09-12-17 Presbytery Meeting in Red Wing, MN

9-12-17 Presbytery Meeting in Red Wing, MN

9-12-17 Presbytery Meeting in Red Wing, MN

Our Farewell to Stated Clerk, The Rev. Bill Davnie

 

EMerge June 15, 2018

 
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EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published weekly and distributed to congregations, teaching elders, ruling elders, church members, committees and friends of the presbytery. Please send submissions and address corrections to office@ptcaweb.org.
June 15, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
U.S. Supreme Court denies
presbytery's petition in EPPC matter
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area has learned that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the presbytery in the matter related to Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church, bringing the legal case to a close. In a note this week, executive presbyter Jeff Japinga, writing on behalf of the presbytery's Administrative Commission, wrote, "We are deeply disappointed by the result. The court's decisions run counter to the church's historic and legal right to organize and govern itself free of governmental interference, and to decide how best to resolve intra-denominational disputes such as this one." Japinga's complete note can be found at "Supreme Court Decision."
 
EMerge notes summer publication plans
Emerge Logo Little EMerge, this publication of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, will not be published during four weeks this summer. There will be no EMerge on the Fridays of June 22, July 6, July 27 and Aug. 10.
 
Following the news
of the PC(USA) General Assembly
While there will be no EMerge next week, updates will be coming your way through the presbytery's Facebook page. There will be periodic updates, at least daily, at "The Presbytery on Facebook."
General Assembly 223  
Beyond the presbytery's Facebook presence, there are a number of ways to follow the work, events, worship and more from the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis. If you are tracking a particular overture or if you want to get to the details of the committee work at General Assembly, a good place to look is something simply known as "PC Biz." If you're a Facebook user, and you want to stay up to date, you can check out "Spirt of GA," and if you're looking for something more up to the minute -- or breaking news -- you can use Twitter and follow "PresbyGA." The official website of General Assembly is, of course, at "General Assembly."
 
General Assembly News
will be available free to inbox
This year all Presbyterians (and others) can read the same daily newspaper that is available to those attending the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, June 16- GA news 23. The General Assembly News, a printed newspaper distributed at the biennial gathering, will be available through a free e-mail subscription. E-subscribers will receive the identical electronic version in their e-mail inbox. The newspaper will be published daily from June 16-23. "We hear repeatedly from Presbyterians around the country who cannot attend the General Assembly that they would love to be able to read The General Assembly News," said Jerry Van Marter, interim director of communications for the Office of the General Assembly. The complete announcement, along with a link to subscribe, can be found at "The General Assembly News."
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to  Boundaries 1 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for all teaching elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
The classiest of 2018
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga  
It's graduation season. I will be in Santa Clara University's soccer stadium on Saturday morning for the graduation of my daughter Paige. I could not be more proud of her perseverance, her commitment, her beautiful spirit.
 
Like every parent there, I'll scan the sea of maroon caps and gowns, each one exactly like the other (save for the ones who decorated their caps) looking for Paige. From behind, faces hidden from view, they all look the same, until their name is called, and they walk across that stage, and suddenly that remarkable sameness isn't anymore.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Classiest of 2018."
Around the presbytery   
 
Women in presbytery
invited to potluck June 26
Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area "had a wonderful gathering in April and want to keep the conversation going," according to a note from the Rev. Heidi Bolt. Bolt and the Rev. Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women in the presbytery to a potluck at the Craven home on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive, Eagan, Minnesota. RSVPs are requested to Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.
 
St. Paul Interfaith Network
notes next sacred-site tour
St Paul Interfaith The St. Paul Interfaith Network has scheduled another tour of Dakota sacred sites Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours center around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers." The tour stops include Fort Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground. The tours provide history from the American Indian perspective. Details can be found at "Sacred Sites."
 
Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life Apple Valley scheduled June 25-29
Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley is planning Kids Camp early in the summer season -- the week of June 25-29. Open to all area children, the week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5 and from 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist. The complete announcement is at "Kids Camp."
 
Addiction, faith conference planned
in September in Bloomington
addiction faith An addiction and faith conference, designed to help congregations, clergy and care givers address the opioid addiction crisis, is planned Sept. 28-30 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The conference features keynoters Nadia Bolz-Weber, Omar Manegwala and Anne Wilson Shaef. Details about the conference can be found at "Addiction and Faith."

Resources, conferences ... 

 

Wild Goose Festival planned
in July in North Carolina
wild goose The Wild Goose Festival, a music, art and story-driven transformational experience grounded in faith-inspired social justice, is planned July 12-15 in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The festival invites participants to grow together by co-creating art, music, story, theater and spectacle, and by engaging in robust and respectful conversation with each other and with thought leaders and artists. Details can be found at "Wild Goose Festival."
 
'Friends, Neighbors Day,' 'Lake2Lake
Bike Tour' set at Clearwater
July 14 will be a busy day at Clearwater Forest. The Presbyterian camp and conference center near Deerwood is celebrating its annual Friends and Neighbors Day and it will also be host to its "Lake2Lake Scenic Bike lake2lake Tour" to raise money to benefit Clearwater Forest camper scholarships. The bike tour features 50-, 30- or 8-mile rides. Those who aren't riding can sponsor a rider. Throughout the day Clearwater Forest will be offering tours of the grounds and buildings, games and activities, and even the opportunity to take part in sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, high-ropes, and the "bouldering wall." The complete announcement about Friends and Neighbors Day can be found at "A Day at Clearwater." Details about the bike tour are at "Lake2Lake."
 
Synod School: Classes, worship, play, family, friends, a whole lot more
2018 Synod School Those who are thinking about attending Synod School this summer should spend a little time looking through the midsummer ministry's catalog. This year more than 70 classes are offered in a wide variety of subjects. Celebrating its 65th year, Synod School typically draws more than 600 people to the week-long event of learning and personal enrichment on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. This year's event runs Sunday through Friday, July 22-27. The catalog, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Synod School."
 
