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EMerge Jan. 25, 2019

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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
January 25, 2019
Presbytery news  
Presbytery stated meeting is tomorrow, Jan. 26, at First in South St. Paul
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will gather in its stated meeting Saturday, Jan. 26, at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul. A docket talk is slated at 8:15 a.m., followed by registration and fellowship at 8:30. The meeting begins at 9. The presbytery welcomes the Rev. Dr. Danielle Ayana James, a United Church of Canada pastor, coach and consultant who has explored the question of ministry assessment and impact. During the meeting, she will engage the presbytery with the question, "How is your church doing, really, and how do you know?" After the meeting, the conversation with James will continue in an afternoon workshop. The complete call to meeting is at "Stated Meeting."
James addresses ways congregations
can assess, accelerate impact
DaniellaHow is your church doing, really? That's the main question the Presbytery Leadership Team has invited the Rev. Dr. Daniella Ayana James to explore during tomorrow's presbytery meeting and in a follow-on workshop tomorrow afternoon. James will explore ways congregations can improve their impact. James describes her time with the presbytery in a video at "Assessing and Accelerating the Impact of Your Congregation."
Congregational Vitality Committee
plans congregational grant workshop
dollar signThe Congregational Vitality Committee will host a workshop Jan. 26 by its Congregational Development Grant Review Committee after Saturday's presbytery meeting, beginning at 1 p.m.  Lasting about an hour and providing information about the grant application and review process, the workshop will give participants the opportunity to ask questions about the process.  Successful 2018 grant recipients will offer stories. The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area awarded nearly $200,000 in grants in 2017 and 2018. A third round of grants will be awarded this year, according to the parameters of the application and review process.
Information available for presbytery mission trip to North Carolina
Mission TripThe 2019 Presbytery Mission Trip is now on the calendar, slated March 30 through April 7, and planned in collaboration with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Participants will travel to New Bern, North Carolina, and assist in disaster recovery, clean-up and rebuilding from the major flooding from Hurricane Florence. The total cost per participant is $250. Details are at "Presbytery Mission Trip."
Triennium set at Purdue, carries
theme, 'Here's My Heart.'
New Triennium LogoPresbyterian Youth Triennium, the gathering of thousands every third year for high school age Presbyterians, runs July 16-20 at Purdue University in Indiana. Its theme this year is "Here's My Heart." The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is again sponsoring a group, and Wendy Griffin is the presbytery's coordinator and registrar. She can be reached at Griffin's complete "invitation" letter can be found at "Presbyterian Youth Triennium." A Triennium information sheet is at "Going to Triennium."
Jeff's Jottings
Tomorrow, tomorrow ...
Jeff JapingaBy Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Tomorrow, tomorrow ... there's a Presbytery meeting tomorrow. You can find the full Presbytery packetonline on our website. Our commitment to all of you is that the full packet will always be available at least a week before the stated meeting, so that you can see in advance what we're doing. We were a couple of days off from that goal this time, and I apologize for that. But it's there now, and we hope you'll read it and join us.
The complete Jottings are at "Tomorrow, Tomorrow."
Around the presbytery   
Minnesota organization plans activity
for Interfaith Harmony Week
The new Minnesota Multi-faith Network is planning a morning of activities as a part of Interfaith Harmony St Paul InterfaithWeek. The Minnesota organization has planned a plenary breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, followed by breakout sessions that run until noon. The event takes place at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka. The Minnesota Multi-faith Network, according to its page on the website of the St. Paul Interfaith Network, is a "multi-faith, relationship driven, justice and anti-racism focused, invitational, collaborative, and generative." Details about the event, along with a link to online registration, is at "Interfaith Harmony."
Pulitzer Prize winner featured at Westminster Town Hall Forum
Art Cullen, the 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, will be the featured speaker at theArt CullenTuesday, Feb. 12, Westminster Town Hall Forum of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Cullen, editor and co-owner of The Storm Lake (Iowa) Times, won the Pulitzer for a series of editorials indicting corporate agri-business for polluting the rivers and lakes in some of the most intensively farmed land in the world. Cullen's recently published book, "Storm Lake," describes his life as a journalist, and addresses the changes in politics, agriculture, climate and immigration confronting rural America. The event, free and open to the public, begins at noon. Details are at "Town Hall Forum."
Hudson First Presbyterian plans 'centering prayer' workshop in March
First Presbyterian Church of Hudson will be host to an introductory workshop on centering prayers on Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 center for actionp.m. The workshop presents an opportunity to open minds and hearts to God beyond thoughts and words, and to listen to God in silence through contemplation. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Tom Eberle, director of The Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A suggested donation of $35 includes lunch. Registration is requested by Feb. 22 by visiting the church website or calling 715.386.2851. The workshop is open to everyone regardless of faith background. Additional questions can be addressed to the Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams at
Retired ministers encouraged
to save the April 30 date
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area retired ministers' group, their spouses and guests will meet on Tuesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Way, 3382 N. Lexington Avenue in Shoreview.  The group is asked to "save the date" and watch for more details as the date nears.

