December 14, 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.

Synod's New Address
The Synod of the Sun has a new mailing address which you may use now:

Synod of the Sun
445 E. FM 1382, Ste 3-778
Cedar Hill TX 75104

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, all mail will be forwarded to the new address.  E mail addresses and phone numbers will remain the same.
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

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

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. Doug Dalglish
Rev. Nancy McCranie
Rev. Dan Milford
RE Liz Anzaldua
RE Rick Covington
RE Dahlia Vela
YAAD Alexis Milford-Rosales

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800-683-9999 or email
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Contact Us
Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209

P:  210-826-3296
F:  210-826-0917

No personal information is included in Presbytery communications without the expressed permission of the individual.

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We Rejoice...

...with Kate and Joel Moody on the birth of Elizabeth Rose, December 14! Joel is the pastor at Hope Presbyterian, Austin.

Prayer Requests
Please keep these families in your prayers:

We learned of the passing of Rev. Trish Tedrow's father, Bob, early on December 13, 2017 in New Mexico. A memorial service will be held after Christmas. You may send condolences to:
5200 Villa View 18B
Farmington NM 87402

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Services for Samuel E. Stocks, husband of Rev. Karen Stocks, HR, are as follows:
Visitation: Thursday, December 14, 5:00-7:00 PM at
Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St, New Braunfels.

Celebration of Life & Resurrection, and Reception:
Friday, December 15, 2:00 PM at
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St, 
New Braunfels.

Please note, the Presbytery office will be closed Friday afternoon for staff to attend this service.

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.
This Sending Hope Campaign
For Adult or Youth Ministry Groups

The month of December finds people away from home and in need of encouragement, especially clients of The Georgetown Behavioral Hospital. Many are adolescents or geriatrics. 

The Sending Hope Campaign asks groups to send cards that have words and/or artwork of encouragement for their clients (adolescents and geriatrics) who will stay at the hospital  this month. The cards do not have to be holiday cards.  The intent 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.

Save the Date, Austin!     

Austin Region ministers and chaplains are invited to gather for lunch Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00--1:30 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 Exposition Blvd, Austin. Mark your calendars, and look for your invitation soon. 

Educational Events:

>> NEW!  Officer Training
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Grace Presbyterian, 3604 N Ben Jordan, Victoria

>>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