October 13, 2017

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Pastoral Pipeline: Will there be enough ministers to serve the PCUSA?
by Leslie Scanlon, Outlook reporter

The premise is this:  With a surge of retirements approaching, and fewer people going to seminary, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is facing an impending, potentially severe shortage of pastors.

Lee Hinson-Hasty, senior director of Theological Education Funds Development at the Presbyterian Foundation, has been making that case in recent months - at the 2017 NEXT Church national conference, at Big Tent and elsewhere. Easily three-quarters of the Presbyterian pastors currently serving congregations will be eligible to retire over the next decade, Hinson-Hasty contends. Retirements and deaths are outpacing ordinations;  a new research study reported by the New York Times in June, citing the work of Eitan Hersh, a political scientist from Tufts University, and Harvard doctoral student Gabrielle Malina, found the median age for pastors in the U.S. (not just Presbyterians) is 57; and Hinson-Hasty and others have begun to argue that a pastor shortage may not be far off.....
Read the full article HERE
Mission Grant Applications now Being Accepted!
The Presbytery is now accepting Hunger and Peacemaking grant applications for 2018.  For more information and to download the grant application go to  https://transypby.org/mission-grant-applications/

Grant applications are due October 15th.
Presbyterian Women Fall Retreat

S aturday, October 21, 2017
Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Registration & Fellowship - 
10:00 a.m. Meeting followed by lunch

Lunch & Registration $12.00

Deadline for reservations - Thursday, October 12

See the flyer HERE
130th Anniversary- First Presbyterian Church, Harlan
Founded in October of 1887, the First Presbyterian Church located on 306 W Clover Street Harlan, Kentucky, invites you to be a part of our 130th Anniversary.  

On October 15, 2017 at 10:45am, our church will celebrate this ministry milestone achievement during this Sunday morning worship service.  A fully catered meal will be provided for all following this service in the church fellowship hall.  

Your invitation to participate in this historical event also includes our request of a short written reflection of your experience with our church, our community or individuals you remember who made an impact in your life.  We welcome your Baptism Information, Conformation dates, weddings and other events that would help mark the journey of our church and it's ministry.  

Please direct those thoughts and expressions via email:  harlanpresbyterian@gmail.com 

If you are planning on attending please let us know as this will help us prepare properly for this celebration. 
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

From the Stated Clerk...
From the Stated Clerk:  Preservation of Church Records
Sometimes I get asked questions about storing and preserving church records.  Records preservation is one of the more important duties of stated clerks and clerks of sessions in local churches.  The Presbyterian Historical Society details the records that churches should keep.  Session minutes and registers (members, baptisms, elders, deaths, pastors, marriages) are of primary importance and should be kept permanently.  Minutes and documents of other church groups (trustees, PW groups and circles, deacons, deeds, titles, photos, etc.) are also considered permanent records.  Check out the website of PHS for more information. ( http://www.history.pcusa.org/)
Individual churches can deposit records for permanent storage. The records remain the property of the local church.  In cases where a church has closed or been dismissed to another denomination, the records become the property of the presbytery and the presbytery retains title.  Transylvania stores historical records at the John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, and the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, PA.  If your church would like to deposit old records for archival storage, please contact me and I can help you with the process.  Whatever you do, don't just ship the records to one of the sites!  This offends our sensibilities of decency and order, and generally gums up the works.  Send me an email and I can help. 
It's a good idea to deposit old records and you know the records are safe and secure.  Dampness destroys many old documents, and I imagine at least a few of our churches have their records downstairs in an old closet or basement room.  (Whitesburg does, but we're going to work on that.)  You can make copies of the records if you like, or the library or historical society can make copies.  (There are charges for these services.) I'm happy to help our churches consider permanent storage and make all the necessary arrangements.  Give me a call or send an email and we can talk further. 
Blessings, Jerry

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, Lawrenceburg- Solo Pastor (CALL PENDING) 

First Presbyterian Church, Somerset- Solo Pastor

Beaumont Presbyterian Church- Head of Staff

The Presbyterian Church, Danville- Interim 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

10/14 David Duggan- 27  years
10/18 Keith Benze- 8  years
10/19 Roger Dermody- 20 years
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

17- Burnamwood Commission, 7pm, Maxwell Street

18- Pastoral Transitions Commission- 10am, Winchester
      Church Development and Revitalization Ministry- 10 am,        

19-20 Kentucky Council of Churches Annual Assembly

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