Applications accepted for Presbyterian Women's 2019 USA Mission Experience
Presbyterian Women logo A group of Presbyterian women will travel to the Finger Lakes Region of New York in July 2019 for the fifth USA Mission Experience. They will explore the history that Presbyterian women have in the women's and civil rights movements, and will also have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and about some of the issues that confront the people of the Finger Lakes Region, including migrant workers and Native Americans. Applications to participate are being accepted until Aug. 15. Details are available at "2019 USA Mission Experience."
 
Applications being accepted for OPSF
Lifelong Learning Program Grants
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is accepting applications through Aug. 15 for its Lifelong Learning Program Grant. Through the years, the Foundation has provided more than $1 million to support many educational events, workshops and seminars that cover a wide range of topics and serve anywhere from 10 to more than 200 people. Teaching elders, commissioned pastors and lay leaders all benefit from lifelong learning events. Details are available at "Lifelong Learning Events."
 
Holy Land tour planned
for potential tour leaders
Bright Stars of Bethlehem, an ecumenical non-profit organization that encourages understanding of and support for Palestinian people living in the Holy Land,  bright stars of bethlehem is sponsoring a Holy Land discovery tour for group tour leaders in January.  This trip is organized by group travel directors, and is designed for pastors or other church group leaders who anticipate leading a first-time tour to the Holy Land. The trip is intended to give a glimpse into the kind of itinerary visits possible for congregational and Christian education groups to witness the historical roots of the Christian faith, and to learn about the work of Christians in Palestine. Details can be found in a brochure at "Holy Land Tour for Tour Leaders."
 
Presbyterian Women plan national gathering in August
Women gathering The church-wide gathering of Presbyterian Women is planned Aug. 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the theme "Arise, shine, your light has come!" Participants will engage in workshops, tours, forums and resource gathering, plenary sessions, worship and more. Information about the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope planned
in St. Louis in September
Stewardship Kaleidoscope This year's Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference offering speakers, workshops and networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity, is planned Sept. 24-26 in St. Louis. Diana Butler Bass, an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker, and Chick Lane, pastor for stewardship and generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota, will be the keynote speakers. Details about the conference can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope."
 
Loan assistance program is available to help those with educational debt
Financial Aid for Service is partnering with other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices to provide debt assistance to members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) serving Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  loan assistance organizations. The assistance program is available to lay members, commissioned ruling elders/commissioned pastors seeking credentials for ordered ministry, and candidates certified ready to receive a call. Participants may receive up to $250 of assistance with student loan payments for up to 12 months while the applicant is in service. Commissioned ruling elders seeking credentials for ordered ministry and candidates certified ready to receive a call will have the opportunity to reapply up to two times. Complete details are at "Loan Assistance Program."
Service opportunities ...
 
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington is seeking a second child care professional to work in its nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position. The nursery is a vital part of the church's ministry and hospitality during worship. Those interested are invited to contact Mary Kook at mkoon@oakgrv.org or 952.888.4621, or Iris Karow at ikwilt@msn.com by June 24. Additional details are at "Child Care Professional."
News of the wider church  

 

Jimmie Hawkins arrested in Poor
People's Campaign demonstration
Police in Washington, D.C., took the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins and other faith leaders into custody on  poor people campaign Monday afternoon during a demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court building. Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Office of Public Witness, was taking part in the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival. Standing under a banner that read "Everybody's Got a Right to Live," the group joined participants in nonviolent demonstrations in 40 state capitals around the country. The 40-day campaign focuses on a different topic each week. This week's focus is on living wages, jobs, income and housing. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Hawkins Arrested."
 
Mid Councils committee will consider request for administrative commission
A request to establish an administrative commission "to address disorder in the Synod of the Covenant" is one of the items that will be on the agenda of  General Assembly 223 Assembly Committee 5 (Mid Councils) when the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets next week in St. Louis. That request, from the Presbytery of Cincinnati, has been met with a response from the Synod of the Covenant (item 05-06) that calls on the General Assembly to reject the Cincinnati overture "because the synod can demonstrate that it asserts false claims and misleading conclusions based on misinformation." The presbytery's overture (05-03) alleges the following synod failures: to "determine a satisfactory method to fulfill the principles of participation and representation ... in proposed amendments to the bylaws of the synod"; to "adequately support the ministry and mission of its presbyteries"; to "adequately facilitate communication with and among its presbyteries"; and to "adequately exercise pastoral care among its presbyteries." The complete story by Duane Sweep for the General Assembly News can be found at "Mid Councils."
 
PC(USA) walkers for 'fossil free
world' heading to St. Louis
Despite some heat, a few blisters and at least one case of poison ivy, participants in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Walk for a Fossil Free World are encouraged as they enter the final days of their trek to St. Louis. Fossil Free PCUSA The walk, a joint project of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Fossil Free PCUSA, began June 1 at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville. It ends June 16 at the start of the 223rd General Assembly."It's been really good. We reached the 100-mile mark last Friday and we're feeling it in our bodies, but we are also feeling it in our hearts," said the Rev. Abby Mohaupt, moderator of Fossil Free PCUSA. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Fossil Free World."
 
PC(USA) will commemorate
World Refugee Day next week
As the United States debates the moral and legal ramifications of federal raids on illegal immigrants, the United Nations Refugee Agency will  world refugee day commemorate World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20. The event began in 2000 to raise awareness on the global responsibility for refugees. While the global recognition is less than 20 years old, the integration of immigrants and refugees into U.S. society has been a part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) platform for decades. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "World Refugee Day."
 

Emerge June 8, 2018

 
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June 8, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Can a simple gift card change a life?
-- a Presbytery story
In January, PTCA teaching elder Dean Seal (on behalf of the Committee on Ethics) addressed the Presbytery with a simple challenge: collect a $10 Cub gift card. Or 20. For women in need.
Cub gift card
Seal said, "Too often, single-moms, especially, are faced with terrible choices. To purchase food for hungry children often means there is nothing left for hygiene or other essential personal needs. It's these kind of unmet human necessities like food, basic toiletries and electricity for themselves and their families that will drive women into the street trade. Something as simple as a Cub card is one way we can help to begin to change that narrative."
 
For Lois Glewwe, chair of finance and the financial secretary for First Presbyterian Church in South Saint Paul, that challenge resonated: it was simple, straight-forward, and do-able, the kind of challenge to which, she said, "people will respond." And it would make a direct impact on the lives of people.
 
