EMerge Oct 4., 2019

 
Presbytery News
 
LeaderWise Expanding Counseling Staff and Service Offerings
LeaderWise Counseling has committed to address the need for greater access to mental health services by nearly doubling its staff and availability to serve the needs of our church partners and the broader community. With nearly 1 in 5 adults living with some sort of mental illness, plus many others may be experiencing situational distress, nearly half of people who need mental health care are unable to access it due to a variety of factors including a lack of qualified mental health professionals, limited insurance coverage and stigma associated with seeking help.
 
Since 2010 LeaderWise has offered individual psychotherapy services delivered by its highly skilled and well trained staff of psychologists, social workers and counselors. In an effort to keep up with the demand for services, two new therapists have recently been hired to meet with clients during the late afternoon and evening times clients often seek.
 
Installation Invitation
 
 
Cherokee Park United Church (St. Paul) invites you to the installation of Pastor Matthias Peterson-Brandt. Join us on Sunday, October 20 at 3pm as Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area worships God, installs Matthias, and celebrates God's new call and this new moment in the life of Cherokee Park United Church.
 
Jeff's Jottings:
Church, We Have a Problem
"Everyone is busy today; we’re all overwhelmed. I don’t have an answer for that. But I am looking, and we are looking as a Presbytery—looking for ways in which the Presbytery can support its members in their diverse ministries, whether congregational or in some form of service outside the congregation. To be the life-giving church of the living God to those whom we have called to lead us. "
 
 
Around the Presbytery
 
Items for Donation
 
First Presbyterian Church of White Bear Lake has 60+ copies of Lift Your Hearts Songbook and 4 wine/juice servers and 12 bread plates to donate to another church. Call the church at 651-429-3381 for more information on how to acquire the items.
 
 
Fall 2019 PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force Announce Scholarships for Anti-Racism Training Events
 
PTCA's Anti-Racism Task Force is offering scholarships for upcoming anti-racism trainings, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
 
To encourage attendance by a cohort of participants from PTCA to increase impact in PTCA, we will prioritize scholarships for the following events (click underlined text for link):
 
 
As funds are available, we will consider awarding scholarships for other events through December 2019 intended to equip participants to identify and eliminate racist practices, procedures, structures, within churches/ other institutions and their communities.
 
Scholarships will be awarded for up to 50% of participant costs (with the option of covering more than 50% of the participant cost with rationale provided and when funds are available). Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, until funds are exhausted. Please complete application online.
 
Scholarship recipients must agree to (1) attend a debrief conversation with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) or their designate immediately following or during anti-racism training event to discuss learning and begin planning applications in local congregations/ communities and PTCA and (2) participate in a follow-up debrief conversation (via Zoom) with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) 6-8 weeks after anti-racism training event.
 
Resources and Conferences
 
City-wide Palestinian Film Festival Continues Through October 24th
In celebration of Bright Stars of Bethlehem's 15th Anniversary, partner Congregations across the Twin Cities, MN are hosting a city-wide film festival, featuring Palestinian films, including many by our Dar al-Kalima students and faculty.
 
All proceeds go to support the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and its arts and cultural initiatives through Dar al-Kalima University for Palestinian children, students, families and older adults. See the .PDF link below for date/time/loacation/description of the films.
Help TOPCON! take flight

by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE - When the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos became the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s coordinator for Christian Formation a few of years ago, he never dreamed he'd be hosting a conference on the...

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St. Luke/Minnetonka is host to 'WE ARE 2065' Exhibit
An art exhibit at St. Luke Church in Minnetonka asks the question, "What will life be like in America in 2065?" That year, the United States is projected to be 54 percent people of color. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students who will be living this change and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit with soundscape.
 
The exhibit will be in place and open to visitors from October 2 – October 15, 8:30 – 4 pm Mon – Thurs. The exhibit and opening reception are part of a year-long “Confronting White Supremacy” effort at St. Luke this year.
 
All are invited to an opening reception with remarks by the artist on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm at St. Luke, 3121 Groveland School Rd, Minnetonka, 55391
 
Mission Agency board tackles tough discussion of race and Matthew 25
 
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area has declared itself a Matthew 25 Presbytery and will soon begin institutional work on race. As a prelude to this work, see this news service story about the Presbyterian Mission Agency board and Matthew 25
Mission Agency board tackles tough discussion of race...

by Rich Copley | Presbyterian News Service STONY POINT, New York - The Presbyterian Mission Agency board meeting started Friday morning with a short worship service that took participants back to 1619. But for her talk, "A Conversation on Racism...

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Change (almost) Everything
As the pace of change in our world rapidly increases, the church needs to take stock of where to adapt and where to remain rooted through transition. This activity is at the center of the church in this time and place.
 
We invite you to spend two days with fellow travelers along the way, wondering about the call of the church today at "Change (almost) Everything", sponsored by Church Anew and hosted by St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN. Keynote speakers include Rozella Haydee White and Brian McLaren.
 
 
Employment Opportunities
 
Administrative Assistant - Trinity/Woodbury
 
Administrative Assistant Job Description
Report to: Pastor
Status: Part-time, hourly (20 hours weekly) $15. per hour (negotiable).
 
The church administrative assistant shall be a welcoming presence to church members or visitors entering, calling or contacting Trinity. He or she will be responsible for the efficient operation of the church office, including maintaining the confidentiality of personal information of church and staff members. The individual in this job should be joy-filled, creative and one who takes initiative.
 
EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published biweekly 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
 
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EMerge Sept. 20, 2019

 
Presbytery News
 
September 10th Presbytery Meeting Summary
Per Capita Approved, Membership Extended,
Values Explored at September Presbytery Meeting
An overall 2020 per capita increase of just 80 cents per member headlined actions taken by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area at its stated meeting on September 10, 2019, held at the Associated Church in Owatonna, Minnesota.
 
