October 20, 2017

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Regarding Ruling Elders: Responding Faithfully
As the events of our world seem to swirl into chaos, a question I've heard for months: "How do you cope with the news these days?
I know that what I fear most in this world is the death of goodness, or God-ness. And there are times I just want to put my head down and weep. Sometimes I do. Since Jesus wept over Jerusalem, sometimes I think God weeps with me, too.
But what does not seem helpful is letting depression, frustration, or despair immobilize me. I'm not good for anyone that way, let alone God or myself when I am like this.
I am learning, as we all are, my own path of resilience in this time in our beleaguered, beloved world. What follows is just one way I have of helping me to get my bearings so that I can respond in more helpful and Christ-like ways.
Read the full article HERE
From the Stated Clerk...
Mid-Council Leaders' Gathering in St. Louis
Last weekend saw hundreds of presbytery leaders (executives, stated clerks, moderators-elect, program staff) from across the country gather in St. Louis, MO, for the annual training event.  Transylvania was represented by David Hoskins (moderator-elect), Philip Lotspeich (executive) and Jerry Utt (stated clerk).  The event began with worship and moved on to workshops and plenary presentations from leaders of the various agencies of the church.  Attendees heard the plans for the 223 rd General Assembly to be held in St. Louis next June.  Sunday's worship service included an offering, and thousands of dollars were given to support the relief effort in Puerto Rico, and to assist Giddings-Lovejoy (the host presbytery) in its mission outreach efforts. 
We have a great opportunity to be part of the next General Assembly.  If you've signed up for pc-biz ( www.pc-biz.org the online component of GA), you can see and read the proposed overtures as they come in.  Right now, there are 8 or 9 overtures proposed by the presbyteries, and there will be more as the deadlines (February, April, and May) approach for business items.   Another opportunity is to witness the work of the larger church in action.  St. Louis isn't that far away, and anyone can register and attend the meetings.  The opening worship is always moving and powerful, as thousands of Presbyterians and ecumenical representatives gather in worship and praise.  It's really something.  Make a weekend of it and attend the opening worship, observe the moderator's election, meet new and old friends from across the church.  We'll share items in the newsletter as they become available or check out the GA website for more information.   (You can also check different social media sources: Facebook (Spirit of GA), Twitter, etc for GA news and updates.)  
APCE Registration
It is time to register for the Annual Event for the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.  Registration is on-line at  http://www.apcenet.org/.  Early bird registration ends December 8, but popular workshops fill up quickly, so don't wait!  

This event is in our APCE Region (Mid-South) and we have some scholarship funds available.  Our region's president, Doodle Harris, can be contacted about financial assistance.  

There are great workshops for all who engage in education, youth ministry, planning worship and more.  The theme is Deep & Wide - Boundless Hospitality, and this will be part of every workshop. People interested in curriculum have an opportunity to attend POINT training (each Presbytery can send two) to learn about new curriculum, and in particular our new Confirmation materials coming out in 2018. And there is much much more! 
Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Application
The  Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is a faith-based year of service in  22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.  
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year. For more info, visit the FAQ tab at the top of the YAV homepage.  Also, following @yavprogram on social media is a great resource. 
Below are important dates to know for the 2018-19 application season. The YAV application can be accessed here.
·        October 1 st  - Applications Open
·         January 1 st  -Round 1- (All sites available, early placement)
·         March 1 st  - Round 2 - (Most sites available, final date to apply to international sites)
·         June 1 st   - Round 3 - (National sites only, limited spots available)
If you have any questions about the application process, specific site placements, etc., please email yav@pcusa.org
Lunch and Learn- Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse
" Grief and Loss in Families with Substance Use Disorders "
What: Second in a Quarterly "Lunch and Learn" Series for Pastors on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues 

When: November 14, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM 

Where: Indian Hills Christian Church 
516 Grabruck Street, Danville, Kentucky  

Workshop Leader: Pastor Bryan Montgomery, 
Danville Church of God  

Hope Network and Boyle County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) 

* No Registration Fee - Preregistration is required for a lunch count, by emailing Kathy Miles at kathy.miles@centre.edu by November 9, 2017.  
Ladies Day Out benfiting Buckhorn Children and Family Services
Ladies' Day Out
to benefit Buckhorn Children and Family Services

Saturday, November 18th
11:00 - 1:00
Lexington Country Club 2550 Paris Pike, Lexington

Silent Auction 

For Reservations contact:
Sue McIntosh - sue.mcintosh@buckhorn.org (606) 398-7000
Nellie Wilkinson - nello40@aol.com (859) 338-9604

Bell Choir Director Needed at First Richmond
First Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time Bell Choir.  The position is open immediately.  We would like to fill the position before Christmas, if possible.  Please send a resume or a description of experience to the following address:

First Presbyterian Church
Bell Choir Director Search
PO Box 165
Richmond, KY 40476-1065

For more information or for questions, please contact the Director of Music, Dr. Joyce Wolf at joyce.wolf@eku.edu or 859-338-3775

Church Secretary Wanted- Beaumont Presbyterian
Beaumont Presbyterian church is looking for a church secretary to join in supporting the ministries of our congregation. This is a 20-hour per week position and hours are flexible. Please contact us at  beaumont@bpclex.org if you are interested.
The Fall at Burnamwood!
Come join the fun and fellowship at Camp Burnamwood this Fall!  

Sign-ups and information are online now at burnamwood.net.  

Middle School Fall Retreat: Oct. 20-22. 
Senior High Fall Retreat: Nov. 3-5.  

See everyone there!
Pastoral Opportunites
There are a number of Pastoral Opportunities available in the Presbytery.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in one of the following positions, please share this information with them.

First Presbyterian Church, Somerset- Solo Pastor

Beaumont Presbyterian Church- Head of Staff

Church News and Events
Events listed here do not reflect the view of the whole Presbytery and should not be seen as an endorsement of a particular theological view or stance unless otherwise stated.  If you have an event or news you would like to share with the Presbytery, please email philip.lotspeich@transypby.org
Music on Main Street- Danville, KY
Our first Music on Main Street event of the year
featuring our own Zach Klobnak in an organ recital
commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Friday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.
Invite your friends; all are welcome!
The Presbyterian Church of Danville
500 W. Main Street
Danville, KY 40422
This event is co-sponsored by the Lexington chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
October Ordination Anniversaries

10/20 Bob Shaffer- 62  years
10/26 Ernest Stricklin- 65  years
10/26 Jackie Lindberg- 20  years
10/27 Jerry Utt, II- 15  years

May God continue to bless your ministry!

If we have missed your ordination anniversary or have incorrect information, please email rjustus@transypby.org so we can update your information.
October Meeting Dates

20-21- Middle School Retreat- Burnamwood

21- Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering- Burnamwood

24- Administration Meeting- 3pm, Second Presbyterian

Presbytery Meetings 2017

Saturday, November 11 - 10:00 a.m. - Corbin Presbyterian.
Presbytery of Transylvania
PO Box 23580
Lexington, Kentucky 40523