January 11, 2018
Mission Presbytery Purpose Statement
We are Mission Presbytery, serving Christ in the World. In the Reformed Tradition, together we
  • Establish and equip congregations and sessions to carry out their missions;
  • Recruit, receive, ordain, develop, and care for those called to service in the church;
  • Enable mission and witness to the Gospel that congregations cannot accomplish alone; and 
  • Steward our resources faithfully and generously.

We are better together.

Synod's New Address
The Synod of the Sun has a new mailing address which you may use now:

Synod of the Sun
445 E. FM 1382, Ste 3-778
Cedar Hill TX 75104

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, all mail will be forwarded to the new address.  E mail addresses and phone numbers will remain the same.
Year-End Reports
For Clerks of Session:
Annual Statistical Reports for 2017 are due no later than February 1, 2018. The site for submitting your church's report will be open Dec. 1, 2017 through Feb. 1, 2018. Questions, contact:

Necrology Reports are due January 31, 2018.  Form

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For Specialized Ministers & Members-at-large:
It's time to submit your Annual Report to the Presbytery for 2017. Retired ministers are NOT required to complete this report. Contact Rev. Carol Clarke cjcrev@aol.com for questions. Click here to link to the Report Form (also on the COM page of our website).
Job Opportunities
Madison Square Church
or 210-226-6254

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John Knox Ranch
Reply: jkrdirector@missionpby.org

Buckets Still Needed
We are grateful for everyone who pulled together and made cleanup buckets for those affected by Hurricane Harvey last fall. Many buckets were distributed. But, MORE buckets are now needed. Do you have ANY buckets still at your church?

If so, contact Charlie Schuler in Rockport who is seeking as many as they can get. Get in  touch with Charlie ASAP at
cell 361-441-8773.  
Thank you!
Pillows Available
Do you need pillows? Just over 100 pillows are available from a Springhill Suites Hotel in Austin. The pillows are packed in boxes and free for the taking.
Contact Rita Livingston at 512-636-5192.
And Other News

John Knox Ranch


Presbyterian Pan American School

2018 IRS Mileage Rates

The IRS has posted the following mileage rates for 2018:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 center per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
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Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209
P:  210-826-3296
F:  210-826-0917

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DreamWeek 2018
San Antonio Colleagues and Congregations:

Here is your link http://dreamweek.org/events/  and your invitation to two weeks of living into our calling and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream...! Notice, especially, the 
  • Interfaith Worship services January 14 at
    Antioch Baptist Church at 10:45 AM and at
    San Fernando Cathedral at 4:00 PM. 
  • The Annual MLK March January 15 begins at 10:00 AM
  • Opportunities at the SoL Center
  • ...and lots more!
Take a moment to connect, celebrate and care! Share this notice and join us as we lead, listen, learn, and love!

BOP Start-of-Year Checklist

Attached is the annual Start of Year Checklist for 2018 which details the routine reporting responsibilities of congregational leadership.
Referenced in the Salary Change reporting to the Board of Pensions is a helpful article in the December Employer News which will assist Treasurers/ Authorized Representatives in their efforts.
Also included is a link to the Taxation of Death Benefits Dues Calculator, which will help Treasurers in reporting the imputed value of death benefits as required by the IRS.
Please share this with the leadership of your congregation.
Rev. Kevin S. Keaton,
Church Consultant
215-435-1301    Mobile
kkeaton@pensions.org                                  Checklist     

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Also, Read the January Board Connections for information on
MP Job Opportunity

Mission Presbytery is seeking a Youth and Young Adult Program Director! We're looking for someone who loves working with young people, form middle school through college and early adulthood. If you're creative, flexible, and have a vision for what ministry with Millenials could be, let us hear from you. Salary range $30-40,000 depending on experience, along with full Board of Pensions coverage. Interested? Contact Sallie Watson, presbyter@missionpby.org or 210-826-3296.

Make Memories this Summer at JKR!

There is simply no place like camp and we believe ther is no  place more magical than John Kno x Ranch! This summer we're offering resident, day camps, and Leaders in Training camps. There are also job opportunities!

Then, register online today, to reserve your spot!

Installation Services
You are invited to Installation Services for:

The Reverend Brian Diebold
as Pastor of
Cross Roads Church
8102 Midcrown
San Antonio, Texas 89239
at 3:00 PM
Sunday, January 14, 2018
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The Reverend Jane Pettit
as Pastor of
he Reverend Jane Pettit
as Pastor of
First Presbyterian Church
302 W Kleberg
Kingsville, Texas 78364
at 2:00 PM
Sunday, January 21, 2018
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The Reverend Josyph Andrews
as Pastor of
Burnet Presbyterian Church
101 S. Pierce
Burnet, Texas 78611
at 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Austin Regional Pastors Luncheon

Austin Region Pastors and Ministers are invited to gather for lunch on Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00 PM--1:30 PM at Westminster Presbyterian, 3208 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

FEMA- Assistance to Churches
Important!   Time Sensitive Information

Houses of Worship in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey may apply for assistance beginning January 5, 2018 and ending February 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. Read this notice from FEMA for details and access to necessary forms.
MOJC Grants
Deadline: January 17, 2018

The Mission Outreach and Justice Committee (MOJC) offers grants for regional mission work in  Mission Presbytery. If your congregation is interested in embarking on a mission program, see how MOJC can help. 
YCC 2018 Midwinters
MW #2  Jan 19-21

Reserve your space now for Midwinters at Mo-Ranch!  Both  conferences are BLENDED for 6th-12th graders. Review the flyer and forms  (4 pgs) for details. Registrations must be mailed with payment to Mission Presbytery, 7201 Broadway, Ste 303, San Antonio TX 78209.

Educational Events:

>>Midwinter Lectures at Austin Seminary
Jan 29-31, 2018

>>Kaleidoscope 2018 - Meet Us St. Louis  
September 24, 26, 2018

Plan now to attend the 2018 Kaleidoscope conference. This event will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis with speakers Diana Butler Bass and Chick Lane.  More...