Presbytery also received an update report from the Presbytery Leadership Team (PLT) on its efforts in re-imaging the Presbytery structure and voted to receive into membership two new persons who were not exactly new to the Presbytery
 
 
2019 Peace & Global Witness Offering for PTCA
Annually the PCUSA receives an offering to support the work of peacemaking across the world. Half of each congregation's offering supports the Presbyterian Mission Agency in their work advocating for peace and justice. Twenty-five percent stays with your congregation for your own peacemaking work and the remaining 25% is directed to one or more organizations selected by the PTCA Mission & Witness Committee.
 
After lengthy discussions, it was decided to direct the presbytery’s Peace and Global Witness money to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and designate its use to support youth and young adults who are struggling with suicide. This offering money will be directed to NAMI chapters in the Twin Cities, Southern MN and Western WI.
 
This denominational offering is usually taken in August and September. Please share with your congregations and give generously!
 
The Mission Corner:
A UHaul Trip to the Border
This summer (and into fall, we hope), EMerge is highlighting summer mission trips sponsored by congregations of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Has your congregation sponsored a summer mission trip for youth or adults? Please email your brief written report, with pictures, to executive presbyter Jeff Japinga at ep@ptcaweb.org.
 
Ask Joy and Jim Klas of Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis what prompted them to drive a rented U-Haul truck from the Twin Cities to El Paso, Texas, with supplies for a group of welcome centers for refugees, Jim will tell you: “Joy has had a deep concern about the border crisis since the first reports of children being separated appeared.”
 
“She has sought ways to help but we don’t speak Spanish and we aren’t lawyers. We have contributed some funds to some organizations, but she wanted to do something more hands-on...”
 
 
Paul Douglas to Speak at Rev'd Up on September 24th
If you have not already learned about and registered for next week's Rev'd Up Event, here is all you need to know: 
(and if you have have registered, thanks! You will receive a reminder of the event with all the details 48 hour before the meeting)
 
Rev’d Up is a Gathering of Retired Presbyterian Clergy, their guests and others who are a part of our retired Presbyterian community. This event will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at Presbyterian Church of the Way, Shoreview from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Coffee available. Registration begins at 10:30 am. 
 
This event includes a major presentation by Paul Douglas, noted evangelical, meteorologist and climate change expert; a hymn sing by led by Dr. Joshua Tompkins, Director of Music at Presbyterian Church of the Way and on the music faculty of Northwestern College; a luncheon; and a worship led by Phil Gebben-Green, Co-Pastor of Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church.
 
We're hoping this will be of an ongoing connection for all of us, so we’ll take a few minutes at the end to share some ideas and solicit others for future possibilities, including ongoing gatherings, and other opportunities.
 
If you have not already done so, register for the Rev'd Up Gathering and luncheon by clicking here or by calling Terry Roos (612-866-7059 home, they can leave a message) or Peter Wyckoff (651-486-9114). Note: You need to register separately for each person attending. We hope you can join us! Cost for the day, including luncheon is $15 which will be collected when you arrive. Registration is requested by Monday, September 23rd.
 
 
Installation Invitation
 
 
Cherokee Park United Church (St. Paul) invites you to the installation of Pastor Matthias Peterson-Brandt. Join us on Sunday, October 20 at 3pm as Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area worships God, installs Matthias, and celebrates God's new call and this new moment in the life of Cherokee Park United Church.
 
Jeff's Jottings:
Home
For these last four-and-a-half years, first as your transitional e-p and then as installed, I have served you on that basis: as wholly one of you, in body, mind, and spirit; and yet not fully as one of you, with membership still held by the Classis of Holland, Reformed Church in America. This summer, I asked the Committee on Ministry if we might change that; if I might become fully accountable to the Presbytery in my ministry. Last week, you all said yes.
 
At the meeting, the body rightfully asked, Why this? Why now? What I told them, and want you to know as well, was about home. About being welcomed in a place in such a way that it becomes yours, not simply with an address on an envelope but at the very core of who you are.
 
 
Around the Presbytery
 
Peace Church Parade: "Y'all Come Back Now!"
 
Thanks to the support of the PTCA through a Congregational Development Grant, Peace Church St. Louis Park held its first Parade & Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7. 
 
Led by a trumpet player riding in a wheelchair, the parade proceeded from the front door of Hamilton House, a city-owned low income apartment building, along the sidewalk to the church’s front lawn where a picnic was enjoyed by all. Neighbors originally from China and the Philippines, as well as residents of Hamilton House and new church members from Liberia and the Cameroon, joined long-time church members in a neighborhood celebration—followed by an invitation, “Y’all come back now!” 
 
The second “First Saturday” community event on Oct. 5 will also feature Wheelchairs on Parade, a collection decorated wheelchairs and walkers designed to help our neighbors with mobility impairment to join in the fun — and to take the sting out of the experience of mobility impairment.
 
 
 
 
 
Committee on Nominations Accepting Applications for GA Commissioners
The Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for the 224th General Assembly (2020) from June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore, MD. Interested persons should complete the application (see below) and return it by October 1, 2019.
 
For this General Assembly, the Presbytery needs to identify 2 Teaching Elder Commissioners, 2 Ruling Elder Commissioners, and 1 Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD). Applicants should demonstrate activity in the life of the Church, especially within their congregation and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Commissioners need to have the ability to interpret and communicate the actions of the General Assembly back to the Presbytery.  
 
Expenses for travel, housing, and meals for Commissioners/Delegate are reimbursed by General Assembly. Incidentals are at their personal expense.
 
To get the application, contact Jennifer Schultz (office@ptcaweb.org) or Tom Ruter (thomas_j_ruter@yahoo.com) or click the link below.
 
For more information about 224th General Assembly, CLICK HERE.
 
