Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (RSV) I was grounded, and continue to be, by this verse from Isaiah during my experience as a commissioner to GA. There were over 700 participants from around the world. They were participating from homes, hotels, churches, offices, outdoors- anywhere a computer could access a signal- to do the work before us, to make the important decisions that guide and form our denomination. Throughout the two days spent on the Zoom and PC Biz platforms, leadership and the amazing technology support team guided us every step of the way. I must admit my disappointment in not being able to interact in lively discussion and the forming of new relationships. Issues …
Your Presbytery Office doors remain closed, but your presbytery staff continue to be available to offer resources and address needs. Dagmar and Jeannie are combining a hybrid blend of hours in the office and homes. Meetings continue to be virtual.
On July 5, First Presbyterian Church of Granville said goodbye to The Reverend Trip Porch and his family and celebrated both his ministry with them and his new call to ministry with the congregation of Indianola Presbyterian Church in Columbus. Trip joined the staff of Granville in July of 2013 as he completed his journey for ordination through the Presbytery of Florida. Trip became the Associate Pastor for Youth and College Ministry after his ordination. To celebrate Trip’s ministry in Granville’s, more than 50 cars gathered on Sunday, July 5, at Dennison University. The cars, many decorated for the parade, did a “drive bye’, with a shower of cards and overwhelming well wishes.
Dear God, It is hard to believe that it has been a half year since we displayed fresh calendars and entered a new decade, never expecting that we would face these unprecedented times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. When it looks like we can breathe a sigh of relief and soon see a return to normal we are confronted with even more uncertainty. For some of us this an inconvenience and major adjustment and we pray for patience, while others who wonder if they can survive, are struggling to meet daily needs. We pray for provision. We think of those that have lost loved ones and those that serve and work in the valley of the shadow of death and pray for your immanent presence. As pastors we daily log on to minister in this new virtual world where we are learning to …
As Covid-19 continues, church leaders are seeking new ways to reach out to congregations and partners in ministry across the denomination by making available innovative worship resources. The Presbytery of Boston is offering to any congregation a beautiful, carefully planned multi-cultural, inspiring worship service from July 5th that any congregation could use on any Sunday. Services and sermons such as this one preached by the Reverend Cindy Kohlmann, past-General Assembly co-moderator, not only give us fresh voices, but also provide an opportunity for a congregation to support its pastor with a break from preparation and delivery of a sermon and worship service. To use this valuable video resource, go to: https://presbyteryofboston.org/Resources/Covid-19-Resources/Worship-Services, and select the Google Drive video link found on the page.
DISMANTLING STRUCTURAL RACISM, Conversations on Racism and Advocacy, July 9 We are inviting all members of our presbytery to join in conversation with The Reverend Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, for a conversation on how we do advocacy in the midst of COVID 19 and how we can continue to do the Lord’s ministry in this new reality on Thursday, July 9 from 12 pm-1:30 pm. To join in this conversation, use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86736218336?pwd=Ry83VVZPTWk0NSszQlY0ZnN5V1BQZz09 Meeting ID: 867 3621 8336, Password: 975763
Resources are arranged in six categories: Statements from the PC(USA) Worship Resources Policy Statements Recommended Books Study, Training and Discussion Materials Articles. Click here to view what’s currently offered.
RAISING RACIAL AWARENESS”, a four-week presbytery-wide conversation on race, will begin on July 23. Each participant will receive a list of articles, videos, podcasts, etc. (maximum of 20 minutes each) to read, watch or listen to, one for each day. Participants will be invited to an introduction on Zoom on Thursday, July 23 at noon or 7:00 pm. During the conversations, participants will share observations, new learnings, and challenges with other church members and friends from around the presbytery. Email Kathi Bubb, [email protected] for more information and the Zoom link.
The New Wilmington Missionary (now Mission) Conference, the oldest and sole-surviving mission conference, after meeting for 115 years meeting in the quaint town of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, on the campus of Westminster College, will be held virtually. This year’s Conference will not be held in the lakeside amphitheater with sawdust covered floors, adorned by flags of countries around the globe. In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed the way that we do church and limited gatherings in-person the NWMC Board of Managers and volunteer leaders have been praying, planning and preparing for something those young, dedicated founding visionaries never could have imagined. We have been inspired as we discern how to present a virtual, interactive global mission conference. I invite you to join the upcoming free virtual New Wilmington Mission Conference 2020 July 17 to 19 from the …
This 16-month calendar-will start with September 2020 and end with December 2021. It contains many planning aids for pastors and other church leaders. This popular calendar includes lectionary for Sundays and special days, liturgical days, liturgical colors, resource information for PC(USA) programmatic emphases, updated synod, presbytery and Presbyterian Mission Agency staff directories, a color foldout synod/presbytery and world maps. The cost is $10 each. You may place your order anytime. Email: [email protected] The calendars should arrive by mid summer. You will be contacted to arrange for a scheduled pick-up.