March 15, 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.

 

Mission Opportunity
In recent weeks you've read about the ministry, Multi-level Educational Youth Outreach (MEYO), from the Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church, San Antonio. 

This week read about the progress of one of MEYO's youth and see how you may continue to help others through the Big Give 2018.
 
Job Opportunities

PDA News

New Volunteer Host Site 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has a new volunteer host site for Hurricane Harvey response!

Parkway Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi can host teams of 40 or less with a minimum age of 11 (ratio of 4 youth to one adult over 21).

For more information and/or to book your mission trip, contact the PDA Call Center: 866-732-6121 or pda.callcenter@pcusa.org

Please support this important ministry with your prayers, and help the Parkway congregation keep the site full of volunteers.
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Disaster Preparedness Trainer Training-Aug 1

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will offer Disaster Preparedness Trainer training on August 1, 2018, in conjunction with the PW Gathering in Louisville KY.

Click here for
Benevolence Forms
Some of  you have asked about the Presbytery Benevolence Commitment and Remittance forms. This year, the forms are posted on our website for your use as needed, under Resources, then click on Forms.
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, you are not required to submit this report.
And Other News

John Knox Ranch
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Mo-Ranch
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Presbyterian Pan American School
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SoL Center Classes at
University Presbyterian,
San Antonio
Resources
After Harvey:

The Texas Psychological Association, offers three free
counseling sessions by Ph.D Psychology providers to anyone affected by Harvey. Click to find a counselor.
 
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Church Resources: 
offers new materials for

 Confirmation Class,
 Lent & Easter, 
Book of Common Worship.
FYI
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Also, let us know when your contact information changes so you may have current information. Send to email below.

To subscribe to the newsletter, call 210-826-3296 or 
800-683-9999 or email
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Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209
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Special Services
You are invited to the Ordination service of:

Kristin A. Brown
as Stated Supply Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
300 Burleson
Smithville, Texas
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00 PM

Mission Presbytery Seeks...
Youth & Young Adult Advocate!

If you enjoy working with  young people,  using your leader skills, being a mentor, friend, and enthusiast, this job is for you. Compensation includes Board of Pensions benefits and a salary based on experience and qualifications (range from $30,000 - $45,000). Significant travel is required. All applicants may send resume with cover letter to HRTeam@missionpby.org . Questions, call or text Claudia Smith at 512-797-3138.  Click here for  Job Description .


Healthy Boundaries Workshops 



 Save the date for the upcoming Healthy Boundaries Workshops

May 10, 2018
Covenant Presbyterian Church
211 Roleto Dr, San Antonio TX
10:00 AM--2:00 PM

September 22, 2018
Parkway Presbyterian Church
3707 Santa Fe St, Corpus Christi TX
10:00 AM--2:00 PM

November 15, 2018
Mo Ranch
2229 FM 1340, Hunt TX
10:00 AM--2:00 PM


Central Texas Convención Invitation
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Faith/Fe, Lockhart, TX
This year, Faith/Fe Presbyterian Church, Lockhart, will host the Central Texas Convención. You won't want to miss this opportunity to come together for worship and to celebrate our Hispanic heritage as members of PCUSA.

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Hispanic Ministries Mission Network Annual Gathering 
April 20, 3:00 PM -- April 21, 4:00 PM 
Austin Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Hispanic Presbyterians from across the Synod of the Sun gather for worship, fellowship, and learning focused on lay people. Presenters:  Rev. Rosa Blanca Miranda, Rev. Jesse Gonzalez, Rev. Marissa Galvan-Valle, Teresa Waggnener, Rev. Shawn King, Rev. Mauricio Chacon, and Rev. Isabel Rivera-Vela.

Cost is $40 (included lodging and meals); $5 for Austin Seminary students.  Register here 

Praying in the Family    

A little birdie sent word that our own Rev. Traci Smith, pastor at Northwood Presbyterian, San Antonio, had an article published recently in The Presbyterian Outlook!  Traci's article, "The Practice of Payer with Children" offers a variety of creative ways to teach and encourage your children to pray.      Check it out here.

Church Emergency Contacts
Pastors, CPs, Clerks of Session,

Did you see the recent E-blast asking for emergency contacts for your church?  If not,  click the link and determine who should be on the list in case of disasters. After Harvey, we want to be proactive and able to reach those in need as quickly as possible.

HOLY SMOKE! Coming Soon  
Annual Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
Sunday, April 29 at Covenant Presbyterian, San Antonio

Incredible food and amazing entertainment. And raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt and gift baskets! See you there!

It's That Time Again...

...to order your 2018-19 Presbyterian Planning Calendars. And don't forget new officers coming in at year's end. Cost is just $8.75 - quite a savings for any congregation. Order online through Mission Presbytery using this link: 

Send payment by March 30, 2018 to 
Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209 

Learning Events

Free Online Workshops for Youth Ministers:
Montreat is offering free workshops for Youth Ministers! Click this link to Montreat to review the schedule and various topics for you and your ministry.
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Join us for a one-day conference focused on infertility and related reproductive loss, with an emphasis on how religious identity impacts healing. Learn with us how to provide insightful, responsive care to those experiencing this form of trauma and deep grief.

Cost is $30 if you register in groups of 3 or more; $10 for students.   Flyer & Details.     Register Here 
Contact Erica Knisely for more information: 512-404-4870 or    eknisely@austinseminary.edu  

Sponsored by Steve Hicks School of Social Work and  Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  SW and clergy CEUs will be provided.   

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN)
National Conference:  June 5-8, 2018, Zephyer Cove, NV
Zephyer Point Presbyterian Conference Center


A beautiful place to have a wonderful weekend filled with good food, great workshops, and time to explore the surroundings!  See this brochure and register now!


Voting Results on Overtures

At the March Presbytery meeting, Mission Presbytery voted on the following overtures to the 223rd General Assembly (full copies of the overtures are included in the Presbytery minutes posted to the website): 
  • J.1  Alternative for Climate Change -- passed 128-82
  • J.2  Small Church Ministry Office -- failed 101-111
  • J.3  Climate Change and Carbon Pricing -- failed 88-126
  • J.4  Affirming/Celebrating Full Dignity --  passed 151-60
  • J.5  Celebrating Gifts all Person/Gender -- passed 149-60
  • J.6  On Religious Liberty -- passed 159-50
  • J.7  On the Syrian Crisis -- passed 153-54
  • J.8  Support of Peace Churches -- passed 143-40
  • J.9  Divestment from Fossil Fuels -- failed 47-134