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 September 21, 2018

 
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September 21, 2018
  
Presbytery news  
 
Committee on Congregational Vitality plans retreat on 'Good News'
The presbytery's Committee on Congregational Vitality is asking, "How would you like to spend a Good NewsFriday and part of Saturday at the beautiful Clearwater Forest at the peak of the fall-color season reflecting on 'Good News?' Does the 'Good News' look different as seasons change? Do we proclaim a message that is 'Good News' to the world we now inhabit, or are we propping up a church built to address the needs of a world that no longer exists?" The committee is sponsoring a retreat, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, that will reflect on the proclamation of the "Good News" in a world that remains divided and filled with inequality. Registration details can be found at "Good News." Additional details are available on request by sending e-mail to ccv.ptca.program@gmail.com.
 
'Rev'd Up' gathering planned
next week at House of Hope
Whether retired for two weeks or 20 years, there's always something new that's taking place or something that's been learned. That's the message of the group of retired ministers, aptly called "Rev'd Up," in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The next group event -- an opportunity to renew friendships and make new ones -- is planned Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Additional information and registration details are at "Retired Presbyterian Ministers."
 
Boundary training offered
in October at Oak Grove
The presbytery's Committee on Ethics will be host to a Level 1 boundaries training Oct. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to Boundaries 13 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for all teaching  elders in the presbytery, and is also appropriate for youth directors, Christian education staff, music staff, ministry volunteers, and people serving on church personnel committees.  The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Registration can be completed at "Boundaries Training."
 
Jeff's Jottings
Lessons from Facebook
 
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
 
I spent more time than usual on Facebook this week, and it was wonderful. That's because it was my Jeff Japingabirthday, and the social network did what it does best: connecting people who otherwise would remain apart, distant; friends in name but rarely in person.
 
I heard from high school classmates and former colleagues and current colleagues and people just around the corner, some of whom I saw yesterday or last weekend or last month but a number of whom I haven't seen in years. To all of them, I quoted former Minnesota governor and senator, the late Hubert Humphrey: "The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it."
 
I spent more time than usual on Facebook this week, and it was awful. That's because this week was much like last week and the weeks before, where the social network did what it does worst: facilitated a shouting match.
 
The complete Jottings are at "Lessons from Facebook."
Around the presbytery   
 
Installation service Sept. 29
for Kendra Grams at FPC Hudson
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is offering an invitation to the presbytery to participate in the worship service to install the Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, Wisconsin. The service will take place at the church Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9:30 a.m. Following the service, light refreshments will be served. Any teaching elders who wish to wear vestments and process should meet in the Fireside Room of the church and be robed in red vestments by 9:25 a.m. The church is located at 1901 Vine Street in Hudson.
 
6th annual South of the River CROP
Hunger Walk steps off Oct. 7
Crop Hunger Walk logoTeams are now forming for the sixth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk. The walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church. Following a brief sendoff program at 1:45 p.m., the walkers will step off at 2 p.m. CROP Hunger Walks are community education and fundraising events for Church World Service (CWS). The pledges and donations made by the walkers and sponsors benefit CWS's grassroots programs working to end hunger globally. Additional details are in the complete announcement at "CROP Hunger Walk."
 
Rescuing democracy from 'big money:' Meeting set at Oak Grove
move to amendOrganizers of a conversation with the national director of Move to Amend (MTA) at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington note, "If you care  about the environment, poverty, refugees, or any justice issue, you know that campaign finance reform is desperately needed." A part of that reform is Move to Amend, a nonpartisan effort to reverse Citizens United, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that enables corporations and unions to spend in support of political campaigns. Move to Amend (MTA), on the other hand, affirms that corporations are not people and money is not protected speech. The event at Oak Grove is planned Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. The complete announcement is at "Move to Amend."
 
Woodbury Trinity is site for Oct. 27 'Growing Young' seminar, workshop
Growing YoungTrinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is inviting the presbytery to participate in a Growing Young Seminar and Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Matthew Deprez, church engagement specialist at the Fuller Youth Institute, will lead the event. Deprez equips, trains and resources churches and leaders in a strategy churches can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. Questions about the event can be addressed to Kim Vangsgard at admin@trinitywoodbury.org or April Davis Campbell at trinitywoodburypastor@gmail.com. A flyer can be found at "Growing Young."
 
Fostering Network seeks families
to provide temporary homes for youth
The Minnesota Fostering Network is reaching out to churches and faith communities to locate families to Fostering Networkprovide loving, safe homes for youth on a temporary basis. The goal, according to Karol Jensen-Schneider, coordinator of the network, "is to keep youth in their home communities so they can continue to attend the same school, develop community connections, and stay connected to family and friends." Jensen-Schneider said the network is looking for opportunities to present information sessions or speak at churches and community events. She can be reached at kjensen@mnadopt.org.
Service opportunities ...
 
