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News of Presbyteries and Synods
04 May 1996 16:06:08
96140 News of Presbyteries and Synods
by Jerry L. Van Marter
DENVER--A team of 10 "stewards" from each presbytery in the Synod of the
Rocky Mountains is gathering in late April to begin developing a
"spirituality of stewardship" synodwide. According to the synod's mission
yearbook, the team is committed "to work together in their presbyteries to
develop a spiritual foundation for benevolence giving by individuals in
each congregation to the end that support for the work of the church
becomes a response of thanksgiving, reflecting the heart of the member
given to Christ."
Plenary sessions will be led by the Rev. Steve Doughty and will focus
on how community can be built and sustained in congregations; explore the
community nature of stewardship and common spiritual growth; and study the
practical spiritual disciplines that can lead communities of people to a
fuller understanding of what God is doing.
The gathering also includes eight stewardship-related workshops.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--The Presbytery of South Dakota has been designated to
select recipients of a scholarship set up by the late Donald and Pearl
McMurchie of Turner County. The presbytery has set up a selection
Any member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who is attending a
PC(USA)-related institution of higher education is eligible for the
scholarship. Preference is given to students who have graduated from South
Dakota high schools.
CAMP HILL, Pa.--In 1995, 55 people received money from the Synod of the
Trinity for travel grants. Individuals, congregations and presbyteries
within the synod can apply for the grants of $100-$250 per individual or
$1,500 per group. The synod budgets $10,000 annually for the travel grant
Travelers funded by the program in 1995 visited mission projects in
Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, Malawi, India and Sudan.
GREENVILLE, S.C.--Foothills Presbytery has chartered its first new church
since 1982. Providence Presbyterian Church in Powdersville was constituted
with 104 charter members on March 10. Organizing pastor is the Rev. Mike
MORGANTON, N.C.--A team of up to 15 people from Western North Carolina
Presbytery will travel to Mexico June 15-22 to live, worship and work with
Puentes de Cristo, the presbytery's partner ministry in that country.
SEATTLE--Seattle Presbytery has renewed its partnership with Seoul North
Presbytery in Korea for a second five-year term. During the first five
years, more than 150 Seattle Presbyterians and almost a third of the
presbytery's congregations have had direct involvement in the partnership.
Seoul North Presbytery is 12 years old and is one of 14 presbyteries
in the city of Seoul. It consists of more than 150 congregations, many
with several thousand members.
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan.--"Mission: Urgent Call" is the theme of the Synod of
Mid-America's 1996 Synod School, July 29-Aug. 2 in Warrensburg, Mo.
Keynote speaker is Gwen Crawley, recently retired associate director
for global service and witness in the Worldwide Ministries Division in
Louisville. A number of courses will be offered centered around health
The synod's Youth Committee is sponsoring a conference in conjunction
with the Synod School. The theme for that conference is "Destined to Win:
Take Your Mark, Set, Go!"
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio--Presbyterian Women of Muskingum Valley Presbytery
is sponsoring a fall mission tour to Kentucky, Oct. 17-20. Tour members
will visit Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian
Center, Berea College, the Morris Fork Church and Craft Center and the
Buckhorn Children's Center.
RICHMOND, Va.--The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic is sponsoring a mission trip
to the Czech Republic, June 15-27. Travelers will gain insight into the
mission of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren as they worship and
study the Bible together and work on a mission project.
CHARLESTON, S.C.--The African American New Church Development of
Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery met recently in Summerville.
Group members agreed to contact friends and relatives in the target
area to gauge interest in a new church, identify real estate developments
in the target area and survey residents of those developments about the
potential for a new Presbyterian church there.
DRESDEN, N.Y.--The Social Concerns Committee of Geneva Presbytery is
sponsoring a conference on domestic violence April 27 at Geneva
Presbyterian Church. Leaders of the conference are Kathy Clarke, an
educator, writer, member of Mendon Presbyterian Church and survivor of
domestic violence, and the Rev. Laura Collins, pastor of Laurelton United
Presbyterian Church and community social worker.
COLUMBUS, Ohio--"Walking the Way" is the theme of the Synod of the
Covenant's Synod School 1996, July 7-13 at Muskingum College.
The school will include 14 courses on such subjects as biblical
interpretation for Christian educator certification candidates; adult
education; basic and advanced Bible study; faith through the arts; conflict
management; self-care for church professionals; the spirituality of
children; aging; non-Christian religions; commitment; and attitudes about
poverty and wealth.
BERKELEY, Calif.--As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, San Francisco
Presbytery's Faith Presbyterian Church of Oakland is seeking to establish
the Themus Spencer Learning Center, named after a beloved charter member of
The goals of the center are to provide tutorial support to students in
neighborhood schools, serve as a resource for those seeking employment with
"retooling" skills, and assist in the development of community volunteers
who have computer skills.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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