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EMerge July 26, 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
July 26, 2019
Presbytery news  
Presbytery contingent
participates in Synod School
PTCA Synod SchoolAs can be seen in the photo above, a large contingent from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area participated in Synod School 2019, held this week on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. And even more weren't available for the group picture -- including the Rev. Tammy Rider, who is attending her 29th Synod School.
Those who went heard convocation speaker Dr. Dierdre "Dede" Johnston, professor of communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, speak daily about civil conversations in a time of incivility. They participated in the creative worship services led by Shawna Bowman, associate director of field education and experiential education at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. And they joined in the fun, Sue Rutfordfellowship, classes and other experiences of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' annual mid-summer ministry.
Nearly 650 children and adults participated in this year's event. More than a few took part in the tie-dye experience that's organized each summer by the presbytery's own Sue Rutford -- see the photo at right.
More pictures can be found on the presbytery'sFacebook page. For those who might want more, there's the Synod School Facebook group.
Jeff's Jottings
A chronicle of change
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
Storm Lake
Greetings from Storm Lake, Iowa. Synod School, the popular, family-focused educational / fun / reunion-ish gathering sponsored annually by the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, happens here, on the campus of Buena Vista University, a college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
 Jeff Japinga
While Storm Lake has for some time now been the location of Synod School, the juxtaposition of this year's theme and place is striking. Our plenary speaker, Dr. Deirdre Johnston, is leading us through daily reflections on "Cultivating Civil Community ... in our Age of Incivility" in the town where Steve King, the race-baiting, far-right congressman, grew up. A few weeks ago, Pete Buttegieg was here for the Fourth of July parade, stumping for votes in next winter's Iowa presidential primary (and Beto O'Rourke before him). Doubt Steve and Pete would have agreed on much.
Storm Lake itself is also dramatically changing, too.
The complete Jottings are at "A Chronicle of Change."
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."
Dakota sacred site tours
planned in August, September
MN Council of ChurchesHealing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches have announced another slate of Sacred Site Tours in the Twin Cities area. The tours visit sites in the area that are sacred to the Dakota people. Participants learn about the history of the land in a way that facilitates healing. Tours are slated Aug. 18, and Sept. 29. The tour runs from from 1 to 5 p.m. Additional information and registration for one of the tours can be obtained by contacting the Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, director for racial justice with the Minnesota Council of Churches, at
Registration underway
for 'Art of Transitional Leadership'
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 synodtoday 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."
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


Presbyterian film, 'Trigger,'
now on Amazon Prime
"Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence," produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's Story Productions, is now available for streaming on TriggerAmazon Prime. "This is new ground for the church," director David Barnhart said on Tuesday. "Over the years I have seen how this film has moved people to action and led to the formation of community coalitions, grassroots initiatives and film forums," Barnhart said. "We have had festival screenings and network broadcasts in the past, but Amazon Prime is a platform that has so much potential and outreach. I hope the connectional church will support 'Trigger' and share this resource even further." The movie looks at gun violence as a public health crisis and is intended as a resource for churches and communities. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Rich Copley can be found at "Trigger on Amazon."
Thistle Farms founder to speak at 1001, Vital Congregations gathering
Becca StevensBecca Stevens, one of the keynote speakers for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Vital Congregations national gathering coming up Oct. 14-16 in Kansas City, Missouri, remembers how she felt when she started a residential community for women who have survived tracking, prostitution and addiction. Even though she was fulfilling a longing to open a sanctuary for survivors of trauma, like herself, she says she was "pretty messed up." The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Paul Seebeck can be found at "Surviving Trauma."
PC(USA) Mission Program
Grants info, deadlines listed
A group of Mission Program Grants are available through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and grant details and deadlines have been announced by the Office of Mission Program Grants. The grants are made available "for organizing new churches and supporting presbytery efforts to build the capacity to continually transform existing congregations," according to the announcement from the office. A list of available grants, along with descriptions, can be found at "Mission Program Grants." A list of submission and review dates can be found at "Application Dates."
BOP schedules retirement planning seminar at seminary in Dubuque
Board of PensionsBoard University of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will conduct a two-day retirement planning seminar Oct. 2-3 at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. The seminar is for members of the BOPs benefit plan who plan to retire within the next 15 years. Complete details can be found at "Retirement Planning Seminar."
2019 POAMN national conference planned in October in Louisville
older adult poamnThe 2019 national conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network is slated Oct. 15-18 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Keynote speakers will be the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos, mission coordinator for Christian Formation and Small Church Support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. A complete schedule and online registration are available at "POAMN National Conference."
News of the wider church  


Triennium attendees advised
what to do once they return home
triennium pic"It's time to go," the Rev. CeCe Armstrong told the thousands of people gathered for closing worship Saturday at Presbyterian Youth Triennium. "We often forget that mission starts at home -- your own house or your own church. We've experienced things here, but if we don't take them back, the church doesn't change, but you have. Hallelujah!" The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Mike Ferguson can be found at "Going Home with Mission."
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