Presbytery and Synod News
July 3, 2013
LEXINGTON, S.C. — Trinity Presbytery’s Migrant Ministry program, which is supported through its Father's Day Offering, began June 4 and will run for nine weeks this summer. Migrant workers will be bused from their various camps to Batesburg-Leesville Presbyterian Church, where the meals, devotions, and recreational activities will be held.
The migrant workers are very appreciative and look forward each year to the meals, devotions and fellowship time enjoyed together.
The presbytery is also hosting an educational event, Trinity Fest Light, on Aug. 24 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, S.C. It will be a morning of classes covering topics like becoming a welcoming church, preparing elders and deacons to lead and transforming prayer.
MAUMEE, Ohio — The Synod of the Covenant hosted a multicultural youth conference June 18-22.
Let it Flow: Connecting the Streams of Life gave youth from many different cultures a chance to share, learn from each other and build friendships with people they might not usually meet. In addition to recreational activities, worship and vespers, the youth also spent time learning about God’s gift of a diverse church.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area encourages people of racial/ethnic backgrounds to consider serving on the presbytery’s Self Development of People Committee. SDOP makes a difference in the lives of oppressed and economically poor people.
Teaching elders in the presbytery are invited to attend a Teaching Elder Retreat Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Cragun’s Brainerd Resort on Gull Lake. The event is designed as a chance to relax, spend a couple of days away from the church office and get to know colleagues in ministry.
The presbytery is also hosting the Church Planters Academy Aug. 15-17 at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis. The event will bring together church planters from across the denomination spectrum, including Presbyterian Bruce Reyes-Chow.
The event is designed as a the start of an ongoing set of relationships in the development of new churches. These relationships may include resources, coaching, mentorship, denominational consulting. This future will depend greatly on those in attendance at this initial event.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Registration is still open for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies’ Synod School July 21-26 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Urbandale, Iowa — Don Hampton, a National Response Team member of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, was named Volunteer of the Year by National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster when the organization conducted its annual conference May 14. Hampton is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Indianola, Iowa, in the Presbytery of Des Moines. He also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the event.
Hampton has played a substantial role in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy and has already assisted PDA with recovery efforts following tornadoes in Oklahoma.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Synod of the Southwest is hosting a biblical preaching seminar led by Darrell Guder July 29-Aug. 4 at Ghost Ranch. The cost for the entire seminar, including meals and lodging, is $100.
The Synod is offering another event, Nurturing Generous Hearts, Aug. 22-24 in Phoenix. This stewardship-centered event will be an opportunity for pastors, staff, stewardship committees and lay leaders to listen to and learn from experts in the field through workshops and panel discussions, including one about stewardship in Native American and Hispanic cultures.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Presbytery of Santa Fe’s Cuba Work Group is going to Cuba Nov. 2-11.
The cost is approximately $2,300. Interested? Contact the presbytery office or Susan Keil Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.