The complete story can be found at "More than a Gift Card."
 
Ordination exam readers
sought in presbytery
It is that time of year when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area needs to elect ordination exam readers for the 2018-2019 cycle. The presbytery will evaluate exams the weeks of Feb. 4-8 and May 6-10.
Ordination exams  
The presbytery has been asked to provide three ruling elders, three teaching elders and one alternate reader.
 
In the week before reading exams, readers will review general materials about the reading process and resources specific to the exam area they will evaluate. During the weeklong review period, readers will commit 10 to 12 hours for evaluating exams.
 
Reader training and exam evaluation are done online. Reliable internet access and basic familiarity with website utilization is required.
 
Those interested in being a reader or those who have questions about being a reader are invited to contact the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com.
 
Women in presbytery
invited to potluck June 26
Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area "had a wonderful gathering in April and want to keep the conversation going," according to a note from the Rev. Heidi Bolt. Bolt and the Rev. Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women in the presbytery to a potluck at the Craven home on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive, Eagan, Minnesota. RSVPs are requested to Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
Boundaries 1 The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for all teaching elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Making connections
 
Jeff Japinga By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
As Presbyterians, we say we are a connectional church.
 
Being connectional has what seems, today at least, like a checkered place in our life together: occasionally useful, to be sure, but mostly ancillary to your most important ministry work, and at times even seeming to get in the way. At its best, connectionalism is God's reign lived out in its very best ways, a gathering of people from the ends of the earth in common praise and ministry. At its worst, words that fly when the church's connectionalism is questioned - words like schism, heresy, orthodoxy, secession, dissenters, apostates - tend to fan the flames of separation, not connectionalism at all.
 
Someday, I may parse that previous paragraph in a different Jottings, maybe four or five Jottings. For today, I want to emphasize and point you toward a key element of our connectional system, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Now held every other year, the 223rd General Assembly convenes next Saturday, June 16, in St. Louis, with representatives (commissioners) from all 173 Presbyteries. This year, the PTCA is sending as its commissioners teaching elders Barbara Anne Keely and David Parker; and ruling elders Walter Rockenstein (also our current Presbytery moderator) and Phil Romine. Janimah Igwacho is our young adult advisory delegate. Stated clerk Barbara Lutter and I will be there as well, and I expect to see any number of PTCA friends and observers.
 
I encourage you to give some attention to what happens in St. Louis.
 
The complete Jottings are at "The Connectional Church."
Around the presbytery   
 
Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life Apple Valley scheduled June 25-29
Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley is planning Kids Camp early in the summer season -- the week of June 25-29. Open to all area children, the week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5 and from 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist. The complete announcement is at "Kids Camp."
 
St. Paul Interfaith Network
notes next sacred-site tour

St Paul Interfaith The St. Paul Interfaith Network has scheduled another tour of Dakota sacred sites Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours center around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers." The tour stops include Fort Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground. The tours provide history from the American Indian perspective. Details can be found at "Sacred Sites."

 
Addiction, faith conference planned
in September in Bloomington
addiction faith An addiction and faith conference, designed to help congregations, clergy and care givers address the opioid addiction crisis, is planned Sept. 28-30 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The conference features keynoters Nadia Bolz-Weber, Omar Manegwala and Anne Wilson Shaef. Details about the conference can be found at "Addiction and Faith."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Applications accepted for Presbyterian
Women's 2019 USA Mission Experience
Presbyterian Women logo A group of Presbyterian women will travel to the Finger Lakes Region of New York in July 2019 for the fifth USA Mission Experience. They will explore the history that Presbyterian women have in the women's and civil rights movements, and will also have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and about some of the issues that confront the people of the Finger Lakes Region, including migrant workers and Native Americans. Applications to participate are being accepted until Aug. 15. Details are available at "2019 USA Mission Experience."
 
Applications being accepted for OPSF
Lifelong Learning Program Grants
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is accepting applications through Aug. 15 for its Lifelong Learning Program Grant program. Through the years, the Foundation has provided more than $1 million to support many educational events, workshops and seminars that cover a wide range of topics and serve anywhere from 10 to more than 200 people. Teaching elders, commissioned pastors and lay leaders all benefit from lifelong learning events. Details are available at "Lifelong Learning Events."
 
Holy Land tour planned
for potential tour leaders
bright stars of bethlehem Bright Stars of Bethlehem, an ecumenical non-profit organization that encourages understanding of and support for Palestinian people living in the Holy Land, is sponsoring a Holy Land discovery tour for group tour leaders in January.  This trip is organized by group travel directors, and is designed for pastors or other church group leaders who anticipate leading a first-time tour to the Holy Land. The trip is intended to give a glimpse into the kind of itinerary visits possible for congregational and Christian education groups to witness the historical roots of the Christian faith, and to learn about the work of Christians in Palestine. Details can be found in a brochure at "Holy Land Tour for Tour Leaders."
 
'Friends, Neighbors Day,' 'Lake2Lake
Bike Tour' set at Clearwater
July 14 will be a busy day at Clearwater Forest. The Presbyterian camp and conference center near Deerwood is celebrating its annual Friends and Neighbors Day and lake2lake it will also be host to its "Lake2Lake Scenic Bike Tour" to raise money to benefit Clearwater Forest camper scholarships. The bike tour features 50-, 30- or 8-mile rides. Those who aren't riding can sponsor a rider. Throughout the day Clearwater Forest will be offering tours of the grounds and buildings, games and activities, and even the opportunity to take part in sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, high-ropes, and the "bouldering wall." The complete announcement about Friends and Neighbors Day can be found at "A Day at Clearwater." Details about the bike tour are at "Lake2Lake."
 
Wild Goose Festival planned
in July in North Carolina
wild goose The Wild Goose Festival, a music, art and story-driven transformational experience grounded in faith-inspired social justice, is planned July 12-15 in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The festival invites participants to grow together by co-creating art, music, story, theater and spectacle, and by engaging in robust and respectful conversation with each other and with thought leaders and artists. Details can be found at "Wild Goose Festival."
 
