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EMerge Aug. 23, 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
August 23, 2019
Presbytery news  
The Mission Corner
Macalester Plymouth high-schoolers
go to Houston
This summer (and into fall, we hope), EMerge is highlighting summer mission trips sponsored by congregations of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Has your congregation sponsored a summer mission trip for youth or adults? Please email your brief written report, with pictures, to executive presbyter Jeff Japinga at
The high schoolers at Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul have a long tradition of weeklong summer mission trips. This year, the group traveled to Houston, Texas, to participate in Hurricane Harvey recovery. Pines Presbyterian Church provided warm hospitality and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, in partnership with The Restoration Team and West Street Recovery, provided meaningful work and powerful learning opportunities for our group.
The complete story, along with pictures, can be found at "Going to Houston."
From the Rev. Paula Sanders
Sanders called to ministry
of radical hospitality
God is doing a new thing!
Early this year, I began to feel God's call to a new ministry of radical hospitality. Radical hospitality is an old concept. It means to provide for the stranger from our very best, as if sojourners were family. This outpouring of love is required of us as Christians because God's chosen people were rescued from slavery in Egypt. Radical hospitality has always been a cornerstone of my ministry.
Sanders Hamilton 
Because of this, I became increasingly outraged by the atrocities being visited upon God's children at the border between Mexico and the United States.
The complete story is at "God is Doing a New Thing."
(Above are Sanders and Joyce Hamilton of The Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley.)

Memorial service Saturday
for the Rev. Elizabeth Heller
A memorial service for the Rev. Elizabeth D. Heller, honorably retired member of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. All clergy are invited to gather in the Bushnell Room at Westminster prior to the service for robing, and to process in the service. Westminster reminds you that parking is available in their underground ramp; the entrance is on Alice Rainville Street.
A note of thanks to Duane Sweep
You've read EMerge; you're reading it now. And you probably never wondered how it comes together.
Emerge Logo LittleThat kind of behind-the-scenes work rarely gets much attention or a second thought. It just happens. With this issue of EMerge, it is happening for the final time under the guidance of Duane Sweep, director of communications for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and editor of EMerge. Duane is retiring from his work with the Synod, and from EMerge. Duane's perseverance and attention to detail over the past five-plus years has shaped EMerge into the information-filled document you are reading. Duane, thank you for all you have given to the life and ministry of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area through your work.
EMerge will continue on its every-other-week schedule. Please contact Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter, at with your news and other information.
Jeff's Jottings
Jeff JapingaThank You ...
By Jeff Japinga
Executive Presbyter
If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. Meister Eckhardt
I don't know that I exactly believe these oft-quoted words of Meister Eckhart, the 14th century German philosopher, theologian, and mystic. "Only?"
Beyond this miniscule quibble with semantics, Eckhart's encouragement has been on my mind lately.
The complete Jottings are at "Thank You."
Around the presbytery   
Presbyterians invited to take part
in NAMI Walk next month
NAMIPresbyterians are invited to join members of the Disability Concerns Ministry to walk or roll Saturday, Sept. 28, to support the work of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, if a volunteer can be found to captain the walk in Rochester, a group there will gather at the Community and Technical College at the same time. The five kilometer walk or roll starts at 1 p.m.  Officially registered team members will receive a T-shirt. Presbyterians can organize their own team or support the presbytery's team at "Presbyterians Walk and Roll." Additional information is available from Wendy Fields at or Pat Milloy at 952948.2416 or
Electric vehicle expo
set Sept. 14 at Oak Grove
EV vehicle picThe second annual electric vehicle -- or EV -- exposition is coming Saturday, Sept. 14, to Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. The expo, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers the opportunity to test drive the latest EV models, to visit with EV owners, to try out electric bikes and to learn from experts about charging, networks and corridors, rebates, and rates for clean electricity. Details about the event are at "Electric Vehicle Expo."
MN Council of ChurchesDakota sacred site tour
is scheduled Sept. 29
Healing 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. A tour is planned Sept. 29, and runs 1 to 5 p.m. Additional information and registration for the tour can be obtained by contacting the Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, director for racial justice with the Minnesota Council of Churches, at
'Art of Transitional Leadership'
opens Sept. 16 in Buffalo
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 and tomorrow's church pastors, staff,  synodcommittees 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."
Ministry positions
Community Presbyterian Church, Rochester:A Designated Pastor task force of the Presbytery has been named to assist the Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester in their search for a .45-time pastoral leader. Community is an "open-hearted, open-minded" Christian community sharing a ministry of faith, hope, and love. Their new pastor will provide worship leadership and broader support for the work of the session and the congregation in ministries that serve Christ in the congregation and the community. You will find their MIF soon on the Church Leadership Connection website of the PCUSA, or you can contact the Rev. John Curtiss, chair, Designated Pastor Task Force for Community Presbyterian, Rochester, at
Resources, conferences


'Stewardship Kaleidoscope' planned
at end of September in San Diego
Stewardship Kaleidoscope"Stewardship Kaleidoscope," the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s annual stewardship conference, will feature keynote leaders Melissa Spas from the Lake Institute and Eric Law, author of "Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries." Diane Moffett, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will preach. There are also more than 30 workshops. The event runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Details can be found at "Stewardship Kaleidoscope." Scholarships are still available.
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."
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."
News of the wider church  


As violence escalates
How safe is your church?
Presbyterians Today magazineThe pastor glumly ordered a salad with dressing on the side. Her lunch companion wondered whether her friend would rather have had a greasy hamburger instead. The pastor's sour mood, though, wasn't about healthy food choices. It was about the choice her session had made to lock the doors during Sunday morning worship. After two decades of guiding the congregation to be welcoming to its community -- one that elders had noticed becoming riddled with drugs and crime -- the soon-to-retire pastor felt defeated. She wondered about the message that locked doors would send. The complete story by Donna Frischknecht Jackson of Presbyterians Today can be found at "How Safe is Your Church?"
BOP seminar addresses retirement
in context of wholeness
Board of Pensions"People often think of retirement strictly in financial terms. 'Am I saving enough money?' 'How much does Medicare Supplement cost?' 'When can I afford to retire?'" said the Rev. Lori Neff LaRue, director of wholeness education for the Board of Pensions. "Those are extremely important questions to address, but they are far from the only ones." The complete Presbyterian News Service by Holly Baker of the Board of Pensions can be found at "Seminars Planned."
PC(USA) communications
survey results are in
In May, a denominational communications survey was launched to determine what the church most wants and needs from communications. Nearly 11,000 people responded to questions including "What is most useful about communications from the national offices?" and "What is most frustrating?" and "What denominational information would you like that you are not currently getting?" Some of their responses might surprise you. The communications leaders of each of the six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as well as Presbyterian Women, created the survey to find out how the national Communications offices can best serve congregations and mid councils. The complete Presbyterian News Service story by Melody Smith can be found at "Communications Survey."

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