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 Newsletter, Nov. 30, 2018

 
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November 30, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Scholarships are available
for 2019 NEXT Church gathering
The Committee on Congregational Vitality of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is providing up to NEXT new logofive $500 scholarships for those attending the 2019 Next Church gathering March 11-13 in Seattle. By Dec.  15, those who plan to attend should submit a letter of application to the presbytery explaining why they plan to attend the conference. The committee will review the letters at its December meeting and notify scholarship recipients in early January. Up to five scholarships will be awarded, with a maximum of one scholarship per church. The committee is asking those who attend the gathering to prepare a report for the May presbytery meeting.Letters should be sent to the presbytery office, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122. Digital letters may be sent to office@ptcaweb.org.
 
Benjamin Masters will
be ordained in New York
Benjamin Masters, a candidate under the care of the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, will be ordained on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. by the Presbytery of Geneva in upstate New York. Benjamin has accepted the call of First Presbyterian Church, Hector, New York, and Lodi Presbyterian Church, Lodi, New York, to be their pastor.
 
As a Presbytery, we offer our prayers and best wishes to Ben at this time of affirmation of his calling as a minister of Word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). And we offer our deepest thanks to our own Committee on Preparation for the Ministry, co-chaired by Lisa Johnson and Luke Roske-Metcalfe, for their faithful accompaniment of Ben in his discernment and preparation for this ministry.
 
Congregational Development Grant applications are now available
Congregations interested in expanding mission and ministry can apply for up to $20,000 through the Presbytery LogoCongregational Development Grant program of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The presbytery anticipates that use of these funds will result in revitalized congregations, new forms of ministry in the presbytery, healthy partnerships, and most importantly, changed lives. Applications will be accepted beginning in January. The deadline for applications is March 1. Additional information and the application form are available at "Congregational Vitality."
 
Jeff's Jottings
A time of waiting and wonder
 
Jeff JapingaBy Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
Here we are, again, at the cusp of this annual time of waiting and wonder we know as Advent. Every year, each like the one before it, Advent challenges us to balance the energy and frenetic pace of the Christmas season with the quietude our hearts and minds require in preparation for the coming of the Christ. To balance our love and commitment for others with our own self-care.
 
This year, more than any I remember, because of all that has gone on, I need that balance, deeply, for myself.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Waiting and Wonder."
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Westminster Austin Festival of Nativities takes place today, tomorrow
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Austin, Minnesota, is conducting its Festival of the Nativities today and tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, presenting outreach to its community by bringing focus to the birth of Christ. The festival runs 4 to 8 p.m. each day. The event is non-denominational, intergenerational and free for everyone. The festival features lighted displays of nativities, vocal and instrumental Christmas music, children's activities, and refreshments. Details can be found at "Festival of the Nativities."
 
Boundaries training scheduled Jan. 14; online registration available
Level I boundaries training is planned Monday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church Boundaries 1in 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. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
Resources, conferences ...
 
Minnesota Valleys slates training
events for church, community leaders
The Rev. Samuel Son, manager for diversity and reconciliation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, samuel sonwill be the speaker for the first in a series of training events planned by the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys that run January through May. The first event is titled "Hopeful Conversations About Human to Human Relationships: Moving beyond hatemongering, fear, scarcity and miseducation" and takes place Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the presbytery office, 4055 Abbott Drive, Willmar. The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. will equip participants to return to their communities with enhanced listening attitudes, equipped to enhance relationships in diverse communities. Additional details about this event and upcoming training sessions can be found at "Training Events."
 
Monmouth College offers free,
2-week program for high schoolers
Monmouth College, a Presbyterian-related college in Monmouth, Illinois, offers a unique, two-week, summer program for high school students. And it's monmouth collegefree. It's called Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth, and the upcoming program, concentrating on hunger and poverty issues, has the theme, "A Place at the Table: Thinking Theologically about Hunger and Poverty." The Rev. Jessica Hawkinson, Monmouth's chaplain and director of the program, describes the program as "wonderful - and free!," adding that it "gives high school students from around the country a chance to immerse themselves in big theological questions." This year's program runs June 16-30. Details can be found at "Thinking Theologically about Hunger and Poverty."
 
Advent resources help worshipers
enter a time of yearning
advent-candles-header.jpgThe season of Advent, which begins on Sunday, Dec. 2, is often misunderstood. Before Thanksgiving is even finished, people are inundated with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Within this consumer culture, it's easy to confuse the season of Advent with the number of shopping days until Dec. 25. "In Christian tradition, Advent challenges us to think about time in a much deeper way," said the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) "Advent asks us: What are we really waiting and hoping for?" The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck, along with links to Advent resources, can be found at "Season of Advent."
 
1001 initiative offers leadership
assessments in Los Angeles, Kansas City
Is God calling you to start a new worshiping community? In what ways will you need to grow personally, spiritually and professionally to flourish as  1001 New worshipinga leader of a new worshiping community?  There's a way to find out through assessments offered through the 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Scheduled over four days, the assessments offer the opportunity to spend time with a group of peers who are also in the discernment stage of starting a new worshiping community as well as with staff who have extensive experience in starting or supporting entrepreneurial ministries. Assessments are currently scheduled Feb. 19-22 in Los Angeles and May 28-31 Kansas City, Missouri. Registration is underway and details are at "Discernment Sessions."
 
Ecumenical Advocacy Days planned
in early April in Washington, DC
The website of Ecumenical Advocacy Days notes, "The history of engaging in "good trouble" is embedded in our faith tradition and our history as a nation and in Advocacy weekendthe world. In the Bible, we read stories of the midwives who resisted Pharaoh and preserved the lives of Hebrew baby boys. We see Moses challenging the authority of Pharaoh, and Jesus overturn tables run by money changers." In the spring, Ecumenical Advocacy Days will draw on the "good trouble" pioneers from the civil rights era and inspiration from young leaders. The event is planned April 5-8 in Washington, D.C. Details can be found at "Good Trouble."
 
