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EMerge May 31, 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
May 31, 2019
Presbytery news  
Presbytery meeting, May 2019
Telling the story of Bloom and PPC
As a significant part of May meeting of Presbytery, congregations were invited to share "God-sightings": stories of how God has been or is working in the ministries of PTCA congregations.
This story is from Plymouth Presbyterian Church, and was told by their pastor, Jeff Foels:

We had a recycling dumpster full of cardboard at Plymouth Presbyterian Church at the end of last week. It was full of cardboard because Thursday was new furniture day, and it was new furniture for the preschool rooms of Bloom Early Learning, our community partner who will be sharing our space.
The complete story is at "Bloom and PPC."
The Presbytery office
Summertime, and the livin' is ... well, on a different schedule. These reminders and updates from the Presbytery office:
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Office hours: For the summer, the Presbytery office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 - 4:30, and CLOSED on Fridays. The office is also closed July 4.
Staff will use vacation periodically over the summer (as will most of you). Of particular note, Jeff will be out of the country June 9-21 and not reading e-mail.
Here are some of the big summer projects
that your staff and officers are working on:
  • The continuing efforts to modify and right-size our structure, led by the PLT.
  • Getting the Presbytery Strategic Initiative Fund ready for use.
  • Revising the Manual of Operations.
  • Completing the re-build of a better, more useful and accurate database.
  • Working on the 2020 budget.
Finally, if you are so inclined, the Presbytery could use some summer volunteers at the office for data entry and a few other housekeeping projects. If you're interested and available, contact office administrator Jennifer Schultz at 651.357.1150 or by e-mail at
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ...
Jeff's Jottings
Presbytery potpourri for $200, Alex
Jeff JapingaBy Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Jeopardy occasionally features a category called Potpourri, a catch-all of subject matters. As we end May and move into summer, I found myself thinking about a number of issues we've talked about in the Presbytery this year. Some updates.
For the complete Jottings (and the updates) can be found at "Presbytery Potpourri."
Around the presbytery   
Addiction, Faith Conference planned
in September in Twin Cities
addiction faithNoting on its website the "growing concern over the devastation of all forms of addiction, including the  ever-increasing opioid crisis," organizers of this fall's Addiction & Faith Conference say the conference will "raise awareness of the terrible addiction problem we face and how the church and people of faith can help to address it." The conference is planned Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference is presented by the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy in partnership with the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Conference details are at  "Addiction and Faith."
Synod slates 'Art of Transitional Leadership' -- registration open
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies is planning a new event this fall -- "The Art of Transitional Leadership" -- that will provide ministry skills training for today synodand tomorrow's church pastors, staff, committees on ministry and congregational leaders. Set Monday through Friday, Sept. 16-20, at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, Minnesota, the event offers two tracks, one covering an introduction to transitional ministry that runs the full week, and another offering transformation training for church leaders that takes place Wednesday through Friday of the week. The full-week session provides 30 hours of training that meets the requirements for Week I Transitional Ministry Education. The second session provides training for ruling elders and other congregational leaders, focusing on their roles in congregations in times of ministry transitions. Details are available at "Art of Transitional Leadership." Registration information is available through the link in the flyer or by following a link to "Transitional Leadership Registration."
ConNext Summit slated in October
at Christ the King Retreat Center
The 2019 ConNext Summit is "Recovering the Spirit" and it takes place Oct. 13-15 at Christ the King Retreat  ConNextCenter in Buffalo, Minnesota. Through worship, shared spiritual practices, workshops and conversation, ConNext participants explore how recovering and reclaiming the Holy Spirit can enliven and transform a church's ministry with children, youth and families. The Summit is sponsored by the Resource Center for Churches. Registration is open, and questions can be addressed to Lizabeth Bougie, director of the Resource Center for Churches, at A Summit flyer can be found at "ConNext."
Resources, conferences


News of the wider church  


PDA is in contact with presbyteries affected by Midwest floods
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance was in contact last weekend with presbyteries in states in the lower presbyterian disaster assistanceMidwest, where flooding and tornadoes have impacted communities and forced evacuations. Jim Kirk, PDA's associate for disaster response in the United States, said Saturday that affected presbyteries were assessing flood damage brought on by heavy rainfall in the Missouri and Illinois River basins as well as the upper and middle portions of the Mississippi River basin. Kirk says PDA anticipates receiving "multiple" assistance grant requests. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "PDA Responds."
Committee for Women's Concerns
issues abortion rights statement
Advocacy WomenThe following statement was issued by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Advocacy Committee for Women's Concerns. It notes, "With an increased number of state legislatures passing laws to severely curtail access to abortion, [the committee] is compelled to advocate for continuation of safe, legal abortion rights nationwide. We do so as part of a Reformed theological history that endeavors to discern the activity of God in all the events of life. Our particular part of the Christian tradition seeks to be informed by changing cultural contexts. In the last 50 years, the PC(USA) has affirmed our ability to re-form our teachings about women through deliberate theological reflection." The complete statement, issued through the Presbyterian News Service, can be found at "Statement Issued."
Cindy Kohlmann balances ministry
at home, across the church
cindy kohlmannFor the Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it has been an eventful year. The Rev. Cindy Kohlmann and Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri have traveled across the United States and overseas on behalf of the church, meeting with pastors, congregations, and mid council leaders. In the first of two videos, the Office of the General Assembly provides a glimpse into the daily lives of the Co-Moderators and those closest to them. The complete story and the video by Rick Jones and Randy Hobson can be found at "Co-Moderators of the General Assembly."


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