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 October 13, 2017

 
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October 13, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
Mission Celebration
takes place tomorrow
Mission Celebration 2017 takes place tomorrow with the theme, "Concerns of God's  mission ptca Heart." Organized by the Mission and Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the event takes place tomorrow, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Complete details about the celebration can be found in the announcement at "Mission Celebration."
 
Federal judge strikes down tax-free housing for clergy, BOP responds
A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far- Board of Pensions reaching ramifications for religious leaders who have fought for years to keep the substantial financial benefit. Under the federal law passed in 1954, a "minister of the gospel" doesn't pay income taxes on compensation that is designated part of a housing allowance. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, argued that the law discriminates against secular employees. The complete story from the Associated Press is at "Judge Strikes Down."
 
The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) responded this week, noting, "The Board of Pensions is deeply concerned by this ruling. If upheld on appeal, it would substantially impact the congregations and ministers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Board believes that it is inconsistent to exclude manse housing from income and not treat a comparable cash allowance in the same manner." The complete announcement from the BOP is at "BOP Responds."
 
Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, wrote that the presbytery "will continue to monitor this case. At this point, congregations should still pursue their usual designation of housing allowance for 2018, until more from the legal process is known."
 
Nominating Committee still seeks GA commissioners, young adult delegate
The Nominating Committee is still looking for ruling elder and teaching elder commissioners and a young adult advisory delegate to the 2018 General Assembly that runs June 16-23 in St. Louis.
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The committee will begin conducting phone interviews with applicants on Oct. 25.  Applications received after that date may or may not be considered at the discretion of the committee. The election will take place at the November presbytery meeting.
 
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Manley Olson, chair of the Nominating Committee, at 651.644.2848 or manleyolson@gmail.com.
 
Bills & Overtures Committee
plans listening session Oct. 21
The presbytery's Bills and Overtures Committee has scheduled a listening session on Saturday, Oct. 21, to present information and discuss a proposal concerning the "Citizens United" decision of the U.S. Presbytery Logo Supreme Court, and a possible overture to the 223rd General Assembly addressing victims' rights. The session begins at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul.
 
The listening session will address an updated proposal from Oak Grove Presbyterian Church -- supported unanimously by its session -- to support amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, commonly referred to at "Citizens United," that offers freedom of speech protection to corporations.
 
And the session will address a potential overture to next summer's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reinstate victims' rights to the process added to the "Book of Order" last year addressing procedures when former ministers, accused in disciplinary cases, have renounced jurisdiction of the church and then later apply to work again for or within the PC(USA).
 
Questions regarding the listening session can be directed to Peter Soulen at bando@presbyterytwincities.org.
 
Conversation
on achievement/opportunity gap
set at Valley Community
The Liberty Church Ministry of the presbytery's Mission and Witness Committee, with an event Saturday, Nov. 4, is calling the church to explore ways to close the achievement/opportunity gap between students of privilege and students of color. The event, titled "The Opportunity Gap: A Critical Conversation," runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Valley Community Church in Golden Valley. Speakers include the Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway, co-pastor at Liberty Community Church; the Rev. Sarah Bigwood, associate pastor at Valley Church; Dr. Ross Roholt, a youth specialist in the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work; and youth from Liberty Community's 21st Century Academy. The complete announcement is at "Opportunity Gap."
 
'Teaching Fish to Walk,' a Peter
Steinke workshop, coming up
Today's culture offers us both great challenges and opportunities for ministry. Easy answers won't cut it; we need to change and adapt. That's hard work. Peter Steinke But there are people who can guide us. "Teaching Fish to Walk: Church Systems and Adaptive Challenge," will draw on the deep and long experience of Dr. Peter L. Steinke, author and internationally respected church consultant. The workshop will begin with lunch at noon, Monday, Nov. 13, and conclude at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minn. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 23. Sponsors include the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, through its committees on Ministry and Congregational Vitality, and the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Seats are limited. The complete announcement is at "Teaching Fish to Walk." Registration can be completed at "Going to Teaching Fish."
 
Jeff's Jottings
What a difference a tragedy makes
 
Jeff Japinga Jan Edmiston and Denise Anderson are the co-moderators of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Rev. Anderson will be with us at the Monday, Nov. 6, meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area (more about that in the weeks to come, including how you can participate). The Rev. Edmiston lends her voice to us today (and regularly to the church) through her regular blog. Her words are both timely and challenging to us today; words we need to hear.
 
What a Difference a Tragedy Makes
 
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. -- Matthew 6:10)
 
A friend of mine is dealing with a terrible chronic illness and it has changed the way she parents her child.  Big things are bigger.  Little things are essentially unimportant.  Crisis reorients the way we live.
 
Our nation and world have experienced enough crises over the last two months to bring us to our knees over and over again:  storms, fires, earthquakes, The Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History (until next time).
 
