The Homesteader - December 8,  2016
Can We Wait for God's Spark?
by Cynthia Woolever, The Parish Paper
God sparks innovations, but only on God's terms, and those terms usually involve disruption. From burning bushes to wood that burns even when soaked, God's sparks manifest themselves in unusual ways. We can choose to ignore the spark or even squelch the spark. But, if we take notice of it, the spark soon becomes a roaring fire. What are the conditions for God's spark? And, does the spark look different if people rather than God initiate the encounter?  CLICK HERE to read more.
Regarding Ruling Elders: After Session Service
by Steve Lindsley
"The old adage is true: Once an elder, always an elder." This article examines three ways that Elders can continue to help lead their congregations long after their terms on session are completed. It discusses the College of Elders, providing communion for the homebound, and forming a mentor team.  CLICK HERE to read the article.
Who's Who in the Homestead Presbytery
Rev. Katie Barrett Todd
Rev. Barrett Todd is originally from South Carolina and was ordained by the Homestead Presbytery approximately twenty months ago. She is currently serving as Pastor of Dunbar First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Barrett Todd is also married to, Rev. Mason Todd,  Associate Pastor of Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln. They have two children.

Rev. Barrett Todd is active within the Presbytery and in the local community. Rev. Barrett Todd is also the University Associate Minister for Nebraska Wesleyan University. Within the Presbytery, she serves as Program and Grants Committee Moderator, Clergy and Family Committee Moderator, and is a member of the Committee on Ministry. She was also the Triennium Registrar for 2016.
Keep Thinking...
We aren't called to fill our pews with members. We are called to fill the world with disciples.
In this issue
Blessing Opportunity  2 Corinthians 9:7-8
 
Become Partners in Ministry with the Presbyterian Church's Office of Public Witness
Two giving opportunities are available to fund the public witness of the church and the formation and training of young adult leaders. Please designate donations through your church to either Public Witness (#865714) or Internship/Fellowship (#051422).  CLICK HERE to learn more!
Homestead Presbytery Happenings!
Homestead Presbytery Pastor, Rev. Paleak, was recently featured in an article in the Lincoln Journal Star:

Sudanese Pastor Building Bridges, Growing Faith at First Presbyterian Church
by Erin Andersen, Lincoln Journal Star
CLICK HERE to read about Rev. Jock Paleak's journey to Lincoln's First Presbyterian Church and how he is helping to reach out to the Sudanese population in Lincoln, and others, to help them grow in their Christian faith.
2016 Advent Devotional Available
The 2016 Homestead Presbytery Advent Devotional, "The ABCs of Advent," with thirty different contributing writers, is available now by  CLICKING HERE.
Lectionary Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.