Synod School: Classes, worship, play,
family, friends, a whole lot more
2018 Synod School Those who are thinking about attending Synod School this summer should spend a little time looking through the midsummer ministry's catalog. This year more than 70 classes are offered in a wide variety of subjects. Celebrating its 65th year, Synod School typically draws more than 600 people to the week-long event of learning and personal enrichment on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. This year's event runs Sunday through Friday, July 22-27. The catalog, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Synod School."
 
Presbyterian Women plan
national gathering in August
Women gathering The church-wide gathering of Presbyterian Women is planned Aug. 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the theme "Arise, shine, your light has come!" Participants will engage in workshops, tours, forums and resource gathering, plenary sessions, worship and more. Information about the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope planned
in St. Louis in September
Stewardship Kaleidoscope This year's Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference offering speakers, workshops and networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity, is planned Sept. 24-26 in St. Louis. Diana Butler Bass, an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker, and Chick Lane, pastor for stewardship and generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota, will be the keynote speakers. Details about the conference can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope."
Memorial services 
 
There is a memorial service Friday, June 8, for the Rev. Roger Anderson at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina.
 
There is a memorial service Saturday, June 9, for the Rev. Harry Maghakian at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. MinnPost recently published this article on the Rev. Maghakian.
In search of ...
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is seeking a wheelchair in good condition and asking anyone who might have a wheelchair no longer in use to consider donating the wheelchair to the church. For information, contact the church at 651.738.0045.
News of the wider church  

 

Opening GA worship offering
to provide bail relief in St. Louis
Reclaiming the prophetic voice of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for social, racial, and economic justice, the 223rd General Assembly will take an unprecedented active role in addressing conditions in  Arch City St. Louis and other cities that devastate the poor and oppressed. The assembly meets June 16-23. The call for the PC(USA) to be a "Matthew 25 Church" was issued by the 222nd General Assembly two summers ago. General Assembly Stated Clerk, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, who was elected to the denomination's top post in 2016, has challenged the denomination to do more than just meet as committees and worship, but to also put our polity and statements and faith in action. "We don't want the Presbyterians to be simply another convention that comes to town, meets, spends some money, and then leaves without engaging the people and communities" says Stated Clerk Nelson. The complete story by the Office of the General Assembly's Jerry Van Marter can be found at "Making an Impact."
 
At GA223: Committee to consider denominational structure, future
The long and sometimes contentious work of three groups -- the Way Forward Commission, the All-Agency Review Committee and the 2020 Vision Team  General Assembly 223 -- will shape much of the debate and discernment The Way Forward Committee will undertake during the 223rd General Assembly, which meets June 16-23 in St. Louis. The first two groups recommend restructuring the denomination's A Corporation, the corporate structure of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). They also seek to strengthen the role of the stated clerk, who they say "speaks to and for the church in matters of faith and practice except as the General Assembly directs otherwise." They want the 2018 General Assembly to form a "Moving Forward Implementation Commission" to, among other tasks, ensure that GA actions on their reports are implemented. The complete story by Mike Ferguson for the General Assembly News can be found at "The Way Forward."
 
PC(USA) membership decline
PCUSA logo slows, does not stop
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continued to lose members in 2017, extending a pattern that has persisted since the mid-1960s. At the end of the year, church membership totaled 1,415,053, a decline of 67,714 members from 2016. At the same time, a five-year period of unprecedented losses neared an end as net membership losses returned to previous levels over the last 50-plus years. The larger losses between 2012 and 2016 were brought on by the dismissal of about 100 churches (and their members) each year to splinter denominations after the 2010 General Assembly voted to allow the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as church officers and the 2014 Assembly voted to allow same-gender marriage. The complete story by the Office of the General Assembly's Jerry Van Marter can be found at "Membership Decline."

Emerge May 25, 2018

 
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May 25, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Office Alert: Summer hours announced
During the summer months -- from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend -- the offices of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies will be closed on Fridays. We encourage you to call or visit us Monday through Thursday during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). If there is an urgent matter on Fridays or over the weekend, please contact executive presbyter Jeff Japinga on his mobile phone, 616.283.0621.
 
Ordination exam readers
sought in presbytery
It is that time of year when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area needs to elect ordination exam readers for the 2018-2019 cycle. The presbytery will evaluate exams the weeks of Feb. 4-8 and May 6-10.
 
Ordination exams The presbytery has been asked to provide three ruling elders, three teaching elders and one alternate reader.

In the week before reading exams, readers will review general materials about the reading process and resources specific to the exam area they will evaluate. During the weeklong review period, readers will commit 10 to 12 hours for evaluating exams.
 
Reader training and exam evaluation are done online. Reliable internet access and basic familiarity with website utilization is required.
 
Those interested in being a reader or those who have questions about being a reader are invited to contact the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com.
 
Women in presbytery
invited to potluck in June
Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area "had a wonderful gathering in April and want to keep the conversation going," according to a note from the Rev. Heidi Bolt. Bolt and the Rev. Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women in the presbytery to a potluck at the Craven home on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive, Eagan, Minnesota. RSVPs are requested to Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.
 
Jeff's Jottings
Do you hear what I hear?
 
Jeff Japinga By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.   Ecclesiastes 3: 1,7
 
Does it seem to you like it does to me, that these days, everybody's talking? Or maybe it's not everybody, but some subset of people who are talking all the time?
 
To be sure: our faith compels us to speak to issues of grace, mercy, humanity, and justice. Our moral standing as the church in the world comes through the clarity of the voice given us by the Spirit at Pentecost and a compelling vision to use it, in defending and supporting all God's children in all their challenges and opportunities.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Hearing What I Hear."
Around the presbytery   
 
Through Jimmy's Eyes exhibit
at South St. Paul featured on KARE11
Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan, an accomplished artist with complex autism whose work is on display at First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul, was featured recently in a segment by KARE-TV of Minneapolis. Reagan, who signs his work "Jimmy," is significantly influenced by van Gogh, Picasso and expressionism. A passion for color, texture and simplicity shows in his work in which he favors portraits of people and animals. He began creating art in his mid-teens as a way to illustrate his perspective of the world. His works have been exhibited and sold across the United States, and in Germany and Italy. Now his works are on display at the church through the end of May.
 
