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 December 15, 2017

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December 15, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
Houses of Hospitality raises $13,000
with Holiday Folly; synod helps
In a note to those who took part in its Thursday Holiday Folly silent auction and fund-raiser, Twin Cities Houses of Hospitality residents, staff and board Holiday Folly members identified the event as "a great success." Noting that donations are still coming in, the letter pointed out that $6,500 had been raised and matched by the Synod of Lakes and Prairies for a total of more than $13,000. The letter stated, "Because of your generosity, the nine residents of Twin Cities Houses of Hospitality will continue to be supported by an intentional community ... teaching, advocating and helping those in our community who need it most." The young people live together, share meals, provide service to the broader community, and explore their personal spiritual development and vocational discernment. Twin Cities Houses of Hospitality provides living spaces at below-market rates, as well as program support that nurtures the connections between a life of faith, service, justice and vocation.
 
Griner, Wuflestad will lead young
adult ministry retreat at Clearwater
Clearwater Young Ad Lyle Griner, youth ministry instructor at Augsburg College and Concordia University in Twin Cities, and Lee Wuflestad, music ministry coordinator at Timberwood Church in Nisswa, Minnesota, will lead a two-day young adult ministry retreat at Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp, conference and retreat center near Deerwood, Minnesota. The retreat is scheduled Friday evening and Saturday, Feb. 9-10. The retreat, according to its flyer, "is about people skills -- how to listen, care, welcome, guide and affirm in all life situations." The complete flyer can be found at "Young Adult Ministry Retreat."
 
CPM needs ordination exam readers
Ordination exams The Committee on Preparation for Ministry is seeking three ruling elders and three teaching elders to read Ordination Exams in 2018.  If you're interested please contact either of CPM co-chairs, the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com, for more information.
 
Jeff's Jottings
To testify to the light
 
By Jeff Japinga
Jeff Japinga Executive Presbyter
 
Advent, perhaps more than any other time of the church year, invites the voice of the prophet into our lives. As the world - and we right along with it - rushes headlong into Christmas, Advent reminds us to pause, to reflect.
 
This week, it is the voice of John the Baptist, speaking truth to power and calling all to repentance.  But with a promise, too, the promise of light, that enlightens everyone, coming into the world. John was not himself the light, but a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe.
 
Might I tell you of two witnesses to the light I saw this week, beacons of hope in the darkness of these difficult times.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Testifying to the Light."
Around the presbytery   
 
Le Sueur Presbyterian
announces final service
The Presbyterian Church of Le Sueur will conduct its final worship service Sunday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will follow.
 
Spirit of Life offers
special Christmas programs
Christmas is in the air and so is music at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The Advent  Spirit of Life Apple Valley season continues during the Sunday, Dec. 17, worship service when the children and youth act out the story of the Nativity as the choir performs "My Soul Glorifies the Lord" and "Of the Father's Love Begotten." The final selection will be "Some Children See Him," sung by the children along with the women of the choir. Worship is at 10 a.m. The complete announcement from Spirit of Life can be found at "Christmas Programs."
 
Boundary training offered
in January by Committee on Ethics
Boundaries 1 The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training, entitled "To Bless the Space Between Us," on negotiating interpersonal boundaries, ethics, power dynamics, confidentiality, and self-care in a ministry context. This training is required for all teaching elders when they join the presbytery, and is also appropriate for other church leaders. The training is slated Monday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. The complete announcement is at "Boundaries." Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Growing in Grace and Gratitude:
Grace and Gratitude curriculum A gift to the church
The gift you didn't know you were getting this year could be free e-books, audio Bible stories and family activities from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) "Growing in Grace and Gratitude" children's curriculum. Each e-book includes a Bible story, a detailed lesson plan, and printable activities that children can use at church and with their families at home. The curriculum is designed for children ages 3-10. There are currently 52 free e-book stories available. The e-book "is like a Christmas stocking full of goodies to discover!" said managing editor Jeanne Williams of Presbyterian Publishing Corp. Complete information can be found at "Growing."
 
