What's Happening

  • Racial Reconciliation Team is Forming
  • Vacation Bible School and Summer Fun - 2016
  • Weekday Ministries
  • PW Horizons Bible Study Overview - 2016-2017
  • Too Much Ado About Nothing - by Mike Cole
  • The Violence of Silence - by Mike Cole
  • New Beginnings - 2016
  • A Day with Bruce Reyes-Chow - September 29, 2016

Several teaching elders, ruling elders, and presbytery staff members met on July 13 and July 16, 2106, to discuss options for addressing racism and violence in our nation. Several of the suggestions to date include:

  • Interracial/intercultural dialogue - individual-to-individual or in small home groups - to encourage deeper understanding of what life is like for a person of a different race, ethnicity or culture;
  • Creation of curriculum for congregations to use for addressing racial issues;
  • Creation of an artistic representation of our commitment to reconciliation between races and cultures;
  • Publish a book of sermons on the topic of racial justice/reconciliation;
  • Challenge congregations to engage in dialogue with a congregation of a different race, ethnicity or culture;
  • Facilitate conversations between police officers and church members; and
  • Advocate for a law to include instruction on appropriate behavior for drivers when interacting with police in all Texas Driver’s Education courses (this idea is being pursued by students at Furr High School, guided by the Institute for Civility).

If you'd like to participate in this dialogue on racial reconciliation and forming a path forward, please contact Mike Cole at mcole@pbyofnewcovenant.org.

The first gathering of the team will be on Monday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Office.
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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 tpounds@pbyofnewcovenant.org.

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Weekday Ministries Conference is a popular 3-day conference that provides continuing education opportunity for teachers and directors in church-related weekday early childhood programs and will enhance their abilities to nurture and educate the children entrusted to their care. Well-known keynote speakers in the field of early childhood development begin each day, followed by a wide variety of workshops in all of the core areas recognized by the Texas Early Care and Education Career Development system. CEUs are available.

This year's conference is August 2-4 at the Marriott Houston Westchase at 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, TX 77042. Early Bird Registration of $65 per day/per person ends June 3. Starting June 4, registration is $70 per day/per person. Registration deadline is July 8, 2016.

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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

All overviews are free!  Pre-registration requested one week prior to the event.

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Too Much Ado About Nothing
By Mike Cole, Presbytery of New Covenant General Presbyter

Too much has been made of a prayer offered at the beginning of our General Assembly (GA) by a Muslim Imam. The context of the prayer was within a prayer vigil for victims of terror and violence.  A common question among Christians is “where are the moderate Muslims when it comes to denouncing violence?”  This was an opportunity to allow one such Muslim to stand and be counted.  He did and the GA is receiving criticism for it.

One online publication in particular has spotlighted this prayer with comments from a former PCUSA minister.  I submitted both the prayer video and the “critic’s” comments to an Islamic scholar in Houston whom I trust implicitly for an explanation.  

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The Violence of Silence
Rev. Mike Cole, Presbytery of New Covenant General Presbyter 

“Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.”  Ephesians 4:26 The Message

I’m sitting in a meeting of presbytery leaders in Dallas on Friday morning after a bloody week of violence that has angered me unto sadness. The senseless deaths of human beings has outraged me that our society has come to this – where violence and racism have invaded every secular and sacred space; where finger pointing and finger wagging become our focus; where our words do violence to others; where we are all too ready to blame others and absolve ourselves of blame; where our children and grandchildren learn that terrorism and violence is “normal;” where it is even more true today than it was in 1960 when Martin Luther King noted it, that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America; where we are too quick to absolve ourselves of complicity in the ills of our nation; and where we rush to fix problems before we go through the pain of facing the inhumanity of our very selves and our structures that perpetuate violence and racism. 

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“New Beginnings” Returns to New Covenant
By Mary Marcotte, Associate General Presbyter

      The presbytery’s Evangelism and Church Growth (ECG) Committee is delighted to announce the opportunity to participate this fall in “New Beginnings,” an in-depth consultation and leadership training process. While the invitation is open to all congregations, we particularly hope that congregations will chose to participate where membership has stagnated, help is needed in clarifying their mission and vision, or they are in the “decline stage” of their life cycle.

      There are three dates are important to remember:

  1. Saturday, July 30:  From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an informational gathering at Houston, Pines PC about the hows and whys of the process led by our PC(USA) liaison, Michael Whitman. Churches should send a large enough team to be able to make a commitment decision no later than Friday, August 12.
     
  2. The week of September 19 through 23:  Consultants perform the on-site assessments.
     
  3. Friday night, October 21 and Saturday, October 22:  Consultants will lead training of congregations’ New Beginnings teams during which the assessment reports will be received and interpreted and training for home meetings will occur. Participating congregations should be certain they can assemble a team to attend this meeting along with their pastor.

      For more information or to register your plan to attend the informational gathering on July 30, please contact Mary Marcotte either by telephone in the presbytery office or at mmarcotte@pbyofnewcovenant.org.

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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?

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

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.

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