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News of Presbyteries and Synods
25 May 1996 05:33:22
23 May 1996
96196 News of Presbyteries and Synods
by Jerry L. Van Marter
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--Commissioners to the April meeting of the Synod of
Lakes and Prairies adopted a resolution on human rights in Guatemala. It
reads in part:
"We call upon the government of Guatemala to do everything possible to
bring to justice the murderers of the Rev. Manuel Saquic. We are deeply
concerned about the continued threats to the life of the Rev. Lucio
Martinez of Chimaltenango, his family and other members of the Kaqchiquel
Presbytery of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala."
Letters with copies of the resolution have been sent to the president
and minister of defense of Guatemala, the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, the
Guatemalan ambassador to the United States, President Clinton and
legislators of states represented by synod commissioners.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.--"Helping Kids Cope" is the theme of a youth leader
training event sponsored by the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. The event
will be held Oct. 4-5 at the presbytery's Camp Greenwood in Gowen, Mich.
Participants will learn how to help young people deal with tough
issues such as smoking, drinking, sex and drugs. They will also learn to
help young people build better relationships with siblings and peers; and
with parents and teachers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Synod of the Covenant is sponsoring a conference for
lay leaders and pastors entitled "Encountering the Living Word," June
3-6 at Skyline Camp and Conference Center in Almont, Mich.
The conference is designed to help church leaders revitalize worship
experiences, develop a deeper relationship with God and strengthen
relationships with each other. Keynote speakers are the Rev. Ben Campbell
Johnson, professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary, and
Brian Wren, internationally known hymn writer, theologian and poet.
SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan.--David H. Hintz has been elected executive director
of Church Development Corporation, the investment and loan corporation of
the Synod of Mid-America.
For the past two years Hintz has served as president of the CDC board
of directors and for the past three months has served as interim director.
He is an elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kan.
SEATTLE--Miles McPherson, former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers
of the National Football League, will be keynote speaker for the Synod of
Alaska-Northwest's youth ministry leadership training event, June 27-30 at
Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. McPherson is pastor of youth
ministries for Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego.
The event, "Pilot Lights and Bonfires...fueling your flame for youth
ministry," is "about igniting, refueling and spreading the flame that is
alive in ministry to young people in today's millenium generation." It
will include 13 workshops geared to equip youth workers and senior high
young people for leadership.
SALINA, Kan.--Northern Kansas Presbytery will conduct a continuing
education event for church leaders, teachers, church officers and staff
members Sept. 21 at a place to be announced.
"Nurturing God's People '96" will feature keynoter Sylvia Washer,
executive presbyter for Mission Presbytery, based in San Antonio, Texas.
CAMP HILL, Pa.--Kenbrook Bible Camp in Lebanon, Pa., will be the site of
the 11th annual disabilities retreat sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity.
The Rev. William O. Carter, Presbyterian minister, composer and jazz
musician, will combine music and storytelling to lead participants on a
spiritual journey of Bible study and reflection.
GOLETA, Calif.--On May 18 Santa Barbara Presbytery chartered its newest
congregation, the Taiwanese-American Church of Ventura County.
The church was begun in September 1992 by organizing pastor the Rev.
Billy Chang. Last November the Rev. James H. Peng assumed pastoral
HOUSTON--"Small Churches: The Spice of Life" was the theme of New Covenant
Presbytery's 13th Small Church Conference in late April.
More than 80 participants shared in worship, celebration, stories of
ministry and discussion of issues affecting small churches. Keynote
speakers were the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, director of the Worldwide
Ministries Division in Louisville, and Diana Stephen, associate for church
development strategy in the Evangelism and Church Development program area
of the National Ministries Division.
Conferees also celebrated the presbytery's Lay Academy and Lay Pastors
program. Founded in 1991, the program has trained several dozen lay
leaders, including 13 commissioned lay pastors who are currently serving in
a variety of ministries in the presbytery.
RICHLAND CENTER, Wis.--John Knox Presbytery, along with its Wisconsin
ecumenical partner, the Southwest Association United Church of Christ,
welcomed 15 members from the Presbyterian Church of East Africa for a
three-week visit in late April and early May.
An active international partnership has been in place between the
Wisconsin groups and the Miliwani and Ngong Hills presbyteries of the PCEA
since 1993. More than 50 persons have participated in mission exchanges
and more than two-thirds of the UCC and John Knox Presbytery congregations
have hosted PCEA visitors since the partnership began.
ELIZABETH, N.J.--More than 100 people gathered at Westfield (N.J.)
Presbyterian Church on April 28 as Elizabeth Presbytery celebrated the 65th
anniversary of the ordination of women as elders and the 40th anniversary
of the ordination of women as ministers in the Presbyterian Church.
Sponsored by the presbytery's Justice for Women group, the event
featured keynoter Letty Russell, renowned Presbyterian theologian and the
third woman ordained by the Presbyterian Church. She was a candidate under
the care of Elizabeth Presbytery.
PITTSBURGH--Pittsburgh Presbytery recently hosted a three-week visit by 40
members of the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
Thirty-seven of the presbytery's churches participated in the visit.
The Malawians visited 32 public schools May 13 for "Malawi Day" in the
Pittsburgh Public Schools and also spent two days in Washington, D.C., as
guests of the Malawian ambassador to the United States.
Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Blantyre Synod have been in a formal
partnership relationship since 1991. Exchange visits have sent 160
Pittsburgh Presbyterians to Malawi and have brought 105 Malawians to
Pittsburgh, including the president of Malawi, Bakili Muluzi.
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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