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Synod/presbytery news

May 10, 2013

SEATTLE — First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, a part of Seattle Presbytery, was chartered April 14. The church started as a weekly Bible study in 2002 and began a partnership with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in 2003.

“We are looking forward to doing future ministries with MIPC for the Kingdom of God,” said Commissioned Ruling Elder Roger Wu.

LEXINGTON, S.C. — The Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will hold its national meeting in Charleston, S.C., Aug. 22-24. The meeting is within the bounds of Trinity Presbytery.

The group will meet at the Francis Marion Hotel. A preconference event Aug. 20-21, sponsored by the Board of Pensions, will address “Getting in Shape Fiscally.”

Also within the presbytery was the Association of Smaller Congregations Conference, which met at St. Simons Island, Ga., May 6-8. Thanks to a grant from the General Assembly and the Synod of South Atlantic, registration fees were greatly reduced. The conference included a course on bivocational ministry.

MINNEAPOLIS — Potential church planters in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area are invited to attend the Church Planters Academy this summer.

For anyone in the process of starting a new faith community — or dreaming of starting one — there is no better use of time than gathering with others who share those dreams. Join us in Minneapolis Aug. 15-17 for three days of inspiration, challenge and coaching.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Presbytery of the Inland Northwest is planning its 18th delegation to visit its Guatemalan partners. Participants will visit the archeological park in Tikal, worship and fellowship with fellow Presbyterians in K’ekchi churches of the Polochic Presbytery, visit new church developments and the site of a new church school and seminary, meet with other PC(USA) partners and visit the beautiful natural park of Semuc-Champey.

The delegation will depart Spokane July 24 and return Aug. 5. The cost is $1,800. Some partial scholarships are available.

For more information, call delegation leader Richard Welch at 509-276-6154 or e-mail him at dwelch2k@gmail.com.

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Presbytery of Northern Waters has planned a flood relief work week in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., June 23-28. Working with Flood Homes with Hope, a campaign to connect those affected by the June 2012 flash floods with the resources they need to rebuild their homes, the Northern Waters effort will assist with a variety of flood recovery tasks.

Of the more than 1,900 homes that suffered significant damage in the flood, less than 10 percent had insurance that would cover the damages. Volunteers for the work week must be 16 years of age and must attend the orientation Sunday, June 23. The cost is $20 per person per day. The application deadline is May 17. Additional details are available from the presbytery office at 715-394-6417.

LANCASTER, Penn. — The Presbytery of Donegal is offering church leadership training Aug. 8-9 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Penn.

We’re convinced that leadership is critical to church vitality. A church’s effectiveness in pursuing its God-given mission is largely dependent on the character, devotion and skill of its leadership core-which can be formal or informal, staff or volunteer, clergy or laity. We hope that you will bring your team, to learn from the world class faculty of the leadership summit. 

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