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Presbyterian Mission Agency Board concludes April 2016 meeting

5 hours 37 sec ago

Work restructure, bridge Mission Work Plan, budget highlight actions

April 29, 2016

Marsha Zell Anson and Ken Godshall are installed as vice-chair and chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board by former chair Marilyn Gamm and former vice-chair Jo Stewart. —Gregg Brekke

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) concluded its April 2016 meeting with an approved 2017-18 bridge Mission Work Plan and a budget with 15 percent reductions over the same period. The board also approved a work restructuring plan that includes job reassignments, elimination of programming and staff reductions.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board enacts work restructuring plan

5 hours 32 min ago

Reassignment, mission priorities, job eliminations focus agency goals

April 29, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has a approved a budget and work restructuring plan that will reduce the agency’s overall budget by 15 percent over the 2017-18 period. In addition to job reassignments throughout the agency, eight positions and five program areas were eliminated in actions taken by the (PMAB) at its April 26-29, 2016 meeting in Louisville.

Presbyterian Mission Agency executive director search committee reports progress

6 hours 8 min ago

Search firm to be named, process will continue after General Assembly

April 29, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

Landon Whitsitt, synod executive and stated clerk for the Synod of Mid-America and chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Board’s executive director search committee, gave the board a brief update on the committee’s progress on April 28.

First Thai-Laotian Church receives 2016 Walton Award for new church excellence

7 hours 28 min ago

Recently chartered congregation blossomed after starting homeless ministry

April 29, 2016

2016 Walton Award winner, First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas is made up of many nationalities. Their ministry blossomed when they started a homeless ministry for those living in the bushes around the community. —Image captured from First Thai-Laotian video

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

LOUISVILLE

First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church is the sole recipient of the 2016 Sam and Helen R. Walton Award of $50,000. First Thai-Laotian began in 2002 with 15 people who wanted to reach the estimated 15,000 Thai and Laotian persons living in Las Vegas. The majority of the first generation of these immigrants attended Buddhist temples, but due to the language barrier the younger generations had begun to drift from the faith of their parents. 

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board approves comments to Review Committee’s recommendations

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:24

General Assembly will consider comments in ‘The Way Forward’ committee

April 28, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) approved today—as amended—the comments proposed by its Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Review Committee Response Writing Team Task Force. 

Presbyterian Mission Board approves board restructure plan

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:00

Ad-hoc ministerial teams, new administrative committees featured

April 28, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has approved a plan to restructure its work. The design does not change the number of board members, although it does include additional voices in issue-based ad-hoc ministerial teams, and does not require the approval of the General Assembly.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Board discusses Review Committee’s recommendations

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 09:35

Comments concern agency merger, board structure and shared services

April 28, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

LOUISVILLE

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) heard a presentation on April 27 on the comments proposed by its Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) Review Committee Response Writing Team Task Force. 

Survivors still being found in Ecuador following recent earthquake

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:21

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance works in collaboration with partners to respond

April 28, 2016

Woman stands beside the rubble that was once her home in Ecuador. —Rosa Matamoros, ACT Alliance

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

It is estimated that as many as half a million people have been impacted by the recent earthquake in Ecuador. The 7.8 magnitude quake on April 16 and aftershocks have claimed more than 500 lives, injured thousands and left communities in ruins. Despite the devastation, rescue crews continue to find survivors amidst the rubble.

Presbyterian World Mission and New Castle Presbytery create mission study resources

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:00

Programs encourage people to hear God’s voice in biblical stories

April 27, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

LOUISVILLE

Jesus used stories and parables to educate and inspire his followers. Presbyterian World Mission and New Castle Presbytery are carrying on that tradition in creative ways by publishing resources that engage readers in the work, prayers and practice of mission.

Pennsylvania church inspired by peacemaker visits

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 06:00

Congregation says peacemakers have humanized the refugee crisis

April 27, 2016

Rami Al Maqdasi speaks at Ivyland Presbyterian Church as part of the International Peacemaker Program. —Photo courtesy Ivyland Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

For the Ivyland Presbyterian Church, the Middle East was something many members read or saw in the news. There were no personal connections to the refugee crisis and displacement of Christians overseas. Members weren’t connected to the trials and tribulations facing people in war-torn regions. 

Presbyterian Church among several buildings damaged by Brooklyn fire

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:55

Nine people injured in six-alarm blaze

April 26, 2016

Fire began in the middle house in this Brooklyn neighborhood. The houses including the church manse will have to be demolished. —Robert Foltz-Morrison

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

LOUISVILLE

Black smoke could be seen from miles away early Sunday evening as fire broke out in a three-story residential home in Brooklyn, New York. As many as 200 firefighters responded as flames spread to five houses and the Presbyterian Church of the Crossroads. One of the houses was the church manse. As many as nine people, mostly firefighters, were injured before the fire could be brought under control. 

