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August 31, 2014

News around the Synod of Lakes and Prairies

2015 Church-wide Gathering
of Presbyterian Women set in Minneapolis
Sower Logo The 2015 Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women is less than a year away, scheduled June 18-21 in the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. The Presbyterian Women in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies has an attendance goal - 125. Marilyn Stone, moderator of the synod group, notes in the July issue of The Sower: "That averages out to eight persons per presbytery - I think we can surpass that number! Do you have this event on your calendar? Are you finding creative ways to share information about the Gathering with congregations in your presbytery? ... Start creating a list of all who will be attending so that we can start counting up toward our goal." Stone's complete column and the complete issue can be found at "Sower."

Communications workshops

set in Lincoln, at Calvin Crest

Lesser known social media You've heard about the use of social media to market your church, right? You've heard about push marketing? You use social media? That's Facebook and Twitter, right? But what about Snapchat, Instagram, ask.fm or Flickr? Or what about Secret, Confide, Whisper, Tinder, Yik Yak? Or what about Protect My Rep? There are a couple of marketing workshops coming up - a shorter one Tuesday evening, Sept. 23, in Lincoln and a longer version Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Calvin Crest. Details are at "Marketing Workshop."

 

Tollefson lectures scheduled

in October, feature Adrian Bird

Adrian Bird, visiting professor of church history at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., will present two lectures in the Robert and Barbara Tollefson Reformed Lecture Series at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, Monday, Oct. 27. The lectures are slated at 3 and 7 p.m. in Siebens Forum on the university's campus. Bird teaches courses in missiology, Christian history and the Christian encounter with world religions. Details about the lectures can be found at "Tollefson."

 

PDA disaster assistance Presbyterian Disaster

Assistance cites need for help

In a recent announcement Presbyterian Disaster Assistance noted a "season of extraordinary humanitarian crises throughout the Middle East and West Africa." In a call for help, PDA added, "Help us be Christ's body of compassion, bringing relief and hope to those who suffer and pray for redemption." The complete announcement from PDA can be found at "Creation Groans."

 

'Big Tent' planned at end of July next year

Big Tent PCUSA new The "Big Tent," a biennial event of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that includes conferences and activities of multiple organizations within the church, will take place July 30 through Aug. 1 next year at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. Details should be showing up soon at "Big Tent."

OWLS plan fall celebration

OWLS logo set this month at Calvin Crest

The Older, Wiser, Livelier Saints (or OWLS) have planned what they call a "fly-in" Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16-17, at Calvin Crest Camp, Conference and Retreat Center near Fremont, Neb. The OWLS event announcement notes the event will be "two fun-filled, enlightening, spiritual days." Details of the event and registration materials can be found through "Fall Celebration."
Conferences, camps & other resources

Pastoral Care Network

sets 15th annual gathering

pastoral care network The Pastoral Care Network will conduct its 15th annual national gathering Monday through Thursday, Oct. 27-30, in Fort Worth, Texas. Steve McCutchan, a well-known author who is currently working on a series of books related to pastoral health, will be the keynote speaker. The theme for this year's event is "Rediscovering the Beloved Community - Overcoming Isolation." Gathering details and registration information is at "Pastoral Care."

 

POAMN logo ARMSS/POAMN conference

planned in October in Missouri

The joint conference of the Association of Retired Ministers, Spouses and Survivors, and the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network will take place Oct. 14-17 in Excelsior, Mo. The Rev. Nancy Copeland-Payton, author of "The Losses of Our Lives: The Sacred Gifts of Renewal in Everyday Loss," will be the keynote speaker. Details are in the brochure at "Joint Conference."

 

PADVN offers curriculum

Men in the Mirror to combat domestic violence

"Men in the Mirror," a curriculum offered by Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network, addresses the application of Christ-centered masculinity to interpersonal relationships. Promotional material notes, "What does it mean to be a mature healthy man? In every society, males of all ages hear and internalize a variety of messages about the definition of, and 'appropriate' expression of their masculinity. Some of these messages have very positive impacts on the development and sense of identity of males. Other internalized messages have destructive implications for a man's well being and those with whom he shares relationships." Details of the 13-part curriculum can be found at "Men in the Mirror."

 

Regarding Ruling Elders:

Presbyterian councils

Alyson Janke, stated clerk in the Presbytery of John Knox, wrote this month for the "Regarding Ruling Elder" series of the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She noted, "How many Presbyterians does it take to change a light bulb?  It takes a council, in stated meeting, to determine if a new light bulb is in the ministry plan of the council, if there is funding for a new light bulb, and if persons can be called who will faithfully carry out this mission. One of the hallmarks of Presbyterian belief and governance is that we don't place much decision-making authority with individuals. ... Instead, decisions about the mission, ministry, and governance of the Presbyterian church are made by ordered groups of people gathered in 'councils.'" Janke's complete column can be found at "Ruling Elders."

