Memo on Marriage in West Virginia
October 15, 2014
TO: WEST VIRGINIA BAPTIST CONVENTION CLERGY
FROM: DR. DAVID CARRICO
RE: MARRIAGE IN WEST VIRGINIA
Recent developments as a result of actions taken by the United States Supreme Court have given our state little choice but to allow same-sex couples to be legally married in West Virginia. This development should not surprise us as we have seen social trends in acceptance of this for many years.
In conversation with a representative from the West Virginia Secretary of State's office about this matter, the representative assured me the clergy from church traditions that do not accept gay marriage will not be required to perform weddings for same-sex couples.
The West Virginia Baptist Convention has a long-standing resolution that states, "The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching." This is also the official position of the ABC-USA on this matter.
These resolutions offer guidance to our automomous churches and clergy as they deal with issues of conscience and practice.
The Secretary of State of West Virginia is the office that grants and validates credentials to perform marriages in West Virginia. If you have further questions about your legal responsibilities as one certified to perform state ceremonies, please do not hesitate to contact that office.
David Carrico, West Virginia Baptist Convention
Scripture Memorization Program
Welcome to week 51 of Challenge 52!
Your scripture memorization verse for the week of October 19, 2014 is:
Psalm 118:1, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Please click here for the Challenge 52 Extra for October 19, 2014.
Think of a person you know that is a leader. What in your mind makes them a leader? An effective leaders is often one who recognizes the need for details. Sometimes it is the little things we do that can make or break a meeting or program.
The Resource Team of West Virginia Baptist Women's Ministries provides help sheets in five areas of leadership: Leadership Tips 101, Get Acquainted and Team Building Exercises, Hospitality Ideas, Communication and Resources and Useful Websites. The DETAILS' site will be updated with new material every March, June and October.
The October sheets are now ready for viewing. Please click here.
Ministerial Ethics (Mod-2) One-Day Class
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Parchment Valley Conference Center in the Santrock Education Center
Instructor: Mark McCloy, director, School of Christian Studies and Northwest Area Minister, West Virginia Baptist Convention
Three (Not So) Minor Prophets: Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Parchment Valley Conference Center in the Santrock Education Center
Instructor: Bob Keen, pastor, Mill Creek Baptist Church (Good Hope)
FALL CHILDREN'S RALLY
(For children entering grades K-5, 6th grade is optional.)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Parchment Valley Conference Center in the Greenlee Activities Center
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Event begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:15 p.m.
Theme: Amazing Science
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16
COST: $12.00 PER PERSON, INCLUDING ADULTS. $25.00 IF POSTMARKED AFTER OCTOBER 27 OR AT-THE-DOOR.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A REGISTRATION FORM, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Senior High Convention
November 21-23, 2014
Kenova First Baptist Church
Cost: $35.00, (including adults) if postmarked by November 14, 2014. $45.00, if postmarked after November 14 or at the door.
Housing deadline: November 14
Speaker: Eric Samuel Timm, Orator. Author. Artist.
Band: Marshall University Baptist Campus Ministry Band
For more information and a registration form, please click here.