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 May 25, 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.
May 25, 2018
Presbytery news  
Office Alert: Summer hours announced
During the summer months -- from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend -- the offices of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies will be closed on Fridays. We encourage you to call or visit us Monday through Thursday during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). If there is an urgent matter on Fridays or over the weekend, please contact executive presbyter Jeff Japinga on his mobile phone, 616.283.0621.
Ordination exam readers
sought in presbytery
It is that time of year when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area needs to elect ordination exam readers for the 2018-2019 cycle. The presbytery will evaluate exams the weeks of Feb. 4-8 and May 6-10.
Ordination exams The presbytery has been asked to provide three ruling elders, three teaching elders and one alternate reader.

In the week before reading exams, readers will review general materials about the reading process and resources specific to the exam area they will evaluate. During the weeklong review period, readers will commit 10 to 12 hours for evaluating exams.
Reader training and exam evaluation are done online. Reliable internet access and basic familiarity with website utilization is required.
Those interested in being a reader or those who have questions about being a reader are invited to contact the Rev. Lisa Johnson at pastorlisaj@gmail.com or the Rev. Luke Roske-Metcalfe at ljroske.metcalfe43@gmail.com.
Women in presbytery
invited to potluck in June
Women in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area "had a wonderful gathering in April and want to keep the conversation going," according to a note from the Rev. Heidi Bolt. Bolt and the Rev. Dr. Karin Craven are inviting women in the presbytery to a potluck at the Craven home on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The address is 1539 Blackhawk Lake Drive, Eagan, Minnesota. RSVPs are requested to Bolt at bolt.heidi@gmail.com. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.
Jeff's Jottings
Do you hear what I hear?
Jeff Japinga By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.   Ecclesiastes 3: 1,7
Does it seem to you like it does to me, that these days, everybody's talking? Or maybe it's not everybody, but some subset of people who are talking all the time?
To be sure: our faith compels us to speak to issues of grace, mercy, humanity, and justice. Our moral standing as the church in the world comes through the clarity of the voice given us by the Spirit at Pentecost and a compelling vision to use it, in defending and supporting all God's children in all their challenges and opportunities.
The complete Jottings are at "Hearing What I Hear."
Around the presbytery   
Through Jimmy's Eyes exhibit
at South St. Paul featured on KARE11
Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan, an accomplished artist with complex autism whose work is on display at First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul, was featured recently in a segment by KARE-TV of Minneapolis. Reagan, who signs his work "Jimmy," is significantly influenced by van Gogh, Picasso and expressionism. A passion for color, texture and simplicity shows in his work in which he favors portraits of people and animals. He began creating art in his mid-teens as a way to illustrate his perspective of the world. His works have been exhibited and sold across the United States, and in Germany and Italy. Now his works are on display at the church through the end of May.
First Presbyterian in LeRoy plans
150th anniversary celebration
LeRoy church The 150th anniversary celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, Minnesota, is almost here. Planned Sunday, June 3, the celebration will include worship at 10 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a special program at 1 p.m. Past pastors and members will be attending the celebration. Plans are also in the works for an alumni choir. Those who plan to attend the lunch are asked to inform the church at 507.324.5826. A free-will donation is being accepted for the meal.
Arlington Hills Presbyterian alums
Arlington Potluck set reunion potluck June 3
Former members of Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church are planning an reunion potluck gathering Sunday, June 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, side dish, casserole or dessert; sandwiches and beverages will be provided. The announcement can be found at "Reunion Potluck."
Kids Camp at Spirit of Life
scheduled June 25-29
Spirit of Life Apple Valley Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley is planning Kids Camp early in the summer season -- the week of June 25-29. Open to all area children, the week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-5 and from 9 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. Lunch will be provided for full-day participants. Trained summer camp staff from Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center will lead the camp, while local adults and teens will assist. The complete announcement is at "Kids Camp."
Resources, conferences ... 


