March 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.


Mission Opportunity
In recent weeks you've read about the ministry, Multi-level Educational Youth Outreach (MEYO), from the Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church, San Antonio. 

This week read about the progress of one of MEYO's youth and see how you may continue to help others through the Big Give 2018.
Job Opportunities

PDA News
Who's Your Emergency Contact?

Mission Presbytery requests emergency contact information from each of our congregations in case of disaster. This will enable your presbytery to better reach out and meet needs in disaster situations.

An E-blast form about this request will be sent soon - Form link here.
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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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7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209
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Presbyter Ponderings
Greetings to the Saints of Mission Presbytery!

Here are some of the highlights from the March stated meeting of Mission Presbytery:   continue reading here
Special Services
You are invited 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

and to the Ordination service of:

Kristin A. Brown
as Stated Supply Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
300 Burleson
Smithville, Texas
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00 PM
Thank You! 
Dear Presbytery Worship Attendees,

Thank you so much for your generosity at last week's worship. It is very humbling to receive the offering and to represent such a wonderful place as John Knox Ranch. I feel genuine hope that if we work together the future of JKR is bright and healthy. Every dollar raised will be used in our scholarship funds as we believe that finances should not be a barrier towards our ministry. Our camp provides children with the opportunity to connect with nature and God, they participate in human powered activities, and to benefit from personal and primary relationships. Because of much is possible. Video

Chris Holmes, Executive Director
And Don't Forget JKR Open House
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.
In Celebration of Life & Resurrection

The Reverend Dr. Robert M. Shelton, Jean Brown Professor Emeritus of Homiletics and Liturgics and former President (1996-2002) of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, died in Dallas, Texas on March 4, 2018.

Dr. Shelton is survived by his wife, the Reverend Dr. Frances Shelton and their children Tammy, Jim, Omi, and Sarah, as well as five grandchildren. A service of Witness to the Resurrection was held March 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas.
Voting Results on Overtures

At the March Presbytery meeting, Mission Presbytery voted on the following overtures to the 223rd General Assembly (full copies of the overtures will be included in the Presbytery minutes posted to the website): 
  • J.1  Alternative for Climate Change -- passed 128-82
  • J.2  Small Church Ministry Office -- failed 101-111
  • J.3  Climate Change and Carbon Pricing -- failed 88-126
  • J.4  Affirming/Celebrating Full Dignity --  passed 151-60
  • J.5  Celebrating Gifts all Person/Gender -- passed 149-60
  • J.6  On Religious Liberty -- passed 159-50
  • J.7  On the Syrian Crisis -- passed 153-54
  • J.8  Support of Peace Churches -- passed 143-40
  • J.9  Divestment from Fossil Fuels -- failed 47-134
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 .
Healthy Boundaries Workshop
March 17, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian-Victoria,
10 AM-2 PM

Registration deadline is March 13

If you are one of the following: 
      Commissioned Pastor, 
         Certified Christian Educator, 
            CPM Candidate, or 
               Retired Minister serving in a pastoral capacity?  

Then this workshop is for you!
HOLY SMOKE! Coming Soon  
Annual Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
Sunday, April 29 at Covenant Presbyterian, San Antonio

Incredible food and amazing entertainment. And raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt and gift baskets! See you there!
Hispanic Ministries Mission Network Annual Gathering 
April 20, 3:00 PM -- April 21, 4:00 PM 
Austin Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Hispanic Presbyterians from across the Synod of the Sun gather for worship, fellowship, and learning focused on lay people. Presenters:  Rev. Rosa Blanca Miranda, Rev. Jesse Gonzalez, Rev. Marissa Galvan-Valle, Teresa Waggnener, Rev. Shawn King, Rev. Mauricio Chacon, and Rev. Isabel Rivera-Vela.

Cost is $40 (included lodging and meals); $5 for Austin Seminary students.  Register here
Learning Events

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

Send payment by March 30, 2018 to 
Mission Presbytery
7201 Broadway, Ste 303
San Antonio TX 78209