Presbyterian leaders advised
of 2018 Walton Award nominations
Tim McCallister, associate in the offices of Mission Program Grants and Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, advised mid council leaders last week of  Presbyterian missionthe procedure for making nominations for 2018 Walton Awards. Funded by the $3 million gift of Sam and Helen R. Walton in 1991, award recipients in the 2018 round will receive one-time grants of up to $50,000.  The nomination form for the grant "includes several questions that will be important for follow-up and for understanding how [a nominee] is meeting certain goals," McCallister wrote. His complete letter can be found at "Walton Award." Nomination forms are available at "Nomination Form."
 
APCE plans 2018
annual event in Louisville
Presbyterian Church Educators The 2018 annual event of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators is planned Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 at the Galt House in Louisville. The event promises interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge attendees, mini-plenaries, resource-filled workshops, and worship with spirit and imagination. Complete details can be found at "Annual APCE Event."
 
Winter Pastors School set
in February; now in new location
Winter Pastors OPSF The 2018 version of Winter Pastors School, the annual winter education event of Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, is slated Feb. 5-8, and this year takes place at Calvin Crest Retreat Center near Fremont, Nebraska. The featured speaker is Gene T. Fowler, a pastoral theologian and church pastor who currently serves the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. More complete details can be found at "Winter Pastors School."
 
Clearwater Chrysalis planned at Clearwater Forest in February
The Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins, a member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area who has been  a local, national and international speaker, teacher, preacher, and workshop and retreat leader, will be the keynote speaker at Clearwater Chrysalis, when the women's winter retreat takes place at Clearwater Forest Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25. Chrysalis is a balanced, faith-building program of Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp and conference center in the heart of Minnesota lake country. The vision of Chrysalis is to nourish and support the body, mind and spirit in community with other women. Details can be found in the flyer at "Clearwater Chrysalis."
 
Registration opens for NEXT
Church gathering in February
Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in  NEXT new logo 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. Complete details and registration information can be found at "NEXT Church 2018."
 
Ecumenical Advocacy Days
to address 'A World Uprooted'
The website for next spring's Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in the nation's capital notes, "We live in a time of upheaval and uprootedness -- a world in  Ecumenical Advocacy which each year millions of people cross borders in search of more secure and sustainable lives, while white supremacist ideologies continue to impede the fight for justice and peace for all of God's people." EAD, the website notes, "is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues." EAD is planned Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23. Details can be found at "Ecumenical Advocacy Days."
 
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Clergywomen plan
conference at Montreat
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen will conduct their triennial conference at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina, April 23-26. Conference details and registration information can be found at "Triennial Conference."
News of the wider churh  

 

Way Forward Commission reveals tentative recommendations
Meeting on the one-year anniversary of its first gathering at Auburn Seminary in New York City, the  General Assembly 223 Way Forward Commission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) held a three-hour conference call this week to hear reports and initial recommendations, plan for its report drafting sessions and look beyond General Assembly 223. Formed by an action of the 222nd General Assembly, the Way Forward Commission will prepare a recommendation to address structural and functional inefficiencies, enhance institutional collaboration and provide a blueprint for ongoing evaluation of the church and its mission. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Way Forward."
 
Board of Pensions uncovers fraud scheme
The Board of Pensions is investigating the fraudulent redirection of 11 pension payments. The Board  Board of Pensions reissued the December payments to the pensioners, and acted immediately to ensure that no other Benefits Plan members or pensioners were, or would be, affected. The fraud did not affect any other plans or funds. The Board also identified that the online accounts of 46 additional pensioners had been altered to redirect future payments. The Board reversed these, thwarting the attempt at a second theft. The complete announcement from the Board of Pensions can be found at "Fraud Scheme."
 

 

Emerge December 8, 2017

 
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December 8, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
CPM needs ordination exam readers
Ordination exams The Committee on Preparation for Minitry is seeking three ruling elders and three teaching elders to read Ordination Exams in 2018.  If you're interested please contact either of CPM co-chairs, the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com, for more information.
 
