February 8, 2018
Mission Presbytery Purpose Statement
We are Mission Presbytery, serving Christ in the World. In the Reformed Tradition, together we
  • Establish and equip congregations and sessions to carry out their missions;
  • Recruit, receive, ordain, develop, and care for those called to service in the church;
  • Enable mission and witness to the Gospel that congregations cannot accomplish alone; and 
  • Steward our resources faithfully and generously.

We are better together.


The Giving Place
Central Presbyterian - Austin has 22 3 blue hymnals in boxes, just ready to be taken free to a new home! 
Contact: win@cpcaustin.org 

Job Opportunities
St. Andrew - San Antonio
or 210-722-9871

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Madison Square Church
or 210-226-6254

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PDA Trainer Needed
Disaster Preparedness Trainer Training-Aug 1

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will offer Disaster Preparedness Trainer training on August 1, 2018, in conjunction with the PW Gathering in Louisville KY.

Click here for Trainer details  

Annual Report for Members-at-Large and Specialized Ministers
Use this form to submit your Annual Report to Rev. Carol Clarke at cjcrev@aol.com.

Retired pastors, you are not required to submit this report.

Education Opps
>>Classes at SoL Center
UPC-San Antonio Campus

>>Princeton Forum on  Youth Ministry @ Princeton
April 24-27, 2018
 and  Flyer  

And Other News

John Knox Ranch


Presbyterian Pan American School

After Harvey:

The Texas Psychological Association, offers three free
counseling sessions by Ph.D Psychology providers to anyone affected by Harvey. Click to find a counselor.
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Church Resources: 
offers new materials for

 Confirmation Class,
 Lent & Easter, 
Book of Common Worship.

IRS 2018 Mileage Rates

Business 54.5 cents/mile
Medical/ Moving 18 cents/mile
Service to Charitable Orgs. 14 cents/mile

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San Antonio TX 78209
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Presbytery Ponderings 
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

You may or may not know that I find Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys to be one of God's greatest gifts to music. Indeed I do. I haven't exactly gotten into writing about "the theology of Bob Wills," in fact, I doubt I will do so! But Bob Wills songs - and, in his passing, Asleep at the Wheel songs - are absolutely and eminently quotable.  Continued...
It's the Dawn of a New Day!
Presbytery Meeting March 2-3, 2018

Presbytery registration is now available online! Click on the link to register for the March meeting.  Online Registration

If you need a paper form, please  click on this link for a fillable PDF form. 

All registrations are due by February 23

Child Care Registration is now ON-LINE.  Registration is due no later than February 9. Click here to register.
Our Prayers and Condolences

Our prayers and condolences are extended to  Rev. David Johnson and family on the passing of Rev. Jane C. Johnson on January 30, 2018 in Austin. Jane faithfully served the First Presbyterian Church in Smithville for ten years.  A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 300 Burleson, Smithville, Texas.
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We also keep in prayer the family of Rev. Faries McDaniel (HR) who passed away February 2, 2018 in Austin. Rev. McDaniel was a beloved member of our community.  His memorial service will be held Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 PM at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226  W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas.
Presbytery Job Opening
A Great Opportunity Awaits!

Mission Presbytery is seeking a Youth and Young Adult Program Director! If you enjoy working with young people, using your leader skills, being a mentor, friend, and enthusiast, this job is for you. Great benefits included and travel is required. All applicants may send resume with cover letter to HRTeam@missionpby.org. Questions, call or text Claudia Smith at 512-797-3138.  Click here for Job Description.
Meet Chris HolmesChris Holmes JKR
Executive Director, John Knox Ranch

Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church invites you to a "Valley Rally" February 11 from 3:00-5:00 PM to meet the new Executive Director of John Knox Ranch (JKR) and learn more about what's happening there! See flyer for detailsBring a snack to share, beverages provided. Please, RSVP to  litas@missionpby.org   
SA Faith Based Initiative 
San Antonio Congregations & Clergy:

Learn with Molly Cox (SA2020) and Christine Drennon (Trinity University) at San Antonio's Faith-Based Iniative's Winter Convening on Tuesday, Feb 21, 8:30-11:30 AM. We'll meet at TriPoint, 3233 N. St. Mary's, 78212. Come and bring your Mission folk, Clerks, the curious and the committed.  Email Tom Heger for more information, tjheger@flash.net.

Special Services
You are invited to these Installation services:

The Rev. Holly Hoppe
as Designated Co-Pastor of
Grace Presbyterian Church
1705 Gattis School Road
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:30 PM*
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The Rev. Trey Haddon
as Pastor of
St. John's Presbyterian Church
12420 Hewitt Lane
Austin, Texas 78748
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 5:00 PM
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The Rev. Katheryn Barlow-Williams
as Pastor of
Central Presbyterian Church
200 E. 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 5:00 PM
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The Rev. Andries Coetzee
as Pastor of
University Presbyterian Church
300 Bushnell
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3:00 PM
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and to this Ordination Service:

Mary E. "Molly" Hatchell
into Specialized Ministry as Chaplain
at Seton Hospital in Austin.

The ordination will take place at
Westminster Presbyterian Church
3208 Exposition Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78703
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 5:30 PM

*Note time change
Youth Workers!
We are accepting application for our Midwinter Planning Team. MPT is a group of faithful, dedicated high school students from around the Presbytery who plan and lead our annual Midwinter Youth Conferences at Mo-Ranch. It is an opportunity for great faith development, leadership growth, and transformational friendships. We are looking for current sophomores and junior to fill the team for 2018-2019. Please think about the youth in your churches and encourage those who have the gifts to serve on this team to apply. We would love to see more churches represented. 

Use this link to enable your youth to apply. Deadline for application: March 8.

Open House at John Knox Ranch!
Announcing Open House at John Knox Ranch, February 24, 2018, 10:00 am 'till closing campfire.

John Knox Ranch, summer camp and retreat center is a nonprofit, Presbyterian, outdoor ministry located just 109 minutes outside of Wimberley. We, at John Knox Ranch, invite the entire Hill Country Community to come on out and tour the Ranch and experience what our beautiful 300 acre wildlife preserve, camp, retreat and event venue has to offer! Participate in traditional camp activities and experience the sacred spaces that have brought life-changing experiences to generations of youths attending our summer camps.   Click here for complete letter.
Anxious to Talk About It:
Accepting Our Discomfort in Talking about Racism in Church
with Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel
Cross Roads Church, March 10, 2018, 10 AM--1 PM

 For many while Christians, talking about race is very uncomfortable. Many grew up assuming that talking about race meant being a racist. Why talk about something so divisive?  Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel shares about her own story of coming to learn about racism and how, as a white Christian, she was called to help other white Christians recognize our responsibility in the world to work for justice. Her approach honors the stories and emotions that come form talking about race, and she wants to help white people be able to deal more effectively with their own discomfort around the subject. Join us to learn how you can engage your own church in this conversation. 
Reconceiving Hope
April 13, 2018, 9 AM-4:30 PM
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    100 East 27th St, Austin 78705

Infertility is an often silent and agonizing form of grief. It can threaten one's identity and severely stress important relationships. Join us for, Reconceiving Hope, a one-day conference focused on infertility and related reproductive loss, with an emphasis on how religious identity impacts healing. Come learn with us how to provide insightful, responsive care to those experiencing this form of trauma and deep grief.

Cost is $30 if you register in groups of 3 or more; $10 for students.  Flyer & Details.     Register Here 

Contact Erica Knisely for more information: eknisely@austinseminary.edu or 512-404-4870

Jointly sponsored by Steve Hicks School of Social Work and
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
SW and clergy CEUs will be provided.