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February 16, 2015

News around the Synod of Lakes and Prairies

Self-Development of People

grant applications posted online

SDOP The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website notes: "Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God's concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice." The Synod of Lakes and Prairies maintains its own Self Development of People Committee and in the past year has supported the efforts of immigrant communities to assimilate to local life and work. More information about Self-Development of People can be found at "Empowerment." Contact information and grant applications from the synod's SDOP committee can be found at "Self Development."


McDonald talks about covenants; COM/CPM handouts, presentation slides online

Carol McDonald Covenants are the "bond that holds us together," Carol McDonald (right) reminded the attendees at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' COM/CPM Leadership Conference last month at the Mt. Olivet Conference and Retreat Center near Farmington, Minn. And she reminded attendees, too, that covenants help them "remember how much you have loved each other from the beginning." McDonald, who has served more than 40 years in ministry and retired last summer after 25 years in the Synod of Lincoln Trails, most recently as that synod's executive, has extensive experience in the area of leadership and nurture. The complete story about McDonald's presentation can be found at "Covenants." A complete set of handouts and presentation slides from plenary sessions and workshops at the conference are at "Materials."


Black History Month commemorated

with stories of young leaders

Kerri Allen preaches In honor of African-American History Month, Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries is collaborating with the Rev. Tawnya Denise Anderson, pastor at Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Md., to lift up stories of young African-American leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Anderson's first post features the Rev. Kerri Allen (above), a PC(USA) teaching elder and a native of St. Paul, Minn. Allen is currently pursuing a doctorate Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago. The interview with Allen can be found at "Kerri Allen." Anderson's second post features the Rev. Jerrod Lowry, a teaching elder in the Presbytery of Utah, and that story is at "Jerrod Lowry." The third piece features the Rev. Whitney Fauntleroy, pastor at Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, N.C., and that story is at "Whitney Fauntleroy."


Synod continues to offer grants

Collegiate Ministries to collegiate ministry efforts

The Synod of Lakes and Prairies, continuing its long-standing commitment to collegiate ministry, offers short-term funds to help established ministries become self-sustaining and seed money for new ministry initiatives of established ministries. There are also opportunities for leadership development grants and mini-grants for fall- or spring-break activities. Details, grant applications and contact information are at "Collegiate Ministries."


Hillcrest's 'Reflections in the Park'

Hillcrest Services Logo draws more than 47,000

More than 47,000 people visited the 20th edition of "Reflections in the Park," a Christmas light festival of Hillcrest Family Services of Dubuque, Iowa. The festival, which ran Nov. 27 through Jan. 3 at Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, raised more than $128,000 to support programs at Hillcrest. "We are awed by the gracious and good-hearted people who so generously contribute faithfully to the success of this outstanding community event," wrote Sondra Bennett, coordinator of the festival. Hillcrest is in covenant with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Details about the festival are at "Reflections."
Conferences, camps & other resources

Clearwater Forest offers report on its 60th year

Clearwater Logo In its most recent newsletter, Clearwater Forest, the Presbyterian camp and conference center located near Deerwood, Minn., pointed to its annual report for 2014, noting that it celebrated its 60th year, and that the year included 7,000 visitors. The newsletter reported the camp received contributions from more than 250 individual donors, 23 congregations, four presbyteries and the synod. The complete annual report is at "2014."


IRMS offers Lenten resources for all ages

Iowa Religious Media Services is highlighting a Lenten resource that will IRMSLOGO appeal to children through seventh grade, and another designed for senior high through adult. "The Story of Lent," using video-accelerated illustrations to depict six Lenten Bible stories, is the program for younger people, and "24 Hours That Changed the World," a trip to seven sites in the Holy Land to help understand the Easter journey, is appropriate for the older group.

'Stewardship Kaleidoscope' registration continues

Stewardship Kaleidoscope Logo The annual "Stewardship Kaleidoscope" event, planned March 9-11 at the Airport Hilton in Kansas City, Mo., features separate tracks for small congregations, presbyteries, endowments and overall stewardship practice. Details, including a link to registration information, can be found at "Kaleidoscope."