Boundary training offered
in January by Committee on Ethics
Boundaries 1 The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training, entitled "To Bless the Space Between Us," on negotiating interpersonal boundaries, ethics, power dynamics, confidentiality, and self-care in a ministry context. This training is required for all teaching elders when they join the presbytery, and is also appropriate for other church leaders. The training is slated Monday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Blooming. The complete announcement is at "Boundaries." Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Clearwater Chrysalis planned
at Clearwater Forest in February
The Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins, a member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area who has been a local, national and international speaker, teacher, preacher, and workshop and retreat leader, will be the keynote speaker at Clearwater Chrysalis, when the women's winter retreat takes place at Clearwater Forest Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25. Chrysalis is a balanced, faith-building program of Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp and conference center in the heart of Minnesota lake country. The vision of Chrysalis is to nourish and support the body, mind and spirit in community with other women. Details can be found in the flyer at "Clearwater Chrysalis."
 
Jeff Japinga Jeff's Jottings
St. Nicholas
 
Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
This note: it has been a startling and difficult week on many fronts. Words like tax plan, Jerusalem, revised travel ban, sexual harassment, all are calling up deep emotions. There is deep division. We are polarized in significant ways. I admit: I started two or three different Jottings trying to say something about that, and realized I wasn't ready to speak well about these issues on a short deadline. And so I hope you'll receive this Jottings, this originally planned Jottings, with the invitation, as we anticipate the coming of the Prince of Peace, to continue to reflect with me on how we think and speak and live in the world today. Thank you.
 
I did not leave my wooden shoes by the fireplace this week. Too much going on, I guess.
 
For those who don't know, this past Wednesday, Dec. 6, is the annual commemoration of Saint Nicholas, known as Sinterklass in my Dutch heritage and language. My particular Dutch tradition holds that, on the evening of Dec. 5, Sinterklaas leaves presents, including in the form of chocolates or an orange, in the shoes of Dutch children. We leave our shoes -- often a ceremonial wooden shoe -- in front of the fireplace or near the door for Sinterklass.
 
The complete Jottings can be found at "Sinterklaas."
Around the presbytery   
 
Christmas Tea planned by AHPC alumni
Christmas Tea Alumni of the former Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church have planned their annual Christmas Tea Thursday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview, Minnesota. The invitation noted the event includes cookies, bars and tea sandwiches. The complete flyer is at "Christmas Tea."
 
Spirit of Life offers
special Christmas programs
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Christmas is in the air and music is too at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The Advent season continues with music this Sunday, Dec. 10, when the choir performs one selection from the upcoming Christmas pageant, "Shout the Good News!" The complete announcement from Spirit of Life can be found at "Christmas Programs."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Presbyterian leaders advised
of 2018 Walton Award nominations
Tim McCallister, associate in the offices of Mission Program Grants and Racial Ethnic Schools and  Presbyterian mission Colleges, advised mid council leaders last week of the procedure for making nominations for 2018 Walton Awards. Funded by the $3 million gift of Sam and Helen R. Walton in 1991, award recipients in the 2018 round will receive one-time grants of up to $50,000.  The nomination form for the grant "includes several questions that will be important for follow-up and for understanding how [a nominee] is meeting certain goals," McCallister wrote. McCallister's complete letter can be found at "Walton Award." Nomination forms are available at "Nomination Form."
 
Ecumenical Advocacy Days
to address 'A World Uprooted'
The website for next spring's Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in the nation's capital notes, "We live in a time of upheaval and uprootedness -- a world in which each year millions of people cross borders in  Ecumenical Advocacy search of more secure and sustainable lives, while white supremacist ideologies continue to impede the fight for justice and peace for all of God's people." EAD, the website notes, "is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues." EAD is planned Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23. Details can be found at "Ecumenical Advocacy Days."
 
Latest Board Connections
notes the BOP's special lapel pin
New Connections The latest edition of Board Connections, a newsletter from the Board of Pensions, highlights a lapel pin commissioned by the Board to celebrate its 300 years of service. The Board recently distributed the pins to all active and retired members of the Board's benefits plan. The complete newsletter can be found at "Connections."
 
Sand Bur Consulting plans
bi-vocational ministry incubator
Increasingly, congregations can no longer afford a full-time, fully-supported pastor.  And pastors are needing to wrestle with tough questions about sand bur bi vocational how to sustain themselves while being faithful to their sense of call.  The Sand Bur Consulting's Bi-vocational Ministry Incubator provides a safe space where pastors can dig deeper into these questions, hone skills for doing ministry in a different way, develop tools to guide a congregation into making a transition into a more shared model of ministry, and find the courage to explore options. The Incubator, which includes monthly day-long gatherings, takes place over eight months and offers skill-building, peer support and mentoring. A brochure is available at "Incubator."
 