Edmiston's complete post can be found at "Tragedy."
Around the presbytery   
 
Deb Demeester receives Emmy
Award for the Convenings
Winning an Emmy was never on Deb DeMeester's bucket list but the Director of Leadership Development for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies received the Governors Award Emmy on Oct. 7 for her  Deb DeMeester volunteer work with the Convenings. The National Academy of Television Arts & Science - Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Governors Award is the most prestigious Regional Emmy Award in the Midwest chapter. It honors visionary, long-standing relationships that creatively and effectively use corporate, non-profit and broadcast resources to showcase the power of broadcasting to advance a mission or message. The Convenings is a multi-year effort to help Minnesotans talk about late-life planning and living as fully as possible until the end of life. The complete story is at "Winning an Emmy."
 
Trinity Presbyterian sets installation service for April Davis Campbell
April Davis Campbell Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area are inviting the presbytery to the installation of the Rev. Dr. April Davis Campbell as Trinity's pastor on Sunday, Oct. 29. The service at Trinity Presbyterian in Woodbury begins at 3 p.m. The complete announcement is at "Installation."
 
Presentation of 'Body & Sold' planned Oct. 27 at Trinity in Woodbury
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury will be host to a documentary play about juvenile sex trafficking on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "Body & Sold," an effort  Body Soul of Chain Reaction Theatre Project, is based on interviews with sex trafficking survivors in five major U.S. cities, including those of Twin Cities' youth, giving voice to victims, and inspiring discussion and action. Other performances are slated Oct. 14 through Nov. 2 throughout the Twin Cities. Details can be found in a complete announcement at "Body & Sold." Additional information, including tickets, can be found at "Chain Reaction."
 
St. Catherine University plans hope through spiritual direction workshop
St Catherine logo The spiritual director certificate program at St. Catherine University of St. Paul turns 20 years old this year and to celebrate the university is offering a free, one-day event, open to the public and focused on spiritual practices to support people in troubled times. The event, planned Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., features well-known Catholic sister Elizabeth Liebert. Details can be found at "Nourishing Hope through Spiritual Direction."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

YAV applications now accepted
for programs 25th year
Young adult volunteers Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders. About 92 percent of YAV alums say their YAV year directly influenced their current vocation. Seventy-nine percent of alums now regularly attend worship, 63 percent report additional participation in congregational life, and 32 percent go on to ordination or pastoral leadership. To date, there are more than 1,700 alums of the program. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Kathy Melvin can be found at "YAV Applications."
 
Registration opens for NEXT Church
gathering in February
NEXT desert Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in Bloom," the event takes place Feb. 26-28 in Baltimore. The gathering features church leaders, both pastors and lay people, sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas, and conversations about ministry in today's environment. Creative worship centers us around God's presence. Details and a link to registration can be found at "NEXT Church 2018."
 
1-day veteran awareness workshop
for clergy planned Oct. 19
VA Training The U.S. Veterans Administration is offering a free day-long clergy training event Oct. 19 at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minn. The training, intended to equip and train community clergy to be a knowledgeable resource to military and their families as they deal with numerous issues resulting from deployments, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. The training is free and open to all faith groups. Additional information is available at "Veteran Awareness." Registration can be completed at "Training Registration."
News of the wider churh  

 

religion dispatches Disaster pastor advises:
Open wallet, not closet
Barely a day after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, at the start of this year's devastating run of natural disasters, I saw the first of many appeals pop up on social media. Please contribute stuff: clothing, bottled water, canned food, cleaning supplies, diapers. Drop it off at the collection point we've set up. Help us fill the truck! This is standard operating procedure in a consumer culture: We've got to send stuff! Because, you know, survivors have lost their stuff. So, quick: help us get them more stuff! It's a beautiful, generous impulse. But so often, it's not what's really needed. The complete column by Carlos Wilton in Religion Dispatches can be found at "Wallets Not Closets."
 
Committee considers
General Assembly procedures
Meeting this week in St. Louis, the All Agency Review Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took  General Assembly 223 up the issue of how certain topics are introduced at the denomination's General Assembly and the ramifications of decisions made on the work of the agencies, often without input from the agency staff. Following a two-and-a-half hour closed executive session at the beginning of the day to discuss property and personnel matters, the group gathered to consider the work of the General Assembly. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Procedural."
 
All Agency Review Committee hears reports from questionnaires
we are pcusa The All Agency Review Committee heard reports at its meeting this week that began to give the group a vision of "the church as a whole" as it was asked to do by the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Responding to the same set of questions, each of the six denominational agencies presented a status update on their mission, work and collaboration across the church. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Hearing Reports."
 
 
 
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Emerge October 6, 2017

 
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October 6, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
Mission Celebration set next
week: Please register!
Mission Celebration 2017 is coming in October, following the theme "Concerns of God's  mission ptca Heart." Organized by the Mission and Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the event is planned Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Complete details about the celebration can be found in the announcement at "Mission Celebration." Registration can be completed online at "Mission Celebration Registration."
 