First Presbyterian in LeRoy plans
150th anniversary celebration
LeRoy church The 150th anniversary celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, Minnesota, is almost here. Planned Sunday, June 3, the celebration will include worship at 10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a special program at 1 p.m. Past pastors and members will be attending the celebration. Plans are also in the works for an alumni choir. Those who plan to attend the lunch are asked to inform the church at 507.324.5826. A free-will donation is being accepted for the meal.
 
Arlington Hills Presbyterian alums
Arlington Potluck set reunion potluck June 3
Former members of Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church are planning an reunion potluck gathering Sunday, June 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, side dish, casserole or dessert; sandwiches and beverages will be provided. The announcement can be found at "Reunion Potluck."
 
Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
scheduled June 25-29
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley is planning Kids Camp early in the summer season -- the week of June 25-29. Open to all area children, the week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5 and from 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist. The complete announcement is at "Kids Camp."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

National APA conference
set next week in Minneapolis
admin personnel The national conference of the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes place Tuesday through Friday, May 29-June 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. Conference details can be found at "Administrative Personnel Association."
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
plans Puerto Rico webinar
presbyterian disaster assistance It has been eight months since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, and the recovery work continues. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been working with its partners on the island to provide financial assistance to churches and their congregations and plan for long-term recovery efforts. In an effort to keep congregations informed, PDA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT. The complete announcement, along with a link to register for the webinar, can be found at "Puerto Rico Webinar."
 
General Assembly News
will be available free to inbox
This year all Presbyterians (and others) can read the same daily newspaper that is available to those attending the 223rd General Assembly of the  GA news Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, June 16-23. The General Assembly News, a printed newspaper distributed at the biennial gathering, will be available through a free e-mail subscription. E-subscribers will receive the identical electronic version in their ep-mail inbox. The newspaper will be published daily from June 16-23. "We hear repeatedly from Presbyterians around the country who cannot attend the General Assembly that they would love to be able to read The General Assembly News," said Jerry Van Marter, interim director of communications for the Office of the General Assembly. The complete announcement, along with a link to subscribe, can be found at "The General Assembly News."
 
Washington Island Forum planned
next month in Wisconsin
anna carter florence The 2018 Washington Island Forum, a 40-year tradition sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine, features Anna Carter Florence, a former convocation speaker at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' Synod School, as its primary speaker. Florence, who will speak on the theme, "Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture," is professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  The Forum takes place Monday through Friday, June 25-29, on Washington Island, just north of Door County, Wisconsin. Details are at "Washington Island Forum."
 
Applications now accepted for Native American Leadership Fund awards
One-time awards for Native American leadership development are available in 2018 through the Native American Leadership Fund, created by action of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. The designated funds are to be used for education or leadership development of Native American Presbyterian leaders or in Native American Presbyterian organizations and communities. Tim McCallister, Associate for Mission Program Grants & Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, said, "These grants are being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to encourage pioneers, risk-takers and trailblazers." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gail Strange is available at "Native American Leadership." 
 
Synod School: Classes, worship, play,
family, friends, a whole lot more
2018 Synod School Those who are thinking about attending Synod School this summer should spend a little time looking through the midsummer ministry's catalog. Classes, more than 70, range from "God's Promises: The Horizon's Bible Study" to "Doctrine of Discovery: Why do we say Columbus discovered America?" and from "Christmas Carols: The True Story" to fake news in "The Coming of the Internet and the Loss of Everything Else." And that, of course, is an abbreviated sample. Celebrating its 65th year, Synod School typically draws more than 600 people to the weeklong event of learning and personal enrichment on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. This year's event runs Sunday through Friday, July 22-27. The catalog, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Synod School."
 
Presbyterian Women make
plans for national gathering 
Women gathering The church-wide gathering of Presbyterian Women is planned Aug. 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the theme "Arise, shine, your light has come!" Participants will engage in workshops, tours, forums and resource gathering, plenary sessions, worship and more. Information about the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
 
Addiction, faith conference planned
in September in Bloomington
addiction faith An addiction and faith conference, designed to help congregations, clergy and care givers address the opioid addiction crisis, is planned Sept. 28-30 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The conference features keynoters Nadia Bolz-Weber, Omar Manegwala and Anne Wilson Shaef. Details about the conference can be found at "Addiction and Faith."
In memoriam ...
 
The Rev. Judith Strausz Clement, who served several churches in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, died May 14. A memorial service is planned June 10 at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
To give away ...
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury has blue Presbyterian hymnals to give away. Those interested are invited to contact the church at 651.738.0045.
News of the wider churh  

 

'Hands & Feet' initiative will engage Presbyterians at General Assembly
If the apostle Paul had to cite an example of his words spoken to the Romans -- "We do not know what we hands feet ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans" -- all he would have to do was point to St. Louis on a map. It is there, in one of the nation's most racially segregated cities, where loud cries and wordless groans against racial injustice are being heard through the Hands & Feet initiative. The initiative invites Presbyterians to come to the host city to this summer's General Assembly to not just cast their votes in an air-conditioned convention room, but to also become part of the community, working with their hands, their feet and their hearts, for justice and peace. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck and Paula Frischknecht-Jackson can be found at "Hands and Feet."
 
Way Forward Commission strives to counsel the church on ongoing work
General Assembly 223 On May 22, the Way Forward Commission held its second-to-last meeting before the 2018 General Assembly convenes in St. Louis in June -- using most of that time to provide updates on its ongoing work, and a sense of how it will proceed in the time it has left. The commission, which has some power to act on its own, has already made its report and formal recommendations to the assembly. It can't add any new recommendations to that report now, said Mark Hostetter, a minister from New York who serves as the commission's moderator. The complete story by The Presbyterian Outlook's Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Way Forward Commission."
 

Emerge June 1, 2018

 
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June 1, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Women in presbytery
invited to potluck June 26
Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area "had a wonderful gathering in April and want to keep the conversation going," according to a note from the Rev. Heidi Bolt. Bolt and the Rev. Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women in the presbytery to a potluck at the Craven home on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive, Eagan, Minnesota. RSVPs are requested to Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.
 
