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NEWS OF PRESBYTERIES AND SYNODS
04 May 1996 21:50:33
95391 NEWS OF PRESBYTERIES AND SYNODS
by Jerry L. Van Marter
WATERLOO, Iowa--The Continuing Education for the Laity Committee of North
Central Iowa Presbytery is sponsoring a Nov. 3-4 seminar featuring Robert
Reber, dean of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City and author of
"Linking Faith and Daily Life: An Educational Program for Lay People."
The presbytery committee's primary task is helping congregations to
assist their members in discerning the presence and work of God in their
daily lives. It has endorsed Reber's program as one of the best available
on the subject.
The seminar will be held at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames,
HATTIESBURG, Miss.--On Sept. 10, Mississippi Presbytery organized its
newest congregation: Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church of Madison. The
chartering service included the installation of the Rev. Tom Sikes as
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--On Nov. 14, Eastminster Presbytery will vote on six
proposed priorities for the next five years.
Developed by the presbytery's Planning and Management Committee, the
priorities are to develop three new presbyterywide ministries, increase
resources to sessions and congregations, identify one congregation each
year for redevelopment, provide ways to increase support of the
Presbyterian Church at all levels, expand its ministries of justice and
mercy, and support its congregations' efforts to expand their evangelism
DECATUR, Ill.--Worship is the theme of a Nov. 4 workshop sponsored by the
Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois. "Sing to the Lord a New Song" will be
held at First Presbyterian Church in Effingham, Ill.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. Cynthia Campbell, president of McCormick
Theological Seminary in Chicago.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Brian Wren -- noted hymn writer, poet, pastor, theologian,
and Christian educator -- will be a special guest in Genesee Valley
Presbytery Oct. 27-29 when he serves as theologian-in-residence for
Rochester's Third Presbyterian Church.
Wren, a minister of the United Reformed Church of Great Britain, will
lead three workshops on religious poetry, worship design and religious
language. He will also preach at Sunday worship. The weekend event will
conclude with a hymn festival.
ELLENSBURG, Wash.--"Bloom Where You Are Planted" is the theme of a
conference for pastors and lay leaders of small churches sponsored by
Central Washington Presbytery Oct. 27-29. The conference will take place
at the Ellensburg Inn here and will feature as keynote speaker the Rev.
Carol Seaton, associate for small church development in the Evangelism and
Church Development Program Area of the National Ministries Division in
POMPANO BEACH, Fla.--On Oct. 15 Tropical Florida Presbytery celebrated the
formation of its newest congregation -- Garden Presbyterian Church of Palm
The new church is the result of the merger of Immanuel Presbyterian
Church of Lake Park and Westminster Presbyterian Church of Palm Beach
Gardens. The new pastor of the congregation is the Rev. Albert W. Bush Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS--The Rev. Jay Hudson, associate executive for the Synod of
Lincoln Trails, reports the synod is nearing its Bicentennial Fund goals.
Of the 21 projects in the synod prospectus for the fund, eight are
fully funded and every project has received at least 57 percent of its
goal. More than $572,000 has been raised in the campaign, 78 percent of
the synod's goal. Virtually two-thirds (65 percent) of the synod's
congregations have participated in the Bicentennial Fund campaign.
PITTSBURGH--Bakili Muluzi, president of Malawi, was Pittsburgh Presbytery's
special guest Oct. 21 at its "Saturday Nite Alive" mission rally at
Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Muluzi's visit is part of the presbytery's observance of "A Year With
Africa" and its partnership with the Blantyre in Malawi. The president was
accompanied on his visit by Willie Chokani, Malawi's ambassador to the
United States and a member of the Church of Central Africa, Presbyterian.
The theme of the rally was "We've a Story to Hear from the Nations."
CLEVELAND--The Outreach Ministry of Western Reserve Presbytery will sponsor
a workshop on the "Covenants of Stewardship" program Jan. 20 at Lyndhurst
Community Presbyterian Church.
The workshop is designed for pastors, session members, long-range
planning and stewardship committees and Christian educators. It will be
led by the Rev. Marie Cross, associate for resources in the Stewardship
Education Program Area of the Congregational Ministries Division in
The theme of the "Covenants of Stewardship" program is "Christians Are
Called to Commit the Whole of Their Lives to God."
DENTON, Texas--The Rev. Richard A. Thompson has begun work as
volunteer-in-mission communications associate for the Synod of the Sun. He
began his new work Sept. 1. Thompson's duties include editing "The
Presbyteriann Sun," the synod's newspaper, and staffing the electronic
media and mission funding subgroups of the synod's Communications Division.
Thompson retired this summer after 36 years as a parish pastor, most
recently at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. He has also written a
regular column for "The Clergy Journal" and has hosted a religious public
affairs television show in Austin.
BAINBRIDGE, N.Y.--Three mission interpreters from all around the world are
visiting Susquehanna Valley Presbytery in October and November.
From Oct. 24 to Nov. 3, the Rev. Bentii Ujulu, president of Western
Wollega Bethel Synod in Ethiopia, will visit. The Rev. Alice Winters,
professor of Old Testament and theology at Presbyterian Reformed
Theological Seminary of Gran Colombia in Barranquilla, Colombia, will visit
from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3. Sammie Potts, president of Mary Holmes College in
West Point, Miss., will be in the presbytery from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13.
MINNEAPOLIS--Since October 1994, Twin Cities Area Presbytery has presented
its "Fragile Family" banner each month to a congregation that has done the
most to support and strengthen families.
Receiving the banner so far have been First Presbyterian Church of
Kasson; the Presbyterian Church of the Way in Shoreview; Faith Presbyterian
Church of Minnetonka; First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul;
Vanderburgh Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis; First Presbyterian Church
of White Bear Lake; and Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska.
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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