October 1, 2021
E.P. Corner
by Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson, Executive Presbyter
Please join us for our Zoom gathering on

Tuesday, October 19th, 10:00am-11:30
OR Saturday, October 23rd, 10am-11:30am

The content of both meetings will be the same. During that time, we will talk about our presbytery’s commitment to health and vitality, the format of the initiative, the extent of the commitment, instructions on how to sign up for VCI, and a time for questions and answers.

~ ABJ
by Donna E. Wells, Stated Clerk
Once again, we will gather for a virtual Presbytery meeting on November 9, 2021 beginning at 9:00. We are delighted to welcome Bishop Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, as our preacher for the morning. Bishop Wright will add to our conversation on being Virtual and Vital in relationship to how we fellowship and be neighbors to one another. He will also join us after the meeting for a time of conversation and a time of FAQ. For an introduction to his digital outreach, check out his podcast called “For People” before the meeting (link).
 
We also have lots of business to consider at the meeting: overtures for General Assembly, reception of new minister members, and election of new committee members for 2022 to name a few.

Please mark your calendars and be on the look out for the registration link that will be sent out and posted on the website on October 13.

Click here to visit the Stated Meeting Information page.
The Ministry Info Form for Stated Clerk is Now Active
by Keenan Rodgers, Stated Clerk Nominating Committee
The Ministry Information Form (MIF) for the Stated Clerk search is now active! The MIF was approved by the Presbytery Council and is now available online for interested candidates across the denomination to review and submit their interest. You can view the Stated Clerk MIF here. You are also invited to share this link with others you know who may be interested in applying. Any questions may be directed to Keenan Rodgers, Chair of the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee, or other Committee members. The Stated Clerk Nominating Committee looks forward to reviewing potential candidates and beginning interviews in the season ahead. Your prayers for wisdom and the guidance of the Spirit in this process are greatly appreciated! We will continue to provide updates to the Presbytery along the journey.
International Peacemaker Programs for Atlanta Churches in October
from the Peace & Global Witness Partnership
It has been the privilege of the Peace and Global Witness partnership of the Presbytery of Greater to host International Peacemakers. Each year, the Peacemaker has been someone outside the United States who discusses Presbyterian issues in their own country, from their point of view.

This year, via Zoom the partnership will be hosting Rev. Dr. Helivao Poget from Madagascar.

Early in her career, Pastor Poget was assigned to work with the Federation of Protestant Churches in Madagascar (FFPM) where she directed the FFPM social center in Isotry, a poor neighborhood of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo. She developed a “street ministry,” living and sharing the gospel with the area’s marginalized people – sex workers, drug addicts, street kids, street families.

She also teaches missiology at the FJKM Theological Faculty in Antananarivo and has pioneered a field research program for her students that exposes them to the realities of social problems such as poverty, violence and exploitation and equips them to address these challenges more effectively as pastors.

She is scheduled to discuss these issues and many more during her virtual presentation for three days in October. Dr. Poget will hold three separate sessions and you are encouraged to register for one of the three. Click on the link to the session you would like to attend. You will receive a confirmation of your registration which you must keep. This is your ticket to join the session. There is no charge for attending any of the sessions. Please register for one session and keep your registration confirmation.

  • Click here to register for the Sunday Oct. 3rd, 1pm session.
  • Click here to register for the Saturday Oct. 9th, 10am session.
  • Click here to register for the Saturday Oct. 16th, 10am session.

The partnership is looking forward to seeing you at one of these sessions.
Presbytery Fall Middle School Retreat
by Jennie Sankey, PYMCA
In an effort to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, the planning team decided to change this event from a Friday-Sunday event to a Saturday daytime event with the option to stay overnight.

We hope you'll bring your middle schoolers out for this day of fun that will include Matthew 25 themed worship and workshops, big group games, and camp activities (archery, canoeing, etc.) in the great outdoors. All large group programming, including meals, will be held outside.

