Volume 46/May 19, 2022
The Presbyark Update
Connecting & Informing the Presbytery of Arkansas
May 19, 2022
Time To Register!
The Presbytery staff is making plans for the upcoming 150th stated meeting of the Presbytery of Arkansas. We will gather on the Presbytery Zoom on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30am

You can click here to register. Our offering will go to support the youth summer trips and you can click here to donate now.

To read more about the meeting, click here.
Digging Deeper with Tod Bolsinger
You have been reading about Tod Bolsinger being the guest speaker at our June Presbytery meeting. He will be talking to us about Transformational Leadership, a topic he writes about in his book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change
We know that you love your churches and you know that good leadership is crucial to having a vibrant congregation. Tod has experience - lots of it - and he understands what it takes to negotiate the changes and challenges of working with people and inviting them to a common vision. There will be some time for Q&A with him during the Presbytery meeting, but, if you want to spend more time with him Digging Deeper into the topic, Tod will also be zooming with us Thursday, June 16th at 1pm as a follow-up on our leadership conversation where you can ask questions and discuss matters in your church.  

Mark your calendars now and take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about being a transformational leader.
The Presbytery Goes to The Travelers Game!
On Friday evening, June 10 starting at 6:05pm, the Presbytery of Arkansas is going to Dickey-Stephens Stadium for dinner and to watch the Arkansas Travelers play the Wichita Wind Surge. The deadline to register is Friday, May 27.

Tickets are $16 (covers dinner and the game) for children 4 years and older through adult. Children 3 and younger are free.

Click here to read more and register!
The Presbytery Goes to The Naturals Game!
Save the date of June 15 for Presbyterian night at the ballpark. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals play the Arkansas Travelers at 7:05pm at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. We have been given the honor of having a combined Presbyterian choir sing the National Anthem on the field before the first pitch. If anyone in your church would like to attend and/or sing, please coordinate within your congregation so that we can organize our block seating and our combined choir. We encourage church members to wear their church t-shirt if they have one, or some other Presbyterian t-shirt (Ferncilff, PDA, etc) if available. 
Click here for details.
Jeannie Ford Retires
Jeannie Ford joined the staff at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock as their Christian Educator in 1992. Thirty years later, Second Presbyterian and the Presbytery of Arkansas congratulate her on 30 years of work well done as she retires.

To quote her co-worker and friend, Lindy Vogado, "Today was one of the best days for my church family as we celebrated the thirty year ministry of our beloved church educator Jeannie DeMotte Ford. From pogo sticks, hula hoops, and pin-the-hat-on-the-educator games to a moving worship service to a gathered meal with memories, laughter, and tears, it was a beautiful day celebrating one of the most important and influential people in my life."
Presbytery Brochure Available Online
The Presbytery now has a brochure full of information about ways that we can help you, as an individual or a congregation, connect and become more involved. It also gives an overview of opportunities the Presbytery has available to help your congregation in their ministry as well as photos of staff members along with their contact information.

Sets of these brochures will be sent to each congregation in the next few weeks. A pdf of the brochure can also be found at the bottom of the homepage at presbyark.org or by clicking here.
In Memoriam – Rev. Dr. Don Wardlaw
Don Wardlaw died on March 25, 2022, in Cumming, GA. Don was a pastor, scholar, and teacher who shared his gifts by teaching at three seminaries and as pastor of two churches in Memphis, TN. Don grew up in Little Rock and came back to live in Little Rock in his retirement. He has been a member of the Presbytery of Arkansas since October of 2008. He became active at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock and sang in the choir and continued to share his gifts in retirement at Second Presbyterian and in various ways throughout the denomination.  Don had recently moved to Cumming, GA as his health declined to be near his son David. Read more...
Pilgrimage Spring 2022
After two and a half long years, Arkansas Presbyterian Pilgrimage resumed their renewal weekend on April 21-24, 2022 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center. Ferncliff was beautiful as it always is and the Ferncliff staff welcomed us back with open arms. The photo attached shows those in attendance as ARPP volunteer staff and participants for weekend #32. The Holy Spirit was in attendance too as shown on every face. The fall weekend is scheduled for October 13-16, 2022.
Free Church Vitality Webinars
Strategic Ambiguity: 5 things every church can do in times of uncertainty to move towards health, May 31, 2022 at 1:00pm, a PRC webinar. Click here.
Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change, June 7, 2022 at 1:00pm, a PRC webinar. Click here.
Sabbath Grants Available
The Office of Christian Formation in the Presbyterian Mission Agency supports faith formation leaders that serve in presbyteries, organizations, congregations, camp and conference centers and campus ministries by awarding sabbath grants for $1000 to engage into up to a week of sabbath time. This grant is intended to serve leaders who would otherwise not have the resources to take time for sabbath.

Click here for guidelines and application.
Why We Watch Movies At Church
If you’re entering a season with traditionally low attendance, why not try something new. A few years ago at Life.Church, they identified that summer was slow. Rather than accept the slump, they tried something new—and it worked! 
At the Movies is their annual summer series at Life.Church that uses popular movies to demonstrate biblical truths—and reach people who normally wouldn’t come to church. 
During the service, they show clips from popular movies, and the pastor bases his message on themes from the films. At the Movies has helped them see higher attendance than any other month of the year and they are sharing all of their resources with you, for free!
Click here to find all the training, marketing, and graphics assets you need to create your own At the Movies event in your church. 
What's Next in Christian Education Workshop
The global pandemic has radically changed how we meet and connect for worship and education. Even as churches are resuming in-person activities, many of the faithful are still looking for online and hybrid offerings. Join us to consider how we can continue to offer spiritual formation for all ages in an ever changing world.

This is a workshop in three parts. We will begin with a presentation from Elizabeth Christie and PRC educators on tools and practices for this moment. Then, we'll break off into 3 small groups to brainstorm and discuss our particular contexts. The webinar will take place June 9, 2022 01:00pm Central. Click here to register.
Looking Ahead
  • Monday 5/23 3:00-4:30pm Tempered Resilience Book Club
  • Tuesday 5/24 2:00-3:30pm Staff Meeting
  • Tuesday 5/24 3:30pm Coordinating Team
  • Friday 5/27 Deadline to sign up for Travelers Game
  • Monday 5/30 Office closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday 5/31 2:00-3:30pm Staff Meeting
  • Tuesday 5/31 Deadline to sign up for Naturals Game
  • Saturday 6/4 150th Meeting of the Presbytery of Arkansas

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