Collegiate ministry professionals to make UKirk-sponsored pilgrimage to Taizé

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 06:00

Princeton seminarian, Meredith Cox, awaits hard work, transformation

April 26, 2016

Meredith Cox —Photo provided

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

Meredith Cox was sitting in a classroom at Princeton Theological Seminary when the Rev. Dr. Jason Brian Santos walked in and changed her life. Or at least her summer plans.

Details of proposed 2017-18 Presbyterian Mission Agency budget released

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:15

Annual spending reduced 15 percent, reserve savings implemented

April 25, 2016

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

The board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will receive for discussion and approval the proposed PMA budget at its meeting April 26-29 in Louisville. Broad areas of the budget include a 15 percent reduction in spending in 2017 and 2018 as compared to 2016 and realignment of resources to fulfill the goals of the bridge Mission Work Plan.

PC(USA) communications groups garner 19 Associated Church Press awards

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:50

‘Best of the Christian Press’ competition winners announced in St. Louis

April 25, 2016

The Associated Church Press traces its origin to a St. Louis, MO, meeting in 1916 at the Warwick Hotel.

Presbyterian News Service

Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Communications groups within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were honored for their contributions to religious communications in 2015 with 17 “Best of the Christian Press” awards spanning a variety of topics and media. The awards were presented at the 100th anniversary gathering of the Associated Church Press, meting in St. Louis – the city in which it was founded – April 20-22.

부고: 정인수 목사 61세에 소천하시다

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:20

미국 장로교에서 가장 큰 한인 교회를 목회했던 미국 장로교 목사

April 25, 2016

In Soo Jung.

Special to Presbyterian News Service

PRESBYTERY OF GREATER ATLANTA RELEASE

Additional reporting by Gregg Brekke

LOUISVILLE

Greater Atlanta 노회가 가장 큰 한인 교회인 아틀란타 연합 장로교회를 담임했던 정인수 목사의 죽음을 발표했다. 그는 캄보디아 선교지에서 돌아온 직후인 2016년 4월 17일(그의 61번째 생일)에 갑자기 죽음을 맞이했다.

New Jersey church worships with reform synagogue following March fire

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:00

Pastor says fire has led to greater vision for congregation

April 25, 2016

Rabbi Jordan Millstein (left) shows the Torah scrolls to children during a joint worship service between Temple Sinai and First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, New Jersey. First Presbyterian Pastor Richard Hong and the Rev. Kellie Anderson-Picallo stand to the right. —Bruce Forshee

Presbyterian News Service

Rick Jones

Louisville

Nearly a month after an electrical fire heavily damaged its sanctuary, the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, New Jersey is still counting its blessings. The March 22nd blaze destroyed portions of the roof, stained-glass windows and the church steeple in the building which dates back to 1870.

Race and Reconciliation study is timely resource for 2016 General Assembly

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 06:00

Belhar Confession “is what our church—and our world—needs now,” says Kirkpatrick

April 25, 2016

Cover image of Race and Reconciliation

Presbyterian News Service

Emily Enders Odom

Louisville

A timely, new Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding study honors the 50th anniversary of the Confession of 1967 and the anticipated adoption of the Confession of Belhar as a confessional standard of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland this summer.

Obituary: Rev. In Soo Jung dies at 61

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:30

PC(USA) pastor shepherded denomination’s largest Korean congregation

April 22, 2016

Rev. In Soo Jung

Special to Presbyterian News Service

Presbytery of Greater Atlanta release

Additional reporting by Gregg Brekke

Louisville

The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta announced the death of the Rev. In Soo (James) Jung, pastor of the largest Korean PC(USA) church, Korean Community Presbyterian Church (KCPC). He died suddenly on April 17, 2016—his 61st birthday—shortly after returning from a mission trip in Cambodia.

Crestfield Camp developing intentional Christian community for young adults

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:00

Participate in Easter moment with church kids learning about gospel in action, using words when necessary

April 22, 2016

“Art Mural/outdoor sign created by neighborhood kids at Calvert Memorial Presbyterian Church’s after-school program — with images of life in the church and the children who helped create it.”

Presbyterian News Service

Paul Seebeck

Louisville

An intentional young adult Christian community, “ConFluence” being formed at Crestfield Camp and Conference Center recently participated in a transformative moment for an aging Presbyterian Church — and for neighborhood kids in a working class neighborhood.

Niger sets an example for the world

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 09:00

Muslims and Christians live together in peace

April 22, 2016

Clair Zuhosky in Niger

Presbyterian News Service

Kathy Melvin

Louisville

At a time when Christians-Muslim relations are discussed daily in nearly every corner of the world, Niger in West Africa remains one of the best examples of mutual respect and peaceful co-existence between the two faiths.

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