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 March 10, 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.
March 9, 2018
Presbytery news  
Presbytery meets tomorrow,
March 10, at Valley Community
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will meet Saturday, March 10, and focus a portion of the meeting on the presbytery's commitment to mission. In addition to commissioning the presbytery's mission    team that will travel to Louisiana in April, the presbytery will hear from the Rev. John McCall, a mission co-worker of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, who has been serving in Taiwan for 16 years, teaching courses on ministry and spiritual formation at the three seminaries of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan. The meeting opens at 9 a.m. at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. Registration and fellowship begins at 8:30 a.m. The complete call to meeting can be found at "Meeting March 10."
COM features interview
with Paul Johnson in Tokyo
The presbytery's Committee on Ministry is considering the publication of a monthly contribution to EMerge - "Validated Minister Spotlight." The article will be a brief interview of one of the presbytery's validatedPaul Johnson ministers. The first installment is a question-and-answer interview with Paul Johnson, right, of International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan.
How long have you been at Tokyo International Christian University and what is your role there?
I have been serving as University Minister at ICU (International Christian University) Tokyo, Japan, since 1996. Prior to that I served as an Associate Minister at Plymouth Congregation Church, Minneapolis. (1993-96).
What do you enjoy about this ministry?
ICU is a four-year liberal arts university located in the western suburbs of the metropolis area. ... Of course, campus ministry/chaplaincy has many attractions. I preach, teach and attend to the pastoral care needs of the university church ... and the campus community.
The complete interview is at "Paul Johnson."
Jeff's Jottings
A Bit More Than a "Jotting" ...
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area meets tomorrow in regular session. We begin at 9 a.m. at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley. Following the usual organizational steps that take about 10 minutes, we will enter into a time of worship. John McCall, a Presbyterian mission co-worker in Taiwan, will preach; we will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; and we will remember our congregational leaders who have died in the past year. You are all welcome to join the Presbytery in worship; please come if you are able.
Later in the morning, I will give my report as your executive presbyter. You can read it right through this link. Let's just say it's a little longer than a "jotting." It may go far more into the detail of Presbytery life and function than you want, and that's okay.
The complete Jottings are at "A Bit More."
Around the presbytery   
Red Wing First's Greg Bolt
is cast member of 'Appropriate'
Red Wing's veteran community theater company, Phoenix Theatre, will present Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play, "Appropriate," later this month and Greg Bolt,  Phoenix Theatre pastor of the city's First Presbyterian Church, is a part of the cast. The play, written in 2014, is the story of a family facing disturbing family history. In a story about the play, The Washington Post noted, "What distinguished 'Appropriate' is the playwright's gift for drawing characters into an escalating conflict and sustaining, with humor and craft, our curiosity about how they digest the terrible information thrown at them." Performance dates are March 22, 23, 24 and 25. The complete announcement is at "Appropriate."
Minnesota's JRLC plans 'Day
on the Hill' conference March 13
The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, an interfaith organization that advocates for social justice, will convene its "Day on the Hill" conference March  Joint Religious 13 at Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and the State Capitol. The event, titled "If not now, when?" begins at 8:30 a.m. The JRLC Legislative Network involves more than 8,000 citizens and volunteers who respond to action alerts and issue briefings, and organize activities to shape public policy. Last year more than 700 people from 64 of the state's 67 senate districts participated in the "Day on the Hill" event. Details and registration information can be found at "Day on the Hill."
Synod plans Leadership Summit
on mental health, ministry
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies' annual Leadership Summit, formerly known as the COM/CPM training  mental health conference, will take place Tuesday through Thursday, April 24-26, at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota. This year's conference theme is "Mental Health and Ministry." Keynote speakers are Mark Sundby, executive director of LeaderWise, and Caroline Burke, staff psychologist at LeaderWise. Heidi Bolt, co-pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing, Minnesota, will lead worship. In addition, numerous workshops, led by church leaders throughout the synod and the broader church, will address a variety of topics related to church leadership. Details, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Leadership Summit."
Conflict transformation workshop
is set in Twin Cities on May 16
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center of Lombard, Illinois, an organization that offers resources for churches of all denominations on biblical peace and Lombard workshop justice issues as well as conflict transformation skills training, is sponsoring a one-day workshop May 16 in Minnetonka, Minnesota, that looks at the challenges presented by rising levels of anxiety in churches today. Titled "Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: A Family Systems Perspective," the workshop also addresses the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming anxiety. Participants will learn practical skills in defusing anxious situations. The interdenominational workshop takes place at Minnetonka United Methodist Church. Workshop details are available at "Conflict Transformation." Online registration, including discounts for groups and early registration, is available at "Attending."
Resources, conferences ... 


