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 November 17, 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.
November 17, 2017
Presbytery news  
Happy Thanksgiving;
No EMerge next week
The presbytery staff wishes everyone a thankful Thanksgiving holiday. Because the presbytery office will be closed next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24, there will be no EMerge next week. The newsletter will return Friday, Dec. 1.
Video posted on Chain of Lakes
Service of Organization
On Sunday, Nov. 12, Chain of Lakes Church was organized by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area as  Chain of Lakes Presby a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Additionally, members of its first session were ordained and installed, and the Rev. Paul Moore was installed as pastor of Chain of Lakes Church. You can find a video of the service at "Chain of Lakes Service."
In this season of Thanksgiving, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area invites you to continue to keep the witness of Chain of Lakes in your prayers. Like so many of our congregations, Chain of Lakes is making a difference in its community, and today, as an organized congregation of the PC(USA).
Presbytery supports resolution
on campaign finance reform
At its Nov. 6 meeting, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area supported a resolution on campaign finance  Presbytery Logo reform brought by the session of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington and recommended by the Bills and Overtures Committee. As a follow-up to this action, Allen Frechette, a member of the session of Oak Grove, has provided additional background information on the resolution and its desired impact. Frechette's information piece can be found at "PTCA Resolution." (The article is a MSWord document.)
Seal presents Ethics Committee
report on sex trafficking
At the Nov. 6 meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, the Committee on Ethics, represented by Dean Seal, made a resource-rich presentation on sex trafficking and the upcoming Super Bowl. Last week, we linked to that report in EMerge (See pages 28-29 in the Presbytery Packet). A portion of Dean Seal's oral presentation to Presbytery, as a supplement to the written report, can be found at "Sex Trafficking."
Jeff's Jottings
We gather together
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his Name; He forgets not his own.
Jeff Japinga
That's the first stanza of a traditional hymn we often sing at Thanksgiving: No. 559 in the blue Presbyterian Hymnal, No. 336 in Glory to God.
It's an old Dutch hymn, written in the late 1500s. My forebears, the Dutch people, had been suffering deeply at the time under the thumb of King Philip II of Spain. There was a severe food shortage; terror in the streets. The Spanish king, a Catholic, had forbidden the Dutch Reformed Protestants to hold worship services. They literally could not gather together.
What do you do in times like that? How do you think about God, and about yourself, and not only in desperate times, but maybe in our day as well?
The complete Jottings can be found at "We Gather Together."
Around the presbytery   
Boundary training offered
in January by Committee on Ethics
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training, entitled "To Bless  Boundaries 1 the Space Between Us," on negotiating interpersonal boundaries, ethics, power dynamics, confidentiality, and self-care in a ministry context. This training is required for all teaching elders when they join the presbytery, and is also appropriate for other church leaders. The training is slated Monday, Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Blooming. The complete announcement is at "Boundaries." Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
Resources, conferences ... 


Clearwater Forest joins
effort of #GivingTuesday
Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp and conference center located in the center of Minnesota  lake country, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving Tuesday, Nov. 28. According to the Clearwater Forest newsletter, the giving event "harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide." For Clearwater Forest, "Changing lives in God's woods and waters is our main focus for all we do." The complete newsletter, which identifies some of Clearwater Forest's goals and fund-raising efforts, can be found at "Clearwater Forest."
UDTS looks for participants in its Young Adult Ministry Scholars program
Annette Huizenga, dean of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, is asking friends in ministry to  UDTS Logo help her find gifted candidates for the seminary's Young Adult Ministry Scholars program. She asks, "Who do you know who has gifts for ministry and mission among young adults ... desires to use and develop those gifts in God's service? ... would enjoy living and working on a diverse Christian university campus? [and] would thrive in graduate courses in leadership, worship, and discipleship?" She then states, "We want to invite such gifted people to join our Young Adult Ministry Scholars (YAMS) program. UDTS gives these scholars the opportunity to earn a theological graduate degree while actively working with other young adults on a college campus." Huizenga's complete letter can be found at "YAMS Program."
Registration opens for NEXT
Church gathering in February
Registration for the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering is open. Titled "The Desert in Bloom," the  NEXT new logo 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."
Applicants sought for the
coming year's YAV program
The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of  Young adult volunteers 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. YAVs serve during the academic year, August to July. The application process for the YAV program is underway. Details are at "Young Adult Volunteer."

Winter Pastors School set

in February; now in new location

Omaha Presbyterian Seminary The 2018 version of Winter Pastors School, the annual winter education event of Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, is slated Feb. 5-8, and this year takes place at Calvin Crest Retreat Center near Fremont, Nebraska. The featured speaker is Gene T. Fowler, a pastoral theologian and church pastor who current serves the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. More complete details can be found at "Winter Pastors School."
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."
Service opportunities ... 


The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is seeking applications for a director of financial services. The director is accountable for providing appropriate, transparent and optimal service, and financial leadership to the synod, its finance committee, and the presbyteries and camps the synod serves. The deadline for submitting a resume and response to supplemental questions is Nov. 28. Details can be found at "Director of Financial Services."
News of the wider churh  


PC(USA) 2020 Vision Team recommendations take shape
PCUSA logo The 2020 Vision Team continues to struggle for clarity -- figuring out exactly what to report to the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A); how to say not too much or too little; and how to make its work resonate with congregations. The 2016 General Assembly gave the 2020 Vision Team a directive to develop "a guiding statement for the denomination and make a plan for its implementation with all deliberate speed." The Vision Team has set up a four-person writing team - the team's deadline to submit its report is Feb. 16. The complete Presbyterian Outlook story by Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Visioning."
Hardwick resigns from PC(USA)'s Theology, Formation, Evangelism ministry
The Rev. Charles (Chip) Hardwick announced this week his resignation as the director of the Theology,  Chip Hardwick Formation and Evangelism ministry in the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Hardwick's final day at the Presbyterian Center is December 12 and, as of this writing, he has not accepted another call. "I'm still discerning where God might be calling me," he said. "There are some irons in the fire and I'm hoping to get back closer to congregational ministry, but I don't know yet what's coming. I'm counting on our God who provides to provide the next right thing at the right time." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Hardwick Resigns."
About 25% of new worshiping communities serve immigrant groups
1001 New worshiping Writing in the November issue of New Church, New Way, the newsletter of the 1001 New Worshiping Communities, Vera White noted, "Laws and attitudes about immigration are in a state of flux throughout the nation. Anxiety is mounting in new immigrant communities." White, who is coordinator of the 1001 effort, goes on to note, "Approximately 150 of the 402 currently active new worshiping communities, or more than one-third, serve primarily new immigrant groups. Many of these immigrants come from families that have been Presbyterian for generations and are deeply committed to worshiping in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." White's complete column, and the newsletter, can be found at "New Church New Way."


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