Volume 5 | September 3, 2020
The Presbyark Update
Keeping the Presbytery of Arkansas informed.
September 3, 2020
A Message From Our
General Presbyter
Click Here to read Staying Together in Difficult Times, an article by General Presbyter Stewart Smith. Stewart offers some thoughts on being the church during this pandemic. The article is posted on our website's blog.

Stewardship Kaleidoscope
Real Tools for Real Ministry
This 2020 online conference offers speakers, workshops, worship experiences, and networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran (ELCA) and Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches and beyond, it is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions! The conference will take place on three consecutive Tuesdays, September 22 & 29 and October 6.

For more information and to register, Click Here.
Dismantling Racism

You may have missed the wonderful first sessions in this series, but it's not too late to sign up for the last one. The Synod of the Sun Network for Dismantling Racism will present it's final webinar this Friday, September 4 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
The Mission of the Church Committee has paid the registration fee to encourage everyone in Arkansas Presbytery to attend.
Click Here for more information and to register.
Cotham Lectures Online
Sept 20 & 21 - Register Early!
This year, Westover Hills of Little Rock's Cotham Lecture series will take place September 20 and 21. The lectures, entitled Nothing to Deserve Death: The lynching of Jesus as seen by a black American born in Africa, will be presented in three virtual presentations by one of the most eloquent young pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Amos Disasa, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, TX.

Click Here for links to Westover Hill's 9/20,10:25am worship service where Rev. Disasa will be preaching.
Click Here to register for his 9/20, Sunday night lecture at 7:00pm.
Click Here to register for his 9/21, Monday night lecture at 7:00pm.
A Free Webinar on creating a Virtual Choir
This is the first in a series of one hour webinars about Virtual Choirs presented by PRC, Practical Resources for Churches. This webinar is as much about the trans-formative power of song – even online - as it is about the basic process of creating a virtual ensemble. You’ll learn why and how these projects can connect your choir along with some simple ways to create a virtual ensemble.

Click Here to read more about this webinar and to register. Click Here to see a list of all the webinars.
October Presbytery 2020
Plans for 145th Presbytery of Arkansas virtual meeting on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, are well underway. Worship on Friday evening will be led by First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, with Judge and Pastor Wendell Griffen of Little Rock preaching. Judge Griffen will also be leading the theological discussion on Saturday morning, as the Presbytery emphasizes the “Dismantling Structural Racism” focus of the Matthew 25 initiative.  

Click Here to read an article updating you on the plans so far.
BOP Benefits Webinar
Last month the Board of Pensions provided a Benefits Webcast highlighting the 2021 Benefits Plan.
We are offering access to the webinar again divided into 4 separate one hour segments starting September 15.
The primary audience for the webinar are those key decision makers in a church, such as a member of Personnel, the Treasurer, Clerk of Session, Pastor, etc.

Those interested in participating are asked to send a request to Rev. Kevin S. Keaton at kkeaton@pensions.org for a GoToMeeting link and advance materials.
Ferncliff is creating a resource for congregations and families to use during the advent season. The Ferncliff Advent-In-A-Box will provide Advent activities for busy families in a time when our holiday traditions have to look a bit different. Advent-In-A-Box will hold 4 sections of activities, one for each week of Advent. These advent activities will be low stress for parents, encourage family connection, and help you prepare for Christmas! The activities in Advent-In-A-Box are meant to be done flexibly over the course of the week, some individually and some as a family. In addition, there will be a surprise gift to help you celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas!

Click Here to read more.
Holy Imagination + Race:
How the Church Can Be a Healing Force in America's Racial Divide
Register today for this free 90 minute Presbyterian Outlook webinar presented by Kerry Connelly and sponsored by Presbyterian Publishing. It will take place on September 15 at 1pm CT. Once registered, you will have the option to watch it recorded at a later time.

Click Here for more information and to register.
Pastor, CRE, Church Leader Meetings
Join us as often as you can as we check in with and get to know other pastors and church professionals in our presbytery. You will hear what is happening in their lives and congregations as well as learn about opportunities and events available through the presbytery, synod, and denomination.
We zoom together every month on the 1st and 3rd Fridays and the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. No meetings on 5th weeks. The meetings always start at 10:00am and always using the same presbytery link or number and password. If you need that information, contact Julie Price at julietannerprice@gmail.com.
Our next meeting is this Friday, September 4.

Join us on facebook at Presbyark Connect to get the most current information daily.

Presbytery of Arkansas
9221 N. Rodney Parham Road
Little Rock, AR 72227