21st century transformation: Going
beyond change; an April conference
Minnesota Valleys Presbytery is partnering with Midwest Initiative for Leading Transition to conduct a transformation training event for congregation teams Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7, at   transformation conf First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The event will focus on the complexity of leading churches through a transformation process. Faculty for the conference are the Rev. Dr. SanDawna Ashley, executive director of presbytery mission for Minnesota Valleys Presbytery; the Rev. Mitch Coggin, a hospital chaplain, installed pastor and transitional pastor for 37 years; the Rev. James L. Gale Jr., associate executive of the Synod of Mid-America; the Rev. Dr. Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area; the Rev. Beth Wagner, serving in her seventh transitional/interim position and currently pastor at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst, Illinois; and the Rev. Mary Wright, who has served in transitional/interim ministry for 13 years. The complete conference brochure, along with registration information, can be found at "Going Beyond Change."
2018 Synod School Registration underway
for Synod School 2018
Celebrating 65 years of Synod School, registration for this summer's edition of the ever-popular midsummer ministry opened last week. Described as "a learning and personal enrichment experience for people of all ages," Synod School runs July 22-27 on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Coming off a record-setting year in 2017 when 686 people gathered for the week-long event, this year's program features Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian formation at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, as convocation speaker. Jana Childers, dean of the seminary and vice president of academic affairs at San Francisco Theological Seminary, will lead evening worship. The complete catalog and a link to online registration can be found at "Synod School."
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 its 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."
Apollos Scholarship applications
deadline comes April 16
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary The mission of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is to seek, develop and support excellence in Christian leadership through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The foundation's Apollos Program helps fulfill that mission. The program offers financial support to selected students under the care of their respective presbyteries. The foundation offers annual Apollos Scholarships with a maximum of $3,000 per year for three-years, and Apollos Named Scholarships with an annual maximum of $6,000 per year for up to three years. Eligible students must be members of a PC(USA) congregation and an inquirer or candidate enrolled full-time at one of 10 PC(USA) seminaries. The deadline for applications is April 16. Complete details are at "Apollos."
Advocacy Training Weekend
planned in Washington
Presbyterians are being invited April 20 to Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day at  advocacy training New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The theme for the event is "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People." The training day will look "at how our church and our partners are confronting white supremacy and nativism while supporting refugee and migrant populations in our country and abroad," the event's website notes. After Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day, participants are asked to participate in Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Details about the training day, including links to register, can be found at "Advocacy Training."
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 Evangelism Coach. Conference details are at "Great Plains Wee Kirk."
Older adult ministry conference takes place June 5-8 at Zephyr Point
Presbyterian Older Adult The 2018 conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is planned June 5-8 at Zephyr Point Conference Center in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Keynote speakers are John Holton, visiting associate professor of gerontology and director of the Center for Gerontology at Concordia University of Chicago, and Lawrence P. Greenslit, who retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy chaplain corps, and is the former director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. A complete conference brochure is at "POAMN Details." Online registration is at "POAMN."
Washington Island Forum
planned in June in Wisconsin
The 2018 Washington Island Forum, a 40-year tradition sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of  anna carter florence Churches and The Christian Century magazine, features Anna Carter Florence, a former convocation speaker at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' Synod School, as its primary speaker. Florence, who will speak on the theme, "Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture," is professor of preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  The Forum takes place Monday through Friday, June 25-29, on Washington Island, just north of Door County, Wisconsin. Details are at "Washington Island Forum."
Presbyterian Women make
plans for national gathering 
Women gathering The church-wide gathering of Presbyterian Women is planned Aug. 2-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, with the theme "Arise, shine, your light has come!" Participants will engage in workshops, tours, forums and resource gathering, plenary sessions, worship and more. Initial plans for the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
Service opportunities ...
Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville is seeking a faith-centered, child and youth-loving, fun person to lead child, youth, and family ministry programming for grades K-12.   The director of family ministries will design and grow creative, vibrant, and meaningful education and activities for children, youth and families that align with our active and progressive congregation. This is a part-time salaried position at 20 hours per week.  See the full job description at "Director of Family Ministries." Resumes may be sent to office@presbyterianapostles.org.
News of the wider churh  


McNulty searches for faith
among best pictures of year
Edward McNulty, pastor of the Blue Ball Presbyterian Church in southwestern Ohio, was Presbyterians  Darkest Hour Today's film reviewer for many years, and here he searches to find the faith expressed in films nominated for "Best Picture" by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. McNulty notes, "I again am impressed at how many of them deal with issues important to people of faith." From "Darkest Hour" to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," he looks at all of them at "Best Pictures in Faith."
Historical Society releases rare early video of Fred Rogers' work
The Presbyterian Historical Society has recently transferred to digital video a rare 16mm print of  Mr Rogers 61 "Sunday on the Children's Corner, the first television program to feature the piano-playing and puppeteering of Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, supporting his creative partner, Josie Carey.
She was one of the first employees of WQED, beginning work six months before the station went on air. Carey's lyrics, song, and dance alongside Rogers' puppets ran weekly from 1953 to 1961. The complete story by David Staniunas for the Presbyterian Historical Society can be found at "Sunday on the Corner."
CPJ Training Day to address
migrants, refugees, displaced
As the U.S. government continues to debate the future of migrants, refugees and displaced people living in Ecumenical Advocacy this country, the upcoming Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day will address the issue head-on. The daylong event, part of Ecumenical Advocacy Training Weekend, will provide Presbyterians an opportunity to learn more about the people most impacted. The theme for the weekend is "A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "CPJ Training Day."


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