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.
For Clerks of Session:
Annual Statistical Reports for 2017 are
due no later than February 1, 2018
. The site for submitting your church's report will be open Dec. 1, 2017 through Feb. 1, 2018. Questions, contact
For Specialized Ministers & Members-at-large:
It's time to submit your Annual Report to the Presbytery for 2017. Retired ministers are NOT required to complete this report. Contact Rev. Carol Clarke
for questions. Click here to link to the
(also on the COM page of our website).
John Knox Ranch
Comfort & Hope for the Journey of Grief
Feb 23-25, 2018
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".
Dennis & Maribel Smith
Dennis & Maribel Smith
as liaisons in South America.
Melissa and Charles Johnson share videos of their presentations at our last presbytery meeting. Take a look:
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
Action Request: POAMN
is seeking articles for the 2018 Older Adults Ministry (OAM) Planning Guide about your ministries for older adults by Dec 15.
John Knox Ranch
The following members of Mission Presbytery currently serve you at the Synod of the Sun and General Assembly:
CP Joe Pat Nance -
Rev. Karen Stocks (HR)
Rev. Dan Milford
Rev. Nancy McCranie
Rev. Doug Dalglish
RE Liz Anzaldua
RE Dahlia Vela
RE Rick Covington
Mission Presbytery primarily uses Constant Contact as the vehicle to provide membership and churches (you) with announcements of news, events, and updates.
To subscribe to the newsletter, call 210-826-3296 or
Submit articles for the newsletter NLT 5 PM, Tuesdays to
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209
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Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery:
This has to be one of the most unusual Advents I've experienced in any memory, much less recent memory. I have found it fascinating, even in just the first week of Advent, how the lectionary texts roll their way around, in and through our national headlines. And, I want to confess to you that, thanks to Facebook, I'm developing a new relationship with that central figure in our stories and in our manger scenes, Mary.
I've always had a bit of an ambivalent relationship with Mary...
You are invited to the
Sarah de la Fuente
into Specialized Ministry
with the A-Tribe program of the
Church Development and Evangelism Committee
Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Central Presbyterian Church
200 East 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Note time change from previous notice.
|Christmas Joy Offering
Every year we express our gratitude for the birth of our Savior by supporting the Christmas Joy Offering (CJO), which equally supports the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian-related ethnic schools and colleges.
|In Witness to the Resurrection
Our sympathy and prayers go out to Rev. Karen Stocks (HR) on the loss of her husband Samuel Everett Stocks (USAF ret) on November 23, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Sam was a member of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, New Braunfels, Texas. Services are as follows:
Visitation-Thursday, December 14, 5:00-7:00 PM at the Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa Street, New Braunfels.
A celebration of life and resurrection, Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard Street, New Braunfels, Texas. A reception will follow the service at the church. Send c
ondolences to Rev. Karen Stocks, 9668 Kurre Way, Garden Ridge TX 78266.
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The Evans Family invites you to the Service of Committal for Linda, on December 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Serenity Hill Columbarium and Scatter Garden at Mo-Ranch. A reception at Nicklos Barn will follow the brief service. If you would like to stay over at Mo-Ranch Saturday night, call 800-460-4401 for reservations.
Please keep these families in your prayers:
Rev. Trish Tedrow, our Stated Clerk, is in New Mexico to be with her father, Bob, and family. Bob is in hospice care. You may use this link for updates,
Rev. Thomas H. Schmid (HR), former pastor at San Pedro Presbyterian in San Antonio, is suffering from stage four pancreatic cancer. He is now a member of National Capitol Presbytery, and lives in California. Cards may be sent to:
418 West de la Guerra #C
Santa Barbara CA 93101
|This Season, Send Hope
The Sending Hope Campaign seeks churches with either adult or youth ministries who would want to
send cards that have words and/or artwork of encouragement
for patients (adolescent to geriatric) who will be at the
Georgetown Behavioral Hospital
There are four holidays in December: Mawlid, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, but the cards do not have to be holiday cards.
The program is intended simply to encourage patients who will be here during December.
Each card will be reviewed to ensure it is appropriate and that no identifying information from the sender is on the card. Can your church community help? Flyer Send cards to Rev. Nicole Talkington, c/o Georgetown Behavioral Hospital, 3101 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown TX 78626.
For more information, contact Rev. Nicole Talkington at
|What's Up at John Knox Ranch!
John Knox Reunion January 6, 2018, 3:00-7:00 PM
Catch up with all past counselors, campers and anyone else who loves John Knox Ranch. We will have hayrides, campfires, songs and all the other things you love about JKR. Learn from the new director about new plans and how you can stay involved.
If you need a place to stay, please contact the ranch!
Summer Camp Registration is OPEN
John Knox Ranch offers resident and Rookie camps for youth in 2nd - 9th grades, and lots of new activities!
|YCC 2018 Midwinters
MW #1 Jan 12-14
MW #2 Jan 19-21
Reserve your space now for Midwinters at Mo-Ranch!
for 6th-12th graders. Review the
flyer and forms
(4 pgs) for details. Registrations must be
with payment to Mission Presbytery, 7201 Broadway, Ste 303, San Antonio TX 78209.
>>Building Bridges: Naming & Negotiating Differences
January 8, 2018, 4:00-9:00 PM
300 Bushnell Ave, San Antonio
The SoL Center is privileged to partner with DreamWeek. Inspired by the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., DreamWeek calls us to consider how we might create communities of justice, equity, diversity, hope, and compassion. Plan to join us for the two panel discussions and a reception in- between.
Click here to register
>>Midwinter Lectures at Austin Seminary
Jan 29-31, 2018
>>Commissioned Pastors Training:
of Dubuque Theological Seminary will offer eight online courses for Commissioned Pastors in their lay ministry program. Read all the details here. The spring term runs January 29 to May 12, 2018.
|Adopt a Classroom- Harvey Relief
It's not too late to help congregations in
New Covenant and Mission Presbyteries impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Now is a good time to adopt a Sunday School Class or two through any upcoming mission opportunities (Markets, Fairs).
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
Active Shooter Conference
Providence-Jones Funeral Home
604 Highway 95 North, Elgin TX 78621
Saturday, December 9, 9:00-11:00 AM
The Elgin Ministerial Alliance and Providence-Jones Funeral Home are teaming up to host an Active Shooter conference for churches. The instructors will be from the Travis County Sheriff's Office Academy, and the program they use is the ALERRT Program. Cost is free. RSVP Amy Meyer:
Preparedness Training: Here is a link to an article from Christianity Today on how your
church can prepare
to protect your people against an active shooter. Better yet, schedule your disaster preparation training with Joyce Batty: