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EMerge Sept. 6, 2019

Presbytery News
Presbytery Meets in Owatonna
On September 10
Have you wondered what it might be like if our presbytery meetings were more interactive? More connectional? More personal and participatory? That’s one of the goals of next week’s meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, scheduled to meet in stated session beginning at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 10, at Associated Church, 800 Havana Road, Owatonna, MN, 55060. The meeting is expected to adjourn by 6:00 pm and will be followed by a catered dinner.
The Mission Corner:
"We are God's Treasure"
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
In June, the First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, sent a VBS mission team for the fifth year in a row to the Bdecan Presbyterian Church in Tokio, North Dakota (on the Spirit Lake Reservation). Our mission team works closely with Joe Obermeyer (the Commissioned Lay Pastor of the Bdecan Presbyterian Church) as well as the church members of the Bdecan Church and members from the near-by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Devils Lake to plan and present VBS. 
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Response to Dorian
Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane on September 1, 2019 and stalled over the islands for 24 hours, causing massive damage. So far, it is reported that five lives have been lost.
PDA is working with partners in the Bahamas to respond to immediate needs and is monitoring the storm as it heads along the Atlantic coast in the U.S. 
Using the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Hurricanes account, DR000194, allows a faithful response to the needs internationally and domestically. 
Paul Douglas to Speak at Rev'd Up on September 24th
All retired PTCA clergy and their guests are invited to gather at Presbyterian Church of the Way on September 24 for Rev'd Up!, the twice yearly gathering of retired Presbyterian clergy and their guests. This event will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Coffee available. Registration begins at 10:30 am.
Jeff's Jottings:
It Wasn't Me!
This is your executive presbyter, Jeff Japinga, speaking. The real Jeff Japinga, not some scammer using my name who, a few weeks ago, dropped an email in some of your inboxes. I am not stranded in Seoul or the northwoods, and I don’t need you to buy me or the Presbytery gift cards from Amazon or the local store and send them along. That email was not from me; delete, delete, delete.
Okay, so that’s not the most profound paragraph you’ve ever read in Jottings. But it might be the most straightforward. And I hope you will both heed it and pass this along to your church offices and membership.
Around the Presbytery
Committee on Nominations Accepting Applications for GA Commissioners
The Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for the 224th General Assembly (2020) from June 20-27, 2020 in Baltimore, MD. Interested persons should complete the attached application and return it by October 1, 2019.
For this General Assembly, the Presbytery needs to identify 2 Teaching Elder Commissioners, 2 Ruling Elder Commissioners, and 1 Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD). Applicants should demonstrate activity in the life of the Church, especially within their congregation and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Commissioners need to have the ability to interpret and communicate the actions of the General Assembly back to the Presbytery.  
Expenses for travel, housing, and meals for Commissioners/Delegate are reimbursed by General Assembly. Incidentals are at their personal expense.
For more information about 224th General Assembly, CLICK HERE.
Fall 2019 PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force Announce Scholarships for Anti-Racism Training Events
PTCA's Anti-Racism Task Force is offering scholarships for upcoming anti-racism trainings, seminars, workshops, and conferences.
To encourage attendance by a cohort of participants from PTCA to increase impact in PTCA, we will prioritize scholarships for the following events (click underlined text for link):
As funds are available, we will consider awarding scholarships for other events through December 2019 intended to equip participants to identify and eliminate racist practices, procedures, structures, within churches/ other institutions and their communities.
Scholarships will be awarded for up to 50% of participant costs (with the option of covering more than 50% of the participant cost with rationale provided and when funds are available). Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, until funds are exhausted. Please complete application online.
Scholarship recipients must agree to (1) attend a debrief conversation with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) or their designate immediately following or during anti-racism training event to discuss learning and begin planning applications in local congregations/ communities and PTCA and (2) participate in a follow-up debrief conversation (via Zoom) with PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force representative(s) 6-8 weeks after anti-racism training event.
Scholarship and Workshop Opportunities from Congregational Vitality
The Committee on Congregational Vitality (CCV) would like you to know about two opportunities to support your church’s mission and ministry.
NEXT Church Scholarships
Once again this year the CCV is providing scholarships to the NEXT Church Gathering March 2-4, 2020, in Cincinnati. NEXT Church’s Vision Statement is “We Believe God is always calling the church into the future. NEXT Church seeks to follow God by strengthening the relational fabric of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We do this by cultivating congregations and leaders who work in sustained, effective, and faithful ways to promote God’s transformation of our communities for the common good.” Up to five $500 scholarships will be available. Please send a letter or email stating your interest and why this gathering would benefit you and/or your congregation. Please apply by Friday, November 15th. Applicants will be notified by the end of November. Send letters to CCV Chair Mike Quady, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55112, or
Communications Workshop
A group of churches in the western region of the presbytery is working together to host a communications workshop in November. The workshop will focus on helping churches create a communication plan in the morning, and discuss using websites and social media to tell your church’s story in the afternoon. The workshop leaders will be Gail Strange and Mari Graham from the PC(USA)’s Communicator Network.The workshop will be Thursday, November 14th, 9:30-3:30, at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Long Lake. There is no charge for the workshop. There may be a small charge for those who wish to order lunch. It’s recommended that churches send two or three participants (Pastors, office staff, Elders or leaders working on communications).
