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.

 


MONDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS - APRIL 6, 2020

  • Monday. Holy Week…a Holy Week unlike any other that we've experienced. It will be strange and maybe awkward and perhaps even surprising. Whatever it is, it will be okay. If there were ever a moment to learn that church is not a building, this is the moment. We are God's people wherever we are, and as God's people, we are called to love the world. This Holy Week, what will love look like for you?

 

  • · Please continue to stay home. Our governors in Wisconsin and Minnesota have asked us to continue to stay home, and it remains crucial. We are in this together, and everything we do in the name of safety and prevention—in this case, staying away from each other—affirms the importance of community.

  • · The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with new information for your church and for you. Your Presbytery links, below, will be updated later on Monday. If there is something you need and can’t find, please ask.

 

  • · The Presbytery office is closed for the foreseeable future. But the Presbytery is open in its support of its congregations and leaders. If you or your congregation has an immediate and specific need, please directly email Jeff Japinga, the executive presbyter, ep@ptcaweb.org. The Presbytery will continue to communicate directly with its moderators and clerks of session on key items for ministry and church.

 

  • · Thank you for joining us in prayer for and support of our chaplains on the Presbytery Facebook page. That is another source for updated information. And if you’re on Facebook, look up some of our other congregations. You’ll find your “visits” with them encouraging and uplifting. 

 

  • On this Monday of Holy Week, we reaffirm our calling and hope, and our mutual commitment to travel together on this journey of Holy Week, as best we can:

 

God, our refuge and strength,

these are truly trying times for all of us

as we face this still-spreading virus.

We have seen the worst in people and the best.

Yet, through it all, we take hope in Christ

and Christ’s promise to never leave us.

We are holding one another in prayer.

Like the rest of the country,

our Presbyterian communities are physically separated,

but we are still deeply connected

through our common humanity, spirituality,

and strong faith in you, our God. Amen.

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), and the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett,

President and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency

  


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 (listed by city location):

 

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.