Change is in the air

Next Ministers’ Communion

 We are experiencing many changes in congregational relationships, presbytery life, national actions and global interactions.   But we remain unchanged in our awareness that God is present in, with, through and among us all.  That presence, of course, is an active presence, bringing into being a new creation and connecting us in networks of grace, justice, hope and peace through Christ’s love.  Already we have a connection as ministers (and educators, commissioned ruling elders, candidates and inquirers, too!) in this Presbytery.  And on Thursday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m., I invite you all to celebrate that connection and claim Christ’s presence with us in a time of Worship and Sacrament at First Lakewood Church.  This service also will be the first time Olivia Hudson Smith joins us as our new Presbytery Stated Clerk.  Following the service we will go to a near-by restaurant, selected by host pastor Christine Beitzel, for lunch and fellowship together.  Please plan to join together.  We ask your RSVP by March 7.  Click here to RSVP online or call Tom at 303-777-2457.

Share your Experience

Our colleague, Eunjoo Kim, has connected us, too, with Leah Schade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Ky., who is carrying out a research project regarding how Mainline Protestant preachers serving congregations in the United States handle sermons on controversial justice issues. Part of the research is a questionnaire. She writes:  “The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.  Responses are being collected through Feb. 28, 2017."  Click here for the survey link.

For more information about this project, you can click here.

Other Events and Opportunities

•    February 11  Book Discussion of Waking Up White  at  12 noon

•    February 17  8:00 a.m.   Mental Health First Aidat Presbytery Center

•    March 11  9:30 a.m.    Location to be announced

 “Come and See” for New Beginnings.  The Presbytery is again offering the opportunity for your congregation to be part of this discernment process.  Each participating congregation will be asked to pay only $500 toward the $3500 total cost.  The Come and See event is the critical event to begin understanding the process’ dimensions and move toward a decision to enroll.   

•    March 28  Presbytery Assembly at St. Paul  Church (Pre-assembly on Soul Shop)

Please remember to send in your congregation’s mission pledge.  Your giving is critical in our ability to reach out with one another, in partnership, with new ministries and across the globe!