Youth Triennium launches registration
for next summer's event
2019 Youth PYTRegistration for the largest event in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) -- the Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019 -- is now open for local registrars. While hundreds of volunteer PYT registrars throughout the PC(USA) and Cumberland Presbyterian Church have been planning, recruiting and raising funds, the national team is testing new digital forms and running "ghost" registrations to identify any problems. "We're currently shoring up the foundation of this mega event," says PYT Director Gina Yeager-Buckley. "We're closer to the date [in July] when thousands of anxious but curious and excited young Presbyterians will arrive by bus or plane to Purdue University." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Youth Triennium."
 
BOP: Lower Fidelity fees
mean more RSP savings
Fidelity Investments, the record keeper for the retirement savings plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), recently announced reduced expenses on Board of Pensionsmost of its stock and bond index funds, and a consolidation of index fund classes that allows for one, low-cost fund choice. The announcement is one of several stories of interest to members of the Board of Pensions retirement savings plan that are in the most recent edition of the Board Connections newsletter. Additional details about the fee reduction and fund consolidation can be found in a Fidelity document at "Frequently Asked Questions." The complete Board of Pensions newsletter is at "Connections."
Service opportunities ...
 
Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington is searching for a part-time (20 to 30 hours per week) youth and young adult ministries coordinator. The complete job description can be found at "Youth and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator." Applications should be sent to Anne Klueh at astklueh@yahoo.com
 
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is seeking a financial services associate. The synod is seeking a diverse pool of qualified applicants with strong technical and interpersonal skills to provide administrative and financial operating support, under the leadership of the director of financial services, for business office operations, bookkeeping and accounting procedures, and records management. The application deadline is Dec. 7. The complete position description can be found at "Financial Services Associate."
 
Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin, is currently looking for an interim associate pastor to provide continuity with its deacons, adult education, and mission and outreach ministries.  This is a temporary role for the purpose of bridging the time until the congregation's pastor nominating committee finds a new senior pastor, and the congregation begins a search for an installed associate pastor.  It is not required that this pastor be specifically trained in transitional work.  The complete position description can be found at "Interim Associate Pastor." Resumes or PIFs can be sent to careers@crossroadspres.org.  Applications should include any links or clips of relevant sermons or other recordings.
News of the wider church  

 

PDA responds to needs following
natural, human-caused disasters
presbyterian disaster assistancePresbyterian Disaster Assistance uses terms like "unprecedented" and "all-encompassing" when referring to the destructive fires of northern and southern California -- especially the Camp Fire that destroyed much of Paradise, California. Fires in southern California ignited just a day after a gunman killed 12 people at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks. "It is unusual for a wildfire to have such an all-encompassing effect on human habitation," said the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA director. "The concern is that if rains come afterwards, we are looking at mudslides." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "California Disasters."
 
National Climate Assessment
identifies dozens of challenges
The report is ominous -- declining economy, including a possible downturn in tourism,  threats to water, agriculture, infrastructure and health, and a half-dozen other potential near-term calamities. Released recently by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Fourth National Climate Assessment summarizes 12 significant threats posed by climate change, including to communities, essential services, indigenous peoples, ecosystems, and oceans and coasts. While the impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country, future climate change is expected to "further disrupt many areas of life, exacerbating existing challenges to prosperity posed by aging and deteriorating infrastructure, stressed ecosystems and economic inequality," the report states. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "Climate Assessment."
 
 
 

EMerge November 16, 2018

 
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November 16, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
November meeting takes place
at new time; work of many noted
Wow!
No break!
Witness to faith!
A lot of business!
 
Thank you all for coming!
 
That's a one, two, three, four, and five-word summary of the Nov. 13 meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Following is the longer summary.
 
The Presbytery met at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville at a new (and experimental) time, 2 p.m. The Presbytery will be seeking to measure the impact of that time in the weeks to come. The eyeball test, however, showed a strong and diverse attendance from across the Presbytery, with a higher turnout of teaching elders than ruling elders.
 
The complete meeting summary is at "November Meeting."
 
Congregational Development Grant applications are now available
Congregations interested in expanding mission and ministry can apply for up to $20,000 through the Congregational Development Grant program of the Presbytery LogoPresbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The presbytery anticipates that use of these funds will result in revitalized congregations, new forms of ministry in the presbytery, healthy partnerships, and most importantly, changed lives. Applications will be accepted beginning in January. The deadline for applications is March 1. Additional information and the application form are available at "Congregational Vitality."
 
Scholarships are available
for 2019 NEXT Church gathering
The Committee on Congregational Vitality of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is providing up to five $500 scholarships for those attending the 2019 Next Church gathering March 11-13 in Seattle. By Dec.  NEXT Church15, those who plan to attend should submit a letter of application to the presbytery explaining why they plan to attend the conference. The committee will review the letters at its December meeting and notify scholarship recipients in early January. Up to five scholarships will be awarded, with a maximum of one scholarship per church. The committee is asking those who attend the gathering to prepare a report for the May presbytery meeting.Letters should be sent to the presbytery office, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122. Digital letters may be sent to office@ptcaweb.org.
 
Jeff's Jottings
This Is It! (Mallory, Part IV)
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
Jeff JapingaFor a while, Mallory wondered if she'd simply misread that strange sense inside of her -- that sense of longing for something she could actually believe in that could give her some stability and rootedness. Somewhere that could help her ask the pressing questions of her life? She'd thought that place could be church, a place she'd known in her past. But the church of the present hadn't seemed to quite live up to the longings she had.
 
So she'd tried a few places on a few Sunday mornings. Deep down, Mallory knew that these brief, episodic encounters probably weren't entirely fair to the church, but she wasn't quite sure how else to do it. Even what it meant to belong seemed to elude her, if only because so little in her life really was about belonging. A place to belong. A place for her to belong, and not some made-up version of herself that seemed acceptable.
 
She'd about given up, to be truthful, until she met Alisha at lunch one day.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Mallory's Search."
Around the presbytery   
 
Holiday Fair Trade Market set
Nov. 17-18 at New Life Presbyterian
Fair Trade Market New LifeChange lives; make the world a better place; find meaningful and unique gifts; and finish your Christmas shopping by Nov. 18. That's what New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville is offering with its Holiday Fair Trade Market that runs Nov. 17-18. The market features handcrafted fair-trade gifts and food items from all over the world, including jewelry, baskets, rugs, knit products, home decor, foods, crafts, and more. The market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Soup and snacks will be available. Details are in a flyer at "Holiday Fair Trade Market."
 