Cherokee Park United Church in St. Paul is seeking a person to serve as a part-time director of music ministry/accompanist. The church seeks somone who is enthusiastic about a creative blend of traditional and contemporary/world music. The director will work with a choir of approximately 15 members and support volunteer cantors in leading the congregation in a variety of sung responses and other service music. The complete announcement is at "Director of Music Ministry."
 
The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is seeking a transitional associate pastor for church life and adult ministries. The transitional associate pastor will work with the transitional pastor/head of staff, a strong staff and dedicated congregation. It is anticipated that this position will begin this fall and will be in place until the congregation calls a new pastor/head of staff. Additional information and application information can be found at "Transitional Associate Pastor."
 
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is seeking an office coordinator. The synod seeks a diverse pool of qualified applicants with strong office, technical and interpersonal skills to provide administrative support to a staff team delivering mission support and ministry services. The complete position description, along with the application procedure, can be found at "Office Coordinator."
 
Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon, Wisconsin, is seeking a bridge associate pastor to provide continuity with our deacons, adult ed and mission/outreach ministries.  This is a temporary role for the purpose of bridging the time until the congregation's pastor-nominating committee finds a new senior pastor and begins a search for a full-time associate pastor.  It is not required that this pastor be specifically trained in transitional work. More complete information can be found at "Bridge Associate Pastor."
To give away ...
 
FREE BIBLES: Do you enjoy the privilege of giving away bibles? Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church in St. Paul is selling its building and has a surplus of like-new NRSV Bibles. If you could use some, contact Chuck Neve at daytonavenuechurch@gmail.com  or 
651.227.7389.
News of the wider church  

 

PDA seeks support to help
in response to Hurricane Florence
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is seeking support for those affected by Hurricane Florence. PDA  presbyterian disaster assistanceis delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Florence on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Initial assessments suggest catastrophic destruction, but the full scope of the damage will not be known for many months. The storm's path cut across areas still recovering from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. While the winds and waters have meant loss and destruction, the work of PDA might become, as the Psalmist says, "a river whose streams make glad the city of God." Additional details of PDA's effort to help, along with ways to assist, can be found at "Hurricane Florence."
 
Presbyterians Today mag explores realities of rural churches
Racial and gender diversity, drugs, hunger -- big-city challenges have come to Main Street USA. Presbyterians Today is launching a three-part Presbyterians Today magazineseries, "Rural Realities," to explore the challenges and blessings for today's rural churches as they navigate a new reality. In the first installment, the magazine talks to pastors about the racial diversity and gender identification issues in their small communities. The first story begins:
In one rural community, the Rev. Dr. Richard (Skip) Shaffer Jr. began his first day in a new call as most pastors do -- unpacking many boxes of theological books and praying fervently that he had sufficient shelf space in his new office. The mundaneness of move-in day, though, was broken with a gentle tap on his door. Shaffer had his first visitor: Moses. The complete Presbyterians Today article by Donna Frischknecht can be found at "Rural Church Realities."
 
PC(USA) national offices
celebrate Native American Day
"Let us worship our Creator with minds open to the wisdom of all God's people, remembering that Native Amer Daylistening and respect once had no place in our society." These were the opening words to the Call to Worship led by Elona Street-Stewart, executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, as staff and guests celebrated Native American Day at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Center in Louisville on Sept. 12. The morning message was preached by the Rev. Irvin Porter, associate for Native American Intercultural Congregational Support. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gail Strange can be found at "Native American Day."
 
Big Tent 2019 dates, location announced
Baltimore has been selected as the location for Big Tent 2019. The event will be held Aug. 1-3 at the big tent 19adjacent downtown Radisson and Lord Baltimore Hotels. Announced today by Diane Moffett, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), organizers say that by meeting in the city where the 224th General Assembly will be held the following year, the event will continue the tradition established in 2017 of introducing Presbyterians to the host city. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Big Tent."
 
Activist discusses 'unholy alliance:' corporations, anti-hunger groups
Can million-dollar donations to anti-hunger groups be a bad thing? Should Christians who are called to serve and work toward eliminating hunger and poverty in our communities question corporate generosity as a viable tool to achieve a faithful goal? Food activist and author Andrew Fisher presented these questions and more at a University of Louisville event on Sept. 4 that was co-sponsored by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Fisher spoke to an audience of approximately 50 graduate and undergraduate students and a smaller number of community members interested in hunger issues, detailing the "unholy alliance" that exists between corporate America and anti-hunger organizations. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Hunger Issues."
 
 
 

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