09-12-17 Presbytery Meeting in Red Wing, MN

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 November 9, 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 9, 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." You can also find the complete packet on the presbytery's website.
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.
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. Presbytery Logo13 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.
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, Jan. 14; online registration available
Boundaries 1Level 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.  If the Nov. 12 session doesn't work, another training session has been scheduled Jan. 14. The training provides basic foundations and frameworks for healthy and safe Christian communities in terms of ministry relationships, finance, social media and confidentiality. Questions can be addressed to the instructor, the Rev. Anna Kendig, at akendig09@gmail.com.
Jeff's Jottings
Jeff JapingaDear Mallory,
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
For a few weeks, I've been telling your story to our folks here in the presbytery, of seeking out a church after so many years away. I so admire your courage and perseverance, and for paying attention to that yearning somewhere deep inside of you. Thanks for letting us walk a bit of that journey with you.
I was supposed to tell part four of that story last Friday, but I didn't. People who read Jottings regularly know I was back in Michigan with family, following the death of my dad.
I could have done that today, but instead decided to wait until next week to continue your story with the Presbytery, and instead name a bit of my own experience to you. Because I think it connects to your search.
The complete Jottings are at "Dear Mallory."
Around the presbytery   
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."
Westminster Austin plans Festival
of Nativities Nov. 30, Dec. 1
Westminster Presbyterian Church of Austin, Minnesota, will conduct its Festival of the Nativities on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, presenting outreach to its community by bringing focus to the birth of Christ. The festival runs 4 to 8 p.m. each day. The event is non-denominational, intergenerational and free for everyone. The festival features lighted displays of nativities, vocal and instrumental Christmas music, children's activities, and refreshments. Details can be found at "Festival of the Nativities."
North writes about justice,
Kim Northmercy, humility
Kim North, who participates this year in the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, continues to add to her blog. This week, she notes, "Justice, mercy and humility all take work and time." Her recent blog post opens, "At the national YAV orientation, which seems like years ago, we sang many meaningful and unique songs at worship. Now when my roommate Julie and I sing some of those same songs together on a daily basis, for me they serve as a steadying force in the chaos of intentional community, simple living and vocational discernment. One song in particular, written by Matthew Black and called 'Do Justice,' based off Micah 6:8, always stays in my head and on my heart. I think the lyrics, 'Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God,' are so simple and complex at the same time." North's complete post is at "Do Justice."
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."
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 one takes place in 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. Wendy Griffin will again serve as the registrar for the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Look for information soon on how your youth can be a part of this amazing experience. Details about the Triennium are available at "Youth Triennium."
Synod supports emerging, innovative ministry in a number of ways
Readers may be aware of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies programs and grants that support ministry and mission in a variety of ways across a variety of synodsystems. For example, the synod offers grant support for collegiate ministries and for other institutions that have ecclesiastical and ecumenical ties to the synod. The synod also supports emerging mission within the synod through a separate grant program. And that's just the grant aspect. There are also racial-ethnic scholarship opportunities and Self Development of People awards. And then there's The Academy, a program designed to develop well-equipped, thoughtful people to serve councils in a variety of capacities. Curious readers can learn more at "Synod Resources." There are even links to sermon and worship aids.
Travel seminars will explore conflict, reconciliation in Rwanda, Ukraine
Presbyterians interested in learning about conflict and reconciliation from both an active and historical perspective have an opportunity to do so by peacemakingparticipating in one of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's travel study seminar series upcoming in spring 2019. "Reconciliation Work in Rwanda: Healing the Trauma of the Genocide" is scheduled March 11-23, and "Ukraine and Russia: Peacemaking on the Front Line" is scheduled April 22-May 6. The due date for applications is Nov. 15 for the Rwanda seminar, and Dec. 15 for the Ukraine-Russia seminar. The complete Presbyterian News Story by Scott O'Neill can be found at "Travel Seminars."
Service opportunities ...
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."
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."
News of the wider church  


Kentucky presbyteries explore
collaboration, leadership
Gathering Nov. 2-3 for the first time since before Presbyterian reunion in 1983, some 200 commissioners from the three presbyteries in Kentucky learned that they can be stronger together. The landmark tri-presbytery meeting took place in the sanctuary of historic Danville (Kentucky) Presbyterian Church, founded in 1784. Today the church building sits on Main Street, flanked by the campus of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related Centre College. Philip Lotspeich, general presbyter of Transylvania Presbytery in eastern Kentucky, welcomed those attending from his presbytery and from the Presbyteries of Mid-Kentucky and Western Kentucky. He said planners envisioned the gathering as a way of "building relationships, with the thought that some cooperative ventures will come out of that." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Eva Stimson can be found at "Exploring Collaboration."
PC(USA) will participate
in #GivingTuesday
Giving TuesdayOn the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will once again participate in a celebration of giving that is observed around the globe. #GivingTuesday, which this year falls on Nov. 27, is described by its organizers as "a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide."  Following the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday presents an opportunity to kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Pat Cole can be found at "Giving Tuesday."
Presbyterian Peacemaking
seminar is taking place in Korea
Set in the backdrop of a historic thaw of tensions between North and South Korea, the 2018 Presbyterian Peacemaking Travel Study Seminar opened this week in Seoul, as eight participants tour peacemakingimportant sites and meet with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners engaged in the peace process. Mission co-workers Hyeyoung Lee and Kurt Esslinger, along with Carl Horton, coordinator for mission with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, will guide the group over 11 days as they continue to learn, experience, worship and reflect on continued peacemaking and reconciliation efforts on the Korean peninsula. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Gregg Brekke can be found at "Peacemaking Seminar Tour in Korea."

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