 

animate resources bible guide IRMS offers popular

'Animate' series

An original take on adult education, "Animate," is a popular series that came out last year. It uses animation and contemporary Christian voices to look at the Bible, faith, and practices. The "Animate" resource and all its components can be found through Iowa Religious Media Services.

 

'Company of New Pastors' launches

webinar, conversation series

As an integral part of its ongoing expansion plans, Company of New Pastors, a transition-into-ministry program for seminary students and first-call pastors, is launching a new series of programs on pastoral formation. CNP's Conversations on Pastoral Formation, which have been designed for a broad audience of pastors, congregational leaders, presbytery staff members and other church leaders, will focus on pastoral leadership and identity in a changing church landscape. The complete announcement can be found at "New Pastors."

 

Stewardship Kaleidoscope planned March 9-11

Stewardship Kal The dates are set for Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2015. It will be March 9-11 in Kansas City, Mo. It's a series of workshops for those who are interested in all things stewardship. Those who might want to go can now put "Kaleidoscope" on the calendar.

 

Eric Hoey Ministry Apps newsletter

offers ideas for 'better church'

Eric Hoey, director of the office of Evangelism and Church Growth in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, writes in Ministry Apps: "Our team presses forward to bring advancement in the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement and in Engage for preparation of Evangelism Sunday. The work is never complete, but serving the local church is our passion. This is what brings us into work every day." Hoey's complete column, along with links to ministry resources, can be found in "Ministry Apps."
News of colleges and seminaries

Synod, Carroll University

renew covenant relationship

Carroll Covenant Signing By affixing signatures last fall and this summer, Carroll University of Waukesha, Wis., and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies have renewed a long-standing covenant between the university and the synod. The covenant document notes, "In its relationships with historical Presbyterian-affiliated institutions of higher education, the [synod] continues to encourage intellectual curiosity, to promote excellence in education and the pursuit of relevant knowledge." Synod representatives signed the document in July at Synod School. In the photo above are (at the left of the table) Bill Stafford, moderator of the synod; Bill Humphreys, chaplain at Carroll; (at the right of the table, left to right) Elona Street-Stewart, synod staff to the synod's Ecclesiastical Relations Committee; Mary "Minner" Serovy, ministry relations officer for the upper Midwest of the Presbyterian Foundation and a Carroll alumna; Dave Crittenden, transitional synod executive; and Sara Miles, moderator of the Presbytery of Milwaukee.

 

Stone Kelly Macalester Macalester names Kelly Stone

chaplain, associate dean

The Rev. Kelly J. Stone has been named chaplain and associate dean for religious and spiritual life at Macalester College, St. Paul, and will begin her new duties at the end of this month.  Stone will oversee the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, which includes student religious groups, programs and events, and Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. Since 2011, Stone has been at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, most recently as interim dean of religious and spiritual life. Macalester is a Presbyterian-related college in covenant with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The complete announcement from Macalester can be found at "Kelly Stone."

 

Hastings College plans

investments for future growth

As Hastings (Neb.) College wraps up significant investments on campus this summer and prepares to welcome another record number of first-year students to the community, it remains focused on plans for future growth and development. "The ... residence hall projects this summer are the first step in important changes to campus, changes that keep Hastings College competitive and a desirable choice for young people and their families," said Don Jackson, president of the college. Hastings College is one of seven Presbyterian-related institutions of higher education in covenant with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies.  The complete announcement from Hastings College can be found at "Future Growth."

 

Coe embarks on major energy reduction program

Coe College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is embarking on a major energy reduction program that will decrease the institution's electricity use by 25 percent and natural gas consumption by almost 50 percent, and deliver approximately $220,000 in guaranteed energy and operational savings each year. Combined with a transition to gas-fired heating through the construction of a new steam plant with St. Luke's Hospital in 2010, the college expects to cut its carbon footprint in half. Coe College is one of seven Presbyterian-related institutions of higher education in covenant with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies.  The complete announcement from Coe College can be found at "Energy Reduction."

 

Columbia president affirms

faith despite spreading cancer

Hayner Steve Columbia The news was not what anyone wanted to hear: despite aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer has spread in the body of Steve Hayner, the beloved, gifted president of Columbia Theological Seminary. Meeting Aug. 7, the board of Columbia seminary listened as Hayner described his illness and treatment, with board members praying with him and for him; with those assembled laying hands on him in prayer; and with Hayner closing the meeting by singing "Trust in the Lord" from the third chapter of Proverbs. The complete story from The Presbyterian Outlook can be found at "Faith."

