The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
June 27, 2018
 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 of July 1-7
First Presbyterian Church of Madelia
Leadership:
  • Treasurer: Jan Ulmen
  • Custodian: Jessie Holm
  • Health Minister: Linda Becken
  • Pastor: Penny Johnson
 
Prayer concerns:
  • For our aging members
  • For those in need of medical treatment
  • For those recovering from surgery
 
Mission activities: 
  • Watonwan County Weekend Backpack Food Program
  • Agua Viva
  • Riverside Cemetery
  • Wellcome Manor
Leadership on the Line

Join the Presbytery in a book study of
Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change
Ronald Heifetz, Marty Linsky
 
Pastors, sessions and church leaders are invited to read along with other co-learners as we take the transformation conversation one step further.  Planned for late July through Zoom and in-person discussions, we will explore the topics of productive change, lowering the risk of change agents, avoiding leadership traps, and answering the question-What does it mean to see new chapters in ministry. These are just a few of the themes we will discuss.  Leadership on the Line is a Harvard Business book commonly used by religious organizations. The book includes religious themes easily adaptable for the church context. Three Zoom book discussions will take place as follows:
 
July 12 - The Introduction and Part I Chapters  1 and 2
August 23 - Part Two, Chapters 3-7
September 20 - Chapters 8-11
 
The discussions will be at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., choose the one that works for your schedule. Please contact Karen Lange to receive the Zoom instructions.
Mark Your Calendars for September 15

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is a Presbyterian Church ministries funded in part from One Great Hour of Sharing. It is one of the most visible mission arms of the church. Volunteers in blue shirts show up to give aid and comfort for those suffering from natural and man-made disasters both in the US and abroad.

To find out more mark your calendar for September 15th, when team members from the national office will be with us for a day to talk about their work, ways we can help and what PDA can do for us when we are in need.

Watch the Valley Bridge for more details.
Information Please

We here at Osakis are looking for options to organist shortage. Has any congregation converted their organ to midi or whatever program to enable it be played by itself with computer programming and set up?  If so would you please contact us at osakispc@midwestinfo.net  or you might call me, Pastor Randy Knuth, at 712-540-8243.  We are in the beginning stages of discovery in regards to this so all help be greatly appreciated.  
Spaghetti Supper tonight!
Wednesday, June 27th, from 5-7p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Edgerton.

Edgerton First Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a "Community Sharing Meal" and you're invited!  We would like to share a meal with you. Please join us for supper with our church family, as well as the Edgerton community, and maybe invite a friend or neighbor to come with you. There are no "strings attached," we just like your company!  (No donation or free will offering will be taken, or can be accepted for this meal.)
First Presbyterian Church of Pipestone's float at the parade on Saturday--looks great!
Per Capita and Mission Dollars

The Commission on Operations is asking congregations to henceforth send their per capita and mission dollars directly to the presbytery office - 4055 Abbott Drive, Willmar MN 56201. If checks have already been sent to the Synod, that is just fine.
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.


DiscipleshipAnne Veldhuisen, aveldhuisen@gmail.com, 507-215-5617
Evangelism: Randy Knuth, knuthr758@gmail.com, 712-540-8243
Evangelism :  Darlene Scherbing, darlenescherbing@yahoo.com, 320-292-2610
Mission: Richard Lawrence, richlawrence66@gmail.com , 320-260-9639
Mission: Kathy Terpstra, kterp101@yahoo.com, 320-815-8158
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
Pastoral Leadership Opportunities

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

First Presbyterian Church, Fulda - Solo Pastor, 3/4 time up to full-time
   Ministry Information Form -  03782.AD1

Faith Presbyterian Church, Silver Lake - Part-time Solo Pastor
   Ministry Information Form -  03851.ACO

First Presbyterian Church, Mankato - Full-time Solo Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03792.AEO

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/

Also: First Presbyterian Church, Lake Crystal - Interim Pastor, 3/4 time
                Link to position description
Scholarship Funds for Racial Ethnic Students available from Synod of Lakes and Prairies

The Student Scholarship Fund is an educational assistance program designed to encourage racial ethnic students in their preparation for academic success in higher education. Students must have a permanent residence within the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and be active members in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation. The synod is committed to partner with students and schools for leadership development and quality instruction of clergy and lay persons for lifelong service. Application awards are based on personal achievement, financial need and recommendation from a teacher and pastor. Completed applications are due September 30 and must include an official transcript and financial aid statement.

Clearwater Forest Friends and Neighbors Day - July 14, 2018

Join us on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for the annual Friends and Neighbors Day, our celebration of Clearwater Forest and the communities of supporters that make it great. On this day, we open the doors to showcase our beautiful, historic buildings, our exciting programming, and God's amazing wilderness. You will have the opportunity to be part of the annual Lake 2 Lake bike ride to raise scholarship funds, tour the grounds and buildings, and participate in activities on land and on water. A picnic lunch, celebration program, and campfire singing will round out the day. Registration and more information are available at www.clearwaterforest.org or by calling 218-678-2325. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged to aid our planning.
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