Welcome to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.

We are a loving collection of congregations committed to working together in unity and living out our calling as disciples of Christ.

 


FRIDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS - MARCH 27, 2020

  • To all of you, we see the beautiful, powerful, resourceful work you are doing. We see your commitment and your love for your community. We pray for strength, pacing, and clarity in the weeks ahead for us all. Here are a few brief Friday announcements:

    · In answer to numerous questions, yes, you are expected to close your churches to in-person gatherings; and yes, both Minnesota and Wisconsin stay-at-home orders offer exceptions for a pastor (and a very limited number of necessary persons) to travel to and from a church building for the purpose of live-streaming a Sunday service.

    · We have updated the Presbytery website (below) with new resources and Sunday online worship opportunities. Let us know what you’ve discovered that’s made a difference, and we’ll continue to update.

    · The Presbytery office will be closed during Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order. If your congregation has an immediate and specific need, however, please directly email Jeff Japinga, the executive presbyter, ep@ptcaweb.org.

    · Today's "Morning Reflection for Leaders" video: Please encourage others to “friend” the Presbytery Facebook page. PTCA chaplains (and our Presbytery moderator) Anna Kendig is coordinating these reflections from our chaplains, to be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please watch. 

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    Today’s Prayer is the prayer of our partners in the Uniting Church in Australia:

 

  • God of compassion, God-with-us,

    be with us in these times of uncertainty.

    Break into our lives,

    rekindle our hope

    and breathe love into our communities,

    that we might find new ways

    of supporting and upholding one another,

    bearing witness to your inclusive love

    of family, friend, neighbor and stranger alike.

    May our love for those most vulnerable in our community

    become a beacon of hope for all.

    In faith, hope and love, in the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

  


Here are updates and resources for you:

START HERE…at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website

WORSHIP & CHURCH ACTIVITIES

  • In-Person Church Gatherings

While acknowledging that the holding of public worship is finally a decision of the session, we need to say clearly that, based on clear directives of our public health officials, you should plan for no public worship or public gatherings through the month of April. So here are some resources, especially for use of technology for worship, Bible studies, and other church activities.

 

General Worship Resources (links)

From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (including suggestions for Holy Week) 

PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship: celebrating the sacraments 

From the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

 

Are You Using Zoom? (links)

 

Are You Live Streaming? (links)

 

General Church Business (links)

 

Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Resources

 

PUBLIC HEALTH AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • Stay At Home Orders

 

  • Minnesota language

“Exemptions – Critical Sectors. Workers in the following Critical Sectors, who are performing work that cannot be done at their home or residence through telework or virtual work and can be done only at a place of work outside of their home or residence, are exempted from the prohibition in paragraph 1 as set forth below. These critical services exemptions apply only to travel to and from an individual’s home or residence and place of work and an individual’s performance of work duties that cannot be done at their homes or residence.”

 “v. Faith leaders and workers. This category includes officials, workers, and leaders in houses of worship and other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed. This category also includes workers necessary to plan, record, and distribute online or broadcast content to community members.”

  • Wisconsin language

Essential businesses and operations include the following, which are clarified in detail in the Order:

6. Religious entities as long as any gathering includes fewer than 10 people in a room or confined space at a time and individuals adhere to social distancing requirements as much as possible.

 

  

WORSHIP OPTIONS

We stand today facing the most chaotic time in a generation or more: a isolating health crisis that is forcing us to disconnect with others; to not gather in our churches; to suspend most hands-on love and care. In short, to set aside, for the moment, those practices that make us most human.

Sunday worship is one of those times from which most of us, temporarily, will disconnect in person. A number of congregations across this Presbytery will livestream their worship services on Sunday, March 22. If you need a community with whom to worship online on Sunday, we invite you to join one of these.

  • Associated Church, Owatonna, 9:00am https://www.facebook.com/associatedchurch or https://associatedchurch.org/

  • Presbyterian Church of the Way, Shoreview, 9:00am https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgd3b6zgJ1jK1DNdOYJlg3g

  • North Presbyterian Church, North Saint Paul, 9:00am www.facebook.com/NorthChurchMN

  • First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, 9:30am http://fpc-stillwater.org/live/

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, 9:30am https://www.facebook.com/westminsteraustinmn

  • Buffalo Presbyterian, Buffalo, 9:30am https://www.buffalopresbyterian.org/

  • First Presbyterian, Hudson, WI, 9:30am https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r6SLfUFCvgd5k2_SYHgrKuek_dZ4ojWJ/view

  • Korean Presbyterian Church of Minnesota, Brooklyn Center, 9:45 (English) and 11:15 (Korean) http://www.kpcm.org/

  • Community Presbyterian Church, Plainview, 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/CPC.Plainview

  • The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul, 10:00am https://www.hohchurch.org/worship-music/live-streaming-house-hope-church/

  • Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, Apple Valley, 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav

  • Valley Community Presbyterian Church, Golden Valley, 10:00am https://valleychurch.net/worship/53-worship/317-video-streaming

  • Presbyterian Church of the Master, Coon Rapids, 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/PCOM.MN

  • Presbyterian Church of Oronoco, 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/OronocoChurch zoom.us ID: 558-259-929

  • Macalester-Plymouth United Church, Saint Paul, 10:00am http://www.macalester-plymouth.org/worship/livestream/

  • First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, 10:00am https://fpcrochester.org/

  • Grace Trinity Community Church, Minneapolis, 10:00am http://www.gracetrinitychurch.org/

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Woodbury, 10:00am https://www.trinitywoodbury.org/covid-19-respoonse

  • Presbyterian Church of the Apostles, Burnsville, 10:00am http://pcota.org/ (via Zoom)

  • New Life Presbyterian Church, Roseville, 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/NewLifeChurchRoseville

  • Aldrich Church, Minneapolis, 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/Resurrection-MPLS-113556602012437/

  • First Presbyterian Church, White Bear Lake, 10:15am https://www.fpcwbl.org/

  • Cherokee Park United Church, Saint Paul, 10:15am https://www.facebook.com/cherokeeparkchurch

  • Central Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul, 10:30am https://centralforgood.org/

  • St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Minnetonka, 10:30am https://www.facebook.com/stlukemn/

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, 10:30am & 5:00pm https://westminstermpls.churchonline.org/

  • First Presbyterian Church, Red Wing, 10:30am www.facebook.com/fpcrw or firstpresbyterianredwing.com/live-s

  • Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, Chaska, 10:30am https://www.facebook.com/chaskachurch

  • Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, 10:45am http://www.oakgrv.org/ https://www.facebook.com/OakGrovePresbyterian

  • Liberty Community Church, Minneapolis, 11:00am https://www.facebook.com/libertychurchmpls

  • Peace Presbyterian, St Louis Park, 10:30am https://www.peaceprez.com/

 

MOST RECENTLY EMAILED UPDATE

  

MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE LINK 

MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE LINK                  

MARCH 11, 2020 UPDATE LINK 


 

* Deadline for 2020 Congregational Development Funds grants is MAY 1, 2020. 

    APPLICATION LINK

* PER CAPITA SET FOR 2020 - $36.50  

**PLEASE NOTE**  To contact committee chairs or submit documents for committees, please email office@ptcaweb.org or contact the chair directly. Thank you.