 

PC(USA)'s UKirk gearing up for busy fall

UKirk, PCUSA, Collegiate Ministry In its newsletter this week, UKirk, the network of the collegiate ministries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), noted, "What an exciting time! Students are getting ready to return to school, and college ministries are getting ready for their fall activities. Ukirk is here to support you. ... You can find more resources on our website. Know that we're keeping you in prayer as your semester begins and throughout the year." The complete newsletter is at "Knowing Ukirk."

 

Santos named to lead

PC(USA)'s collegiate ministries

Brian Santos UKirk The Rev. Jason Brian Santos has been named the new associate for collegiate ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In his new role, Santos will work closely with UKirk, the church's network of collegiate ministries. In announcing the Santos hiring, PMA Evangelism Coordinator Ray Jones said he was excited for a number of reasons.  "Jason was hired through a committee that represented a range of collegiate ministry professionals," said Jones.  "All of them felt he had a good sense of how to equip and nurture them in their work." The complete announcement can be found at "UKirk."

News around the PC(USA)

Vest writes of the perspective of outsiders

John Vest blog At his blog, "Adventure in Post-Christendom," John Vest, associate pastor for youth ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, recently posted one of his sermons that addresses view - that of outsiders. He writes: "Fifty-one years ago, in 1963, at the height of the African American civil rights movement, the eyes of the nation were fixed on Birmingham, Alabama. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference staged non-violent protests to press for the desegregation of public facilities and non-discriminatory hiring practices in businesses. Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene "Bull" Connor responded by turning police dogs and fire hoses against protesters and marchers. Images of these brutal measures filled American television screens and brought an unprecedented awareness of the violence erupting throughout the American South. ... It seems like some things haven't changed very much in half a century. Well, one thing has definitely changed: images of violence on our television screens is no longer a novelty. In fact, in 2014 it is easy to watch this situation unfold and not even think that much about it ... " Vest's complete column can be found at "Outsiders."

 

Faith communities play key role

in conversations about race

Faith communities can and should play a larger role in calling for justice and leading difficult conversations about race, said two retired Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors in Ferguson, Mo. Since the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer, the country has been focused on Ferguson and the confrontations between civilians and law enforcement there. Underlying the protests and marches is the complicated and painful state of race relations in Ferguson, a situation that could easily occur in many communities across the country, said the Revs. Ellie and Carleton Stock. The complete Presbyterian News Service story is at "Ferguson."

 

Haberer leaves Presbyterian

Outlook for pastoral ministry

Jack Haberer Jack Haberer knew he would someday return to pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He just didn't think it would happen quite this soon and quite so abruptly. At the end of September, Haberer will step down as editor The Presbyterian Outlook magazine after nine years as leader of the PC(USA)'s oldest and most influential independent publication. On Oct. 26, he begins service as pastor of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Fla. He's known all along, Haberer said in an exclusive interview with the Presbyterian News Service, "that one way or the other - before or after retirement - I had to finish as a pastor." The complete Presbyterian News Service story is at "Haberer."

 

Farrell tells of Assembly

impact on mission connections

Farrell Hunter Farrell, director of Presbyterian Mission, writing in One in the Spirit, a monthly email from Linda Valentine, executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, notes, "I am writing to you in the days following the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). We are thankful to God for the gathering of elected commissioners from all 172 presbyteries, and we were blessed with the presence of eight ecumenical advisory delegates from our global partner churches. The General Assembly considered and voted on a number of important issues that will impact our work as Presbyterian World Mission and our relationships with you and our partners around the globe." Farrell's complete comments can be found through "One in the Spirit."

 

Military chaplains bring training,

Chaplains Council Logo strength, faith to call

Military chaplains are the same as any church pastor, except that their congregations wear uniforms, right? In some ways, this is true. Chaplains attend seminary and perform worship services, weddings, baptisms and funerals. They minister to congregants in need. It's not so much what the chaplains do that makes them different, it's how they do it. At the Aug. 4-7 Presbyterians Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel training conference in Montreat, N.C., many of the chaplains were happy to talk about what they do and the unique circumstances in which they work. The complete Presbyterian News Service story is at "Chaplains."
Just one more

A preaching top-10 list

Imagine your editor's surprise a week or so ago when he received a request for the "Preaching Top-10 List" from awhile back. Imagine your editor's greater surprise when he found it. So, that being the case, it's shared once again.

 

Those things that made your editor smile

Tickld humor site Your editor is sorry if you've seen these 20 items before - from Tickld. A Presbyterian friend posted the link. The 20 are titled "20 jokes so terrible they're actually funny" - well titled, yes, but actually funny? It's almost as if the person who wrote them is a dad. Dads are funny. Dads know it and will even tell you. Here they are.