The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
July 19, 2017
 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)
Office will be closed  July 24-28; Pam and Karen are attending Synod School. A volunteer will be coming into the office to check the answering machine and bring in the mail. If there is an emergency, please contact Pam at 507-640-1372.
No Valley Bridge newsletter next week.
Regular Presbytery office hours are 7:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday.
Congregation of the week: July 23-29
First Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls

Pastor: Rev. Scott Prouty
Parish Associate: Rev. Pamela Prouty
Administrative Assistant: Christina Halvorson
Custodian: Nathan Zimmerman
Organist: Elaine Hagen
Choir Director: Peggy Dolezal
Sunday School Coordinator: Rev. Pamela Prouty
Confirmation Teacher: Rev. Scott Prouty
Youth Faith in Action Leaders: Rev. Scott Prouty & Laura Kohler
Youth Club Team: Ann Tiffany & Rev. Pamela Prouty
VBS Coordinator: Lindsey Caraway
Clerk of Session: Adrienne Danielson
Treasurer: Richard Aakre
Deacon Moderator: Gerald Patten
Ruling Elders: Robert Alexander, Matthew Tiffany, Shari Fuhr, Marlys Mathiowetz, Adrienne Danielson, Scott Kohler, Richard Aakre, Robin Schneider, Craig Melges
Deacons: Gerald Patten, Candace Zaske, Julie Rienstra, Ardis Alexander, Robert Brown, Joyce Nolting, Maynard Nolting, Joleen MacHolda, Jenny Bloedow, Suzanne Edwards, Leon King, Sharon King, Joyce McKay, Kathy Peterson, Lynn Juell

Prayer Concerns: 
  • We have an upcoming Mission Trip to Costa Rica in 2018 with ELCA Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Pray that all the details work out smoothly. 
  • Our new Confirmation Class may have thirteen students if everyone chooses to participate this coming fall. Pray that the students have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ and the Reformed Tradition before their Confirmation Day. 
  • We are celebrating 150 years of ministry in 2017 but seeking direction for where God wants to lead us next.
  • As many of our big donors have gone to their heavenly home in the last couple of years, how do we joyously teach stewardship.
  • Pray for healing for those fighting cancer, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
Prayer Concern

We extend our sympathy to Stan and Sharon Menning and family at the death of Stan's mother, Christena Menning, on July 17. Stan is the current presbytery vice moderator.

Cards may be sent to:
Stan and Sharon Menning
PO Box 428
Dawson MN 56232-0428
August Ordination Anniversaries

08/04/2012  Paul Snyder
08/06/1947  Hugh Miller
08/14/1961  Wayne Purintun
08/15/2006  Leanne Thompson
08/15/2006  Scott Thompson
08/28/2005  Andrew Davis
Presbyterian Planning Calendars have arrived and were distributed at the Session Records Reviews. The remaining calendars will be brought to the August 22 presbytery meeting to be picked up by the churches that ordered them. If you would like your congregation's calendars mailed sooner, contact Karen at the presbytery office. We ask churches to pay for the cost of the postage.
God Chat Apps: A Life of Prayer
Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:00 - 3:30
Hope Presbyterian Church

Email Karen Lange to register. Cost: $10 if preregistered by September 22
Plenary Speaker: Rev. Kara Root
Breakout session topics:
  • Centering Prayer
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Yoga, Meditation & Prayer
  • Introduction to Prayer
  • Tech Tools for Prayer
2017 Summit Meeting
God Chat Apps: A Life of Prayer
Steering Congregations to Formational Resources

The Commission on Congregational Transformation and Development exists to resource congregations. We have identified six critical areas: discipleship, evangelism, mission, spiritual leadership, stewardship and worship. Each area has one or two individuals who serve as point persons. The point person's goal is to steer you in the right direction toward valuable resource. Please let us know how we can come alongside of your congregation.

Discipleship: Pam Bush, , 507-823-4697
Discipleship: Anne Veldhuisen, , 507-215-5617
Evangelism: Candace Adams, , 320-796-2650
Mission: Richard Lawrence, , 320-260-9639
Mission: Darlene Scherbing, , 320-292-2610
Spiritual Leadership: Tom Voigt, , 612-875-6398
Stewardship: Rick Hauge, , 507-829-5227
Worship: Darin Seaman, , 320-251-8277
Lakeshore Center at Okoboji,  October 13
Pastors and CREs: Here is a great opportunity for you to spend a day with preacher/teacher/author Tom Long.  He will be in the area to teach a class for the new Academy and will be doing this day long workshop at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji on Friday, October 13
Pastoral Leadership Opportunities

The following congregation within the bounds of our presbytery is currently seeking pastoral leadership:

Randall Presbyterian Church, Randall
- Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03892.AC

First Presbyterian Church, Foley - Interim Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03882.AAO

First Presbyterian Church, Saint James - Solo Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03802.AD

First Presbyterian Church, Fulda - Solo Pastor, 3/4 time
   Ministry Information Form - 03782.AD

The Ministry Information Forms for these opportunities are posted on the Church Leadership Connection web site --
Mosaic of Peace Conference

Witnessing for Peace and Wholeness in a Land called 'Holy'
A Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine
April 29-May 12, 2018

Join the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program as we experience this remarkable and troubled region, encounter its diverse people, explore its rich history and complex current situation, and engage with those who seek its peace. By attending this conference, you will be
  • inspired by the stories of Christian peacemakers in the Holy Land, walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace and encounter contemporary Palestinians and Israelis;
  • equipped by engagement with Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, experience contextual theology and study peacemaking practices within the framework of PCUSA policy;
  • connected with global and local partners to take meaningful action for a just and lasting peace in the region.
APPLICATIONS - Apply online through November 15, 2017. Notification and commitment packets will be sent shortly after your application is received and processed. First-time visitors to the Holy Land are encouraged to attend. Previous conference participants and seasoned travelers to the region are welcome as well. Must be 18 years old.

COST - The double-occupancy rate for the conference is $2,600. This includes all conference expenses (including all meals, accommodations, programs, tips, tours, and on the ground transportation). Airline travel is not included. Limited single occupancy is available for an additional charge.

HOTELS - The conference includes 11 nights of lodging. The current conference hotels include: The Gloria Hotel of Old Jerusalem, Bethlehem's Manager Square Hotel, and the Golden Crown Hotel in Nazareth.

TRAVEL - Participants are responsible for their travel and may book their own airline tickets, but all itineraries must be submitted for approval by the conference registrar prior to ticketing. Departures from the US should be on Sunday, April 29 to arrive to Tel Aviv (TLV) on Monday, April 30. Return flights may depart TLV on Friday evening, May 11 to arrive in the US on Saturday May 12.

SMALL GROUPS - Conference participants will be placed into small groups led by group leaders. These teams will engage in preparation before the conference, meet as a group during the conference, and consider meaningful collective action upon returning home.

For more information, including a sample conference schedule and information from past conferences, visit or contact the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program at 800-728-7228 x5805 or 502-569-5805.

Six New Things
July 15 edition of the Synod's newsletter: Keeping in Touch
Tutoring Ambassadors in your church - Brooms for refugees - 
Men, meaning, culture and commitment
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