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 September 14, 2018

 

 
 
newsletter hed PTCA
Quick Links
Emerge Logo Little
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.
September 14, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Presbytery highlights
A retirement, new beginnings,
thoughtful expressions of mission
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities area honored Risa Anderson for 11 years of service as the presbytery's office administrator when it met Sept. 11 at Buffalo Presbyterian Church. Anderson is retiring at the endAnderson Japingaof September. The presbytery also welcomed Jennifer Schultz, who is the presbytery's new office administrator. In the photo, Anderson is acknowledged and thanked by the presbytery and executive presbyter Jeff Japinga.
 
The presbytery was also busy beyond these personnel activities. Presbytery moderator Rocky Rockenstein and executive presbyter Jeff Japinga, in a joint report, detailed a structure and organization of the presbytery's meetings in the coming year under the banner, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world." The goal is to intentionally link the worship and work of the presbytery.
 
The complete meeting summary can be found at "Presbytery Highlights."
 
'Heartsinging' at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis
NOTE: There are so many great stories of creative and energizing ministry happening all across the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. This story is from Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, and written by Sue Hensel.
 
We are halfway through our pastor's second sabbatical. The first time the Rev. Kara Root went on a three-month sabbatical, we maintained our schedule, held our meetings, but tensely descended into the way of fear. We "held it together" without a lot of joy or creativity.
 
This sabbatical is different.
 Nokomis kids
As you may know, our congregation has received a nearly $50,000 Clergy Renewal Grant from Christian Theological Seminary, funded by the Lilly Foundation. WOW! How exciting! The purpose of this grant is to allow Kara to thoroughly step away from her role as pastor for THREE months and experience the world anew. And, for we, as a congregation, to embrace this question:
 
"What makes your heart sing?"
 
We are a Sabbath-keeping congregation. We meet for Sunday morning worship the first and third Sundays of the month, and for evening Sabbath service the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. We are a congregation who continues to choose, over and over again, the way of God/love/trust over the way of fear and anxiety that is the cultural norm. It is with this foundation of trust that we gladly launched Kara and her family on their fabulous adventure. And then began our own.
 
The complete story can be found at "Heartsinging."
 
Jeff's Jottings
A house united
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
Jeff JapingaJust two weeks ago, my friend Jerrod Lowry was elected general presbyter of Coastal Carolina Presbytery. He'll join another friend (and former student), Laura Lupton, on a Presbytery staff that will have some major challenges in the months to come, in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Ted Churn is executive presbyter of North Carolina's New Hope Presbytery; Steve Scott is in Salem Presbytery, Jan Edmiston in Charlotte. Along the South Carolina coast, Gavin Meek started just a month ago as transitional executive in New Harmony Presbytery. Shepherds in turbulent times, all of them: real people who represent the hundreds of thousands in harm's way this weekend. Pray for them. Pray for their people.
 
Then please consider a gift to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Send a gift individually, if you haven't already, or consider a special offering or fundraiser at your church. Our own PTCA Mission Team worked this spring with PDA still responding to catastrophic flooding two years ago. The needs are and will continue to be great; please consider how you can help.
 
It means something to be a connectional church.
 
The complete Jottings are at "A House United."
Around the presbytery   
 
Middle East scholar will speak
at Westminster on Sept. 17
Yitzhak Reiter, a professor of Islam, Middle East and Israel studies Ashkelon Academic College in Israel, will speak Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Yitzhak ReiterWestminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Reiter chairs the department of Israel studies and is the head of the Research Authority at Ashkelon. His presentation is titled "Sharing Sacred Spaces in Jerusalem: Between Contestation and Tolerance." As a location of different ethnic, religious and national groups, Jerusalem has become a hub of conflicts, especially after 1967, as it contains many sacred sites shared by more than one religious group. Reiter is the author of 13 books, in addition to five edited books, and numerous articles. Reiter is active in track-two diplomacy meetings regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict and his expertise has been sought by members of the media. Additional details are available at "Sharing Sacred Spaces." Free and open to the public, parking information at Westminster is available at "Getting There."
 
Disability Concerns Ministry urges participation in NAMI Walk
It's a relatively short message from the presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry: "We Need Presbyterians  NAMIto join the NAMI Walk on Sept. 22."  NAMI is the short version of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental illnesses. More than 4,000 people from around the state are expected to join in NAMI Walks Minnesota. Last year, NAMI Minnesota served more than 180,000 people through programs of education, suicide prevention and family support. The 5K walk begins at 1 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. There will be live music, picnics and food trucks, speakers, resource tables, a kids' tent, a tree of hope, a t-shirt contest and more. Registration, including forming or joining a walk team, can be completed at "NAMI Walk" or by calling 651.645.2948.
 
'Rev'd Up' gathering planned
Sept. 25 at House of Hope
Whether retired for two weeks or 20 years, there's always something new that's taking place or something that's been learned. That's the message of the group of retired ministers, aptly called "Rev'd Up," in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The next group event -- an opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones -- is planned Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Additional information and registration details are at "Retired Presbyterian Ministers."
 
Committee on Congregational Vitality plans retreat on 'Good News'
The presbytery's Committee on Congregational Vitality is asking, "How would you like to spend Good Newsa Friday and part of Saturday at the beautiful Clearwater Forest at the peak of the fall-color season reflecting on 'Good News?' Does the 'Good News' look different as seasons change? Do we proclaim a message that is 'Good News' to the world we now inhabit, or are we propping up a church built to address the needs of a world that no longer exists?" The committee is sponsoring a retreat, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, that will reflect on the proclamation of the "Good News" in a world that remains divided and filled with inequality. Registration details can be found at "Good News." Additional details are available on request by sending e-mail to ccv.ptca.program@gmail.com.
 
Installation service planned
for Kendra Grams at FPC Hudson
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is offering an invitation to the presbytery to participate in the worship service to install the Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, Wisconsin. The service will take place at the church Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9:30 a.m. Following the service, light refreshments will be served. Any teaching elders who wish to wear vestments and process should meet in the Fireside Room of the church and be robed in red vestments by 9:25 a.m. The church is located at 1901 Vine Street in Hudson.
 
6th annual South of the River CROP
Hunger Walk steps off Oct. 7
Teams are now forming for the sixth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, with registration beginning at 1 Crop Hunger Walk logop.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church. Following a brief sendoff program at 1:45 p.m., the walkers will step off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service (CWS). The pledges and donations made by the walkers and sponsors benefit CWS's grassroots programs working to end hunger globally. Additional details are in the complete announcement at "CROP Hunger Walk."
 
Rescuing democracy from 'big
money:' Meeting set at Oak Grove
Organizers of a conversation with the national director of Move to Amend (MTA) at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington note, "If you care  move to amendabout the environment, poverty, refugees, or any justice issue, you know that campaign finance reform is desperately needed." A part of that reform is Move to Amend, a nonpartisan effort to reverse Citizens United, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that enables corporations and unions to spend in support of political campaigns. Move to Amend (MTA), on the other hand, affirms that corporations are not people and money is not protected speech. The event at Oak Grove is planned Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The complete announcement is at "Move to Amend."
 
