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Presbytery and Synod News
04 May 1996 16:08:05
96051 Presbytery and Synod News
by Jerry L. Van Marter
SEATTLE--The Synod of Alaska-Northwest Corporation has established a new
loan program to assist pastors with the purchase of homes. Sessions may
borrow money for new pastors' homes at the same interest rate as the
synod's current Mission Development Certificate loans.
Rob Brink, associate synod executive for financial services, said,
"Our hope is that this new program will provide a needed financial service
to congregations. We know that high housing costs are one of the
significant factors in calling pastors to our area of the country, and we
would like to be of assistance to the churches if we can."
ROCK HILL, S.C.--Providence Presbytery chartered its first new congregation
in more than 40 years in late November when Grace Presbyterian Church was
formally organized in the Gold Hill-Tega Cay area of Lancaster County.
The Rev. Arthur Gatewood was installed as pastor of the church, which
has 93 charter members.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Beginning this year, Presbyterian College, South
Carolina Christian Action Council and the Clinton (S.C.) Career and
Counseling Center are being removed from the Synod of the South Atlantic
budget and placed in the budgets of the synod's presbyteries. The
covenants with these institutions, however, will remain with the synod.
The shift is part of an overall plan to downsize the work of the synod
and transfer much of its programmatic work to its presbyteries. The
overall plan is expected to be approved by the synod council next month.
Synod staff and programming will be reduced sharply over the next few years
under the plan.
WILMINGTON, Del.--The Congregational Empowerment Unit of New Castle
Presbytery is sponsoring nine workshops for church leaders Feb. 24 at
Westminster Presbyterian Church here.
Workshops will address adult education, small group ministry, older
adult ministry, membership classes, volunteerism, stewardship, youth
ministry, incorporating newcomers and storytelling.
CASPER, Wyo.--The Presbytery of Wyoming's leadership training event, "The
Watering Whole," will be held March 9 at First Presbyterian Church here.
Keynote speaker is Isabel Rogers, professor of theology at the
Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va., and former
moderator of the General Assembly. Workshops will address such topics as
creative worship, Bible-oriented crafts, older adult ministries, elder
training, deacon training, the Reformed tradition, sexual abuse in the
church, clerk of session training and others.
RICHMOND, Va.--The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic's Speer Fund Committee
approved grants totaling $68,042 during its review process late last year.
Grants from the fund are made to projects that attempt to address the
root causes of poverty by helping the poor and oppressed take
responsibility for their own lives and by encouraging the well-to-do to
explore whether their actions -- deliberate or inadvertent -- contribute to
such poverty and, if so, to change these patterns.
The synod committee considers proposals from Presbyterian-related
organizations within the synod but outside New Castle Presbytery, which has
its own Speer Fund committee and review process.
MORGANTON, N.C.--On Feb. 18, Western North Carolina Presbytery will present
its second annual update of the presbytery's international partnership with
the Presbyterian Church in Guatemala. The event will be held at Black
Mountain Presbyterian Church.
The update will include reports from recent delegations to Guatemala,
partnership plans for 1996 and information about Hispanic ministry in the
HARRISONBURG, Va.--Women from Shenandoah Presbytery will gather March 22-23
at Massanetta Springs for "HerStory: Women, Faith, World," a retreat that
will explore Christian faith from a woman's perspective.
Keynote speaker is Loretta Whalen, director of the Office on Global
Education of Church World Service. Workshops will address such topics as
starting support groups, women in the Bible, feminine images of God, prison
ministry for women, the historical Jesus controversy from a woman's
perspective, storytelling and worship leadership.
The conference will also feature a special presentation, "Only
Together Can We Hold Up the Sky," a report on last summer's Fourth World
Conference on Women in Beijing by Katheryne Goodman, the presbytery's
associate executive for program.
PORTLAND, Ore.--The Rev. Robert W. Bohl, moderator of the 1995 General
Assembly, will be keynote speaker for Cascades Presbytery's Stewardship and
Mission Conferences, April 27-30 at Newport. The April 27-28 session is
designed for laypersons and April 29-30 session is for pastors.
Bohl will be joined on the program by another former General Assembly
moderator -- the Rev. Clinton M. Marsh -- and the Rev. David McCreath,
coordinator of stewardship education in the Congregational Ministries
Division in Louisville. Worship will be led by the Rev. Sharon Youngs.
WASHINGTON--Nearly 60 workshops will be offered at "We Can Talk ... Not as
Strangers," a global mission and leadership training event sponsored by
National Capital Presbytery. The event will be held Feb. 23 at Fairlington
Presbyterian Church and Feb. 24 at National Presbyterian Church.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. C. Kenneth Hall, minister of
interpretation for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation and
moderator of the 1988 General Assembly. Worship will be led by the Rev.
William Willimon, dean of the chapel and professor of Christian ministry at
Duke University. The event will conclude with a hymnfest led by the Rev.
Mary Paik, director of the office of student affairs at McCormick
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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