Presbytery of Northern Kansas Newsletter
A Mask and An Object Lesson
My mask has become an "object lesson" I take with me as I enter public spaces. The science says that a mask does not protect the wearer from contracting a virus, but it may protect other people from our germs that could cause them sickness or death.

Masks can be a little hot and uncomfortable, especially for a long period of time. (Note: People at county commission meetings can ramble on for much longer than necessary. <grin>) It can also be a little humiliating to be the only person in the grocery store wearing a mask. (Yes, I've gotten some of "those" looks.)

The thought that struck me the other day, however, is that I'll bet it was pretty uncomfortable and humiliating for Jesus to have nails driven through his hands and to be hung on the cross to save us from the sickness and certain death of our sins. A lot of people that he came to save scoffed at him, and humiliated him, and didn't think they needed his protection.

So perhaps when you don your masks, forget all the drama and dissension and fear that has surrounded COVID-19. Use the discomfort of those masked moments as an opportunity to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus, who lived and died and lived again so that we can have life, and have life abundantly.

-- Commissioned Lay Pastor Deb Hadachek, Beloit First Presbyterian Church
The Presbyterian Mission Agency is offering a webinar/panel discussion on Intergenerational Worship on June 18 th at 3:oo PM ET/2:00 PM CT. You can hear this panel discussion via the Zoom link below.

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Meeting ID: 914 2153 6772
General Assembly 224
Commissioners
Elder Roxie Baer
Commissioned Lay Pastor
Faith United Church Presbyterian, Clifton
and Oak Hill Presbyterian Church

Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton, HR
Lawrence, KS

Young Adult Advisory Delegate
Avery Cooper
First Presbyterian Church, Salina

Alternate Commissioners
Elder Randall Scott
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Topeka

Rev. Phyllis Stutzman
Emporia Presbyterian Church
June 19, 26-27

From Lament to Hope
To watch the Assembly live, visit their homepage by clicking here .
It will also be available on Facebook by clicking here .
Being Willing to Lose the Advantages We Don't Deserve...
Being Willing to Be Uncomfortable
This piece comes to us from the newsletter of First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, NJ and it's pastor Rev. Richard Hong.

Our nation is in turmoil. It is a very distressing situation for all of us. And I'm sure many of you are uncomfortable discussing the systematic racism that infects our society. But if there is any place to begin working toward a solution, it is to be  willing to be uncomfortable . It is an old cliche that faith seeks to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. For some, this is a time to be comforted. For most, this is a time to be afflicted. Some of my words may make you uncomfortable. For that I do not apologize any more than a surgeon would apologize for the pain of surgery. To speak now and to speak plainly is necessary.
A Bold New Vision and Invitation...
Become a Matthew 25 Church
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Matthew 25 is a bold new vision and invitation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with over 460 congregations and mid councils that have already pledged to become a Matthew 25 church by working to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty. We invite you to join us on this journey!
Tax Reminders from the Board of Pensions
The Board of Pensions reminds you that the 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended until July 15, 2020. The Tax Guide for Ministers (including the Housing Allowance Letter) and Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches are available through  Benefits Connect .

Every year, the  Presbyterian Outlook  hosts a luncheon at General Assembly, giving attendees a chance to meet those standing for moderator. It’s also an opportunity for us to share what’s been going on at the  Outlook , honor those who’ve made contributions to the church and fundraise for the coming year.

Because GA is occurring virtually, this gathering will happen online with your first chance to meet those standing for moderator of the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This event is open to anyone that wants to participate.

The live Presbyterian Outlook webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00pm CT. It's called: An Evening with the Outlook: Meet the Candidates Standing for Moderator.

Since this event typically serves as a fundraiser for the Outlook’s ministry, participation is donation-based. Your donation helps us report on this year’s General Assembly and the changes that surround it.
New in the PNK Resource Center
Help the children in your church grow with the newest multiage curriculum for children ages 5-10, based on the best selling story Bible Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible.

Six units of the curriculum is preordered and arriving in July including:
Creation (3 sessions); Abraham and Sarah's Big Family (5 sessions); Esau and Jacob (4 sessions); Brave Women and Men in the Old Testament (5 sessions); People Jesus Met (5 sessions); and Healings and Miracles (4 sessions).

To make arrangements to preview the new children's curriculum, e-mail: lweiser@pnks.org or call the Resource Center at 877-777-5310 or 785-825-1655.
'This is My Song' from the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program just completed a  global virtual choir of peacemakers  including past International Peacemakers and their hosts, participants in our Travel Study Seminars and Mosaic of Peace Conferences in Israel and Palestine, and friends and colleagues of our Program. 

You can find their song on the Program's YouTube channel here:  
Also posted on their Facebook page. 
Pastoral Openings
in the Synod of Mid-America
Interim Pastor - John Calvin Presbyterian Church located in Bridgeton, Missouri, is seeking an Interim Pastor who has the vision and the experience to help guide our congregation and to help us maintain our continuity, both spiritually and financially, while we are in transition.
Please contact the Presbytery Office with any joys or concerns you would like to have added to the PNK Prayer List.