First of South St. Paul will celebrate
communion around art-filled table
First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul will celebrate communion Sunday, Nov. 25, around a table adorned with artwork from six months of collaboration with the Jewish Women Artists' Circleexploring the topic of community. Circle member Teapotartist Aimee Orkindesigned a tablecloth and asked artists to create a unique muslin placemat to form a border around the table. Artist Angela Heider created a ceramic teapot, and a cup for each artist, asking, "What fills your cup?" She then incorporated the responses into the teacups. The exhibit, that now includes the tablecloth, placemats, teapot and cups, closes at the end of November. It is available for viewing anytime during church hours and other times through appointment. The more complete story, including more photographs, is at "Collaborative Art."
 
Westminster Austin plans Festival
of Nativities Nov. 30, Dec. 1
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Austin, Minnesota, will conduct its Festival of the Nativities on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, presenting outreach to its community by bringing focus to the birth of Christ. The festival runs 4 to 8 p.m. each day. The event is non-denominational, intergenerational and free for everyone. The festival features lighted displays of nativities, vocal and instrumental Christmas music, children's activities, and refreshments. Details can be found at "Festival of the Nativities."
 
Boundaries training scheduled Jan. 14; online registration available
Level I boundaries training is planned Monday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is Boundaries 1required 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. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com. 
Resources, conferences ...
 
Regarding ruling elders: Letting God
Ruling Elder Resourcebe God in church
Joan Gray, who has served as a teaching elder in 12 congregation and also was the moderator of the 217th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), writes this month's installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a resource provided by the Office of the General Assembly. Gray writes, "The struggle to be in control is a kind of addiction that is part of our fallen human nature. Even the most passionate lovers of God must deal with layer upon layer of what spiritual writer, Thomas Merton, called the 'False Self.' This is the self that is always protecting and building up ourselves. It is part of our fallen nature to always be taking care of those systems, people and things that give us what we want, that make us feel comfortable and happy. When we stubbornly insist on our own way it is obvious that we are not centered on God." Gray's complete column is at "Letting God be God."
News of the wider church  

 

Office of Immigration Issues
visits U.S.-Mexico border
Immigration IssuesAsylum-seekers crossing the Santa Fe Bridge from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to El Paso, Texas, have gotten used to the long wait. What used to take hours for processing now takes days as Central Americans, in search of safety, find themselves camped out on the roadsides and the bridge itself. Amanda Craft and Teresa Waggener, with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Office of the General Assembly, recently returned from spending several days in El Paso, meeting with other migrant support groups and people along the border. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Immigration Processing." 
 
Princeton seminary report examines
its historical connection to slavery
Princeton seminaryWork on the Princeton Seminary and Slavery report began in the spring of 2016. The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes was in his third year as president and wanted to make more progress in seminary conversations on race. "Some thought race was an optional concern, for people of color," Barnes said. "Others didn't want the conversations to be too binary," expressing concern for Latino and Asian American students. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Slavery Connection."
 
PC(USA) stated clerk calls
for prayers for Cameroon
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is calling for prayers for the nation of Cameroon. Nelson writers, "I urgently call you to prayer for our J Herbert Nelsonpartners and friends in Cameroon, a nation still wrestling with the impact of past division by colonial powers into French-speaking and English-speaking regions. Concerns among English-speaking citizens that they are treated as second-class citizens in this majority French-speaking nation have spawned separatist movements. Clashes between separatists and government forces have left many dead." Nelson's complete statement can be found at "Prayers for Cameroon."
 
National, international church leaders urge engagement with political leaders
Representatives from the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches are urging faith groups to engage with their political leaders. Jim Winkler, president of the national council, and Dr. National Council ChurchesPeter Prove, executive director of the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, appeared Monday on "Coffee with the Clerk," a weekly Facebook Live broadcast with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Winkler and Prove joined Nelson in Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact of the recent election results and discuss the role of various faiths in the work on Capitol Hill. Prove and Winkler say efforts to speak with members of the Trump administration have not been easy. "Churches making up the national council have not had access to the highest levels of government these last couple of years," Winkler said. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Engaging Political Leaders."

Emerge Newsletter, Nov 2, 2018

 
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November 2, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Presbytery's next stated meeting
planned for Nov. 13 in Roseville
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will hold its next stated meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, Minnesota. Please note: this is a 2 p.m. meeting. Registration and fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m.; the meeting follows at 2 p.m.
 
The Presbytery will welcome the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office for Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who will help the presbytery imagine its call to a practice of inclusion and justice. (See the story below.)
 
There will be pre-Presbytery conversations beginning at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Hawkins and with Steve Robertson, Presbytery treasurer. The meeting will include examinations of Phillip Romine for ordination and Michael Ireland for commissioning as a commissioned ruling elder, and action on the 2019 budget and a proposed parental leave policy.
 
The complete meeting call is at "Presbytery Meeting."
 
Joining together for justice
How often do you hear someone say, I don't like what I see in the world. I'd like to be an advocate for change, for justice and peace. But what's one voice?
 
Jimmie HawkinsOne voice is powerful, when it's linked with other voices. And that's what we have a chance to do in November when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Office for Public Witness. Put these two dates on your calendar now, and continue to look for more information and specifics:
 
Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m.: The Presbytery, with the support of Westminster, Minneapolis, will host a public presentation on the work of the Office -- and how you and your congregation can partner in the "causing of holy trouble," in the words of a video on the Office for Public Witness website. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30. Bring your social justice committee or another group from your church, and meet your allies in this important work.
 
Tuesday afternoon, November 13: Meet Dr. Hawkins and ask him your individual questions prior to the 2 p.m. start of the Presbytery meeting. Then stay for the meeting, in which he will join the Presbytery's theme for the year, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world," by speaking on moving from a theology of inclusion and justice to the practice of inclusion and justice.
 
This will be a week immediately following the mid-term elections. What a perfect time to ask how you can join with others in the practice of inclusion and justice.
 
Together, let's continue to nurture thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world. 
 