Fall 2019 PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force Announce Scholarships for Anti-Racism Training Events
PTCA's Anti-Racism Task Force is offering scholarships for upcoming anti-racism trainings, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
 
To encourage attendance by a cohort of participants from PTCA to increase impact in PTCA, we will prioritize scholarships for the following events (click underlined text for link):
 
 
As funds are available, we will consider awarding scholarships for other events through December 2019 intended to equip participants to identify and eliminate racist practices, procedures, structures, within churches/ other institutions and their communities.
 
Scholarships will be awarded for up to 50% of participant costs (with the option of covering more than 50% of the participant cost with rationale provided and when funds are available). Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, until funds are exhausted. Please complete application online.
 
Scholarship recipients must agree to (1) attend a debrief conversation with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) or their designate immediately following or during anti-racism training event to discuss learning and begin planning applications in local congregations/ communities and PTCA and (2) participate in a follow-up debrief conversation (via Zoom) with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) 6-8 weeks after anti-racism training event.
 
Scholarship and Workshop Opportunities from Congregational Vitality
 
The Committee on Congregational Vitality (CCV) would like you to know about two opportunities to support your church’s mission and ministry.
NEXT Church Scholarships
Once again this year the CCV is providing scholarships to the NEXT Church Gathering March 2-4, 2020, in Cincinnati. NEXT Church’s Vision Statement is “We Believe God is always calling the church into the future. NEXT Church seeks to follow God by strengthening the relational fabric of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We do this by cultivating congregations and leaders who work in sustained, effective, and faithful ways to promote God’s transformation of our communities for the common good.” Up to five $500 scholarships will be available. Please send a letter or email stating your interest and why this gathering would benefit you and/or your congregation. Please apply by Friday, November 15th. Applicants will be notified by the end of November. Send letters to CCV Chair Mike Quady, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55112, or quady12@gmail.com.
 
Communications Workshop
A group of churches in the western region of the presbytery is working together to host a communications workshop in November. The workshop will focus on helping churches create a communication plan in the morning, and discuss using websites and social media to tell your church’s story in the afternoon. The workshop leaders will be Gail Strange and Mari Graham from the PC(USA)’s Communicator Network.The workshop will be Thursday, November 14th, 9:30-3:30, at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Long Lake. There is no charge for the workshop. There may be a small charge for those who wish to order lunch. It’s recommended that churches send two or three participants (Pastors, office staff, Elders or leaders working on communications).
 
Pop-up Centering Prayer Offered at Edgcumbe Presbyterian - September 30
All are invited to an outside pop-up centering prayer gathering. All level of practicers welcome, beginners especially welcome!!
 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church
2149 Edgcumbe Rd, St. Paul, MN 55116
Parking available in church lot and next door at Highland Park High School
 
From the church parking lot, walk up the walk way to backwoods area. Bring a chair or mat
 
Gathering at 6:15p - 20 minute centering prayer sit at 6:30p with instructions - fellowship time with simple treats following.
 
If inclement weather, gathering will be held in sanctuary of church
 
Resources and Conferences
 
City-wide Palestinian Film Festival Continues Through October 24th
In celebration of Bright Stars of Bethlehem's 15th Anniversary, partner Congregations across the Twin Cities, MN are hosting a city-wide film festival, featuring Palestinian films, including many by our Dar al-Kalima students and faculty.
 
All proceeds go to support the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and its arts and cultural initiatives through Dar al-Kalima University for Palestinian children, students, families and older adults. See the .PDF link below for date/time/loacation/description of the films.
 
St. Luke/Minnetonka is host to 'WE ARE 2065' Exhibit
An art exhibit at St. Luke Church in Minnetonka asks the question, "What will life be like in America in 2065?" That year, the United States is projected to be 54 percent people of color. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students who will be living this change and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit with soundscape.
 
The exhibit will be in place and open to visitors from October 2 – October 15, 8:30 – 4 pm Mon – Thurs. The exhibit and opening reception are part of a year-long “Confronting White Supremacy” effort at St. Luke this year.
 
All are invited to an opening reception with remarks by the artist on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm at St. Luke, 3121 Groveland School Rd, Minnetonka, 55391
 
Presbyterians invited to take part in NAMI Walk next month
NAMI
Presbyterians are invited to join members of the Disability Concerns Ministry to walk or roll Saturday, Sept. 28, to support the work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
 
One group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, a second group in Rochester at the Community and Technical College. The five kilometer walk or roll starts at 1 p.m.  Officially registered team members will receive a T-shirt.
 
Presbyterians can organize their own team or support the presbytery's team at "Presbyterians Walk and Roll." Additional information for Minneapolis walkers is available from Wendy Fields at wagf55@gmail.com or Pat Milloy at dpmilloy@comcast.net or from Tammy Rider at trider7140@yahoo.com for Rochester walkers.
 
Celebrate 50 years of CROP Hunger Walks
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement; CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25% of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks
 
This year some 800 communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Stepping up to End Hunger Since 1969." The CROP Hunger Walk was started in 1969 by a group of energized young people in Bismarck, North Dakota who wanted to mobilize their community to fight global hunger. Today, the CROP Hunger Walk is a national movement raising funds for the global hunger-fighting work of Church World Service and local hunger-fighting agencies. Last year, over 800 events raised over $8 million dollars.
 
For more information or to find a local Walk at www.crophungerwalk.org.
 
YWCA "Time to Talk" Event on October 2nd
The PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force would like to encourage your attendance at the next YWCA “It’s Time to Talk” event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi is the Founding Director of Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His latest book How to Be an Antiracist has just been published.
 
Workshop schedule
10:30 - 11:30 Registration and coffee hour and informal conversations
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote Address
12:30 – 1:30 Facilitated conversations at lunch tables
 
For PTCA attendees
1:45 – 3:30 Informal discussion related to PTCA response at Westminster Presbyterian Church (across the street from the Convention Center)
 
 
Scholarship support is availableClick to apply for a scholarship
 
Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams, Chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force (kendra.grams@fpchudson.net).
 
