Issue 261 | May 23, 2024

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A Word from our Transitional General Presbyter

As many of you know, I spent most of the two weeks between April 29 and May 10 traveling. I attended the Synod of the Trinity’s EP Forum and the Board of Pensions’ Season of Rebuilding event, both in Philadelphia. I also attended the Association of Mid Council Leaders’ Presbytery Leader Formation Residency in Schuyler, Nebraska. It is not surprising that the words of one of the constitutional questions for ordination – as minister of the Word and Sacrament, ruling elder, and deacon – surfaced in conversation and worship multiple times. All those being ordained and/or installed are asked, “Will you pray for and seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?” (Book of Order, W-4.0404h) There were times that I was asked to consider deeply and seriously what these words mean as I seek to serve Jesus Christ as your Transitional General Presbyter and Stated Clerk. There were times that I was asked to think about the work of all Presbyterian leaders as they seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. There were times when this phrase evoked laughter amongst those gathered; there were times when it evoked tears. The Spirit was definitely at work in these conversations.

Order your 2024-2025 Presbyterian planning calendar

Each calendar, which runs this September through next December, is $11 when you order through the Presbytery. This price is for pickup at the August 17 Presbytery meeting at Highlawn Presbyterian Church in Huntington; if we mail your order to you, there will be an additional postage fee, calculated according to order size. An invoice for your total cost will be included with your order; it will contain information on how to pay online by credit card or through the mail by cash or check. Order here, by email at or by phone at 304-744-7634. If you leave a voicemail, please include the number of calendars requested, your name and your church. All orders must be received by June 7.

Presbytery has copies of 2024 PCUSA planning calendar

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

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

News from our Congregations & Partners

Click the picture for a letter regarding the Presbyterian Association of Musicians' 2024 Worship & Music Conference from Rodrigo Almeida, an Authorized Lay Preacher from Enslow Park Presbyterian Church who is part of the conference's Worship Planning Team and a co-service musician.

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D&E and Davis Health System call Dr. Franklin Tanner Capps as chaplain

Dr. Franklin Tanner Capps, Th.D. has accepted the historic and unique call as Benfield-Vick Chaplain in a shared role with Davis & Elkins College and Davis Health System/Vandalia Health. In this innovative approach, Dr. Capps will share his time in a 60/40 split of his time as chaplain at the College (60%) and Davis Health System (40%). “It isn’t unusual for a College to share pastoral leadership with a church, as we’ve very successfully done before with Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. So, when we learned that the hospital was in need of chaplain services, it felt like a natural next step to explore that possibility both from a ministry perspective and to share the cost of providing services to students and patients,” said President Chris Wood. “We are thrilled to have a chaplain coming back on campus to serve our campus community.”

Rebuilding West Virginia: A call for comprehensive disaster relief

By Peyton Ballard, WVMAW executive director

West Virginia, like many other states, faces life-altering challenges of severe weather, adverse socioeconomic situations, and an aging population. All of these factors create a perfect storm when disaster strikes. I believe it is time to begin to look at new and better ways to tackle disaster relief and long-term recovery efforts. Disaster often strikes in the Mountain State we know and love with unforgiving force. From devastating floods to crippling storms, West Virginia has faced its share of challenges. However, it’s not just the natural landscape that bears the scars of these calamities; it’s the resilient communities and the steadfast people who call this place home. As we look to the future, it’s imperative to recognize the pressing need for comprehensive disaster relief efforts in West Virginia that extend beyond a response-only strategy.

West Virginia labyrinth survey

West Virginia Council of Churches Executive Director Rev. Jeff Allen is working on a West Virginia Labyrinth project for his renewal leave and is hoping to document the location of labyrinths in West Virginia with the hope of creating a West Virginia Labyrinth Trail. If you know of or have a labyrinth at your church or in your community, please help Jeff by filling out the West Virginia Labyrinth Survey.


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