Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
in West Virginia
Volume 43, Issue 3 Fall-Winter, 2009
Christmas Offering for Regional Ministries
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia
is a careful steward of your congregation’s trust,
and is committed to building on vital ministries already at work around West Virginia and Western Maryland:
• Retreats, assemblies and workshops • Counsel for planned giving, major gifts
for men, women, and youth: all ages • Linking congregations with the wider
and stages of faith church through effective communications
• Care and growth opportunities for • Sponsoring mission visits and work
the Order of Ministry camps
• Networking for congregations and • Disaster response and recovery efforts
Our Statement of Calling says: “Through
• Regular congregational visitation
the grace of God, the mission of the
and consultation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in
• Enabling search and call of pastors West Virginia is to glorify God by sharing
• Resourcing Christians for faithful the gospel and love revealed to us in and
service through Jesus Christ. As people of God
• Ecumenical connections we are called to model faithful servant-
• Interpreting the Disciples Mission hood and live in the covenant that binds
Fund and its many ministries the Church of Jesus Christ together in all
• Creative learning events of its manifestations.”
Thank you for your generous and faithful support of the Christmas Offering,
through which our covenant is strengthened, to the glory of our coming Savior!
Disciples Women’s and Disciples Men’s
Retreats Bring Joy! 121st
Many of our adult retreatants went back to their homes and
routines energized for life and ministry, as the retreat season
closed this year. More photos are available on our website. Regional
First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Rev. April Johnson—Minister of Reconciliation
Adams—Associate General Minister
Rev. Dr. Todd Adams
Ms. Nancy Pickell—Treasurer, Div. of Overseas Ministries
Registration forms will be available in December.
Rooms will go quickly, so reserve early!
About our Publications children and youth through high school
WITH OUR CONGREGATIONS continue to meet regularly. Cantata is Dec.
The News is mailed to every known 20. New website: www.nmfcc.com
Beckley, First (Donald R. Snyder, Pastor) member of our region’s congrega-
Youth Christmas play: Dec. 6. Choir cantata tions, and it’s always helpful to know Parkersburg, First (Sanford Downs,
Dec. 13. Visit www.beckleydisciples.org of your changes of address. It is our Pastor) Church hosted Children Worship
Beech Bottom, Community (Larry Grimes, hope that you find this publication and Wonder storyteller training in Oct.
Pastor) See the website: www.bbccc.org meaningful, and will continue to help Cantata Dec. 13. Go to: www.movpdoc.org.
us improve it.
Bethany, Memorial Church (Scott Thayer, Princeton, First (Gary F. Lyons, Pastor)
Pastor) Ministry of Carol Cook celebrated Between publications of the News, www.princetondisciples.org
Nov. 22 (her ordination in Capital Area was you can follow our online news feed, St. Albans, First (William Pollack, Pastor)
Nov. 14). www.BMCDisciples.org The WV Disciples NewsWire, Sim-
ply visit www.wvdisciples.org, for a Fall Harvest Fellowship and children’s
Bluefield, First (Aaron Watkins, Pastor) link to the NewsWire to read it online canned food drive were great successes.
Pastor’s Open House: Dec. 11. Visit: or subscribe by email. Bazaar is Dec. 5, Caroling Dec. 6.
Please submit your congregation’s
Cameron, Big Run/Fork Ridge (Andrea news and photos for consideration, Weirton, First (Kevin Bowers, Pastor)
Brownlee, Pastor) Weekly vespers on and remember: you are welcome to Church received a Lilly Grant for the National
Weds. at 7 p.m. (Big Run). Lanette Gilbert “opt out” of the paper mailing (send Clergy Renewal Project. Plans well
(Tad Fitzsimmons Youth Ministry Intern for your opt-out request to the regional underway for hosting the 2010 Regional
the region) preached recently. office: firstname.lastname@example.org), and you Assembly. www.WeirtonDisciples.org.
will be notified when the News is Wellsburg, Chapel Hill: Worship informa-
Cameron, First Church has a new website: posted online.
www.orgsites.com/wv/thedisciple tion updated on the regional website. Visit
them on Apple Pie Ridge (Hammond
Charleston, United Disciples of Christ community), Sundays at 11 a.m. CWF
(Steven Smith, Pastor) Hats, mittens, continues to meet monthly in members’
gloves, scarves again being collected. Youth homes.