'Friends, Neighbors Day,' 'Lake2Lake
Bike Tour' set at Clearwater
July 14 will be a busy day at Clearwater Forest. The Presbyterian camp and conference center near Deerwood is celebrating its annual Friends and Neighbors Day and it will also be host to its "Lake2Lake Scenic Bike Tour" lake2laketo raise money to benefit Clearwater Forest camper scholarships. The bike tour features 50-, 30- or 8-mile rides. Those who aren't riding can sponsor a rider. Throughout the day Clearwater Forest will be offering tours of the grounds and buildings, games and activities, and even the opportunity to take part in sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, high-ropes, and the "bouldering wall." The complete announcement about Friends and Neighbors Day can be found at "A Day at Clearwater." Details about the bike tour are at "Lake2Lake."
 
Ordination exam readers
sought in presbytery
It is that time of year when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area needs to elect ordination exam readers for the 2018-2019 cycle. The presbytery will evaluate exams the weeks of Feb. 4-8 and May 6-10.
 
Ordination exams The presbytery has been asked to provide three ruling elders, three teaching elders and one alternate reader.
In the week before reading exams, readers will review general materials about the reading process and resources specific to the exam area they will evaluate. During the weeklong review period, readers will commit 10 to 12 hours for evaluating exams.
 
Reader training and exam evaluation are done online. Reliable internet access and basic familiarity with website utilization is required.
 
Those interested in being a reader or those who have questions about being a reader are invited to contact the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com.
 
Jeff's Jottings
The shape of things to come
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
Jeff Japinga What do you do when your spouse is an hour later than you expected; when the dog, ever eager to play endless games, is content with the bone you brought him; when you decide the laundry and the dirty dishes and the steps that need vacuuming actually can wait; and you uncharacteristically give yourself the time and space just to sit and think.
 
What do you think about?
 
Last night, this happened to me. For 45 minutes, phone left inside, dog content at my feet, warm and heavy and quiet air broken by the occasional buzz of a mosquito or gnat, I simply sat and thought. And mostly, what I thought about was you. You, our congregations, and you, the leaders of our congregations. About the challenges in ministry you regularly report to me. About aging memberships and dwindling resources, and our crazy-upside-down world of injustice and meanness. About your insistence to bring good news, the Gospel, to the world. How hard that all is. And how fulfilling.
 
The complete Jottings are at "The Shape of Things to Come."
Around the presbytery   
 
Arlington Potluck Arlington Hills Presbyterian
reunion potluck is Sunday
Former members of Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church are planning an reunion potluck gathering Sunday, June 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, side dish, casserole or dessert; sandwiches and beverages will be provided. The announcement can be found at "Reunion Potluck."
 
First Presbyterian in LeRoy
celebrates 150th this Sunday
LeRoy church The 150th anniversary celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, Minnesota, is almost here. Planned Sunday, June 3, the celebration will include worship at 10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a special program at 1 p.m. Past pastors and members will be attending the celebration. Plans are also in the works for an alumni choir. Those who plan to attend the lunch are asked to inform the church at 507.324.5826. A free-will donation is being accepted for the meal.
 
Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
Spirit of Life Apple Valley scheduled June 25-29
Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley is planning Kids Camp early in the summer season -- the week of June 25-29. Open to all area children, the week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5 and from 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist. The complete announcement is at "Kids Camp."

Resources, conferences ... 

 

Registration runs through June 6
for 'Face-to-Face' sessions
Registration for Face-to-Face, a program that connects search committees, mid-council staff, and church professionals, is open now through June 6. The groups engage in conversation beyond the Personal Information Forms (PIFs) and the Ministry Information Forms (MIFs), discerning calls to vocation and ministry. Face-to-Face takes place Friday, June 15, through Tuesday, June 19, at General Assembly in St. Louis. Details and registration are at "Face-to-Face."
 
Applications now accepted for Native American Leadership Fund awards
One-time awards for Native American leadership development are available in 2018 through the Native American Leadership Fund, created by action of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. The designated funds are to be used for education or leadership development of Native American Presbyterian leaders or in Native American Presbyterian organizations and communities. Tim McCallister, Associate for Mission Program Grants & Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, said, "These grants are being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to encourage pioneers, risk-takers and trailblazers." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gail Strange is available at "Native American Leadership."
 
Options available for engaging
in 'just immigration'
Immigration Logo Immigration issues are a growing and continuing concern for Presbyterians. And there are a variety of resources to engage in the conversations and work around the social justice concerns of immigration. Presbyterians for Just Immigration note, "People of faith are joining together and calling for immigration reform and the full recognition of immigrants' rights. They are doing this, in big and small ways, because of a shared faith in Jesus Christ who spent his ministry at the margins of society and because of the call to remember that they were once strangers/immigrants in Egypt." Here are just a few of the ways to get started. A current issue of the newsletter is at "Just Immigration." The website dealing with immigration issues and including a number of resources is at "Immigration Ministries." And the sign-up page at "PFJI Sign-up."
 
Relationships, power: Reflections
NEXT new logo on community organizing
Participants in NEXT Church's Certificate in Community Organizing and Congregational Leadership offered five reflections on the theology of power and how organizing has impacted the way they do ministry. Those reflections can be found in a recent newsletter from NEXT Church at "Community Organizing."
 
Washington Island Forum
planned June 25-29 in Wisconsin
anna carter florence The 2018 Washington Island Forum, a 40-year tradition sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine, features Anna Carter Florence, a former convocation speaker at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' Synod School, as its primary speaker. Florence, who will speak on the theme, "Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture," is professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  The Forum takes place Monday through Friday, June 25-29, on Washington Island, just north of Door County, Wisconsin. Details are at "Washington Island Forum."
 
Wild Goose Festival planned
in July in North Carolina
wild goose The Wild Goose Festival, a music, art and story-driven transformational experience grounded in faith-inspired social justice, is planned July 12-15 in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The festival invites participants to grow together by co-creating art, music, story, theater and spectacle, and by engaging in robust and respectful conversation with each other and with thought leaders and artists. Details can be found at "Wild Goose Festival."
 