Presbyterian Women plan fall
gathering at Church of the Apostles
The latest edition of Connection, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the  Presbyterian Women logo Twin Cities Area, contains information about the organization's fall gathering Oct. 7 at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. Sadia Tarannum, director of interfaith outreach and community building for the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth, will be the gathering's keynote speaker. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the event runs to 3 p.m. Gathering details and the complete newsletter can be found at "Connection."
 
Bills & Overtures Committee
plans listening session Oct. 21
The presbytery's Bills and Overtures Committee has scheduled a listening session on Saturday, Oct. 21, to  Presbytery Logo present information and discuss a proposal concerning the "Citizens United" decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a possible overture to the 223rd General Assembly addressing victims' rights. The session begins at 9 a.m.
 
The listening session will address an updated proposal from Oak Grove Presbyterian Church -- supported unanimously by its session -- to support amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, commonly referred to at "Citizens United," that offers freedom of speech protection to corporations.
 
And the session will address a potential overture to next summer's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reinstate victims' rights to the process added to the "Book of Order" last year addressing procedures when former ministers, accused in disciplinary cases, have renounced jurisdiction of the church and then later apply to work again for or within the PC(USA).
 
Questions regarding the listening session can be directed to Peter Soulen at bando@presbyterytwincities.org.
 
'Teaching Fish to Walk,' a Peter
Steinke workshop, set next month
Today's culture offers us both great challenges and opportunities for ministry. Easy answers won't cut it;  Peter Steinke we need to change and adapt. That's hard work. But there are people who can guide us. "Teaching Fish to Walk: Church Systems and Adaptive Challenge," will draw on the deep and long experience of Dr. Peter L. Steinke, author and internationally respected church consultant. The workshop will begin with lunch at noon, Monday, Nov. 13, and conclude at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minn. Sponsors include the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, through its committees on Ministry and Congregational Vitality, and the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Seats are limited. The complete announcement is at "Teaching Fish to Walk." Registration can be completed at "Going to Teaching Fish."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Celebrating a Holiday Weekend
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga  
Did you know that this Sunday, Oct. 8, is Pastor Appreciation Day? And Monday is Thanksgiving Day for our friends north of the border, in Canada?
 
I don't know if there is a prescribed way to celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day. I hope perhaps you'll reach out to your pastor with a word of appreciation for the work she or he does. It's challenging, continual, essential, life-giving. Thank God for pastors.
 
In the spirit of these two upcoming holidays, then, please allow this pastor to express my public appreciation and thanksgiving ...
 
The complete Jottings are at "Celebrating."
Around the presbytery   
 
South of the River CROP
Hunger Walk steps off Oct. 8
It's not too late to form a team, decide to participate as an individual or sponsor a walker in the fifth  Crop Hunger Walk logo annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 8, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. The walk steps off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service. One quarter of the funds raised by each walk goes to local hunger-fighting agencies. Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple ValleyPresbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville, and Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington are among the congregations participating in the walk. Additional details are available at "Hunger Walk."
 
Art is the theme of United
workshop, gallery appearance
Jimmy Reagan United Seminary of the Twin Cities is planning a gallery reception and a workshop of art and faith formation this fall. The art of Jimmy Reagan will be in the United gallery through Nov. 30, and a reception and program featuring Jeff Anderson, Peg Reagan and Jann Cather is planned Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Melissa Miller, children's ministry director at River Hills United Methodist Church, will lead a workshop, "Art and Faith Formation," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10. Details on the Reagan exhibition are at "Conversations," and information about the art and faith formation workshop are at "Art and Faith."
 
ConNext Summit is slated
Oct. 15-18 in Buffalo
ConNext ConNext, an ecumenical summit for progressive Christian faith formation leaders of children, youth and families, is planned Oct. 15-18 at Christ the King Conference Center in Buffalo. The summit is designed to offer a space for leaders to learn, reflect together, form networks, and cultivate innovative and sustainable ministries. Danielle Shroyer, the summit's keynote speaker, will invite participants to consider the idea that "the origin of humankind is not about original sin, it turns out, but original blessing." The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting the work of the summit. Registration can be completed at "ConNext." Questions can be addressed to Presbyterian representatives Wendy Griffin at wendyg@newlifechurchroseville.org, and Mary Koon at mkoon@oakgrv.org.
 
1-day veteran awareness workshop
for clergy planned Oct. 19
VA Training The U.S. Veterans Administration is offering a free day-long clergy training event Oct. 19 at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minn. The training, intended to equip and train community clergy to be a knowledgeable resource to military and their families as they deal with numerous issues resulting from deployments, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. The training is free and open to all faith groups. Additional information is available at "Veteran Awareness." Registration can be completed at "Training Registration."
 
Presentation of 'Body & Sold' planned Oct. 27 at Trinity in Woodbury
Body SoulTrinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury will be host to a documentary play about juvenile sex trafficking on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "Body & Sold," an effort of Chain Reaction Theatre Project, is based on interviews with sex trafficking survivors in five major U.S. cities, including those of Twin Cities' youth, giving voice to victims, and inspiring discussion and action. Other performances are slated Oct. 14 through Nov. 2 throughout the Twin Cities. Details can be found in a complete announcement at "Body & Sold." Additional information, including tickets, can be found at "Chain Reaction."
 