Treasurer's discussion planned
before November meeting
Presbytery Treasurer Steve Robertson plans a church Treasurer's Discussion time from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. immediately prior to the Presbytery meeting on Nov. 13 at New Life Presbyterian Church.  This Treasurer's Discussion time is open to anyone: pastors, clerks of session, church treasurers, administrators, or commissioners.
 
Robertson will share news of how the Presbytery will work with and support congregations in the months ahead and will address some important year-end and new-year information about per capita, general mission giving, and church remittances and special offerings.  Everyone is invited to bring questions as well.
 
For more information, please contact Robertson at treasurer@ptcaweb.org or 612.655.7594.
 
Disability Concerns asks, 'Is your
church dementia friendly?'
Those of us who have been close to a person who is living with dementia know how devastating the disease can be. It may seem as though the person we dementiahave known is disappearing. Caregivers often experience frustration, feelings of helplessness, or despair. Referring to our aging population, someone has said that dementia, including Alzheimer's, is like a tsunami moving toward us. With that in mind, the Presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry (DCM) have chosen memory care for its focus for this program year. The DCM has prepared a packet of resources for every congregation in the Presbytery and those packets will be available at the DCM table at the November meeting of Presbytery. Among the resources included are "Ten Tips to Become a Dementia Friendly Church" from the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; "Communication" from the Alzheimer's Association; and "Even When I Forget, the Music Is Familiar" from Presbyterians for Disability Concerns, a network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The complete announcement can be found at "Disability Concerns Ministry."
 
Mission grant funding
is still available for 2018
Does your congregation have a mission project that needs $500 to $1,500 to complete before the end of 2018? If so, the presbytery's Mission and Witness Committee invites you to apply for a congregational mission grant. Applications can be found at "Mission and Witness." Session endorsement is required for all grant approvals. The deadline for receiving paperwork is Nov. 30. Question can be addressed to Brenda Alexander at bk.alexander@live.com before Nov. 16.
 
Boundaries training scheduled Nov. 12; online registration available
Boundaries 1The rescheduled Level I boundaries training is planned Monday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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. Online registration is available at "Boundaries Training." Another training session has been scheduled Jan. 14. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
 
Norman 'Bunko' Jay Japinga,
father of Jeff, died Thursday
Jeff Japinga DadNorman "Bunko" Jay Japinga, 88, of Holland, Michigan, died peacefully at Holland Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 1, surrounded by the love and care of his family. He was the father of Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter. Norm was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Holland, the second child of Martin and Marguerite (De Fouw) Japinga. Sometime in junior high, Norm acquired a new name. Bunko. No one is quite clear about its origin or meaning. Only that it stuck. He was a longtime employee of Hope College, retiring in 1995 after 27 years that included serving as athletic equipment manager and transportation director. He was a man of deep faith, a long-time member and deacon at Christ Memorial Reformed Church and more recently a member of Third Reformed Church. A complete obituary can be found at "Norman 'Bunko' Japinga." A complete announcement from Hope College is at "Recognized at Hope." 
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DOJ officials, JCRC plan community meeting in Apple Valley Nov. 5
department of justiceU.S. Department of Justice officials and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas are inviting members of the community to a meeting in response to the tragic shootings that took place last Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, Minnesota.The meeting will address federal hate crimes laws, identifying and reporting hate crimes, and best practices for creating safe and secure houses of worship. The complete e-mail invitation is at "Community Meeting."
 
Valley Community offers first
film of immigration series
Harvest of EmpireValley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley offers the first film in its "Immigration Film Series" this Sunday evening, Nov. 4., from 6 to 8 p.m. The first film, "Harvest of Empire," highlights the sacrifices and triumphs of the nation's growing Latino population. Subsequent films,  "Locked in a Box" and "Without Papers," are planned Jan. 20 and Feb. 24. The series is organized by Valley Community's Peace and Justice Team. Each event is free of charge, and a light snack will be available. Complete details of the series can be found in a brochure at "Immigration Film Series."
 
Holiday Fair Trade Market set
Nov. 17-18 at New Life Presbyterian
Fair Trade Market New LifeChange lives; make the world a better place; find meaningful and unique gifts; and finish your Christmas shopping by Nov. 18. That's what New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville is offering with its Holiday Fair Trade Market that runs Nov. 17-18. The market features handcrafted fair-trade gifts and food items from all over the world, including jewelry, baskets, rugs, knit products, home decor, foods, crafts, and more. The market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Soup and snacks will be available. Details are in a flyer at "Holiday Fair Trade Market."
Resources, conferences ...
 
Annual enrollment, chance for changes, election of benefits, is open
Board of PensionsAnnual enrollment -- participants' chance to make changes or elect benefits coverage for 2019 -- for the benefits plan of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is open until Nov. 16. Participants can log on to Benefits Connect to see choices and costs, and elect coverage for 2019. Even those who want to keep the coverage they have now, it is still important to take action to make sure they have the coverage they want effective Jan. 1. Additional resources can be found at "Annual Enrollment."
 
Webinar planned to equip
faith leaders in suicide prevention
The Presbyterian Outlook has planned a webinar Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. CST that will help faith Presbyterian Outlook Logoleaders, who are frequently the first contact for those considering suicide, talk about suicide from a theological and biblical perspective. The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is offering up to 10 scholarships for the webinar. Details, including information about applying for an OPSF scholarship, can be found at "Suicide Prevention Webinar."
 
MNCASA resource addresses sexual assault prevention steps for men
MNCASAThe Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault(MNCASA) has created a resource that aims to inspire and provide action for men to prevent sexual assault, abuse and harassment. The resource, which includes videos, documents and websites, offers practical tools and resources to support advocates. The complete resource is at "Ten Simple Prevention Steps for Men."
 
Presbyterians Today Advent
devotional highlights the Magnificat
adventPresbyterians Today magazine's Advent devotional invites prayer and contemplation around Mary's song of praise, the Magnificat. The magazine notes, "This year's devotional is very special. The paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs. The rest of the text -- reflections and prayers for each day of Advent -- is the joint work of Donna Frischknecht Jackson, pastor and editor of the magazine and sister to a man with special needs, and Krin Van Tatenhove, also a pastor who is father to a son with autism." Details are at "Advent Devotional."
 
