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 12, 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 12, 2018
Presbytery news  
Boundaries training rescheduled
Nov. 12; online registration available
The rescheduled Level I boundaries training is planned Monday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. This training is required for all teaching elders in the Boundaries 1presbytery, 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. Online registration is available at "Boundaries Training." Those who had registered for the canceled Oct. 8 session are automatically registered. However, those who are unable to attend on the new date are asked to contact Jennifer Schultz, the presbytery's office manager, at office@ptcaweb.org or 651.357.1150 for a refund of the registration fee. Another training session has been scheduled Jan. 14. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
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 Presbytery Logo2018? 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.
Jeff's Jottings
All are welcome in this place?
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff JapingaIt was a strange and totally unexpected thought that that fled across Mallory's mind that chilly Sunday morning: that she should go to church. It rather amused her initially, if we're being honest. It had been an awfully long time since Mallory had been in a church, and even back then, she'd never much liked it. Still, as the coffee finished brewing and the Times crossword puzzle stared back at her, she pushed that nagging voice aside.
Just another reminder, Mallory thought, of how she'd messed up. Growing up, Mallory was both confident of her abilities and certain of her future. She moved smoothly through high school and a respected college. A good job followed, where she began to advance. The young man she was dating became her husband. It was all just as Mallory had wanted and intended.
Until it wasn't. The happiness she anticipated never really materialized. The marriage failed. The company downsized. Wine bottles became her primary companion.
The complete Jottings can be found at "Being Welcomed."
Around the presbytery   
Dayton Avenue plans open house
this Saturday to celebrate building sale
Dayton AvenueDayton Avenue Presbyterian is having an open house this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to celebrate the sale of its church building. There will be food, three live bands and fellowship. On Sunday, Oct. 14, a special worship service takes place at 9:30 a.m., and will include several speakers familiar with the history of the church, sharing their memories and honoring the church's legacy. Dayton Avenue is located at 217 Mackubin Street, St. Paul. Additional information can be requested by calling 651.227.7389.
First of South St. Paul features 'Talk
and Tour of Art Exhibit' this Sunday
First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul has planned an open house Sunday, Oct. 14, at 12:30 p.m. art showfor the "Talk and Tour of an Art Exhibit" that features the work of Renanah 'Rani' HalpernPaula Pergament and Anita White, all members of the Jewish Women Artists' Circle. The works focus on the soul, creation, repair of the world, and legacy with an emphasis on the prophetic role in faith, especially as found in the prophets of the Hebrew Bible. The exhibit, which runs through November, is part of an ongoing effort of First Presbyterian to use art and creativity to deepen understanding between faith-based communities. Light refreshments will be served at the event. Additional information is available from Rochelle LeTourneau at 952.239.3884.
Baldwin's First United celebrates
call of Kristine Holmgren
First United Presbyterian Church of Baldwin, Wisconsin, will celebrate the beginning of its new pastoral relationship with the Rev. Kristine Holmgren with a welcome event Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 1650 8th Avenue in Baldwin.
Arlington Hills plans reunion
potluck gathering in October
The 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."
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 Growing YoungSeminar and Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10a.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 ...
Outlook webinar offers way into faithful conversations in divided times
With the title "Scaling walls: Leading the way into faithful conversations in divided times," The Presbyterian Outlook offers a webinar Tuesday, Oct. Scaling16, that will help pastors, church staff, elders and members recognize how cultural walls offer unprecedented opportunities for faithful discipleship conversations. The 90-minute webinar, slated at 1 p.m. CDT, will address the tension ensues from polarizing issues of the day that cause emotional and relational walls that threaten to divide families, neighbors and churches. Details can be found at "Faithful Conversations."
YAV recruitment is now underway
YAV recruitThe 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
The 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 UN Womenexpected 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  


Presbyterians mobilize to help
in Hurricane Michael recovery
As news comes in of the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is organizing a response that will help sustain presbyterian disaster assistancelife and restore hope in the coming days. "Our hearts break and rise up in prayer for the people of northern Florida, Georgia and southeast Alabama," says Laurie Kraus, PDA director. "Right now, we need the church's prayers and financial assistance." "PDA was in communication with the presbyteries that were projected to be in the path of Hurricane Michael," said Jim Kirk, associate for U.S. disaster response. "Now that the storm has passed through Florida and Georgia, PDA has reached out to the impacted presbyteries and will be deploying national response teams early next week, as well as offering emergency grants." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Hurricane Michael."
What's connecting
the connectional church?
Gradye Parsons, former stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), writes about the connectional nature of the wider church in tGradye Parsons PCUSAhe current edition of Presbyterians Today. Parsons notes, "The last 22 years of my ministry I spent in governing body work -- six years as a presbytery executive, which included synod leadership, and 16 years in General Assembly work. I have a pretty good knowledge of the working plumbing (polity) that holds our denomination together. So, when after my retirement as stated clerk in 2016, the Board of Pensions asked me to write a book about the connectional life [of the church], I agreed. I sought to discover how well our connectional life was holding up. This led to a six-month journey of interviews with teaching elders, mid council leaders and seminary teachers, where I discovered that the 'plumbing' was working at different levels of well-being depending on where you are." Parsons' complete column can be found at "Connectional Church."
Mid Council leaders talk per capita, General Assembly, social justice
For the second day of the Mid Council Leaders Gathering in Chicago, the meeting began with a historical look at per capita and the realities moving forward. The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, stated clerk J Herbert Nelsonof the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), shared his thoughts and the need to "re-tool the church." He said, "We are at a different time now. We cannot have strong churches without strong mid councils and leaders who are who are willing to do the same thing on the ground in the local community as we did in St. Louis," he said. "Most of us have not been trained in that kind of action. How do we re-tool the basics of our leadership to deal with contextual realities of our time? It takes money and commitment to do that." Nelson said the PC(USA) can become a turnaround denomination, adding that it won't be easy and will demand commitment from everyone. "When we talk about per capita, it's not a money grab, it's about rebuilding the institution and faith that brought us, our children, and parents to where we are. It's about perpetuating something positive on this side of heaven." The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Mid Council Leaders."

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