March 22, 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.

 

Resolutions for
Lita Simpson
If you missed the March Presbytery meeting, you missed a good send-off for Lita Simpson who retired from serving in the Youth Ministry of Mission Presbytery. Part of this celebration of ministry included a Resolution Celebrating the Faithful Service & Retirement of Lita M. Simpson:

WHEREAS, Lita Simpson has served the church of Jesus Christ in Mission Presbytry and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in her fprofesisonal vocation for over 30 years;

WHEREAS, she has devoted her life to the care, nurture, and spiritual formation of young people;

WHEREAS, in the course of her ministry, she has driven no less than 90,000 miles back and forth from the Valley to Mo-Ranch for Mid-Winter Youth Conferences;

Continue reading the entire Resolution, by Rev. Kathy Anderson
GA & Synod Commissioners
The following people were commissioned, at the March Presbytery meeting, to serve Mission Presbytery at the next General Assembly in June.

Austin:
Rev. Bill Clark
RE Rick Covington
Rev. Nancy McCranie
Corpus Christi:
RE Liz Anzaldua
Rev. Doug Dalglish
San Antonio:
Rev. Dan Milford
Valley:
RE Dahlia Vela
YAAD:
Alexis Milford-Rosales-SA

Alternates are:
RE Vi Lee-Austin
Rev. Carolina Trevino-Austin
Rev. MIchelle Vetters-SA

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Synod Commissioners are:

CP Joe Nance - Victoria (2018)
Rev. Josyph Andrews - Hill Country (2019)
Job Opportunities
Memorial Presbyterian
Fredericksburg TX

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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.
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.
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Presbyter Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

I had a fairly rough day yesterday. Sparing you all the details. However... I want to share with you the blog post that came out of it.

Thanks to my friend San Williams, last night I read the preface to Walter Bruggemann's newest book, A Gospel of Hope. Not sure whether it save my life, but it certainly saved my day.  Read on...
 
Special Services
You are invited to the Ordination services of:

Cynthia Ann Eschliman Mood
into Specialized Ministry
for Walnut Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation, Austin
First Presbyterian Church
8001 Mesa Drive
Austin, Texas
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 AM

and 

Meghan Elizabeth Vail
at
Central Presbyterian Church
200 E. 8th Street
Austin, Texas
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3:00 PM

Keep in Prayer...

We extend heartfelt sympathy to Rev. Ann Hoch, Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fredericksburg, on the loss of her mother last week in Oklahoma City, after a long illness. Please keep Ann and her family in prayer.

Summer in the Hill Country!

Looking for a great way to spend your summer? John Knox Ranch is looking for a full-time Chaplain for the camping season! Salary is $250 per week plus housing. Interested? Check out the website: johnknoxranch.org/work-at-camp/

YAVs from San Antonio!

Dakota and Tanner Kohfield from University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio have accepted the call from the Presbyterian Mission Agency to serve as Young Adult Volunteers on behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Dakota and Tanner will be serving with the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program in Tucson during the upcoming YAV year (August '18--July '19).

The YOung Adult Volunteer program offers opportunities to partner in Christian service for young adults (ages 19 to 30) in sixteen sites within the United States and four sites around the world. In each placement, YAVs work alongside a church or organization while developing community and exploring the meaning and motivation of their Christian faith with others. Dakota and Tanner will be sharing their experience through an online blog which can be accessed by clicking the Meet Current YAVs tab to the right of the homepage, youngadultvolunteers.org.

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.

The Big Give - March 22     

A few of our San Antonio churches and organizations that function through our churches are registered on The Big Give. This is an opportunity for these groups to receive donations to help them with their various ministries.  You may go to TheBigGiveSA.org and browse through the site or you may select from the following sites that have come to our attention. 

HOLY SMOKE! Great Fun  
Annual Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
Sunday, April 29
Covenant Presbyterian, San Antonio

Incredible food and amazing entertainment, and raffle tic
kets for a beautiful quilt and gift baskets! See you there!

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.  Invite & Details here.

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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 

 
 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


Order Planning Calendars

We are taking orders for 2018-19 Presbyterian Planning Calendars.  Cost is just $8.75 - quite a savings for any congregation. And don't forget new officers coming in at year's end. Order online through Mission Presbytery using this link: 
or by using this PDF form:  

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

Learning Events
One-day conference on infertility and related reproductive loss, with an emphasis on how religious identity impacts healing. Learn how to provide insightful, responsive care to those experiencing this form of trauma and deep grief. SW and clergy CEUs will be provied.

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  

Free Online Workshops for Youth Ministers:
Montreat offers free workshops and events for Youth Ministers! Click this link to Montreat to review the schedule and various topics for you and your ministry.
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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 surroundings!  See this brochure and register now!