NEXT Church runs in March in Chicago

NEXT Church The National Gathering of NEXT Church is set to run March 16-18 at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. The event's website notes "our imaginations will be sparked by testimony to the ways the Spirit is leading us beyond ourselves: in campus ministry, building schools in Uganda, to the edges of business, and connecting with local schools." Details can be found at "NEXT Church."


Webinar planned to explore

Charles Wiley 'grace, gratitude' theme

"What are Presbyterians, anyway? Exploring Grace and Gratitude as Presbyterian Identity," a free webinar hosted by the Company of New Pastors, will be offered March 3 at 1 p.m. The presenter will be Charles A. Wiley III, coordinator of the Presbyterian Mission Agency's Office of Theology and Worship. Wiley is an ordained teaching elder with a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. The complete announcement can be found at "Presbyterians."
News from the Board of Pensions

BOP's Spencer writes about ordination

BOP Connections Logo Writing in the February edition of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Board of Pensions' Connections newsletter, the Rev. Frank Spencer notes that ordination recognizes a calling. "[Ordination] is a deeply meaningful event in a person's life. But ordination equally symbolizes an act of the community, acting in a hopeful way about the life of the Church." Spencer, who was recently ordained as a teaching elder, is BOP president. His complete column is at "Connection."

News from colleges, universities, seminaries

macalester college Macalester receives major

faculty development grant

Macalester College, one of seven Presbyterian-related colleges and universities in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, has received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support faculty development in the areas of multimedia approaches to scholarship and learning as well as multimodal writing. The complete story is at "Mellon Foundation."


East Iowa newsletter notes Middle East

Kate Taber mission worker; Coe grad

Out & About, the newsletter of the Presbytery of East Iowa, included a story this week about a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission worker in the Middle East who is a graduate of Coe College, one of the seven Presbyterian-related colleges and universities in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. The story notes, "Are you traveling to the Holy Land in 2015? Did you know there are Presbyterian mission staff on the ground there? Let them know you are coming because they would love to meet you! They can even introduce you to local Israeli and Palestinian mission partners of the PC(USA). Rev. Kate Taber ... is one such contact and is currently serving as the facilitator for Peacemaking and Mission Partnerships in Israel-Palestine. [Taber] explained that Coe's chaplain, the Rev. Kristin Hutson, was and still is her mentor. In a recent email, Taber said that Hutson ' ... is the reason I became a Presbyterian and went to seminary.'" The complete story is at "Kate Taber." (Scroll down in the newsletter.)
News around the PC(USA) and more

Curious about Ash Wednesday,

Ash Wednesday resources PC(USA) has resources

The website of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) offers this description of Ash Wednesday, which is Feb. 18. It states, "Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent with a public act of confession and contrition. Acknowledging that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we stand in solidarity as fellow creatures before our Creator, acutely aware of our mortality.  In the face of our transience, we pledge ourselves anew to live unto God's Word in Jesus Christ, the eternal Word that remains forever." In addition to the description of the day, the website offers numerous resources. It's at "Ash Wednesday."


Denomination's stated clerk writes

letter opposing 'Secure Our Borders First'

Gradye Parsons The Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has written a letter in opposition of H.R. 399, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015. This bill, according to Parsons, denies the value and dignity of persons who find themselves caught up in immigration enforcement and perpetuates a years-long enforcement-only strategy that must end. The text of the letter can be found at "Immigration."


Presbyterian Historical Society

offers new digitization services

Presbyterian Historical Society "Microfilm is dead," joked David Staniunas, records archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society. Then, "Long live microfilm." PHS's new digital reformatting program provides congregations and mid councils with digital copies of their paper records instead of microfilm - the society's duplication method for the previous 60 years. But that doesn't mean the society is finished with microfilm. It recently purchased a second digital microfilm reader that allows in-house researchers to view, scan, print and share from its extensive microfilm holdings of records, correspondence and publications. The complete Presbyterian Historical Society announcement can be found at "Microfilm."
Just one more

Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, more

surprise unsuspecting shoppers

As Disney notes in the caption of this video on YouTube, "See what happens when Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Ana, Elsa, Olaf, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and other Disney characters magically surprise unsuspecting shoppers with their Disney Side." Your editor notes this is simply intended as lighthearted fun. Sometimes that's needed. It's at "Mall Shadows."