January 18, 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.

Annual Report for Members-at-Large and Specialized Ministers
Use this form to submit your annual report to Rev. Carol Clarke at cjcrev@aol.com.
Retired pastors are not required to submit this report.  Form
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.
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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7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209
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Presbytery Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

Y'all know me well enough to know that I'm never one to pass up a good crisis. In this case, the arrival of Hurricane Harvey in our midst helped me become painfully aware that we in the Presbytery did not exactly have a fully-developed disaster response plan in place. With the help of folks like Alan Ford and Joyce Batty along with your wonderful hard-working staff, we did the best we knew how. But there are so many things that we could do better, and so many ways that we can be more prepared for "if and when" the next situation arises.

Today, we were fortunate to get to spend the day with Liz Branch, a ruling elder from Arkansas Presbytery. Arkansas has one of the finest, and actually one of the few, disaster response plans that I've seen. I've been wanting that for us since I arrived. And so, now we've got a plan underway!

Late last year, the Mission Outreach and Justice committee agreed to take "disaster response" under its umbrella of projects. Today, with Liz's help, we sat down and hammered out a path forward.     Continued

DreamWeek 2018
January 5-20, 2018

This year we've had two weeks to live into the call and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream...! You may have walked in the MLK Walk last Monday, but there are more opportunities for you in DreamWeek 2018:

Take a moment to connect, celebrate and care! Share this notice and join us as we lead, listen, learn, and love!

Installation Services
You are invited to Installation Services for:

The 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. Please RSVP, immediately, through this Evite if you have not done so previously.

Year-End Reports to Presbytery
For Clerks of Session

---Annual Statistical Reports for 2017 are due on or before February 1, 2018. the site submitting your report is open now through February 1. Questions? contact statedclerk@missionpby.org

Links to workbooks:
Korean  --  Spanish  --  English

Link to submit your report:

---Necrology Reports for 2017, due January 31, 2018 .  Form  
After Harvey...
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.

Other Assistance:
The Texas Psychological Association, www.TexasPsych.org offers three free counseling sessions by Ph.D Psychology providers to anyone affected by Harvey. Click here to find a counselor

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.

This Summer at JKR!
    There's 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!  Visit our website, then register now to reserve your spot! 

Educational Events:
>>Midwinter Lectures at Austin Seminary
Jan 29-31, 2018    Register for Midwinter Lectures   

>>Kaleidoscope 2018 - Meet Us St. Louis!  
September 24-26, 2018     More details
    Plan now to attend the 2018 Kaleidoscope stewardship conference to be held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis. Featured speakers: Diana Butler Bass and Chick Lane.  

>>Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
April 24-27, 2018 - Princeton Theol. Seminary-Princeton NJ
Forum website: http://iymforum.com,     Forum Flyer