Arlington Hills plans reunion
potluck gathering in October
Arlington fall potluckThe alumni of the former Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church plan to gather Oct. 21 for their annual potluck meal at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. The complete announcement is at "Arlington Hills Potluck."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Resources for Evangelism Sunday offered in Grace, Gratitude newsletter
Grace Gratitude NewsRay Jones, director of theology, formation and evangelism for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, writing in the current edition of the Grace and Gratitude newsletter, noted, "As our ministries respond to our work coming out of General Assembly, we will be addressing what it means to 'reclaim Jesus.' From our reformed foundation we'll look at what it means to follow Jesus and obey him above all earthly powers." The newsletter also includes links to resources for Evangelism Sunday, Sept. 23. The newsletter is at "Grace and Gratitude."
 
Presbyterians Today releases new
Advent devotional: Lifting the Lowly
As a pastor, I am reminded weekly during Sunday's prayers of people that life is not easy. I listen as those in the pew ask for comfort, guidance, healing and adventhope. I listen, and then I pray for our laments to turn into songs of praise. Mary had a song of praise -- one that thanked God for looking favorably upon her and the plight of her people -- and so in planning this year's Advent devotional, I thought it was fitting to hear from Mary and to be reminded once again that God sees us, hears us and is with us always. Presbyterians Today's new Advent devotional for 2018 is based on verse 52 from Mary's Song of Praise -- also known as The Magnificat -- found in Luke 1. The complete announcement is at "Advent Devotional."
Service opportunities ...
 
Cherokee Park United Church in St. Paul is seeking a person to serve as a part-time director of music ministry/accompanist. The church seeks somone who is enthusiastic about a creative blend of traditional and contemporary/world music. The director will work with a choir of approximately 15 members and support volunteer cantors in leading the congregation in a variety of sung responses and other service music. The complete announcement is at "Director of Music Ministry."
 
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is seeking an office coordinator. The synod seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants with strong office, technical and interpersonal skills to provide administrative support to a staff team delivering mission support and ministry services. The complete position description, along with the application procedure, can be found at "Office Coordinator."
 
The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking a transitional associate pastor for church life and adult ministries. The transitional associate pastor will work with the transitional pastor/head of staff, a strong staff and dedicated congregation. It is anticipated that this position will begin this fall and will be in place until the congregation calls a new pastor/head of staff. Additional information and application information can be found at "Transitional Associate Pastor."
News of the wider church  

 

Presbyterians mobilize to help
in recovery from Hurricane Florence
As news comes in of the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is Florenceorganizing a response that will help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days. "Our hearts break and rise up in prayer for the people along the Atlantic coast and the inland areas of the Carolinas," said the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA director. "Right now, we need the church's prayers and financial assistance." Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning about 7:30 a.m. Eastern time near Wrightsville, North Carolina, bearing sustained 90 mph winds. The complete story, along with additional links and resources, can be found at "Hurricane Florence."
 
Chip Andrus dies following
chip andrusbattle with cancer
He has been referred to as the Willie Nelson of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was a fixture on the stage at General Assembly. The Rev. Chip Andrus passed away this weekend following a lengthy battle with cancer. After spending eight years in remission, he was diagnosed last November with metastatic melanoma. Despite a grim diagnosis, Andrus was front and center with his group of musicians at the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis saying, "I just love being here, being with the family. I love (Stated Clerk) J. Herbert Nelson's idea of the 'kindom.' This is where the real family gets together - the ones you like and don't like - and hash things out." The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly is at "Chip Andrus."
 
PDA documentary breathes
life into refugee crisis
breathe free"To Breathe Free," a short movie produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, will be screened twice in upcoming days at the DC Shorts Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Produced and shot in the District of Columbia, the film follows the five-year saga of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs, Syria, to refugee camps in Jordan to beginning their new life in the nation's capital. The 16-minute documentary, which focuses on the humanity of refugees, brings a perspective and voice that goes beyond the political rhetoric surrounding the ongoing refugee debate. The complete story by Scott O'Neill of the Presbyterian News Service is at "To Breathe Free."
 
PC(USA) A Corp. board elects
co-chairs, makes assignments
The newly elected Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) A Corp. elected co-chairpersons and made committee assignments on Wednesday, the final day of its two- PCUSA logoday orientation session. The 11-member board also heard prayers and pleas for collaboration and cooperation from the stated clerk, Presbyterian Mission Agency executive director and General Assembly co-moderators. The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly, thanked the board for its work to come. "Let me thank you for your commitment to this work and thank those on the Way Forward Committee, who put in countless hours to get us where we are today. You will be moving much of the work we do going forward," he said. "Your work will free us up to do the work of mission." The complete story by Scott O'Neill and Paul Seebeck of the Presbyterian News Service can be found at "A Corp Starts Work."
 
 
 

Emerge September 7, 2018

 
newsletter hed PTCA
Quick Links
Emerge Logo Little
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.
September 7, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Presbytery's next stated meeting
planned Sept. 11 in Buffalo
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will conduct its next stated meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Registration and fellowship begins at 3:30; the meeting follows at 4 p.m.
 
presbytery meeting The presbytery welcomes Jessica Tate, executive director of NEXT Church, and Shavon Starling-Lewis, co-chair of the NEXT Church strategy team, who will help the presbytery imagine its call to a missional understanding of its ministry (see story elsewhere in EMerge). Tyler Holm, co-mission worker in Malawi, will also be present for dinner conversations and fellowship.
 
The Committee on the Preparation for Ministry will present inquirer Madeline Hart-Andersen for examination to become a candidate under the care of the presbytery.
 
The presbytery will also recognize Risa Anderson, office manager of the presbytery, for her service. Anderson is retiring at the end of the month.
 
The complete meeting call is at "Presbytery Meeting."
 
Painting Your Own Landscape:
A Missional Workshop
from NEXT Church and the PTCA
This year, our Presbytery meetings will carry a renewed intentionality around four unique elements: worship, fellowship, required business, and education/inspiration under the theme, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world." You'll hear more about that plan on Sept. 11 in a joint report to Presbytery from the moderator and the executive presbyter.
 
Tate Starling For the September meeting, the moderator, Rocky Rockenstein, has invited the Rev. Jessica Tate, top photo, director of the dynamic Presbyterian organization Next Church, and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, co-chair of the NEXT Church Strategy Team and pastor of a Presbyterian church in Rhode Island, to help us explore a deeper missional understanding of ministry.
 
Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9:30-to-1 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Jessica and Shavon will follow-up on their spoken challenge at Presbytery meeting with some hands-on teaching, conversation, and coaching for teaching and ruling elders.
 
You can sign up for the workshop at "Painting Your Own Landscape." There is no charge. Lunch will be provided.  The complete announcement is at "A Missional Workshop."
 
Presbytery names
new office administrator
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area has named Jennifer Schultz as its new office administrator. Jennifer will replace long-time office administrator Risa Anderson, who will retire from the position at Jennifer Schultz the end of September.
 
