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Presbyterian Women Sudoku

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:15

If you enjoy puzzles, try this sudoku puzzle, arranging the numbers to get the name of a fun PW event. Answers are included on the second page - - no peeking! 

Application for October 2016 PW Mission Tour of Ferncliff

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 14:28

Consider joining a hands-on mission tour of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Center, Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, October 24–28, 2016. You will tour the facility, which is related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbytery of Arkansas; assemble Gifts of the Heart kits; receive PDA disaster response training; and visit the Heifer Project’s headquarters and Clinton Library.

For additional information, contact PW Mission Associate Kathy Reeves.

 

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 9 (small, no background color)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:56

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This ninth poster in the series shows a tea light lamp tagged for a rummage sale on the front and two Presbyterian Women holding a handmade blanket on the back. 

This file has no background color on the back of the poster, but the photos will still print in color. This file will print as an 8.5″ x 11″ document.

Poster 9 is also available as an

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 9 (small)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:50

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This ninth poster in the series shows a tea light lamp tagged for a rummage sale on the front and two Presbyterian Women holding a handmade blanket on the back. 

This file will print as an 8.5″ x 11″ document.

Poster 9 is also available as an

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 9 (large, no background color)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:48

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This ninth poster in the series shows a tea light lamp tagged for a rummage sale on the front and two Presbyterian Women holding a handmade blanket on the back. 

This file has no background color on the back of the poster, but the images will still print in color. It will print as an 11″ x 17″ document.

Poster 9 is also available as an

 

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 9 (large)

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 06:14

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This ninth poster in the series shows a tea light lamp tagged for a rummage sale on the front and two Presbyterian Women holding a handmade blanket on the back. 

This file will print as an 11″ x 17″ document.

Poster 9 is also available as an

 

2016 Stated Clerk Candidates' Handbook

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 13:09

A major item of business before the 222nd General Assembly (2016) is the election of a Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. The Stated Clerk Nomination Committee, elected by the 221st General Assembly (2014), has been diligent in its work and has been careful to follow the process detailed in the Standing Rules of the General Assembly found in the Manual of the General Assembly.

At the conclusion of the final interviews, the committee selected the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson to recommend to the 222nd General Assembly (2016) for election as the next Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.

As provided for in the Standing Rules, one additional applicant declared to the committee on May 4, 2016, his intention to stand against the committee’s nominee. He is the Reverend David M. Baker. With this communication is a packet of information containing material for both J. Herbert Nelson and David Baker: biographical information, a personal statement, and answers to questions posed by the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee. Information for the committee’s nominee is presented first.

Liturgy for Opening Worship at the 222nd General Assembly (2016)

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:39

The liturgy for the opening worship service for the 222nd General Assembly (2016)—including the words and music of hymns—is available now for download by groups planning to worship in other locations. Congregations joining the service by live stream may want to plan how to participate in the Lord’s Supper as well.

2016 Moderatorial Cadidates Handbook

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 08:14

Dear Commissioner or Advisory Delegate:

As outlined in the Manual of the General Assembly, one of the responsibilities of the Stated Clerk is to provide to commissioners and advisory delegates an electronic packet of information about each candidate who is standing for Moderator. This year we have two sets of persons standing for Co-Moderator.

This booklet contains the following information for all candidates standing for Co- Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016): a photograph, biographical sketch, personal statement regarding the candidate’s sense of call to the office, a written presentation by the presbytery having jurisdiction over the candidate (if that presbytery has endorsed him or her), and the candidate’s responses to a questionnaire developed by the Stated Clerk.

The candidates have chosen the layout for their material within the space limitations provided.

The election of the Co-Moderators will take place during the plenary session of the General Assembly on Saturday evening, June 18, 2016. The process that will be used can be found in Standing Rule H.1.b(4).

On Saturday morning, June 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., space will be provided in the pre-function A area of the Oregon Convention Center (outside the entrance to the exhibit hall) for Co-Moderator candidates or their representatives to meet commissioners, advisory delegates, and other interested parties. Draped partitions are provided and information can be displayed or distributed from these booths.

God’s blessings to you as you continue to pray and prepare for the General Assembly.

In Christ,

Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly,
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Visit the 222nd General Assembly (2016) Web site.

 

2015 Miscellaneous Information - statistics

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:57

2015 miscellaneous information about statistics.

2015 Summaries of Statistics– Comparative Summaries

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:53

2015 Summaries of Statistics– Comparative Summaries.

Presbyterian World Mission Giving Opportunities 2016-2017

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 08:45

For 178 years, Presbyterian World Mission has been making a lasting difference for the sake of Christ. In the following pages, you can see how Presbyterian Mission workers engage in transformative ministries around the world today. You also can catch a glimpse of the faithful work of missionaries from the past.