Change (almost) Everything
As the pace of change in our world rapidly increases, the church needs to take stock of where to adapt and where to remain rooted through transition. This activity is at the center of the church in this time and place.
 
We invite you to spend two days with fellow travelers along the way, wondering about the call of the church today at "Change (almost) Everything", sponsored by Church Anew and hosted by St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN. Keynote speakers include Rozella Haydee White and Brian McLaren.
 
 
Employment Opportunities
 
Administrative Assistant - Trinity/Woodbury
 
Administrative Assistant Job Description
Report to: Pastor
Status: Part-time, hourly (20 hours weekly) $15. per hour (negotiable).
 
The church administrative assistant shall be a welcoming presence to church members or visitors entering, calling or contacting Trinity. He or she will be responsible for the efficient operation of the church office, including maintaining the confidentiality of personal information of church and staff members. The individual in this job should be joy-filled, creative and one who takes initiative.
 
EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published biweekly 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
 
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EMerge Aug. 23, 2019

 
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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.
August 23, 2019
  
Presbytery news  
 
The Mission Corner
Macalester Plymouth high-schoolers
go to Houston
This summer (and into fall, we hope), EMerge is highlighting summer mission trips sponsored by congregations of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Has your congregation sponsored a summer mission trip for youth or adults? Please email your brief written report, with pictures, to executive presbyter Jeff Japinga at ep@ptcaweb.org.
 
The high schoolers at Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul have a long tradition of weeklong summer mission trips. This year, the group traveled to Houston, Texas, to participate in Hurricane Harvey recovery. Pines Presbyterian Church provided warm hospitality and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, in partnership with The Restoration Team and West Street Recovery, provided meaningful work and powerful learning opportunities for our group.
 
The complete story, along with pictures, can be found at "Going to Houston."
 
From the Rev. Paula Sanders
Sanders called to ministry
of radical hospitality
 
God is doing a new thing!
 
Early this year, I began to feel God's call to a new ministry of radical hospitality. Radical hospitality is an old concept. It means to provide for the stranger from our very best, as if sojourners were family. This outpouring of love is required of us as Christians because God's chosen people were rescued from slavery in Egypt. Radical hospitality has always been a cornerstone of my ministry.
Sanders Hamilton 
Because of this, I became increasingly outraged by the atrocities being visited upon God's children at the border between Mexico and the United States.
 
The complete story is at "God is Doing a New Thing."
 
(Above are Sanders and Joyce Hamilton of The Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley.)

Memorial service Saturday
for the Rev. Elizabeth Heller
A memorial service for the Rev. Elizabeth D. Heller, honorably retired member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. All clergy are invited to gather in the Bushnell Room at Westminster prior to the service for robing, and to process in the service. Westminster reminds you that parking is available in their underground ramp; the entrance is on Alice Rainville Street.
 
A note of thanks to Duane Sweep
You've read EMerge; you're reading it now. And you probably never wondered how it comes together.
 
Emerge Logo LittleThat kind of behind-the-scenes work rarely gets much attention or a second thought. It just happens. With this issue of EMerge, it is happening for the final time under the guidance of Duane Sweep, director of communications for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and editor of EMerge. Duane is retiring from his work with the Synod, and from EMerge. Duane's perseverance and attention to detail over the past five-plus years has shaped EMerge into the information-filled document you are reading. Duane, thank you for all you have given to the life and ministry of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area through your work.
 
EMerge will continue on its every-other-week schedule. Please contact Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter, at ep@ptcaweb.org with your news and other information.
 
Jeff's Jottings
Jeff JapingaThank You ...
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhardt
 
I don't know that I exactly believe these oft-quoted words of Meister Eckhart, the 14th century German philosopher, theologian, and mystic. "Only?"
 
Beyond this miniscule quibble with semantics, Eckhart's encouragement has been on my mind lately.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Thank You."
Around the presbytery   
 
Presbyterians invited to take part
in NAMI Walk next month
NAMIPresbyterians are invited to join members of the Disability Concerns Ministry to walk or roll Saturday, Sept. 28, to support the work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, if a volunteer can be found to captain the walk in Rochester, a group there will gather at the Community and Technical College at the same time. The five kilometer walk or roll starts at 1 p.m.  Officially registered team members will receive a T-shirt. Presbyterians can organize their own team or support the presbytery's team at "Presbyterians Walk and Roll." Additional information is available from Wendy Fields at wagf55@gmail.com or Pat Milloy at 952948.2416 or dpmilloy@comcast.net.
 
Electric vehicle expo
set Sept. 14 at Oak Grove
EV vehicle picThe second annual electric vehicle -- or EV -- exposition is coming Saturday, Sept. 14, to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. The expo, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers the opportunity to test drive the latest EV models, to visit with EV owners, to try out electric bikes and to learn from experts about charging, networks and corridors, rebates, and rates for clean electricity. Details about the event are at "Electric Vehicle Expo."
 
MN Council of ChurchesDakota sacred site tour
is scheduled Sept. 29
Healing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches have announced another slate of Sacred Site Tours in the Twin Cities area. The tours visit sites in the area that are sacred to the Dakota people. Participants learn about the history of the land in a way that facilitates healing. A tour is planned Sept. 29, and runs 1 to 5 p.m. Additional information and registration for the tour can be obtained by contacting the Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, director for racial justice with the Minnesota Council of Churches, at jimbear.jacobs@mnchurches.org.
 
