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 Feburary 9, 2018

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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.
February 9, 2018
Presbytery news  
Nominating Committee asks: Are you called to be vice moderator?
The Nominating Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is asking all ruling and teaching elders to prayerfully consider if they sense a call to  Presbytery Logo serve the presbytery as vice moderator. In an announcement issued this week to the presbytery, the committee noted, "In keeping with the presbytery efforts to have open communication and to identify and equip leadership, the [committee] is adopting a new process. Rather than ... inviting a small number to apply, the invitation is extended to all minister member of the [presbytery] and all ruling elders in its member churches to prayerfully consider possible service in this role." The complete announcement from the Nominating Committee can be found at
Presbytery plans mission in April;
deposit due next week
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is planning a mission trip experience to Denham Spring, Louisiana, to assist in recovery, clean-up and rebuilding from the 2016 flooding. Planned in collaboration with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the trip takes place Saturday to Saturday, April 7-15. The cost of the trip is $150 per person, with a $50 deposit due by Feb. 16. Complete details can be found in a note from the Rev. Brenda K. Alexander of the presbytery's Mission and Witness Committee. It's at "Mission Trip to Denham Spring."
Jeff's Jottings
Love takes time
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga  
If you're of my generation, you might recognize the words "Love Takes Time" from the 1970s pop rock band Orleans. Remember this? --
... Love takes time
And it's hard to find
You gotta take some time
To let love grow ...
And the importance of naming for you a nearly 40-year old, never-made-the-top-ten, mostly forgotten pop-rock song that I just happened to hear last night in my '70s loop?
Next Wednesday.
The complete Jottings are at "Love Takes Time."
Around the presbytery   
Valentine Cabaret planned
at Spirit of Life in Apple Valley
Spirit of Life Apple Valley
Bring your Valentine to the annual Valentine Cabaret at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 10. There will be a silent auction, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. A full dinner will be served by members of the church's youth group at 6 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the youth group's mission trip. The complete announcement is at "Valentine Cabaret."
Resources, conferences ... 


A prayer practice for Lent:
40 days toward love '40 Days Toward Love'
Kara Root, pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, and Lilly Lewin, a worship curator, have developed a prayer practice for Lent that can be used by individuals, groups or congregations. It includes action ideas for each day of Lent, and also includes optional prayer stations for worship, Good Friday and Easter ideas. Called "40 Days Toward Love," the prayer practice "was born out of weekly 'Prayer for the Nation' services," Root wrote. It has "Prayer Hearts for each day of Lent, seeking to expand our heart for neighbors, God's world, and people we feel divided from," she added. A personal and family edition can be found at "Creative Prayer Tool."
Clearwater Chrysalis set
at Clearwater Forest Feb. 23-25
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
planned Feb. 26-28 in Baltimore
NEXT desert Titled "The Desert in Bloom," the 2018 NEXT Church national gathering 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."
Riders sought for 'Rally to End Racism'
The Wisconsin Council of Churches is sending buses to the April 4 Rally to End Racism in Washington, D.C., and it's inviting riders from Minnesota. The rally has been organized by the National Council of Churches to  end racism commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Buses are departing from four Wisconsin cities, including Eau Claire, about 90 miles east of the Twin Cities. More information about the event and registration for a bus ride can be made at "Busing to the Rally." Registration at the site includes registration for the rally and bus ride. The bus ride is $250. The Wisconsin Council of Churches has requested that anyone completing online registration indicate they learned about the event through the Minnesota Council of Churches. The registration deadline is March 1. Questions can be addressed to Curtiss DeYoung at curtiss.deyoung@mnchurches.org or Julia Hobart at julia.hobart@mnchurches.org.
Great Plains Wee Kirk Conference
set this spring in Nebraska
Calvin Crest The 2018 Great Plains Wee Kirk Conference is planned Monday through Wednesday, April 30-May 2, at Calvin Crest Camp, Conference and Retreat Center near Fremont, Nebraska. The conference includes worship, communion, workshops fellowship, relaxation and renewal. This year's plenary speaker is the Rev. Chris Walker, teacher, coach, pastor and principle writer for EvangelismCoach.org. Conference details are at "Great Plains Wee Kirk."
White Privilege Conference planned
in April in Grand Rapids
White Privilege Conference "For the past 17 years the White Privilege Conference has examined challenging concepts of privilege and oppression," according to the Conference's website, and the upcoming event is planned Wednesday through Saturday, April 4-7, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Conference, its website notes, "is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class [and] disability." Complete details can be found at "White Privilege Conference."
Presbytery of Detroit seeks mission partners in 'Restore Hope in Detroit'
The Presbytery of Detroit's "Hands on Mission" project is inviting churches throughout the area to participate in its "Restore Hope in Detroit" effort. The  hands on mission mission work revolves around community development, partnering with churches, urban gardening and more. The "Hands on Mission" project sets up service opportunities "based on the passions of the group and the needs of the community." Additional information is available at "Hands on Mission." Groups interested in participating in the "Restore Hope in Detroit" effort are invited to contact Michael Barconey at michaelbarconey@gmail.com.
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 in  Ecumenical Advocacy 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."
Service opportunities ...
Buffalo Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time administrative assistant. The individual's responsibilities will include communications, website and social media administration, and traditional clerical duties in a church setting. The complete listing can be found at "Administrative Assistant."
First Presbyterian Church of Maple Plain is seeking a faith-centered, youth-loving, fun person to lead youth ministry programming for grades 6-12.  The youth director will lead Wednesday night programming, youth activities, and annual mission trip, as well as discipling individual youth in their walk with Christ.  Good organization and communication skills needed.  Part-time salaried position, 5-10 hours per week.  For full job description go to www.catchourspirit.org or contact the church office at 763.479.2158.  Send resume to office@catchourspirit.org.
News of the wider churh  


Nelson: Training, education
of leaders is key to transformation
Education and training of church leaders is key to the transformation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),  Office of General Assembly General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson II, told the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly at its winter meeting in St. Louis this week. "We are somewhat scattered as a church," Nelson told the group, which is meeting at the site of this summer's 223rd General Assembly. "There are some shining lights, but in some instances we are leadership-poor," Nelson said, "creating challenges for many of our mid councils." The complete story by Jerry Van Marter from the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Education and Training."
PMA Board begins first meeting of 2018
Gathered in Louisville for the first of its two meetings in 2018 prior to the 223rd General Assembly this summer, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board  Presbyterian mission began its time together with reports from members of the executive committee. The work of the Governance Task Force led the meeting, shedding light on the internal reforms suggested for board members. In concert with expected recommendations from the Way Forward Commission and All Agency Review Committee, the task force has recommended a reduced board size, shrinking its representatives from 40 to 20. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "PMA Board Meets." The board subsequently approved the recommendations of its task force, and that story can be found at "Recommendations Approved."
Educators urged to practice
'boundless hospitality'
More than 675 educators returned home to their churches and communities with words from the Rev.  J Herbert Nelson Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), resonating in their hearts. Preaching at the closing worship of the 2018 national gathering of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, Nelson urged conference attendees to practice what they had learned about the conference theme -- boundless hospitality -- by reaching out to those in need, in a world "where a few have a lot, and a lot have less." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Boundless Hospitality."


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