fundraisers well underway for upcoming
events. Visit: www.uniteddisciples.org Wheeling, First (Magdalyn M. Sebastian,
Pastor) Ecology ministry continues to
Fairmont, Central (Joshua Patty, Pastor) “green up” the church. Pumpkin Patch was
Book group and “Intro. to New Testament” great success; see pictures on website:
continue to engage members. Church also www.BigRoundWindow.com.
offers Faith in Film and Living the Questions
series. www.centralchristianfairmont.org. Wheeling, Island (Judy Bennett, Pastor)
Midwinter Regional Minister Emeritus William B. Allen
Huntington, Central (Gary Patton, Pastor) preached at the annual V.I.P. Sunday in Nov.
Advent Bible Study will be led by pastor.
A book club has begun. Prayer and Share
Stained glass renovations complete and Feb. 12-14, 2010 group meets Monday mornings. Visit:
celebrated. www.HuntingtonCentral.org www.island-christian-church.org
Cedar Lakes Conference Ctr.
Huntington, Madison Avenue (Jamie Ripley, WV
Gump, Pastor) Organist Judy Lambert’s
40+ years of service recognized. Financial Watch for forms in mid-December! Upcoming Events
Peace seminars held this fall. Youth December
continue to meet Sunday evenings to cook 20 RM preaching at Parkersburg FCC
(from scratch), enjoy the meal, and have faith WEST VIRGINIA CHRISTIAN CHURCH 24-25 Christmas (Office Closed)
and life conversations. (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) NEWS January, 2010
Logan, First (Kenneth Hardway, Pastor) Published by the Christian Church 1 New Years Day (Office Closed)
Men’s, women’s and youth ministries (Dare (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia, 8-9 Men’s Commissioners Retreat
2B) are all vibrant and growing visibly in the in the interest of Christ in the 11 Disciples/United Methodist Dialogue
life of the church. Visit www.orgsites.com/ West Virginia Region. 29-31 Ministers & Mates Retreat
Phone: 304-428-1681 Fax: 304-428-1684 February
McMechen (Rod Hubbs, Pastor) Fire Thaddaeus B. Allen, 12-14 Midwinter Youth Retreat
Fighters Memorial Service held in Oct. Managing Editor and 17 Ash Wednesday—Lent begins
Children led the church in “Light One Regional Minister March
Candle”. David T. Chafin, tba Men’s Lenten Gatherings
Morgantown, First (Richard Howard, Deputy Regional Minister 15 Disciples/United Methodist Dialogue
Pastor) Monthly pot-luck dinners continue. Tom Lemon, Carol Robinson 20 Regional Board (tentative)
Moundsville, First (Mark Mills, Pastor) Search & Call Assistant 4 Easter Sunday
News at moundsvilledisciples.wordpress.com tba Women’s Spring Gatherings
Next News Deadline: 12-13 Scott Lectures (Bethany College)
New Martinsville, First (Jayne Chafin, 17-20 General Board
Pastor) Fall Festival, sponsored by the Love Feb. 1, 2010 22-24 Regional Assembly (Weirton)
Ladies, great success. Elementary age
Annual Fund Receives Gifts Gifts Continue to Arrive
The Regional Church celebrates the faithful stewardship of Since the previous publication of the News, we have
those who have given so generously to our Annual Fund: continued to receive gifts toward its costs from:
Joyce & Eugene Aitkin Proctor Christian Church, Brenda Keyser,
Phil & Vernetta Auten Mrs. Melba C. Crank;
Jackie Bailey for the Margaret Ann Green Fund for regional ministry
Betty Blankenship from:
Karen Bracey Thaddaeus & Jennifer Allen, Chapel Hill C. W. F.,
Bob & Charlotte Chambers Larry & Carol Grimes, Jerry & Nancy Wade;
Margaret Conner for the William B. Allen Fund for Ecumenical Ministry
Dan & Jinks Crawford from:
Clinton & Lorraine DeWitt Thaddaeus & Jennifer Allen, David & Jayne Chafin,
Margaret Doak Lois Cox Drum, Judith Hudson, Virginia Marston,
Frank Dorsey Mary L. Mash, James E. Moran, Oscar Moran,
Amanda & Ted Feitt Charles & Gertrude Mumper, Nick & Wadeanne
Edwin & Eleanor Flowers Nardo, Bonnie B. Thurston, Leroy and Carol Vincent,
Jerry & Nancy Wade, Glynda Marie Walker, Nicholas
Charles H. Foster
Herman & Lois Goede
Sandy Huckins Grateful for Online Giving
Marquis & Susan John-
son The “Good Cause” of WV Disciples Camps and
For all who give, Conference on Facebook has brought numerous contribu-
Carl Levander we give thanks! tions this year. For this we are truly grateful!
