October 26, 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.

San Antonio Regional Gathering
Mark your calendar for a cluster gathering at noon, Thursday, November 9, hosted by University Presbyterian, San Antonio. Bring a brown-bag lunch and join us for a time of fellowship, and for sharing our lives and ministries. 

Attached is a copy of Sallie's Presbyter Ponderings from October 5 which speaks to the current context in which we find ourselves, and offers comments about the emerging shape of the church. Let's talk about it! See you on the 9th.
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.

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!

I had the honor last Sunday of taking part in the installation of Kathy Escandell to serve as Pastor of McAllen First. Being back in that pulpit and that chancel reminded me deeply of where I was one year ago this coming weekend: sharing fajitas and mariachi and promises with you. It's been quite the 17 months! In the time since May 15, 2016, here's what I've done:

No surprise, my #1 use of time has been for task forces and committee meetings (87). A close second is the time I've spent breaking bread with you: meals, coffee, etc (74). I've preached 21 times and worshiped another 18 times with our congregations. I've met with all six of our regions, and I've also met with the leadership of all the PCUSA-related ministries in our bounds: Austin Seminary, Schreiner University (I just helped inaugurate their new President!), Trinity University, Presbyterian Pan American School, Mo-Ranch, and as of today, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services.  Continued...
See You at Presbytery!
October 27-28, 2017, Parkway Presbyterian, Corpus Christi
  • Packets are posted on the website
  • Registration is Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and
        Saturday, 8:00 AM
  • Workshops are Friday, 1:15-2:45 PM:
    --Changing the Boundaries of Mid-Councils
    --The Nearly Childless Church
    --Spanglish: Doing Ministry in Bilingual Settings
    --Vital Congregations and the Revitalizing Spirit
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.   


The Wurst Craft Show is a perfect  opportunity to do Christmas shopping and help the Spirit of Sharing (SOS) Food Bank in New Braunfels. You can't miss this event - they will be open November 4 and 5, and November 11 and 12 from 10:00 AM-- 5:00 PM at the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on Main Plaza (263 E. Main Plaza). Get all the details!  

Documentary: Out of Order
November 5, 4:00 PM
Alamo Drafthouse, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin TX

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 with their churches. Rev. John Stanger and Alex McNeill, both featured in the film, will be in attendance. 

This film is being shown in the belief that humanizing those who have been made into straw figures is one of the urgent tasks of our day, and in the belief that the gospel is at work in the lives and calling of these young adults and the church delights and grows in hearing such movement of the Spirit among us. Poster
Installation Invitation

You are invited to the Installation of

Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Boyd
as Pastor of
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
208 W. Bandera
Boerne, Texas 78006
November 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Care for Those Who Grieve

The holidays can be difficult times for those dealing with grief. You or someone you know may be encouraged by attending one of these events:

A Safe Place:  Nov 10-12, 2017, MO-Ranch
A retreat for bereaved parents, to provide a safe and spiritual environment where parents are able to share their grief and find hope and healing.  Register  

Grief & the Hoidays:  Nov 16, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM, Cross Roads Church
This workshop is designed to help individuals  who might be struggling through the upcoming holiday season. It is presented by Porter Loring Family Care Services and led by licensed clinical social worker, May Tisdale. There is no charge, but please call to reserve your space at Cross Roads Church, 8102 Midcrown Dr, San Antonio 78239. See Flyer

Comfort & Hope for the Journey of Grief: Feb 23-25, 2018, MO-Ranch
MO-Ranch and the Faith & Grief Ministries offers this retreat for adults dealing with loss of a loved one. Experience comfort through scripture, spiritual practices, and interaction with others who "get it".  More information

Helps After Harvey:

Hurricane Harvey Update:
In the Federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, twenty counties in Mission Presbytery are designated as eligible for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...   More & pictures

See these attachments for tips on storm clean-up.

Other Resources:   Ways to Help and/or Ways to be Helped .

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. 

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 to relief & recovery
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