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EMerge Sept. 20, 2019

Presbytery News
September 10th Presbytery Meeting Summary
Per Capita Approved, Membership Extended,
Values Explored at September Presbytery Meeting
An overall 2020 per capita increase of just 80 cents per member headlined actions taken by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area at its stated meeting on September 10, 2019, held at the Associated Church in Owatonna, Minnesota.
Presbytery also received an update report from the Presbytery Leadership Team (PLT) on its efforts in re-imaging the Presbytery structure and voted to receive into membership two new persons who were not exactly new to the Presbytery
2019 Peace & Global Witness Offering for PTCA
Annually the PCUSA receives an offering to support the work of peacemaking across the world. Half of each congregation's offering supports the Presbyterian Mission Agency in their work advocating for peace and justice. Twenty-five percent stays with your congregation for your own peacemaking work and the remaining 25% is directed to one or more organizations selected by the PTCA Mission & Witness Committee.
After lengthy discussions, it was decided to direct the presbytery’s Peace and Global Witness money to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and designate its use to support youth and young adults who are struggling with suicide. This offering money will be directed to NAMI chapters in the Twin Cities, Southern MN and Western WI.
This denominational offering is usually taken in August and September. Please share with your congregations and give generously!
The Mission Corner:
A UHaul Trip to the Border
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
Ask Joy and Jim Klas of Knox Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis what prompted them to drive a rented U-Haul truck from the Twin Cities to El Paso, Texas, with supplies for a group of welcome centers for refugees, Jim will tell you: “Joy has had a deep concern about the border crisis since the first reports of children being separated appeared.”
“She has sought ways to help but we don’t speak Spanish and we aren’t lawyers. We have contributed some funds to some organizations, but she wanted to do something more hands-on...”
Paul Douglas to Speak at Rev'd Up on September 24th
If you have not already learned about and registered for next week's Rev'd Up Event, here is all you need to know: 
(and if you have have registered, thanks! You will receive a reminder of the event with all the details 48 hour before the meeting)
Rev’d Up is a Gathering of Retired Presbyterian Clergy, their guests and others who are a part of our retired Presbyterian community. This event will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at Presbyterian Church of the Way, Shoreview from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Coffee available. Registration begins at 10:30 am. 
This event includes a major presentation by Paul Douglas, noted evangelical, meteorologist and climate change expert; a hymn sing by led by Dr. Joshua Tompkins, Director of Music at Presbyterian Church of the Way and on the music faculty of Northwestern College; a luncheon; and a worship led by Phil Gebben-Green, Co-Pastor of Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church.
We're hoping this will be of an ongoing connection for all of us, so we’ll take a few minutes at the end to share some ideas and solicit others for future possibilities, including ongoing gatherings, and other opportunities.
If you have not already done so, register for the Rev'd Up Gathering and luncheon by clicking here or by calling Terry Roos (612-866-7059 home, they can leave a message) or Peter Wyckoff (651-486-9114). Note: You need to register separately for each person attending. We hope you can join us! Cost for the day, including luncheon is $15 which will be collected when you arrive. Registration is requested by Monday, September 23rd.
Installation Invitation
Cherokee Park United Church (St. Paul) invites you to the installation of Pastor Matthias Peterson-Brandt. Join us on Sunday, October 20 at 3pm as Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area worships God, installs Matthias, and celebrates God's new call and this new moment in the life of Cherokee Park United Church.
Jeff's Jottings:
For these last four-and-a-half years, first as your transitional e-p and then as installed, I have served you on that basis: as wholly one of you, in body, mind, and spirit; and yet not fully as one of you, with membership still held by the Classis of Holland, Reformed Church in America. This summer, I asked the Committee on Ministry if we might change that; if I might become fully accountable to the Presbytery in my ministry. Last week, you all said yes.
At the meeting, the body rightfully asked, Why this? Why now? What I told them, and want you to know as well, was about home. About being welcomed in a place in such a way that it becomes yours, not simply with an address on an envelope but at the very core of who you are.
Around the Presbytery
Peace Church Parade: "Y'all Come Back Now!"
Thanks to the support of the PTCA through a Congregational Development Grant, Peace Church St. Louis Park held its first Parade & Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 7. 
Led by a trumpet player riding in a wheelchair, the parade proceeded from the front door of Hamilton House, a city-owned low income apartment building, along the sidewalk to the church’s front lawn where a picnic was enjoyed by all. Neighbors originally from China and the Philippines, as well as residents of Hamilton House and new church members from Liberia and the Cameroon, joined long-time church members in a neighborhood celebration—followed by an invitation, “Y’all come back now!” 
The second “First Saturday” community event on Oct. 5 will also feature Wheelchairs on Parade, a collection decorated wheelchairs and walkers designed to help our neighbors with mobility impairment to join in the fun — and to take the sting out of the experience of mobility impairment.
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 application (see below) 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.
To get the application, contact Jennifer Schultz ( or Tom Ruter ( or click the link below.
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).
Pop-up Centering Prayer Offered at Edgcumbe Presbyterian - September 30
All are invited to an outside pop-up centering prayer gathering. All level of practicers welcome, beginners especially welcome!!
Monday, September 30, 2019
Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church
2149 Edgcumbe Rd, St. Paul, MN 55116
Parking available in church lot and next door at Highland Park High School
From the church parking lot, walk up the walk way to backwoods area. Bring a chair or mat
Gathering at 6:15p - 20 minute centering prayer sit at 6:30p with instructions - fellowship time with simple treats following.
If inclement weather, gathering will be held in sanctuary of church
Resources and Conferences
City-wide Palestinian Film Festival Continues Through October 24th
In celebration of Bright Stars of Bethlehem's 15th Anniversary, partner Congregations across the Twin Cities, MN are hosting a city-wide film festival, featuring Palestinian films, including many by our Dar al-Kalima students and faculty.
All proceeds go to support the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and its arts and cultural initiatives through Dar al-Kalima University for Palestinian children, students, families and older adults. See the .PDF link below for date/time/loacation/description of the films.
St. Luke/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 (
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.
Employment Opportunities
Administrative Assistant - Trinity/Woodbury
Administrative Assistant Job Description
Report to: Pastor
Status: Part-time, hourly (20 hours weekly) $15. per hour (negotiable).
The church administrative assistant shall be a welcoming presence to church members or visitors entering, calling or contacting Trinity. He or she will be responsible for the efficient operation of the church office, including maintaining the confidentiality of personal information of church and staff members. The individual in this job should be joy-filled, creative and one who takes initiative.
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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