Art & Angie Loy
Thelma Maynard News of the Ministry
Scott & Kathie Richter The Order of Ministry has prepared another devotional
booklet and online publication: Advent Prayerscapes.
Sue & Jerry Simpson
We give thanks for this gift to the Region and the wider
John & Carol Skerbetz
Jean B. Verner The Rev. Jayne L. Chafin of Parkersburg is serving as
James & Myrtle Wheeler Pastor ad interim at the New Martinsville First Christian
Iva & Kathryn Winter Church (Disciples of Christ).
Rev. Dennis Sparks, Executive Director of the WV
Council of Churches, has begun ministry as stated pastor
The Church in Mission at the Ravenswood First Christian Church (Disciples of
♦ We continue to receive encouraging reports of the Christ).
work of Global Ministries Partners, Patrick and
Kimberly Bentrott, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They are Timothy Graves of Wheeling, a student at Lexington
grateful for the generosity and prayers of our Region, Theological Seminary, is serving as Seminarian in Resi-
and especially the funds contributed by Disciples dence at the Parkersburg First Christian Church (Disciples
Women here toward their mobile medical unit. The of Christ) as a part of his field education.
dream is now reality. Buffalo Seminary, a ministry learning event provided by
♦ Betty Beeson of the Charleston United Disciples of the WV Commission on Ministry and Order of Ministry, will
Christ Church was honored with the Mary Virginia be offered July 5-7 at Bethany, WV. Rev. Jim Trader is
DeRoo Ecumenical Award by the WV Council of dean for the event. Watch for details online or in our next
Churches at their Annual Assembly in October. News.
♦ The seven Northeastern Inter-Regional Fellowship, Installations:
which includes West Virginia, announce that the Rev. Jamie Gump installed as Pastor at Huntington,
Reconciliation Program of the Christian Church Madison Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
(Disciples of Christ) has approved a $10.000.00 grant Sep. 20
for the Regions to hold a Pro-Reconciliation Anti- Rev. Scott Thayer installed as Pastor at Bethany Memo-
Racism High School Seminar in Washington, DC at rial Church (Disciples of Christ), Nov. 15
the National City Christian Church, July 3-11, 2010.
We rejoice in your faithful giving to this priority ministry Kenneth Hardway installed as Student Pastor at Logan
of the wider church! First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Nov. 1.
And we are loved so much
that God chose to live among us!
In the midst of our mess and confusion, God lives with us ever still. And
let there be no doubt: In the truth of the Incarnation (our Lord putting on flesh –
taking up humanity) God “gets us,” as my youngest wisely says. This is the
Good News and this is Christmas.
At Christmas, we celebrate with great thanksgiving that Christ - fully
human and divine - has marked the world and all of creation. This includes us.
On this sacred day we affirm again, and we announce to all who have ears to hear, that we are God’s
children. Through the power of God made known in Jesus, we have become the children of God.
This sacred text also reminds us beautifully that light has arrived on the scene! Dark places and scary
scenarios beware: In Jesus we are free to live without the darkness. Indeed, we are a people who live in
light. The light of Christ illumines our way and warms us on the journey of life.
At Christmas we celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord. We are not alone. God is with us.
Our Calling: Through the grace of God, the mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is to glorify God by
sharing the gospel and love revealed to us in and through Jesus Christ. As people of God we are called to model faithful
servanthood and live in the covenant that binds the Church of Jesus Christ together in all of its manifestations.
Our Identity: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia claims and affirms its Appalachian heritage and values in
light of the Christian gospel. God continues to bless us as a Region with dedicated leaders, faithful stewards and a variety of
human, spiritual and physical resources.
Our Purpose: God calls and directs the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia to empower its members and
congregations: to make disciples, to grow spiritually, and to develop leaders, in order to: engage in ministries of love and
reconciliation, acknowledge sin and oppose evil, promote Christian unity, and minister together in worship, community, and
Your Gifts to the Christmas Offering and the Annual Fund remain in the Region to enable this vital work.
We give thanks to God for you and your faithful stewardship!
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