Synod School: Classes, worship, play,
family, friends, a whole lot more
2018 Synod School Those who are thinking about attending Synod School this summer should spend a little time looking through the midsummer ministry's catalog. This year more than 70 classes are offered in a wide variety of subjects. Celebrating its 65th year, Synod School typically draws more than 600 people to the weeklong event of learning and personal enrichment on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. This year's event runs Sunday through Friday, July 22-27. The catalog, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Synod School."
 
Women gathering Presbyterian Women plan national gathering
in August
The church-wide gathering of Presbyterian Women is planned Aug. 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the theme "Arise, shine, your light has come!" Participants will engage in workshops, tours, forums and resource gathering, plenary sessions, worship and more. Information about the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
 
Addiction, faith conference planned
in September in Bloomington
addiction faith An addiction and faith conference, designed to help congregations, clergy and care givers address the opioid addiction crisis, is planned Sept. 28-30 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The conference features keynoters Nadia Bolz-Weber, Omar Manegwala and Anne Wilson Shaef. Details about the conference can be found at "Addiction and Faith."
In search of ...
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is seeking a wheelchair in good condition and asking anyone who might have a wheelchair no longer in use to consider donating the wheelchair to the church. For information, contact the church at 651.738.0045.
News of the wider churh  

 

Increase in GA per capita rate scaled back
A request for a sizable increase in General Assembly per capita in 2019 and 2020 is being scaled back,  Office of General Assembly having encountered significant opposition at the grass roots of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for being more than congregations financially can bear. J. Herbert Nelson, stated clerk of the PC(USA), issued an announcement May 30 that he will recommend a reduction in the proposed per capita increase. Nelson said he will request a 10 percent increase in both 2019 and 2020 -- from $7.73 per member in 2018 to $8.50 in 2019 and $9.35 in 2020. The complete story by Leslie Scanlon of The Presbyterian Outlook can be found at "Scaling Back."
 
Discerning: How decisions
get made at General Assembly
Jerry Van Marter, longtime coordinator of the Presbyterian News Service and now filling in as the communications director in the Office of the General  General Assembly 223 Assembly, wrote a piece for Presbyterians Today magazine regarding General Assemblies. He writes, "This summer's 223rd General Assembly will be my 41st. My first was in Portland, Oregon, in 1967 when, as a college student and cradle Presbyterian, I wanted to see firsthand the debate on the Confession of 1967. Since then, I have missed very few General Assemblies. Yes, I am a 'GA junkie.' But why am I a GA junkie? The Book of Order, G-3.0501, speaks for me: 'The General Assembly constitutes the bond of union, community and mission among all its congregations and councils, to the end that the whole church becomes a community of faith, hope, love and witness.'" Van Marter's complete column is at "Discerning at General Assembly."
 
Synod hears presentation on church vitality, plans to keep per capita steady
When the Synod of Lakes and Prairies met several weeks ago, commissioners heard the synod's Program Coordination Committee suggest no per capita  hardwick increase for 2019, and they listened to Chip Hardwick speak about faithfulness and sustainability. Hardwick, who spent six years in the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) finally as director of theology, formation and evangelism, said churches need to balance sustainability with faithfulness. Regarding per capita, the synod's share this year is $5.40, a figure that will stay the same for 2019 if the synod accepts at its meeting this fall the recommendation of its Program Coordination Committee. A recap of the synod meeting can be found at "Synod Summary."
 
Teen offers perspective on gun control
In 2016, when I was 12 years old, I read an article about a boy half my age named King Carter who was  Presbyterians Today magazine gunned down less than a mile from my home in Miami Shores, Florida. King was walking to a convenience store to buy candy when he was killed in the crossfire between two drug-dealing gangs. After reading about his tragic story, I didn't understand why he had to die. I wrote a letter to Sen. Bill Nelson, asking him to do something to stop the bloodshed in his state of Florida. While my focus was on the unimaginable death of a child, I also asked Nelson to support banning AR-15-style assault rifles because they were the weapon of choice for so many mass shootings. The complete column by Andrew Weaver, which was published in Presbyterians Today magazine, can be found at "Teen Speaks Out."
 

Emerge May 25, 2018

 
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May 25, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Office Alert: Summer hours announced
During the summer months -- from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend -- the offices of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies will be closed on Fridays. We encourage you to call or visit us Monday through Thursday during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). If there is an urgent matter on Fridays or over the weekend, please contact executive presbyter Jeff Japinga on his mobile phone, 616.283.0621.
 
Ordination exam readers
sought in presbytery
It is that time of year when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area needs to elect ordination exam readers for the 2018-2019 cycle. The presbytery will evaluate exams the weeks of Feb. 4-8 and May 6-10.
 
Ordination exams The presbytery has been asked to provide three ruling elders, three teaching elders and one alternate reader.

In the week before reading exams, readers will review general materials about the reading process and resources specific to the exam area they will evaluate. During the weeklong review period, readers will commit 10 to 12 hours for evaluating exams.
 
Reader training and exam evaluation are done online. Reliable internet access and basic familiarity with website utilization is required.
 
Those interested in being a reader or those who have questions about being a reader are invited to contact the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com.
 
Women in presbytery
invited to potluck in June
Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area "had a wonderful gathering in April and want to keep the conversation going," according to a note from the Rev. Heidi Bolt. Bolt and the Rev. Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women in the presbytery to a potluck at the Craven home on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive, Eagan, Minnesota. RSVPs are requested to Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.
 
Jeff's Jottings
Do you hear what I hear?
 
Jeff Japinga By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.   Ecclesiastes 3: 1,7
 
Does it seem to you like it does to me, that these days, everybody's talking? Or maybe it's not everybody, but some subset of people who are talking all the time?
 
To be sure: our faith compels us to speak to issues of grace, mercy, humanity, and justice. Our moral standing as the church in the world comes through the clarity of the voice given us by the Spirit at Pentecost and a compelling vision to use it, in defending and supporting all God's children in all their challenges and opportunities.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Hearing What I Hear."
Around the presbytery   
 
Through Jimmy's Eyes exhibit
at South St. Paul featured on KARE11
Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan, an accomplished artist with complex autism whose work is on display at First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul, was featured recently in a segment by KARE-TV of Minneapolis. Reagan, who signs his work "Jimmy," is significantly influenced by van Gogh, Picasso and expressionism. A passion for color, texture and simplicity shows in his work in which he favors portraits of people and animals. He began creating art in his mid-teens as a way to illustrate his perspective of the world. His works have been exhibited and sold across the United States, and in Germany and Italy. Now his works are on display at the church through the end of May.
 
