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 October 6, 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.
October 6, 2017
Presbytery news  
Mission Celebration set next
week: Please register!
Mission Celebration 2017 is coming in October, following the theme "Concerns of God's  mission ptca 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."
Presbyterian Women plan fall
gathering at Church of the Apostles
The latest edition of Connection, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the  Presbyterian Women logo 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."
Bills & Overtures Committee
plans listening session Oct. 21
The presbytery's Bills and Overtures Committee has scheduled a listening session on Saturday, Oct. 21, to  Presbytery Logo present information and discuss a proposal concerning the "Citizens United" decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a possible overture to the 223rd General Assembly addressing victims' rights. The session begins at 9 a.m.
The listening session will address an updated proposal from Oak Grove Presbyterian Church -- supported unanimously by its session -- to support amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision, commonly referred to at "Citizens United," that offers freedom of speech protection to corporations.
And the session will address a potential overture to next summer's General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reinstate victims' rights to the process added to the "Book of Order" last year addressing procedures when former ministers, accused in disciplinary cases, have renounced jurisdiction of the church and then later apply to work again for or within the PC(USA).
Questions regarding the listening session can be directed to Peter Soulen at bando@presbyterytwincities.org.
'Teaching Fish to Walk,' a Peter
Steinke workshop, set next month
Today's culture offers us both great challenges and opportunities for ministry. Easy answers won't cut it;  Peter Steinke we need to change and adapt. That's hard work. But 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 are limited. The complete announcement is at "Teaching Fish to Walk." Registration can be completed at "Going to Teaching Fish."
Jeff's Jottings
Celebrating a Holiday Weekend
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga  
Did you know that this Sunday, Oct. 8, is Pastor Appreciation Day? And Monday is Thanksgiving Day for our friends north of the border, in Canada?
I don't know if there is a prescribed way to celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day. I hope perhaps you'll reach out to your pastor with a word of appreciation for the work she or he does. It's challenging, continual, essential, life-giving. Thank God for pastors.
In the spirit of these two upcoming holidays, then, please allow this pastor to express my public appreciation and thanksgiving ...
The complete Jottings are at "Celebrating."
Around the presbytery   
South of the River CROP
Hunger Walk steps off Oct. 8
It's not too late to form a team, decide to participate as an individual or sponsor a walker in the fifth  Crop Hunger Walk logo annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 8, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville. The walk steps off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service. One quarter of the funds raised by each walk goes to local hunger-fighting agencies. Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple ValleyPresbyterian 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."
Art is the theme of United
workshop, gallery appearance
Jimmy Reagan United Seminary of the Twin Cities is planning a gallery reception and a workshop of art and faith formation this fall. The art of Jimmy Reagan will be in the United gallery through Nov. 30, and a reception and program featuring Jeff Anderson, Peg Reagan and Jann Cather is planned Oct. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Melissa Miller, children's ministry director at River Hills United Methodist Church, will lead a workshop, "Art and Faith Formation," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10. Details on the Reagan exhibition are at "Conversations," and information about the art and faith formation workshop are at "Art and Faith."
ConNext Summit is slated
Oct. 15-18 in Buffalo
ConNext ConNext, an ecumenical summit for progressive Christian faith formation leaders of children, youth and families, is planned Oct. 15-18 at Christ the King Conference Center in Buffalo. The summit is designed to offer a space for leaders to learn, reflect together, form networks, and cultivate innovative and sustainable ministries. Danielle Shroyer, the summit's keynote speaker, will invite participants to consider the idea that "the origin of humankind is not about original sin, it turns out, but original blessing." The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is supporting the work of the summit. Registration can be completed at "ConNext." Questions can be addressed to Presbyterian representatives Wendy Griffin at wendyg@newlifechurchroseville.org, and Mary Koon at mkoon@oakgrv.org.
1-day veteran awareness workshop
for clergy planned Oct. 19
VA Training The U.S. Veterans Administration is offering a free day-long clergy training event Oct. 19 at the Canadian Honker Events complex at the Kahler Apache in Rochester, Minn. The training, intended to equip and train community clergy to be a knowledgeable resource to military and their families as they deal with numerous issues resulting from deployments, post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury. The training is free and open to all faith groups. Additional information is available at "Veteran Awareness." Registration can be completed at "Training Registration."
Presentation of 'Body & Sold' planned Oct. 27 at Trinity in Woodbury
Body SoulTrinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury will be host to a documentary play about juvenile sex trafficking on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. "Body & Sold," an effort of Chain Reaction Theatre Project, is based on interviews with sex trafficking survivors in five major U.S. cities, including those of Twin Cities' youth, giving voice to victims, and inspiring discussion and action. Other performances are slated Oct. 14 through Nov. 2 throughout the Twin Cities. Details can be found in a complete announcement at "Body & Sold." Additional information, including tickets, can be found at "Chain Reaction."
