The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
February 16, 2016
  The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
We are congregations who seek to be a collective expression of the Body of Christ
joyfully participating in Christ’s on-going life and work.
  “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
(I Thessalonians 5:11)
  Approved August 4, 2015
Fellowship of Prayer/Church of the Week of February 21:
First Presbyterian Church of Iona

Church Leadership:
Deb Klaassen, CRE
Ervin Smith, clerk
MaryAnn Boock, treasurer
Suzanne Gengler, secretary
Valerie Veld, janitor
Session members: Grace Hart, Ruth Bierma, MaryAnn Boock, Larry Rosenberg, Ervin Smith. 

Prayer Requests:
Prayers for those in our congregation, families and friends struggling with their health.
Prayers for our adopted child, Ancy, and her family in India that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Prayers for the continued opportunity to serve God in our church and community.
Prayers for continued growth.

The Word from Rick: Following Up, Part 1
Since the February 6 presbytery meeting, I have had a number of people comment about some of the information that I shared as part of my report, and others wondered if I could share some of the highlights in writing, fearing that they missed some things as they were trying feverishly to take notes.

In this week’s “Follow Up,” I want to again share some of what Rodger Nishioka, a professor at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, shared with us at the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) event in Chicago.

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On the Road with Rick

February 20 – Orientation for Presbytery’s Commission and Committee Members – First Presbyterian Church, Redwood Falls
February 21 – Preach at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Renville
March 6 – Preach at First Presbyterian Church, Mankato
March 13 – Preach at First Presbyterian Church, Blue Earth
March 13 – Ordination and Installation of Tom Voigt at First Presbyterian Church, Edgerton/Lismore
March 20 – Worship Visit to First Presbyterian Church, Luverne
March 22-23 – Youth Triennium Planning Meeting in Louisville, KY
April 3 – Preach at First Presbyterian Church, Litchfield
April 7-8 – Board of Pensions Regional Benefits Consultation in San Diego, CA

Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference
Hilton San Antonio Airport
February 29 - March 2
Workshops cover a broad spectrum of stewardship topics such as Small Congregations, Planned Giving/Endowments, Theology of Stewardship, Presbyteries and Stewardship, Stewardship in Practice, Capital Campaigns, and Generosity

Nancy Skoog from the Brainerd area is attending this event and seeks a female roommate. Call the presbytery office for her contact information.

Mission Design Commission and Committee Orientation Gathering

On February 20, there will be an orientation for all individuals who have been elected to serve on the commissions and committees of the presbytery. This orientation will not only help us focus on the mission of the presbytery, but it will be an opportunity for all commission and committees to hold their organizational meetings at that time! 

The meeting will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. The proposed schedule looks like this: 

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Chairpersons’ Orientation – for all Commission and Committee Chairpersons

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m  – General Orientation and Organization Meetings of the Commissions and Committees 

Details were mailed to all commission and committee members on Monday. Questions?? Please contact Rick Carus at the Presbytery Office!

Around the Presbytery
The First Presbyterian Church of Willmar is holding a Talent/Karaoke Show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

A "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" questionnaire was handed out to a few couples at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church on a recent Sunday. It would be a fun exercise for any couple to do together this month. Here are the questions. 
1. How did you and your spouse meet?
2. How did he propose?
3. How many years have you been together/married?
4. What was the last date you went on?
5. What do you love most about your spouse?
6. What is your secret to a good marriage?

Several members of the Union Presbyterian Church of Saint Peter will participate in the Saint Peter Choral Society and Orchestra's presentation of Bach's Mass in B Minor (from the Credo through the Agnus Dei), on Sunday, March 6, at 2:30 in Christ Chapel. Tickets are $15.

During Lent, ecumenical Wednesday worship services take place at noon at First Presbyterian Church of Windom. Other churches participating in the leadership are the American Lutheran Church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and First United Methodist Church.

For the price of a song .... The Youth Bell Choir at First Presbyterian Church of Lismore is building its music library by displaying a list of songs that people can purchase for the choir for $25 each.

  Special Offerings Blog  
By Margaret Mwale, Self-Development of People

Where do your donations make an impact? New map resource details partner initiatives, funding and opportunities 

Sometimes, when you donate money to a charitable cause, you have to hope and trust your funds have a direct influence on the people or the group you’re striving to help. With our new interactive Engagement Map, you can learn exactly where your donations to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering are having impact. Read more

 Presbyterian Justice and Peace dated February 10, 2016 (click picture)
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The latest news from PC(USA) (click picture)
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Valley Bridge Editor: Karen Lange
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