'Art of Transitional Leadership'
opens Sept. 16 in Buffalo
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is planning a new event this fall -- "The Art of Transitional Leadership" -- that will provide ministry skills training for today and tomorrow's church pastors, staff,  synodcommittees on ministry and congregational leaders. Set Monday through Friday, Sept. 16-20, at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota, the event offers two tracks, one covering an introduction to transitional ministry that runs the full week, and another offering transformation training for church leaders that takes place Wednesday through Friday of the week. The full-week session provides 30 hours of training that meets the requirements for Week I Transitional Ministry Education. The second session provides training for ruling elders and other congregational leaders, focusing on their roles in congregations in times of ministry transitions. Details are available at "Art of Transitional Leadership." Registration information is available through the link in the flyer or by following a link to "Transitional Leadership Registration."
Ministry positions
 
Community Presbyterian Church, Rochester:A Designated Pastor task force of the Presbytery has been named to assist the Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester in their search for a .45-time pastoral leader. Community is an "open-hearted, open-minded" Christian community sharing a ministry of faith, hope, and love. Their new pastor will provide worship leadership and broader support for the work of the session and the congregation in ministries that serve Christ in the congregation and the community. You will find their MIF soon on the Church Leadership Connection website of the PCUSA, or you can contact the Rev. John Curtiss, chair, Designated Pastor Task Force for Community Presbyterian, Rochester, at pastorjohncpc@gmail.com.
Resources, conferences

 

'Stewardship Kaleidoscope' planned
at end of September in San Diego
Stewardship Kaleidoscope"Stewardship Kaleidoscope," the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s annual stewardship conference, will feature keynote leaders Melissa Spas from the Lake Institute and Eric Law, author of "Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries." Diane Moffett, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will preach. There are also more than 30 workshops. The event runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Details can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope." Scholarships are still available.
 
2019 POAMN national conference planned in October in Louisville
older adult poamnThe 2019 national conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is slated Oct. 15-18 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Keynote speakers will be the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian Formation and Small Church Support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. A complete schedule and online registration are available at "POAMN National Conference."
 
BOP schedules retirement planning seminar at seminary in Dubuque
Board of PensionsBoard University of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will conduct a two-day retirement planning seminar Oct. 2-3 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. The seminar is for members of the BOPs benefit plan who plan to retire within the next 15 years. Complete details can be found at "Retirement Planning Seminar."
News of the wider church  

 

As violence escalates
How safe is your church?
Presbyterians Today magazineThe pastor glumly ordered a salad with dressing on the side. Her lunch companion wondered whether her friend would rather have had a greasy hamburger instead. The pastor's sour mood, though, wasn't about healthy food choices. It was about the choice her session had made to lock the doors during Sunday morning worship. After two decades of guiding the congregation to be welcoming to its community -- one that elders had noticed becoming riddled with drugs and crime -- the soon-to-retire pastor felt defeated. She wondered about the message that locked doors would send. The complete story by Donna Frischknecht Jackson of Presbyterians Today can be found at "How Safe is Your Church?"
 
BOP seminar addresses retirement
in context of wholeness
Board of Pensions"People often think of retirement strictly in financial terms. 'Am I saving enough money?' 'How much does Medicare Supplement cost?' 'When can I afford to retire?'" said the Rev. Lori Neff LaRue, director of wholeness education for the Board of Pensions. "Those are extremely important questions to address, but they are far from the only ones." The complete Presbyterian News Service by Holly Baker of the Board of Pensions can be found at "Seminars Planned."
 
PC(USA) communications
survey results are in
In May, a denominational communications survey was launched to determine what the church most wants and needs from communications. Nearly 11,000 people responded to questions including "What is most useful about communications from the national offices?" and "What is most frustrating?" and "What denominational information would you like that you are not currently getting?" Some of their responses might surprise you. The communications leaders of each of the six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as well as Presbyterian Women, created the survey to find out how the national Communications offices can best serve congregations and mid councils. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Melody Smith can be found at "Communications Survey."
 
 
 

EMerge Sept. 6, 2019

 
Presbytery News
 
Presbytery Meets in Owatonna
On September 10
Have you wondered what it might be like if our presbytery meetings were more interactive? More connectional? More personal and participatory? That’s one of the goals of next week’s meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, scheduled to meet in stated session beginning at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10, at Associated Church, 800 Havana Road, Owatonna, MN, 55060. The meeting is expected to adjourn by 6:00 pm and will be followed by a catered dinner.
 
 
The Mission Corner:
"We are God's Treasure"
This summer (and into fall, we hope), EMerge is highlighting summer mission trips sponsored by congregations of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Has your congregation sponsored a summer mission trip for youth or adults? Please email your brief written report, with pictures, to executive presbyter Jeff Japinga at ep@ptcaweb.org.
 
In June, the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, sent a VBS mission team for the fifth year in a row to the Bdecan Presbyterian Church in Tokio, North Dakota (on the Spirit Lake Reservation). Our mission team works closely with Joe Obermeyer (the Commissioned Lay Pastor of the Bdecan Presbyterian Church) as well as the church members of the Bdecan Church and members from the near-by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Devils Lake to plan and present VBS. 
 
 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Response to Dorian
Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane on September 1, 2019 and stalled over the islands for 24 hours, causing massive damage. So far, it is reported that five lives have been lost.
 
PDA is working with partners in the Bahamas to respond to immediate needs and is monitoring the storm as it heads along the Atlantic coast in the U.S. 
 
Using the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Hurricanes account, DR000194, allows a faithful response to the needs internationally and domestically. 
 
Paul Douglas to Speak at Rev'd Up on September 24th
All retired PTCA clergy and their guests are invited to gather at Presbyterian Church of the Way on September 24 for Rev'd Up!, the twice yearly gathering of retired Presbyterian clergy and their guests. This event will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Coffee available. Registration begins at 10:30 am.
 
 
Jeff's Jottings:
It Wasn't Me!
This is your executive presbyter, Jeff Japinga, speaking. The real Jeff Japinga, not some scammer using my name who, a few weeks ago, dropped an email in some of your inboxes. I am not stranded in Seoul or the northwoods, and I don’t need you to buy me or the Presbytery gift cards from Amazon or the local store and send them along. That email was not from me; delete, delete, delete.
 