National APA conference
set next week in Minneapolis
admin personnel The national conference of the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes place Tuesday through Friday, May 29-June 1, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. Conference details can be found at "Administrative Personnel Association."
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
plans Puerto Rico webinar
presbyterian disaster assistance It has been eight months since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, and the recovery work continues. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been working with its partners on the island to provide financial assistance to churches and their congregations and plan for long-term recovery efforts. In an effort to keep congregations informed, PDA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT. The complete announcement, along with a link to register for the webinar, can be found at "Puerto Rico Webinar."
General Assembly News
will be available free to inbox
This year all Presbyterians (and others) can read the same daily newspaper that is available to those attending the 223rd General Assembly of the  GA news Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, June 16-23. The General Assembly News, a printed newspaper distributed at the biennial gathering, will be available through a free e-mail subscription. E-subscribers will receive the identical electronic version in their ep-mail inbox. The newspaper will be published daily from June 16-23. "We hear repeatedly from Presbyterians around the country who cannot attend the General Assembly that they would love to be able to read The General Assembly News," said Jerry Van Marter, interim director of communications for the Office of the General Assembly. The complete announcement, along with a link to subscribe, can be found at "The General Assembly News."
Washington Island Forum planned
next month in Wisconsin
anna carter florence The 2018 Washington Island Forum, a 40-year tradition sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of 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."
Applications now accepted for Native American Leadership Fund awards
One-time awards for Native American leadership development are available in 2018 through the Native American Leadership Fund, created by action of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. The designated funds are to be used for education or leadership development of Native American Presbyterian leaders or in Native American Presbyterian organizations and communities. Tim McCallister, Associate for Mission Program Grants & Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, said, "These grants are being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency to encourage pioneers, risk-takers and trailblazers." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gail Strange is available at "Native American Leadership." 
Synod School: Classes, worship, play,
family, friends, a whole lot more
2018 Synod School Those who are thinking about attending Synod School this summer should spend a little time looking through the midsummer ministry's catalog. Classes, more than 70, range from "God's Promises: The Horizon's Bible Study" to "Doctrine of Discovery: Why do we say Columbus discovered America?" and from "Christmas Carols: The True Story" to fake news in "The Coming of the Internet and the Loss of Everything Else." And that, of course, is an abbreviated sample. Celebrating its 65th year, Synod School typically draws more than 600 people to the weeklong event of learning and personal enrichment on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. This year's event runs Sunday through Friday, July 22-27. The catalog, and a link to online registration, can be found at "Synod School."
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. Information about the gathering can be found at "National Gathering."
Addiction, faith conference planned
in September in Bloomington
addiction faith An addiction and faith conference, designed to help congregations, clergy and care givers address the opioid addiction crisis, is planned Sept. 28-30 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Bloomington. The conference features keynoters Nadia Bolz-Weber, Omar Manegwala and Anne Wilson Shaef. Details about the conference can be found at "Addiction and Faith."
In memoriam ...
The Rev. Judith Strausz Clement, who served several churches in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, died May 14. A memorial service is planned June 10 at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
To give away ...
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury has blue Presbyterian hymnals to give away. Those interested are invited to contact the church at 651.738.0045.
News of the wider churh  


'Hands & Feet' initiative will engage Presbyterians at General Assembly
If the apostle Paul had to cite an example of his words spoken to the Romans -- "We do not know what we hands feet ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans" -- all he would have to do was point to St. Louis on a map. It is there, in one of the nation's most racially segregated cities, where loud cries and wordless groans against racial injustice are being heard through the Hands & Feet initiative. The initiative invites Presbyterians to come to the host city to this summer's General Assembly to not just cast their votes in an air-conditioned convention room, but to also become part of the community, working with their hands, their feet and their hearts, for justice and peace. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck and Paula Frischknecht-Jackson can be found at "Hands and Feet."
Way Forward Commission strives to counsel the church on ongoing work
General Assembly 223 On May 22, the Way Forward Commission held its second-to-last meeting before the 2018 General Assembly convenes in St. Louis in June -- using most of that time to provide updates on its ongoing work, and a sense of how it will proceed in the time it has left. The commission, which has some power to act on its own, has already made its report and formal recommendations to the assembly. It can't add any new recommendations to that report now, said Mark Hostetter, a minister from New York who serves as the commission's moderator. The complete story by The Presbyterian Outlook's Leslie Scanlon can be found at "Way Forward Commission."

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