St. Catherine University plans hope through spiritual direction workshop
St Catherine logo The spiritual director certificate program at St. Catherine University of St. Paul turns 20 years old this year and to celebrate the university is offering a free, one-day event, open to the public and focused on spiritual practices to support people in troubled times. The event, planned Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., features well-known Catholic sister Elizabeth Liebert. Details can be found at "Nourishing Hope through Spiritual Direction."
In memoriam   
 
The Rev. Darlene A. Stensby, an honorably retired teaching elder, died Oct. 3. She had served as associate pastor at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul from 1994 until her retirement in 2009. She was also active in prison ministry. A memorial service is planned Thursday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Colonial Church of Edina. The complete announcement is at "Darlene Stensby."
 
The Rev. Richard Graham Douse, an honorably retired teaching elder in the presbytery, died Sept. 28. He retired in 2012, having served as pastor of Randolph Heights Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and as chaplain of Presbyterian Homes in Arden Hills. The complete announcement is at "Richard Graham Douse."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

YAV applications now accepted
Young adult volunteers for programs 25th year
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders. About 92 percent of YAV alums say their YAV year directly influenced their current vocation. Seventy-nine percent of alums now regularly attend worship, 63 percent report additional participation in congregational life, and 32 percent go on to ordination or pastoral leadership. To date, there are more than 1,700 alums of the program. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Kathy Melvin can be found at "YAV Applications."
 
Registration opens for NEXT Church gathering in February
NEXT desert Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in Bloom," the event takes place Feb. 26-28 in Baltimore. The gathering features church leaders, both pastors and lay people, sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas, and conversations about ministry in today's environment. Creative worship centers us around God's presence. Details and a link to registration can be found at "NEXT Church 2018."
 
Mosaic of Peace Conference
set in Holy Land next spring
Peacemaking The Mosaic of Peace Conference is planned next spring, April 29-May 12, in the Middle East, giving participants an opportunity to encounter the diverse people of the region, its history and current situation, engaging with those who seek its peace. Applications for the conference are now being accepted. Details can be found at "Mosaic of Peace."
News of the wider churh  

 

Presbyterian leaders react
to mass shooting in Las Vegas
While authorities try to determine what led 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to open fire on a crowd of Trigger people in Las Vegas Sunday night, Presbyterian Church leaders and pastors are reaching out to congregations and those impacted by the tragedy. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is sending a National Response Team to Las Vegas to meet with presbytery leaders and pastors to help determine the best ways to minister to families in the weeks and months to come. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Reacting to Las Vegas."
 
PC(USA) stated clerk urges president
to expand refugee resettlement
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II has sent a letter to President  J Herbert Nelson Trump decrying the president's decision to lower the number of refugee admissions for 2018 to just 45,000 -- the lowest number since the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program was established in 1980. "At a time when the world is facing a refugee crisis, it is inconceivable that the United States would turn its back on the world's most vulnerable," Nelson wrote. Noting that Jesus Christ and John Calvin -- the founder of the Presbyterian Reformation -- were both refugees, Nelson wrote, "this [refugee resettlement] is essential to who we are." The complete announcement from the Office of the General Assembly, along with Nelson's complete letter, can be found at "Refugee Resettlement."
 
Study on Status of Women reveals
gender bias is still pervasive
Gender study Gender bias still exists in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), according to a study released last fall. Writing in the current edition of Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries newsletter, Rhashell Hunter, director of the office of the same name, noted, "eight out of ten women teaching elders have experienced discrimination, harassment, and/or prejudicial comments due to their gender, and four out of ten feel that they have experienced gender bias in hiring, promotion, or selection for an official position within the PC(USA)." The complete study can be found at "Status of Women."
 
Earth Care conference discusses
call to end Doctrine of Discovery
Doctrine of Discovery Attendees of the Presbyterians for Earth Care conference have wrapped up a week of conversation and tears around the struggles of American Indians and the continued environmental threat to the Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon/Washington state line. The week included a sharing of meals and conversations with local tribes, a visit to local fishermen and fisherwomen and deep conversations about the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine allowed colonial powers to lay claim to lands belonging to foreign sovereign nations if inhabitants were not considered Christian. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Doctrine of Discovery."
 
Peace Fellowship, Fossil Free PC(USA)
create new partnership
Peace fellowship Two strong voices in environmental justice and peacemaking have decided to come together in an effort to strengthen their work. Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Fossil Free PC(USA) have announced a formal partnership in which the two organizations will operate as a project within Peace Fellowship. Leaders of both organizations say the move is in recognition of the "crucial link between environmental justice and peacemaking." Under the new partnership, the Peace Fellowship will provide additional support to Fossil Free PC(USA) in nonviolent direct action while Fossil Free will share its environmental justice work with the combined organization. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Come Together."
 