Presbyterian Church Educators APCE plans 2018 annual
event in Louisville
The 2018 annual event of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators is planned Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 at the Galt House in Louisville. The event promises interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge attendees, mini-plenaries, resource-filled workshops, and worship with spirit and imagination. Complete details can be found at "Annual APCE Event." 
 
Winter Pastors School set
in February; now in new location
Winter Pastors OPSF The 2018 version of Winter Pastors School, the annual winter education event of Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, is slated Feb. 5-8, and this year takes place at Calvin Crest Retreat Center near Fremont, Nebraska. The featured speaker is Gene T. Fowler, a pastoral theologian and church pastor who currently serves the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. More complete details can be found at "Winter Pastors School."
 
Registration opens for NEXT
Church gathering in February
NEXT new logo 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."
 
Presbyterian Clergywomen
plan conference at Montreat
clergy women The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen will conduct their triennial conference at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina, April 23-26. Conference details and registration information can be found at "Triennial Conference."
News of the wider churh  

 

Nelson issues statement on recognition
of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
J Herbert Nelson General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II issued a statement this week from the Holy Land -- where he is traveling with a delegation of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders -- criticizing President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to instruct the U.S. State Department to begin planning to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Nelson's statement is similar to one issued by the National Council of Churches, which had been in contact with him earlier. Nelson's statement opens, "Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be a grievous mistake. For Christians concerned with peace and justice, Jerusalem must be a city shared by three faiths and two peoples." The complete statement can be found at "Jerusalem." 
 
Co-moderators call for 'deeper
cultural shift' on sexual harassment
In an open letter to the church this week, the Revs. T. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, co-moderators of  the  sexual harassment 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) cited "concrete tools for addressing these issues" surrounding sexual harassment, abuse and gender bias. They "strongly encouraged" Presbyterians to "use these [tools] in your ministries." They listed resources for setting policies, teaching, and preaching. A "deeper cultural shift," the co-moderators wrote, includes coming to terms "with all the ways we victimize and objectify people, including actions that are often less noticeable." There complete letter can be found at "Deeper Cultural Shift."
 
Faith leaders launch Poor People's Campaign, affirm call to serve poor
Anderson speaks The Rev. T. Denise Anderson, co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), added her voice to the many faith leaders present for the launch of The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in Washington, D.C. Owing its name to the Poor People's Campaign instituted 50 years ago by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the call seeks to unite "tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Poor People." (Photo of Anderson speaking at the launch event for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Photo by Nora Leccese)
 
Maxim, Johnson announce
for co-moderators of 2018 GA
Maxim Anderson Here we go: The first team to stand for co-moderators of the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has emerged. Eliana Maxim, far right, associate executive presbyter of Seattle Presbytery and a vice moderator of the Way Forward Commission, announced on Facebook and Twitter Dec. 3 that she will stand for co-moderator along with Bertram Johnson, who is minister of justice, advocacy and change at Riverside Church in New York. Both are PC(USA) ministers and people of color. The complete Presbyterian Outlook story by Leslie Scanlon can be found at "First to Announce."
 
Presbyterian Mission Agency CFO departs
Earline Williams After four-and-a-half years of service to the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Earline Williams, deputy executive director and chief financial officer, has embraced a new season of service with her family in Philadelphia. "My service with the Mission Agency has come to an end," said Williams. "I am grateful for my time in Louisville and for the people I have served alongside." The complete announcement from the Presbyterian Mission Agency can be found at "Williams Leaves."

Emerge November 17, 2017

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November 17, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
Happy Thanksgiving;
No EMerge next week
The presbytery staff wishes everyone a thankful Thanksgiving holiday. Because the presbytery office will be closed next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, there will be no EMerge next week. The newsletter will return Friday, Dec. 1.
 
Video posted on Chain of Lakes
Service of Organization
On Sunday, Nov. 12, Chain of Lakes Church was organized by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area as  Chain of Lakes Presby a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Additionally, members of its first session were ordained and installed, and the Rev. Paul Moore was installed as pastor of Chain of Lakes Church. You can find a video of the service at "Chain of Lakes Service."
 
In this season of Thanksgiving, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area invites you to continue to keep the witness of Chain of Lakes in your prayers. Like so many of our congregations, Chain of Lakes is making a difference in its community, and today, as an organized congregation of the PC(USA).
 
Presbytery supports resolution
on campaign finance reform
At its Nov. 6 meeting, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area supported a resolution on campaign finance  Presbytery Logo reform brought by the session of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington and recommended by the Bills and Overtures Committee. As a follow-up to this action, Allen Frechette, a member of the session of Oak Grove, has provided additional background information on the resolution and its desired impact. Frechette's information piece can be found at "PTCA Resolution." (The article is a MSWord document.)
 
Seal presents Ethics Committee
report on sex trafficking
At the Nov. 6 meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the Committee on Ethics, represented by Dean Seal, made a resource-rich presentation on sex trafficking and the upcoming Super Bowl. Last week, we linked to that report in EMerge (See pages 28-29 in the Presbytery Packet). A portion of Dean Seal's oral presentation to Presbytery, as a supplement to the written report, can be found at "Sex Trafficking."
 
Jeff's Jottings
We gather together
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his Name; He forgets not his own.
Jeff Japinga
That's the first stanza of a traditional hymn we often sing at Thanksgiving: No. 559 in the blue Presbyterian Hymnal, No. 336 in Glory to God.
 
It's an old Dutch hymn, written in the late 1500s. My forebears, the Dutch people, had been suffering deeply at the time under the thumb of King Philip II of Spain. There was a severe food shortage; terror in the streets. The Spanish king, a Catholic, had forbidden the Dutch Reformed Protestants to hold worship services. They literally could not gather together.
 
What do you do in times like that? How do you think about God, and about yourself, and not only in desperate times, but maybe in our day as well?
 
The complete Jottings can be found at "We Gather Together."
Around the presbytery   
 
Boundary training offered
in January by Committee on Ethics
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training, entitled "To Bless  Boundaries 1 the Space Between Us," on negotiating interpersonal boundaries, ethics, power dynamics, confidentiality, and self-care in a ministry context. This training is required for all teaching elders when they join the presbytery, and is also appropriate for other church leaders. The training is slated Monday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Blooming. The complete announcement is at "Boundaries." Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Clearwater Forest joins
effort of #GivingTuesday
Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp and conference center located in the center of Minnesota  lake country, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving Tuesday, Nov. 28. According to the Clearwater Forest newsletter, the giving event "harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide." For Clearwater Forest, "Changing lives in God's woods and waters is our main focus for all we do." The complete newsletter, which identifies some of Clearwater Forest's goals and fund-raising efforts, can be found at "Clearwater Forest."
 
UDTS looks for participants in its Young Adult Ministry Scholars program
Annette Huizenga, dean of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, is asking friends in ministry to  UDTS Logo help her find gifted candidates for the seminary's Young Adult Ministry Scholars program. She asks, "Who do you know who has gifts for ministry and mission among young adults ... desires to use and develop those gifts in God's service? ... would enjoy living and working on a diverse Christian university campus? [and] would thrive in graduate courses in leadership, worship, and discipleship?" She then states, "We want to invite such gifted people to join our Young Adult Ministry Scholars (YAMS) program. UDTS gives these scholars the opportunity to earn a theological graduate degree while actively working with other young adults on a college campus." Huizenga's complete letter can be found at "YAMS Program."
 
Registration opens for NEXT
Church gathering in February
Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in Bloom," the  NEXT new logo 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."
 
Applicants sought for the
coming year's YAV program
The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of  Young adult volunteers service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. YAVs serve during the academic year, August to July. The application process for the YAV program is underway. Details are at "Young Adult Volunteer."
 

Winter Pastors School set

in February; now in new location

Omaha Presbyterian Seminary The 2018 version of Winter Pastors School, the annual winter education event of Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, is slated Feb. 5-8, and this year takes place at Calvin Crest Retreat Center near Fremont, Nebraska. The featured speaker is Gene T. Fowler, a pastoral theologian and church pastor who current serves the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. More complete details can be found at "Winter Pastors School."
 
