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Spring 2015 Racial Ethnic Torch

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:57

In this issue of the Racial Ethnic Torch, we lift up women of color and continue celebrating the "Decade of Hearing and Singing New Songs to God" to recognize and celebrate the gifts of women of color in the church. 

2015 Pentecost Offering Quick Links

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:14

We are so glad to have such a wide range of offerings materials to support your Pentecost Offering promotion activities. But we also know it can be difficult to scroll through several pages to find it all. Here are our most popular resources for 2015: 

2015 Pentecost Offering Leader's Guide

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:01

We created this helpful tool with you in mind. It’s filled with information about the offering, ways you can get your congregation involved, resources you can use throughout the duration, and much more. Use your Guide to promote the Pentecost Offering today.

2014 Pentecost Offering Financials

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:57

The attached summary includes the estimated 40 percent retained by congregations for ministries with youth, young adults, and children at risk in their communities. It also includes gifts received through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.

2016 PW USA Mission Experience application

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:28

A group of Presbyterian Women will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area in California in September 2016 for the USA Mission Experience. Participants will encounter challenges to God’s promise of a beloved community and witness to the faithful work being done by our sisters in the San Francisco and San Jose presbyteries.

Application deadline: July 15, 2015

This form is fillable using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader.

2015 Pentecost Offering Worship Resources

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:20

This helpful resource will aid in Pentecost service planning.

Included:

  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Prayer
  • Hymns
  • Call to Confession
  • Prayer of Confession
  • Assurance of Forgiveness
  • Prayer for Illumination
  • Scripture
  • Affirmation of Faith
  • Prayers of the People
  • Offering
  • Prayer of Dedication
  • Invitation to the Lord's Table
  • Great Thanksgiving
  • Prayer After Communion
  • Blessing and Charge

PW and PMA relationship agreement

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:09

This agreement expresses the partnership in mission among Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc. (PW) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). PW and the PMA have had a longstanding partnership based upon shared beliefs, and complementary visions and commitments, common history and a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation.

2015 Pentecost Offering Sample Pastor Letter

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:12

Use this sample pastor letter to introduce the Pentecost Offering to your congregation.

2015 Pentecost Offering Minutes for Mission

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:03

Young Adult Volunteers - Teresa Larson learns that no act of kindness is too small as she serves as a Young Adult Volunteer in Chicago, Illinois.

Youth Ministries - Shannon Guse uses a book club to connect with local youth

Mission Support Pledge Form

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:39

Use this form to support mission personnel and projects.

Ayudas litúrgicas 26 de abril / Liturgical Helps April 26

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:03

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

Fairness in Ministerial Compensation: Solidarity and Incentives

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:56

A response to two referrals from the 2012 Special Committee on the Church for the 21st Century.  How can we raise the salaries of ministers in churches barely able to pay Board of Pensions' dues, including disproportionate numbers of women and racial ethnic pastors, and of what relevance is our theology of compensation to our modified market system, both in the parishes and in our national agencies?  Although at root Christian incentives are not financial, sharing and mutual aid are not enough: the report outlines certain forms of mutual accountability and intervention for declining ministry situations.  This report combines Gospel solidarity with realism about an enduring challenge.

Drones, War, and Surveillance

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:45

Drones are a key part of the new face of war and are inextricably linked to government surveillance and data gathering.  Drones need national and international controls to keep them from extending rather than decreasing the battlefield overseas and endangering privacy and civil liberties.  The resolution calls for greater oversight and judicial review for drone use and surveillance and affirms the church's sacred space as a "surveillance-free" zone.

The Gospel from Detroit: Renewing the Church's Urban Vision

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:53

Detroit (the city where the 2014 General Assembly was held) is an example of de-industrialization, population decrease, and official bankruptcy.  Using Detroit as a prism, including its redeveloping areas, the report recommends ways to strengthen and re-grow the church's presence, including support for community organizing, better public investment, intentional communities of ministry, and policies to address racial and class division.

Tax Justice: A Christian Response to a Second Gilded Age

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:11

This is a theologically-based proposal to make our tax system more progressive and able to raise adequate funds.  Using a covenant framework and 5 Christian principles, Tax Justice addresses both personal and corporate taxes under 11 headings, countering the "race to the bottom" of tax competition domestically and internationally, notably through tax havens.  The report recommends capping several key tax expenditures and raising some taxes, including "carbon" taxes.

Ways to Involve Children and Youth in the Pentecost Offering

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:46

Children and youth are the heart of the annual Pentecost offering, and we encourage congregations to include their gifts as much as possible. We have included a few suggestions below: 

2015 Pentecost Offering Bulletin Inserts

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:24

Use these bulletin inserts in your church during the weeks leading up to the Pentecost offering:

  • From My Youth - Highlights the benefits of the Pentecost Offering
  • I Still Proclaim - Involvement with faith communities has a long-term affect in the lives of children. 

Hard copies can be ordered by emailing pds@pcusa.org, or visiting the church store.

10 Reasons You Don't Want to Miss Big Tent 2015

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:20

10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Big Tent 2015

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

July 30–August 1

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  1. Big Tent 2015 will be a totally new experience. Good walking shoes will really be important.

  2. For the first time, Big Tent will be held on a university campus. You’ll have no problems adding your daily 10,000 steps to that Fitbit you got for Christmas.

  3. Holding the event on the University of Tennessee’s campus makes it more affordable for you. There’s nothing like saving money. Think of the charitable donations you can make with the money you’re saving.

  4. This year, Big Tent is offering one all-inclusive price for individual dorm-room accommodations, meals, worship services, workshops, breakout sessions, and more. Five-star hotels are so overrated.

  5. The $395 registration fee includes three nights’ lodging, seven meals, workshops, worship services, Bible study, and breakout sessions. What a deal!

  6. Previous Big Tents have consisted of various individual conferences. This year’s conference will offer a wide variety of workshops and speakers—all designed to inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally. Don’t go to church; be the church.

  7. Knoxville, Tennessee, is situated at the crossroads of three major interstates: I-75, I-40, and I-81. When was your car’s last tune-up?

  8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just 45 minutes from Knoxville. Who knows, Smokey the Bear just might make a personal appearance.

  9. There will be something for the whole family, including children’s programming and other activities. Who needs a babysitter when you’ve got the expert camp staff from John Knox Center planning your child’s weekend?

  10. Big Tent will offer you a chance to experience that deep sense of community that you’d expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians—a great big family reunion! Y’all come!

Visit pcusa.org/bigtent to register, for the schedule of events, individual dorm-room layout, featured preachers and speakers and other important information.

Ayudas litúrgicas 19 de abril / Liturgical Helps April 19

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:06

Estas ayudas litúrgicas semanales están basadas en el Leccionario Común Revisado. Este recurso, en español e inglés, tiene como objetivo el brindar apoyo al ministerio de las iglesias cuyo servicio de adoración es en español o bilingüe, y provee sugerencias y enlaces en dónde buscar otros recursos para complementar la adoración de la iglesia.

Si le interesa saber cuando estos materiales están disponibles puede subscribirse al boletín electrónico de Recursos y relaciones aquí. Si desea obtener más información sobre recursos en español, puede ir a esta página.

These weekly liturgical helps are based on the Revised Common Lectionary. This resource, in Spanish and English, aims to support the ministry of churches whose worship service is in Spanish, or bilingual and provides suggestions aand links of where to get other resources to supplement the worship service of your church.

If you are interested in knowing when this materials are available, you can subscribe to the Resources and Relationships e-bulletin here. I you want to learn more about Spanish language resources, please visit our website.

Gracie Coloring Sheet

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:17

Gracie the fish and her friends are excited for One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday!

 

This fun coloring sheet will allow children's imaginations to fill in bright colors and patterns on characters from the popular "Gracie" stories - you can even create some new friends for Gracie!

 

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