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EMerge June 14, 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
June 14, 2019
Presbytery news  
Congregational Development Grants
recommended for 7 projects
This year, the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area received applications for Congregational Development Grants to fund 11 creative and exciting Presbytery Logoministries. The total requests amounted to around $178,000 and the committee was asked to recommend up to $100,000 in grant awards for this year. The Congregational Grant Review Committee of six members (four Teaching Elders and two Ruling Elders) individually reviewed and scored the applications, using a decision matrix based on criteria described on the grant application form. Then the team met for two lengthy sessions of discernment and discussion to bring the scores to a consensus. 
After reviewing all the applications together, the Congregational Grant Review Committee voted to recommend funding for seven programs. The complete article from the committee can be found at "Congregational Development Grants."
Presbytery meeting stories
God's grace in closing a church
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.

The following is the story of the Presbyterian Church of Le Sueur told by Sara Berry Hein:
When I first started at the Presbyterian Church of Le Sueur, we had about 30 people in worship. Even so, we were a mighty congregation, filled with ideas and hope. Unfortunately, as time went on, more and more people in our aging congregation passed away. The 30 became 25, which then became 15, until it finally hovered at around 10 people. About two and a half years after I started, our session had a retreat to talk about the future.
The complete story is at "Grace in Closing a Church."
No EMerge until July 12; Link continues as usual in interim June 21, July 5
Emerge Logo LittleDue to vacations, there will be no issue of Emerge June 28. The next issue of EMerge will be published July 12. In the interim, the PTCA Link newsletter will continue its regular schedule with issues planned June 21 and July 5.
The Living Church
Executive Presbyter Jeff Japinga is vacationing this week. The guest "Jottings" this week comes from Jan jan edmistonEdmiston, a co-moderator of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Edmiston writes frequently at her blog, "A Church for Starving Artists." Her post from June 6 is titled "The Living Church." She begins:
A couple of weeks ago, HH and I were eating fish tacos in our Charlotte neighborhood. We were talking about the upcoming Opioid Training Breakfast we would be attending the next day. (Note: Nothing says Romantic Date like the words "opioid training breakfast.")
Our server - Leigh [not her real name] - asked what we were talking about and we told her and she said that she knew something about opioid abuse and would we report back on what we learned. And I said, "Of course."
Edmiston's complete post can be found at "The Living Church."
Around the presbytery   
21st Century Academy
A place without strangers
"Where am I going to eat?" A young boy asked this question recently at Liberty Church in Minneapolis. His concern was real. He was thinking of the school lunches he misses when school dismisses for the summer.
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Hungry children have difficulty learning. Will this young boy be one of the approximately one-third of black students who do not graduate from high school? The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education reveals that Minnesota ranks at the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of African-American students who do not graduate from high school.
The 21st Century Academy at Liberty Church provides nutritious lunches and much more for the 120 girls and boys who will attend the summer session from June 24 through Aug. 1.
The complete story by Bebe Baldwin can be found at "A Place Without Strangers."
Synod slates 'Art of Transitional Leadership' -- registration open
synodThe 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 and 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."
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."
ConNext Summit slated in October
at Christ the King Retreat Center
ConNextThe 2019 ConNext Summit is "Recovering the Spirit" and it takes place Oct. 13-15 at Christ the King Retreat  Center 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  


Next week it's Juneteenth -- 
juneteenththe end of slavery
Juneteenth -- the word combination of June 19 -- is, according to the Juneteenth website, "the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States." The celebration commemorates the date when Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that enslaved were free. The Juneteenth website, along with some thoughts on celebrating the day, can be found at "Commemorating the End of Slavery."
Lueckert named president
kathy lueckertof PC(USA) A Corp.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) A Corp. board of directors voted Tuesday to name Kathy Lueckert as president of the corporation, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. Lueckert, 61, will lead the corporation, which is the corporate expression of the PC(USA). Lueckert, a ruling elder in the PC(USA), is currently the director of finance and administration at Village Presbyterian Church in the Kansas City area, a 4,800-member congregation. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "Lueckert Named President."

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