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.


OCTOBER 2020 STATED MEETING FILE LINK: OMNIBUS MOTION/CONSENT AGENDA 

OCTOBER 2020 STATED MEETING FILE LINK: PRESBYTERY PACKET

 

 

SAVE THE DATES!

 
The dates and times for a virtual Stated Meeting of the Presbytery have been set. Yes, you read that correctly: dateS and timeS and Virtual. This meeting will involve several opportunities for our presbytery:
 
  • The Meeting will take place over 2 days, in short segments, to enhance accessibility so that more presbyters will be able to participate;
  • The Meeting will be held virtually, via ZOOM, in recognition that gathering in-person for a meeting is not safe for our members due to COVID;
  • The Meeting will place emphasis on consensus-building, not debate and division;
  • There will be Intentional opportunities both before and during the meeting for the body to shape the discussion;
  • There will be opportunities after the meeting to share your comments about how we did and share your suggestions for the next Stated Meetings.
 
SAVE THESE DATES:
 
Thursday, October 1, 2020, time to be determined: “ZOOM Rehearsal” for all presbyters who wish to check out the technology in advance of the meeting.
 
Friday, October 2, 2020, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Stated Meeting, Chapter 1. The agenda for this first part of the Stated Meeting will include a time of centering, a time for checking in/speaking out, and action on the Consent Agenda.
 
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10:00 am to 11:30 am: Stated Meeting, Chapter 2. The agenda for this portion of the Stated Meeting will include action on individual business items, election of committee members and chairs, and election and installation of officers.
 
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, time to be determined: “How Did We Do?” This is your chance to comment on, respond to, and debrief the Stated Meeting, and help shape our next Stated Meetings. 
 
More Details will be shared over the coming weeks, so watch this space!!
 

 

The Anti-Racism Task Force has put together a new website with info about our work, including lots of details and the registration link for our 2020-2021 Anti-Racism Spiritual Pilgrimage.

The website address is: https://anti-racism-ptca.weebly.com/ 

 

Religious pilgrimage is a calling, not a task. You may find yourself called to pilgrimage with us this year if:

- You are a white person and already have read some books about racism and racial justice, but want to take the next step to understand how you can participate in undoing white supremacy within yourself and society. For white participants, this will primarily be a journey with other white people, with places for engagement and accountability with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color voices.

- You are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color seeking an opportunity to practice wholeness, resilience, intersectional awareness, and solidarity across BIPOC identities. 

- You want to engage specifically with how your Christian/Presbyterian faith can equip and strengthen you for the work of racial justice.

- You want to engage the spiritual and justice legacies of a range of voices in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, including Indigenous, Black/African-American, Hmong, Latina/o/x, Somali, Polish, and more.

If you are just starting out on your anti-racism journey, check out our “Additional Resources.” Also feel free to “Contact Us” so we can connect you with others in the presbytery who are also beginning this work.

 


 Jacob Blake and Call to Action on Black Lives Matter

 

We grieve with the family of Jacob Blake who was partially paralyzed this week due to being shot in the back seven times by police. With the prophets who expressed God’s anger in the face of injustice, in holy anger we denounce racism in policing and in our communities.

We mourn with the families of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, the protesters killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by a white teenager "defending" police.

This 400 year old pandemic of racism, with which we have yet to fully reckon, is utterly unacceptable to God. It causes deep wounds to the Body of Christ, and layers on top of the many other current pandemics and disasters that are facing us: the death toll of COVID-19, the destruction of Hurricane Laura, and wildfires—all of which disproportionately impact communities of color.

The events of this week demand that we unequivocally state truth once more:

- Every day, Black people, our siblings in Christ, live under threat due to racism and white supremacy.

- At the same time, every day, our Black siblings express their sacred worth and giftedness through their acts of love, resistance, resilience and brilliance.

- Black. Lives. Matter. This is not just a statement, it is a theological call to action to transform our systems and society away from systemic violence and systemic privilege and toward the true equity that the gospels describe.

We must affirm that God delights in Black lives and the lives of all people of color, including our Indigenous siblings, because we have not operated as a society as if this was true. We are called to repent of this sin, repair, and renew relationships in healthier ways. This will take time, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we live in hope, and trust that the Holy Spirit guides us.

