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How to Communicate Vision that Inspires Generosity

By Chris Willard with Warren Bird

"Vision casting" is one of those often-nebulous duties on a pastor's job description that is tough to master.
How do you crack the code when it comes to communicating vision that drives people to give generously?
Tim Downs of The Communication Guys has some great questions to determine how effective you are in casting vision that inspires generosity.
Is your vision COMPELLING? ...

Read more 
Annual Presbytery Meeting Notice- November 11th
To: Teaching Elder and Ruling Elder Commissioners:

Notice of Annual Meeting of the Presbytery of Transylvania

The Presbytery of Transylvania will meet on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Corbin Presbyterian Church, 601 Master Street, Corbin, KY  40701. (The Presbytery thanks the pastor, staff, elders and members of Corbin PC for hosting the presbytery meeting.) 

The Presbytery convenes at 10:00 AM. Registration opens at 9:00 AM.  Lunch will be provided at the meeting and costs $7.00.  If you need childcare, please make your request with Robyn Justus by November 3rd.  Email: rjustus@transypby.org. If you are unable to attend, please request an excused absence from the Stated Clerk. Email: statedclerk@transypby.org.

To find the proposed docket, business items and reports, go to www.transypby.org, click on the tab for "About Us" then click the link for "Presbytery Meeting and Minutes" and finally the link for the "November 11, 2017" meeting.   https://transypby.org/november-11-2017-presbytery-meeting/

The meeting will include the election and installation of the 2018 moderator, Worship with the Sacrament of Communion, a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Necrology, ordinary business and time for fellowship. As one way to commemorate the Reformation, our pastors will process into the worship space.  Pastors: please bring a robe and stole and wear them for the opening worship.

An offering (cash donations or food items) will be collected at the Presbytery meeting to support the Corbin PC Food Pantry.
If you have questions or need further information, please respond to the email address above.  God's blessings to each one and see you soon in Corbin.

The Rev. Jerry L. Utt, II Stated Clerk
KCC Annual Assembly Delegate Report- Rev. Mike Ward
If the moral arc of the universe is to bend toward justice, we will have to do the bending ... Thus Miguel de la Torre revised a famous quote in his presentation to delegates at the recent (Oct 19-20) Annual Assembly of the Kentucky Council of Churches. 

This year ' s Assembly theme was " Unpacking Power and Privilege. "   Through presentations, workshops and worship, participants were challenged to acknowledge the presence and effects of systemic privilege in society, and inspired to work toward justice in both personal and public life.  For many of us, that work begins with " listening " to our neighbors, and through listening to learn the very different lives that people experience simply because of the color of their skin or the place of their birth.  Having heard the wisdom arising from such experience, we can then join together with neighbors in the work of bending the arc toward justice.  

Watch for Assembly delegate reports in the November Presbytery meeting packet.  
November 11 Elder Training Cancelled
The Elder training event scheduled for November 11th as been cancelled due to low registration.  Please stay tuned for another date that we hope will better accommodate the needs of our Elders. 
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.  
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.  

Senior High Fall Retreat: Nov. 3-5.  

See everyone there!
Pastoral Opportunites and other Job Opportunities
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 Secretary:
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.

Bell Choir Director:
First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, 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 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
Ordination Anniversaries

10/27 Jerry Utt, II- 15  years


11/03  Stephen Palmer- 6 years
11/19  Armando Divas- 62  years
11/13  Janet Prewitt- 12  years
11/21  Mary Weese- 13  years
11/30  Rachel Anderson- 10  years
11/30  E.G. Clark- 48  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.
November Meeting Dates

2- Congregational Issues Commission, 10am (teleconference)

11- Presbytery Meeting, 10 am, Corbin

13- Pastoral Transitions Commission, 10 am, Winchester

Presbytery Meetings 2017

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