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."
Service opportunities ... 

 

The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is seeking applications for a director of financial services. The director is accountable for providing appropriate, transparent and optimal service, and financial leadership to the synod, its finance committee, and the presbyteries and camps the synod serves. The deadline for submitting a resume and response to supplemental questions is Nov. 28. Details can be found at "Director of Financial Services."
News of the wider churh  

 

PC(USA) 2020 Vision Team recommendations take shape
PCUSA logo The 2020 Vision Team continues to struggle for clarity -- figuring out exactly what to report to the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A); how to say not too much or too little; and how to make its work resonate with congregations. The 2016 General Assembly gave the 2020 Vision Team a directive to develop "a guiding statement for the denomination and make a plan for its implementation with all deliberate speed." The Vision Team has set up a four-person writing team - the team's deadline to submit its report is Feb. 16. The complete Presbyterian Outlook story by Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Visioning."
 
Hardwick resigns from PC(USA)'s Theology, Formation, Evangelism ministry
The Rev. Charles (Chip) Hardwick announced this week his resignation as the director of the Theology,  Chip Hardwick Formation and Evangelism ministry in the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Hardwick's final day at the Presbyterian Center is December 12 and, as of this writing, he has not accepted another call. "I'm still discerning where God might be calling me," he said. "There are some irons in the fire and I'm hoping to get back closer to congregational ministry, but I don't know yet what's coming. I'm counting on our God who provides to provide the next right thing at the right time." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Hardwick Resigns."
 
About 25% of new worshiping communities serve immigrant groups
1001 New worshiping Writing in the November issue of New Church, New Way, the newsletter of the 1001 New Worshiping Communities, Vera White noted, "Laws and attitudes about immigration are in a state of flux throughout the nation. Anxiety is mounting in new immigrant communities." White, who is coordinator of the 1001 effort, goes on to note, "Approximately 150 of the 402 currently active new worshiping communities, or more than one-third, serve primarily new immigrant groups. Many of these immigrants come from families that have been Presbyterian for generations and are deeply committed to worshiping in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." White's complete column, and the newsletter, can be found at "New Church New Way."
 

 

Emerge December 1, 2017

 
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December 1, 2017
  
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Boundary training offered
in January by Committee on Ethics
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training, entitled "To  Boundaries 1 Bless the Space Between Us," on negotiating interpersonal boundaries, ethics, power dynamics, confidentiality, and self-care in a ministry context. This training is required for all teaching elders when they join the presbytery, and is also appropriate for other church leaders. The training is slated Monday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Blooming. The complete announcement is at "Boundaries." Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Clearwater Chrysalis planned
at Clearwater Forest in February
The Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins, a member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area who has been a  local, national and international speaker, teacher, preacher, and workshop and retreat leader, will be the keynote speaker at Clearwater Chrysalis, when the women's winter retreat takes place at Clearwater Forest Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25. Chrysalis is a balanced, faith-building program of Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp and conference center in the heart of Minnesota lake country. The vision of Chrysalis is to nourish and support the body, mind and spirit in community with other women. Details can be found in the flyer at "Clearwater Chrysalis."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Coming to you from CREDO
Jeff Japinga  
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
I have been (and still am) away this week, recipient of a gift of education and reflection on my mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health, courtesy of a remarkable Presbyterian program called CREDO. We're encouraged to get away from the schedule and demands of our regular work, so that we might in fact be strengthened for the months and years ahead.
 
The complete Jottings can be found at "Thoughts of Advent."
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Spirit of Life offers
special Christmas programs
Christmas is in the air and music is too at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. Opening  Spirit of Life Apple Valley the holiday season will be a presentation by the church's handbell choir in the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 3. Then in the Dec. 10 worship service the vocal choir will perform one selection from the upcoming Christmas pageant, "Shout the Good News!" The complete announcement from Spirit of Life can be found at "Christmas Programs."
 