Registration nears for 2019
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
2019 Youth PYTThe ever-popular Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years - the next is the summer of 2019. Running July 16-20 at Purdue University in Indiana, the theme is "Here's My Heart." And registration is set to open soon. Details are available at "Youth Triennium."
 
Bulletin notes elimination of vacancy dues, expanded grant eligibility
Board BulletinServing the church and serving better were themes when the board of directors of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met last week. The board decided to eliminate vacancy dues, a struggle for many congregations, and expanded eligibility for Sabbath Sabbatical Support Grants. These stories and more can be found in the current edition of The Board Bulletin.
 
Presbyterians for Just Immigration
offer opportunities for involvement
The website for Presbyterians for Just Immigration is calling for Presbyterians to join its movement. It Immigration Logonotes, "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." The website, which also includes links to a variety of resources, can be found at "Just Immigration."
 
Detroit group offers opportunities
to visiting mission groups
hands on missionThe Hands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit is looking forward to welcoming mission work groups during next summer or for an alternative break week during the school year. With more than 10 years of experience, the group offers a variety of service opportunities and will find appropriate work sites to match the interest of visiting workers. The complete announcement from the organization can be found at "Detroit Hands-On Mission." There's also a video at "Mission Work in Detroit."
 
PMA moves from student
loans to student debt assistance
In September 2016 the Presbyterian Mission Agency board approved an action to no longer provide loans dollar signto students. The substance of the action recognized that private educational loans were no longer advantageous to students who might become eligible for public service loan assistance, and directed the Presbyterian Mission Agency to shift to debt assistance for church professionals unable to participate in public service loan forgiveness. Details about debt assistance through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) can be found at "Assistance Programs."
 
Co-moderators announce study
on 'Where the Cross Meets the Street'
Presbyterians will soon have a new book study available to them. The co-moderators of the 223rd cross meets streetGeneral Assembly have announced the title of their new year-long study, "Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens in the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center." The book is written by Noel Castellanos and explores his life and journey to become a Christian minister and leader. Born to parents of Mexican heritage, Castellanos shares the hardships of growing up, getting married, and raising a family in "tough neighborhoods." He also shares insight into ministering to people on the margins of society. The complete Presbytery News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Cross Meets the Street."
Service opportunities ...
 
House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul is seeking a full-time director of administration. The director plans for and oversees business, finance, administrative, operations, human resources, technology, and communications activities in support of the church mission as directed by church leadership. A MBA is preferred, and a minimum of five to seven years of experience in a related field is required. Applications, including a letter of interest and resume, should be sent to Kay Solon, chair of the personnel committee, at HROffice@hohchurch.org. A complete job description can be found at "HOH Careers."
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is seeking a part-time -- 20 to 25 hours per week -- leader of its children and youth Christian education program. The leader will provide leadership and support primarily in the areas of the congregations growing Sunday church school (preschool through fifth grade), Sunday evening Unleashed program (sixth through 12th grade), and Wednesday Ignite program (second through fifth grade). The position calls for training and/or experience working with children and older youth. The complete position description is at "Children and Youth Leader."
News of the wider church  

 

After synagogue shooting, Presbyterians stand in solidarity with neighbors
One of the first things Presbyterian minister the Rev. Susan Rothenberg did once she knew what the "pop, pop, pop" sound was four houses down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of PCUSA logoPittsburgh was to text the Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb. "We've got to open the church tonight," she said, referring to her home church, Sixth Presbyterian, which sits at the heart of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood -- and across the street from Pittsburgh's Jewish community center. By 6 p.m. Saturday, hours after the tragic shooting at Tree of Life, where 11 people were killed and six people injured, the community gathered at the Sixth to share their shock -- and the solidarity of their support. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck and Mike Ferguson can be found at "Standing in Solidarity."
 
Rural reality: Churches address
hunger in the heartland
Fresh out of seminary, a pastor listens intently as the chair of the nominating committee drives around the Presbyterians Today magazinecountryside, narrating the history of a rural community that has seen better days. As she listens, she takes note of the sagging porches with faded and torn upholstered furniture. They pass sheep grazing behind a dilapidated barn, and the pastor silently reminds God that this was not what she had in mind when she said "yes" to tending the flock. The complete story, by Donna Frischknect Jackson of Presbyterians Today magazine, addresses the way churches in rural areas are dealing with "Food Deserts."
 
'Blue Christmas,' 'Longest Night'
services can comfort lonely
At Christmastime, some church members and leaders may be struggling with depression, anxiety or grief. A Peace Christmas"Blue Christmas" or "Longest Night" service can bring comfort to people who are lonely or suffering and lets them feel the congregation's love and support. But only one out of four congregations offers such a service. The story, from the November-December issue of Presbyterians Today magazine, can be found at "Christmas Comfort."
 
 
 

Emerge November 9, 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.
November 9, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Presbytery's next stated meeting
planned for Nov. 13 in Roseville
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will hold its next stated meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, Minnesota. Please note: this is a 2 p.m. meeting. Registration and fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m.; the meeting follows at 2 p.m.
 
The Presbytery will welcome the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office for Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who will help the presbytery imagine its call to a practice of inclusion and justice. (See the story below.)
 
There will be pre-Presbytery conversations beginning at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Hawkins and with Steve Robertson, Presbytery treasurer. The meeting will include examinations of Phillip Romine for ordination and Michael Ireland for commissioning as a commissioned ruling elder, and action on the 2019 budget and a proposed parental leave policy.
 
The complete meeting call is at "Presbytery Meeting." You can also find the complete packet on the presbytery's website.
 
Joining together for justice
How often do you hear someone say, I don't like what I see in the world. I'd like to be an advocate for change, for justice and peace. But what's one voice?
 
Jimmie HawkinsOne voice is powerful, when it's linked with other voices. And that's what we have a chance to do in November when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Office for Public Witness. Put these two dates on your calendar now, and continue to look for more information and specifics:
 
Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m.: The Presbytery, with the support of Westminster, Minneapolis, will host a public presentation on the work of the Office -- and how you and your congregation can partner in the "causing of holy trouble," in the words of a video on the Office for Public Witness website. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30. Bring your social justice committee or another group from your church, and meet your allies in this important work.
 
