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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
August 4, 2017
Presbytery news  
It's time to apply
to be a GA commissioner
General Assembly 223 Applications are now being accepted for the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) slated next summer, June 16-23, in St. Louis.  The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will send two ruling elders and two teaching elders as commissioners, and a young adult advisory delegate -- age 17-23. The application deadline is Sept. 15. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Stated Clerk Bill Davnie at The complete announcement is at "General Assembly."
Jottings returns next week
Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter, is on vacation. His popular Jottings column will return next week.
Around the presbytery   
United Seminary offers early-bird rate
for certificate in the arts, spirituality
Arts Certificate United United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is once again offering a certificate in the arts and spirituality for spiritual and religious leaders. The program begins this fall. Applications received by Aug. 11 receive a $200 reduction in the enrollment fee. The deadline for all applications is Sept. 5. Details about the program and application procedures can be found at "Certificate in the Arts."
Conference on gun violence
is planned in Minneapolis
gun violence A Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence, "Mapping the Way Forward in Prevention," is planned Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 13-14, at the Courtyard Marriott in Minneapolis. A promotional flyer is available at "Way Forward." Additional details and registration information can be found at "Gun Violence."
Resources, conferences ... 


Theological Conversations looks closely
at Martin Luther's famous words
In the seventh installment of Theological Conversations for 2017, the Theology, Formation and John L Thompson Evangelism ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presents "Seeking a Correctable Conscience" by John L. Thompson of Fuller Theological Seminary. "Seeking a Correctable Conscience," with the provocative subheading, "Here I stand ... but d'you mind checking my exegesis," looks closely at those famous words attributed to Martin Luther during the Reformation. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Theological Conversations."
Bruxvoort Colligan offers 'Songwriting with the Psalms' webinar
songwriting Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, well-known Christian songwriter, will present a 90-minute webinar titled "Songwriting with the Psalms" next week Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. CDT. The webinar will focus on the spirituality of the Psalms and the value of sung prayer. Participants will look at three Psalm texts and write a simple community song for each of them: a song of celebration, a song of wonder and a lament. Details can be found at "Songwriting."
Service opportunities
New Life Presbyterian Church, Roseville, is looking for an upbeat person to do part-time custodial and light maintenance work. Details can be found at "New Life Custodial."
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is seeking an executive director. The position is located at Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Louisville, Ky., offices. The leadership profile, with details about the Mission Agency and the opportunity, can be found at "PMA Executive Director."
News of the wider churh  


Nelson speaks out on proposed transgender ban in military
J Herbert Nelson J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), responded last week to President Trump's proposal to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. armed forces. Nelson noted the PC(USA) "stands with transgender community members, affirms their sacredness -- as they are created in the image of God -- and asserts their deservedness of a dignified and respectful work environment." Nelson's complete response can be found at "Transgender Ban."
PC(USA) Public Witness office calls Presbyterians to fall event in Washington
The Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Public Witness is calling Presbyterians across the denomination to come to Washington, D.C., this fall to speak out on the proposed federal budget. Church members, presbyteries and synods are being asked to gather on Sept. 12 for a budget briefing, press conference and a visit to congressional offices. "When I visit churches, I get a sense that people want to make a statement. There is a lot of frustration about the direction the country is headed and I sense that people want to come and make their voices heard," said the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, OPW director. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Speaking Out."
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