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 23, 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 23, 2018
Presbytery news  
Rev'd Up plans luncheon gathering
in Minneapolis April 17
Rev'd Up, a gathering of retired Presbyterian clergy, their guests and others who are a part of our retired Presbyterian community, has planned a luncheon gathering Tuesday, April 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. A tour is planned of the church's recently opened expansion, and after lunch, the program, "I'm Retired. Now What?" will address the life of being retired. The lunch and program are $12. Registration information can be completed at "Now What?" The complete announcement is at "Luncheon Gathering."
Women clergy in presbytery
invited to April 17 potluck
Inspired by the autumn conversation with Co-Moderator Denise Anderson, the Revs. Heidi Bolt and Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women clergy of the Presbytery to a potluck at Craven's home on the evening of April 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Her address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive in Eagan, Minnesota. The invitation notes, "We conspired because we sensed the need to hear one another's voices and stories. We envision an evening where the mutual telling and listening create a shared breathing space where the particularity of our leadership experiences may be received with care and understanding." RSVPs requested to Heidi Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. The complete invitation is at "Women Clergy Invitation."
COM issues query
about sabbatical experiences
Have you, as a pastor, experienced a sabbatical during your call in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, or in a previous call?  Have you, as a member of a PTCA congregation, experienced a sabbatical while your pastor was away? The Committee on Ministry would like to hear about those experiences. Responses can be submitted to COM members Sue Goodspeed at ssgoodspeed@comcast.net  or the Rev. Cader Howard at choward@fpc-stillwater.org. The complete request can be found at "Sabbatical."
Boundary training offered in April
at First Presbyterian of Stillwater
Boundaries 1 The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 Boundaries training on Monday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater. Titled "To Bless the Space Between Us," the training will address negotiating interpersonal boundaries, ethics, power dynamics, confidentiality and self-care in a ministry context. The training is required for all teaching elders when they join the presbytery, and is also appropriate for other church leaders. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
Jeff's Jottings
Congratulations ... I wish I had known
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga Most of what I write in Jottings has to do either with Presbytery mission and structure, or is a theological reflection on what we as Presbyterians understand about the world around us. As it should be, I believe, based on the very clear mandate I was given when called into this position:
To provide strategic executive and entrepreneurial leadership, oversight, and communication for the mission of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, in order to sustain and build up the health of its individual congregations, the effectiveness of its leadership, and the overall vitality of the Presbytery in mutual ministry; and
To exemplify a commitment to Jesus Christ that honors and promotes the healthy relationships upon which the mission of the Presbytery and its congregations will move forward.
Two weeks ago, during a lunchtime conversation at the Presbytery meeting about our common mission and work, I off-handedly mentioned something that I'd done personally over the Christmas holidays. The person to whom I was speaking got a little wide-eyed and said, "Wow. Congratulations. I wish I had known." And then she added, "You know, I think we would all benefit from knowing there is a real person behind our executive presbyter."
The complete Jottings can be found at "I Wish I had Known."
Around the presbytery   
Community service planned
in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
Convened by leaders of the Historic Black Church in Minnesota, a community worship service in honor of  King Dream continues the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is planned Tuesday, April 3. Set at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, 88 17th St. North, the service commemorates King's final sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," delivered 50 years ago on April 3, 1968. The service has been developed through the leadership of Minnesota's Historic Black Church, with support from Catholic, Evangelical, and Mainline Protestant denominations. Bulletin inserts can be found at "The Dream Continues."
Committee makes plans
for Pond statue in Shakopee
A committee is working in Shakopee, Minnesota, to raise funds to commission a bronze statue of the missionary Samuel W. Pond for display on the  Shakopee Messenger community's River City Centre Plaza. Samuel Pond, along with his brother, Gideon, ministered to the Dakota tribes in central Minnesota and translated the Dakota language into English, developing the Pond-Dakota alphabet, which is still in use today. Samuel Pond founded the First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee, which continues to serve the community today. A more complete story can be found on Page 7 in the Shakopee Hometown Messenger.
Spirit of Life plans special
services for Holy Week
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Apple Valley's Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church will present special services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. The Palm Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. service will feature performances by the adult choir and handbell choir, and an Easter egg hunt for children will follow the service. The 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 29, service will be the story of Jesus' Last Supper told over a meal. Those who attend are asked to bring something to share for the meal. The complete announcement can be found at "Easter Services."
SPIN conversation around 'Mysticism
in the Abrahamic Religions' planned
St Paul Interfaith The St. Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) is planning an interfaith conversation around "Mysticism in the Abrahamic Religions" on Thursday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Northwestern Hall of Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Presenters will include representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The conversation is open and reservations are not required. While lunch is not served, coffee, tea, ice water and cookies will be available. Brown-bag lunches are invited.
Synod plans Leadership Summit
on mental health, ministry
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies' annual Leadership Summit, formerly known as the COM/CPM training conference, will take place Tuesday through Thursday,  mental health 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."
Rochester First Presbyterian will
be host to 'Soul Shop' workshop
Soul Shop First Presbyterian Church of Rochester will be host Saturday, April 28, to the "Soul Shop" workshop that provides training and support for faith communities to help prevent suicidal outcomes for people experiencing suicidal desperation. The Soul Shop Movement addresses the need of desperately hurting people to be heard, noticed and seen within their faith communities. The workshop, sponsored by the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, begins with check-in at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served. Event registration is at "Suicide Prevention."
Healing Minnesota Stories sets
next sacred-site tour April 28
Healing Minnesota Stories, an initiative of the St. Paul Interfaith Network, is offering Sacred Sites Tours through the coming spring, summer and  St Paul Interfaith fall months. The next open tour is planned Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tours center around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers." The tour stops include Fort Snelling, the site of the Dakota internment camp following the Dakota-U.S. War, and Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground. Tours meet at the Church of St. Peter in Mendota, and proceed to sites from there by auto caravan. A donation is requested. Additional information, along with registration information, is at "Sacred Sites."
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 ... 


