The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
July 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: July 9-15
First Presbyterian Church of Pipestone
Pastor: Rev. Nathan Lamb
Clerk of Session: Jennifer Cronin
Administrative Assistant and Treasurer: Carol Baker
  • We congratulate Nathan Lamb on his completion of the requirements for the PrairieFire Practicum in Spiritual Direction on June 25, 2017 in Des Moines!
  • We celebrate the success of our "Be a Hero" VBS in June
  • On Memorial Day weekend, we honored all those who have served our country
  • Please pray for our members who are struggling with health issues and those who have lost loved ones
Pam out, Karen and Deb are pinch hitting

Stated Clerk Pamela Prouty had surgery on June 27 and will be unavailable until August 1. In the meantime, please contact Associate for Administration Karen Lange or Presbytery Moderator Deb Hess with any questions or concerns. 
Karen:  karen@minnesotavalleys.org or 320-235-7910 at the presbytery office
Deb:  gmc1953dlh@aol.com or 507-829-6411
July Ordination Anniversaries

07/01/1973  Steve Boots
07/02/1995  Scott Prouty
07/07/1991  Dawn Carder
07/07/1953  Harold Utzinger
07/09/2000  Jason Cunningham
07/09/1972  Terry Morse
07/09/1989  Galen Smith
07/10/1994  Tim Sutton
07/13/1980  Kate Stangl
07/14/1991  Al Jergenson
07/14/2002  Ken Matthews
07/14/2002  Lynne Matthews
07/14/2002  Darin Seaman
God Chat Apps: A Life of Prayer
Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:00 - 3:30
Hope Presbyterian Church
Spicer

Email Karen Lange to register. Cost: $10 if preregistered by September 22
Plenary Speaker: Rev. Kara Root
Breakout session topics:
  • Centering Prayer
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Yoga, Meditation & Prayer
  • Introduction to Prayer
  • Tech Tools for Prayer
2017 Summit Meeting
God Chat Apps: A Life of Prayer
Steering Congregations to Formational Resources

The Commission on Congregational Transformation and Development exists to resource congregations. We have identified six critical areas: discipleship, evangelism, mission, spiritual leadership, stewardship and worship. Each area has one or two individuals who serve as point persons. The point person's goal is to steer you in the right direction toward valuable resource. Please let us know how we can come alongside of your congregation.


Discipleship: Pam Bush, pambush@woodstocktel.net , 507-823-4697
Discipleship: Anne Veldhuisen, aveldhuisen@gmail.com , 507-215-5617
Evangelism: Candace Adams, revadams@hotmail.com , 320-796-2650
Mission: Richard Lawrence, richlawrence66@gmail.com , 320-260-9639
Mission: Darlene Scherbing, darlenescherbing@yahoo.com , 320-292-2610
Spiritual Leadership: Tom Voigt, tvoigt1960@hotmail.com , 612-875-6398
Stewardship: Rick Hauge, rdhmnara@mchsi.com , 507-829-5227
Worship: Darin Seaman, pastordarin@fpcstcloud.org , 320-251-8277
Presbytery office hours are 7:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday.
Office will be closed on  Friday, July 7 and Friday, July 14
Lakeshore Center at Okoboji,  October 13
Pastors and CREs: Here is a great opportunity for you to spend a day with preacher/teacher/author Tom Long.  He will be in the area to teach a class for the new Academy and will be doing this day long workshop at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji on Friday, October 13
Discover Presbyterian Mission in Pakistan

During the week of September 4-9, 2017, Veda Gill, Executive Director of Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan (PEB), will be in Central Minnesota and is looking for opportunities to acquaint God's people with the vital work being done in educating some of Pakistan's poorest children, both Christians and Muslims. This work was started by Presbyterian missionaries in the 1850s and continues to this day. Veda is looking for pastors, mission groups, PW members, or interested church members who could receive initial information about PEB in preparation for a follow-up visit with a larger church group at a later time. If you would like to sit with Veda and hear the good news from Pakistan, please contact Lynn Miller at 320-492-3341 or lynn.miller@friendsofpeb.org.
Do you hear a call to a new role in church leadership? 

In response to a need for accessible educational opportunities for church leaders, the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys along with two other presbyteries and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies have developed an exciting new course of study called "The Academy." 
 
Maybe God is calling you to respond to a specific need for a Commissioned Ruling Elder in your church. Or maybe you feel a hunger for personal spiritual growth. Perhaps you are a current CRE who feels you could benefit by a refresher on certain topics.
 
Courses may be taken as a series with the goal of meeting the requirements of becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder, or individual classes may be audited for personal education and growth.
 
Hurry! The first classes start at Synod School in July, so registrations are being taken now. Check out the link for the brochure or visit the registration website for more information about the courses and the quality teachers. Questions may be directed to the presbytery office, or Academy board members: Rev. Elaine Boyd and Kathy Knips.
To register, go to:  https://www.regonline.com/theacademy
For more information:  www.thepresbyterianacademy.org
The brochure
Pastoral Leadership Opportunities

The following congregation within the bounds of our presbytery is currently seeking pastoral leadership:

Randall Presbyterian Church, Randall, Minnesota  
- Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03892.AC
First Presbyterian Church, Foley, Minnesota - Interim Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03882.AAO

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. 
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Six New Things
Synod School 2017 - July 23-28 - Storm Lake, Iowa
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