Christmas Tea planned by AHPC alumni
Christmas Tea Alumni of the former Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church have planned their annual Christmas Tea Thursday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview, Minnesota. The invitation noted the event includes cookies, bars and tea sandwiches. The complete flyer is at "Christmas Tea."
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'Facing Racism' theme features
immigrant, refugee family resources
Because the beloved community is what God intends, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is engaging in an  racism resource ongoing campaign to share antiracism resources with the wider church. As part of the Facing Racism campaign, books, worship suggestions, studies, training sessions and other resources are posted online to assist in equipping congregations in their work against racism. This month the content features resources related to issues facing immigrant and refugee families. Resources include the award-winning "Locked in a Box" documentary, legal resources, the "We Choose Welcome" action guide. The complete Presbyterian News Story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Facing Racism."
 
Sand Bur Consulting plans bi-vocational
ministry incubator next year
Increasingly, congregations can no longer afford a full-time, fully-supported pastor.  And pastors are  sand bur bi vocational needing to wrestle with tough questions about how to sustain themselves while being faithful to their sense of call.  The Sand Bur Consulting's Bi-vocational Ministry Incubator provides a safe space where pastors can dig deeper into these questions, hone skills for doing ministry in a different way, develop tools to guide a congregation into making a transition into a more shared model of ministry, and find the courage to explore options. The Incubator, which includes monthly day-long gatherings, takes place over eight months and offers skill-building, peer support and mentoring. A brochure is available at "Incubator."
 
APCE plans 2018 annual
Presbyterian Church Educators event in Louisville
The 2018 annual event of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators is planned Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 at the Galt House in Louisville. The event promises interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge attendees, mini-plenaries, resource-filled workshops, and worship with spirit and imagination. Complete details can be found at "Annual APCE Event." 
 
Winter Pastors School set
in February; now in new location
The 2018 version of Winter Pastors School, the annual winter education event of Omaha Presbyterian Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Seminary Foundation, is slated Feb. 5-8, and this year takes place at Calvin Crest Retreat Center near Fremont, Nebraska. The featured speaker is Gene T. Fowler, a pastoral theologian and church pastor who currently serves the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. More complete details can be found at "Winter Pastors School."
 
Registration opens for NEXT
Church gathering in February
Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in Bloom,"  NEXT new logo 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."
 
Presbyterian Clergywomen plan conference at Montreat
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen will conduct their triennial conference at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina, April 23-26. Conference details and registration information can be found at "Triennial Conference."
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Presbyterian minister, film writer
lists four films for Advent, Christmas
Ed McNulty is a Presbyterian minister and author of three books on film published by Westminster John  Movie supplies Knox Press. He recently identified four popular films for Advent and Christmas. He writes, "If you cringe each year at the saccharine, formulaic entertainment that Hollywood and TV foist onto the public during the so-called Christmas Season, here are four films actually worth your precious time. Two are Advent films of longing and hope, and two are Christmas Eve films focused on the power of love. To go beyond mere entertainment, I have suggested some Scripture passages related to the theme and contents of the films for you to meditate upon. McNulty's complete column  can be found at "Four Films."
 
'Following the Star' Advent
devotional series returns for 2017
Follow Advent Star "Following the Star," the devotional series for Advent and Christmas, has returned to the devotional website d365.org for the 2017 holiday season. The series features scripture, prayer and meditative thoughts accompanied by gentle music focusing on the Advent journey toward Christmas. Writers Tammy Wiens, Jeff Binder, Melissa Kessler, Lawrence Powers, Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas, and Erendira Jiminez have centered their thoughts on the classic themes of the season. A new collection of instrumental guitar arrangements has been recorded specifically for "Following the Star." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Following."
 
World Council of Churches
invites world to 'A Light of Peace"
World Council Church In a global campaign, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites people across the globe to extend "A Light of Peace" for the Korean Peninsula and for a world free from nuclear weapons. On the first Sunday in Advent -- Dec. 3 -- the WCC is inviting the global Christian fellowship to express solidarity with the Korean people and to support efforts to ease tensions and sustain hope. For more than three decades, the WCC has been engaged in facilitating and accompanying dialogue and encounter between Christians from both North and South Korea. The complete announcement from the World Council of Church can be found at "Light of Peace."

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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."
Around the presbytery   
 
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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