December 21, 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 statedclerk@missionpby.org.

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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 cjcrev@aol.com for questions. Click here to link to the Report Form (also on the COM page of our website).
Job Opportunities

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John Knox Ranch
Reply: jkrdirector@missionpby.org

Thank You, MP
Melissa and Charles Johnson, Co-Workers to Zambia in mid-November. See their update note!

Care for Grieving
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". 


And Other News

John Knox Ranch

Mo-Ranch

Presbyterian Pan American School

SoL Center

2018 IRS Mileage Rates

The IRS has posted the following mileage rates for 2018:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven
     
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
     
  • 14 center per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
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San Antonio TX 78209

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The Presbytery Office will be closed December 22, 2017 through January 1, 2018. We will be back in the office on January 2.
Presbyter's Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

Well, there's nothing like 75 degrees and humidity to get you ready for Christmas. I hear that's going to change, but it feels like flip-flop weather today.

We have been through quite a year together, haven't we, dear ones? At our meetings, we have "imagined," told stories, done energizers, heard about mission all over the globe, and still managed to get the work of the presbytery accomplished. there was this hurricane thing that came through and packed a wallop for our churches and members in the Corpus Christi and Victoria regions. (oh, yeah, that) Loved ones have been born among us, and loved ones have died among us. Committees on Ministry, Preparation, Pastoral Care, Congregational Nurture, Mission/Outreach/Justice, Fiscal Oversight, Stewardship, Nominating, Church Development, H.M. King loans and Presbyterian Women all met faithfully and turned out a lot of important ministry. I managed to meet with all six of our regions, worship with 27 of our congregations, attend or take part in a whole bunch of ordinations and installations, counsel with several pastors and several congregations, shed a few tears, and in general had a ball ministering alongside you. I think we should do it again in 2018 - you think so?  Cont.

Joys and Concerns
Please keep these families in your prayers:

Sonia and David Coello send news of the birth of their daughter on November 22! Isabelle Grace was 19 inches and weight 8 pounds, 6 ounces!  David is pastor of First, Uvalde.

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

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Rev. Trish Tedrow and Family on the loss of her father, Bob, on December 13, 2017 in New Mexico. A memorial service will be held December 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Aztec Presbyterian Church, Aztec New Mexico. You may send condolences to:
5200 Villa View 18B
Farmington NM 87402

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.
Calling All Buckets...     

So many of you responded to the needs of Hurricane Harvey last fall by making cleanup buckets. Many of those have already been distributed. But, by ANY chance do you have some still hanging around your church, waiting for distribution?

The need is BACK in Rockport. Charlie Schuler has put out the call for more cleanup buckets - as many as we can get. If you or your church has buckets that you could get to Rockport in the near future, please be in touch with Charlie ASAP: fpcpastor@yahoo.com or cell 361-441-8773. Thank you!

John Knox Ranch Reunion
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!

   

And Remember,  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 johnknoxranch.com 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.

Save These Dates for Healthy Boundaries Training:
  • San Antonio Region - January 20, 2018, 10 am-2 pm
  • Corpus Christi Region - February 17, 2018, 10 am-2 pm

Watch for more details!