November 9, 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.


Jeanne, the accountant for Mission Presbytery, will be out of the office next week, Nov 14-17 to attend the Mid-Council Financial Network. 

A Postlude to the October Presbytery meeting. Click on Postlude to see highlights of our last Presbytery Meeting.  If you missed it, we will see you March 2-3, 2018 in Austin!
Job Opening
Director-Children's Spiritual Formation - description
Central Presbyterian-Austin
Resumés to
Christmas Joy Offering
Due to Hurricane Irma, printing and mailing of the annual Christmas Joy Offering promotional items is delayed. As soon as possible, these items will be sent to your congregations. 

In the meantime, you may register NOW to attend a free webinar regarding the Christmas Joy Offering. The webinar will be Wednesday, November 15 at noon, local time. It will cover the promotional material, information about the recipients, and more. 

Register here to attend the webinar!

Other News
From the POAMN
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network

POAMN would like to hear from you! They are seeking articles for the 2018 Older Adults Ministry (OAM) Planning Guide about your ministries for older adults. Read more

The Fall 2017 POAMN newsletter, is a good resource.  Check it out!

and Other News:

John Knox Ranch


Ghost Ranch

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

--see catalog   SoL Center Classes   
--to Register

Biblical Female Characters as Masks
with Bonnie Lyons
Nov 6 & 13, 7-9 p.m.; $40 (includes the book, In Other Words)
Are there masks that might liberate in the Hebrew Scriptures? Use poems/ monologues by different women in Hebrew scriptures, from the book In Other Words. The second evening students will bring a poem they wrote using a biblical mask. Course combines lecture and discussion. You will need to pick up the course book before the first class.

Expressions of Non-Orthodox Judaism
with Rabbi Samuel Stahl & Rabbi Jeffrey Abrahm
Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m.; $20
Explore how and why Judaism became multi-denominational. How Orthodox Judaism gave birth to Reformed Judaism.

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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7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209

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Presbyter Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

I want to give a special shout-out to Rev. Suzy Royston and the Boldtville congregation for the lovely service they planned and hosted November 8 to help us pray with and for the members of the Sutherland Springs community. They were welcoming, hospitable, and supportive for those of us who gathered.

I'm happy to tell that, at the service, $864 was collected in an offering to support that community. Also, if you were not able to attend the service, would like to hear a fine sermon from Suzy, and have access to Facebook, you can see it on the Mission Presbytery Facebook page. I understand that Tricia is also working on downloading it to our website; watch for it there too. (Speaking of which, THANK YOU  to Tricia for her steady and in recording!).

Jim Kirk, from the PDA office in Louisville, and Jim Ellor (a National Response Team member  ...there's more!  

Also see reference materials for unnatural disasters in the 
PDA: More Than Just Storms section below.

Installation Invitations

You are invited to the 
Ordination & Installation of
Jennifer Lee Mitchell
as Pastor of
First Presbyterian Church
405 E. Mayfield St.
Karnes City, Texas 78118
November 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM

and 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

In Witness to the Resurrection

After a brief illness  Linda Evans , wife of Rev. David Evans, passed away November 9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. A service will be held Monday, November 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM at University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio St., Austin, Texas.

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The Reverend John Wayne Watson passed away November 7, 2017 at his home in the presence of his wife Barbara. John was ordained in 1975 and dedicated his life to helping people know, love, and serve Jesus Christ, and deal with death. He served four Presbyterian churches in California and one in Boerne, Texas. In 2009 John took up work as a hospice chaplain. A service will be held Saturday, November 11, at 2:00 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 315 Rosewood Ave., Boerne, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Samaritan's Purse International Relief at Send condolences to the family at 6 Comanche Tr, Boerne, TX 78006.

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Grace Presbytery sends word that The  Reverend Benjamin F. Gutiérrez passed away November 2, 2017. Ben served as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Robstown, Texas, followed by pastor of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Taft. He then served various in other areas of the world. ( read more)

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife, Tina, at 417 Deer Run, Keller, Texas 76248-5382.


As you know, Kathy Anderson resigned her position as Director of John Knox Ranch effective October 31. We had talked with Kathy about a date to host a reception to honor and thank her for her time at the ranch - but as it turns out she's got a family conflict on the day that was chosen. Not to mention -

Kathy announced earlier this week that she has accepted a position with Mo-Ranch to serve as their Chaplain and Program Director! That's great news for Mo - and, great news for us because Kathy will be staying in Mission Presbytery.

So, at Kathy's request, there will NOT be a reception in December. We celebrate with her the new opportunity she'll have at Mo-Ranch, and will continue in ministry alongside her here in the presbytery.
Adopt a Classroom- Harvey Relief

Would your congregation like to assist congregations in New Covenant and Mission Presbyteries impacted by Hurricane Harvey? What about adopting a Sunday School Class or two through any of your upcoming mission opportunities (Christmas market, Fall festival)?

The Southcentral Region of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (SCRAPCE) is sponsoring an "Adopt-a-Class" program. Impacted congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to$1,000 per classroom to help them replace supplies, curriculum, and equipment. See About Adopt-a-Class
PDA: More Than Storms

If you read Sallie's Ponderings above, you have a good start on how we might begin recovery from un-natural disasters.  We hope these reference sheets are helpful to your congregation:


The Texas Psychological Association, 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
    Give Now

Special Events:

>>Fall Fesitval to Benefit Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, November 11, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 13200 Bandera Rd, Helotes.   Come on out, eat, play enjoy the fellowship and help a deserving family achieve their own home. There will be barbeque, music, games, and information about Habitat. Click here for coupons, and a flyer .

AlsoFaith in Action Team (FIAT), meets November 14, 12:00 PM, San Pedro Presbyterian Church 14900 San Pedro, San Antonio. Hear future plans and faith community's role in affordable housing. RSVP or 210-223-5203 ext 148.

House Dedication, November 18, 10:00 AM Rain or Shine at Lenwood Heights, 227 S. Acme Rd, San Antonio 78237.

>>Time to Shop for Christmas!
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 -  Nov 11 & 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!

>>Austin Region Session Minutes Review & Clerk's Training
Saturday, November 18,  from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
First Presbyterian, 205 South Franklin, La Grange
Bring:  a copy of 2016 Session minutes, Book of Order, pen, and a lunch. For more information: stated

YCC 2018 Midwinters

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

2018 Conference Dates: MW#1-Jan. 12-14 and MW#2-Jan 19-21.  Both conferences are BLENDED for 6th-12th graders. Review the flyer and forms (4 pgs) for details. Registrations must be mailed with payment to Mission Presbytery, 7201 Broadway, Ste 303, San Antonio TX 78209.

Care for Those Who Grieve

Would you or someone you know benefit by attending one of these events? Gather with others who understand your grief to help you in your healing.

Grief & the Holidays:  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