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Compassion Corner 

"It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously."   
--Micah 6:8, The Message


Pray: A prayer for the new year

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:                 
To find the lost                 
To heal the broken                 
To feed the hungry                
To release the prisoner                
To rebuild the nations                
To bring peace among all                
To make music in the heart.                                                
-- Howard Thurman


Attend: a great workshop!
Join the Hunger Action Network and volunteers from around the Presbytery for the Understanding Poverty workshop on Saturday, February 10.  This training session provides insight and deeper understanding of the challenges that come with living in poverty, and examines options for offering assistance and support for low-income people. Topics include research on the causes and cycles of poverty; the differing personal life models as developed by those in the middle class vs. those in poverty; and the importance of creating relationships for sustainable transformation. This workshop is especially appropriate for anyone looking at the church's role in shaping ministries around those living in poverty.  Facilitated by Amy Mitchell, LSW, and hosted by Parma South Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be provided.  Register here.


about the past year's experiences for the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the PCUSA's Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC.    OPW is one of the ministries of the church's Compassion, Peace, and Justice program.  Learn all about the various ministries of CPJ here. You can even follow them on Facebook!

--  the Winter 2017 edition of the PHP Post (from the Presbyterian Hunger Program).

-- Join the conversation on the Hunger Action Network Facebook page


Take Action:

Work to prevent gun violence:
Join God Before Guns, an ecumenical group in NE Ohio, made up of folks concerned about the vicious cycle of gun violence in our country.  Visit their website and/or their Facebook page and get involved!


Face Race with the PWR:
Read the January issue of the PCUSA's Facing Racism series, looking at the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Looking to be more involved?  Learn more about what the denomination is doing here.  Join the PWR's Race Action Network, by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Use your voice to end hunger!

Contact your congress people to let them know you want a budget that doesn't increase hunger.  Check out the hunger activist's page on the Bread for the World website for additional ways to get involved.  To engage locally, join the PWR's Hunger Action Network.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Boycott Wendy's!!    
The PC(USA) has endorsed the Wendy’s boycott launched by the farmworker-led Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) because of their refusal to join the Fair Food Program. The CIW is asking for our assistance in letting the powers at Wendy's know that we are NOT okay with their bad labor practices.  Read about the upcoming fast and what church leaders are doing this month in solidarity with the CIW. 

Links:  Faith Letter to Wendy’s |  Presbyterian News Service article on PC(USA) and Wendy’s

Welcome Refugees!
Read about our Synod's Appeal to offer hospitality to those desperately in need of it.  See if your congregation can be a part of this effort.  Also, watch PDA's new video on immigration: Locked in a Box.


Learn more about how you can influence the ways that big companies do their business; visit Oxfam’s Behind the Brands-> campaign site.

Choose Fair Trade Chocolate
Americans consume millions of pounds of chocolate per year, but where does it all come from? Forced child labor and child trafficking are a rampant, documented problem in the conventional chocolate industry, but big companies have done little to solve this crisis. So what can you do? Watch the video->


Important links:

Presbyterian Hunger Program->
Presbyterian Peacemaking Program->
Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations->
Office of Public Witness-> 
Presbyterian Environmental Ministries
Synod of the Covenant
Mission Matters->
Bread for the World->
Ohio Interfaith Power and Light->





Overtures to GA 2016

Mission Council will receive and consider requests from sessions to endorse overtures submitted to the General Assembly. It will receive such recommendations and send them to the Presbytery with a recommendation of approval or disapproval, or with no recommendation at all. 

Note there is a time requirement that must be followed for concurrences:

• For amendments to the Constitution: 2/19
• For overtures that will incur a cost: 4/19
• For all others: 5/4
Such concurrences must be approved by a Presbytery and submitted to the General Assembly on or before each date.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact me.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Officer Training and New Member Classes
Looking for a good resource to train officers or teach new member classes?  The Synod of Mi-America has put together a series of online videos and lesson guides to train officers (ruling elders and deacons) as well as to use in teaching new member classes. Check it out here
Theocademy has 13 lessons for officers and 5 for new members.  The presbytery also has DVD copies of the lessons, contact us if you are interested in borrowing them.
Important New Policies
At the May 27 Presbytery meeting, the Presbytery of the Western Reserve approved an updated Sexual Misconduct Policy pdf click here to view policy (140 KB) as well as a Child Protection Policy document click here to view policy
Mandatory Reporting
default Mandatory Reporting PowerPoint (274 KB) “Are you a mandatory reporter for child abuse? What is the definition of child abuse? How do I report suspected abuse? Check out this power point presentation especially designed for those in ordained office.”
The process of amendments going to General Assembly
If your session has questions about the recently passed General Assembly actions in regard to marriage, here is some information from the Office of General Assembly.
Book of Order 2015-2017
 pdf Click here (1.85 MB) to download a PDF of the 2015-2017 Book of Order.

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