 
 
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Emerge September 22, 2017

 
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September 22, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
EPPC Administrative Commission's
written report available
Presbytery Logo At last week's meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church Administrative Commission reported its decision to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case of the Presbytery and the Eden Prairie church and rule on the basis of freedom of religion. While the Administrative Commission's report was presented orally at the meeting, the written report to the Presbytery can be found at "Administrative Commission."
 
'Teaching Fish to Walk,' a Peter Steinke workshop, set in November
Today's culture offers us both great challenges and opportunities for ministry. Easy answers won't cut it; we need to change and adapt. That's hard work. But Peter Steinke there are people who can guide us. "Teaching Fish to Walk: Church Systems and Adaptive Challenge," will draw on the deep and long experience of Dr. Peter L. Steinke, author and internationally respected church consultant. The workshop will begin with lunch at noon, Monday, Nov. 13, and conclude at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minn. Sponsors include the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, through its committees on Ministry and Congregational Vitality, and the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Seats will likely be limited. The complete announcement is at "Teaching Fish to Walk." Registration can be completed at "Going to Teaching Fish."
 
Presbyterian Women plan fall
gathering at Church of the Apostles
Presbyterian Women logo The latest edition of Connection, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, contains information about the organization's fall gathering Oct. 7 at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. Sadia Tarannum, director of interfaith outreach and community building for the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth, will be the gathering's keynote speaker. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the event runs to 3 p.m. Gathering details and the complete newsletter can be found at "Connection."
 
Presbytery plans mission
mission ptca celebration in October
Mission Celebration 2017 is coming in October, following the theme "Concerns of God's Heart." Organized by the Mission and Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the event is planned Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Complete details about the celebration can be found in the announcement at "Mission Celebration." Registration can be completed online at "Mission Celebration Registration."
 
Jeff's Jottings
We interrupt this column
for a special announcement
 
Jeff Japinga By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
Last week, I published my report to Presbytery, and promised that this week I would share the 30-plus charges - thoughts, ideas, even imperatives for our way forward together - that I received from people in this Presbytery. I still will. But next week.
 
Because as important as those words will be to some of us - guiding lights for a Presbytery moving forward - that's not where our focus belongs this week. Yet again, I need to ask you, on behalf of those who cannot ask, for your help.
 
In the America news cycle, stories come and go quickly. One urgent crisis is replaced by another, and whatever was urgent two days ago is nearly forgotten. Who has heard much of Hurricane Harvey lately, lost amidst Irma, lost amidst Maria, lost amidst an earthquake. The fires in the West? ...
 
[W]e must not forget those around the world to whom great suffering has come this month, in ways we can scarcely imagine. It is our calling, as the people of God who so loves the world, to find ways to help care for those who cannot care for themselves.
 
The complete Jottings can be found at "A Special Announcement."
Around the presbytery   
 
Claremont church plans celebration
of 150th anniversary
First Presbyterian Church of Claremont, Minn., plans a celebration of praise, worship, fellowship and reminiscing to commemorate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 1. The flyer for the celebration notes, "We are looking forward to hearing memories, seeing old photos, and you." The flyer, which contains details about the event and a number to call for tickets for the catered meal, can be found at "Claremont Celebrates."
 
Laurel Presbyterian plans
annual hymn sing, potluck
Laurel Presbyterian Church in Hager City, Wis., will be host to its annual hymn sing and potluck on Sunday, Oct. 1. Singing begins at 4 p.m. and supper takes place at 5 p.m.
 
South of the River CROP Hunger
Crop Hunger Walk logo Walk steps off Oct. 8
It's not too late to form a team, decide to participate as an individual or sponsor a walker in the fifth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 8, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. The walk steps off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service. One quarter of the funds raised by each walk goes to local hunger-fighting agencies. Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville, and Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington are among the congregations participating in the walk. Additional details are available at "Hunger Walk."
 
VA offers 1-day veteran awareness
VA Training for clergy in Rochester
The U.S. Veterans Administration is offering a free day-long clergy training event Oct. 19 at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minn. The training, intended to equip and train community clergy to be a knowledgeable resource to military and their families as they deal with numerous issues resulting from deployments, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. The training is free and open to all faith groups. Additional information is available at "Veteran Awareness." Registration can be completed at "Training Registration."
 
ConNext Summit is slated
in October in Buffalo
ConNext, an ecumenical summit for progressive Christian faith formation leaders of children, youth and families, is planned Oct. 15-18 at Christ the King ConNext Conference Center in Buffalo. The summit is designed to offer a space for leaders to learn, reflect together, form networks, and cultivate innovative and sustainable ministries. Danielle Shroyer, the summit's keynote speaker, will invite participants to consider the idea that "the origin of humankind is not about original sin, it turns out, but original blessing." The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting the work of the summit. Registration can be completed at "ConNext." Questions can be addressed to Presbyterian representatives Wendy Griffin at wendyg@newlifechurchroseville.org, and Mary Koon at mkoon@oakgrv.org.
 