Tuesday afternoon, November 13: Meet Dr. Hawkins and ask him your individual questions prior to the 2 p.m. start of the Presbytery meeting. Then stay for the meeting, in which he will join the Presbytery's theme for the year, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world," by speaking on moving from a theology of inclusion and justice to the practice of inclusion and justice.
 
Together, let's continue to nurture thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world. 
 
Treasurer's discussion planned
before November meeting
Presbytery Treasurer Steve Robertson plans a church Treasurer's Discussion time from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. immediately prior to the Presbytery meeting on Nov. Presbytery Logo13 at New Life Presbyterian Church.  This Treasurer's Discussion time is open to anyone: pastors, clerks of session, church treasurers, administrators, or commissioners.
 
Robertson will share news of how the Presbytery will work with and support congregations in the months ahead and will address some important year-end and new-year information about per capita, general mission giving, and church remittances and special offerings.  Everyone is invited to bring questions as well.
 
For more information, please contact Robertson at treasurer@ptcaweb.org or 612.655.7594.
 
Mission grant funding
is still available for 2018
Does your congregation have a mission project that needs $500 to $1,500 to complete before the end of 2018? If so, the presbytery's Mission and Witness Committee invites you to apply for a congregational mission grant. Applications can be found at "Mission and Witness." Session endorsement is required for all grant approvals. The deadline for receiving paperwork is Nov. 30. Question can be addressed to Brenda Alexander at bk.alexander@live.com before Nov. 16.
 
Boundaries training scheduled Nov. 12, Jan. 14; online registration available
Boundaries 1Level I boundaries training is planned Monday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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.  If the Nov. 12 session doesn't work, another training session has been scheduled Jan. 14. The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
 
Jeff's Jottings
Jeff JapingaDear Mallory,
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
For a few weeks, I've been telling your story to our folks here in the presbytery, of seeking out a church after so many years away. I so admire your courage and perseverance, and for paying attention to that yearning somewhere deep inside of you. Thanks for letting us walk a bit of that journey with you.
 
I was supposed to tell part four of that story last Friday, but I didn't. People who read Jottings regularly know I was back in Michigan with family, following the death of my dad.
 
I could have done that today, but instead decided to wait until next week to continue your story with the Presbytery, and instead name a bit of my own experience to you. Because I think it connects to your search.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Dear Mallory."
Around the presbytery   
 
Holiday Fair Trade Market set
Nov. 17-18 at New Life Presbyterian
Fair Trade Market New LifeChange lives; make the world a better place; find meaningful and unique gifts; and finish your Christmas shopping by Nov. 18. That's what New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville is offering with its Holiday Fair Trade Market that runs Nov. 17-18. The market features handcrafted fair-trade gifts and food items from all over the world, including jewelry, baskets, rugs, knit products, home decor, foods, crafts, and more. The market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Soup and snacks will be available. Details are in a flyer at "Holiday Fair Trade Market."
 
Westminster Austin plans Festival
of Nativities Nov. 30, Dec. 1
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Austin, Minnesota, will conduct its Festival of the Nativities on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, presenting outreach to its community by bringing focus to the birth of Christ. The festival runs 4 to 8 p.m. each day. The event is non-denominational, intergenerational and free for everyone. The festival features lighted displays of nativities, vocal and instrumental Christmas music, children's activities, and refreshments. Details can be found at "Festival of the Nativities."
 
North writes about justice,
Kim Northmercy, humility
Kim North, who participates this year in the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, continues to add to her blog. This week, she notes, "Justice, mercy and humility all take work and time." Her recent blog post opens, "At the national YAV orientation, which seems like years ago, we sang many meaningful and unique songs at worship. Now when my roommate Julie and I sing some of those same songs together on a daily basis, for me they serve as a steadying force in the chaos of intentional community, simple living and vocational discernment. One song in particular, written by Matthew Black and called 'Do Justice,' based off Micah 6:8, always stays in my head and on my heart. I think the lyrics, 'Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God,' are so simple and complex at the same time." North's complete post is at "Do Justice."
Resources, conferences ...
 
Annual enrollment, chance for changes, election of benefits, is open
Board of PensionsAnnual enrollment -- participants' chance to make changes or elect benefits coverage for 2019 -- for the benefits plan of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is open until Nov. 16. Participants can log on to Benefits Connect to see choices and costs, and elect coverage for 2019. Even those who want to keep the coverage they have now, it is still important to take action to make sure they have the coverage they want effective Jan. 1. Additional resources can be found at "Annual Enrollment."
 
Registration nears for 2019
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
2019 Youth PYTThe ever-popular Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years. The next one takes place in the summer of 2019. Running July 16-20 at Purdue University in Indiana, the theme is "Here's My Heart." And registration is set to open soon. Wendy Griffin will again serve as the registrar for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Look for information soon on how your youth can be a part of this amazing experience. Details about the Triennium are available at "Youth Triennium."
 
Synod supports emerging, innovative ministry in a number of ways
Readers may be aware of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies programs and grants that support ministry and mission in a variety of ways across a variety of synodsystems. For example, the synod offers grant support for collegiate ministries and for other institutions that have ecclesiastical and ecumenical ties to the synod. The synod also supports emerging mission within the synod through a separate grant program. And that's just the grant aspect. There are also racial-ethnic scholarship opportunities and Self Development of People awards. And then there's The Academy, a program designed to develop well-equipped, thoughtful people to serve councils in a variety of capacities. Curious readers can learn more at "Synod Resources." There are even links to sermon and worship aids.
 
Travel seminars will explore conflict, reconciliation in Rwanda, Ukraine
Presbyterians interested in learning about conflict and reconciliation from both an active and historical perspective have an opportunity to do so by peacemakingparticipating in one of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's travel study seminar series upcoming in spring 2019. "Reconciliation Work in Rwanda: Healing the Trauma of the Genocide" is scheduled March 11-23, and "Ukraine and Russia: Peacemaking on the Front Line" is scheduled April 22-May 6. The due date for applications is Nov. 15 for the Rwanda seminar, and Dec. 15 for the Ukraine-Russia seminar. The complete Presbyterian News Story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Travel Seminars."
Service opportunities ...
 