Jennifer comes to the Presbytery with over a decade of experience as congregational and operations administrator, program manager and food shelf manager for Grace Lutheran Church of Northeast Minneapolis, and Little Kitchen Food Shelf. She will begin on Sept. 10, working with Risa during the following two weeks. She will be formally introduced at the September 11 Presbytery meeting.
 
The Presbytery will honor Risa for her decade-plus of outstanding service at the Presbytery meeting. Please join us there. You may also send Risa a note of thanks to office@ptcaweb.org.
 
Committee on Congregational Vitality plans retreat on 'Good News'
The presbytery's Committee on Congregational Vitality is asking, "How would you like to spend a  Good News Friday and part of Saturday at the beautiful Clearwater Forest at the peak of the fall-color season reflecting on 'Good News?' Does the 'Good News' look different as seasons change? Do we proclaim a message that is 'Good News' to the world we now inhabit, or are we propping up a church built to address the needs of a world that no longer exists?" The committee is sponsoring a retreat, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, that will reflect on the proclamation of the "Good News" in a world that remains divided and filled with inequality. Registration details can be found at "Good News." Additional details are available on request by sending e-mail to ccv.ptca.program@gmail.com.
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for Boundaries 1 all teaching  elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Happy New Year
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga  
Whatever the calendar or the lectionary might say, this Sunday is, for many of our congregations, the beginning of a new church year.
 
At Oak Grove and House of Hope and Associated in Owatonna, this Sunday is Rally Sunday. At St. Luke, it's Come Together Sunday. At First, South Saint Paul, it's Coming Home Sunday. It's Kickoff Sunday at First in Rochester (and for the Vikings and Packers, but that's a whole different kind of church).
 
By whatever name we give it, this first Sunday after Labor Day traditionally marks a new beginning: a return to "regular" worship hours and Christian education classes and choir practices and all manner of ministries that take a hiatus for the summer.
 
But it's also a different kind of new beginning.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Happy New Year."
Around the presbytery   
 
'Rev'd Up' gathering planned
Sept. 25 at House of Hope
Whether retired for two weeks or 20 years, there's always something new that's taking place or something that's been learned. That's the message of the group of retired ministers, aptly called "Rev'd Up," in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The next group event -- an opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones -- is planned Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Additional information and registration details are at "Retired Presbyterian Ministers."
 
Northside Healing Space offers hope
for those who live with trauma
No one is turned away from the Northside Healing Space (NHS). Located at 2100 Emerson Avenue North in Minneapolis, NHS is a ministry of Liberty Community Church (formerly known as Kwanzaa). "We invite victims of sexual exploitation, persons suffering from longtime untreated trauma, and those whose lives have been ravaged by historic trauma," said the Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway, co-pastor of Liberty Community. "We provide gathering spaces where rest and remembering lead to healing, where persons can resist society's treatment of them as objects. People come to be revived emotionally and spiritually." The need for this ministry is critical. Extensive research has shown the lifelong emotional and physical effects of untreated trauma. The complete story by Bebe L. Baldwin can be found at "Northside Healing Space."
 
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Fall activities kick off
Sept. 9 at Spirit of Life
Sept. 9 will be Kickoff Sunday at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The day begins with an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m. featuring the church's jazz band. Children will meet their Sunday school teachers, and all members and visitors will enjoy a cookout after the service. There will be games, a bounce-house and other activities for children. Fall activities begin Wednesday, Sept. 12, when the congregation's "Meet in the Middle" - M&M - begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday school begins Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:10 a.m. following the 10 a.m. worship service. The complete story is at "Apple Valley Sets Kickoff."
 
Middle East scholar will speak at Westminster on Sept. 17
Yitzhak Reiter, a professor of Islam, Middle East and Israel studies Ashkelon Academic College in  Yitzhak Reiter Israel, will speak Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Reiter chairs the department of Israel studies and is the head of the Research Authority at Ashkelon. His presentation is titled "Sharing Sacred Spaces in Jerusalem: Between Contestation and Tolerance." As a location of different ethnic, religious and national groups, Jerusalem has become a hub of conflicts, especially after 1967, as it contains many sacred sites shared by more than one religious group. Reiter is the author of 13 books, in addition to five edited books, and numerous articles. Reiter is active in track-two diplomacy meetings regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict and his expertise has been sought by members of the media. Additional details are available at "Sharing Sacred Spaces." Free and open to the public, parking information at Westminster is available at "Getting There."
 
Disability Concerns Ministry urges participation in NAMI Walk
It's a relatively short message from the presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry: "We Need Presbyterians to join the NAMI Walk on Sept. 22."  NAMI is  NAMI the short version of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental illnesses. More than 4,000 people from around the state are expected to join in NAMI Walks Minnesota. Last year, NAMI Minnesota served more than 180,000 people through programs of education, suicide prevention and family support. The 5K walk begins at 1 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. There will be live music, picnics and food trucks, speakers, resource tables, a kids' tent, a tree of hope, a t-shirt contest and more. Registration, including forming or joining a walk team, can be completed at "NAMI Walk" or by calling 651.645.2948.
 
Arlington Hills plans reunion
Arlington fall potluck potluck gathering
in October
The alumni of the former Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church plan to gather Oct. 21 for their annual potluck meal at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. The complete announcement is at "Arlington Hills Potluck."
 
Israel as ancient symbol, contemporary reality is focus of preaching seminar
hosanna preaching A seminar, designed to help preachers understand and challenge biblical interpretation that benefits one group at the expense of another, is planned at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul Sept. 26. It is, according to the seminar announcement, "at the theological heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict." Reading materials will be provided prior to the seminar. The seminar is a Hosanna Preaching Seminar sponsored by the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To register, contact John Anderson by e-mail at janderson.stjohns@gmail.com, including name, e-mail address, and mailing address. Additional seminar details are at "Hosanna Seminars."
 
Mediation skills workshop planned
in October in Minnetonka
Minnetonka United Methodist Church in Minnetonka will be host to a "Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders," a program of the  Lombard mennonites Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, that runs Oct. 1-5. The workshop is designed to equip pastors and other church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict. The daily sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants. Details about the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center mediation training and upcoming session can be found at "Mediation Skills."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Resources available
for Theological Education Sunday
The Rev. Emily Zeig Lindsey, a Pennsylvania pastor, summed up the importance of theological education beautifully in a video the Theological Education Fund shared in late 2017. "There are people waiting in our pews and in our communities, hungry to learn, and be fed, and waiting for a leader to come alongside them and help with that journey," Lindsey says. "Seminary prepares you to do exactly that, in many ways, and teaches you to be receptive to the lessons you will learn during ministry." This year the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates Theological Education Sunday, Sept. 16, and resources have been prepared to observe the day. The complete story, and the resources, can be found through "Theological Education Sunday."
 