Okay, so that’s not the most profound paragraph you’ve ever read in Jottings. But it might be the most straightforward. And I hope you will both heed it and pass this along to your church offices and membership.
 
 
Around the Presbytery
 
Committee on Nominations Accepting Applications for GA Commissioners
The Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for the 224th General Assembly (2020) from June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore, MD. Interested persons should complete the attached application and return it by October 1, 2019.
 
For this General Assembly, the Presbytery needs to identify 2 Teaching Elder Commissioners, 2 Ruling Elder Commissioners, and 1 Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD). Applicants should demonstrate activity in the life of the Church, especially within their congregation and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Commissioners need to have the ability to interpret and communicate the actions of the General Assembly back to the Presbytery.  
 
Expenses for travel, housing, and meals for Commissioners/Delegate are reimbursed by General Assembly. Incidentals are at their personal expense.
 
For more information about 224th General Assembly, CLICK HERE.
 
Fall 2019 PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force Announce Scholarships for Anti-Racism Training Events
PTCA's Anti-Racism Task Force is offering scholarships for upcoming anti-racism trainings, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
 
To encourage attendance by a cohort of participants from PTCA to increase impact in PTCA, we will prioritize scholarships for the following events (click underlined text for link):
 
 
As funds are available, we will consider awarding scholarships for other events through December 2019 intended to equip participants to identify and eliminate racist practices, procedures, structures, within churches/ other institutions and their communities.
 
Scholarships will be awarded for up to 50% of participant costs (with the option of covering more than 50% of the participant cost with rationale provided and when funds are available). Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, until funds are exhausted. Please complete application online.
 
Scholarship recipients must agree to (1) attend a debrief conversation with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) or their designate immediately following or during anti-racism training event to discuss learning and begin planning applications in local congregations/ communities and PTCA and (2) participate in a follow-up debrief conversation (via Zoom) with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) 6-8 weeks after anti-racism training event.
 
Scholarship and Workshop Opportunities from Congregational Vitality
 
The Committee on Congregational Vitality (CCV) would like you to know about two opportunities to support your church’s mission and ministry.
NEXT Church Scholarships
Once again this year the CCV is providing scholarships to the NEXT Church Gathering March 2-4, 2020, in Cincinnati. NEXT Church’s Vision Statement is “We Believe God is always calling the church into the future. NEXT Church seeks to follow God by strengthening the relational fabric of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We do this by cultivating congregations and leaders who work in sustained, effective, and faithful ways to promote God’s transformation of our communities for the common good.” Up to five $500 scholarships will be available. Please send a letter or email stating your interest and why this gathering would benefit you and/or your congregation. Please apply by Friday, November 15th. Applicants will be notified by the end of November. Send letters to CCV Chair Mike Quady, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55112, or quady12@gmail.com.
 
Communications Workshop
A group of churches in the western region of the presbytery is working together to host a communications workshop in November. The workshop will focus on helping churches create a communication plan in the morning, and discuss using websites and social media to tell your church’s story in the afternoon. The workshop leaders will be Gail Strange and Mari Graham from the PC(USA)’s Communicator Network.The workshop will be Thursday, November 14th, 9:30-3:30, at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Long Lake. There is no charge for the workshop. There may be a small charge for those who wish to order lunch. It’s recommended that churches send two or three participants (Pastors, office staff, Elders or leaders working on communications).
 
Items from Closed Church Available
 
Church fixtures offered FREE from a closed congregation. All are in good shape, though some may need cleaning or polishing. See photographs for most. 
 
  • Book or Bible stand. Stand is made of polished aluminum in brass color.
  • Wooden stackable communion cup trays(3 trays). Hold 36 cups each.
  • Offering plates (2 plates). Polished solid brass, with red interior center pads.
  • Glass communion cups. Almost one inch deep. Too many to count! (no photo)
  • Communion tray set (5 trays each for bread and cups). Polished solid brass with removable lids.
  • The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs(1990) (50 plus copies) (no photo)
  • Holy Bible, NRSV, with Presbyterian symbol on cover (50 plus copies) (no photo)
  • Choir Robes (25 of various sizes). Dark wine red. With removable white stoles.
  • Advent wreath. Black aluminum. Currently has greenery on it, but that can be removed. Uses large candles. Stands approximately 40 inches tall in the center.
 
For information or to arrange pick up, contact:
Steve Robertson
Treasurer, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
 
 
 
 
 
Fall Activities Will Kick Off September 8th at Spirit of Life Church
September 8th will be Kickoff Sunday at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The day will begin with a 10 a.m. Worship Service, after which children will meet their Sunday School teachers. Then all members of the congregation and visitors will enjoy a cookout, and there will be games, a bounce house and other activities for children.
 
 
Resources and Conferences
 
St. Luke Presbyterian, Minnetonka is host to 'WE ARE 2065' Exhibit
An art exhibit at St. Luke Church in Minnetonka asks the question, "What will life be like in America in 2065?" That year, the United States is projected to be 54 percent people of color. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students who will be living this change and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit with soundscape.
 
The exhibit will be in place and open to visitors from October 2 – October 15, 8:30 – 4 pm Mon – Thurs. The exhibit and opening reception are part of a year-long “Confronting White Supremacy” effort at St. Luke this year.
 
All are invited to an opening reception with remarks by the artist on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm at St. Luke, 3121 Groveland School Rd, Minnetonka, 55391
 
Presbyterians invited to take part
in NAMI Walk next month
NAMI
Presbyterians are invited to join members of the Disability Concerns Ministry to walk or roll Saturday, Sept. 28, to support the work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
 
One group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, a second group in Rochester at the Community and Technical College. The five kilometer walk or roll starts at 1 p.m.  Officially registered team members will receive a T-shirt.
 
