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News of Presbyteries and Synods
04 May 1996 19:51:44
95416 News of Presbyteries and Synods
by Jerry L. Van Marter
RICHMOND, Va.--Following several years of consultation and discussion, the
Synod of the Mid-Atlantic is emerging with a new mission structure.
It calls for the synod to be active in five areas: campus ministry,
evangelism, justice and mercy, partnership ministries and racial-ethnic
ministries. The new structure eliminates the synod's historical financial
relationship with Presbyterian-related colleges, child care agencies and
older adult institutions.
The new structure also reduces the size of the Synod Assembly, the
Synod Council and the synod staff. The synod staff will be reduced by 25
CAMP HILL, Pa.--Twelve representatives from six Presbyterian-related
colleges in the Synod of the Trinity are traveling to south Korea this
month to establish relationships with Korean Presbyterians. The delegation
hopes the partnership will result in the exchange of students and faculty
members and other programs of cross-cultural enrichment.
Participating colleges include Beaver College, Davis & Elkins College,
Grove City College, Lafayette College, Waynesburg College and Westminster
MORGANTON, N.C.--The Rev. J.W. (Bill) Taber was elected executive of the
Presbytery of Western North Carolina during its Oct. 17 stated meeting.
Taber, a graduate of Clemson University and Columbia Theological
Seminary, has served the presbytery as associate executive for leadership
development since August 1990 and added the duties of stated clerk in 1994.
He is also a certified Christian educator.
BERKELEY, Calif.--San Francisco Presbytery's Iglesia Presbiteriana de la
Mision is sponsoring "The Great Thanksgiving Multicultural Party" on Nov.
Festivities hosted by the bilingual (Spanish and English),
multicultural congregation in San Francisco's Mission District include a
parade, music and dances from throughout Central and South America, food
and other entertainment. Proceeds from the party will support the church's
after-school program, which offers a safe place, snacks, tutoring, guidance
and Bible study to neighborhood children.
PETOSKEY, Mich.--More than 60 persons in Mackinac Presbytery gathered Oct.
20-21 at the presbytery's Cedar Campus to study and dialogue about human
Keynote speaker was the Rev. John Buchanan, pastor of Fourth
Presbyterian Church in Chicago. The event also included seminars on such
human sexuality-related topics as Bible references, theological dimensions,
scientific findings, personal stories, the thinking of other denominations,
social justice issues, ministries to reorient gay and lesbian persons and
Presbyterian polity aspects of the issue.
SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Rev. Arlene Gordon, associate for resource center
development and educational ministry advocates support in the
Congregational Ministries Division in Louisville, led a Nov. 8-9 workshop
on curriculum information and training for San Jose Presbytery. The
workshop was held at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.
The first day provided training in the use of Presbyterian and
Reformed Educational Ministry (PREM) curriculum for pastors, church school
teachers, Christian education committee members and resource center
directors. The second day provided training for educational ministry
ANAHEIM, Calif.--Two long-time staff members of Los Ranchos Presbytery have
resigned to pursue other ministry opportunities and to enable the
presbytery to undergo necessary downsizing.
On Nov. 1, the Rev. Vartkes "Kass" Kassouni, associate executive for
congregational development, began work as interim head of staff at First
Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove. He had been on the presbyery staff
Betty Crowell, who began part-time with the presbytery in 1979,
departs at the end of 1995. Currently associate executive for educational
ministry and program development, her future plans are not set at this
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
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