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 22, 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.
September 22, 2017
Presbytery news  
EPPC Administrative Commission's
written report available
Presbytery Logo At last week's meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church Administrative Commission reported its decision to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear the case of the Presbytery and the Eden Prairie church and rule on the basis of freedom of religion. While the Administrative Commission's report was presented orally at the meeting, the written report to the Presbytery can be found at "Administrative Commission."
'Teaching Fish to Walk,' a Peter Steinke workshop, set in November
Today's culture offers us both great challenges and opportunities for ministry. Easy answers won't cut it; we need to change and adapt. That's hard work. But Peter Steinke there are people who can guide us. "Teaching Fish to Walk: Church Systems and Adaptive Challenge," will draw on the deep and long experience of Dr. Peter L. Steinke, author and internationally respected church consultant. The workshop will begin with lunch at noon, Monday, Nov. 13, and conclude at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minn. Sponsors include the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, through its committees on Ministry and Congregational Vitality, and the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. Seats will likely be limited. The complete announcement is at "Teaching Fish to Walk." Registration can be completed at "Going to Teaching Fish."
Presbyterian Women plan fall
gathering at Church of the Apostles
Presbyterian Women logo The latest edition of Connection, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, contains information about the organization's fall gathering Oct. 7 at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. Sadia Tarannum, director of interfaith outreach and community building for the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth, will be the gathering's keynote speaker. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the event runs to 3 p.m. Gathering details and the complete newsletter can be found at "Connection."
Presbytery plans mission
mission ptca celebration in October
Mission Celebration 2017 is coming in October, following the theme "Concerns of God's Heart." Organized by the Mission and Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the event is planned Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Complete details about the celebration can be found in the announcement at "Mission Celebration." Registration can be completed online at "Mission Celebration Registration."
Jeff's Jottings
We interrupt this column
for a special announcement
Jeff Japinga By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Last week, I published my report to Presbytery, and promised that this week I would share the 30-plus charges - thoughts, ideas, even imperatives for our way forward together - that I received from people in this Presbytery. I still will. But next week.
Because as important as those words will be to some of us - guiding lights for a Presbytery moving forward - that's not where our focus belongs this week. Yet again, I need to ask you, on behalf of those who cannot ask, for your help.
In the America news cycle, stories come and go quickly. One urgent crisis is replaced by another, and whatever was urgent two days ago is nearly forgotten. Who has heard much of Hurricane Harvey lately, lost amidst Irma, lost amidst Maria, lost amidst an earthquake. The fires in the West? ...
[W]e must not forget those around the world to whom great suffering has come this month, in ways we can scarcely imagine. It is our calling, as the people of God who so loves the world, to find ways to help care for those who cannot care for themselves.
The complete Jottings can be found at "A Special Announcement."
Around the presbytery   
Claremont church plans celebration
of 150th anniversary
First Presbyterian Church of Claremont, Minn., plans a celebration of praise, worship, fellowship and reminiscing to commemorate its 150th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 1. The flyer for the celebration notes, "We are looking forward to hearing memories, seeing old photos, and you." The flyer, which contains details about the event and a number to call for tickets for the catered meal, can be found at "Claremont Celebrates."
Laurel Presbyterian plans
annual hymn sing, potluck
Laurel Presbyterian Church in Hager City, Wis., will be host to its annual hymn sing and potluck on Sunday, Oct. 1. Singing begins at 4 p.m. and supper takes place at 5 p.m.
South of the River CROP Hunger
Crop Hunger Walk logo Walk steps off Oct. 8
It's not too late to form a team, decide to participate as an individual or sponsor a walker in the fifth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 8, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. The walk steps off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service. One quarter of the funds raised by each walk goes to local hunger-fighting agencies. Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley, Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville, and Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington are among the congregations participating in the walk. Additional details are available at "Hunger Walk."
VA offers 1-day veteran awareness
VA Training for clergy in Rochester
The U.S. Veterans Administration is offering a free day-long clergy training event Oct. 19 at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minn. The training, intended to equip and train community clergy to be a knowledgeable resource to military and their families as they deal with numerous issues resulting from deployments, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. The training is free and open to all faith groups. Additional information is available at "Veteran Awareness." Registration can be completed at "Training Registration."
ConNext Summit is slated
in October in Buffalo
ConNext, an ecumenical summit for progressive Christian faith formation leaders of children, youth and families, is planned Oct. 15-18 at Christ the King ConNext Conference Center in Buffalo. The summit is designed to offer a space for leaders to learn, reflect together, form networks, and cultivate innovative and sustainable ministries. Danielle Shroyer, the summit's keynote speaker, will invite participants to consider the idea that "the origin of humankind is not about original sin, it turns out, but original blessing." The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting the work of the summit. Registration can be completed at "ConNext." Questions can be addressed to Presbyterian representatives Wendy Griffin at wendyg@newlifechurchroseville.org, and Mary Koon at mkoon@oakgrv.org.
Presentation of 'Body & Sold'
planned at Trinity in Woodbury
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury plays host to a documentary play about juvenile sex trafficking Body Soul on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "Body & Sold," an effort of Chain Reaction Theatre Project, is based on interviews with sex trafficking survivors in five major U.S. cities, including those of Twin Cities' youth, giving voice to victims, and inspiring discussion and action. Other performances are slated Oct. 14 through Nov. 2 throughout the Twin Cities. Details can be found in a complete announcement at "Body & Sold." Additional information, including tickets, can be found at "Chain Reaction."
Resources, conferences ... 


