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Beauty’s first langue

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:00

January discipleship conference to focus on silence, creating space for God

December 19, 2014

B.J. Woodworth, leader of January’s evangelism conference believes we “partake of God’s divine nature” through the disciplines of rest, solitude, silence and prayer. —Abbey of the Genesee, B.J. Woodworth

Mission Communications Specialist

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

Presbyterian pastor B.J. Woodworth understands how terrifying silence can be.

DECLARACION DE LA IGLESIA PRESBITERIANA-REFORMADA EN CUBA EN RELACION CON EL ANUNCIO DEL RESTABLECIMIENTO DE RELACIONES ENTRE LOS GOBIERNOS DE CUBA Y LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:00

December 18, 2014

distributed by Presbyterian News Service

En el día de hoy presenciamos las intervenciones televisadas de los presidentes de Cuba y los Estados Unidos en las que ambos mandatarios reconocieron la necesidad de poner fin a la hostilidad de más de medio siglo y restablecer las relaciones diplomáticas entre nuestros dos países para ir dando pasos que conduzcan a la normalización de las relaciones. También fue divulgada la grata noticia de la liberación del Sr. Alan Gross y otros encarcelados en Cuba, así como de los tres prisioneros cubanos en territorio norteamericano, que permite su ansiada reunificación familiar.

Declaration of The Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba Regarding the Announcement of Reestablishing Relations Between the Governments of Cuba and the United States of America

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:15

December 18, 2014

Presbyterian News Service

Louisville

Today, we witnessed the televised intercessions of the presidents of Cuba and of the
United States in which both recognized the necessity of putting to an end the hostility of
more than half a century and of reestablishing diplomatic relations between our two
countries that will lead to normalizing our relationship. We also heard the welcome news
that Mr. Alan Gross and some others imprisoned in Cuba, as well as the three Cuban
prisoners being held in North American territory, have been freed, permitting their
reunification with their families.

Past scholarship recipient gives back to Presbyterian financial aid office

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:00

‘The church got me started. I can do the same’

December 18, 2014

Excerpt from a video written and produced by Kirin Foster, a Financial Aid for Service scholarship and award recipient. —Kirin Foster

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Toni Montgomery

STATESVILLE, N.C.

This is the time of year when we give thanks for what we have and when we think of giving gifts to others. Mary Kay Gentry-Bartko found a way to do both through her gift to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Financial Aid for Service office. This gift will go to scholarships that help today’s students succeed.

Office of Public Witness celebrates President Obama’s work on Cuba

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 07:00

December 18, 2014

Office of Public Witness

The Office of Public Witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) rejoices in the news of the release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison in Cuba, along with the release of Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino, three Cubans being held in prison in the United States.  The release of these prisoners has opened the way for historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk lauds historic action on Cuba

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:58

December 17, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

Today, after many long years, we welcome the historic steps taken by President Obama on normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. The humanitarian release of Alan Gross by the Cuban government along with the release of the three Cuban prisoners, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino, by the Obama administration moves the roadblocks that have held back progress in improving relations between our two countries for far too long.

Serving and loving God wherever you are

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:00

Reflections from two Korean American young adult leaders

December 17, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jessica Denson

republished from The Racial Ethnic Torch

Sarang Kang and Jae Cho are Korean American young adult leaders living out their call to minister with young adults in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 

Call to Prayer for the People of Pakistan

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 13:24

December 16, 2014

Louisville

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) asks that everyone hold the people of Pakistan in their thoughts and prayers following the attack on the school in Peshawar. Pray for the children and adults who were killed and for the family, friends, teachers, and schoolmates who grieve for them.

Evangelism in Madagascar

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00

Working to feed the hungry, protect God’s creation

December 16, 2014

PC(USA) mission co-worker Dan Turk —courtesy World Mission

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

A high number of plants and animals occur naturally only in Madagascar, an island nation off the coast of southeast Africa. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker Dan Turk believes that Christians have a responsibility for preserving creation, as written in Genesis 2:15: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Unplugged and tuned in

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:00

At Pathways retreat, immigrant youth discover they are not alone as they thought

December 15, 2014

48 hours without cell phone service help youth like Maame Anane (picture front right) make connections at a Pathways retreat. —Andrew Yeager-Buckley

Mission Communications Specialist

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

The 17 youth about to arrive for a retreat sponsored by the Presbytery of Northern New England and the Presbytery of Boston were in for big surprise.

사역 장로에 관하여: 교회 통계

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:17

December 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

크리스 발레리우스

Louisville

지금이 당회들이 조금 힘들어 하며 신음하는 시간이다. 통계를 내야 하는 계절이기 때문이다. 당회 연례 통계 보고 (SASR)에 관해 가장 자주 하는 질문들 중의 하나는 “왜?”라는 것이다. 간단한 대답은 이것이다. 규례서는 해마다 교회들에게 통계들을 노회에 제출할 것을 규정하고 있으며 (G-3.0302e), 총회는 노회들에게 그들에게 속한 교회들에 관한 특정한 데이터를 수집하라고 지시하기 때문이다.