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is seeking a part-time -- 20 to 25 hours per week -- leader of its children and youth Christian education program. The leader will provide leadership and support primarily in the areas of the congregations growing Sunday church school (preschool through fifth grade), Sunday evening Unleashed program (sixth through 12th grade), and Wednesday Ignite program (second through fifth grade). The position calls for training and/or experience working with children and older youth. The complete position description is at "Children and Youth Leader."
 
House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul is seeking a full-time director of administration. The director plans for and oversees business, finance, administrative, operations, human resources, technology, and communications activities in support of the church mission as directed by church leadership. A MBA is preferred, and a minimum of five to seven years of experience in a related field is required. Applications, including a letter of interest and resume, should be sent to Kay Solon, chair of the personnel committee, at HROffice@hohchurch.org. A complete job description can be found at "HOH Careers."
News of the wider church  

 

Kentucky presbyteries explore
collaboration, leadership
Gathering Nov. 2-3 for the first time since before Presbyterian reunion in 1983, some 200 commissioners from the three presbyteries in Kentucky learned that they can be stronger together. The landmark tri-presbytery meeting took place in the sanctuary of historic Danville (Kentucky) Presbyterian Church, founded in 1784. Today the church building sits on Main Street, flanked by the campus of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related Centre College. Philip Lotspeich, general presbyter of Transylvania Presbytery in eastern Kentucky, welcomed those attending from his presbytery and from the Presbyteries of Mid-Kentucky and Western Kentucky. He said planners envisioned the gathering as a way of "building relationships, with the thought that some cooperative ventures will come out of that." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Eva Stimson can be found at "Exploring Collaboration."
 
PC(USA) will participate
in #GivingTuesday
Giving TuesdayOn the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will once again participate in a celebration of giving that is observed around the globe. #GivingTuesday, which this year falls on Nov. 27, is described by its organizers as "a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide."  Following the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday presents an opportunity to kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Pat Cole can be found at "Giving Tuesday."
 
Presbyterian Peacemaking
seminar is taking place in Korea
Set in the backdrop of a historic thaw of tensions between North and South Korea, the 2018 Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar opened this week in Seoul, as eight participants tour peacemakingimportant sites and meet with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners engaged in the peace process. Mission co-workers Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger, along with Carl Horton, coordinator for mission with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, will guide the group over 11 days as they continue to learn, experience, worship and reflect on continued peacemaking and reconciliation efforts on the Korean peninsula. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Peacemaking Seminar Tour in Korea."
 
 
 

Emerge Oct. 26, 2018

 
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October 26, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Presbytery's next stated meeting
planned for Nov. 13 in Roseville
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will hold its next stated meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, Minnesota. Please note: this is a 2 p.m. meeting. Registration and fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m.; the meeting follows at 2 p.m.
 
The Presbytery will welcome the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office for Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who will help the presbytery imagine its call to a practice of inclusion and justice. (See the story below.)
 
There will be pre-Presbytery conversations beginning at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Hawkins and with Steve Robertson, Presbytery treasurer. The meeting will include examinations of Phillip Romine for ordination and Michael Ireland for commissioning as a commissioned ruling elder, and action on the 2019 budget and a proposed parental leave policy.
 
The complete meeting call is at "Presbytery Meeting."
 
Joining together for justice
How often do you hear someone say, I don't like what I see in the world. I'd like to be an advocate for change, for justice and peace. But what's one voice?
 
Jimmie HawkinsOne voice is powerful, when it's linked with other voices. And that's what we have a chance to do in November when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Office for Public Witness. Put these two dates on your calendar now, and continue to look for more information and specifics:
 
Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m.: The Presbytery, with the support of Westminster, Minneapolis, will host a public presentation on the work of the Office -- and how you and your congregation can partner in the "causing of holy trouble," in the words of a video on the Office for Public Witness website. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30. Bring your social justice committee or another group from your church, and meet your allies in this important work.
 
Tuesday afternoon, November 13: Meet Dr. Hawkins and ask him your individual questions prior to the 2 p.m. start of the Presbytery meeting. Then stay for the meeting, in which he will join the Presbytery's theme for the year, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world," by speaking on moving from a theology of inclusion and justice to the practice of inclusion and justice.
 
This will be a week immediately following the mid-term elections. What a perfect time to ask how you can join with others in the practice of inclusion and justice.
 
Together, let's continue to nurture thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world. 
 
Disability Concerns asks, 'Is your
church dementia friendly?'
Those of us who have been close to a person who is living with dementia know how devastating the disease can be. It may seem as though the person we have known is disappearing. Caregivers often experience frustration, feelings of helplessness, or dementiadespair. Referring to our aging population, someone has said that dementia, including Alzheimer's, is like a tsunami moving toward us. With that in mind, the Presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry (DCM) have chosen memory care for its focus for this program year. The DCM has prepared a packet of resources for every congregation in the Presbytery and those packets will be available at the DCM table at the November meeting of Presbytery. Among the resources included are "Ten Tips to Become a Dementia Friendly Church" from the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; "Communication" from the Alzheimer's Association; and "Even When I Forget, the Music Is Familiar" from Presbyterians for Disability Concerns, a network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The complete announcement can be found at "Disability Concerns Ministry."
 
While total per capita amount goes up, PTCA's portion is a slight decrease
The Presbytery has approved an individual per capita amount of $35.70 per member for 2019.   
 
per capitaAlthough this is an increase in the total per capita from 2018, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities portion is a slight decrease from the prior year.  Considering the General Assembly increased its portion of per capita to sustain programs and ministries, the Presbytery is seeking to fulfill its goal of supporting congregations by decreasing its portion of per capita.  The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is also holding its level of per capita constant from 2018 to 2019.
 
The Budget Task Force and the Presbytery Leadership Team believe the Presbytery can continue to do its work effectively in 2019 based on the per capita currently being received from congregations and the God-given assets already in its reserves. 
 
Each congregation will be receiving information soon from Presbytery Treasurer Steve Robertson listing their 2017 year-end membership figure as reported to General Assembly, and the amount of their per capita projected for 2019.
 