Presentation of 'Body & Sold'
planned at Trinity in Woodbury
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury plays host to a documentary play about juvenile sex trafficking Body Soul on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "Body & Sold," an effort of Chain Reaction Theatre Project, is based on interviews with sex trafficking survivors in five major U.S. cities, including those of Twin Cities' youth, giving voice to victims, and inspiring discussion and action. Other performances are slated Oct. 14 through Nov. 2 throughout the Twin Cities. Details can be found in a complete announcement at "Body & Sold." Additional information, including tickets, can be found at "Chain Reaction."
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Ruling Elder Resource Regarding Ruling Elders
addresses meetings
Diana Nishita Cheifetz, a spiritual director serving lay leaders and clergy in the San Francisco Bay area, the United States, and internationally, writes the current installment of the Regarding Ruling Elders resource from the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She begins, "I dread meetings. As a lifelong Presbyterian, I am embarrassed to admit this. Meetings can feel tedious, frustrating, confusing, and so unspiritual." The complete resource can be found at "Ruling Elders."
 
Love Welcome Conference planned
in New York City in October
Called the Love Welcome Conference, born out of a resolution adopted by the 221st General Assembly of Love Welcome the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the faith-based forum slated Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at First Presbyterian Church in New York City will examine a variety of ways in which congregations can support LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers. The General Assembly resolution encouraged Presbyterians to hold in prayer vulnerable LGBTQ persons around the world and consider how they can provide support. Details can be found at "Love Welcome."
 
Faith formation conference takes place
next month in Kansas City
Faith formation Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Christian Education Renovation -- Faith Formation Conference -- planned Oct. 22-24 in Kansas City. The conference is billed as an E-4 -- a conference that educates, empowers, engergizes and engages participants. Details can be found at "Faith Formation."
 
Mosaic of Peace Conference
set in Holy Land next spring
Peacemaking The Mosaic of Peace Conference is planned next spring, April 29-May 12,  in the Middle East, giving participants an opportunity to encounter the diverse people of the region, its history and current situation, engaging with those who seek its peace. Applications for the conference are now being accepted. Details can be found at "Mosaic of Peace."
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September edition of Facing Racism
explores Doctrine of Discovery
Calling on congregations to offer an educational event exploring The Doctrine of Discovery, the September edition of Facing Racism from the Presbyterian Doctrine of Discovery Church (U.S.A.) asks participants to consider the history of exploitation of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. As the Church prepares to celebrate Native American Day on Sept. 22, PC(USA) has offered resources related to The Doctrine of Discovery. For more than five centuries, the doctrine and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples, and systematically denied their human rights. The 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) called the church to confess its complicity and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Doctrine of Discovery."
 

PMAB votes to change its size, structure

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board voted Sept. 21 to reduce its size from 40 voting members to 20 -- and to give the advocacy and advisory committees in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voting seats on the Presbyterian mission board. The board's Governance Task Force had recommended moving to a board of 16 voting members -- but the board approved an amendment proposed by Brenton Thompson of Pennsylvania, who said having 20 voting members instead of 16 would give a little more "breathing room." The board had a long, intricate discussion about the task force proposal -- a conversation that both recognized the advantages of having a smaller board and the difficulty of designing it in a way that reflects diversity and brings the needed gifts and talents, discerned in complicated ways. The complete Presbyterian Outlook story by Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Reduction in Size."
 
De La Rosa calls Presbyterians
to have conversations about race
Tony De La Rosa, who most recently served as interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, writes in the current issue of Presbyterians Today Presbyterians Today magazine magazine about the difficult discussion of racism. He notes, "In a few weeks, many of us will make our way to a place we call home in observance of Thanksgiving, our most religiously secular and secularly religious holiday. Gathered around a table of plenty, we will partake and share, acknowledging God's gracious bounty to all and giving thanks for it. ... Politics, economics and religion often make their way into our Thanksgiving conversations, testing the familial and social glue that binds us together. Frequently at the center of these traditionally taboo subjects is race in America." De La Rosa's complete column can be found at "Talking About Race."

 

Way Forward Commission wraps up meeting; discusses role of stated clerk
PCUSA logo The Way Forward Commission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) concluded its meeting in Louisville this week. The leading item up for discussion was the role of the Stated Clerk and if, or how, that elected official can speak on behalf of the denomination.The closing topic for the commission focused on the role, responsibilities and potential reach of the stated clerk as the head of the PC(USA). The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Way Forward."
 
Applications accepted for UN Commission on the Status of Women
The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to take place at the United Nations headquarters, March 12-23. Representatives from member states, U.N. entities and specific non- UN Women governmental organizations (NGOs), from across the world will attend. Presbyterians will have the opportunity to join the church's ecumenical women partners to advocate on social justice issues. The theme is challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. "There's an opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge from women around the world. This is the global gender norm setting body," said Ryan Smith, director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the U.N. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Status of Women."
 
