Presbytery and synod news

January 15, 2014

HOUSTON — The Presbytery of New Covenant is hosting Church Officer Enrichment: Navigating the Waters Jan. 25. This event will feature workshops about vision casting, team building, developing emergency plans and making hospital calls, among other topics. The event will also include a keynote speaker, bookstore and gift shop. The event is free; participants can buy a lunch ticket for $10.

Register here by Jan. 17:

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Presbytery of East Iowa will host two leadership seminars this spring at Camp Wyoming.

On March 28-29, the Rev. Gary Hansen of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will lead a retreat called Prayer and Leadership. Building on his book, Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History's Best Teachers, Hansen will lead various types of prayer, provide time for mediation and prayer and talk about our connection to those who have led the way of prayer in the church. 

On June 6-7, Rodger Nishioka of Columbia Theological Seminary will lead a retreat focusing on leadership in the 21st-century church. He will use a combination of formal and informal presentations and discussions. Areas he will cover include looking at the Book of Acts as a way to move us into a discussion of the 21st-century church, the importance of good group building as leaders and a conversation about the challenges of being a church leader in this century.

Register for one or both of these events here.

EAGAN, Minn. — The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area has moved from Minneapolis to Eagan, Minn., to share an office with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies.

Important contact information:

Mailing Address:

Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
2115 Cliff Drive
Eagan, MN 55122


General Number: 651-357-1150 (note the different area code)
Chaz Ruark-EP: x252
Bill Davnie-Stated Clerk: x253
Risa Anderson-Office Manager x254

NEENAH, Wis. — First United Church of De Pere, Wis., and Winnebago Presbytery are hosting an event called Celebrating the Arts in Worship Jan. 16-25. Artist in residence Stephen A. Titra will lead a series of gatherings focusing on imagining, creating and believing. The sessions will be based on the “I am” statements from Jesus. For more information, visit the website:

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