Interim Ministry Training
Institute runs October-May
Change is a fact of life in the world, and churches are facing transition of many kinds. The Interim Ministry Training Institute will provide the tools and  interim ministry techniques needed for addressing transitions. The program is designed for working ministers who are interested in interim or transitional work, or work within their settled position. The class is limited in size to encourage interaction and each of the sessions has advance readings, lecture style presentations, discussion, case studies, and assignments to integrate the training. The class is planned for the second Thursday of each month from October through May in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Details are available from the Rev. Dr. Marlea Gilbert at Streams of Wisdom by sending an e-mail to mgilbert.iim@gmail.com or by calling 608.514.3290. Applications are due by Sept. 17. A brochure is available at "Interim Ministry Training Institute."
 
Resources for Evangelism Sunday offered in Grace, Gratitude newsletter
Ray Jones, director of theology, formation and evangelism for the Presbyterian Mission Agency,  Grace Gratitude News writing in the current edition of the Grace and Gratitude newsletter, noted, "As our ministries respond to our work coming out of General Assembly, we will be addressing what it means to 'reclaim Jesus.' From our reformed foundation we'll look at what it means to follow Jesus and obey him above all earthly powers." The newsletter also includes links to resources for Evangelism Sunday, Sept. 23. The newsletter is at "Grace and Gratitude."
Service opportunities ...
 
The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking a transitional associate pastor for church life and adult ministries. The transitional associate pastor will work with the transitional pastor/head of staff, a strong staff and dedicated congregation. It is anticipated that this position will begin this fall and will be in place until the congregation calls a new pastor/head of staff. Additional information and application information can be found at "Transitional Associate Pastor."
 
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is seeking an office coordinator. The synod seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants with strong office, technical and interpersonal skills to provide administrative support to a staff team delivering mission support and ministry services. The complete position description, along with the application procedure, can be found at "Office Coordinator."
News of the wider church  

 

Reconfigured PC(USA) A Corp.
convenes for first meeting
The newly-reconfigured board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corp., is up and running -- and the list of questions or issues it may need to take on in the  PCUSA logo months to come is considerable. That new board conducted its first meeting Sept. 4-5 in Louisville. The first day's discussion demonstrated in broad strokes some of the issues the A Corp. board likely is to consider going forward, including questions of how better to explain to Presbyterians how the denomination spends its money, and how to fund the services the A Corp. will be expected to provide. Several board members voiced concern about financial transparency. The complete story by Leslie Scanlon of The Presbyterian Outlook can be found at "Reconfigured."
 

PC(USA) provides 'witness

to our faith' in halls of power

Faith is not just personal; it's political. Our leaders pass laws about how we treat one another, laws about  Presbyterians Today magazine money and finances, laws about how our resources are allocated and more. The Bible addresses these issues as well in Scripture like the Ten Commandments, the parable of the sheep and the goats, Sabbath rules and Jesus' advice to the rich young ruler to sell his possessions and give to the poor. To say the Bible and Jesus are not political is to deny their influence and relevance to our lives in the 21st century. The complete article by Sue Washburn, originally published in Presbyterians Today, can be found at "Witness to Power."
 
'Glory to God' hymnal
reaches its 5th anniversary
It's hard to believe that it has been five years since the release of the "Glory to God" hymnal to the  Glory to God Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Ever since its release in 2013, the "new hymnal" has become very popular across the denomination. "In just five years, 'Glory to God' has made remarkable contributions" to worship throughout the denomination, said the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell, associate for worship in the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship, and a member of the hymnal committee. The complete announcement from Presbyterian Publishing Corp. can be found at "Glory to God."
 

Emerge August 24, 2018

 
newsletter hed PTCA
Quick Links
Emerge Logo Little
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 24, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Painting Your Own Landscape:
A Missional Workshop
from Next Church and the PTCA
This year, our Presbytery meetings will carry a renewed intentionality around four unique elements: worship, fellowship, required business, and  Tate Starling education/inspiration under the theme, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world." You'll hear more about that plan on Sept. 11 in a joint report to Presbytery from the moderator and the executive presbyter.
 
For the September meeting, the moderator, Rocky Rockenstein, has invited the Rev. Jessica Tate, top photo, director of the dynamic Presbyterian organization Next Church, and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, co-chair of the NEXT Church Strategy Team and pastor of a Presbyterian church in Rhode Island, to help us explore a deeper missional understanding of ministry.
 
Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9:30-to-1 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Jessica and Shavon will follow-up on their spoken challenge at Presbytery meeting with some hands-on teaching, conversation, and coaching for teaching and ruling elders.
 
You can sign up for the workshop at "Painting Your Own Landscape." There is no change. Lunch will be provided.  The complete announcement is at "A Missional Workshop."
 
Connectionalism? At Macalester-Plymouth it's pie, per capita ... dunk tank
At Macalester-Plymouth United Church in St. Paul last Sunday they talked about per capita as a church's contribution to the total pie of the denomination. Per  per capita capita is just one part of the whole, a part of the connection in each denomination. After worship at Macalester-Plymouth, fellowship featured pies of all types.  And as an added incentive to contribute per capita, lead pastor Adam Blons climbed into the dunking booth. Of course, the opportunity to dunk the Rev. Blons cost a contribution to per capita. The video is available at "Per Capita and the Dunk Tank."
 
Committee on Congregational Vitality plans retreat on 'Good News'
The presbytery's Committee on Congregational Vitality is asking, "How would you like to spend  Good News a Friday and part of Saturday at the beautiful Clearwater Forest at the peak of the fall-color season reflecting on 'Good News?' Does the 'Good News' look different as seasons change? Do we proclaim a message that is 'Good News' to the world we now inhabit, or are we propping up a church built to address the needs of a world that no longer exists?" The committee is sponsoring a retreat, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, that will reflect on the proclamation of the "Good News" in a world that remains divided and filled with inequality. Registration details can be found at "Good News." Additional details are available on request by sending e-mail to ccv.ptca.program@gmail.com.
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30  Boundaries 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for all teaching elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Pain and prayer in farm country
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga
For weeks the people of Iowa -- in fact, people across the country -- had become familiar with the smiling face of Mollie Tibbetts. Mollie disappeared from her rural Iowa community last month while jogging; the search for her made headlines across our country. Tuesday we learned that Mollie will not be coming home. Her lifeless body was found in a field, the victim of evil and violence, which seems to pervade our world more deeply each day.
 
Anxious days have become almost the norm across our rural heartland, and not just because of the search for Mollie Tibbetts. While the economy booms in so many places, life on the farm -- and in the rural towns and churches that find their livelihood from an agricultural economy -- only gets harder. ... More and more, family farmers can't make ends meet. The handshake of a farmer, I've learned, is as firm as ever. Just not their confidence.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Pain and Prayer."
Around the presbytery   
 
Forum on hunger issues
planned Aug. 28 in Burnsville
Hunger is a growing problem in the Twin Cities area, striking children and youth, seniors and families. A forum on local hunger issues and solutions will take  Crop Hunger place Tuesday, Aug. 28, 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 sixth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The forum will feature four panelists who will speak from different aspects addressing hunger in the area. Complete details about this forum and the upcoming Crop Hunger Walk can be found at "Hunger Issues."
 
