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Presbytery and Synod News
22 May 1996 15:14:34
16 May 1996
96184 Presbytery and Synod News
by Jerry L. Van Marter
BAINBRIDGE, N.Y.--More than 60 persons attended the recent tri-presbytery
stewardship conference at First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, N.Y.,
co-sponsored by the presbyteries of Susquehanna Valley, Cayuga-Syracuse and
Stewardship consultant Don Scott introduced the day with his keynote
address "The Challenge of Change...Catering to Diverse Appetites," which
was followed by two presentations: "What Influences Presbyterian Giving?"
by the Rev. Cynthia Crowell and the Rev. Jim Haas, and "Today's
Generations, Lifestyles and Church-going Patterns" by Scott.
Participants also heard about Presbyterian mission work in Thailand
and attended workshops on various stewardship-related topics.
HARRISONBURG, Va.--In the mid-Atlantic region, it's not unusual for a
church to celebrate its 250th anniversary. It happens almost every year,
and some congregations have already topped 300 years.
But this year is different in Shenandoah Presbytery. Six churches
within a 15-mile radius are celebrating 250 years of ministry this year.
All were founded in 1746. To help mark the occasion, General Assembly
moderator Marj Carpenter is scheduled to be present for a May 22
celebration of the six churches' anniversary at Bethel Presbyterian Church
near Staunton, Va.
The other celebrating congregations are Fairfield Presbyterian Church,
Hebron Presbyterian Church, New Monmouth Presbyterian Church in Lexington,
New Providence Presbyterian Church in Raphine and Timber Ridge Presbyterian
Church in Lexington.
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Edith Patton has been named interim executive presbyter for
the Presbytery of Scioto Valley. She begins her duties June 1.
Patton has been in executive service in the Presbyterian Church for a
number of years, most recently as acting general presbyter for the
Presbytery of the Peaks in Virginia.
PANAMA CITY, Fla.--The Rev. Spiwo Xapile visited Florida Presbytery for a
week in April. Xapile is pastor of the J.L. Zwane Presbyterian Church in
Capetown, South Africa, and moderator of Western Cape Presbytery of the
Reformed Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa. The two presbyteries
entered into a partnership agreement last year.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--"Bridges to Leadership" is the title of a Christian
education training event sponsored by Charlotte Presbytery, Aug. 18 at
Sardis Presbyterian Church here.
The event will feature special training programs for new and
experienced church school teachers, youth ministry leaders, pastors,
educators, Sunday school superintendents, Christian education committee
members and Presbyterian Women Bible study leaders.
SEATTLE--The Synod of Alaska-Northwest is sponsoring a mission trip to the
Maori Synod in New Zealand to be a part of the 100th anniversary of
Presbyterian mission work with the Maori people. The trip is scheduled for
Participants will live for a few days on a "marae" with the Maori
people and conduct a work project. They will also travel throughout New
Zealand, visiting historical and cultural sites.
CHARLESTON, S.C.--The five presbyteries of South Carolina gathered May 11
at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in Columbia for their annual Statewide
Keynote speaker was the Rev. Todd Jones, pastor of First Presbyterian
Church in Spartanburg. Workshops were conducted on such topics as
stewardship resources, what stewardship methods work best, planned giving,
preaching on stewardship and stewardship as a Christian lifestyle.
Participating presbyteries included Charleston-Atlantic, Foothills,
New Harmony, Providence and Trinity.
BERKELEY, Calif.--The greatest challenge facing the church is "to change
the tide of prevailing ideological consensus -- a shallow individualism
that is bringing American culture and society to its knees -- and to bring
forth the seasoned virtues of care, generativity, wisdom and community to
the wider fellowship of life."
That was the urgent call sounded by famed sociologist Robert Bellah in
his keynote address to San Francisco Presbytery's recent "Presbytery Day"
gathering at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. More than 250 persons
attended the event. In addition to the address by Bellah, author of
"Habits of the Heart," they participated in more than 20 workshops on a
variety of topics.
BUFFALO, N.Y.--For the third year in a row, renowned stewardship consultant
Herb Miller will lead a workshop on stewardship "how-to's" for pastors and
stewardship committee leaders in Western New York Presbytery.
"Stewardship Lifters: A Cafeteria of Methods that Increase Church
Giving 15 Percent to 30 Percent Annually" will be held June 1 at First
Presbyterian Church of East Aurora. The workshop will include lectures,
question-and-answer sessions, idea and resource sharing and practical tips
on increasing the effectiveness of stewardship programs.
ANAHEIM, Calif.--Los Ranchos Presbytery has established a mission
partnership with Chon Buk Presbytery in South Korea. A delegation from Los
Ranchos traveled to Korea in March to sign the partnership agreement.
While in Korea, the delegation participated in worship in several
congregations, participated in the ordination of two seminary graduates and
visited a hospital, nursing school and seminary that are part of the
mission of Chon Buk Presbytery.
A delegation from the Korean presbytery is visiting Los Ranchos
Presbytery this month.
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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