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News of Presbyteries and Synods
04 May 1996 18:54:07
96106 News of Presbyteries and Synods
by Jerry L. Van Marter
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C.--The March/April issue of "Coastal Carolina
Connections," the newsletter of Coastal Carolina Presbytery, features a
story on the Presbyterian Counseling Center in Wilmington, N.C.
The center, founded in 1979, "combines the practice of psychotherapy
with a traditional Christian understanding of healing and wholeness." It
is staffed by the Rev. George Slaton, director, and Ann Thacker. They are
assisted in the office by Sonya Leonard.
Client fees, though low compared to the marketplace, represent 70
percent of the center's income. The remaining support and contributions
for supplementing reduced client fees come from the presbytery, its
churches, individual contributors and a modest endowment.
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DES MOINES, Iowa--The Presbytery of Des Moines has established an
Emergency Loan Fund "to relieve congregations of immediate distress due to
a demonstrable financial emergency." Money for the fund came from the
proceeds of the sale of Knox Knolls Presbyterian Church. That money is
invested with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.
The loans, at 5 percent interest, will be for a maximum term of three
years, with the first year interest free and the first payment due 13
months from the date of the loan.
The program will be administered by the presbytery's Budget and
Finance Committee in consultation with its Congregational Care and
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YATESBORO, Pa.--"The Kaleidoscope of Faith!" is the theme of
Kiskiminetas Presbytery's "Presbytery Day '96" leadership training event,
April 21, at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Indiana, Pa.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. Andrew Purves, professor at Pittsburgh
Theological Seminary. A teachers' workship will be led by renowned
Christian educator Carolyn Brown. The event will also include officer
training for elders, deacons and clerks of session, and a special program
for children and youth.
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SEATTLE--The Synod of Alaska-Northwest is celebrating the 40th
anniversary of its Mission Development Certificate Loan Program.
The program was begun in 1956 so that churches that cannot get
building loans from commercial banks can borrow directly from the synod.
^From its humble beginnings -- a $750,000 start-up loan from a local bond
company -- the synod's program has grown into a $5 million operation, with
$4.5 million currently loaned to churches.
Investors may purchase certificates at competitive rates for six
months, one year, three years or five years. The money is then loaned to
churches at interest rates equal to or slightly lower than bank rates.
Loans range from $25,000 to more than half a million dollars, with a
majority in the $300,000 range. Interest paid by churches on their loans
pays the expenses of the program.
PULASKI, Pa.--Ten ministers and elders from Shenango Presbytery
recently returned from a 10-day visit to Sudan. The visitors, accompanied
by former missionary and current Washington Office staffer the Rev. William
Lowery, consulted with representatives of the Sudan Presbyterian
Evangelical Church (SPEC). The presbytery and the SPEC are establishing an
international partnership under the auspices of the Worldwide Ministries
Division in Louisville.
The visit included stops at congregations and preaching centers in the
capital city of Khartoum as well as in Wad Medani and El Obeid. Also
visited was the Nile Theological College, a joint effort of the SPEC and
the Presbyterian Church in Sudan, the two church partners of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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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