Middle East scholar will speak at Westminster in September
Yitzhak Reiter, a professor of Islam, Middle East and Israel studies Ashkelon Academic College in Israel, will speak Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at  Yitzhak Reiter Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Reiter chairs the department of Israel studies and is the head of the Research Authority at Ashkelon. His presentation is titled "Sharing Sacred Spaces in Jerusalem: Between Contestation and Tolerance." As a location of different ethnic, religious and national groups, Jerusalem has become a hub of conflicts, especially after 1967, as it contains many sacred sites shared by more than one religious group. Reiter is the author of 13 books, in addition to five edited books, and numerous articles. Reiter is active in track-two diplomacy meetings regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict and his expertise has sought by members of the media. Additional details are available at "Sharing Sacred Spaces." Free and open to the public, parking information at Westminster is available at "Getting There."
 
Disability Concerns Ministry urges participation in NAMI Walk
It's a relatively short message from the presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry: "We Need Presbyterians to join the NAMI Walk on Sept. 22."  NAMI is the short  NAMI version of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental illnesses. More than 4,000 people from around the state are expected to join in NAMI Walks Minnesota. Last year, NAMI Minnesota served more than 180,000 people through programs of education, suicide prevention and family support. The 5K walk begins at 1 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. There will be live music, picnics and food trucks, speakers, resource tables, a kids' tent, a tree of hope, a t-shirt contest and more. Registration, including forming or joining a walk team, can be completed at "NAMI Walk" or by calling 651.645.2948.
 
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Fall activities kick off
Sept. 9 at Spirit of Life
Sept. 9 will be Kickoff Sunday at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The day begins with an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m. featuring the church's jazz band. Children will meet their Sunday school teachers, and all members and visitors will enjoy a cookout after the service. There will be games, a bounce-house and other activities for children. Fall activities begin Wednesday, Sept. 12, when the congregation's "Meet in the Middle" - M&M - begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday school begins Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:10 a.m. following the 10 a.m. worship service. The complete story is at "Apple Valley Sets Kickoff."
 
Israel as ancient symbol, contemporary reality is focus of preaching seminar
hosanna preaching A seminar, designed to help preachers understand and challenge biblical interpretation that benefits one group at the expense of another, is planned at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul Sept. 26. It is, according to the seminar announcement, "at the theological heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict." Reading materials will be provided prior to the seminar. The seminar is a Hosanna Preaching Seminar sponsored by the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To register, contact John Anderson by e-mail at janderson.stjohns@gmail.com, including name, e-mail address, and mailing address. Additional seminar details are at "Hosanna Seminars."
 
Mediation skills workshop planned
in October in Minnetonka
Minnetonka United Methodist Church in Minnetonka will be host to a "Mediation Skills Training Institute  Lombard mennonites for Church Leaders," a program of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, that runs Oct. 1-5. The workshop is designed to equip pastors and other church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict. The daily sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants. Details about the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center mediation training and upcoming session can be found at "Mediation Skills."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Resources available
for Theological Education Sunday
The Rev. Emily Zeig Lindsey, a Pennsylvania pastor, summed up the importance of theological education beautifully in a video the Theological Education Fund shared in late 2017. "There are people waiting in our pews and in our communities, hungry to learn, and be fed, and waiting for a leader to come alongside them and help with that journey," Lindsey says. "Seminary prepares you to do exactly that, in many ways, and teaches you to be receptive to the lessons you will learn during ministry." This year the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates Theological Education Sunday, Sept. 16, and resources have been prepared to observe the day. The complete story, and the resources, can be found through "Theological Education Sunday."
 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope planned
in St. Louis in September
Stewardship Kaleidoscope This year's Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference offering speakers, workshops and networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity, is planned Sept. 24-26 in St. Louis. Diana Butler Bass, an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker, and Chick Lane, pastor for stewardship and generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota, will be the keynote speakers. Details about the conference can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope."
Service opportunities ...
 
Plymouth Presbyterian Church in Plymouth seeks a part-time music director. This permanent position is approximately 20 hours per week, with fewer hours in the summer when the choir does not meet on a regular basis. Minimum job responsibilities are Sunday worship and one evening of choir practice per week. Skill sets include organ, piano, and choir direction. The complete job announcement is at "Music Director."
 
Peace Presbyterian Church in St. Louis Park seeks a part-time office manager to provide administrative support to a small church. Responsibilities include preparing bulletins for worship services, doing the layout for a monthly newsletter, sending a weekly e-mail to church members, maintaining a calendar of church activities, website updates, answering the phone and similar office tasks. The job description is at "Office Manager."
 
Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley is seeking a full-time office administrator. The complete job description, which includes responsibilities in administrative support, communications, finance and leadership, can be found at "Office Administrator." Applications can be submitted by e-mail to the Rev. Richard Buller at richard.buller@valleychurch.net, and additional details are available by calling the church office at 763.588.0831. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 22.
 
Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul is seeking a children and youth ministry coordinator to help create and oversee a program for children and youth that is dynamic, age-appropriate, multi-cultural, connected to worship and mission, and supportive of the church's goal to grow our membership. This is a part-time (10-20 hours per week, average) position that requires an energetic presence on Sundays from at least 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Other hours are flexible depending upon the varying weekly needs of the church program. Interested individuals are asked to contact the Rev. David Colby at dcolby@cpcstpaul.org.
News of the wider church  

 

Remembering Kofi Annan's
Presbyterian, Macalester connections
While many voices vied for the attention of Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general consistently  Kofi Annan listened to people seeking peace from the vantage point of faith, according to a Presbyterian mission leader. "Kofi Annan took seriously the perspectives of churches and faith-based non-governmental organizations," said Sara Lisherness, director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry area. "He invited and encouraged our voices." Annan, who served as secretary general from 1997-2006, died Saturday in Bern, Switzerland. He was 80. Annan's connection with U.S. Presbyterians began at least as early as his young adulthood when Annan, a native of Ghana, came to the United States to study at Macalester College in St. Paul, a Presbyterian-related institution. The school now houses the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Pat Cole can be found at "Kofi Annan."
 
OGA announces hire
of new budget manager
J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has appointed DeAmber Clopton as budget manager for  DeAmber Clopton the Office of the General Assembly. She begins her new work September 4. Clopton, a native of Louisville, earned both a bachelor's degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisville's Sullivan University. She has served in both auditing and senior accounting positions for businesses and nonprofits. Clopton was an auditor for Ernst & Young; a senior accountant for Seven Counties Services, a Louisville-based nonprofit behavioral health organization that serves more than 150,000 people of all ages in a five-state region; and as senior accountant for Churchill Downs Inc., which owns and operates several horse-racing tracks, including the fabled home of the Kentucky Derby. The complete announcement from the Office of the General Assembly is at "DeAmber Clopton."
 