We're thankful for the over 150 folks in the presbytery who have committed to the presbytery’s year-long Spiritual Anti-Racism Pilgrimage. We know there are hundreds more among us who have committed to anti-racism learning and action in other ways. As presbytery leaders, we remain committed to equipping everyone in our presbytery to confront and truly dismantle racism and white supremacy in our presbytery, our churches, our communities and ourselves, seeking always the life-giving justice and liberation God desires for all. We have work to do, siblings, and God will be with us in it.

Anna Kendig, Moderator

Jean Emmons, Vice-Moderator

Barbara Lutter, Stated Clerk

Rocky Rockenstein, Presbytery Leadership Team Chair

Steve Robertson, Treasurer

Jeffrey Japinga, Executive Presbyter

Kendra Grams, Anti-Racism Task Force Chair


 

A Message from the Presbytery: George Floyd

May 29, 2020 

In a week in which our cities have been wracked with unrest, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area restates our core belief that all humans are equal in the eyes of God and deserving of dignity and safety. In this understanding, we must say that the murder of George Floyd on Monday by police was unprovoked, brutal, and fundamentally unjust. Those seven minutes, and all that lead to it, were an absolute violation of what God desires for human community and every human being.

In response, we have attached to this email three unique documents, accessible with the links below, each a crucial reflection of our community and our commitments:

 

It has been a difficult week, as news coverage and inflammatory language about looting and unrest have seemed to overshadow not only the much larger peaceful protests, but even the utter tragedy of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police. Let us not be distracted from the core issue: George Floyd’s life mattered. Black lives matter.

As a presbytery, we pledge to continue to use our words and actions to partner with our communities and leaders to repair these breaches in our common lives through truth-telling, accountability, and humility. May we move forward confident that this is a labor to which God calls us for our blessing, and for communal health and wholeness.

Your officers and executive presbyter,

 

Anna Kendig, Moderator Jean Emmons, Vice-Moderator

Barbara Lutter, Stated Clerk

Rocky Rockenstein, Presbytery Leadership Team Chair

Steve Robertson, Treasurer Jeffrey Japinga, Executive Presbyter

 

START HEREat the PC(USA) COVID-19 RESOURCES PAGE

QUESTIONS/PRACTICES to CONSIDER BEFORE RESUMING IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES- LINKS

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CONGREGATIONS - LINKS

 

WORSHIP & CHURCH ACTIVITIES - LINKS

From the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship: celebrating the sacraments 

From the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship

> Regarding Ruling Elders: PC(USA) 

Video Recording and Editing Instruction Videos

> Video Making Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZnEMWX0lf4&t=13s

> Editing and Post-Production Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AebsqfsVXM4

 

Church Music & Covid-19 

 

Being a Vital Congregation during a Time of Pandemic

 

PASTORAL CARE & RESOURCES - LINKS

> The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website has extensive resources for pastoral opportunities and ways to reach out into the communities.

> The Christian Century: 10 Guidelines for Pastoral Care During The Crisis

> Advice for funerals: From the National Funeral Directors Association; from the Massachusetts Council of Churches

> Pacing yourself as a spiritual leader in crisis: This Facebook post from Emily M. Scott about what she learned about being a pastor during Hurricane Sandy: https://www.facebook.com/emilym.d.scott/posts/10157419456533026

> Realistic Self-Care for experiencing anxiety or depression (pastors, parishioners, children, etc.): https://www.virusanxiety.com/ ; https://sojo.net/articles/using-love-commandment-talk-covid-19-kids ; https://www.allinahealth.org/healthysetgo/thrive/coronavirus-isolation-10-lessons-to-help-kids-cope ; https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide

> LeaderWise: Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Social Isolation

What Hurricane Sandy Can Teach Us Today about Ourselves and the Care We Offer

  

WORSHIP & CHURCH ACTIVITIES

One Great Hour of Sharing

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.  If you need a community with whom to worship online on Sunday, we invite you to join one of these (listed by city location):


 

* The deadline for 2020 Congregational Development Funds grants has been delayed. More information to follow.

    APPLICATION LINK

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