First Presbyterian in LeRoy plans
150th anniversary celebration
LeRoy church The 150th anniversary celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, Minnesota, is almost here. Planned Sunday, June 3, the celebration will include worship at 10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a special program at 1 p.m. Past pastors and members will be attending the celebration. Plans are also in the works for an alumni choir. Those who plan to attend the lunch are asked to inform the church at 507.324.5826. A free-will donation is being accepted for the meal.
 
Arlington Hills Presbyterian alums
Arlington Potluck set reunion potluck June 3
Former members of Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church are planning an reunion potluck gathering Sunday, June 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, side dish, casserole or dessert; sandwiches and beverages will be provided. The announcement can be found at "Reunion Potluck."
 
Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
scheduled June 25-29
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley is planning Kids Camp early in the summer season -- the week of June 25-29. Open to all area children, the week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5 and from 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist. The complete announcement is at "Kids Camp."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

National APA conference
set next week in Minneapolis
admin personnel The national conference of the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes place Tuesday through Friday, May 29-June 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. Conference details can be found at "Administrative Personnel Association."
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
plans Puerto Rico webinar
presbyterian disaster assistance It has been eight months since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, and the recovery work continues. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been working with its partners on the island to provide financial assistance to churches and their congregations and plan for long-term recovery efforts. In an effort to keep congregations informed, PDA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT. The complete announcement, along with a link to register for the webinar, can be found at "Puerto Rico Webinar."
 
General Assembly News
will be available free to inbox
This year all Presbyterians (and others) can read the same daily newspaper that is available to those attending the 223rd General Assembly of the  GA news Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, June 16-23. The General Assembly News, a printed newspaper distributed at the biennial gathering, will be available through a free e-mail subscription. E-subscribers will receive the identical electronic version in their ep-mail inbox. The newspaper will be published daily from June 16-23. "We hear repeatedly from Presbyterians around the country who cannot attend the General Assembly that they would love to be able to read The General Assembly News," said Jerry Van Marter, interim director of communications for the Office of the General Assembly. The complete announcement, along with a link to subscribe, can be found at "The General Assembly News."
 
Washington Island Forum planned
next month in Wisconsin
anna carter florence The 2018 Washington Island Forum, a 40-year tradition sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine, features Anna Carter Florence, a former convocation speaker at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' Synod School, as its primary speaker. Florence, who will speak on the theme, "Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture," is professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  The Forum takes place Monday through Friday, June 25-29, on Washington Island, just north of Door County, Wisconsin. Details are at "Washington Island Forum."
 
Applications now accepted for Native American Leadership Fund awards
One-time awards for Native American leadership development are available in 2018 through the Native American Leadership Fund, created by action of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. The designated funds are to be used for education or leadership development of Native American Presbyterian leaders or in Native American Presbyterian organizations and communities. Tim McCallister, Associate for Mission Program Grants & Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, said, "These grants are being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to encourage pioneers, risk-takers and trailblazers." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gail Strange is available at "Native American Leadership." 
 
Synod School: Classes, worship, play,
family, friends, a whole lot more
2018 Synod School Those who are thinking about attending Synod School this summer should spend a little time looking through the midsummer ministry's catalog. Classes, more than 70, range from "God's Promises: The Horizon's Bible Study" to "Doctrine of Discovery: Why do we say Columbus discovered America?" and from "Christmas Carols: The True Story" to fake news in "The Coming of the Internet and the Loss of Everything Else." And that, of course, is an abbreviated sample. Celebrating its 65th year, Synod School typically draws more than 600 people to the weeklong event of learning and personal enrichment on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. This year's event runs Sunday through Friday, July 22-27. The catalog, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Synod School."
 
Presbyterian Women make
plans for national gathering 
Women gathering The church-wide gathering of Presbyterian Women is planned Aug. 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the theme "Arise, shine, your light has come!" Participants will engage in workshops, tours, forums and resource gathering, plenary sessions, worship and more. Information about the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
 
Addiction, faith conference planned
in September in Bloomington
addiction faith An addiction and faith conference, designed to help congregations, clergy and care givers address the opioid addiction crisis, is planned Sept. 28-30 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The conference features keynoters Nadia Bolz-Weber, Omar Manegwala and Anne Wilson Shaef. Details about the conference can be found at "Addiction and Faith."
In memoriam ...
 
The Rev. Judith Strausz Clement, who served several churches in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, died May 14. A memorial service is planned June 10 at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
To give away ...
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury has blue Presbyterian hymnals to give away. Those interested are invited to contact the church at 651.738.0045.
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'Hands & Feet' initiative will engage Presbyterians at General Assembly
If the apostle Paul had to cite an example of his words spoken to the Romans -- "We do not know what we hands feet ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans" -- all he would have to do was point to St. Louis on a map. It is there, in one of the nation's most racially segregated cities, where loud cries and wordless groans against racial injustice are being heard through the Hands & Feet initiative. The initiative invites Presbyterians to come to the host city to this summer's General Assembly to not just cast their votes in an air-conditioned convention room, but to also become part of the community, working with their hands, their feet and their hearts, for justice and peace. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck and Paula Frischknecht-Jackson can be found at "Hands and Feet."
 
Way Forward Commission strives to counsel the church on ongoing work
General Assembly 223 On May 22, the Way Forward Commission held its second-to-last meeting before the 2018 General Assembly convenes in St. Louis in June -- using most of that time to provide updates on its ongoing work, and a sense of how it will proceed in the time it has left. The commission, which has some power to act on its own, has already made its report and formal recommendations to the assembly. It can't add any new recommendations to that report now, said Mark Hostetter, a minister from New York who serves as the commission's moderator. The complete story by The Presbyterian Outlook's Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Way Forward Commission."
 

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