Breakfast will begin at 9am on Saturday, October 16th and programming at 10am, and will end by 7:30pm with the option to stay for an evening bonfire. Worship leaders will be Sarah and Brandon Perkins. The cost for Saturday is $50. If your group plans to stay the night before, the cost will be an additional $25 per person. There will not be programming, but your group can enjoy the beauty of Calvin Center and time together.

Fall Grant Applications Now Available
by Chip Blankinship, Director of Operations
The Grants Committee is pleased to announce that we are currently receiving applications for the Diaconal Ministry Grants, a grant opportunity which includes what were previously known as the Compassion and PATH grants. We have also greatly simplified the application form; it is now a fillable .pdf file that can be completed without printing and scanning. (If you are unable to complete the online application, please send a request to grants@atlpcusa.org and a text copy of the application will be sent to you.)
 
The application, which is available here, is due by midnight on Sunday, October 17. The committee will meet soon after that date to review grant submissions.
 
We look forward to receiving your applications, and to learning about the innovative and life-changing ministries taking place in our midst.
2022 Youth Triennium
by Destiny Williams, McDonough Presbyterian Church
Calling all high school students, young adults, and youth leaders!!! 
The 2022 Presbyterian Youth Triennium will be held July 24 – 27, 2022 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. This will be a new venue and a new way of being in small groups that are designed to enhance the beloved event, which takes on a Matthew 25 focus.

PYT 2022 will feature a Matthew 25 framework, activities that will extend a full year following Triennium, and enough innovation to send thousands of high schoolers and young adults scurrying to register — once registration goes live this winter.

If your church is interested in bringing a group, there will be an informational Zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 20th at 11 am. Please contact Destiny (destiny@mcdonoughpresbyterian.com) if you are interested in attending and/or for the zoom link.
NCDC Give Back Day at Wild Heaven Brewery
by Christina Toney-Schmitt, NCDC Development Director
Come join the New Church Development Commission (NCDC) at Wild Heaven Brewery in Avondale for an afternoon of food trucks, fellowship, a raffle, and fun – all while supporting the work of our commission!
 
Wild Heaven Brewery is generously giving back 10% of all sales that day that mention NCDC. Bring your mask and come support our New Church Development Commission! We will also be hosting a raffle onsite that includes Atlanta United tickets, baskets of items from local organizations and more!
 
Because of you, in 2021 NCDC has distributed over $35,000 (and counting!) in strategic grants to our Presbytery’s new worshiping communities. We’ve held workshops about online and hybrid worship, connected leaders to coaches, and sponsored those who are discerning their own calls to start new worshiping communities. We’ve held retreats for our leaders and connected them to networks and resources. But don’t take our word for it! Hear from Jenelle Holmes, organizing pastor of Ormewood Church:
 
“New Church Development Commission keeps me connected with the wider work of God across the U.S. through our collaboration with 1001 and the Presbyterian Mission Agency. This network provides solidarity, creative conversations, and opportunities to learn from people across the country.” 
 
We hope you will come out to celebrate and support NCDC and our new worshiping communities at Wild Heaven anytime from 1:00 to 9:00 on Sunday, October 24th!
Resources for Elder Training
by Aisha Brooks-Johnson, Executive Presbyter
During this season of training church officers, we invite you to utilize www.theocademy.com, a video library for training church leaders produced by the Synod of Mid-America (SoMA). We also invite you to review the panel discussion on elder training best practices led by ministers in our presbytery that can be found here.
New "Find a Church" Webpage
by Miranda Segrest, Office Manager/Media Specialist
On April 8, I sent an email to each of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta’s 80+ chartered churches requesting that the leader (or a member of the leadership team) respond with the church’s charter date and 2-5 photos that represent the congregation. Thank you to everyone who contributed those materials over the summer!
 
The result of our combined efforts is a new webpage on the presbytery website, which features a listing of all chartered congregations within the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, as well as additional information and links that a person may find helpful in learning more about and connecting with a congregation.
 
