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. 19 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 19, 2018
Presbytery news  
Joining Together for Justice
How often do you hear someone say, I don't like what I see in the world. I'd like to be an advocate for change, for justice and peace. But what's one voice?
Jimmie HawkinsOne voice is powerful, when it's linked with other voices. And that's what we have a chance to do in November when the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area welcomes the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Office for Public Witness. Put these two dates on your calendar now, and continue to look for more information and specifics:
Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m.: the Presbytery, with the support of Westminster, Minneapolis, will host a public presentation on the work of the Office -- and how you and your congregation can partner in the "causing of holy trouble," in the words of a video on the Office for Public Witness website. Bring your social justice committee or another group from your church, and meet your allies in this important work.
Tuesday afternoon, November 13: Meet Dr. Hawkins and ask him your individual questions prior to the 2 p.m. start of the Presbytery meeting. Then stay for the meeting, in which he will join the Presbytery's theme for the year, "Nurturing thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world," by speaking on moving from a theology of inclusion and justice to the practice of inclusion and justice.
This will be a week immediately following the mid-term elections. What a perfect time to ask how you can join with others in the practice of inclusion and justice.
Together, let's continue to nurture thoughtful expressions of God's mission in the world. 
While total per capita amount goes up, PTCA's portion is a slight decrease
Presbytery LogoThe Presbytery has approved an individual per capita amount of $35.70 per member for 2019.   
Although this is an increase in the total per capita from 2018, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities portion is a slight decrease from the prior year.  Considering the General Assembly increased its portion of per capita to sustain programs and ministries, the Presbytery is seeking to fulfill its goal of supporting congregations by decreasing its portion of per capita.  The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is also holding its level of per capita constant from 2018 to 2019.
The Budget Task Force and the Presbytery Leadership Team believe the Presbytery can continue to do its work effectively in 2019 based on the per capita currently being received from congregations and the God-given assets already in its reserves. 
Each congregation will be receiving information soon from Presbytery Treasurer Steve Robertson listing their 2017 year-end membership figure as reported to General Assembly, and the amount of their per capita projected for 2019.
Treasurer's Discussion planned
before November meeting
Presbytery Treasurer Steve Robertson plans a church Treasurer's Discussion time from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. immediately prior to the Presbytery meeting on Nov. 13 at New Life Presbyterian Church.  This Treasurer's Discussion time is open to anyone: pastors, clerks of session, church treasurers, administrators, or commissioners.
Steve will share news of how the Presbytery will work with and support congregations in the months ahead and will address some important year-end and new-year information about per capita, general mission giving, and church remittances and special offerings.  Everyone is invited to bring questions as well.
For more information, please contact Steve at treasurer@ptcaweb.org or 612.655.7594.
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.
Boundaries training scheduled 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. Boundaries 1at 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. Online registration is available at "Boundaries Training." Another training session has been scheduled Jan. 14. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
Jeff's Jottings
Mallory, Part II
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga 
Last week, I introduced you to Mallory, the thoroughly reluctant church-goer. Mallory hadn't been to church in, literally, two decades. But something -- she surely didn't know what -- had been tugging at her insides lately. And so here Mallory was, clad in the only pair of non-ripped jeans she owned, hand on the handle of the heavy wood door of the neighborhood church. She'd gotten that far twice before, only to walk away, fearful of what she might find if she actually decided to open that door.
This time, though, she did open the door, and walked in. She was surprised to be greeted almost immediately, and warmly, by a nicely dressed, older woman, who placed in her hand some kind of program and pointed her to a large area she called the sanctuary. The service was a lot like the few things Mallory remembered from her childhood. People stood and sang from a book while an organ played; they read printed responses from the program. (She heard at some point that it's called a bulletin.) The sermon was clear and practical, based on the Bible but applicable to life. The various announcements she heard spoke of a lively, engaged congregation. Hmmm, Mallory thought, this doesn't seem so bad.
The complete Jottings are at "Mallory, Part II."
Around the presbytery   
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 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."
Baldwin's First United celebrates
new pastoral relationship
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
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 ...
ELCA synods plan 'Respectful Conversation' on Enbridge Line 3
The Enbridge Line 3 pipeline remains in the news after the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to approve construction despite opposition from the Minnesota Department of Commerce and environmental groups. A lawn sign debate is taking place along the route, and people have organized to express concern for the safety of water and the rights of American Indian communities. The Northeastern and Northwestern synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have planned an empathy-building Respectful Conversation about the pipeline on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Walker, Minn. Respectful Conversations are a project of the Minnesota Council of Churches. Registration for the event can be completed at "Enbridge Line 3 Conversation."