Help Wanted: Mentoring today
fills the pulpits tomorrow
Growing up in South Africa, Bobby Musengwa couldn't imagine coming to America to attend seminary. The path simply wasn't visible to him -- and  Presbyterians Today magazine he couldn't imagine serving as a pastor. But it was his uncle's friendship with Heath Rada, who later served as moderator of the 221st General Assembly, that brought this possibility to light for him -- and the mentoring community of professors, pastors, family and friends reinforced Musengwa's call. Musengwa soon found himself in the United States, encouraged by his family to leave South Africa amid growing concerns about his safety in apartheid South Africa. He attended and graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and worked at Montreat Conference Center each summer. That's where he reconnected with Rada, who then invited him to attend the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now part of Union Presbyterian Seminary). Although Musengwa initially rejected the idea, he decided to try it out. The complete story by Lee Hinson-Hasty, which previously appeared in Presbyterians Today magazine, can be found at "Mentoring Pastors."

Emerge August 31, 2018

 
newsletter hed PTCA
Quick Links
Emerge Logo Little
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 31, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Presbytery's next stated meeting
planned Sept. 11 in Buffalo
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will conduct its next stated meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. Registration and fellowship begins at 3:30; the meeting follows at 4 p.m.
Presbytery Logo  
The presbytery welcomes Jessica Tate, executive director of NEXT Church, and Shavon Starling-Lewis, co-chair of the NEXT Church strategy team, who will help the presbytery imagine its call to a missional understanding of its ministry (see story elsewhere in EMerge). Tyler Holm, co-mission worker in Malawi, will also be present for dinner conversations and fellowship.
 
The Committee on the Preparation for Ministry will present inquirer Madeline Hart-Andersen for examination to become a candidate under the care of the presbytery.
 
The presbytery will also recognize Risa Anderson, office manager of the presbytery, for her service. Anderson is retiring at the end of the month.
 
The complete meeting call is at "Presbytery Meeting."
 
Painting Your Own Landscape:
A Missional Workshop
from NEXT Church and the PTCA
This year, our Presbytery meetings will carry a renewed intentionality around four unique elements: worship, fellowship, required business, and education/inspiration under the theme, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world." You'll hear more about that plan on Sept. 11 in a joint report to Presbytery from the moderator and the executive presbyter.
 
Tate Starling For the September meeting, the moderator, Rocky Rockenstein, has invited the Rev. Jessica Tate, top photo, director of the dynamic Presbyterian organization Next Church, and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, co-chair of the NEXT Church Strategy Team and pastor of a Presbyterian church in Rhode Island, to help us explore a deeper missional understanding of ministry.
 
Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 9:30-to-1 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Jessica and Shavon will follow-up on their spoken challenge at Presbytery meeting with some hands-on teaching, conversation, and coaching for teaching and ruling elders.
 
You can sign up for the workshop at "Painting Your Own Landscape." There is no charge. Lunch will be provided.  The complete announcement is at "A Missional Workshop."
 
Committee on Congregational Vitality plans retreat on 'Good News'
The presbytery's Committee on Congregational Vitality is asking, "How would you like to spend a  Good News Friday and part of Saturday at the beautiful Clearwater Forest at the peak of the fall-color season reflecting on 'Good News?' Does the 'Good News' look different as seasons change? Do we proclaim a message that is 'Good News' to the world we now inhabit, or are we propping up a church built to address the needs of a world that no longer exists?" The committee is sponsoring a retreat, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, that will reflect on the proclamation of the "Good News" in a world that remains divided and filled with inequality. Registration details can be found at "Good News." Additional details are available on request by sending e-mail to ccv.ptca.program@gmail.com.
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for Boundaries 1 all teaching  elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Labor Day
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us -
    yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17
 
Jeff Japinga It's now a holiday better known as the last real weekend opportunity at the cabin up north, or the beginning of the football season.
 
That wasn't the original intent of Labor Day, of course. The inspiration first of a few municipalities and states in the years after the Civil War, Labor Day became a national holiday in 1884, a time set aside to acknowledge the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  I doubt those congressmen (yes, they were all men then) realized then what fertile ground they were creating for mattress sales.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Labor Day."
Around the presbytery   
 
Kim North starts YAV year in Albuquerque; writes blog
Kim North, a member-at-large of Peace Presbyterian Church in St. Louis Park, has begun her year as a Kim North Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The YAV program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of 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. Writing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, noted her YAV year "has officially started and so far has been awesome. I appreciate all of your prayers and support and will do my best to keep you updated on my adventures." Her most recent blog post, up this Tuesday, notes, "I thought it was funny on the first day when the YAV staff called the orientation 'disorientation' but they were right because during the week we began to exit our comfort zones and challenge not only ourselves but each other." The complete blog is at "YAV Year."

Middle East scholar will speak
at Westminster on Sept. 17
Yitzhak Reiter, a professor of Islam, Middle East and Israel studies Ashkelon Academic College in Israel,  Yitzhak Reiter will speak Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Reiter chairs the department of Israel studies and is the head of the Research Authority at Ashkelon. His presentation is titled "Sharing Sacred Spaces in Jerusalem: Between Contestation and Tolerance." As a location of different ethnic, religious and national groups, Jerusalem has become a hub of conflicts, especially after 1967, as it contains many sacred sites shared by more than one religious group. Reiter is the author of 13 books, in addition to five edited books, and numerous articles. Reiter is active in track-two diplomacy meetings regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict and his expertise has sought by members of the media. Additional details are available at "Sharing Sacred Spaces." Free and open to the public, parking information at Westminster is available at "Getting There."
 
Disability Concerns Ministry urges participation in NAMI Walk
It's a relatively short message from the presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry: "We Need Presbyterians to join the NAMI Walk on Sept. 22."  NAMI is the  NAMI short version of National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the NAMI Walk raises awareness about mental illnesses. More than 4,000 people from around the state are expected to join in NAMI Walks Minnesota. Last year, NAMI Minnesota served more than 180,000 people through programs of education, suicide prevention and family support. The 5K walk begins at 1 p.m., at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. There will be live music, picnics and food trucks, speakers, resource tables, a kids' tent, a tree of hope, a t-shirt contest and more. Registration, including forming or joining a walk team, can be completed at "NAMI Walk" or by calling 651.645.2948.
 
Fall activities kick off
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Sept. 9 at Spirit of Life
Sept. 9 will be Kickoff Sunday at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The day begins with an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m. featuring the church's jazz band. Children will meet their Sunday school teachers, and all members and visitors will enjoy a cookout after the service. There will be games, a bounce-house and other activities for children. Fall activities begin Wednesday, Sept. 12, when the congregation's "Meet in the Middle" - M&M - begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday school begins Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:10 a.m. following the 10 a.m. worship service. The complete story is at "Apple Valley Sets Kickoff."
 
Crossing Borders concert to benefit children, families seeking asylum
Local artists Leo Hawkins, at left in photo, and Nici Peper will perform, as well as other local musicians, at Olivet Congregational Church in St. Paul on   Hawkins Peper Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Hawkins has performed with Sounds of Blackness, at a tribute to Curtis Mayfield, and also performed while in the military during the Vietnam War. Peper, a soulful singer-songwriter, influenced by gospel music and storytellers, has recorded in Nashville, and earned the title "Most Authentic Artist" in a Minneapolis contest in 2016. Prior to the evening's concert, plans include a 6 p.m. Latin-themed buffet along with music by the duo Liliana and Harold, who have performed Latin music for more than 20 years. A free-will offering will be accepted. Details are at "Crossing Borders."
 