To access the new webpage, you can click on the presbytery website’s “Find a Church” buttons, or use this direct link: www.atlpcusa.org/pga-churches
 
Thank you for working with me on this project.
The REvangelism Conference is designed to take you on a deeper journey into faith: into the lives of others, into justice, hope, and the wonder of God. Together, we will practice habits of Evangelism that will engage us in the gospel of good news — God’s justice and reconciliation for the world.

At REvangelism, you will interact with the wise, diverse voices in the church who contributed to the 8-Habits of Evangelism resource. As you work through each habit together, you will experience the goodness and richness of Christ’s body and the Holy Spirit transforming you, and the world around you.

Click here for more information and to register.
APCE SOAP Regional Event
by Jan Williamson, Kairos Church
Our Regional Event is going completely "Outside the Walls" and will be available anywhere on your device. All those engaged in educational ministry (pastors, educators, volunteers) are encouraged to join us for this virtual event, November 4 - 5, 2021.

Our own Aisha Brooks-Johnson will be our keynote speaker.
Our time together will be filled with worship, plenary sessions, break-out discussions, and informal conversation.
The cost for registration is $75.

Click here for more information and to register.
Save the Date!
Photo credit: Tima Miroshnichenko @pexels.com
Boundaries Two Online Course Opportunity
by Donna E. Wells, Stated Clerk
Friends, we have been looking at some options for a Boundaries Two training, for folks that have taken Boundaries One. We found a training course and a COM member has taken it and given it a glowing recommendation. The course revolves around boundaries in this social media/digital age. It is a self-directed online course so it will accommodate your schedule. We are looking into the possibility of setting a time where a group from the Presbytery can gather and take the class together. The course has a cost of $45. You can sign up for it here.

We require Boundaries training every five years. We encourage you to take the class if you are due for training. If you are still in need of Boundaries One, geared for parish clergy, our next offering is March 15, 2022, 12:30-3:30pm.
The Synod of the South Atlantic's African American Clergy and Educator virtual retreat will be Oct. 22 at 12:30pm. For more information, click here.
The Self-Development of People's The Struggle is Real! How the Church Can Understand Ways to Listen, Engage, and Form Relationships with Communities to Eradicate Poverty event will be on Oct. 28. Click here for more information.
In honor of Hispanic Hertiage Month, Presbyterian Historical Society is lifting up the the Pearl Collection of photos of Presybterians in Puerto Rico. You can find the link here.
October is pastor's appreciation month. The past 18 months have been unbelievably difficult for our leaders. Please take a moment to see a list of ideas to encourage the pastoral leaders in your congregation and those who serve throughout our presbytery. Click here.
The Prayer Box
Each month we are taking the time to pray for our churches and new worshiping communities throughout the year. Please take a moment each week to lift up the following communities in prayer:

10/3 - First Peachtree City, Friendship, *Church in Motion
10/10 - Good News Garden, Good Shepherd
10/17 - Grace Korean, Greenville, *Crossings Community
10/24 - Gum Creek, Hamilton Mill
10/31 - Hanbit, Hemphill, *David's Court Ministry

*Denotes New Worshiping Communities
The Presbytery Staff will never email you asking for money or gift cards. If seeking donations, Staff would direct you to the Presbytery website or invite you to mail a check. If you have any suspicion, please reach out to one of us directly before responding! Stay safe in cyberspace!!
Upcoming Events
Click here for CTS's Center for Lifelong Learning courses and events.
Click here for the Calvin Center's programs.
The presbytery advertises employment opportunities within our congregations and partnerships. If you would like to browse opportunities or submit a new opening click here.
The next newsletter will go out November 1. Articles will be accepted through October 18th. The following newsletter will go out December 1. To request space for an article, email your Congregational Consultant or Mark Sauls at msauls@atlpcusa.orgClick here to view submission guidelines.
Top Graphic Attribution:
Swanson, John August. Loaves and Fishes, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56553 [retrieved September 30, 2021]. Original source: www.JohnAugustSwanson.com - copyright 2003 by John August Swanson.