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 Sept 28, 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.
September 28, 2018
Presbytery news  
Boundary training takes
place Oct. 8 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. Boundaries 1to 3 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."
Thin Places newsletter plans 20thanniversary ecumenical worship service
Thin Places, an ecumenical newsletter of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis with a particular interest in the contemplative spiritual journey, is planning a special gathering to celebrate its 20th anniversary and give thanks for the richness of the contemplative community that has grown in the Twin Cities area and across the land. 
 Thin Places
The service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Worship Leaders will include Abbot John Klassen, St. John's Abbey; Dean Paul Lebens-Englund, St. Mark's Cathedral; the Rev. Judy Zabel, Hennepin Avenue Methodist; the Rev. Dr. Jeff Japinga, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area; the Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, Minnesota Council of Churches; the Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway, Liberty Church; and more. 
The phrase, "thin places," is an early Celtic Christian metaphor for those times or places when the boundary between the sacred and the everyday feels "thin," when God's presence is more strongly felt.
The complete announcement is at "Thin Places."
Jeff's Jottings
Briefly ...
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga
Thursday, I watched small portions of that dramatic Senate hearing from my mother's hospital room.
Today, I am praying for healing.
I am praying for healing in my family. On Monday, my mother fell while leaving the rehabilitation center where my father is carrying out his battle with cancer. She broke her hip, and on Tuesday had a partial replacement. I have been in Michigan since Tuesday with two aging parents who need healing, both in their bodies and in their spirits.
I am praying for healing for my country and its culture.
The complete Jottings can be found at "Briefly."
Around the presbytery   
Cherokee Park plans to dedicate
its rainbow banner Oct. 7
Rainbow FlagCherokee Park United Church in St. Paul will dedicate its recently installed rainbow banner at its 10:15 a.m. service on World Communion Sunday, Oct. 7. The banner is a visible sign of the congregation's welcome for all. The congregation is inviting everyone to the worship service, communion table, fellowship and ministries. If the weather permits, the dedication will take place outside. The church is located at 371 Baker St. West. A flyer can be found at "Rainbow Banner Dedication."
It's not too late to participate
Crop Hunger Walk logoin CROP Hunger Walk
It's not too late to decide to participate as an individual, sponsor a walker or form a team in the sixth annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk for Church World Service (CWS). The walk is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 7, with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lakeville. The walk steps off at 2 p.m. For further details contact Denise Lewis at dlewis9476@comcast.net or Paula Nordhem at pnordhem@yahoo.com. Or visit the CROP Hunger Walk website or Facebook at Twin Cities South of the River CROP Walk. Donations may be made online through the CROP Walk website. The complete announcement is at "CROP Hunger Walk."
Rescuing democracy from 'big money:' Meeting set at Oak Grove
Organizers of a conversation with the national director of Move to Amend (MTA) at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington note, "If you move to amendcare  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
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is inviting the presbytery to participate in a Growing Young Seminar and Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10Growing Younga.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."
Arlington Hills plans reunion
potluck gathering in October
Arlington fall potluckThe alumni of the former Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church plan to gather Oct. 21 for their annual potluck meal at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury. The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. The complete announcement is at "Arlington Hills Potluck."
Resources, conferences ...
YAV recruitment season
YAV recruitgets underway Oct. 1
The recruitment season for the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is about to get underway. Applications will be accepted beginning Oct. 1. The YAV program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-20, in 22 ssites around the world and in the United States. Program participants accompany local agencies working to address rootcauses of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. Details about the program are "YAV Program." Applications are available at "YAV Applications" and material about the program can be obtained at "A Request Form."
Regarding Ruling Elders:
'When we get to 'not enough'
The September installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource provided by the Office of Ruling Elder Resourcethe General Assembly, is written by the Rev. Joan Gray, who served as moderator of the 217th General Assembly. Gray writes, "The story of the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark 6 starts with the disciples coming to Jesus and asking him to send the people away to buy food for themselves. Jesus responds to this well-meaning advice by saying, 'You give them something to eat.' The disciples look at the crowd and then look at what they have to offer, and their response to Jesus is basically, 'It's not enough!' This same scene also plays itself out in the church repeatedly. Our congregation's energy, facilities, and money can all seem pitifully lacking." The complete Regarding Ruling Elders is at "Not Enough."
Applications now accepted for 2019 Commission on Status of Women
UN WomenThe 63rd Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled for March 11-22, 2019, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event is expected to draw representatives from around the world. Applications are now being accepted. The 2019 theme is "social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Status of Women."
Service opportunities ...
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."
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."
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."
News of the wider church  


Oral arguments set in appeal
process for housing allowance
The battle for the Minister's Housing Allowance continues, as oral arguments before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals have been scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 24, according to the website of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). The oral arguments are the next step in the appeal process which began in early February 2018 when Chicago-area pastors appealed the decision of a Wisconsin federal judge who ruled the housing exclusion to be unconstitutional. The complete announcement is at "Oral Arguments." Additional background information is also available at "Appeal Process Begins."
Human rights group works toward
mass bailout at Rikers Island
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group is seeking the release of more than 500 people from New York's Rikers Island Correctional Facility. It's part of a new hands feetinitiative to shut down a bail system that many believe is unfair to minorities and the poor. Last year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supports closing Rikers Island following an independent report that described horrible conditions at the facility. Last week, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), was invited to meet with de Blasio's staff to discuss the church's involvement in the bailout in St. Louis during the 223rd General Assembly this past summer. "This is an affirmation, that no matter how many people rail against our social justice policies, we are a lifeline of hope for people across this country," he said. "We are moving in a strongly progressive position on justice for people who have no one to represent or help them navigate through societal barriers." The complete article by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Bailout."
PC(USA) delegation to Puerto Rico
praises 'Rise and Shine' initiative
Pastor Richard Rojas describes walking into his sanctuary at Puerto Nuevo Presbyterian Church after Hurricane Maria and sitting down and crying. The Category 4 storm hit his church in Puerto Rico hard. Rojas, like most pastors across the island, were left to pick up the pieces. With no power, little food, water and other essentials, he and others learned quickly that working together was better than working alone. Over the next few months, pastors and church leaders within San Juan Presbytery began a program called "Rise and Shine," an opportunity for residents impacted by Maria to gather for a time of rest, recreation, and support. A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegation recently visited churches and communities across the island. The delegation praised the effort. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Rise and Shine."
Photos sought for PC(USA) calendar
CalendarThe Presbyterian Planning Calendar, a beloved publication of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking photo submissions from congregations, mid councils, camps, conference centers and education centers for use in its 2019-2020 edition. Focusing on congregational vitality, fighting poverty, dismantling racism and other mission activities, the request for images also asks, "Who are the unsung heroes of your congregation?" The complete announcement can be found at "Seeking Photos."

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