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Are you a minister member of the Presbytery who won't be able to attend and needs an excused absence? Click here to send an email to Stated Clerk Bill Wildhack with your request.
Will you be joining us on Thursday, April 29?
Our first Stated Meeting of 2021 is Thursday, April 29, at 8:30 a.m., and this email includes reminders, updates, links to the meeting packet (docket, worship, reports), and more!
At this writing, we have 57 minister members of the presbytery registered, along with 37 ruling elder commissioners from congregations, 4 ruling elders in other roles, and 6 corresponding members or guests in other roles.

THANK you for working with us to get registered.

The deadline for ALL registrations is Monday, April 26.

If you're planning to participate in our meeting as a minister member of this presbytery, a ruling elder commissioner from a congregation, or in some other role and you have NOT also registered in Zoom or received a confirmation from me via Zoom yet, please reach out to me ASAP.

Scroll down to find more about what's in the meeting packet and what's coming up at the Presbytery meeting next week. 

A few key reminders:

  • Our online meeting "room" will open to participants for sign-in no later than 8:00 a.m.

  • We will start the meeting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

  • If you are a pastor/moderator or a clerk of session and have NOT yet sent the name(s) and contact info for your elder commissioner(s) to Ann Marie at office@pbty.com, please do so ASAP (or send me an email to let me know when you expect to be able to tell us). NOTE: commissioners still need to use the online registration using the links in my earlier emails to complete their registration for the meeting.

Here's some of what's coming as part of our meeting on the 29th (which you can read more about if you download the packet):

  • Our worship will be hosted primarily from Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center. Our worship service will include reflections on creation, installation of our new Vice Moderator, Ruling Elder Paula Salter, who was elected in February to fill the remainder of Sally Speer's term, reaffirmation of our baptismal covenant, and reading the necrology of ministers and elders from our presbytery who joined the Church Triumphant in the last year.

  • The offering collected during worship honors Cedarkirk’s 50th Anniversary and its ongoing growth and development through Cedarkirk's Capital Campaign. You don't have to wait for the meeting to donate; you can click here to give online now at the Presbytery of Tampa Bay’s new Online Giving webpage (https://presbyteryoftampabay.com/give) or, if you have the GivePlus Church app on your phone, search for “Presbytery of Tampa Bay” in the app. Be sure to choose “Presbytery Meeting Worship Offering” and follow the prompts to make your offering.

  • Key business at the meeting includes recommended updates to the Commission on Ministry (COM) section of our bylaws to better clarify delegations of authority to and within the COM consistent with the current bylaws and COM Manual adopted separately, electing Rev. Libby Shannon to continue in her current position now that it has been added to the staff structure in our bylaws, and hearing an initial report from a task force authorized last summer to help us respond to challenges from the 224th General Assembly (2020) in Item 00-29: On the Church in This Moment in History – Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about anything in the packet, and I can put you in touch with the right person to answer them (if it's not me).



Rev. William A. Wildhack III
Stated Clerk and Manager of Communications
(813) 868-4800, opt. 2

P.S. Even if your church has re-entered the sanctuary for worship in some form, keep in mind that the most recent CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people (when accessed at noon on 4/22) still says, among other things, that fully vaccinated people still should not
  • Visit indoors, without a mask, with people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Attend medium or large gatherings

P.P.S. The two-week trend in new cases is still up across the Presbytery of Tampa Bay. As updated April 22, 2021, 10:10 A.M. E.T.  (but updated daily), the 14-day changes in new cases were:
  • Pinellas -4%
  • Hillsborough +5%
  • Polk + 31%
  • Pasco +22%
  • Hernando +14%
  • Citrus + 38%
  • Levy +11%

P.P.P.S. Did you miss our last issue of the eNews? Check it out here!

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Meeting Packet with all reports
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The meeting packet includes the docket, order of worship, all reports (some with recommendations and some for information), along with information for first-time commissioners, and our special rules and additional guidance for online meetings.

You may want to print out portions to have on hand during the meeting or download it to a different device than the one you're using for Zoom.

Notes about Zoom and the Presbytery meeting

Zoom regularly updates its downloadable software for Windows, Mac, and apps for other platforms that sometimes change to the features we use for feedback and voting.

It is crucial to voting and participation in our meetings that everyone check for updates in their installed Zoom software or visit https://zoom.us/download for the most recent release for your computer or device **before** joining the meeting.

If you need help with how to do that, visit Zoom's "Upgrade/update to the latest version" page by clicking here.
Anyone participating in the meeting on Zoom or observing it on YouTube should take a look at the information on our Orientation/Refresher webpage by clicking here.

You'll find links to orientation materials, our Special Rules for online meetings, additional tech tips, and more.

We strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for the meeting because of how we will use Zoom's features (they all work on tablets and smartphones, but they're easier on Zoom).

Visitors, guests, and others who want to observe the meeting will be able to watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/hv90HP9xKBQ, so you don't need to worry about Zoom this time!
There may still be time to register:
Leading the Church into the Post COVID World with Tod Bolsinger
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom

The Synod of South Atlantic invites pastors and church leaders to a Church Leaders’ Forum with Tod Bolsinger on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT via ZOOM.

Rev. Dr. Bolsinger is Senior Fellow at the De Pree Center and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience.
Cedarkirk Updates
NEW EVENT: Virtual Run/Walk
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Kick off a new season with Cedarkirk's first ever virtual run/walk!

