December 7, 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.


Year-End Reports
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

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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 Report Form (also on the COM page of our website).
Job Opportunities
Office Manager
John Knox Ranch

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Care for Grieving
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". 

And Other News
Mission Co-Workers
Dennis & Maribel Smith
Mission Co-Workers 
Dennis & Maribel Smith
send news of their work
as liaisons in South America.

Melissa and Charles Johnson share videos of their presentations at our last presbytery meeting. Take a look:

Life in Lundazi: Interpretation Assignment 2017  40:16 min

Life in LUndazi: Moment for Mission Interpretation Assignment 2017  11:49 min

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. Read more

Fall 2017 POAMN newsletter here.  Check it out!

John Knox Ranch


Ghost Ranch

Serving Mission Presbytery
The following members of Mission Presbytery currently serve you at the Synod of the Sun and General Assembly:

Synod Representatives
CP Joe Pat Nance -

Rev. Karen Stocks (HR)


GA Commissioners
Rev. Dan Milford
Rev. Nancy McCranie
Rev. Doug Dalglish
RE Liz Anzaldua
RE Dahlia Vela
RE Rick Covington

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Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209

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Presbyter Ponderings 
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... 

Ordination Service

You are invited to the  Ordination of

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.

Prayer Requests

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  during December. 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! 

Visit for Summer 2018 dates and costs.

YCC 2018 Midwinters
MW #1  Jan 12-14 
MW #2  Jan 19-21

Reserve your space now for Midwinters at Mo-Ranch!  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.

Educational Events:

>>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 registerevent registration

>>Midwinter Lectures at Austin Seminary
Jan 29-31, 2018

>>Commissioned Pastors Training:  The University  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 About Adopt-a-Class 
Training Opportunities:      

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:  or call 830-627-4261