For example, in the Asia and the Pacific section, you can read about Horace G. Underwood, a strong advocate for indigenous church leadership who arrived in Korea in 1885. His work helped build a healthy church that expanded across the peninsula. Arriving in the 1950s, Sam and Eileen Moffett helped Korean Presbyterianism grow in size and commitment. South Korea now has the world’s largest Presbyterian population. Today the vibrant faith of Korean Presbyterians helps shape the spiritual journey of PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs). Mission co-workers Kurt Esslinger and Hyeyoung Lee, a married couple, mentor these YAVs as they serve alongside Korean partners and experience new depths of Christian discipleship.

Our hope is that you will pray regularly for our mission co-workers and give generously so that pressing needs around the world will be met. We are grateful for your past support and look forward to continuing our partnership with you and beginning new relationships. Thank you!

Your gift will be used in accordance with the Presbyterian Mission Agency gift acceptance policy which can be found at www.presbyterianmission.org/giftacceptancepolicy/. Furthermore, all gifts designated from this catalog will be used solely for the sending and support of mission workers through Presbyterian World Mission. Occasionally, because a particular mission worker or ministry is especially popular, or because many directed gifts are received during the last few days of the fiscal year, some ministries may receive more support than is needed. When that occurs, the surplus will be used to support a similar ministry or held to support the same ministry in a future year. This is done so that your donation will support ministry where it is needed most and your gift will have the biggest impact.

Creating Ruling Elder Training

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 09:24

A PowerPoint presentation of slides for pastors and other church leaders as they think about what might be included in preparing ruling elders to serve. 

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 8 (large)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:56

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This eighth poster in the series shows a sticky note with "Quiet Please" on the front and a Presbyterian clergy woman serving Communion on the back. 

This file will print as an 11″ x 17″ document.

Poster 8 is also available as an

 

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 8 (large, no background color)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:55

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This eighth poster in the series shows a sticky note with "Quiet Please" on the front and a Presbyterian clergy woman serving Communion on the back. 

This file has no background color on the back of the poster, but the images will still print in color. It will print as an 11″ x 17″ document.

Poster 8 is also available as an

 

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 8 (small)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:51

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This eighth poster in the series shows a post-it note with "Quiet Please" on the front and a Presbyterian clergy woman serving Communion on the back. 

This file will print as an 8.5″ x 11″ document.

Poster 8 is also available as an

Think You Know Presbyterian Women, Poster 8 (small, no background color)

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 06:36

A new series of light-hearted and happily serious posters help show the range of what it means to be Presbyterian Women. Feel free to share (on bulletin boards or refrigerator doors, in newsletters or in circle meetings!). This (gentle) educational campaign will challenge everyone to rethink what it means to be a part of Presbyterian Women. 

This eighth poster in the series shows a post-it note with "Quiet Please" on the front and a Presbyterian clergy woman serving Communion on the back. 

This file has no background color on the back of the poster, but the photos will still print in color. This file will print as an 8.5″ x 11″ document.

Poster 8 is also available as an

Presbyterian Women Warehouse Reduction Sale

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 11:56

Equipping the saints for life today—and tomorrow!—can include sharing resources that, although not so new, can bring the good news to others! That’s why Presbyterian Women is now offering the following resources to you at discounted prices (some are free; just pay shipping!). You can share with a new immigrant church group, a prison ministry, a new circle*—and order one (or two!) for you or your circle, too! Your participation in this sale will help your PW ministry in lots of ways, including the opportunity to share amazing resources with others and freeing up a space in the PDS warehouse.

Young Adult Advisory Delegate Gathering Speaker Request Form - 222nd General Assembly (2016)

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:05

The Young Adult Advisory Delegate gathering on Sunday, June 19th will be open to speakers. Organizations that complete this form and are approved will be invited to the YAAD gathering to speak. You'll receive a confirmation by email that afternoon. This gathering will begin approximately 30 minutes after committees are done and each organization will have 2 minutes to share a little about themselves. The YAADs will meet at the Doubletree in the Multnomah Ballroom.

In order to understand the purpose and format of the YAAD Gatherings, all speakers are asked to read "The Role of an Observer" and follow the protocol. This is available for download below. Please complete the following web form by clicking here or visit https://www.cognitoforms.com/PresbyterianChurchUSA1/YoungAdultAdvisoryDelegateSpeakerRequestForm.

DEADLINE: Sunday, June 19 at 1:30pm.

Final Report: The Church in the 21st Century

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:44

As part of a church-wide consultation that sought to gain insights and wisdom from the whole denomination about our shared identity and what the church is called to be and do, Presbyterian Research Services developed an online instrument and made it available in the fall and winter of 2015-16.

The theme of the 222nd General Assembly is “Hope in Our Calling.” This report should bring hope. We sent a broad invitation out to the general PC(USA) membership, hoping that some people would respond. We were thrilled that 3,427 Presbyterians responded to this call!

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