Presbytery of Northern Kansas Newsletter
August 2020
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Presbytery News
Cancellations and NEW 2020
Presbytery Meeting Dates
Event Cancellations

The September 19th Presbytery Education Day for 2020 has been cancelled -- Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka has agreed to join us in 2021 for this event and we will announce a date and location soon.

The November 1-3 Presbytery Retreat and Presbytery Meeting featuring guest speaker Rev. Dr. Cindy Rigby has been cancelled -- but Cyndi has agreed to join us in 2021 and we will announce a date and location soon.
2020 Presbytery Meeting dates:
Saturday -- September 19th -- 9-11:30 a.m. -- via Zoom
Tuesday -- November 10th -- 9-11:30 a.m. -- via Zoom
CE Programming in the Midst of a Pandemic? We Got You Covered!
The PNK Christian Education Forum has been working on putting together a recorded (audio/video) weekly Sunday school lesson for ages pre-K through high school FOR ALL OF OUR PNK CHURCHES. We are hoping to start on September 13 and continue through the end of the year. Currently we are working out copyright issues and working with publishing companies (PCUSA curriculum publishers and Sparkhouse publishers). So.. stay tuned for more information about this joint venture to help reach all of our congregations in PNK - large and small and in between! 
We Want to Hear About What Your Church is Doing!
During our September presbytery meeting we’d like to highlight new and continued outreach ministry that many of our churches have been engaged in since the onset of this pandemic in a special PowerPoint presentation.

Please share your stories and pictures, if you have any, of outreach ministries and local missions your church is currently engaged in.

The cutoff date for this project is Thursday, September 1st.

Send your submissions to the Presbytery Office via e-mail at or mail to Presbytery of Northern Kansas, PO Box 3287, Salina, KS 67402-3287
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom...Service of Worship and Commissioning
On Tuesday evening, July 28, 2020, for the first time in the history of the Presbytery of Northern Kansas, we commissioned a new lay pastor as we gathered together via Zoom in a Service of Worship.
Congratulations to Commissioned Lay Pastor Steve Skrzypek, commissioned to the Clinton Presbyterian Church of Lawrence!
Programs, Events, Workshops
A Three Part Virtual Series that began August 5th...recordings are available weekly...
FPC/Salina Presents:
Summer Soul-Stice 2020
First Presbyterian Church | Adult Education

A meaning of apocalypse is: to uncover, to reveal. Life today with Covid19 is apocalyptic - exposing the depth of our societal weaknesses and delusions. At the same time, it offers promise for real and substantive change. Are we listening?

Read more
What Am I Going to Say?
Education Beyond the Walls
Offered by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
September 3rd, 9am-2pm
Cost: $65 - Offered Online
Red state/blue state politics have been threatening the foundations of our democracy and rending the fabric of our churches. Now, add to the mix heightened anxiety from living during a time of pandemic. And, if we weren’t aware before, the deep racial and economic disparities that exist in our country have now been laid bare before our eyes.

What should pastors say?

Congregations and church leaders require new perspectives and insights for navigating this complex and difficult time.

In this workshop for preachers, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will help you think strategically about your sermons. Based on her book Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), she offers a new way to approach preaching in this politically divisive climate using two tools: a “dialogical lens” for interpreting scripture, and the “Five Paths for Prophetic Preaching.” Together, participants will workshop sermon topics for the five Sundays preceding the national election using these tools.
Rethinking Evangelism Workshop
The department of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism is inviting you and your churches to the Rethinking Evangelism Conference, October 12–14, 2020. This virtual event will feature Ralph Watkins (Columbia Theological Seminary), Mark Ramsey (Macedonia Ministries), and others for an event you won’t want to miss. Come as a church group or as an individual to explore what it means to practice evangelism in these transformative times.

