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“You give them something to eat.” Matt. 14:16

Monday, April 7

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Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery

Ohio, West Virginia

Ruling Elder Mary McElroy, Rev. Dr. Matt Camlin, Rev. Kay Day, Ruling Elder Karen Edwards, and Nancy DeStefano celebrating Malawian Mardi Gras Photo by Connie Quinn

Ruling Elder Mary McElroy, Rev. Dr. Matt Camlin, Rev. Kay Day, Ruling Elder Karen Edwards, and Nancy DeStefano celebrating Malawian Mardi Gras

 

Photo by Connie Quinn

 

Like many presbyteries, Upper Ohio Valley has been suffering financially during this time of economic instability. Knowing that major changes were coming in 2013, presbytery council appointed a reformation team to discern God’s will for the presbytery.

The executive presbyter and stated clerk both retired, and council felt that it was a good time to step back and take a sabbatical. To that end, a three-person administrative team was appointed to serve for 12–18 months. That would allow the reformation team time to pray, to work, and to discern the direction ahead for Upper Ohio Valley.

One of the first things the administrative team did was ask the stewardship committee to create a balanced budget reflecting the current economic situation. The budget required cutting presbytery staff to the bone: a very hard decision to implement, but a necessary one. Meanwhile, the reformation team has been meeting with pastors and praying for God’s leading. A professional coach will help move the process forward.

Good things are happening in Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. Meetings are more productive, and there is a spirit of community that was not present in past years. Everyone is realizing that “we” are the presbytery and that if “we” are to survive, it will be because “we” take a hand in making it happen. We are not there yet, but with God’s help, we will get there.

Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery’s 83 congregations celebrate their partnership with Domasi Presbytery in Malawi and with Dakota Presbytery.

—CRE Connie Quinn, member, administrative team

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. David Demarest, administration
CRE Connie Quinn, finance, treasurer
Rev. Andrew Woods, pastor care
Rev. Franklin Lewis, stated clerk
Kandy Dunn, bookkeeper
Patty Oleska, office manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Cheryl Fitzpatrick, BOP
Rev. Meg Flannagan, PPC

Let us pray

Creator God, we pray for discernment and guidance as we try to walk the narrow path that has been put before us. We know that it will be difficult but that the rewards will be great. It is in your Son’s name that we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 119:73-80; 145
First Reading Exodus 4:10-20 (21-26) 27-31
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 14:1-19
Gospel Reading Mark 9:30-41
Evening Psalms 121; 6

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