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Emerge July 7, 2017

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EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published weekly and distributed to congregations, teaching elders, ruling elders, church members, committees and friends of the presbytery. Please send submissions and address corrections to office@ptcaweb.org.
July 7, 2017
  
Presbytery news  
 
Summer camping has begun,
going 'incredibly well'
The July update from Clearwater Forest, the Presbyterian-related camp and conference center in the heart of Minnesota's beautiful lake country, notes, "We are celebrating our 63rd year of outdoor ministry. Campers and Grands are making great memories, learning about themselves, and strengthening their relationship with God and others in our sanctuary of God's woods and waters.  Each week we have had great evaluations on our ministry and are excited as we continue to grow and see God work in each of our camper's lives." The complete update can be found at "Clearwater Forest."
 
Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania
picks Presbyterian as first president
The United Lutheran Seminary named the Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini  as its first president to lead Theresa Latini the unified seminary with campuses at Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pa. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Latini's background includes pastoral positions in Minneapolis and Levittown, Pa. Latini began filling the post July 1, which was also the inaugural date of United Lutheran Seminary, a consolidation of two historic Lutheran seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia. ULS is the oldest seminary of the 3.8 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, dating to 1826. The complete story is at "Latini Named President."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Two thoughts on independence
 
By Jeff Japinga
Jeff Japinga Executive Presbyter
 
This week, it's only me for a few words. I have been teaching this week in Chicago, and that's pretty much consumed my time. That's my excuse; but this is my hope. I have been wanting for a while now, to add other voices to Jottings: thoughts to inspire and challenge us as we understand ourselves and Christians and Presbyterians, and as we pursue ministry together as the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.
 
So starting, well, today and at least once every month, I'm making a commitment to offer perspectives beyond my own. Given the recent holiday, today's are both related to the Independence Day holiday on Tuesday.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Independence Day."
Around the presbytery   
 
'How are the children?'
event planned Nov. 4
"How are the children?" a critical conversation on the church and the opportunity gap, is planned Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. The event is sponsored by the Liberty Church Ministry of the Mission and Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Additional details will be available on the website and in future editions of EMerge.
 
Presbyterian Women plan
Fall Gathering in Burnsville
Presbyterian Women logo Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will hold their Fall Gathering on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. The program is titled "Interfaith Outreach: Understanding Our Muslim Neighbors." Details will be available on the presbytery website and in future issues of EMerge.
Resources, conferences ... 

 

'Preparing for, arriving at' information
about Synod School is posted
Synod School cover The 2017 installment of Synod School is just around the corner, opening July 23 and running through July 28, at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Noting the  fast-approaching date, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies has added a few important documents to its website, including a special welcome to the 140 first-time attendees, frequently asked questions, arrival information, travel directions and more. The information is available at "Getting Ready." And, of course, the main Synod School page notes an important upcoming date - July 15. That's the date Synod School payments are due.
 
First Academy cohort begins
this summer at Synod School
Responding to a need for accessible educational opportunities for church leaders, the Synod of The Academy Lakes and Prairies, along with the presbyteries of Minnesota Valleys, North Central Iowa and Prospect Hill, is offering The Academy, a series of 11 courses designed to develop well-equipped, thoughtful people to better serve as leaders in the church. The first classes take place this summer at Synod School, which runs July 23-28 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Described as a unique, cohort-based learning community, The Academy offers participants an opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge, grow as a leader, and have more opportunities to serve God as needed. Spots are still available in the initial cohort. Details can be found at "The Academy."
 
Board of Pensions publishes
new issue of Connections
Board Connections, a newsletter from The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has New Connections published its July issue, highlighting recent BOP news and important updates. The current edition notes approval of a medical dues increase and a stand-alone death and disability dues decrease. The complete newsletter can be found at "Board Connections."
Service opportunities
 
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is seeking nominations and applications for its stated clerk position. The part-time position will begin in September. The stated clerk serves as the corporate secretary of the presbytery and writes all official correspondence. The stated clerk also records and maintains all official records of the presbytery, and is the principal staff resource to the presbytery's Permanent Judicial Commission, the Bills and Overtures Committee and administrative commissions. Inquiries regarding the position or the requirements may be directed to Manley Olson, chair of the Nominations Committee (manleyolson@gmail.com), or to executive presbyter Jeffrey Japinga (ep@ptcaweb.org). The desired starting date for the new stated clerk is Sept. 15.The complete position description is at "Stated Clerk." The application form is available here.
 
Winnebago Presbytery, with offices in Neenah, Wis., is seeking a part-time -- 10 hours per week -- Stated Clerk to succeed its retiring incumbent. The successful candidate will be a teaching elder or ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), demonstrate expertise in Presbyterian polity, and have excellent attention to details. Additional information is available at "Winnebago Stated Clerk."
News of the wider churh  

 

All Agency Review Committee
seal discusses future plans
The All Agency Review Committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met recently to receive working group progress updates and plan for its Aug. 21-22 meeting in Louisville. Committee member Eric Beene heads the group looking at the overall work of the All Agency Review and said they were still compiling summaries of conversations that took place during the committee's May meeting in Denver. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "All Agency Review."
 
PMA's 2016 annual report
highlights achievements, changes
Presbyterian Mission Agency Following the June 29 approval by the audit committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, the agency's 2016 Annual Report has just been published. The full report can be found online. This year's report features PMA's work and ministries during 2016 through photographs and stories. The complete announcement is at "Annual Report."
 

 

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