 
 
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Emerge September 29, 2017

 
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Presbytery plans mission
celebration in October
mission ptca Mission Celebration 2017 is coming in October, following the theme "Concerns of God's Heart." Organized by the Mission and Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the event is planned Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Complete details about the celebration can be found in the announcement at "Mission Celebration." Registration can be completed online at "Mission Celebration Registration."
 
'Teaching Fish to Walk,' a Peter
Steinke workshop, set in November
Today's culture offers us both great challenges and opportunities for ministry. Easy answers won't cut it; we need to change and adapt. That's hard work. But  Peter Steinke there are people who can guide us. "Teaching Fish to Walk: Church Systems and Adaptive Challenge," will draw on the deep and long experience of Dr. Peter L. Steinke, author and internationally respected church consultant. The workshop will begin with lunch at noon, Monday, Nov. 13, and conclude at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minn. Sponsors include the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, through its committees on Ministry and Congregational Vitality, and the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Seats will likely be limited. The complete announcement is at "Teaching Fish to Walk." Registration can be completed at "Going to Teaching Fish."
 
Presbyterian Women plan fall
gathering at Church of the Apostles
The latest edition of Connection, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Twin  Presbyterian Women logo Cities Area, contains information about the organization's fall gathering Oct. 7 at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. Sadia Tarannum, director of interfaith outreach and community building for the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth, will be the gathering's keynote speaker. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the event runs to 3 p.m. Gathering details and the complete newsletter can be found at "Connection."
 
Jeff's Jottings
A collection of commentary
 
Jeff Japinga Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
We all collect things. Coins, stones, bobble heads. I collect articles, because there are so many people out there able to say important things in ways I have not considered and could not speak.
 
So Jottings this week is three links to commentary on key issues facing church and society today. It's hardly the be-all and end-all to the discussions in these areas, but each made me think, and perhaps they will you too. And for that I am grateful.
 
The complete Jottings can be found at "Commentary."
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Art is the theme to United classes,
workshops, gallery appearances
Jimmy Reagan From explorations of modern art to art and faith formation, United Seminary of the Twin Cities is sponsoring events this fall. Wilson Yates and Jennifer Awes Freeman will lead "Visual Theology: Spiritual Explorations of Modern Art" beginning Oct. 5 and running Thursday afternoons through Nov. 9. The art of Jimmy Reagan will be in the United gallery through Nov. 30, and a reception and program featuring Jeff Anderson, Peg Reagan and Jann Cather is planned Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Melissa Miller, children's ministry director at River Hills United Methodist Church, will lead a workshop, "Art and Faith Formation," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10. Details on the visual theology class are at "Spiritual Explorations." Details on the Reagan exhibition are at "Conversations," and information about the art and faith formation workshop are at "Art and Faith."
 
South of the River CROP
Hunger Walk steps off Oct. 8
It's not too late to form a team, decide to participate as an individual or sponsor a walker in the fifth Crop Hunger Walk logo annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 8, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. The walk steps off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service. One quarter of the funds raised by each walk goes to local hunger-fighting agencies. Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville, and Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington are among the congregations participating in the walk. Additional details are available at "Hunger Walk."
 
ConNext Summit is slated
in October in Buffalo
ConNext ConNext, an ecumenical summit for progressive Christian faith formation leaders of children, youth and families, is planned Oct. 15-18 at Christ the King Conference Center in Buffalo. The summit is designed to offer a space for leaders to learn, reflect together, form networks, and cultivate innovative and sustainable ministries. Danielle Shroyer, the summit's keynote speaker, will invite participants to consider the idea that "the origin of humankind is not about original sin, it turns out, but original blessing." The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting the work of the summit. Registration can be completed at "ConNext." Questions can be addressed to Presbyterian representatives Wendy Griffin at wendyg@newlifechurchroseville.org, and Mary Koon at mkoon@oakgrv.org.
 
VA offers 1-day veteran awareness
VA Training for clergy in Rochester
The U.S. Veterans Administration is offering a free day-long clergy training event Oct. 19 at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minn. The training, intended to equip and train community clergy to be a knowledgeable resource to military and their families as they deal with numerous issues resulting from deployments, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. The training is free and open to all faith groups. Additional information is available at "Veteran Awareness." Registration can be completed at "Training Registration."
 
Presentation of 'Body & Sold' planned
at Trinity in Woodbury
Body SoulTrinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury will be host to a documentary play about juvenile sex trafficking on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "Body & Sold," an effort of Chain Reaction Theatre Project, is based on interviews with sex trafficking survivors in five major U.S. cities, including those of Twin Cities' youth, giving voice to victims, and inspiring discussion and action. Other performances are slated Oct. 14 through Nov. 2 throughout the Twin Cities. Details can be found in a complete announcement at "Body & Sold." Additional information, including tickets, can be found at "Chain Reaction."
 
