March 1, 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.


Mission Opportunity
Multi-level Educational Youth Outreach (MEYO) under the umbrella of Divine Redeemer Presbyterian, San Antonio offers you the opportunity to help youth in San Antonio. Read about their new plans here.

Job Opportunities

PDA News
New Volunteer Host Site 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has a new volunteer host site for Hurricane Harvey response!

Parkway Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi can host teams of 40 or less with a minimum age of 11 (ratio of 4 youth to one adult over 21).

For more information and/or to book your mission trip, contact the PDA Call Center: 866-732-6121 or

Please support this important ministry with your prayers, and help the Parkway congregation keep the site full of volunteers.
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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

Benevolence Forms
Some of  you have asked about the Presbytery Benevolence Commitment and Remittance forms. This year, the forms are posted on our website for your use as needed, under Resources, then click on Forms.

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

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

John Knox Ranch


Presbyterian Pan American School


SoL Center Classes at
University Presbyterian,
San Antonio

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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Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209
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Presbyter Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

Last week, I started down the path with you of the "7 Marks of congregational Vitality" that our friend the Rev. Kathryn Threadgill from the Presbyterian Mission Agency told us about at the October 2017 Presbytery meeting. The first mark was "LIFELONG Discipleship Formation:" in short, "from the cradle to the grave, seeking to be formed for right living with God and with all people." Now let's look at the next one.

Mark 2 - Intentional, Authentic Evangelism
If we follow the marks as given, it is the lifelong discipleship formation which will prepare us, enable us and energize us to do intentional, authentic evangelism.  Read on...
Special Services
You are invited to the Ordination service of:

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

and to the Installation service of:

Valerie Young
as Synod of the Sun's
Synod Leader/Stated Clerk

Trinity Presbyterian Church
1200 Clover Hill Rd.
Mansfield, Texas
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
Youth Workers!
Applications for our Midwinter Planning Team (MPT) are now being acceptedDeadline for application: March 8.

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 juniors 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. 
Don't Forget - Open House @ JKR!
Moved to March 10 due to poor weather
10:00 am 'till closing campfire

Come on out and tour our beautiful 300 acre Ranch, to see first-hand all we have to offer! Participate in traditional camp activities and visit the sacred spaces that have brought life-changing experiences to generations of youths attending our summer camps.   Click here for complete letter.
Presbytery Leadership Opening
Mission Presbytery seeks Youth & Young Adult Advocate!

If you enjoy working with  young people,  using your leader skills, being a mentor, friend, and enthusiast, this job is for you. Compensation includes Board of Pensions benefits and a salary based on experience and qualifications (range from $30,000-$45,000). Significant travel is required. All applicants may send resume with cover letter to . Questions, call or text Claudia Smith at 512-797-3138.  Click here for  Job Description .
Show Your Support for Parkland

James Potts, Director of Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, FL, has networked with churches across the nation to begin a Children's Letter Writing Campaign to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. If you would like to have your children or youth ministries participate, please begin the campaign as soon as you can, gather the letters and send them to the address below, without envelopes (one envelop for all is fine). They will be given to Rev. Willy Figueredo to be hand-delivered to a guidance counselor at Stoneman Douglas. There will not be a time frame for this project in frequency or duration; however, immediate response will be beneficial for the students as they are currently in shock and in grief.

Should you have any questions, please call Sandra 954-785-2220 or email  Mail items to:
Presbytery of Tropical Florida
Attn:  Sandra Figueredo
1919 SE 5th Street
Deerfield Beach FL  33441
Prayers and Concerns 

-- Rev. Charles Schuler, pastor at First, Rockport, Charlie fell and broke his hip and is now recovering.

-- Diana Vanderland, wife of  Rev. Elwin "Van" Vanderland (HR) passed away yesterday. Service details are pending. 

--Rev. Kevin Keaton, our Board of Pensions Rep, as he recovers from hip injuries from a cycling accident.
Walk to Emmaus 
Women's Walk to Emmaus

Register now to be a Pilgrim on the Women's Walk  to Emmaus,
starting Thur evening of Mar 22  and ending  Sun afternoon of  Mar 25.  The spiritual  formation  weekend is held at a retreat center in  Boerne.  Don't miss this  exceptional  opportunity  to reflect and exam  your spiritual  life, study, and  leadership service to the church,  not to mention  prepare in a different manner for all that Holy  Week  means for the church and you. Need help  identifying a sponsor for you for this Walk, contact 

Karen Stocks at  210-722-9871
Pilgrim Registration  forms are available online at:
Learning Events

Free Online Workshops for Youth Ministers:
Montreat is offering free workshops for Youth Ministers beginning next week! Click this link to Montreat to review the various topics for you and your ministry.

Anxious to Talk About It:  Accepting Our Discomfort in Talking about Racism in Church
with  Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel, March 10, 2018, 10 AM--1 PM
Cross Roads Church, 8102 Midcrown, San Antonio

Why talk about something so divisive?  Dr. Helsel shares 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 from 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.  See flyer
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Series on Racial Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Continues
Sundays, February 18-April 29, 9:30 AM , UPC Great Hall
University Presbyterian, 2203 San Antonio St, Austin 

Please come at 9:15 AM for a hot, light breakfast  provided by the Faith and Life class.  Children will participate in an age-appropriate curriculum on racism.    Schedule  and   Flyer-Speakers

Infertility can threaten one's identity and severely stress important relationships. Join us for a one-day conference focused on infertility and related reproductive loss, with an emphasis on how religious identity impacts healing. 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: 512-404-4870 or  

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

Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
April 24-27, 2018 
Princeton Theological Seminary

A four-day event for Youth Ministers, Christian Educators, Pastors, and Ministry Innovators.   For information:   and flyer for your use
It's That Time Again... order your 2018-19 Presbyterian Planning Calendars. And don't forget new officers coming in at year's end. Cost is just $8.75 - quite a savings for any congregation. Order online through Mission Presbytery using this link: