speakers include Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner, and Rev. Bronwen Boswell. The program fee is $245 for adults and $200 for youth and children. Lodging and meals are separate.

Registration open for 2024 Wee Kirk small church conference

Oct. 14-16 at Laurelville Retreat Center, Mount Pleasant, PA

Wee Kirk is an annual conference and retreat for small church leaders (pastors, commissioned pastors, and ruling elders). It offers both learning and renewal, with speakers and worship leaders this year including Roger Owens, Byron Borger, Colleen Molinaro, Edith Ophardt, and Matt Camblin. Registration is $175 for churches up to 150 members, $200 for churches of 151-200 members, or $300 for larger churches; save $25 with registration before Aug. 1.

WV Flood Resiliency Survey seeking respondents

A research team from West Virginia University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is seeking insights from West Virginians on their experiences with past floods and preparation for future floods. The team is conducting an online survey on the topic and any West Virginia resident 18-years or older is encouraged to participate. The survey, which closes on May 1, should take 20-30 minutes to complete, and insights will help the research team create an online resource to help increase flood resiliency for West Virginia communities. Anyone who takes the survey can choose to be entered into a raffle for one of eight $250 gift cards.

Mountain State community health survey

MATCH, the Mountain State Assessment of Trends in Community Health, is a statewide survey designed to understand the health of West Virginia adults and to match community health needs with resources specifically designed to meet those needs. It is a project of WVU's Health Affairs Institute and the WV Dept. of Health & Human Resources. They are asking for help in promoting the survey to the broader community, so we are sharing this information and ask that you share it with your congregation. At least 88,000 surveys will be mailed to randomly selected households in West Virginia, and if you are selected to participate, you will receive an invitation with a choice on how you would like to complete the survey: online, by mail, or by phone. The survey, which is confidential and non-identifiable, should only take 30 minutes, and participants will be compensated for their time. The information received from the survey will help funding, programming and services to go directly to the areas of the Mountain State that need them most. It can help improve the overall health and well-being of West Virginians, especially folks who are vulnerable, members of a minority community, or folks who live in areas of high poverty. 


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