From the Worldwide Faith News archives


Date 05 May 1996 13:16:52


                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
KEARNEY, Neb.--First Presbyterian Church of Grand Island, Neb., and the 
Presbytery of Central Nebraska are teamed in a unique ministry to deaf and 
hearing-impaired children. 
     The Deaf Ministry coordinates interpreters for church services and 
youth groups and is planning the annual "Hands in Motion" camp for deaf 
youth and their families at Westminster Woods Presbyterian Camp near 
Lexington, Neb. 
IOWA CITY, Iowa--A Special Committee on Study and Dialogue of human 
sexuality for East Iowa Presbytery recently produced a study entitled 
"Beyond Understanding."   
     The resource -- a six-session program designed to foster scriptural 
understanding of faith communities and their commitments -- was sent to 
every congregation in the presbytery for use in small groups. 
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--The Synod of South Atlantic and the six presbyteries in 
Florida are sponsoring an Aug. 3-5 conference on the challenges facing 
Presbyterians in the 21st century. 
     The conference, "Presbyterians: The Next Generation," will be held at 
Eckerd College in St.  Petersburg and will feature Loren Mead, author and 
founder of the Alban Institute. 
PANORAMA CITY, Calif.--The Rev. Thomas B. Robb, pastor of Culver City 
Presbyterian Church, has been named interim associate executive presbyter 
for the Presbytery of San Fernando.   
     He began his new work June 1, replacing the Rev. Jane Newstead, who 
resigned to accept a pastorate in northern California.  Robb continues as 
pastor of the Culver City church.  
CAMP HILL, Pa.--An African-American leadership retreat, sponsored by the 
Synod of the Trinity, is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 at Wilson College in 
Chambersburg, Pa. 
     Keynote speaker is the Rev. Curtis Kearns, director of the National 
Ministries Division in Louisville.  Worship leader is Melva Costen, a 
professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. 
ROCK HILL, S.C.--"Leaderfest '95 ... not for leaders only" is Providence 
Presbytery's annual leader training event, taking place Aug. 25-27 at 
Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church here. 
     More than 50 workshops have been planned on all aspects of ministry. 
The gathering will include worship, Bible study, practical training, a 
canned food drive, programs for all ages, a bookstore and gift shop and 
displays of various ministries taking place in the presbytery. 
APPLETON, Wis.--The mission committee of Winnebago Presbytery is finishing 
up work on an interpretive video of the presbytery's mission.   
     Filming should be completed this summer by two members of First 
Presbyterian Church in Neenah -- Jack Speech and Kris Peterson.  The video 
will focus on four mission projects, two camp programs, a mission church 
and a new church development.   
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--Three congregations in Eastminster Presbytery will host 
visits by Ecumenical Parish Vistors this fall as part of a cooperative 
program with the Synod of the Covenant.  
     The Rev. Joseph Ngara of Nairobe, Kenya, will be based at First 
Presbyterian Church in Barberton from Sept. 12-Oct. 23.  The Rev. Mbibong 
Crispus Tunye from Buea, Cameroon, will serve Northminster Presbyterian 
Church in Cuyahoga Falls and Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in Akron during 
the same time. 
PORTLAND, Ore.--"From Surviving to Thriving" is the theme of Cascades 
Presbytery's annual summer conference, July 23-28 at Lewis & Clark College 
     Keynote speaker is Wade Clark Roof, professor of religion and society 
at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Roof's research and 
writing has focused on the religious values and habits of baby boomers. 
The conference also includes more than 15 classes on a variety of subjects. 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
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