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 December 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.
December 22, 2017
Presbytery news  
Christmas 17
Dear Friends,
This week is always one both of beauty and busyness, anticipation and (probably, a bit of) anxiety, best laid plans and unexpected turmoil.
Whatever Christmas week is for you this year, may it also be a season of promise and hope; joy and good news.
"Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a child wrapped in bands of cloths and lying in a manger."
Like those trembling shepherds, may our hearts too be filled with wonder and hope for all that God has done and is yet to do.
With thanks for being a part of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area family. Your friendship, prayers, and support for our common work are a blessing beyond measure. Merry Christmas!
Jeff Japinga, Barbara Lutter, Risa Anderson,
Steve Robertson, Heidi Bolt
No EMerge next week
EMerge will not be published next week. EMerge will return Friday, Jan. 5.
CPM needs ordination exam readers
Ordination exams The Committee on Preparation for Ministry is seeking three ruling elders and three teaching elders to read Ordination Exams in 2018.  If you're interested please contact either of CPM co-chairs, the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com, for more information.
Boundary training offered in January
by Committee on Ethics
Boundaries 1 The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training, entitled "To Bless 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 Bloomington. The complete announcement is at "Boundaries." Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training." 
Around the presbytery   
Spirit of Life offers
special Christmas programs
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Christmas is in the air and so is music at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the church will conduct two services. The morning service, at 10, will incorporate the church's annual "Cocoa and Carols" program. The congregation will join in several of the many carols that celebrate the birth of Christ. At the conclusion of the service, Santa Claus will make a visit, and cocoa and cookies and other light refreshments will be served. The complete announcement from Spirit of Life can be found at "Christmas Programs."
Le Sueur Presbyterian
announces final service
The Presbyterian Church of Le Sueur will conduct its final worship service Sunday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will follow.
Resources, conferences ... 


Presbyterians Today says it's time
to order its Lenten Devotional
Presbyterians Today says that it's time to make that step and order its Lenten Devotional. Writing about Lenten Devotional its new devotional, it notes, "The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and contemplation of the power and promise of the paschal mystery. Perhaps there are no better models of how to live Lent than the prophets." The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, pastor and director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., has assembled a collection of challenging daily reflections, Scripture and prayers for the Lenten journey. The Lenten Devotional features oil paintings by Steven Burgess, an artist from upstate New York who is a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Salem. The complete announcement can be found at "Lenten Devotional."
Ruling Elder Resource Regarding ruling elders:
The gift of the present
The Rev. Dr. Diana Nishita Cheifetz, a spiritual director serving lay leaders and clergy in the San Francisco Bay area, the United States, and internationally, writes, "Every Christmas day of my growing-up years was spent at my grandparents' house in San Juan Bautista, California. Imagine 30 or so relatives laughing, eating, joking and hugging in a little two-bedroom, wood-frame home. The kids rambled from the living room, with its stately, boxy television, to the dining area, to the always-busy kitchen, presided over by my grandmother, out the enclosed back porch, across the driveway, through the barn, and into the back field where my grandfather was keeping watch over the smoked pork, with my dad and uncles keeping him company." The complete column can be found at "Gift of the Present."
APCE plans 2018
annual event in Louisville
Presbyterian Church Educators The 2018 annual event of the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators is planned Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 at the Galt House in Louisville. The event promises interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge attendees, mini-plenaries, resource-filled workshops, and worship with spirit and imagination. Complete details can be found at "Annual APCE Event."
Winter Pastors School set
in February; now in new location
Winter Pastors OPSF 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 currently serves the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church in Rochester, New York. More complete details can be found at "Winter Pastors School."
Griner, Wuflestad will lead young adult ministry retreat at Clearwater
Clearwater Young Ad Lyle Griner, youth ministry instructor at Augsburg College and Concordia University in Twin Cities, and Lee Wuflestad, music ministry coordinator at Timberwood Church in Nisswa, Minnesota, will lead a two-day young adult ministry retreat at Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp, conference and retreat center near Deerwood, Minnesota. The retreat is scheduled Friday evening and Saturday, Feb. 9-10. The retreat, according to its flyer, "is about people skills -- how to listen, care, welcome, guide and affirm in all life situations." The complete flyer can be found at "Young Adult Ministry Retreat."
Clearwater Chrysalis planned at Clearwater Forest in February
The Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins, a member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area who  has  been a local, national and international speaker, teacher, preacher, and workshop and retreat leader, will be the keynote speaker at Clearwater Chrysalis, when the women's winter retreat takes place at Clearwater Forest Friday through Sunday, Feb. 23-25. Chrysalis is a balanced, faith-building program of Clearwater Forest, a Presbyterian camp and conference center in the heart of Minnesota lake country. The vision of Chrysalis is to nourish and support the body, mind and spirit in community with other women. Details can be found in the flyer at "Clearwater Chrysalis."
NEXT Church gathering slated Feb. 26-28
NEXT new logo 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. Complete details and registration information can be found at "NEXT Church 2018."
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Clergywomen plan
conference at Montreat
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen will conduct their triennial conference at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina, April 23-26. Conference details and registration information can be found at "Triennial Conference."
Ecumenical Advocacy Days
to address 'A World Uprooted'
The website for next spring's Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in the nation's capital notes, "We live in a time of upheaval and uprootedness -- a world  Ecumenical Advocacy in which each year millions of people cross borders in search of more secure and sustainable lives, while white supremacist ideologies continue to impede the fight for justice and peace for all of God's people." EAD, the website notes, "is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues." EAD is planned Friday, April 20, through Monday, April 23. Details can be found at "Ecumenical Advocacy Days."
Young Adult Volunteers program
notes the connections of program
Young adult volunteers The recent newsletter of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Young Adult Volunteer program addresses the many connections of its participants. It notes, If we could take one big snapshot of everyone who is connected to the Young Adult Volunteer program, you would see a picture with thousands of faithful, committed individuals making a difference all over the world. With Christmas upon us and the end of the year next week, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon 2017 and thank you for helping the YAV program continue to be a beacon of light in a world where hope is needed." The complete newsletter is at "Young Adult Volunteers."
News of the wider churh  


2 co-moderator teams, 1 moderator candidate stand for election at GA
Five candidates have formally notified the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Office of the General Assembly of their intention to stand for moderator of General Assembly 223 the 223rd General Assembly. The election will take place the evening of Saturday, June 16 -- the first day of the assembly. The five include two pairs who are seeking to be co-moderators, continuing the pattern initiated by current co-moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston. One candidate is still seeking a running mate and says she is open to either the co-moderator or more traditional moderator-vice moderator model. The complete story by Eva Stimson from the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Candidates."
New documentary releases film
trailer on Flint water crisis
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has released a trailer for a new documentary currently in production on the  presbyterian disaster assistance water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The film, entitled "Flint", focuses on the health issues surrounding high levels of lead in the city's water system. Several scientific studies indicate residents were potentially exposed to high levels of lead after the city switched its drinking water source to the Flint River and a growing problem with aging water pipes. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Flint."

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