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Presbytery and Synod News
04 May 1996 20:57:52
96013 Presbytery and Synod News
by Jerry L. Van Marter
BERKELEY, Calif.--The Racial Ethnic Ministries Committee of San Francisco
Presbytery recently gathered more than 40 pastors, elders and lay leaders
of 13 racial ethnic ministries in the presbytery to discuss issues,
concerns and strategies for strengthening their ministries.
The convocation, "A Day of Trying to Understand, Before Being
Understood ... ," was held at Christ Presbyterian Church of San Francisco,
a Japanese-American congregation. Another convocation is scheduled for
BAINBRIDGE, N.Y.--The Rev. Itumaleng Mosala, a professor in the department
of religious studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will
be keynote speaker for Susquehanna Valley Presbytery's "Presbytery Day,"
Feb. 24 at First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge.
The event will also include workshops on a variety of practical topics
for church leaders.
BILLINGS, Mont.--"Anger in the Church -- Be Angry and Sin Not ..." is the
theme of a clergy/spouse retreat sponsored by Glacier Presbytery Feb. 18-20
at KwataqNuk Resort in Polson, Mont.
The retreat will address how to identify anger in the church, how to
tell the difference between constructive and destructive anger, and how to
recognize responses that are appropriate to each. Leaders are the Rev.
Lewis Wilkins, who has more than 30 years' experience working with pastors,
and Judith Wilkins, a Presbyterian elder and family systems therapist in
private practice in Lubbock, Texas.
OKLAHOMA CITY--The Social Concerns Committee of Indian Nations Presbytery
will sponsor a conference for teachers, child care workers, administrators
and anyone else concerned about the church's role in caring for children
April 20 at First Presbyterian Church here.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. Eileen Lindner, associate general
secretary of the National Council of Churches and a renowned child
advocate. She is author of "When Churches Mind the Children," a standard
text for those who administer church-sponsored children's programs.
UTICA, N.Y.--For several years the deacons of New Hartford Presbyterian
Church in Utica Presbytery have prepared small bags of Christmas gifts for
inmates at the Oneida County Correctional Facility. In 1995 they invited
neighboring Presbyterian churches to join the effort.
With cooperation from seven other churches, 360 bags were given out.
Each bag contained a Bible, paper and envelopes, pencils, tissue, combs,
personal toiletries, candy canes and Christmas cards.
Participating churches in addition to New Hartford were Stone
Presbyterian Church in Clinton; Norwich Corners Presbyterian Church;
Moriah-Olivet Presbyterian Church; Verona Presbyterian Church; First
Presbyterian Church of Whitesboro; Yorkville Presbyterian Church; and
Cochran Memorial Presbyterian Church in Oneida Castle.
PORTLAND, Ore.--Cascades Presbytery has set July 14-19 as the dates for its
1996 Summer Conference at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. Marjorie Thompson, author of "Soul Feast."
Music director is Larry Ball, director of music ministries at First
Presbyterian Church of Orange, Calif. Special guest speaker is Marj
Carpenter, moderator of the 207th General Assembly (1995).
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--The Rev. Paul Dekar, professor of evangelism and mission at
Memphis Theological Seminary, will lead an evangelism workshop for Memphis
Presbytery Feb. 9-10 at Advent Presbyterian Church in Cordova, Tenn.
The purpose of the workshop is to help churches develop specific
strategies to assess the particular needs of their congregations,
neighborhoods and larger communities and to develop strategies for
evangelism in their communities.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The Professional Development Committee of Sheppards and
Lapsley Presbytery and South Highland Presbyterian Church are cosponsoring
a seminar entitled "Finding the Time: Clock Management Skills that
Strengthen Clergy, Laity and Congregational Achievement," Feb. 20 at South
The seminar will be led by Herb Miller, author of nine books and
executive director of Net Results Resource Center, a ministry of the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
WASHINGTON, Pa.--Washington and Redstone presbyteries are joining for a
March 8-10 retreat entitled "Worship and Service: Always in Season." It
will be held at Laurelville Retreat Center in Mt. Pleasant.
The retreat will include worship, music and a mission fair. Three
workshops will address "Being a Christian in the Greater Church," "Being a
Christian in the Local Church and Community" and "Being a Christian at Work
and at Play."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--Santa Fe Presbytery has adopted a new structure that
lodges more responsibility in the presbytery's council and reduces the
number of presbytery committees.
The new structure changes the number of semiautonomous groups, each
working on their own projects, to six council committees working together
under the direction of the council toward presbytery-set goals and
priorities. The only presbytery committees will be the five mandated by
the "Book of Order."
SAGINAW, Mich.--Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland, Mich., will be the
site of Lake Huron Presbytery's "Big Event," Feb. 17.
Keynote speaker is the Rev. Zeta Lamberson, minister of education at
Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. The event will also include
worship, workshops and a bookstore.
SEATTLE--On Feb. 10, Seattle Presbytery will conduct its annual "Nuts and
Bolts Conference" for church leaders at Newport Presbyterian Church.
The conference will feature worship led by the presbytery's new
executive, the Rev. Boyd Stockdale, and workshops for all church leaders
and employees. It will include two accredited courses for certification in
church administration by the Administrative Personnel Association.
PHILADELPHIA--Twenty-four Mission Funding Task Force teams of Philadelphia
Presbytery have begun visiting churches throughout the presbytery. Their
goal is to visit every session in the presbytery by early in the year.
Each team, made up of three or four elders and pastors, schedules a
visit of at least one hour with a church's session to present the current
status of Presbyterian mission at General Assembly, synod and presbytery
RICHLAND CENTER, Wis.--Between 12 and 15 Kenyan Presbyterians will visit
The John Knox Presbytery in April and May as part of the presbytery's
partnership with Ngong Hills Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of East
Africa. The visit will be the latest of several exchanges between the two
governing bodies since 1993.
HARRISONBURG, Va.--Leap Day will be special for Shenandoah Presbytery as
its Professional Development Committee presents a preaching seminar
entitled "Preaching from Within" with Don Wardlaw, professor of preaching
and worship at McCormick Theological Seminary.
The Feb. 29 seminar at Massanetta Springs Conference Center will
introduce Wardlaw's homiletical method of "eventful preaching."
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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