ASDIC Circles planned February
through April in St. Paul, Minneapolis
ASDIC Circles, or Antiracism Study Dialogue Circles, are planned February through April at bothasdic circlesSt. Paul and Minneapolis locations. ASDIC Circles are designed to provide an in-depth experience to better understand the ways race and racism operate. The Circles provide greater clarity of thinking, strength of relationship, and effectiveness of action in addressing systemic racism. The Circle requires a significant time commitment, meeting for ten weekly four-hour sessions. St. Paul Circles are planned Saturdays, Feb. 9 through April 13, and Minneapolis Circles are planned Mondays, Feb. 11 through April 15. The ASDIC website is at "Antiracism Dialogue."
Resources, conferences ...
YAV program seeks applicants;
most sites at still available
YAV recruitThe Young Adult Volunteer program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service in sites around the world and across the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors. There's more information about the YAV program at "Possibilities," and application information is at "Application Dates."
NEXT Church explores
displacement, despair, healing
NEXT new logo"Ruth and Naomi's lives were woven together in a season of despair and displacement. Environmental trauma, poverty, forced migration, food insecurity, personal vulnerability, and power differentials continue to shape our shared human experience now as it did then. God interlaced the threads of Ruth and Naomi's individual stories. Through God's weaving, these women learned mutual sacrifice, found healing community, and shared liberation." That's the way NEXT Church introduces its coming national gathering on its website. The event takes place March 11-13 at First Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The theme: "Woven Together: Stories of Dissonance, Sacrifice and Liberation." Details, including registration information, are at "NEXT Church."
Annual White Privilege Conference planned March 20-23 in Iowa
White Privilege ConferenceThe annual White Privilege Conference, with the theme Understanding, Respect and Connecting, is slated Wednesday through Saturday, March 20-23, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The conference provides a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience, according to its website, as it strives to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformations. Additional information about the conference is available at "White Privilege Conference."
WJK Lenten devotional
uses African American spirituals
Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human conditionwjk 2019 lentenand Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God's people. In these devotions for the season of Lent, Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of Christ's atoning death and victory over the grave. Each selection includes the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection by the author on the spiritual's meaning, a Scripture verse related to that meaning, and a brief prayer. The complete announcement from Westminster John Knox Press can be found at "Were You There?"
Presbyterians Today offers
spiritual, visual Lenten devotional
PT 2019 lentenThe 2019 Presbyterians Today Lenten Devotional offers a spiritual and visual pilgrimage through the holy season of Lent. The devotional relies on the words of the Psalms. The text, meditations and original photography are the work of the Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove, a long-time Presbyterian pastor, hospice chaplain, counselor, traveler, photographer and storyteller. Additional details about the devotional and ordering information can be found at "Awaking to God's Beauty."
News of the wider church  


Nelson recalls 'Poor People's
Campaign,' other MLK legacies
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last weeks on Earth in 1968 fighting to gain traction for J Herbert Nelsonthe Poor People's Campaign, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II reminded a sellout crowd Jan. 21 attending the Hope Breakfast in Louisville commemorating King's life and legacy. But even a cursory glance of the nation's big cities confirms that "we have gone back to business as usual all over this nation," said Nelson, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and keynoter for the event. Government at levels including the White House have used "benign neglect over what it means to govern fairly and look out for all people," Nelson said, "not just the wealthy, not just 'our kind' but for all people to receive the love that God intends." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "Nelson at Hope Breakfast."
Social justice advocacy weekend
takes on civil rights theme
With issues such as racism, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, immigration, national security and more Advocacy weekendroiling the United States, the nation finds itself in one of its most turbulent political and social eras since the Civil Rights movement. That's why the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins sees the civil rights era notion of "Troubling the Waters" as the perfect theme for this year's Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day, and Ecumenical Advocacy Weekend, April 5 to 8 in Washington, D.C. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rich Copley can be found at "Advocacy Weekend."
PDA offers one-stop shopping for scheduling mission trips, work, lodging
When Mother Nature rages, Eden Roberts knows her phone is going to start ringing. "They want to go to presbyterian disaster assistancethe place they saw on the news," the mission specialist for hosting and volunteer management for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance says. "After (Hurricane) Sandy, they all wanted to go to New Jersey where the boardwalk got torn down. Now, Mexico Beach (the Florida town where Hurricane Michael made landfall in October) -- everybody wants to go to Mexico Beach." In those moments, Roberts usually must tell people "not so fast," because professional first responders need to do their work first. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rich Copley can be found at "Connecting with PDA."

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