Spirit of GA offers talks with J. Herbert
Nelson: 'Coffee with the Clerk'
There's a regular feature on the Facebook page dedicated to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It's called "Coffee with the Clerk." The  Spirit of GA program features the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, the stated clerk of the General Assembly, and often guests who, along with Nelson, address specific topics relative to the denomination. This week, "Coffee with the Clerk" addressed the 223rd General Assembly and Presbyterian engagement in St. Louis, home to this summer's biennial event. The Facebook page is at "Coffee with the Clerk."
NEXT Church resource guide:
'Cultivated Ministry'
NEXT Church, with support from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and the Texas Presbyterian Foundation, has developed a new  NEXT new logo resource for ministry. Described in an article on the NEXT Church website as "a culture and process of ministry that does not rest on traditional metrics nor does it abdicate accountability altogether," the resource is "Cultivated Ministry: Bearing Fruit through Theology, Accountability, Learning and Storytelling." An article, written by the Rev. Jessica Tate, director of NEXT Church and describing the development of the resource, can be found at "A New Approach." The resource can be downloaded at "Cultivated Ministry."
Regarding Ruling Elders:
Experiencing abundant love
The Rev. Dr. Diana Nishita Cheifetz, a spiritual director serving lay leaders and clergy in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond, opens the most-recent edition of Regarding Ruling Elders, with the Bible verse, Mark  Ruling Elder Resource 7:8, "You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition." She follows with, "I was stunned by these words of Jesus as I was listening to a reading of Mark 7:1-8 recently. He could be speaking to us today.  In all our conversations about how the church needs to change, I have longed for a simpler, biblical-theological word. And right now, this is it for me. It feels grounded and sure. What I hear from these words of Jesus is an admonition to cleave to God's commandments, specifically the two greatest commandments-that of loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves-over and above human tradition." Cheifetz's complete column is at "Ruling Elders."
BOP pension plan highlighted
in current Employer News
Employer News The current edition of Employer News, a newsletter from The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), highlights a 3.9 percent experience apportionment for the Pension Plan that goes into effect July 1. An experience apportionment is a lifelong increase in pension benefits for retirees and eligible survivors, and an increase in accrued pension credits for active and terminated vested members. The complete edition can be found at "Employer News."
21st century transformation: Going
beyond change; an April conference
Minnesota Valleys Presbytery is partnering with Midwest Initiative for Leading Transition to conduct   transformation conf a transformation training event for congregation teams Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7, at 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."
Synod School registration reaches 426,
summer ministry celebrates 65th year
The registration number hit 426 earlier this week for this summer's edition of Synod School, which is  2018 Synod School celebrating its 65th year. 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."
Great Plains Wee Kirk Conference
set this spring in Nebraska
The 2018 Great Plains Wee Kirk Conference is planned Monday through Wednesday, April 30-May  Calvin Crest 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
The 2018 conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is planned June 5-8 at Zephyr Point  older adult poamn 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 ...
The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul is seeking a full-time administrative assistant to provide accounting and front-office support for the church. Accounting responsibilities include accounts payable, journal entries, month-end balancing and reporting, and budget and audit preparation. Front-desk responsibilities include greeting visitors, directing incoming telephone calls, maintaining membership database, and general office support. Interested individuals are invited to submit a resume and letter of interest to Anne Mitchell at annem@hohchurch.org. The complete announcement is at "Administrative Assistant."
News of the wider churh  


Office of Public Witness plans to join
in march against gun violence
Last week, thousands of high school students across the country took part in a 17-minute walk out demanding stricter gun laws. This week, the  Trigger documentary gun violence Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Office of Public Witness will participate in the "March for Our Lives" along the streets of the nation's capital on Saturday, March 24. "This is one of the most important actions of advocacy to be held in recent years. One, because it addresses the destruction that gun violence has upon this country. Also, that sensible gun legislation is needed and Congress must act to rein in the availability of automatic weapons," said the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, OPW director. "Most importantly, we have been inspired by witnessing our young people from around this country stand up and demand an end to gun violence in our schools and streets." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "End Gun Violence."
COGA issues statement
on review committees' reports
Office of General Assembly The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) has issued a statement calling the work of three bodies created by the 222nd General Assembly -- The Way Forward Commission, the All-Agency Review Committee and the Vision 2020 Task Force -- "prophetic and provocative." The recommendations of the three panels "can refocus and retool our denomination to serve God and to follow Christ into the 21st century," the March 19 statement says. The complete statement can be found at "Moving Ahead."
GA review groups issue letter seeking
to clarify recommendations
Hoping to clarify what they believe is "confusion" and "misinformation" regarding their reports to the 223rd  General Assembly 223 General Assembly in St. Louis, the Way Forward Commission and All Agency Review Committee issued a letter this week. The letter specifically addresses the areas of vision and theology, their joint proposal on the corporate function -- known as the "A Corp" -- of the Office of the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency, and recommendations on the role of the stated clerk of the General Assembly, the head ecclesial officer of the denomination. Saying their mandate was to deal with "the dysfunctions in the form and structure of our national church," the groups defer discussions of theology and vision to the 2020 Vision Team, the third group established by 222nd General Assembly. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Seeking to Clarify."


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