November 2, 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.


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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Contact Us
Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209

P:  210-826-3296
F:  210-826-0917

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Installation Invitation

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

Special Events:

>>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. 4 & 5, and 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!   

party_pooper_bday.jpg >>Convención - San Marcos
C onvención, a long-held tradition with our Mission Presbytery Hisp anic churches, will be held this year in San Marcos on Nov 5, 2017. Due to last year's fire, two facilities will be used to host the Convención, El Centro Hispano Cultural and the Southside Community Center, both near Memorial Presbyterian. More Details

>>Documentary: Out of Order
November 5, 4:00 PM
Alamo Drafthouse, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin TX

Out of Order is a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the complex and painful struggles faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faith leaders as they confront entrenched bigotry and work to build loving support with their churches. Rev. John Stanger and Alex McNeill, both featured in the film, will be in attendance. 

This film is being shown in the belief that humanizing those who have been made into straw figures is one of the urgent tasks of our day, and in the belief that the gospel is at work in the lives and calling of these young adults and the church delights and grows in hearing such movement of the Spirit among us.  Poster  

>>San Antonio Regional Gathering
Thursday Nov. 9, noon
University Presbyterian, 300 Bushnell, San Antonio
Bring a bag lunch and join us for fellowship and sharing of lives and ministry. Discussion will include Sallie's Pondering of Oct. 5. See you on the 9th!

>>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, contact

YCC 2018 Midwinters

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

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

Position Available    

Central Presbyterian Church, Austin seeks a Director of Children's Spiritual Formation. See Description. Resumes to

Christmas Joy Offering    

Due to Hurricane Irma, printing and mailing of the annual Christmas Joy Offering promotional items has been delayed. They will be coming to your congregations as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can register NOW for a free webinar regarding the Christmas Joy offering, taking place Wednesday, November 15 at noon, local time. It will cover the promotional material, information about the recipients, and more. Register her to attend the webinar.
Care for Those Who Grieve

The holidays can be difficult times for those dealing with grief. You or someone you know may be encouraged by attending one of these events:

A Safe Place:  Nov 10-12, 2017, MO-Ranch
A retreat for bereaved parents, to provide a safe and spiritual environment where parents are able to share their grief and find hope and healing.  Register  

Grief & the Hoidays:  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

Helps After Harvey:

Hurricane Harvey Update:
In the Federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, twenty counties in Mission Presbytery are designated as eligible for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...   More & pictures

See these attachments for tips on storm clean-up.

Other Resources:   Ways to Help and/or Ways to be Helped .

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
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