Presbyterians can organize their own team or support the presbytery's team at "Presbyterians Walk and Roll." Additional information for Minneapolis walkers is available from Wendy Fields at wagf55@gmail.com or Pat Milloy at dpmilloy@comcast.net or from Tammy Rider at trider7140@yahoo.com for Rochester walkers.
 
Celebrate 50 years of CROP Hunger Walks
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement; CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25% of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks
 
This year some 800 communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Stepping up to End Hunger Since 1969." The CROP Hunger Walk was started in 1969 by a group of energized young people in Bismarck, North Dakota who wanted to mobilize their community to fight global hunger. Today, the CROP Hunger Walk is a national movement raising funds for the global hunger-fighting work of Church World Service and local hunger-fighting agencies. Last year, over 800 events raised over $8 million dollars.
 
For more information or to find a local Walk at www.crophungerwalk.org.
 
YWCA "Time to Talk" Event on October 2nd
The PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force would like to encourage your attendance at the next YWCA “It’s Time to Talk” event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi is the Founding Director of Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His latest book How to Be an Antiracist has just been published.
 
Workshop schedule
10:30 - 11:30 Registration and coffee hour and informal conversations
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote Address
12:30 – 1:30 Facilitated conversations at lunch tables
 
For PTCA attendees
1:45 – 3:30 Informal discussion related to PTCA response at Westminster Presbyterian Church (across the street from the Convention Center)
 
 
Scholarship support is availableClick to apply for a scholarship
 
Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams, Chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force (kendra.grams@fpchudson.net).
 
Forum on Our Changing Climate and Hunger Planned for September 16th
A community forum on climate change and solutions for food and water sustainability will take place on Monday, September 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Burnhaven Library Community Room, 1101 West County Road 42 in Burnsville. The event, open to the public, is being presented by the steering committee for the 7th Annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, along with the Dakota County Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Interfaith Creation Care South Metro.
 
 
Change (almost) Everything
As the pace of change in our world rapidly increases, the church needs to take stock of where to adapt and where to remain rooted through transition. This activity is at the center of the church in this time and place.
 
We invite you to spend two days with fellow travelers along the way, wondering about the call of the church today at "Change (almost) Everything", sponsored by Church Anew and hosted by St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN. Keynote speakers include Rozella Haydee White and Brian McLaren.
 
 
EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published biweekly 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
 
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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.
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Mission Trip Corner
 
This summer (and into fall, we hope), EMerge is highlighting summer mission trips sponsored by congregations of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Has your congregation sponsored a summer mission trip for youth or adults? Please email your brief written report, with pictures, to executive presbyter Jeff Japinga at ep@ptcaweb.org.
 
Trips highlighted in this issue of Emerge come from First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul and Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley.
 
Junior high and high school youth from the South St. Paul congregation served for a week in July with Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Valley Community has a long tradition of sending their youth across the Midwest each summer.
 
The complete story, along with pictures can be found at "Mission Trip Corner."
 
The Rev. Sung Chul Park has been told
'Go back to Korea!'
The Rev. Sung Chul Park is an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area who also continues to direct the Korean Adoptees Ministry Center. For the Rev. Park, the recent rhetoric on immigration was not a political or ideological talking point; it was deeply personal. When it comes to being told to "go back," he wrote, "I have heard this chant, too, personally."
 
His complete story is at "Go Back to Korea."
 
Presbyterians invited to take part
in NAMI Walk next month
Presbyterians are invited to join members of the Disability Concerns Ministry to walk or roll Saturday, Sept. 28, to support the work of the National Alliance NAMIon Mental Illness (NAMI). The group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, if a volunteer can be found to captain the walk in Rochester, a group there will gather at the Community and Technical College at the same time. The five kilometer walk or roll starts at 1 p.m.  Officially registered team members will receive a T-shirt. Presbyterians can organize their own team or support the presbytery's team at "Presbyterians Walk and Roll." Additional information is available from Wendy Fields at wagf55@gmail.com or Pat Milloy at 952948.2416 or dpmilloy@comcast.net.
 
Anti-Racism Task Force plans to commemorate Dakota hanging
The Anti-Racism Task Force of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting a trip to Mankato Dec. Dakota 3826 to honor the annual horse and rider pilgrimage from Crow Creek, South Dakota, to Mankato, Minnesota. Those taking part in the task force's Mankato trip will pay a silent tribute of apology and peacemaking in recognition of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. On Dec. 26, 1862, 38 Dakota leaders, prisoners of war from the U.S.-Dakota War, were hanged in Mankato. The complete story from the task force can be found at "The Dakota 38."
 
Jeff's Jottings
We believe ...
 
Jeff JapingaBy Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
And so here we are again, back on our knees after still more outbreaks of senseless gun violence. Ten days ago, it was at the garlic festival in Gilroy, California. Then last weekend, at the Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas, and then in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio - the unspeakable horrors unleashed by violent men armed and committed to kill masses of people. How long, we had to ask again, must we endure this unrelenting assault on innocents at the hands of individuals boiling over with rage?
 
The answers we got were both unequivocal, and they were thin. It's past time we get serious about guns, we said in print and in the streets. It's past time we get serious about white supremacy and white nationalism; about the hidden layers of U.S. society that gives safe harbor to our most violent tendencies. Yes, it is past time.
 
The complete Jottings are at "We Believe."
Around the presbytery   
 
Dakota sacred site tours
planned in August, September
MN Council of ChurchesHealing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches have announced another slate of Sacred Site Tours in the Twin Cities area. The tours visit sites in the area that are sacred to the Dakota people. Participants learn about the history of the land in a way that facilitates healing. Tours are slated Aug. 18, and Sept. 29. The tour runs from from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional information and registration for one of the tours can be obtained by contacting the Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, director for racial justice with the Minnesota Council of Churches, at jimbear.jacobs@mnchurches.org.
 
First in South St. Paul is host
to 'We Are; 2065' exhibit
The current art exhibit First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul asks the question, "What will life be like in America in 2065?" That year, the United States is projected to be 54 percent people of color. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students who will be living this change and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit. The exhibit is titled simply "We Are; 2065." Details, including a way to schedule a group tour, can be found on Facebook at "America in 2065."
  
Registration underway
for 'Art of Transitional Leadership'
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is planning a new event this fall -- "The Art of Transitional Leadership" -- that will provide ministry skills training for synodtoday and tomorrow's church pastors, staff, committees on ministry and congregational leaders. Set Monday through Friday, Sept. 16-20, at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota, the event offers two tracks, one covering an introduction to transitional ministry that runs the full week, and another offering transformation training for church leaders that takes place Wednesday through Friday of the week. The full-week session provides 30 hours of training that meets the requirements for Week I Transitional Ministry Education. The second session provides training for ruling elders and other congregational leaders, focusing on their roles in congregations in times of ministry transitions. Details are available at "Art of Transitional Leadership." Registration information is available through the link in the flyer or by following a link to "Transitional Leadership Registration."
 
Addiction, Faith Conference planned
in September in Twin Cities
addiction faithNoting on its website the "growing concern over the devastation of all forms of addiction, including the ever-increasing opioid crisis," organizers of this fall's Addiction & Faith Conference say the conference will "raise awareness of the terrible addiction problem we face and how the church and people of faith can help to address it." The conference is planned Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference is presented by the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy in partnership with the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Conference details are at "Addiction and Faith."
Resources, conferences

 

'First Reading,' podcast resource
for preachers on the Old Testament
first reading"First Reading," a podcast to help preachers get a handle on the richness of the Old Testament readings in the Revised Common Lectionary, is available each week. Designed by Rachel Wrenn and Tim McNinch, Old Testament doctoral students at Emory University, the podcast provides literary and historical background, discusses Hebrew linguistic tidbits, and helps overcome preaching pitfalls in the text. It also offers potential preaching angles for sermons. Episodes air two weeks ahead of the lectionary date. Details are available at "First Reading."
 
'Stewardship Kaleidoscope' planned
at end of September in San Diego
Stewardship Kaleidoscope"Stewardship Kaleidoscope," the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s annual stewardship conference, will feature keynote leaders Melissa Spas from the Lake Institute and Eric Law, author of "Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries." Diane Moffett, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will preach. There are also more than 30 workshops. The event runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Details can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope." Scholarships are still available.
 
BOP schedules retirement planning seminar at seminary in Dubuque
Board of PensionsBoard University of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will conduct a two-day retirement planning seminar Oct. 2-3 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. The seminar is for members of the BOPs benefit plan who plan to retire within the next 15 years. Complete details can be found at "Retirement Planning Seminar."
 
2019 POAMN national conference planned in October in Louisville
older adult poamnThe 2019 national conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is slated Oct. 15-18 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Keynote speakers will be the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian Formation and Small Church Support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. A complete schedule and online registration are available at "POAMN National Conference."
 
Thistle Farms founder to speak at 1001, Vital Congregations gathering
Becca StevensBecca Stevens, one of the keynote speakers for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Vital Congregations national gathering coming up Oct. 14-16 in Kansas City, Missouri, remembers how she felt when she started a residential community for women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Even though she was fulfilling a longing to open a sanctuary for survivors of trauma, like herself, she says she was "pretty messed up." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Surviving Trauma."
News of the wider church  

 

Hope and lament: Big Tent 2019

calls to pay attention

 
Presbyterians join Baltimore residents
in action against gun violence
A sea of blue made its way along the sidewalks of downtown Baltimore in the evening of Aug. 2. Approximately 200 Presbyterians attending Big Tent gun violence walkersjoined local advocates to speak out against gun violence. The group, dressed in blue Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) T-shirts, marched as part of the quarterly Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend, a grassroots effort to draw attention to the growing problem. Five local Presbyterian churches organized the walk, covering several areas where people have died in gun violence over the past few years. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Action Against Gun Violence." Randy Hobson, manager of design and multimedia with the Office of the General Assembly, produced a brief highlight of the walk and the reflections from the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly. It's at "In Baltimore."
 
Synod School speaker: Being civil
in a time of incivility
Dede JohnstonCivility is easy when we're in our comfort zone, but civility becomes more challenging as we move away from that easy place. But that's what we need to do - and there's a way to do it. That was part of the message Dr. Deirdre "Dede" Johnston brought to Synod School last week when she addressed civility in a time of incivility as the midsummer ministry's convocation speaker. The complete Presbyterian News Service story can be found at "Civility in a Time of Incivility."
 
Short attention spans: class covers
short books of the Bible (with humor)
The Rev. Tom Willadsen of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has become a fixture at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' Synod School, and he's most often associated with Tom Willadsencaramel rolls. But he's also known for his classes, and the classes are known for humor. Author of "OMG! LOL! Faith and Laughter," Willadsen responded to a series of questions about the Synod School class he taught, "Bible Study for People with Short Attention Spans." The e-mail exchange included this comment from Willadsen: "I taught ["Laughter as Spiritual Discipline"] last year and it attracted people who wanted instruction in spiritual discipline, rather than laughter. People who've taken my classes before know that I'm profoundly shallow, so last year's class was a mismatch." The complete story can be found at "Short Attention Spans."
 
Churches that aid, house immigrantsgather for Big Tent workshop
The 40 or so people attending Big Tent's "Asylum & Immigration Networking & Best Practices" workshop Aug. 1 took three hours not only to hear from the experts but to share with one another what they're doing in their local settings to aid vulnerable people. "This is not the time for symbolic activities," one man told those in the group. "Passing a resolution or putting up a peace pole may make us feel good, but we can't be satisfied with something symbolic. Do something substantial." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "Immigration Best Practices."
 
 
 
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