The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
April 5, 2017
 We are congregations who seek to be a collective expression of the Body of Christ, 
joyfully participating in Christ's ongoing life and work. "Therefore encourage one 
another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing." 
(I Thessalonians 5:11)
Congregation of the week: April 9-15
First Presbyterian Church of Jackson
Leadership:  
Session Moderator: Keith Lohse
Clerk of Session: Diane Frodermann
Secretary:  Troy Christensen
Treasurer: Dean Albrecht
Session Members: Diane Frodermann, Paula Censky, Dean Albrecht, Chuck Lucht, Denny Hample, Troy Christensen.
Custodians: Rodney and Terrie Hlavac

Starting Sunday, April 23rd,  we will begin sharing the pastor with the Salem and Belmont Lutheran Churches in our community.

Cares & Prayer Concerns:
  • For all those serving in the military and their families
  • The unemployed/under employed
  • Those persecuted in the name of Christ
  • Our members recovering from surgery and those who are facing ongoing medical treatments
  • Our family members in nursing homes; Helen, Phyllis, Anna Mae, Mike, and Darryl
  • The youth of our community, we pray that they may know and trust Jesus
  • The prayer concerns of the First Presbyterian Church of Blue Earth
Rick Carus shares pictures from First Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls' 150th Anniversary Celebration
Chris Schmitz served as the Piper for the celebration
Pastor Scott Prouty, along with General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson and Presbytery Moderator Deb Hess, checking "last minute" details

The children of the congregation sang 

"We Are the Church"

The children
Presbytery Moderator Deb Hess called us to worship
Those who've been members for 50 years or more were honored.
Synod Executive Elona Street-Stewart
brought greetings from the Synod of
Lakes and Prairies
Presbytery Stated Clerk Pamela Prouty shared the children's message
The FPC Redwood Falls choir
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson preached
Pastor Lynne Matthews from Holland
visiting with Dr. Nelson
A delegation from the Harrison Community Presbyterian Church, planning for their 150th anniversary in May 2018, came to check out the event and got a photo op with J. Herbert
The Worship Leaders
Clerks representing four councils of the church: Pamela Prouty--Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys and Synod of Lakes and Prairies, J. Herbert Nelson--General Assembly of the PCUSA, Adrienne Danielson--First Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls
The birthday cake
Rick Carus brought greetings from the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
Dear Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys

I am happy to report that the search for our new Executive Director of Presbytery Mission continues with several candidates currently being interviewed and vetted.

However, it is evident that our new executive will not be in place before Rick's retirement. To bridge this gap, the Presbytery Life Commission has asked Pamela Prouty to serve as "Temporary Head of Staff." Her duties will include doing executive checks as necessary in support of congregations seeking pastors, answering questions and referring people to the appropriate commission, supporting the work of the commissions and committees, serving as head of staff, and other related tasks. Her salary will be an additional $1200 per month for an approximate ten hours of additional work per week. She will begin April 1, 2017.

Please welcome Pam to this role and please continue to pray as we search for our new executive.

Grace and Peace,

Andy Davis
TE, Union Presbyterian Church
Saint Peter, MN
We Need Hosts for Occidente Presbytery Guests Arriving in May
 
Our partners are coming. We want the presence of our guests from Occidente Presbytery to yield us the most benefit, so we are asking you and your congregations to inform us of your wishes. In particular, we can arrange visits which can include the sharing of faith stories, information about our mutual mission projects, discussions about immigration issues, and insights about our unique witness as Reformed Christians. Those who are prayer partners with Occidente congregations may especially wish to have this contact.
 
Please respond before the April 12 Task Force meeting. We can keep your wishes in mind as we plan for our time together. You can contact me at jimcynkrapf17@gmail.com, 507-350-1662, or 808 4th Avenue, Worthington, MN 56187.
 
As we plan, keep the following information in mind. The dates of their visit will likely be May 12 to 26, including two Sundays. At the May 16 Presbytery meeting, one of the delegates will preach, they will do educational presentations, and we will celebrate the renewal of our Pact of Companionship in Mission.
 
We are disappointed that visas have been denied for a number of the people we had hoped would come. At this point, the delegation will include Rev. Alma Lili Rodriguez and Elder Jairo Alvarado. Both are leaders in their presbytery and their International Partnership Committee. Many of you have meet Alma Lili before and know her as a faithful inspiring pastor. Jairo is a licensed transportation provider in Quetzaltenango and the father of two daughters. His wife is a high school teacher. He is eager to share the meaning of his faith as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. His family suffered many losses during the civil war and yet knows the power of grace to heal. 

Office hours

Presbytery office hours beginning in April will be 7:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday.
Wanted: Three Adventurers
 
The Young Adult Mission trip to Guatemala is looking for three intrepid adventurers to complete our team. Ages 16 to 25. June 26 to July 8, 2017. Cost is $1500, but special price of only $1250 if registered before April 14. Contact Mark Ford, 218-232-8131, or foxfire1691@yahoo.com for additional information.
Do you have hymnals to spare?

The Federated Church in Fergus Falls, MN is looking to replace several tattered copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal (blue,  ©1990). If you have any copies you're looking to get rid of, please contact The Federated Church at 218-739-3227 or church@federatedff.org. Thank you! 
Coming Soon: The Academy

Simply put, it is a series of 11 courses designed to develop well equipped, thoughtful people to better serve councils in a variety of capacities. For some this may lead to becoming commissioned ruling elders (CREs) while others delight in learning and growing as a leader.  We are lining up some of the finest instructors we can find! The brochure
Pastoral Leadership Opportunities

The following congregations within the bounds of our presbytery are currently seeking pastoral leadership:

Randall Presbyterian Church, Randall, Minnesota  - Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03892.AC
Crosslake Presbyterian Church, Crosslake, Minnesota  - Interim Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 11950.AC0

The Ministry Information Forms for these opportunities are posted on the Church Leadership Connection web site --  http://oga.pcusa.org/section/mid-council-ministries/clc/

Additionally, there will be other opportunities arising in the near future. Please keep your eyes open as Fulda begins a pastoral search and Foley will begin seeking an Interim Pastor. 
Registration open! More info
Synod School 2017 - July 23-28, 2017 - Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa
So much fun, it's like a big ol' Presbyterian family reunion!
New Wilmington Mission Conference - July 22-29, 2017 - New Wilmington, PA
  • Featuring Rodger Nishioka as Morning Meeting Speaker
  • Scholars and missionaries from around the globe
  • Hands-on service projects
  • Programming for all ages - infant through adult
  • Opportunities for a select group of young adults to participate in a short-term mission scholarship experience
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