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.

 

 


Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area

Stated Meeting

SATURDAY, February 6, 2021

See registration link below.

 

Call to Meeting

 
In accordance with the Book of Order, Form of Government G-3.0304, and the Bylaws of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the Presbytery will meet in stated session beginning at 9:00 am on February 6, 2021. The meeting is projected to end by 11:00 am.
 
The meeting will be a virtual meeting, held on the Zoom platform. If you will be attending, please register your attendance and the ZOOM invitation and meeting codes will be sent to you in advance of the meeting. To register to attend the meeting, please use THIS LINK
 
Prior to the meeting, from 8:30 am to 8:55 am, there will be several “Open Spaces” conversations in breakout Zoom rooms. You will have the choice of joining a conversation when you log on to the meeting Zoom site.
Several important items are on the Meeting Agenda including:
 
- PILP President, RE Dr. James Risler will present several congregations with news of PILP interest rebates
 
- Worship; Rev. Dr. Paula Sanders will be present to share her experiences ministering to refugees on the US-Mexico border
 
- Updates from the Anti-racism Task Force and Spiritual Pilgrimage
 
- Action on Recommendations from Presbytery Leadership Team regarding the use of “Bucket 2” funds; those Recommendations can be found HERE.
 
- Two Inquirers will be presented, and examined for Candidacy
 
There will be no refreshments served at this Zoom meeting and all presbyters are encouraged to bring their own coffee, tea juice, water, and snacks.
 
There will be no childcare provided. We love children, so if yours would like to join the meeting, we’d love to see and/or hear them!
 
Parking is available in your own private garage or parking space.
 
The Presbytery Meeting Packet will be online by February 1, 2021. All presbyters are encouraged to review the Meeting Packet before the meeting.
 
 

THE NEXT VIRTUAL STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY TAKES PLACE ON FEBRUARY 6, 2021 AT 9:00 AM (breakout rooms open at 8:30am). INFORMATION & INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO EVERYONE ON OUR MAILING LIST. 

*NOT SURE YOU'RE IN OUR DIRECTORY? Contact the office at office@ptcaweb.org to make sure, and to request a copy of the presbytery Directory.  

 


Please note the documents below are for the October 2020 Meeting. Docs for the February 2021 meeting will be posted soon. 

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

OCTOBER 2020 STATED MEETING FILE LINK: PRESBYTERY PACKET

AGENDA Q & A DOCUMENT

ROBERT'S RULES FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS

ZOOM TIPS AND LINKS  

 
 
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Minnesota Department of Health: Covid-19 Page
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Covid-19 Page
  • Badger Bounce Back Plan
  • November 20, 2020

    Dear Friends,

    It has been more than eight months since the first impacts of a pandemic turned church practices upside down. In those first few weeks, when so much felt unknown, the officers of the presbytery offered their guidance on science, safety, and practice; their prayers and spiritual support; and, in the ensuring months, COVID-related grants to the majority of our congregations. We settled into new routines.

    Few of us ever imagined then that, come Advent, the challenge facing us would be greater than ever. But here we are, with the COVID-19 pandemic spiraling out of control. This week, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Health Departments, and our governors, have become increasingly insistent that the only way to slow the pandemic is to stop all but the very smallest gatherings. And while neither state has mandated the suspension of church activities, their urgency has compelled us to write you today: 

              • We strongly recommend that you continue—or consider anew—the suspension of in-person worship and all other activities in your church buildings at least through December 13, with the  likelihood that we will not gather together during Advent, Christmas, or well into the new year.

    This is not where we hoped to be as we stand at the doorstep of Advent. We know you long to gather in-person, because that’s what the church is and does. We know some of you fear that if you continue to meet online or not at all, what we so value in the church will be lost. We know you’re getting pressure from all sides, and some are voting with their feet and with their funds. We also know that God is bigger than our sanctuaries, our fears, and our traditions. Presbytery cannot mandate that churches stop gathering in-person for worship. That authority is reserved exclusively for the session. We can simply be honest with you, support you in your decisions, and stand with you in finding ways to carry them out.

    Being the church in this unprecedented time means continuing to do whatever we can to protect the least of these. Thus, we offer these additional observations:

              • Please do not force anyone to attend events in person, including your pastor.

              • If you choose to gather in person for any reason, you must have a written safety plan in placeWhether for in-person worship, or other events like a wedding or a funeral, you must have a written plan and follow that plan, and all state guidelines. (There are new Minnesota guidelines for faith communities as of this past Wednesday.)

             • Lean on your colleagues in ministry for creative ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas. Be the connectional church. If you don’t know who to call, then contact the Presbytery office. If you’re willing to assist another congregation, contact the Presbytery office. We will connect you.

    We also speak, in one voice, our prayers of support for those on the front lines of the pandemic: those ill, and the ones who care for them; our front-line and essential workers; our decision-makers; and so many among us struggling with physical and emotional needs. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

    This pandemic gives us an opportunity to be the church, in ways we would not have wished for, but that will have real impact on our communities. Let us encourage one another and find our encouragement in the One who strengthens us. We hold you in our prayers daily.

    The officers of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the executive presbyter

    Jean Emmons, moderator

    Greg Bolt, Diana Barber, Jamie Schultz, Barbara Lutter, Steve Robertson, Jeff Japinga

  • RESOURCES

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

 

  

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):


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