St. Catherine University plans hope through spiritual direction workshop
The spiritual director certificate program at St. Catherine University of St. Paul turns 20 years old this year and to celebrate the university is offering a free, one-day event, open to the public and focused on spiritual practices to support people in troubled times. The event, planned Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., features well-known Catholic sister Elizabeth Liebert. Details can be found at "Nourishing Hope through Spiritual Direction."
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BOP posts Employer News, notes
deadline for employer agreements
According to the September edition of Employer News, a newsletter of the Board of Pensions of the Employer News Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Oct. 13 is the deadline when all employers must review, update and submit their employer agreements for 2018. Annual enrollment in in the BOP plan will run Oct. 30 through Nov. 17. The complete Employer News can be found at "BOP News."
 
Faith formation conference planned
in October in Kansas City
Faith formation Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Christian Education Renovation -- Faith Formation Conference -- planned Oct. 22-24 in Kansas City. The conference is billed as an E-4 -- a conference that educates, empowers, engergizes and engages participants. Details can be found at "Faith Formation."
 
Love Welcome Conference planned in New York City in October
Love Welcome Called the Love Welcome Conference, born out of a resolution adopted by the 221st General Assembly ofthe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the faith-based forum slated Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at First Presbyterian Church in New York City will examine a variety of ways in which congregations can support LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers. The General Assembly resolution encouraged Presbyterians to hold in prayer vulnerable LGBTQ persons around the world and consider how they can provide support. Details can be found at "Love Welcome."
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Lesson from Stewardship Kaleidoscope: Stewardship as pastoral care
Non-profits are doing a better job than most churches of compelling people to support their work, said Adam Copeland, a noted stewardship expert and a Adam Copeland member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. He believes churches need to work harder at telling the stories of their work and the ways the church impacts lives, and ensure church members make the spiritual connection to giving. Acknowledging churches have competition for charitable giving dollars was part of Copeland's plenary presentation at Stewardship Kaleidoscope, the annual Presbyterian stewardship conference. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Robyn Davis Sekula can be found at "Stewardship."
 
Plans begin to take shape for 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis
When the 538 commissioners and 183 advisory delegates to the 223rd General Assembly convene on  General Assembly 223 June 16 it will mark the 16th time the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s top gathering has been held in the "Gateway City" of St. Louis. "We are 268 days out," the Office of the General Assembly's Director of Assembly Operations Tom Hay, told the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly at its Sept. 19-21 meeting in Louisville. The theme of GA223 is "Renewing the Vision: Kindom Building for the 21st Century." The complete story by Jerry Van Marter of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "GA 223."
 
PC(USA) signs on to amicus
brief opposing travel ban
Via amicus briefs, faith partners are often invited to respond to cases brought to the U.S. Supreme Court  since they offer specific perspectives of  PCUSA logo morality and faith in potential decisions made by the judicial body. Earlier this month the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), signed an amicus brief in Trump v. IRAP, et al, and Trump v. State of Hawaii, et al, before the Supreme Court. Nelson, along with other interfaith religious institutions and other organizations, opposes the president's executive order that was intended to stop all refugees from entering the United States as well as the nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries. The complete announcement from the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "In Opposition."
 
Unbound magazine publishes first
issue after 6-month hiatus
After a brief hiatus, Unbound, an interactive journal of Christian social justice, published its first edition since the hire of new managing editor Henry Koenig Stone. The current installment, "Defending the Common Good," covers diverse issues such as defending truth in media, sanctuary churches, human trafficking, an ecumenical call to good ecological stewardship, and the role of faith communities in resisting white supremacy. The award-winning journal is sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP), which is part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Compassion, Peace, and Justice ministries. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Unbound."
 
 
 
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Give Support to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides help for those impacted by the storm.

 
 
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A Texas National Guardsman carries a resident from her flooded home following Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
 

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. — Song of Solomon 8:7

 

Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast late Friday, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. Even as its force has waned, Harvey has brought historic flooding, forcing rivers and streams from their banks, submerging homes, churches, businesses and roads, stranding thousands of people. Your gifts are urgently needed now to support the communities devastated by this historic storm and those throughout the Gulf region who are still in the path of Harvey’s torrential rains. Donate Now.


You can join in the response and encourage those in need by standing in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray.

 

 

GIVE:
Support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s emergency response and long-term recovery work in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Designate gifts to DR000169-Harvey.

You can also give with a credit card by visiting presbyterianmission.org/GIVE-HARVEY or by phone at 800-872-3283.

 

ACT:

  • Put together Gift of the Heart kits for survivors in the affected areas — hygiene kits and cleanup buckets are especially needed. For more information, go to pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/.
  • Contact the PDA Call Center to be notified of volunteer opportunities. Call 866-732-6121 or email pda.callcenter@pcusa.org.
  • Learn how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources, including a bulletin insert, and share updates with your congregation.  
 

PRAY:
God, our Shelter, 
Be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen.

 
 

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