The Good News
Co-Moderator of 223rd GA shares some of what she learned..
Ruling Elders Rule-and Amen to That!
After criss-crossing the nation and travelling the globe while serving the past two years as Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly (2018), Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri learned through the many fellow ruling elders she met more about the genius of the shared ministry practiced in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — namely, there’s plenty of work for clergy and lay leaders working together to accomplish.
LWW Features VBS Program

Living Waters for the World's Water All Around the World Vacation Bible School is now available as a free, downloadable program for families. CLICK HERE to hear how Julie and Dave Parks used this VBS to create a week of summer fun and happy memories with their granddaughters.

The 100 Smiles Project Challenge
The Presbytery of Northern Kansas Stewardship and Mission Committee challenges YOUR congregation to be a part of the 100 Smiles Project by making 100 child-size face masks for your local school.

A flyer is attached for you to complete and return to us (and you are welcome to copy and distribute to your members and post on your website, in your newsletter, etc) along with a couple pictures of folks sewing these masks and/or a picture of the masks once they are completed.

There are LOTS of patterns and how-to videos available through a google search online and we have attached a pattern. But, we are also SURE there is someone in your congregation that already has a good pattern for a child-size mask so ask around!

Make sure your cloth face covering:
  • fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • completely covers the nose and mouth
  • is secured with ties or ear loops
  • includes multiple layers of fabric
  • allows for breathing without restriction
  • can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

We know you have members in your congregation that would enjoy being a part of this project and this is another great way to reach out and be the body of Christ in your neighborhood.

We'll be watching for your response and your pictures -- send them to Presbytery of Northern Kansas, PO Box 3287, Salina, KS 67402-3287 or email them to
Free Milkweed for Your Church Garden
Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program affiliated with the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas, is seeking a few more applications for our very popular grant, Free Milkweed for Schools and Nonprofits. If your organization already has a garden and you want to enhance it with milkweeds, this grant is for you! If your organization doesn’t have a garden at all, but would like to start one, this grant is for you! We award these plants to libraries, schools, nature centers, churches, community gardens, scouting and 4H organizations, master gardeners and much more. Help us meet our annual quota of 6,000 plants so that we can reapply for future funding. We are almost there, with less than 2,000 plants to distribute. 

Apply now for plants that will be shipped in the fall to the eastern United States. California and Texas applicants will receive plants next spring, when we have a new crop. Awardees will receive one free flat of native milkweed plugs! Sorry, private gardens are not eligible for this grant. Previous grant recipients are not eligible.

For complete details about applying for our Free Milkweeds Grants please visit
From the PC(USA) Store..
Resources for Faith Formation During a Pandemic
Have you been trying to figure out how to do faith formation during this pandemic? We have too! We are working on guides and special adaptations to make it easier for you to do faith formation during this unprecedented time.

We have also put together a webinar with detailed information about each resource. Click the buttons below to access the webinar and additional informational resources. Keep reading to learn about what were doing for specific curriculum brands for youth and children.

Drive-by Meet the Pastor and Deacons Ice Cream Social
Creativity abounds in the age of Social Distancing. FPC/Manhattan took advantage of great weather and ice cream to host a drive-by Meet the Pastor day! Rev. Jason Pittman began his service as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan on July 1st and the Pastor Nominating Committee reached out to the Deacons to plan this twist on the annual FPC Ice Cream Social to give congregation members a chance to meet their new pastor. The congregation is anxious to get to that day when we can all come back together again face to face but until that can happen safely, they, like all of our congregations, are looking for alternatives. Welcome, Jason!!
Leadership Openings
in the Synod of Mid-America
Youth Ministry Position - FPC/Salina - If you are looking for an opportunity to join a ministry team that values accompanying youth on their faith journey, consider applying for the Youth Ministry Director position at First Presbyterian Church, Salina, Kansas. We are looking for someone who wants to build relationships with our youth and families, to be creative in ministry, to exercise effective communication skills, and to learn and grow alongside our youth. Please click here to read about the position on Indeed or click the link below to read the .PDF.
Please contact the Presbytery Office with any joys or concerns you would like to have added to the PNK Prayer List.