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 Newsletter, Nov 2, 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.
November 2, 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. 
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.
Robertson 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 Robertson at treasurer@ptcaweb.org or 612.655.7594.
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 dementiahave known is disappearing. Caregivers often experience frustration, feelings of helplessness, or despair. 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."
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
Boundaries 1The 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 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.
Norman 'Bunko' Jay Japinga,
father of Jeff, died Thursday
Jeff Japinga DadNorman "Bunko" Jay Japinga, 88, of Holland, Michigan, died peacefully at Holland Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 1, surrounded by the love and care of his family. He was the father of Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter. Norm was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Holland, the second child of Martin and Marguerite (De Fouw) Japinga. Sometime in junior high, Norm acquired a new name. Bunko. No one is quite clear about its origin or meaning. Only that it stuck. He was a longtime employee of Hope College, retiring in 1995 after 27 years that included serving as athletic equipment manager and transportation director. He was a man of deep faith, a long-time member and deacon at Christ Memorial Reformed Church and more recently a member of Third Reformed Church. A complete obituary can be found at "Norman 'Bunko' Japinga." A complete announcement from Hope College is at "Recognized at Hope." 
Around the presbytery   
DOJ officials, JCRC plan community meeting in Apple Valley Nov. 5
department of justiceU.S. Department of Justice officials and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas are inviting members of the community to a meeting in response to the tragic shootings that took place last Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The meeting will take place Monday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, Minnesota.The meeting will address federal hate crimes laws, identifying and reporting hate crimes, and best practices for creating safe and secure houses of worship. The complete e-mail invitation is at "Community Meeting."
Valley Community offers first
film of immigration series
Harvest of EmpireValley Community Presbyterian Church in Golden Valley offers the first film in its "Immigration Film Series" this Sunday evening, Nov. 4., from 6 to 8 p.m. The first film, "Harvest of Empire," highlights the sacrifices and triumphs of the nation's growing Latino population. Subsequent films,  "Locked in a Box" and "Without Papers," are planned Jan. 20 and Feb. 24. 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."
Holiday Fair Trade Market set
Nov. 17-18 at New Life Presbyterian
Fair Trade Market New LifeChange lives; make the world a better place; find meaningful and unique gifts; and finish your Christmas shopping by Nov. 18. That's what New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville is offering with its Holiday Fair Trade Market that runs Nov. 17-18. The market features handcrafted fair-trade gifts and food items from all over the world, including jewelry, baskets, rugs, knit products, home decor, foods, crafts, and more. The market is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Soup and snacks will be available. Details are in a flyer at "Holiday Fair Trade Market."
Resources, conferences ...
Annual enrollment, chance for changes, election of benefits, is open
Board of PensionsAnnual enrollment -- participants' chance to make changes or elect benefits coverage for 2019 -- for the benefits plan of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is open until Nov. 16. Participants can log on to Benefits Connect to see choices and costs, and elect coverage for 2019. Even those who want to keep the coverage they have now, it is still important to take action to make sure they have the coverage they want effective Jan. 1. Additional resources can be found at "Annual Enrollment."
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 Presbyterian Outlook Logoleaders, 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."
MNCASA resource addresses sexual assault prevention steps for men
MNCASAThe Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault(MNCASA) has created a resource that aims to inspire and provide action for men to prevent sexual assault, abuse and harassment. The resource, which includes videos, documents and websites, offers practical tools and resources to support advocates. The complete resource is at "Ten Simple Prevention Steps for Men."
Presbyterians Today Advent
devotional highlights the Magnificat
adventPresbyterians Today magazine's Advent devotional invites prayer and contemplation around Mary's song of praise, the Magnificat. The magazine notes, "This year's devotional is very special. The paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs. The rest of the text -- reflections and prayers for each day of Advent -- is the joint work of Donna Frischknecht Jackson, pastor and editor of the magazine and sister to a man with special needs, and Krin Van Tatenhove, also a pastor who is father to a son with autism." Details are at "Advent Devotional."
Registration nears for 2019
Presbyterian Youth Triennium
2019 Youth PYTThe ever-popular Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering for high school age youth from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church that occurs every three years - the next is the summer of 2019. Running July 16-20 at Purdue University in Indiana, the theme is "Here's My Heart." And registration is set to open soon. Details are available at "Youth Triennium."