St. Catherine University plans hope through spiritual direction workshop
St Catherine logo The spiritual director certificate program at St. Catherine University of St. Paul turns 20 years old this year and to celebrate the university is offering a free, one-day event, open to the public and focused on spiritual practices to support people in troubled times. The event, planned Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., features well-known Catholic sister Elizabeth Liebert. Details can be found at "Nourishing Hope through Spiritual Direction."
In memoriam   
The Rev. Darlene A. Stensby, an honorably retired teaching elder, died Oct. 3. She had served as associate pastor at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul from 1994 until her retirement in 2009. She was also active in prison ministry. A memorial service is planned Thursday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Colonial Church of Edina. The complete announcement is at "Darlene Stensby."
The Rev. Richard Graham Douse, an honorably retired teaching elder in the presbytery, died Sept. 28. He retired in 2012, having served as pastor of Randolph Heights Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and as chaplain of Presbyterian Homes in Arden Hills. The complete announcement is at "Richard Graham Douse."
Resources, conferences ... 


YAV applications now accepted
Young adult volunteers for programs 25th year
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) class of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This is the 25th anniversary of a program that is helping to shape the next generation of globally aware, faithful and passionate leaders. About 92 percent of YAV alums say their YAV year directly influenced their current vocation. Seventy-nine percent of alums now regularly attend worship, 63 percent report additional participation in congregational life, and 32 percent go on to ordination or pastoral leadership. To date, there are more than 1,700 alums of the program. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Kathy Melvin can be found at "YAV Applications."
Registration opens for NEXT Church gathering in February
NEXT desert Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in Bloom," the event takes place Feb. 26-28 in Baltimore. The gathering features church leaders, both pastors and lay people, sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas, and conversations about ministry in today's environment. Creative worship centers us around God's presence. Details and a link to registration can be found at "NEXT Church 2018."
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  


Presbyterian leaders react
to mass shooting in Las Vegas
While authorities try to determine what led 64-year-old Stephen Paddock to open fire on a crowd of Trigger people in Las Vegas Sunday night, Presbyterian Church leaders and pastors are reaching out to congregations and those impacted by the tragedy. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is sending a National Response Team to Las Vegas to meet with presbytery leaders and pastors to help determine the best ways to minister to families in the weeks and months to come. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Reacting to Las Vegas."
PC(USA) stated clerk urges president
to expand refugee resettlement
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II has sent a letter to President  J Herbert Nelson Trump decrying the president's decision to lower the number of refugee admissions for 2018 to just 45,000 -- the lowest number since the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program was established in 1980. "At a time when the world is facing a refugee crisis, it is inconceivable that the United States would turn its back on the world's most vulnerable," Nelson wrote. Noting that Jesus Christ and John Calvin -- the founder of the Presbyterian Reformation -- were both refugees, Nelson wrote, "this [refugee resettlement] is essential to who we are." The complete announcement from the Office of the General Assembly, along with Nelson's complete letter, can be found at "Refugee Resettlement."
Study on Status of Women reveals
gender bias is still pervasive
Gender study Gender bias still exists in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), according to a study released last fall. Writing in the current edition of Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries newsletter, Rhashell Hunter, director of the office of the same name, noted, "eight out of ten women teaching elders have experienced discrimination, harassment, and/or prejudicial comments due to their gender, and four out of ten feel that they have experienced gender bias in hiring, promotion, or selection for an official position within the PC(USA)." The complete study can be found at "Status of Women."
Earth Care conference discusses
call to end Doctrine of Discovery
Doctrine of Discovery Attendees of the Presbyterians for Earth Care conference have wrapped up a week of conversation and tears around the struggles of American Indians and the continued environmental threat to the Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon/Washington state line. The week included a sharing of meals and conversations with local tribes, a visit to local fishermen and fisherwomen and deep conversations about the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine allowed colonial powers to lay claim to lands belonging to foreign sovereign nations if inhabitants were not considered Christian. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Doctrine of Discovery."
Peace Fellowship, Fossil Free PC(USA)
create new partnership
Peace fellowship Two strong voices in environmental justice and peacemaking have decided to come together in an effort to strengthen their work. Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Fossil Free PC(USA) have announced a formal partnership in which the two organizations will operate as a project within Peace Fellowship. Leaders of both organizations say the move is in recognition of the "crucial link between environmental justice and peacemaking." Under the new partnership, the Peace Fellowship will provide additional support to Fossil Free PC(USA) in nonviolent direct action while Fossil Free will share its environmental justice work with the combined organization. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Come Together."
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