Ruling Elder Resource Regarding Ruling Elders
addresses meetings
Diana Nishita Cheifetz, a spiritual director serving lay leaders and clergy in the San Francisco Bay area, the United States, and internationally, writes the current installment of the Regarding Ruling Elders resource from the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She begins, "I dread meetings. As a lifelong Presbyterian, I am embarrassed to admit this. Meetings can feel tedious, frustrating, confusing, and so unspiritual." The complete resource can be found at "Ruling Elders."
Love Welcome Conference planned
in New York City in October
Called the Love Welcome Conference, born out of a resolution adopted by the 221st General Assembly of Love Welcome the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the faith-based forum slated Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at First Presbyterian Church in New York City will examine a variety of ways in which congregations can support LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers. The General Assembly resolution encouraged Presbyterians to hold in prayer vulnerable LGBTQ persons around the world and consider how they can provide support. Details can be found at "Love Welcome."
Faith formation conference takes place
next month in Kansas City
Faith formation Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Christian Education Renovation -- Faith Formation Conference -- planned Oct. 22-24 in Kansas City. The conference is billed as an E-4 -- a conference that educates, empowers, engergizes and engages participants. Details can be found at "Faith Formation."
Mosaic of Peace Conference
set in Holy Land next spring
Peacemaking The Mosaic of Peace Conference is planned next spring, April 29-May 12,  in the Middle East, giving participants an opportunity to encounter the diverse people of the region, its history and current situation, engaging with those who seek its peace. Applications for the conference are now being accepted. Details can be found at "Mosaic of Peace."
News of the wider churh  


September edition of Facing Racism
explores Doctrine of Discovery
Calling on congregations to offer an educational event exploring The Doctrine of Discovery, the September edition of Facing Racism from the Presbyterian Doctrine of Discovery Church (U.S.A.) asks participants to consider the history of exploitation of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. As the Church prepares to celebrate Native American Day on Sept. 22, PC(USA) has offered resources related to The Doctrine of Discovery. For more than five centuries, the doctrine and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples, and systematically denied their human rights. The 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) called the church to confess its complicity and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Doctrine of Discovery."

PMAB votes to change its size, structure

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board voted Sept. 21 to reduce its size from 40 voting members to 20 -- and to give the advocacy and advisory committees in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voting seats on the Presbyterian mission board. The board's Governance Task Force had recommended moving to a board of 16 voting members -- but the board approved an amendment proposed by Brenton Thompson of Pennsylvania, who said having 20 voting members instead of 16 would give a little more "breathing room." The board had a long, intricate discussion about the task force proposal -- a conversation that both recognized the advantages of having a smaller board and the difficulty of designing it in a way that reflects diversity and brings the needed gifts and talents, discerned in complicated ways. The complete Presbyterian Outlook story by Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Reduction in Size."
De La Rosa calls Presbyterians
to have conversations about race
Tony De La Rosa, who most recently served as interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, writes in the current issue of Presbyterians Today Presbyterians Today magazine magazine about the difficult discussion of racism. He notes, "In a few weeks, many of us will make our way to a place we call home in observance of Thanksgiving, our most religiously secular and secularly religious holiday. Gathered around a table of plenty, we will partake and share, acknowledging God's gracious bounty to all and giving thanks for it. ... Politics, economics and religion often make their way into our Thanksgiving conversations, testing the familial and social glue that binds us together. Frequently at the center of these traditionally taboo subjects is race in America." De La Rosa's complete column can be found at "Talking About Race."


Way Forward Commission wraps up meeting; discusses role of stated clerk
PCUSA logo The Way Forward Commission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) concluded its meeting in Louisville this week. The leading item up for discussion was the role of the Stated Clerk and if, or how, that elected official can speak on behalf of the denomination.The closing topic for the commission focused on the role, responsibilities and potential reach of the stated clerk as the head of the PC(USA). The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Way Forward."
Applications accepted for UN Commission on the Status of Women
The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to take place at the United Nations headquarters, March 12-23. Representatives from member states, U.N. entities and specific non- UN Women governmental organizations (NGOs), from across the world will attend. Presbyterians will have the opportunity to join the church's ecumenical women partners to advocate on social justice issues. The theme is challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. "There's an opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge from women around the world. This is the global gender norm setting body," said Ryan Smith, director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the U.N. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Status of Women."
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