October 19, 2017
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.

Coming up - Midwinters!
The Midwinter Planning Team (MPT) invites you to the 2018 Midwinter Youth Conferences at Mo Ranch.

Conference Dates:
January 12-14, 2018
January 19-21, 2018

Both conferences are BLENDED for 6th-12th graders.

See the Midwinter Flyer for cost, registration, etc.

Comfort and Hope for the Journey of Grief
A Safe Place: Retreat for Bereaved Parents  Nov. 10-12, 2017 - to provide a safe and spiritual environment where parents are able to share their grief and find hope and healing. Register


Mo-Ranch and Faith & Grief Ministries offers a retreat for adults dealing with loss of a loved one, February 23-25, 2018.   More Information
Documentary Screening: "Out of Order"
Out of Order  is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they confront entrenched bigotry and work to build loving support within their churches. Rev. John Stanger and Alex McNeill will be at the screening.

November 5, 4:00 PM
Alamo Drafthouse
5701 W. Slaughter Lane
Austin TX

New Book of Order
2017-2019 Available

Hard copies now available
free download
on our website

The Church Store also offers many other resources throughout the year.
Other News
From the POAMN
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

This newsletter, filled with information, is a helpful resource to older adult ministries. Check it out!

and for all kinds of activities: 

John Knox Ranch


Ghost Ranch

Ongoing Classes
From the SoL Center
300 Bushnell Ave
San Antonio TX 78212:

Pre-registration requested

SoL Center sponsors free and tuition-based classes year- round on the campus of University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio. Check this space for updates.
Serving Mission Presbytery
The following members of Mission Presbytery currently serve you at Synod.

Synod Representatives

CRE Joe Pat Nance -

Rev. Karen Stocks
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Presbyter Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

One of the things I love most about my current call is the wide variety of ministry in which you have called me to take part. There is never a dull moment.

In the space of one week - actually, a few days - I will have gone north to Austin and Taylor, south to McAllen, and west to Kerrville. (Victoria, I'm coming east in a couple of weeks!) there were denominational meetings in St. Louis, the installation of a new President at Schreiner University, conversations with folks from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, conversations with call committees and candidates, waving at staff while we passed like ships in the night...ah well...    There's more!
Installation Invitation

You are invited to the Installation of
October 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Rev. Kathy Escandell
as Pastor of
First Presbyterian Church
12th & Austin Streets
McAllen, Texas 78505

Witness to the Resurrection


Many of you are aware of the passing of Rev. Gail Snodgrass at her home in Las Vegas on September 29, 2017. Services in Austin will take place Saturday, October 21 as follows:

A viewing (open casket) will be held at 10:00 AM at the Austin Peel and Son Funeral Home, 607 E Anderson Ln, Austin 78752. Anyone wishing to say a few words are welcome to do so.

Burial will follow (about 11:00 AM) the viewing at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, 2800 Hancock Dr, Austin 78731. 

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We also received word of the passing of CRE Irene Jimenez's husband Abraham Torres-Mendoza on Monday, October 16, 2017. in Taylor, Texas. Services for Abraham will be held Saturday, October 21 at 3:00 PM at Everlasting Hope Presbyterian Church, 415 Simon, Taylor, Texas. Fellowship will follow the service.

Please keep both families in your prayers.
New Mission in Zambia

Northminster Presbyterian Church invites you to help them welcome Charles and Melissa Johnson at a presentation about their exciting new mission in Zambia. The Johnsons have established an agricultural mission in conjunction with the Presbyterian seminary in Zambia for the purpose of teach improved agricultural techniques to pastors and local farmers in order to reduce malnutrition and hunger among the Zambians. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm on October 24, 2017 and will be preceded by a "Meet and Greet" at 6:30 pm.

Join us at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 6800 Tezel Rd, San Antonio TX.

Presbytery Meeting
October 27-28, 2017
Parkway Presbyterian- Corpus Christi

Hotel List:  Suggest you make reservations now!
Parking Map for Presbytery:  Some parking will be nearby with shuttle service by our host Parkway Presbyterian.

Due Dates:
(Send these forms to missionpby@missionpby.org)

Child Care Registration due date extended to  Oct 16  (in order to staff appropriately)

Commissioner Elder Registration due no later than  Oct 20  

All Workshop Registration due no later than Oct 20

We are excited about the upcoming meeting in Corpus Christi!  Two  workshops of interest are:
  • The Nearly Childless Church, led by Malinda Spencer
  • Spanglish: Do Ministry in Bilingual Settings,
    led by Marissa Galvan Valle 

Workshop Events

Reformation - 500 Years

In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, several congregations invite you to special events and services:
>>University Presbyterian, Austin partners with Austin Seminary

October 29 @ University PC 
2203 San Antonio St, Austin
11 AM   Worship
12:30 PM Reformation Faire - free lunch; games; raffle; more
Sundays, 9:30 AM  Faith & Life Reformation series now through Oct. 29th.
October 30 @ Austin Seminary, Shelton Chapel
100 E 27th St, Austin
7:30 PM  Here I Sing! led by Dr. Paul Roberts and Dr. Tony McNeil with choirs from Austin  Seminary and University PC, Austin. An evening to explore ways congregational song shaped the church and Christian faith.

>>San Gabriel Presbyterian, Georgetown continues Weekly Focus Points on the Reformation presented by various speakers. Join them at 9:30 AM each Sunday through October 29.

>>Northwood Presbyterian, San Antonio will host a special Reformation Service beginning with an organ prelude at 3:45 PM leading into the service at 4:00 PM on October 29. Childcare is available for infants through Pre-K.

Time to Shop for Christmas!

Do your special-occasion shopping around the world without leaving the area! Handmade jewelry, nativities, baskets and other gifts from around the world will be available at an Alternative Gift Market hosted by Memorial Presbyterian, Fredericksburg Saturday, October 28, 9:00 AM--3:00 PM

Memorial is located at 601 N. Milam Street, Fredericksburg. Make a day of it! Read more about it.
Volunteers Needed & Urgent Needs Autotexts

Rev. Ann E. Helmke sends news that the San Antonio Faith-Based Initiative now has a text messaging alert system for Social Emergencies and Critical Needs. If you and/or your congregation/ organization are interested in providing assistance and opting into this notification system: 
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Also, the Texas Psychological Association, www.TexasPsych.org is providing three free counseling session by Ph.D Psychology providers to anyone who was affected by Harvey. See "find Harvey provider finder tab" on their website. 

Give monetary donations directly to Mission Presbytery:
  • Checks directly to Mission Presbytery,
    7201 Broadway, Ste 303, San Antonio TX 78209,
    with notation 2121-50-Harvey
  • Online Giving:  All proceeds go to relief and recovery.
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