Participants of any speed can lace up their shoes and commit to a 5k, or a 0.5k. For the extra ambitious, partner with some friends and jump into the Cedarkirk 500 Miler! You might remember that number from the classic camp line dancing song "500 Miles". All participants receive a sticker and t-shirt celebrating your accomplishment!

Join camp friends from near and far to support camp and get out and enjoy this beautiful season!

This virtual event runs/walks from April 10 to June 5.

Learn more and register at https://cedarkirk.org/event/cedar5kirkraces/
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We are so excited to announce the opening of registration for our 2021 Summer Camp programs!

This has been a long year for all of us, and we at Cedarkirk are privileged to provide opportunities for our campers to experience connectedness, faith-formation, and plenty of play in an environment that is safe and inclusive.

Visit our website for program information, online registration, and all of our COVID safety protocols.

We cannot wait to welcome your camper back home this year!

Stay connected to Cedarkirk on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Online learning opportunities for church leaders and members
Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully
This month's article, Leaders Lean In, is by Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka, senior associate pastor and director of adult faith formation at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.

This is the third in a 12-part series focusing on PC(USA) leader formation as a part of the “Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons.” Additional resources are available at www.pcusa.org/leader-formation/. Past issues of the articles are available in Equip, the church’s online training site.
Festival of Homiletics

Is the church really dying? Or is it dying to change? How can the church recapture what it was in the first century-a distinctive, confessional community, willing to stand against the status quo, to speak up against the empire, and . . .(May 17-21)

Read more
2021 WORSHIP & MUSIC CONFERENCE | presbymusic

This intergenerational conference is for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, pianists, guitarists, percussionists, ringers, worship leaders, choir members, and anyone who loves the worship and music of the church.

Read more
Hybrid Ministry in a Post-Pandemic Church - Faith+Lead

Whether you're high-tech, low-tech, or no-tech whatsoever, it's nearly impossible to miss the shift that's taking place in our culture. Curiosity is on the rise. Participation is sparking creativity and connection. May 27, June 3, and June 10.

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From the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
For those who have already taken our Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI), we are pleased to offer a new one-day event: the MSTI Refresher Course! Sessions are available on Tuesday, May 11 and Saturday, June 12. The fee is $99, and the event runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm Central Time.

The full five-day version of MSTI is also available on May 3-7, June 21-25, August 2-6, October 11-15, and November 15-19, 2021. The session in August will include the option for in-person attendance in the Chicago area.

Registration for all events being offered by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is open now at www.LMPeaceCenter.org/ticketspice/. Questions? Please consult the attached MSTI Brochure, call 630-627-0507, or send an email to Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.
NOTE: The Presbytery of Tampa Bay and some of our churches have hosted Lombard training in our area several times over the years. LMPC is recognized by mid-council leaders across the PC(USA) as one of the best resources for the ministry of reconciliation in the country. Read more about who they are and what they do.
Recent Job Postings
We're happy to share openings among our member churches and ministries (and occasionally beyond). Send information about openings to info@pbty.com with "eNews - employment opportunity" in the subject line --- and be sure to let us know if/when you fill the position!

Village Presbyterian Church in Carrollwood is interviewing for a part-time Office Assistant position.

The position will require 20 hours per week which will include facilitating online worship on Sunday
mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Office Assistant will support the ministries and membership of the church with excellent written and
oral communication skills. A working knowledge of iMovie (video production), PowerPoint, Microsoft
Word, Excel, Publisher, and internet and website skills are required. A working knowledge of IT systems
is preferred. Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of two years
related experience.

VPC requests that candidates submit a letter of application and current resume that includes three
references via e-mail to VPCapplications@gmail.com, and will be accepting applications through 5/1/2021.

First Presbyterian Church of Brandon is looking for a part-time Facilities Manager

15-20 flexible hours per week
~ 3-4 workdays
$14-$16 per hour, paid bi-weekly

-> Ensure buildings and grounds are properly cared for and maintained
-> Coordinate outside groups using church facility/rooms for meetings
-> Schedule all annual required inspections
-> Support the FPC Brandon Preschool on maintenance and daily set-up needs
-> Oversee the night custodian on building requirements and outside group needs
-> Take phone calls professionally
-> Provide first-level maintenance on facilities and grounds (handy-person stuff)

Contact David Rogers, FPC Brandon Personnel Manager ~ Leave Message at Church 813 689-4597; call will be returned ~ Visit www.fpcbrandon.org or First Presbyterian Church Brandon Facebook page for more about the church

First Presbyterian Church of Brandon is looking for a part-time paid Youth Director for the MS/HS Youth.

They write: The Youth Group is a growing group of awesome kids who are currently meeting weekly on ZOOM with a monthly in person meeting as well.

At FPCB our youth are very important members of our church, participating fully in the happenings of all aspects of our church.

We know God’s plan has a person who will use their creativity, energy, and solid faith to plan and implement opportunities for our youth to grow in their faith. This position is supported by an active Discipleship Ministry Team who tirelessly work to support and provide resources. The salary range is between $600 to $1000 per month, and does not include benefits.

If you would be interested in this position, please contact Lynn Pabst, Discipleship Ministry Chairperson at 813-294-0459 or saralpabst@gmail.com. A resume and two references  (1 personal,1 professional) will be expected for all applicants
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Our next regular issue of the eNews will come out the week of May 3 with the Presbytery Meeting Summary.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end! -- Bill