E4 Faith Formation Conference

planned in Kansas in November

The E4 Faith Formation Conference, with resilience as its theme, is planned Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 4- Faith formation6, in Overland Park, Kansas. Called E4 because its key elements are "educate, empower, energize and engage," the conference will include sessions on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, "Resiliency and the Four-Letter Word" with Shelley Donaldson, and "Resilience, Resistance and Redemption" with Susan Phillips. There is a flyer at "E4 Conference." Online registration and a complete schedule are at "Resilience."
Webinar planned to equip faith
leaders in suicide prevention
The Presbyterian Outlook has planned a webinar Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. CST that will help faith leaders, who are frequently the first contact for those considering suicide, talk about suicide from a theological and biblical perspective. The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is offering up to 10 scholarships for the webinar. Details, including information about applying for an OPSF scholarship, can be found at "Suicide Prevention Webinar."
Regarding Ruling Elders:
Ruling Elder Resource'The Gift of Spirit'
The Rev. Joan Gray, a former moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has written the most recent installment of Regarding Ruling Elders, a monthly resource of the Office of the General Assembly. She notes, "For the early church, the infallible evidence of being a Christian was the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, at work in a person's life. The ways the Spirit manifested varied from person to person (not everybody spoke in tongues for example), but the bottom line was this: if you were a true believer, you received the Holy Spirit." Gray's complete column is at "Regarding Ruling Elders."
Debt assistance initiative committed to help with loan debt repayment
loan debtThe debt assistance initiative of the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Financial Aid for Service is committed to helping the people of God live out their call. The initiative provides resources, expertise and hope to those struggling with student loan debt. Among those resources are short instructional videos produced to help recent graduates navigate student loan repayment. Resources can be found at "Educational Debt Assistance."
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."
POAMN seeks writers
for its 2019 planning guide
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) designates the first Sunday in May each year as Older Adult Sunday, a day poamn planning guideto honor and celebrate those oldest saints within congregations across the nation. In preparation for Older Adult Sunday and as an ongoing resource, the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network creates, edits and publishes an Older Adult Ministries Planning Guide. The organization is seeking submissions of creative ways to honor older adults on May 5 and throughout the year. Articles can be about a program within a congregation or presbytery, partnerships with other organizations, or other activities and events for older adults within a community.  Articles should be about the how-to of various ministries with older adults. Details are at "Articles Sought."
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."
PC(USA) provides resources, support
to prevent abuse in church
abuse resourcesCelebrities, ministers, politicians, corporate executives. Hardly a week goes by that the headlines don't name a prominent person who has been accused of being a sexual predator or charged with abuse. Reports have been on the rise for years as people find the strength to step forward with their stories. The church has always been perceived as a safe place, where parents can feel their children are being cared for. But sometimes, despite the best efforts of churches, abuse does occur. For years, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been working with presbyteries, mid councils and churches to ensure that appropriate policies and safeguards are in place to keep children and vulnerable adults safe from all types of abuse. "We try to empower sessions and presbyteries as they work through accountability and discipline, providing as many resources as we can," said Laurie Griffith, associate director of Constitutional Interpretation with the Office of the General Assembly. The complete story by Rick Jones of the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Fighting Abuse Resources."
OPSF's Winter Pastors School
makes move to spring
Due to travel difficulties during the winter months, the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation's Winter Pastors School will now be a spring event. The  Winter Pastors OPSF2019 fellowship and learning event is planned Monday through Thursday, May 13-16, at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, a Presbyterian camp and conference center located on the west shore of Iowa's Lake Okoboji. The format and schedule will be similar to that of previous Winter Pastors Schools. The Rev. Dr. Ken McFayden, a well-known speaker and teacher, will keynote the event. Additional details are at "Pastors School."
News of the wider church  


Justice, Peace Close Up highlights
stories about PDA
Justice Peace NewsThe latest issue of Justice & Peace Close Up, a newsletter of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, highlights stories about the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry. In recent weeks PDA has been responding to the tsunami in Indonesia, hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, and maintaining a commitment to long-term recovery following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The complete newsletter is at "Highlighting PDA."
UDTS receives nearly $1 million grant
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary has received a $936,102 grant to help support its Clergy Coaching in Community and Context initiative. The UDTS Logogrant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry. "We are very excited about this grant from Lilly Endowment, as it represents the culmination of several years of transformative effort on behalf of our Seminary faculty and staff colleagues, and it affirms their leadership and our direction in this new era of theological education," said Jeffrey F. Bullock, president of the University of Dubuque. The complete announcement is at "UDTS Grant."
Synod Summary contains stories
synodof recent fall meeting
The Synod Summary, a publication of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies that highlights the activities of synod meetings, can be found on the synod's website. The current edition notes the synod's 2019 budget; the installation of new moderator and vice moderator; the upcoming retirement of Mary Kes, the synod's longtime administrator for personnel and program; and much more. The synod met Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minnesota. Details are in the "Synod Summary."
Central Nebraska presbyter addresses God's call to rural ministry
During October the Presbyterian Foundation is exploring the need for pastors in rural communities, according to the Rev. Dr. Lee Hinson-Hasty, senior director of Theological Education Funds Development. He noted, "What we're hearing from presbyteries is that there are plenty of openings in these rural communities, but not enough candidates." polly deppen williamsIn response, the Foundation published a column Oct. 4 by the Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams, executive presbyter and stated clerk of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska. She wrote, in part, "People say that we are in the middle of nowhere, but I beg to differ. I think we are in the middle of everywhere." Her complete column is at "Call to Rural Communities." A second installment in the series, written by the Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett, pastor and head of staff of First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Nebraska, can be found at "A Glimpse of the Good Life."
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