July 21, 2017

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Regarding Ruling Elders: Trust in God
Trust in God.   The phrase has always had a vanilla-bland feeling for me-even though I like vanilla. It just isn't a sentiment to make one snap to attention-or rise up and sing. The word "trust" in itself feels pretty tame. 
But former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher makes the word more intriguing. In his essay, "A Shared Moment of Trust," from the anthology  This I Believe, he points out that in our global world, cooperation across differences is critical. And that in 2003, for example, doctors in five nations, working closely together, were able to quickly identify the SARS virus, and save thousands of lives. 
Read the Full Article HERE
Buckle up, hold on tight, and pray like crazy
Community Outreach Sparks New Life at Tacoma church 

July 17, 2017- by Eva Stimson

In the mid-1980s, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, was on life support, and Olympia Presbytery had begun nudging the session to consider pulling the plug.
Drugs, crime, and gangs had infested the church's deteriorating neighborhood. A handful of loyal members attended worship and struggled to maintain the church building.
"But something surprising happened," says the church's current pastor, Matt Robbins-Ghormley. "Resurrection happened." As he describes it, the congregation went from being "on the brink of extinction" to becoming energized through mission in the community.
Read the full Article HERE
10 Dangerous Habits of Disconnected Churches- from FX-US Blog
Many churches in North America are completely disconnected from the people around them.  They are waiting for people to come to their church, and less and less people are finding their way to their doors. If this describes your church, then you may be unaware of some of the barriers that exist between you and the community around you.

1. You are an enigma.

People outside your church have no idea who you are or what you are about. A handful of people enter your building and leave your building periodically. But what happens there or what you care about is a complete mystery to those outside the church.

2. You live your life in a Christian bubble.

The people in your church are really involved with things connected to your church. Sports leagues, social events, friendships are all internal. People are so involved in church stuff, that they don't have relationships with neighbors or others in the broader community.
Read the full list HERE
Facing Racism: A Churchwide Policy on Antiracism
Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against and work against racism.

As part of an ongoing campaign to address racial injustice, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is sharing a wealth of antiracism resources - including studies, books and training - to equip the greater church to work against racism. We hope you'll return to this site frequently as links to new resources are added between now and the 223rd General Assembly in June 2018.
Find the website and resources HERE
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
Ashland Area VBS- July 22
Normal Presbyterian will be hosting a 1 day VBS in combination with Community Presbyterian and First Presbyterian churches. "HERO" from Cokesbury.

Breakfast 9am to 10am
VBS 10 am to 3pm

Normal Presbyterian Church
4316 Winchester ave. Ashland, Ky.
Phone: 606 694 0725
July Ordination Anniversaries
21- Jennifer Johnson- 21   years
23- Jim Erwin- 54   years
23- Philip Lotspeich- 22   years
25- Kenneth Rasmussen- 67   years
26- Bill Vanzant, III- 58   years
27- Ruth Fiscella- 33   years
29- Elisa Owen- 10   years
30- Eric Mount, Jr- 56   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.
July Meeting Dates

19- Pastoral Transitions, 10 am, Winchester

25- Administration Commission

August Meeting Dates

10- Christian Formation- 6:30, Beaumont Presbyterian 

24- Leadership Development- 1:00, Beaumont Presbyterian

Presbytery Meetings 2017

Saturday, August 12 - 10:00 a.m. - First Presbyterian, Maysville

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