Bulletin notes elimination of vacancy dues, expanded grant eligibility
Board BulletinServing the church and serving better were themes when the board of directors of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met last week. The board decided to eliminate vacancy dues, a struggle for many congregations, and expanded eligibility for Sabbath Sabbatical Support Grants. These stories and more can be found in the current edition of The Board Bulletin.
Presbyterians for Just Immigration
offer opportunities for involvement
The website for Presbyterians for Just Immigration is calling for Presbyterians to join its movement. It Immigration Logonotes, "People of faith are joining together and calling for immigration reform and the full recognition of immigrants' rights. They are doing this, in big and small ways, because of a shared faith in Jesus Christ who spent his ministry at the margins of society and because of the call to remember that they were once strangers/immigrants in Egypt." The website, which also includes links to a variety of resources, can be found at "Just Immigration."
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."
PMA moves from student
loans to student debt assistance
In September 2016 the Presbyterian Mission Agency board approved an action to no longer provide loans dollar signto students. The substance of the action recognized that private educational loans were no longer advantageous to students who might become eligible for public service loan assistance, and directed the Presbyterian Mission Agency to shift to debt assistance for church professionals unable to participate in public service loan forgiveness. Details about debt assistance through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) can be found at "Assistance Programs."
Co-moderators announce study
on 'Where the Cross Meets the Street'
Presbyterians will soon have a new book study available to them. The co-moderators of the 223rd cross meets streetGeneral Assembly have announced the title of their new year-long study, "Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens in the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center." The book is written by Noel Castellanos and explores his life and journey to become a Christian minister and leader. Born to parents of Mexican heritage, Castellanos shares the hardships of growing up, getting married, and raising a family in "tough neighborhoods." He also shares insight into ministering to people on the margins of society. The complete Presbytery News Service story by Rick Jones can be found at "Cross Meets the Street."
Service opportunities ...
House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul is seeking a full-time director of administration. The director plans for and oversees business, finance, administrative, operations, human resources, technology, and communications activities in support of the church mission as directed by church leadership. A MBA is preferred, and a minimum of five to seven years of experience in a related field is required. Applications, including a letter of interest and resume, should be sent to Kay Solon, chair of the personnel committee, at HROffice@hohchurch.org. A complete job description can be found at "HOH Careers."
Trinity Presbyterian Church in Woodbury is seeking a part-time -- 20 to 25 hours per week -- leader of its children and youth Christian education program. The leader will provide leadership and support primarily in the areas of the congregations growing Sunday church school (preschool through fifth grade), Sunday evening Unleashed program (sixth through 12th grade), and Wednesday Ignite program (second through fifth grade). The position calls for training and/or experience working with children and older youth. The complete position description is at "Children and Youth Leader."
News of the wider church  


After synagogue shooting, Presbyterians stand in solidarity with neighbors
One of the first things Presbyterian minister the Rev. Susan Rothenberg did once she knew what the "pop, pop, pop" sound was four houses down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of PCUSA logoPittsburgh was to text the Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb. "We've got to open the church tonight," she said, referring to her home church, Sixth Presbyterian, which sits at the heart of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood -- and across the street from Pittsburgh's Jewish community center. By 6 p.m. Saturday, hours after the tragic shooting at Tree of Life, where 11 people were killed and six people injured, the community gathered at the Sixth to share their shock -- and the solidarity of their support. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck and Mike Ferguson can be found at "Standing in Solidarity."
Rural reality: Churches address
hunger in the heartland
Fresh out of seminary, a pastor listens intently as the chair of the nominating committee drives around the Presbyterians Today magazinecountryside, narrating the history of a rural community that has seen better days. As she listens, she takes note of the sagging porches with faded and torn upholstered furniture. They pass sheep grazing behind a dilapidated barn, and the pastor silently reminds God that this was not what she had in mind when she said "yes" to tending the flock. The complete story, by Donna Frischknect Jackson of Presbyterians Today magazine, addresses the way churches in rural areas are dealing with "Food Deserts."
'Blue Christmas,' 'Longest Night'
services can comfort lonely
At Christmastime, some church members and leaders may be struggling with depression, anxiety or grief. A Peace Christmas"Blue Christmas" or "Longest Night" service can bring comfort to people who are lonely or suffering and lets them feel the congregation's love and support. But only one out of four congregations offers such a service. The story, from the November-December issue of Presbyterians Today magazine, can be found at "Christmas Comfort."

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