Several teaching elders, ruling elders, and presbytery staff members have formed a Racial Reconciliation Team to discuss options for addressing racism and violence in our nation. The team's focus is on developing three areas:
Resources/Guidance/Training for Fellowship and Dialogue within and between congregations
Training and Education on Race-Related Issues - providing resources and training for congregations to address racial bias and white advantage (these are two synonyms for racism and white privilege)
Action Plan - becoming more visible in our communities as we work for racial reconciliation
If you feel called to work on one of these areas, please contact Mike Cole at email@example.com, and he can put you in touch with the task group leader.
The next gathering is Monday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at Pinecrest PC at 4913 Market St, Houston, TX 77020. We will do our best to keep the meeting to no more than 90 minutes and will hear reports from our three task groups and work on further development of the three areas.Click here for some of the resources for us to consider as we work together on recognizing, understanding, and reconciling racial issues.
There are lots of fun things going on this summer for kids and families in The Presbytery of New Covenant! Some of them are listed here including Vacation Bible School (VBS) and choir camps. If you'd like to add your congregation, please email Theodora Pounds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presbyterian Women of New Covenant Presbytery invite you to an overview of
2016-2017 HORIZONS BIBLE STUDY:
Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes
By Judy Yates Siker
Click "Read More" to see dates, times, and locations.
Administrative Personnel Association is an organization that was established from a need and desire to educate lay employees in the offices of church, presbyteries, boards, and agencies of the PC(USA). Members come together once a year at regional or national conferences to work toward certification in Church Business Administration. Certification is achieved in three levels, and once completed, it is maintained through continuing education hours in 40-hour increments.
This year the Southwest Region of APA will hold its annual conference on September 8 through 10 at the Hyatt Regency Galleria at 2626 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056. Several pastors and elders have been asked to lead classes at this conference on topics such as theology, church history, Microsoft Excel, hymnology, and interim ministry. Learn more and register here.
A Day with Bruce Reyes-Chow
Using Social Media as a Powerful Tool for Faith Communities
Is anything on social media beyond Facebook a mystery to you? Do you know what a tweet is but haven’t quite mastered the format – or wonder why you should? Do you wish you could put together one of those snazzy quotation blocks that make inspiring words look cool? Are you eager to harness the power of social media to improve communication and raise the visibility of your church?
Bruce Reyes-Chow is a Teaching Elder in the PC(USA), served as moderator of the 218th General Assembly, and is the author of The Definitive-ish Guide to Social Media. Come gain hands-on experience using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Buffer, and Canva. Learn benefits and pitfalls and be inspired to use these 21st-century tools to tell your story and expand your ministry.
Bring your fully-charged tablets, laptops, or smart phones and prepare to be equipped, engaged, and inspired. If time allows, we may also delve into YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Periscope.
Thursday, September 29
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Spring Branch Presbyterian Church
1215 Campbell Road
Houston, TX 77055
Register here! $16 includes a full day of teaching and learning, continental breakfast, and lunch.
For more information, please contact Mary Marcotte at email@example.com.
The DisGRACE conference will be a faithful response to the embedded and structural racism in church and culture, but it can’t happen without you. Grounded in worship, truth-telling, confession, and collaboration, we move from disgrace toward solidarity.
Together we tackle the hidden histories, unaddressed discomforts, divisions between people and communities, with a diverse community committed to journeying through these difficult but necessary and potentially life-giving conversations.
When this conference ends, our true response to systemic racism begins.
Montreat Conference Center
401 Assembly Drive
Montreat, NC 28757
Read more and register at www.montreat.org/disgrace. Early, discounted registration ends August 15.Read More
October 21-22, 2016
Begins Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m. with worship and dinner
Closes at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22
Woodhaven Presbyterian Church
3650 N O'Connor Blvd, Irving TX 75062
A gathering around common mission of all kinds to share, connect with and learn from one another.
Discover mission that is happening in our congregations and presbyteries; share visions of congregation and presbytery mission; generate excitement for mission and enthusiasm for mission connections; experience the breadth of mission within the synod.
All are welcome!
Registration cost is $75 per person(includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch) and the deadline for registration is Oct. 7. Register online at synodsun.org.
REV. JAN EDMISTON, CO-MODERATOR OF THE 222ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL PREACH AND PRESENT! Also presenting: Rev. Patti Snyder of University Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, LA
October 25-28, 2016
Plan to join women and men from churches across our presbytery for a retreat at one of the national conference centers for the PC(USA). What a perfect time of year to encounter God through relationships, renewal, recreation, and rest in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.
Not only will we learn about Montreat Conference Center, we will have the opportunity for Bible study using the St. John’s Illuminated Bible. A caravan along the Blue Ridge Parkway has also been scheduled. Everyone will be responsible for his or her own transportation to Montreat. Housing and meals will be in the newly renovated Assembly Inn. Costs and registration information are available at http://tinyurl.com/jam2jo3.Read More
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