Items from Closed Church Available
Church fixtures offered FREE from a closed congregation. All are in good shape, though some may need cleaning or polishing. See photographs for most. 
  • Book or Bible stand. Stand is made of polished aluminum in brass color.
  • Wooden stackable communion cup trays(3 trays). Hold 36 cups each.
  • Offering plates (2 plates). Polished solid brass, with red interior center pads.
  • Glass communion cups. Almost one inch deep. Too many to count! (no photo)
  • Communion tray set (5 trays each for bread and cups). Polished solid brass with removable lids.
  • The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs(1990) (50 plus copies) (no photo)
  • Holy Bible, NRSV, with Presbyterian symbol on cover (50 plus copies) (no photo)
  • Choir Robes (25 of various sizes). Dark wine red. With removable white stoles.
  • Advent wreath. Black aluminum. Currently has greenery on it, but that can be removed. Uses large candles. Stands approximately 40 inches tall in the center.
For information or to arrange pick up, contact:
Steve Robertson
Treasurer, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
Fall Activities Will Kick Off September 8th at Spirit of Life Church
September 8th will be Kickoff Sunday at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley. The day will begin with a 10 a.m. Worship Service, after which children will meet their Sunday School teachers. Then all members of the congregation and visitors will enjoy a cookout, and there will be games, a bounce house and other activities for children.
Resources and Conferences
St. Luke Presbyterian, Minnetonka is host to 'WE ARE 2065' Exhibit
An art exhibit at St. Luke Church in Minnetonka asks the question, "What will life be like in America in 2065?" That year, the United States is projected to be 54 percent people of color. South Minneapolis Artist Joanna Hallstrom painted 16 oil portraits of Minnesota students who will be living this change and recorded their thoughts about life now and what things might be like in 2065, combining the two into a freestanding interactive exhibit with soundscape.
The exhibit will be in place and open to visitors from October 2 – October 15, 8:30 – 4 pm Mon – Thurs. The exhibit and opening reception are part of a year-long “Confronting White Supremacy” effort at St. Luke this year.
All are invited to an opening reception with remarks by the artist on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm at St. Luke, 3121 Groveland School Rd, Minnetonka, 55391
Presbyterians invited to take part
in NAMI Walk next month
Presbyterians 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).
One group will gather at noon at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and, a second group in Rochester at the Community and Technical College. 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 for Minneapolis walkers is available from Wendy Fields at or Pat Milloy at or from Tammy Rider at for Rochester walkers.
Celebrate 50 years of CROP Hunger Walks
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement; CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. In each CROP Hunger Walk community, 25% of money raised comes back to local agencies. Across the country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks
This year some 800 communities nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP Hunger Walks around the theme "Stepping up to End Hunger Since 1969." The CROP Hunger Walk was started in 1969 by a group of energized young people in Bismarck, North Dakota who wanted to mobilize their community to fight global hunger. Today, the CROP Hunger Walk is a national movement raising funds for the global hunger-fighting work of Church World Service and local hunger-fighting agencies. Last year, over 800 events raised over $8 million dollars.
For more information or to find a local Walk at
YWCA "Time to Talk" Event on October 2nd
The PTCA Anti-Racism Task Force would like to encourage your attendance at the next YWCA “It’s Time to Talk” event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi is the Founding Director of Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His latest book How to Be an Antiracist has just been published.
Workshop schedule
10:30 - 11:30 Registration and coffee hour and informal conversations
11:30 – 12:30 Keynote Address
12:30 – 1:30 Facilitated conversations at lunch tables
For PTCA attendees
1:45 – 3:30 Informal discussion related to PTCA response at Westminster Presbyterian Church (across the street from the Convention Center)
Scholarship support is availableClick to apply for a scholarship
Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams, Chair of the Anti-Racism Task Force (
Forum on Our Changing Climate and Hunger Planned for September 16th
A community forum on climate change and solutions for food and water sustainability will take place on Monday, September 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Burnhaven Library Community Room, 1101 West County Road 42 in Burnsville. The event, open to the public, is being presented by the steering committee for the 7th Annual South of the River CROP Hunger Walk, along with the Dakota County Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Interfaith Creation Care South Metro.
Change (almost) Everything
As the pace of change in our world rapidly increases, the church needs to take stock of where to adapt and where to remain rooted through transition. This activity is at the center of the church in this time and place.
We invite you to spend two days with fellow travelers along the way, wondering about the call of the church today at "Change (almost) Everything", sponsored by Church Anew and hosted by St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN. Keynote speakers include Rozella Haydee White and Brian McLaren.
EMerge is a newsletter of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. Through most of the year it is published biweekly and distributed to congregations, teaching elders, ruling elders, church members, committees and friends of the presbytery. Please send submissions and address corrections to

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