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EMerge Oct 4., 2019

Presbytery News
LeaderWise Expanding Counseling Staff and Service Offerings
LeaderWise Counseling has committed to address the need for greater access to mental health services by nearly doubling its staff and availability to serve the needs of our church partners and the broader community. With nearly 1 in 5 adults living with some sort of mental illness, plus many others may be experiencing situational distress, nearly half of people who need mental health care are unable to access it due to a variety of factors including a lack of qualified mental health professionals, limited insurance coverage and stigma associated with seeking help.
Since 2010 LeaderWise has offered individual psychotherapy services delivered by its highly skilled and well trained staff of psychologists, social workers and counselors. In an effort to keep up with the demand for services, two new therapists have recently been hired to meet with clients during the late afternoon and evening times clients often seek.
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:
Church, We Have a Problem
"Everyone is busy today; we’re all overwhelmed. I don’t have an answer for that. But I am looking, and we are looking as a Presbytery—looking for ways in which the Presbytery can support its members in their diverse ministries, whether congregational or in some form of service outside the congregation. To be the life-giving church of the living God to those whom we have called to lead us. "
Around the Presbytery
Items for Donation
First Presbyterian Church of White Bear Lake has 60+ copies of Lift Your Hearts Songbook and 4 wine/juice servers and 12 bread plates to donate to another church. Call the church at 651-429-3381 for more information on how to acquire the items.
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.
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.
Help TOPCON! take flight

by Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE - When the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos became the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s coordinator for Christian Formation a few of years ago, he never dreamed he'd be hosting a conference on the...

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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
Mission Agency board tackles tough discussion of race and Matthew 25
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area has declared itself a Matthew 25 Presbytery and will soon begin institutional work on race. As a prelude to this work, see this news service story about the Presbyterian Mission Agency board and Matthew 25
Mission Agency board tackles tough discussion of race...

by Rich Copley | Presbyterian News Service STONY POINT, New York - The Presbyterian Mission Agency board meeting started Friday morning with a short worship service that took participants back to 1619. But for her talk, "A Conversation on Racism...

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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.
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