Because Presbyterians love to take selfies with the pastor
Pastor Becca from New Covenant Fellowship is going around to see her folks. The selfies, properly taken practicing social distancing, remind us that social distancing does not mean spiritual distancing.
MISSION PRESBYTERY
WEEKLY NEWS
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May 7, 2020
Special Called Meeting of Mission Presbytery on May 9th
The General Council has called for a special Presbytery meeting to be held via Zoom Video Conferencing on May 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Please read the letter from the Moderator, Rev. Stacy Ikard. 
 
All voting members (TEs, CPs, Ruling Elder Commissioners)  must  register for this meeting beforehand. You can register by clicking on the link below or by going to the Presbytery meeting page of the website at mission-presbytery.org/presbytery-meetings . The registration deadline is 5:00pm on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Register HERE: https://forms.gle/DsJGzzwmCcgRTDWw9

 
Once you have registered, you will receive the information on how to access the meeting no later than May 8, 2020. 
 
The packet for this called meeting is also available on the Presbytery meeting page.
What: PresbyProm 2020!

When: Friday May 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

Who: Mission Presbytery high school youth, their youth leaders/volunteers/pastors, and up to one invited guest per youth (at youth leaders discretion)—with a ticket!

Where: Zoom—Zoom link and tickets have been sent to all Mission Presbytery youth leaders. Contact Caitlin ( youth@missionpby.org ) if you need it.

Why: To have fun, do a bunch of energizers and games with your youth group friends, and a ton of other youth from Mission Presbytery. 
A Parade for the Pastors
The congregation of Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin did a "drive-by" parade for both of their pastors, just to say:
 "We Love You!"
We love that you take care of your pastors!
Sallie's Ponderings
If the two things that businesses and organizations will most need to survive this "ice age" are relationships and trust, Sallie posits that we have those things in abundance! We are well prepared to move forward because these things are our stock and trade.

Read more about creatively building relationships and earning trust in this weeks edition of the Ponderings.
Virtual Choirs
"It is Well" by the Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church and Friends Quarantine Choir.
"I Will Joyfully Sing" by the Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church Virtual Choir.
Register for Summer Camp at No Financial Risk
We are closely monitoring colleagues and partner organizations and will wait as long as possible to cancel camps. We know this may be the most important summer of camp ministry ever for our camp families. We encourage you to go ahead and register for camp this summer at no financial risk to you. You can request a full refund for any reason. #johnknoxranch  

Read more about our Coronavirus update here.   https://johnknoxranch.org/page9864627.html
JKR Backyard Overnight Campout on May 9th
On May 9th, Join JKR families all over Texas and beyond for a campout experience together, but in your own home. #athomeJKR  

We’ve put together a toolkit of resources for you to have a JKR style family campout in your own backyard. 

Facebook event for sharing  https://www.facebook.com/events/605238270085054/  
Virtual Community
Church Worship and Meeting Plans Worksheet
The Presbytery office has compiled a listing of worship opportunities and programs being offered by the Presbytery's churches. The file is in Excel format and can be downloaded from the website Virtual Community page. Please contact Melody Gonzalez at the Presbytery office with any updates.
Find it on our "Virtual Community" Web Page
All of the resources listed this week and last week can be found on our "Virtual Community" page at: https://www.mission-presbytery.org/virtual-community

  • How to Live Stream, hosted by Ed Sackett
  • A Pastoral Letter from OGA and PMA
  • Video Tutorial on How to Use ZOOM, by Tricia Tedrow
  • Resources from Presbyterian Foundation
  • Resources from Mission Presbytery DPAC
  • Resources for Church Meetings, Including Authoritative Interpretation
  • Message from the Board of Pensions
  • Protocols for Electronic Meetings and E-Voting
  • Advisory on Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic
  • Mental Well Being During a Pandemic

Also see the resources on the Youth Ministry page for Remote Resources for Children, Youth and Adults at: https://www.mission-presbytery.org/youth-connections
In The Know
Church of the Week
During this time when in person services are suspended, Mission Presbytery is posting links for live-streaming or recorded services to share. Each week we will highlight one church to attend. The link and information is on the front page of the website.

This week's church is  First Presbyterian Church of Copperas Cove . They meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The service is accessible on their Facebook page:
General Council Announces Gift for Presbytery Churches
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You have been close in our minds and hearts over these last weeks as we have all tried to navigate through this time marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the innovation and creativity you’ve shown in continuing to worship electronically has been heartening, we are heartbroken to learn that six of our congregations have members who have tested positive for Covid-19, and as of this day, one person has died. Along with being a difficult time spiritually and emotionally, we know it’s been a difficult time financially for most of our congregations. Hence this letter, to lift you in prayer and offer support...
Stated Clerk Tricia Tedrow Accepts Call to Arizona
Tricia Tedrow announced to the April 23rd General Council meeting that she is submitting her resignation as Stated Clerk effective May 31st to accept a call to be Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Payson, AZ.

"It has been a true honor to serve as your Stated Clerk. During my time with you, I have met many wonderful people throughout the Presbytery. I’ve had the opportunity to worship with congregations in all six regions. I have celebrated anniversaries and installations with you. I’ve held hands with elders and congregational members during hard moments as well. I’ve heard amazing wisdom and passion in committee meetings, and each presbytery meeting has been a source of joy as I watch this presbytery grow into and live out the motto “Better Together”.

I’ve been honored to work with a forward-looking General Council, and with a truly fantastic staff! I know that there are still many wonderful things in store for Mission Presbytery. My prayers will be with you all. Thank you for letting me serve as your Stated Clerk."
An Important Message From the General Presbyter and Stated Clerk
The Offices of the General Presbyter and the Stated Clerk of Mission Presbytery have published a 'road map' for Presbytery churches to use when considering the timing of meeting in person.

Closing churches in favor of meeting virtually has been "a difficult act of love." The goal is to keep cases to a minimum, protect our most vulnerable, and meet with great care.
We See You!
Because Presbyterians have staff meetings on the beach
We could say more, but we'll just let the picture speak for itself.
Because Presbyterians love visits from a masked stranger
More visits from Pastor Becca.
Leadership Openings
Read more information about all of the postings on the "Leadership Openings" page of our website at: https://www.mission-presbytery.org/leadership-openings

Community Presbyterian Church of Port Aransas is looking for a Bookkeeper/Treasurer.

Kingsland Community Church is seeking a Pastor.

El Divino Salvador and Island Presbyterian Churches (IPC) in Corpus Christi, TX is seeking a “SHARED” pastor.

First Presbyterian Church of Rockport, Texas is seeking a full-time, solo Pastor.

New Braunfels Presbyterian Church is seeking an organist.

Gonzales Presbyterian Church is seeking a full time solo pastor. 

First Presbyterian Churches in Uvalde and Del Rio are seeking a pastor to serve this yoked field.
Resources and Links
We are Mission Presbytery, serving Christ in the World. In the Reformed Tradition, together we,
  • Establish and equip congregations and session 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.
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