Israel as ancient symbol, contemporary reality is focus of preaching seminar
hosanna preaching A seminar, designed to help preachers understand and challenge biblical interpretation that benefits one group at the expense of another, is planned at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul Sept. 26. It is, according to the seminar announcement, "at the theological heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict." Reading materials will be provided prior to the seminar. The seminar is a Hosanna Preaching Seminar sponsored by the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To register, contact John Anderson by e-mail at janderson.stjohns@gmail.com, including name, e-mail address, and mailing address. Additional seminar details are at "Hosanna Seminars."
 
Mediation skills workshop planned
in October in Minnetonka
Lombard mennonitesMinnetonka United Methodist Church in Minnetonka will be host to a "Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders," a program of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, that runs Oct. 1-5. The workshop is designed to equip pastors and other church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict. The daily sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants. Details about the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center mediation training and upcoming session can be found at "Mediation Skills."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Justice, Peace newsletter posts
info about its travel study seminars
Justice Peace News The latest issue of Justice & Peace Close-Up focuses on the upcoming events around the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, including the visits to the United States this fall of several International Peacemakers. The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has announced its schedule of travel study seminars for the next two years. Details can be found at "International Peacemakers."
 
Officer training: A quest of fearless failure
NEXT new logo This month's version of the NEXT Church blog on leadership offers various perspectives about how churches might best equip those they call to the ministry of ruling elder. The blog addresses how the church can feed, encourage, and enable the imagination of church officers. It offers ideas about the role of officers as discerners of the Spirit alongside church polity. There are five reflections at "Fearless Failure."
 
Sower, newsletter of PW in the synod, notes upcoming synod gathering
Presbyterian Women logo The July 2018 edition of The Sower, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, is at "The Sower." There's also something for those planning nearly a year ahead - the flyer for the synod's Presbyterian Women's gathering planned June 20-23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. It's at "2019 Gathering."
 
Resources available
for Theological Education Sunday
The Rev. Emily Zeig Lindsey, a Pennsylvania pastor, summed up the importance of theological education beautifully in a video the Theological Education Fund shared in late 2017. "There are people waiting in our pews and in our communities, hungry to learn, and be fed, and waiting for a leader to come alongside them and help with that journey," Lindsey says. "Seminary prepares you to do exactly that, in many ways, and teaches you to be receptive to the lessons you will learn during ministry." This year the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates Theological Education Sunday, Sept. 16, and resources have been prepared to observe the day. The complete story, and the resources, can be found through "Theological Education Sunday."
 
Interim Ministry Training Institute planned to run October-May
Change is a fact of life in the world, and churches are facing transition of many kinds. The Interim Ministry Training Institute will provide the tools and  interim ministry techniques needed for addressing transitions. The program is designed for working ministers who are interested in interim or transitional work, or work within their settled position. The class is limited in size to encourage interaction and each of the sessions has advance readings, lecture style presentations, discussion, case studies, and assignments to integrate the training. The class is planned for the second Thursday of each month from October through May in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Details are available from the Rev. Dr. Marlea Gilbert at Streams of Wisdom by sending an e-mail to mgilbert.iim@gmail.com or by calling 608.514.3290. Applications are due by Sept. 17. A brochure is available at "Interim Ministry Training Institute."
 
Resources for Evangelism Sunday offered in Grace, Gratitude newsletter
Ray Jones, director of theology, formation and evangelism for the Presbyterian Mission Agency,  Grace Gratitude News writing in the current edition of the Grace and Gratitude newsletter, noted, "As our ministries respond to our work coming out of General Assembly, we will be addressing what it means to 'reclaim Jesus.' From our reformed foundation we'll look at what it means to follow Jesus and obey him above all earthly powers." The newsletter also includes links to resources for Evangelism Sunday, Sept. 23. The newsletter is at "Grace and Gratitude."
 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope planned
in St. Louis in September
Stewardship Kaleidoscope This year's Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference offering speakers, workshops and networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity, is planned Sept. 24-26 in St. Louis. Diana Butler Bass, an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker, and Chick Lane, pastor for stewardship and generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota, will be the keynote speakers. Details about the conference can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope."
 
Deadline nears for PHS
records preservation grants
To assist congregations with the preservation of church records, the Presbyterian Historical Society awards annual Heritage Preservation Grants to congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), covering up  to $500 of the cost to digitize official records. To qualify, congregations must be 250 members or less, at least 50 years old, interested in the preservation of historical records, and looking for financial assistance to digitize these records. Grants must be used within a two-year period. The application deadline is Oct. 31. The complete announcement from the Presbyterian Historical Society can be found at "Preservation Grants."
Service opportunities ...
 
Peace Presbyterian Church in St. Louis Park seeks a part-time office manager to provide administrative support to a small church. Responsibilities include preparing bulletins for worship services, doing the layout for a monthly newsletter, sending a weekly e-mail to church members, maintaining a calendar of church activities, website updates, answering the phone and similar office tasks. The job description is at "Office Manager."
 
Plymouth Presbyterian Church in Plymouth seeks a part-time music director. This permanent position is approximately 20 hours per week, with fewer hours in the summer when the choir does not meet on a regular basis. Minimum job responsibilities are Sunday worship and one evening of choir practice per week. Skill sets include organ, piano, and choir direction. The complete job announcement is at "Music Director."
News of the wider church  

 

Denominations repent for Native American land grabs; PC(USA) joins 
"You cannot understand our history as a country until you understand the history of the church." That's how Mark Charles -- a Navajo pastor, speaker and author -- began his presentation to a room full of missionaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,  Doctrine of Discovery gathered this summer for their annual meeting. A number of mainline Protestant denominations have approved repudiations of the Doctrine of Discovery, including the United Methodist Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Church of Christ, the Community of Christ, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a number of Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) meetings. The executive committee of the World Council of Churches -- which includes 350 churches, denominations and fellowships around the world -- also issued a statement repudiating the doctrine and calling on member churches to learn about the history and issues facing indigenous peoples in their areas. The complete story by Emily McFarlan Miller of the Religion News Service can be found at "Repenting Land Grabs."
 
Celebration in Amsterdam commemorates 70 years of ecumenism
Hundreds of people gathered from across the world for an ecumenical prayer service at the Nieuwe Kerk,  World Council Church a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) at the very spot in which the organization was founded. Under the theme "Walking, Praying and Working Together," the service featured special music, greetings from the Council of Churches in the Netherlands, and a procession of pilgrims from all over the world. The complete story from the World Council of Churches can be found at "70 Years."
 
 
 
Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122
Sent by office@ptcaweb.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

 

Emerge August 16, 2018

 
newsletter hed PTCA
Quick Links
Emerge Logo Little
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 17, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Committee on Congregational Vitality plans retreat on 'Good News'
The presbytery's Committee on Congregational Vitality is asking, "How would you like to spend a  Good News Friday and part of Saturday at the beautiful Clearwater Forest at the peak of the fall-color season reflecting on 'Good News?' Does the 'Good News' look different as seasons change? Do we proclaim a message that is 'Good News' to the world we now inhabit, or are we propping up a church built to address the needs of a world that no longer exists?" The committee is sponsoring a retreat, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, that will reflect on the proclamation of the "Good News" in a world that remains divided and filled with inequality. Registration details can be found at "Good News." Additional details are available on request by sending e-mail to ccv.ptca.program@gmail.com.
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m.  Boundaries 1 to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for all teaching elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Put this on your calendar!
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
Jeff Japinga Hi, I'm Jeff ... remember me?
 
With Synod School and vacation (both my own and that of EMerge editor Duane Sweep), it's been more than a month since my last Jottings. Let's call that a good summer respite, space to think and wonder about and experience God in new ways. I know that's been true for me; I hope it has been for you as well. Sometimes, it really is best just to be quiet.
 
But only for a while, which is why I want to point forward to September, and to the September meeting of the Presbytery. The Presbytery Leadership Team has been working with the question, How can our Presbytery live out its primary commitments to serve congregations and equip leaders? They've asked themselves that question, and they've asked you that question, taking time at the January meeting to let you talk about what you need and expect from Presbytery.
 
Here's one impact of these conversations: our five Presbytery meetings. It's always been clear the important work that we do together at Presbytery meetings; we're a connectional church, and we live by and through these commitments.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Mark Your Calendar."
Around the presbytery   
 
Forum on hunger issues
planned Aug. 28 in Burnsville
Hunger is a growing problem in the Twin Cities area, striking children and youth, seniors and families. A  Crop Hunger forum on local hunger issues and solutions will take place Tuesday, Aug. 28, 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 sixth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The forum will feature four panelists who will speak from different aspects addressing hunger in the area. Complete details about this forum and the upcoming Crop Hunger Walk can be found at "Hunger Issues."
 
Retired ministers
plan September gathering
The fall gathering of retired ministers, spouses and guests is planned at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Avenue, in St. Paul from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Additional details will be forthcoming.
 
Israel as ancient symbol, contemporary reality is focus of preaching seminar
hosanna preaching A seminar, designed to help preachers understand and challenge biblical interpretation that benefits one group at the expense of another, is planned at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul Sept. 26. It is, according to the seminar announcement, "at the theological heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict." Reading materials will be provided prior to the seminar. The seminar is a Hosanna Preaching Seminar sponsored by the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). To register, contact John Anderson by e-mail at janderson.stjohns@gmail.com, including name, e-mail address, and mailing address. Additional seminar details are at "Hosanna Seminars."
 
Mediation skills workshop planned
in October in Minnetonka
Lombard mennonitesMinnetonka United Methodist Church in Minnetonka will be host to a "Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders," a program of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, that runs Oct. 1-5. The workshop is designed to equip pastors and other church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict. The daily sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants. Details about the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center mediation training and upcoming session can be found at "Mediation Skills."
Resources, conferences ... 

 

Regarding Ruling Elders: The creative tension of spiritual leadership
Ruling Elder Resource The Rev. Joan S. Gray, who has served as teaching elder in 12 congregations and as the moderator of the 217th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), writes the current installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a resource published by the Office of the General Assembly. She notes, "Those who partner with God in the spiritual leadership of the church live between two important truths. The first of these we hear from Jesus on the occasion of his last gathering with his disciples: "Without me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). "Nothing" is a very hard word. It must have been hard for the first disciples to hear. First, Jesus talks about his going away from them and then they hear that without him they can do nothing." Gray's complete column can be found at "Spiritual Leadership."
 
'Just Worship' conference will explore crossroads of worship, justice
Just worship An upcoming conference, "Just Worship," at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta Sept. 13-15 will bring together pastors, musicians, activists and scholars to explore how God might be leading the church toward a more faithful and vibrant future through worship. The conference is sponsored by three Presbyterian seminaries: Columbia, Austin and Johnson C. Smith -- the Office of Theology and Worship, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Just Worship."
 
Stewardship Kaleidoscope planned
in St. Louis in September
Stewardship Kaleidoscope This year's Stewardship Kaleidoscope, an annual conference offering speakers, workshops and networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity, is planned Sept. 24-26 in St. Louis. Diana Butler Bass, an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker, and Chick Lane, pastor for stewardship and generosity at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota, will be the keynote speakers. Details about the conference can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope."
Service opportunities ...
 
Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley is seeking a full-time office administrator. The complete job description, which includes responsibilities in administrative support, communications, finance and leadership, can be found at "Office Administrator." Applications can be submitted by e-mail to the Rev. Richard Buller at richard.buller@valleychurch.net, and additional details are available by calling the church office at 763.588.0831. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 22.
 
Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul is seeking a children and youth ministry coordinator to help create and oversee a program for children and youth that is dynamic, age-appropriate, multi-cultural, connected to worship and mission, and supportive of the church's goal to grow our membership. This is a part-time (10-20 hours per week, average) position that requires an energetic presence on Sundays from at least 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Other hours are flexible depending upon the varying weekly needs of the church program. Interested individuals are asked to contact the Rev. David Colby at dcolby@cpcstpaul.org.
News of the wider church  

 

Katie Geneva Cannon dies; first woman of color ordained minister in PC(USA)
Katie Geneva Cannon The Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), died Wednesday, Aug. 8. The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued the following official statement: "The Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon represented the best of contemporary scholarship through her use of 'down home' southern African American culture shaped by a strong sense of connections to contemporary womanist and movement theology." The complete statement can be found at "Katie Geneva Cannon."
 
Lakes and Prairies week-long
Synod School draws more than 600
Marking its 65th year, this year's iteration of Synod School, the midsummer ministry of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, drew more than 600 for a week of  Synod School dancers worship, classes, fun and fellowship on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Synod School 2018, which ran July 21-27, featured more than 70 classes, convocation addresses by Jason Brian Santos, worship services led by Jana Childers, and the music leadership of Hans Peterson and Nelson Morlock. While participation in Synod School is usually measured by the number of participants from a presbytery, this year a single church contributed 29 attendees. "There were 29 of us, counting me," noted Lance Loveall, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Duane Sweep can be found at "Synod School."
 
Faith-based protesters stand up
to counter white supremacists
When white supremacist groups announced plans to hold a demonstration in the nation's capital to mark the one-year anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, many were concerned the day would descend into violence as it did in 2017, when one woman was killed and many more injured after a man who had marched with racists allegedly plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters. But by Aug. 12, Washington, D.C., had hosted far more anti-racist Methodists, Baptists and other religious demonstrators than white supremacists, and the thousands of other counter-protesters spread across the city suggested white nationalists had inadvertently done more to unite people across religious and racial differences than bolster the ranks of racists. The complete story by Jack Jenkins of the Religion News Service can be found at "Standing United."

Access to the member DIRECTORY requires log in credentials.

Email office@ptcaweb.org to request your new login.

Member Login

Free Joomla! template by Age Themes