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October 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — At its Oct. 9 meeting, Yukon Presbytery completed work on a mission partnership with Tayal Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan.

One next step in the partnership is to organize short-term pastoral exchanges between the two presbyteries.

MINNEAPOLIS — Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area will host a Sexual Misconduct Prevention training event on Oct. 24 at Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church in Apple Valley, Minn.

The event is designed for pastors, youth leaders, Christian Education leaders, elders and deacons in congregations.

SEATTLE — The Synod of Alaska-Northwest is accepting applications for grants to congregations for housing and communications, as well as for students exploring ministry as a vocation.  Grants are also available for racial ethnic ministries, higher education ministries and new church developments.

The next deadline for grant applications is Dec. 31, 2009.

Other donor-restricted grants are available to assist with aviation mission and ministry, training and equipping pastors and lay persons for the ministry of evangelism, grants to be used for support of Christian higher education within Alaska Presbytery and many others.

For more information, contact the synod office.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Members of Charlotte Presbytery are recording inspirational radio spots for “Life For Your Life,” a public service of Lite 102.9-FM here. The spots air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Recent spots featured presbytery staffer the Rev. Warren Lesane on behalf of the upcoming Multicultural Conference and Festival; Elder Belinda Rice, speaking on behalf of Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy; and the Rev. Bob Henderson, pastor of Charlotte Covenant Presbyterian Church.

CLEVELAND — The Presbytery of the Western Reserve is sponsoring a workshop on “Health Care Reform and Faith,” Oct. 27 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.

The workshop will be led by the Rev. Linda Walling, executive director of Faithful Reform in Health Care. She is co-author and editor of Seeking Justice in Health Care: A Guide for Advocates in Faith Communities. This resource was developed to help laypersons better understand the crisis in U.S. health care through the lens of justice and the measure of moral values. 

URBANDALE, Iowa — Presbyterian Women of Des Moines Presbytery met in two locations for its Fall meeting: Oct. 16 at First Presbyterian Church in Audubon, Iowa and Oct. 17 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Each gathering began with Bible study, “Wonder of God’s Word,” led by the Rev. Linda O’Connell and the 2009-2010 HORIZONS Bible Study,  Joshua: A Journey of Faith.

Internationally-focused workshops included: “Wonder of Mission – Columbia Accompaniment” with Paul Walther at the Audubon church; and “Wonder of Mission — El Salvador”with Betty Dyer, at Highland Park church.
 
Other workshops offered at both locations were “Wonder of Discipleship” with PW Moderator Linda O’Connell, Historian Pat Summers, and Treasurer Angie Williams; and Wonder of Presbyterian Women — A Report on the 2009 Churchwide Gathering by PW Correspondent Emily Seeger.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — The Youth Council of Trinity Presbytery is sponsoring its annual Middle School Retreat, Nov. 13-15 at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C.

The theme of the retreat is “It’s Your Move!” Activities will include music, devotions, recreation, mixers, keynote presentations and small group discussions.

SEATTLE — Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in Seattle Presbytery is sponsoring a special breakfast program Nov. 7 entitled “Porn & Pancakes.”

For men of all ages (teens and above), the program will address a number of issues surrounding  the proliferation of pornography in U.S. society. Keynote speaker is Jake Larson of XXXChurch.com. The program will also include stories from porn industry insiders and those who have been victimized by pornography.

EAGAN, Minn. — “Grace Notes” has been chosen for the 2010 Synod School of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. The event will be held July 25-30, 2010 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA.

Keynote speaker will be Rodger Nishioka, professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. Evening worship leaders are the Rev. Mark Davis and Barb Nish, pastor and worship leader at Heartland Presbyterian Church in Clive, Iowa. Morning worship will be led by the Rev. Steve Plank, pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Neb.

For more information, contact the synod office at (651) 357-1140 or (800) 328-1880.

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