Volume 40/February 17, 2022
The Presbyark Update
Connecting & Informing the Presbytery of Arkansas
February 17, 2022
VBS Roundtable
Let's Think Outside The Box!
Join our VBS Roundtable on Thursday, February 24 at 11:00am where we will have special guests from several publishing houses share and answer questions about their curriculum with us. But then we're going to have a conversation where we can think outside the box about what VBS might look like, not only in a church with plenty of kids, but also in a church with very few or no children. Let's talk about reaching out into the community and partnering with other organizations and more.

Click here to register and direct the people in your congregation to this brainstorming session!
Youth Triennium 2022 Cancelled
Because of the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, which had been scheduled for July 24-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been canceled.

According to PYT director Gina Yeager-Buckley, this decision came out of a deep desire to prioritize the safety and health of all Triennium participants, including those working the event. Read more...

Deposits will be refunded to Presbytery of Arkansas registrants.
Mission Co-Worker in Honduras,
The Rev. Dori Hjalmarson
First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville and First United Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville are hosting Rev. Dori Hjalmarson during her visit to NWA from February 18-21. The Presbytery of Arkansas has been in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Honduras in mission and outreach since 2014.
Rev. Hjalmarson will share information about the ministry and mission of the Presbyterian church in Honduras. Our siblings in Christ in Honduras are serving their neighbors in creative ways that will inspire and encourage us!
Click here to learn how to join us in person or livestreamed for any or all of the events with Rev. Hjalmarson at FUPC Fayetteville and FPC Bentonville.
Lenten Study
with the Presbytery of Arkansas
During Lent, join the Presbytery of Arkansas and PC-USA Mission Co-Worker Rev. Dori Hjalmarson in a six-week Zoom Bible study of mission and church.

When two deadly hurricanes struck Honduras during one week in November 2020, members of the Honduran Presbyterian Church felt called to act, even though their own communities and churches had been spared damage. This call was not universally felt at first and brought up many questions.

To answer these questions, some members of the Honduran church turned to scripture and to a study called Church, Community and Mission to reflect and rethink their own ideas about what God calls the church to be and how God calls Christians to act in relationship to the world around us. We invite our U.S. partners to join us in the journey, and to experience the transformation that we have experienced in the past year. Read more and register.
Before The FOTC Grant...
We well remember those early days of the pandemic as many churches scrambled to pull together an online presence. Happily, many churches made use of the Future of the Church Grants to add needed technology. Click here to read Pastor Leslie Roper’s description of how the grant from the Presbytery cleared out the boxes and created a great space for going forward with worship in the days of COVID and still today!

It is time again to consider using a Future of the Church grant.   Here is a link to fill out the grant online or click here to find the grant information on the Presbytery’s website (Presbytery Documents/future of the church)  If you have questions, email: Carol Clark at cbclark05@aol.com or Steven Kurtz, chair of the Future of the Church Committee stevendkurtz@gmail.com. Or call Carol Clark at 501-563-6279.  
Click here to register by March 2.
Mission of The Church Grants Available
The Mission of the Church Committee is offering Unified Mission Emphasis grants to assist congregations and ministries of the Presbytery of Arkansas in proclaiming the love of Christ beyond their walls; efforts that extend the power of congregations and ministries to serve the most vulnerable in our society are particularly welcome. 

Click here to read more and learn how to register (presbyark.org/Presbytery Documents/Mission of the Church).
Summer Trip Update
We still have a few spots available for both Mo-Ranch and Montreat! Please sign up by March 15 to claim your place on these awesome summer trips! 

Click here for registration information. Questions? Contact Rev. Brianne Christiansen, Interim Director of Youth Ministries (brianne@presbyark.org).
Reformation Class Date Change
The dates of the free, online, three-week class on the Radical Reformation have been changed to February 18,25, and March 4. The class will be taught by Phil Butin through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Arkansas.

You can register for the course at the website for the Osher Lifelong Learning website or click here to register.
We Still Need Your Photo!
We are making progress on our goal to have a photo to go with each entry in our Presbytery's in-C directory. Looking at all of our church professionals, a good quarter of you have sent me photos. Thank you and please keep them coming in!

Look up your name by clicking here. If there's no photo or if there's one you don't like, send a new one to Julie Price at julietannerprice@gmail.com. If you have information that needs to be updated on your page, let Julie know that as well. If you don't remember the directory password, just ask.

Think how wonderful it will be when you can put a face to everyone's name. So get busy and send Julie those photos!
PC(USA) Resource Highlights
Mr. Rogers Day is March 20. Click here to find resources to celebrate the day.
Feb. 24 webinar will feature the author of ‘Faithful Families for Lent, Easter, & Resurrection,’ along with videos highlighting the season’s faith practices. Click here to register.
The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) website offers learning opportunities, grants, and more. Click here to learn more.
Being An Intentional Hybrid Church
Both/And, the newest book from Jason Moore, will help you reframe your thinking about online worship – not as a necessary evil or second thought but as a transcendent expression of worship – and show you how to integrate online ministry into the life of your church, from your service to ongoing discipleship.

I attended one of Jason's Both/And workshops and found it very helpful. -Julie Price.

Click here to order.

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