The Valley Bridge
We are congregations who seek to be a collective expression of the Body of Christ, joyfully participating in Christ's ongoing life and work. "Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing." 
(I Thessalonians 5:11)
Congregation of the Week of December 12-18
Harrison Presbyterian Church of rural Spicer/Atwater
Church Leaders
Clerk of Session: Dennis Peterson
Elders: LeRoy Christensen, Lori Klose, Jim Nelson, David Peterson, Dennis Peterson, Donnel Williamson
Treasurer: Linda Mead
Secretary: Lori Dietz
Custodian: Linda Mead
Organist: Cheri Ladwig

Prayer Concerns: Prayers for members with health concerns and undergoing medical care, members who cannot worship in person, for the families who have recently lost a family member. We pray that someone is being led by the Spirit to come and be our pastor. We are very happy and grateful to welcome a new infant into our church family. We are a congregation over 150 years strong.
A Word from Kathy

We are coming up on the third Sunday in Advent. Advent is waiting. As you reflect on the waiting, I want to leave you with something to include in your Advent mediation.

Thought for the week:
"Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive: Did I love? These are the real questions."
- Henri Nouwen

Kathy Terpstra
Gap Executive Presbyter
Associate for Administration Karen Lange is on vacation from Wednesday, December 8 - Sunday, December 12.
2022 Per Capita
$43.00 Total
$28.52 for Presbytery
$5.50 for Synod
$8.98 for GA

Treasurers: checks received before January 4, 2022, can still count toward 2021. Checks should be mailed to Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys, PO Box 431, Kerkhoven MN 56252.
John McKay is popular on TikTok!

John is an elder at the Union Presbyterian Church of Saint Peter, is a graduate of the Leadership Development for Ministry program and has done quite a bit of pulpit supply in our presbytery. He is also a very talented concert pianist. The most popular video so far, with 557,000+ views, is How Not to Bow. Look for concertpianistdoctor to see more videos.
A climate word to fellow great-grandparents

by Earl O. Knutson, First Presbyterian Church of Willmar

Climate change has not fallen as heavily on Minnesota as it has in other parts of the US. Climatologists like Mark Seeley and Paul Douglas are convinced of this change, but only after studying decades of weather data. It is no wonder that only a few Minnesotans are deeply concerned about the issue.

But the trends that are apparent to Seeley and Douglas were predicted by scientists decades ago - and the predictions for 2050 and beyond are grim. The main cause of this undesirable climate change is carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, put there by centuries of use of fossil fuels.

If you are one who worries about the climate that your great-grandchildren will experience, you may be wondering what, if anything, you can do about it. There is a group called Presbyterians for Climate Dividends (P4CD) that provides an answer: press congress and the president to institute a nationwide fee on fossil fuels, also called a carbon fee. This will gently but firmly effect a nationwide transition to renewable energy, so that atmospheric carbon dioxide will start to decrease.

In fact, a carbon fee is in the mix of legislation currently under consideration in the US Senate. This fee is the right thing to do, but senators and the president are leery of any wide-based fee. They need encouragement. P4CD ( has convenient internet links useful for providing this encouragement. There’s even one for those who can do twitter.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2022
Indianapolis, Indiana
DEPART July 23 – RETURN July 28

A gathering for High School age youth, youth leaders and young adults in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches.

CLICK HERE for a PDF with more information for our 2022 MN Valleys Presbytery delegation
GA #225 (2022)

General Assembly #225 will take two locations in 2022...Louisville, KY and your living room! The format for this General Assembly will be different. Commissioners and advisory delegates will meet in person in Louisville at the Presbyterian Center for committee meetings then from July 5-9, the GA will meet in plenary sessions virtually using Zoom. The GA Committees will be coming in person to Louisville over three sets of days: June 18-23, June 22-26 or June 26-30. We seek applications for commissioners and alternates. For much more information about GA, go the website: 225th General Assembly (2022) | From Lament to Hope (
Pictures or Videos from Our Presbytery Sought

We are working on a video for our new website, and invite you to send pictures or videos that we might use. We'd like high resolution nature pictures from within our Presbytery. Send links or pictures to Karen Lange.
Summer CPE Program at St. Cloud VA Hospital

The St. Cloud VA Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota is announcing its FY22 Summer CPE Program. There is no tuition fee, and a housing option can be arranged at the nearby St. John’s School of Theology in St. Joseph, MN. Dates are 5/31/2022-8/12/2022. Seminar times will be Virtual on Monday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants will be assigned to Wards for ministry with Veterans Tuesday-Friday using proper COVID 19 protective ware. A fuller description with additional information is here
Applicants may send their application materials to the contact information below. Have a wonderful holiday season. Peace. Dan
Rev. Daniel R. Duggan, M.Div., BCC, ACPE Certified Educator
Chaplain, ACPE Certified Educator, Manager of CPE Program
St. Cloud VA HCS
4801 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303
320-255-6480 x7543
FAX: 320-202-2309
Prayer List
  • For Rev. John Lindholm, recovering from surgery
  • For Rev. Jeff DeYoe, undergoing cancer treatment (former pastor at Hope Presbyterian Church, Spicer)
  • For Rev. Mark Chamberlain, retired pastor, Willmar
  • For Rev. Bob Bartlett, First Presbyterian Churches of Brewster & Round Lake
  • For Rev. Michael Roys, retired pastor, Winnebago
  • Pray for our brothers and sisters in the Occidente Presbytery of Guatemala - for their health, safety, and recovery from the effects of the Covid pandemic
Pastoral Leadership Opportunities

First Presbyterian Church of Edgerton and First Presbyterian Church of Lismore - Pastor, yoked parish
Ministry Information Form - 03781.AD0

Zion Presbyterian Church, Ellsworth, First Presbyterian and Emmanuel Presbyterian Churches, Rushmore - Pastor, yoked parish
Ministry Information Form - 09163.AF0

Maine Presbyterian Church, rural Underwood - Solo Pastor
Ministry Information Form - 03870.AB0

First Presbyterian Church, Pipestone - Pastor
Ministry Information Form - 03796.AD0

First Presbyterian Church, Slayton - Pastor
Ministry Information Form - 03805.AB0

Harrison Presbyterian Church, rural Spicer - Pastor, yoked parish
Ministry Information Form - 03878.AA0

First Presbyterian Church, Winnebago - Interim Pastor
Ministry Information Form - 03811.AA1

Ministry opportunities are posted on the Church Leadership Connection website --
The Ministry Lab is excited to offer fresh, free Advent, Christmas and Epiphany resourcesDreams of a New Day: An Intergenerational Pageant Liturgy, provides study and community-building throughout the season. Our two Illustrate-Your-Own Christmas/Eve sermons are simple ways to engage the whole congregation in worship. And our Epiphany Worship Service (members: contact The Ministry Lab) is led by colleagues from around the state with Michel Gribble leading liturgical movement and music from Billy McLaughlin.

Find additional seasonal resources for faith formation and worship in our curated lists!!