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Muskingum College Center for Church Life hosts Faith Based Grants: Funding the Vision, November 13

The Muskingum College Center for Church Life will host Faith Based Grants: Funding the Vision, on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on the campus. This seminar addresses the opportunities and challenges associated with faith-based funding.

The cost of the seminar is $10, which includes lunch, and the registration deadline is November 1. Registration material and other information is available by calling 740-826-6105.

The keynote speaker is The Reverend Jack McClelland, executive director of the Eastside Community Ministry of Zanesville, speaking on The Changing Role of the Church in the Community.

The Eastside Community Ministry was founded by the Central Presbyterian Church in 1958 as a center for low-income children. The ministry is now ecumenical in nature and offers a broad array of services to low-income families. Before serving at Eastside Ministries, Rev. McClelland was associate minister at First Baptist Church in Middlesboro, Ky.

The seminar will then break into concurrent sessions throughout the day, with a break for lunch.

Grant Writing 101 will cover the nuts and bolts of grant writing, including information on faith-based grants and regional funding. The session will be conducted by Pamela Jira, assistant to the president at Zane State College; and Chris Shaw, CAP, grants and special projects coordinator for Ohio University, Zanesville.

Church and Community Collaboration will discuss the opportunities and challenges of collaboration between churches and their communities. It will be conducted by T. Richard Murray, Ed.D., superintendent of the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center in Zanesville, a state agency dedicated to providing educational leadership and services for Coshocton, Morgan and Muskingum counties; and Dave Boyer, the executive director of Muskingum County Children Services Board.

Successful Models: Sharing Successes will talk about successful funding efforts that have worked for different congregations. It will be taught by Rev. Rob Turner, associate pastor, Faith United Methodist Church, Zanesville; Rev. Tim Alexander, youth pastor, Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, Duncan Falls; Rev. Mary Gene Boteler, pastor, Brighton Presbyterian Church, Zanesville.

Seeking Quality Experiences for Youth: Developmental Assets will discuss the concrete, common sense positive experiences and qualities that are essential to raising successful young people. Churches seeking to fund visions relating to young people will want to gain an understanding of these important developmental assets. This session will be conducted by Rev. James McDonald, director of Muskingum Counseling Center, part of Six County, Inc., an agency providing mental health services for six Ohio counties.

Upcoming Center for Church Life events for 2005 are Jesus Interprets His Own Cross, with Reverend Dr. Ken Bailey, canon theologian of the diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, on Tuesday, February 8, 2005; and Understanding Youth Culture for Parents and Youth Ministers, with veteran Christian educator Rev. Roger Nishioka; on Saturday, November 5, 2005.

The Center for Church Life is a joint venture of Muskingum College, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Bicentennial Fund, and the Presbytery of Muskingum Valley. The Center provides programs and services to support the ministries and missions of local congregations.