Con Respecto a los/as Ancianos/as Gobernantes: Las estadísticas congregacionales

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:11

December 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Kris Valerius

Louisville

Es esa época del año cuando las sesiones comienzan a quejarse un poco. Es el tiempo de hacer estadísticas. Una de las preguntas más frecuentes relacionadas con el Informe estadístico anual de sesiones (SASR) es « ¿Por qué?» La respuesta más corta es porque el Libro de Orden de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.) exige a las iglesias a presentar estadísticas anualmente al presbiterio (Libro de Orden, G-3.0302e) y la Asamblea General ordena a los presbiterios recoger datos específicos acerca de sus iglesias.

Regarding ruling elders: congregational statistics

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:54

December 15, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Kris Valerius

Louisville

<한국어> <Espaňol> It’s that time of year when sessions groan a bit. It’s statistics season. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Session Annual Statistical Report (SASR) is “Why?” The short answer, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order requires churches to submit statistics annually to the presbytery (Book of Order, G-3.0302e) and the General Assembly mandates presbyteries to collect specific data about their churches.

Moses: Movie star

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:00

December 12, 2014

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Edward McNulty

The film Exodus: Gods and Kings is upon us. Released Dec. 12, it is bound to be a blockbuster with director Ridley Scott at the helm, so now is a good time to look back and see how in the past Hollywood has turned Moses into a movie star.

Secretario Permanente denuncia ataque a sinagoga

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:03

December 12, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

Louisville

Condenamos de la manera más fuerte posible el ataque brutal contra los fieles en la sinagoga del barrio de ortodoxo judío de Har Nof en Jerusalén a manos de terroristas palestinos el 18 de noviembre del 2014. Las lesiones resultantes, incluyendo la muerte de cuatro de los reunidos para la adoración, son actos inadmisibles que agravan las peligrosas tensiones, ya que afectan a la ciudad santa, y empujan lejanamente las perspectivas de una solución pacífica en el futuro de los problemas más grandes de la paz entre Israel y Palestina.

Aplaudimos la r ...

December 2014 - Link daily toil and holy quest in a deeper, earthier way this Advent - Korean

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:58

December 12, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Gradye Parsons

Stated Clerk

Louisville

이번 대강절 기간에, 매일의 수고와 거룩한 열심을 더 깊고 더 자연스러운 방식으로 연결시키자

가축과 말들이 있는 헛간이 크리스마스를 시작하는 장소이다. 사실 그곳이 본래의 사건이 일어난 장소이며, 그 곳의 냄새가 어린 그리스도께서 마셨던 첫 번째 공기였다—폴 엥글

크리스마스에 큰 사업을 하는 양초 가게들도 헛간과 같은 냄새가 나는 초는 팔지 않는 것 같다. 누군가 이 말에 공세를 취하기 전에 먼저 말해두어야 겠다. 나는 여러 축사들 주위에 있었기 때문에 부지런하며 존중 받는 농부들이 축사를 청결히 유지한다는 것을 알고 있다. 하지만 엥글이 지적하고 있는 것은 우리가 공들여 만드는 예수님의 탄생 장면이 자아내는 분위기가  더 자연스러워야 한다는 것이다.

나는 칼뱅주의자로서 예배 및 크리스마와 관련하여 ...

Una el trabajo diario con la búsqueda santa de una manera más profunda y terrenal durante este Adviento

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:46

December 12, 2014

Oficina de la Asamblea General

Gradye Parsons

Secretario Permanente

«El lugar para comenzar la Navidad es en una granja con ganado y caballos. Después de todo, ahí es donde el evento original ocurrió, y ese mismo olor fue el primer aire que el Niño Jesús respiro. » - Paul Engle

Es probablemente acertado decir que esas tiendas de velas que hacen un gran negocio en Navidad no tienen velas que huelen como granjas. Antes de que alguien se ofenda, he estado alrededor de granjas lo suficiente para saber que el sudor de la frente de un agricultor o agricultora mantiene un establo limpio. Engle resalta que el aire ...

Reasons to celebrate the PC(U.S.A.) this Advent season

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:20

December 12, 2014

Office of the General Assembly

Heath K. Rada

Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church USA

Louisville

  1. I celebrate the PC(USA) as a denomination that unequivocally affirms the Lordship of Jesus Christ as our Savior. Each new member, when joining the church, confesses that she or he accepts Jesus as their personal Savior. In fact, they could not be members if they do not confess that as their position. Do we state that everyone has to be a Christian to be saved? I thank God that I am not called upon to provide God’s answer to that question, for only God can give the answer. God is the judge; that is God’s job. But ...

Hispanic/Latino National Presbyterian Caucus releases statement on recent grand jury verdicts

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:00

December 12, 2014

Hispanic/Latino National Presbyterian Caucus

The Hispanic/Latino National Presbyterian Caucus has released a statement about recent grand jury verdicts.

Supporting Hispanic youth ministry

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:00

Hispanic youth network can offer opportunities to share challenges and energy

December 11, 2014

Young adults gather in prayer during an event in Louisville earlier this year. —courtesy of The Racial Ethnic Torch

Presbyterian News Service

Jessica Denson

republished from The Racial Ethnic Torch

LOUISVILLE

The Rev. Manuel D. Silva has always felt called to youth ministry, but in his home of Puerto Rico, youth work is not always seen as important.

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