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 Oct 5, 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.
October 5, 2018
Presbytery news  
Peace, Global Witness Offering accepted
through World Communion Sunday
The annual Peace and Global Witness Offering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is typically accepted during the Season of Peace and ends on World peace global witnessCommunion Sunday, and that's this Sunday, Oct. 7. Half of each congregation's offering supports the Presbyterian Mission Agency in its work advocating for peace and justice. Twenty-five percent stays with the congregation for its peacemaking work, and the remaining 25 percent is directed to one or more organizations selected by the PTCA Mission & Witness Committee of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. After studying organizations that address early childhood hunger, which affects the physical, mental and emotional health of each child, the presbytery's committee named the Hallie Q. Brown Early Learning Center of Ramsey County, and A Call To Service, Food 4 Kids, of Olmstead County as the recipients of the presbytery's offering share this year. Details are in a flyer at "Peace and Global Witness."
Mission grant funding
is still available for 2018
Does your congregation have a mission project that needs $500 to $1,500 to complete before the end of 2018? If so, the presbytery's Mission and Witness Committee invites you to apply for a congregational mission grant. Applications can be found at "Mission and Witness." Session endorsement is required for all grant approvals. The deadline for receiving paperwork is Nov. 30. Question can be addressed to Brenda Alexander at bk.alexander@live.com before Nov. 16. 
Kim North writes about
first 2 weeks in YAV post
Kim North, who's participating in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Young Adult Volunteer Program in Kim NorthAlbuquerque, New Mexico, noted this week, "The first month of my YAV year is done! I appreciate all of your prayers and support." North, representing the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area as a YAV, added, "So far I have found myself loving my work placement at Heading Home." Her most recent blog post opens, "My first two weeks at Heading Home as their new volunteer coordinator are done. I have my own cubicle, keys, work e-mail, phone, and job responsibilities." The complete post is at "Young Adult Volunteer."
Monday, Oct. 8, boundary
training session canceled
The Level 1 boundaries training that had been scheduled Monday, Oct. 8, has been canceled. The boundaries training will be scheduled for a later date.
Jeff's Jottings
Yesterday, today, and all days
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Yesterday was the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Jeff JapingaToday is a full day with colleagues at the mid-council leaders gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is also promised to be another divisive day on the American political and cultural landscape, given the scheduled events in Washington, D.C.
And thus it seemed not only appropriate but almost necessary, that the famous prayer of Saint Francis -- one you all likely know -- explicitly become my prayer for such a time as this, and maybe yours as well.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
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 complete invitation can be found at "Cherokee Park Invites." A flyer can be found at "Rainbow Banner Dedication."
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."
Resources, conferences ...
Foundation plans webinar to help
congregations with Giving Tuesday
Giving TuesdayThe Presbyterian Foundation has planned a Giving Tuesday webinar Monday, Oct. 8, at noon (CDT). Experts in social media, online giving and generosity will discuss how churches can participate in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is planned for Nov. 27. The event follows two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Details about the 45-minute webinar can be found at "Giving Tuesday."
YAV recruitment
YAV recruitis now underway
The recruitment season for the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is now underway. The YAV program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. Program participants accompany local agencies working to address root causes 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."
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 ...
 of Bayport, Minnesota, is seeking a co-pastor who will be part of a two-person lead pastor team. Progressive theology required. 
News of the wider church  


PDA response teams deploy
in aftermath of Hurricane Florence
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance sent three National Response Teams into North Carolina and South Carolina in the wake of severe flooding caused by presbyterian disaster assistanceHurricane Florence. The teams deployed into the presbyteries of Coastal Carolina, New Harmony and New Hope to make initial damage assessments, meet with presbytery staff and pastors in the affected areas, and be a presence for those affected by the storm's extreme rainfall amounts and wind damage. Flooding and loss of housing, particularly for those most vulnerable, are the biggest short-term concerns for residents of the impacted areas. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Hurricane Response."


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