Treasurer's Discussion planned
before November meeting
Presbytery Treasurer Steve Robertson plans a church Treasurer's Discussion time from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. immediately prior to the Presbytery meeting on Nov. 13 at New Life Presbyterian Church.  This Treasurer's Discussion time is open to anyone: pastors, clerks of session, church treasurers, administrators, or commissioners.
 
Steve will share news of how the Presbytery will work with and support congregations in the months ahead and will address some important year-end and new-year information about per capita, general mission giving, and church remittances and special offerings.  Everyone is invited to bring questions as well.
 
For more information, please contact Steve at treasurer@ptcaweb.org or 612.655.7594.
 
Mission grant funding
is still available for 2018
Presbytery LogoDoes your congregation have a mission project that needs $500 to $1,500 to complete before the end of 2018? If so, the presbytery's Mission and Witness Committee invites you to apply for a congregational mission grant. Applications can be found at "Mission and Witness." Session endorsement is required for all grant approvals. The deadline for receiving paperwork is Nov. 30. Question can be addressed to Brenda Alexander at bk.alexander@live.com before Nov. 16.
 
Boundaries training scheduled Nov. 12;online registration available
The rescheduled Level I boundaries training is planned Monday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church inBoundaries 1Bloomington. 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. Online registration is available at "Boundaries Training." Another training session has been scheduled Jan. 14. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
 
Jeff's Jottings
Mallory, Part III
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga
Mallory was never one to give up easily. Never had been, never will be. All she had gone through in the past few years - the divorce, the "downsizing" (such a nice word for taking a person's livelihood away from them), and all the personal and financial stress of that - hadn't stopped her, and neither would a church for someone else.
 
Well, okay, she'd taken a few weeks off. But the first Sunday of the next month, there was Mallory again in her good jeans, poised to open another door. Just like at the first church, she was greeted warmly when she walked in; the friendly woman even gestured toward where Mallory should sit. Mallory liked the feel of the place.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Mallory, Part III."
Around the presbytery   
 
Valley Community Presbyterian Church plans film series on immigration
Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley will kick off its "Immigration Film Series" thisHarvest of EmpireSunday, Oct. 28, during its adult education session with a discussion led by Bill Davnie, former stated clerk of the Presbytery and a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer. Then, on Sunday evenings, Nov. 4, Jan. 20, and Feb. 24, the series will feature three films, "Harvest of Empire," "Locked in a Box," and "Without Papers." The series is organized by Valley Community's Peace and Justice Team. Each event is free of charge, and a light snack will be available. Complete details of the series can be found in a brochure at "Immigration Film Series."
Resources, conferences ...
 
E4 Faith Formation Conference

planned in Kansas in November

The E4 Faith Formation Conference, with resilience as its theme, is planned Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 4- Faith formation6, in Overland Park, Kansas. Called E4 because its key elements are "educate, empower, energize and engage," the conference will include sessions on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, "Resiliency and the Four-Letter Word" with Shelley Donaldson, and "Resilience, Resistance and Redemption" with Susan Phillips. There is a flyer at "E4 Conference." Online registration and a complete schedule are at "Resilience."
 
Webinar planned to equip faith
leaders in suicide prevention
The Presbyterian Outlook has planned a webinar Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. CST that will help faith leaders, who are frequently the first contact for those considering suicide, talk about suicide from a theological and biblical perspective. The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is offering up to 10 scholarships for the webinar. Details, including information about applying for an OPSF scholarship, can be found at "Suicide Prevention Webinar."
 
POAMN seeks writers
for its 2019 planning guide
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) designates the first Sunday in May each year as Older Adult Sunday, a day poamn planning guideto honor and celebrate those oldest saints within congregations across the nation. In preparation for Older Adult Sunday and as an ongoing resource, the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network creates, edits and publishes an Older Adult Ministries Planning Guide. The organization is seeking submissions of creative ways to honor older adults on May 5 and throughout the year. Articles can be about a program within a congregation or presbytery, partnerships with other organizations, or other activities and events for older adults within a community.  Articles should be about the how-to of various ministries with older adults. Details are at "Articles Sought."
 
Detroit group offers opportunities
to visiting mission groups
hands on missionThe Hands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit is looking forward to welcoming mission work groups during next summer or for an alternative break week during the school year. With more than 10 years of experience, the group offers a variety of service opportunities and will find appropriate work sites to match the interest of visiting workers. The complete announcement from the organization can be found at "Detroit Hands-On Mission." There's also a video at "Mission Work in Detroit."
News of the wider church  

 

Presbyterian leaders prepare
for migrant caravan
Immigrant convoyDespite the heat and humidity, as many as 7,000 Central American migrants are still making their way slowly northward from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador into Mexico. Reports from the caravan indicate that while some families have dropped out because of the hardships, other groups appear to be joining the journey. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) remains in constant contact with its partners in Central America and along the U.S.-Mexico border. The ecumenical churches in El Salvador continue to monitor the situation. "These individuals are largely asylum seekers, families of people who are seeking safety. How we react to them says a lot about how we value them as human beings," said Teresa Waggener, immigration attorney for the PC(USA)'s Office of Immigration Issues. The complete story by Rick Jones in the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Immigrant Convoy."
 
'The Message' author Eugene
Eugene PetersonPeterson dies at age 85
The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a pastor, author and scholar, died Monday this week at his home in Montana. He was 85. He had been hospitalized since early October because of a serious infection, according to his son, Eric Peterson. In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He wrote more than 30 books, but is best known for "The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language," a paraphrase of the Christian scriptures that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Kathy Melvin is at "Eugene Peterson."
 
PDA provides much-needed support
for hurricane-ravaged areas
presbyterian disaster assistanceTwo Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) National Response Teams returned from deployment recently in southern Georgia and northwest Florida. They were there to assist in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael swiftly blew through the Florida panhandle and southern Georgia as a strong Category 4 storm earlier this month. "The two PDA teams deployed in response to Hurricane Michael have returned home," said Jim Kirk, associate for U.S. disaster response. "During the seven-day initial deployment, the teams met with presbytery, congregational and community leadership. They supported the initial presbytery assessment, provided ministry of presence, assisted in developing a short-term response plan and identified opportunities for volunteers to help muck out homes and churches." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "PDA Offers Support."
 
 
 

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