Volume 18 | March 18, 2021
The Presbyark Update
Keeping the Presbytery of Arkansas informed.
March 18, 2021
Church Comeback Conference
Join Rev. Jason Tucker (our June Presbytery Meeting speaker), Rev. Tod Bolsinger (author of Canoeing the Mountains) and more for this April 19-21 online conference to learn how to lead turnaround change in your church in a post-pandemic world.

For just $49, a group from your church can attend! Better yet, sign-up today for a drawing where four lucky congregations will win free registrations! To register, email Carol Clark at cbclark05@aol.com by 10:00am on Wednesday, March 24. The drawing will be held Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00pm on Presbyark Connect on facebook.

Click here for more information and to register.
Theological Discussion Video/Curriculum
The video of the Theological Discussion from the 146th Meeting of the Presbytery of Arkansas which took place March 5-6, 2021 is now available. You are invited to watch it in its entirety, but you might also consider using it as a curriculum for a Sunday school class or other group.

There are 4 sections ranging from 15 to 22 minutes each. It is suggested that groups plan to use this over a three-to-four-week period. There are discussion questions for the first three presentations. In the fourth segment, Rev Phil Blackburn (First, Ft Smith), Carolyn Nash (Westover Hills, Little Rock), and Dr. Bobby Williamson each share about ministries they work with that deal with core issues causing systemic poverty. You might also consider following up your discussions by inviting one or more of the panelists to join you and continue the conversation.

Click here to access the links to the video and the discussion questions. They can also be found on the website homepage and under Helpful Resources/Matthew 25.
The Best – And Worst – Of Our 146th Stated Meeting Of The Presbytery Of Arkansas
Without a doubt our March 5-6, 2021 meeting of the Presbytery of Arkansas will go down as one of the best meetings we’ve ever had. In spite of not being able to get together for meals and fellowship we were able to visit together, as well as hear about ways that we can serve our Lord Jesus Christ by working in this broken world to eradicate systemic poverty. Click here to read about some of the highlights.

Click here to watch Rev Marion Humphrey's sermon from the Friday night worship service.
Future of The Church Grants Available Now!
Each year Future of the Church committee offers grants to aid churches in revitalization efforts. The grants may be used to develop a program, opportunity, institutional structure, or facility improvement(s) to extend the congregation’s capacity for ministries to new populations or communities. The grants may also be used for a church’s own congregational growth in spirit, vitality, and mission. Completed application forms will be received from March 1-April 30, 2021.

Click here for guidelines and application. Click here for a list of suggested uses for this grant.
Youth A-Team announcements
  • Final "Sundays Together" - April 11, 5-6:30pm - For our last Sundays Together, we’re doing things a little differently. First, the event will be in two parts: 5-6pm and 6-6:30pm. 5-6 will look more “normal” (devotion, games, prizes, etc.) but will include a celebration of our seniors. 6-6:30 is reserved for games and ice cream. We are officially challenging the youth groups to a head-to-head on jackbox. Get ready!

  • Second, we want to celebrate the end of the year with a special package for all our participants. We want to send you and your students Presby T-shirts! To allow you time to gather shirt sizes and graduate names, we’re extending the registration deadline to March 24 (the Wednesday before Holy Week). Click here to register.

  • Youth A-Team Summer Trips! The Youth A-Team is sponsoring two trips this summer for the youth of our Presbytery! Trailblazers Camp at Ferncliff is June 27-July 2 for 6th-8th graders, and Montreat Youth Conference at Montreat is July 18-24 for 9th-12th graders. Initial registration is due by Easter Sunday (April 4). Click here for more information. Reach out to Brianne at brianne@presbyark.org with any questions.
Presbytery Profile
My name is Brianne Christiansen, and I am the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbytery of Arkansas. I am passionate about helping young people to develop lives of deep faith and foster their Christian leadership skills. I believe that the best faith formation happens in the home and the home church, and so our Youth A-Team ministry is all about coming alongside congregations and building connections amongst the churches in the Presbytery. Click here to read more.
Matthew 25 online event looks at housing
Last year’s well-attended Presbyterian Mission Agency series of Matthew 25 programs will continue with our first online event for 2021, scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. EDT. The topic is how all three areas of the Matthew 25 focus intersect around the subject of housing. The program will include conversations with pastors on how their congregations are engaging with the issue of affordable housing in their communities. You can read more about it in a Presbyterian News Service story here.

To register in advance for this program, click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Watch for information on forthcoming Matthew 25 events scheduled for:
June 23 (Hunger/Eradicating Poverty/Congregational Vitality), 
September 29 (Education/Dismantling Racism/Eradicating Poverty), and 
November 17 (Migration/Immigration).

For more Matthew 25 resources, click here.
New Opportunities
  • Jews for Jesus invites everyone to celebrate a livestream Passover experience with them. Click here for information, dates, and registration.

  • Embodied Ministry in a Hybrid World, this 6-week online course offered by Austin Seminary begins April 13. Click here for information, cost, and registration.

Wynne Presbyterian Church in Wynne, AR is looking for a part-time organist. Inquiries should be directed to Rev. Dr. Susan Arnold at revsusanmarnold62@gmail.com or Dr. Beth Bradshaw at bethbradshaw@sbcglobal.net. 

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