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. 26, 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 26, 2018
Presbytery news  
Presbytery's next stated meeting
planned for Nov. 13 in Roseville
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will hold its next stated meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, at New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, Minnesota. Please note: this is a 2 p.m. meeting. Registration and fellowship begins at 1:30 p.m.; the meeting follows at 2 p.m.
The Presbytery will welcome the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director of the Office for Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who will help the presbytery imagine its call to a practice of inclusion and justice. (See the story below.)
There will be pre-Presbytery conversations beginning at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Hawkins and with Steve Robertson, Presbytery treasurer. The meeting will include examinations of Phillip Romine for ordination and Michael Ireland for commissioning as a commissioned ruling elder, and action on the 2019 budget and a proposed parental leave policy.
The complete meeting call is at "Presbytery Meeting."
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. The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30. 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. 
Disability Concerns asks, 'Is your
church dementia friendly?'
Those of us who have been close to a person who is living with dementia know how devastating the disease can be. It may seem as though the person we have known is disappearing. Caregivers often experience frustration, feelings of helplessness, or dementiadespair. Referring to our aging population, someone has said that dementia, including Alzheimer's, is like a tsunami moving toward us. With that in mind, the Presbytery's Disability Concerns Ministry (DCM) have chosen memory care for its focus for this program year. The DCM has prepared a packet of resources for every congregation in the Presbytery and those packets will be available at the DCM table at the November meeting of Presbytery. Among the resources included are "Ten Tips to Become a Dementia Friendly Church" from the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; "Communication" from the Alzheimer's Association; and "Even When I Forget, the Music Is Familiar" from Presbyterians for Disability Concerns, a network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The complete announcement can be found at "Disability Concerns Ministry."
While total per capita amount goes up, PTCA's portion is a slight decrease
The Presbytery has approved an individual per capita amount of $35.70 per member for 2019.   
per capitaAlthough 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
Presbytery LogoDoes 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. at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church inBoundaries 1Bloomington. 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 III
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeff Japinga
Mallory was never one to give up easily. Never had been, never will be. All she had gone through in the past few years - the divorce, the "downsizing" (such a nice word for taking a person's livelihood away from them), and all the personal and financial stress of that - hadn't stopped her, and neither would a church for someone else.
Well, okay, she'd taken a few weeks off. But the first Sunday of the next month, there was Mallory again in her good jeans, poised to open another door. Just like at the first church, she was greeted warmly when she walked in; the friendly woman even gestured toward where Mallory should sit. Mallory liked the feel of the place.
The complete Jottings are at "Mallory, Part III."
Around the presbytery   
Valley Community Presbyterian Church plans film series on immigration
Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley will kick off its "Immigration Film Series" thisHarvest of EmpireSunday, Oct. 28, during its adult education session with a discussion led by Bill Davnie, former stated clerk of the Presbytery and a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer. Then, on Sunday evenings, Nov. 4, Jan. 20, and Feb. 24, the series will feature three films, "Harvest of Empire," "Locked in a Box," and "Without Papers." The series is organized by Valley Community's Peace and Justice Team. Each event is free of charge, and a light snack will be available. Complete details of the series can be found in a brochure at "Immigration Film Series."
Resources, conferences ...
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."
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."
Detroit group offers opportunities
to visiting mission groups
hands on missionThe Hands-On Mission Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit is looking forward to welcoming mission work groups during next summer or for an alternative break week during the school year. With more than 10 years of experience, the group offers a variety of service opportunities and will find appropriate work sites to match the interest of visiting workers. The complete announcement from the organization can be found at "Detroit Hands-On Mission." There's also a video at "Mission Work in Detroit."
News of the wider church  


Presbyterian leaders prepare
for migrant caravan
Immigrant convoyDespite the heat and humidity, as many as 7,000 Central American migrants are still making their way slowly northward from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador into Mexico. Reports from the caravan indicate that while some families have dropped out because of the hardships, other groups appear to be joining the journey. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) remains in constant contact with its partners in Central America and along the U.S.-Mexico border. The ecumenical churches in El Salvador continue to monitor the situation. "These individuals are largely asylum seekers, families of people who are seeking safety. How we react to them says a lot about how we value them as human beings," said Teresa Waggener, immigration attorney for the PC(USA)'s Office of Immigration Issues. The complete story by Rick Jones in the Office of the General Assembly can be found at "Immigrant Convoy."
'The Message' author Eugene
Eugene PetersonPeterson dies at age 85
The Rev. Eugene Peterson, a pastor, author and scholar, died Monday this week at his home in Montana. He was 85. He had been hospitalized since early October because of a serious infection, according to his son, Eric Peterson. In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He wrote more than 30 books, but is best known for "The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language," a paraphrase of the Christian scriptures that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Kathy Melvin is at "Eugene Peterson."
PDA provides much-needed support
for hurricane-ravaged areas
presbyterian disaster assistanceTwo Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) National Response Teams returned from deployment recently in southern Georgia and northwest Florida. They were there to assist in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael swiftly blew through the Florida panhandle and southern Georgia as a strong Category 4 storm earlier this month. "The two PDA teams deployed in response to Hurricane Michael have returned home," said Jim Kirk, associate for U.S. disaster response. "During the seven-day initial deployment, the teams met with presbytery, congregational and community leadership. They supported the initial presbytery assessment, provided ministry of presence, assisted in developing a short-term response plan and identified opportunities for volunteers to help muck out homes and churches." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "PDA Offers Support."

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