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Presbytery and Synod News
04 May 1996 20:47:34
95330 Presbytery and Synod News
by Jerry L. Van Marter
ORLANDO, Fla.--On Oct. 6 and 7, the Peace with Justice Committee of Central
Florida Presbytery will host two identical workshops on how to contact and
influence elected officials in ways that will have a positive impact on
public policy decisions.
Workshop leader is the Rev. Jim Watkins of the Presbyterian
Peacemaking Program, a former congressional staff member. The events will
be held at Rockledge Presbyterian Church (Oct. 6) and First Presbyterian
Church of Maitland (Oct. 7).
BILLINGS, Mont.--"On the Rock" is the theme of a retreat for middle
school-aged young people sponsored by Glacier and Yellowstone presbyteries
Keynote speaker for the retreat, to be held at Glacier Camp and
Conference Center, is Rodger Nishioka, associate for youth leader
development in the Congregational Ministries Division in Louisville.
AZUSA, Calif.--Construction has begun on three houses in Duarte by San
Gabriel Presbytery and Habitat for Humanity.
The Duarte Project grew out of the presbytery's mission committee's
desire to involve the presbytery in a project that would minister to people
in a more direct way than just giving money, foster a spirit of cooperation
and unity in the presbytery and allow people to share the gospel in word
SAN JOSE, Calif.--San Jose Presbytery has joined with other religious
organizations in the Santa Clara Valley to establish a chaplaincy at San
Jose International Airport.
The ministry, under the auspices of Interfaith Services, works to
provide specially trained and experienced spiritual care and counseling for
travelers and airport employees. The presbytery relates to the program
through its Committee on Mission and Justice and its liaison to the program
is the Rev. Helen Jackson.
HOUSTON--New Covenant Presbytery is sponsoring a Christian leadership
school Oct. 6-7 entitled "Living, Learning, Leading." It will take place
at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church here.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. Shirley Guthrie, professor of systematic
theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. He will speak on
the topic "Which Theology Matters?"
ATHENS, Ga.--A crew of 38 "volunteer missionaries" from Northeast Georgia
Presbytery recently completed work on two houses in Piedras Negras, Mexico,
bringing to 18 the number of houses constructed by the group in the last
The presbytery's house-building ministry began in 1989 with the
construction of three houses in Piedras Negras. In ensuing years, 12 more
houses have been built there and three more have been built in Cuidad
Victoria. All of the houses have been financed by contributions from
individuals and churches in the presbytery.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Representatives of the Synod of Living Waters and its 12
presbyteries have affirmed the concept of partnership in mission and have
appointed a design team to refine the process through which it is done.
At an August meeting here, the group asked synod executive the Rev.
Harold Jackson to design a consultation in 1996 that will explore the
possibilities for expanded partnership opportunities between the synod and
its presbyteries with more emphasis on mission and less on funds
DECATUR, Ill.--A stewardship seminar for pastors sponsored by Southeastern
Illinois Presbytery will be held Oct. 6 at First Presbyterian Church of
Keynote speaker is former General Assembly moderator the Rev. Robert
ANAHEIM, Calif.--The Christian Education Committee of Los Ranchos
Presbytery is hosting a "visionary event" entitled "Educating for
Transformation" on Oct. 14 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana.
Keynote speaker is John Schmidt, a minister in the Reformed Church in
America and leadership consultant specializing in personal, organizational
and community formation, reformation and transformation. The event will
also include eight workshops.
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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