The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
June 7, 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)
Congregation of the week: June 11-17
First Presbyterian Church of Maynard
Leadership List:
   Sue Thompson, Elder, Clerk of Session
   Sue Thompson and Nancy Pierskalla, Co-Treasurers
   Odell Schaller, Elder, Worship
   Gary Coulter, Elder, Building and Grounds
   Marie Anderson, Youth Mission Interpreter
   Rev. Beverly Crute, MA, Ph.D., M.Div, Pastor
Prayer Concerns:
  • Upcoming 120th Anniversary Birthday Celebration of our church.
  • Developing and implementing our church website.
  • Mission Project:  Sending a "flock of chickens" (that is 2 boys and three girls) to a developing country through the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
  • Outreach to our sick, our shut-ins and those with recent loss.
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
Presbytery office hours are 7:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday.
Office will be closed on Friday, June 16.
Discover Presbyterian Mission in Pakistan

During the week of September 4-9, 2017, Veda Gill, Executive Director of Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan (PEB), will be in Central Minnesota and is looking for opportunities to acquaint God's people with the vital work being done in educating some of Pakistan's poorest children, both Christians and Muslims. This work was started by Presbyterian missionaries in the 1850s and continues to this day. Veda is looking for pastors, mission groups, PW members, or interested church members who could receive initial information about PEB in preparation for a follow-up visit with a larger church group at a later time. If you would like to sit with Veda and hear the good news from Pakistan, please contact Lynn Miller at 320-492-3341 or
Asking for Prayer ...

The Rev. Karen Anderson Dent's father has passed away. 
Cards may be sent to:
Rev. Karen Anderson-Dent and  Rev. Doug Dent
545 Guttenberg Hts
Fergus Falls MN 56537-3803
From the Session Records Review in Willmar

First Presbyterian Church of Foley: Rev. Al Jergenson's upcoming retirement celebration on June 25 after 26 years of ministry

Hope Presbyterian Church of Spicer: Hope Church is excited to continue its adult Bible study using the Believe study series by Randy Frazee with approximately 39 attending. The study is offered three times a week with one of the days also being on our CARE Pantry distribution days to allow CARE Pantry clients to also participate and join in a lunch. Hope also served a meal at the Campus Ministry in Willmar to Ridgewater College students.

First Presbyterian Church of Saint Cloud: The Youth Committee Halloween "Trunk or Treat" event in the west parking lot - the neighborhood was invited. On May 17, Fifth Avenue Family Fest from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the west lot - food, fun and Turtle Doves music group - open to the neighborhood.

First Presbyterian Church of Maynard: We will be celebrating 120 years of service in August and will be inviting former members to come back to help us celebrate.

First Presbyterian Church of Litchfield: Wings Adolescent Treatment Center - we go once a month to make cards, and invite them to events at church. Shared Lenten Services with the Methodist and Episcopal Churches. Support Meeker Area Ministries - housing for homeless or in transition. Annual Blue Christmas Service.
Celebrating Pastor Al's Ministry and Wishing Him Well on His Retirement

The congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Foley are planning a retirement party for Pastor Al Jergenson on Sunday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. The celebration will be held in our church's fellowship hall.
PC(USA) pastors and commissioned lay pastors encouraged to apply for matching funds to attend financial literacy and leadership events and training

The Presbyterian Foundation is accepting applications for a newly established Church Financial Leadership Grant. Grant applicants must be a pastor, commissioned lay pastor (CLP), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Funds are available for those pastoral leaders seeking to gain a better understanding of church financial vitality and management of their congregations.

The application deadline is June 30. More info
Do you hear a call to a new role in church leadership? 

In response to a need for accessible educational opportunities for church leaders, the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys along with two other presbyteries and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies have developed an exciting new course of study called "The Academy." 
Maybe God is calling you to respond to a specific need for a Commissioned Ruling Elder in your church. Or maybe you feel a hunger for personal spiritual growth. Perhaps you are a current CRE who feels you could benefit by a refresher on certain topics.
Courses may be taken as a series with the goal of meeting the requirements of becoming a Commissioned Ruling Elder, or individual classes may be audited for personal education and growth.
Hurry! The first classes start at Synod School in July, so registrations are being taken now. Check out the link for the brochure or visit the registration website for more information about the courses and the quality teachers. Questions may be directed to the presbytery office, or Academy board members: Rev. Elaine Boyd and Kathy Knips.
To register, go to:
For more information:
The brochure
Pastoral Leadership Opportunities

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

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

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

Additionally, there will be other opportunities arising in the near future. Please keep your eyes open as Fulda begins a pastoral search and Foley will begin seeking an Interim Pastor. 
Job Openings in Mid-Council Ministries and Holmes Camp

The PC(USA) Office of the General Assembly is seeking a Director of Mid Council Ministries (link), Associate Director for Constitutional Interpretation (link), and Associate Director for Mid Council Relations (link).

Holmes Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center, located on 650 acres of woods and lakes just one-hour from New York City, is searching for a new Executive Director to lead its year-round operations. Ideal candidates should be innovative, open, collaborative, excited to plan and implement programs that reach new constituencies and new markets for faith formation, and able to share the depth of their own Christian faith; however, candidates need not necessarily be either ordained clergy or Presbyterian. Interested persons can find more information at and completed applications will begin to be reviewed June 1, 2017.
Shalom Hill Farm Ministries Looking for Executive Director
Six New Things
Record-breaking Ramadan/5 grants/6 jobs/Towels for Refugees
Big Tent - July 6-8 - Saint Louis - More info
Synod School 2017 - July 23-28 - Storm Lake, Iowa
Lakeshore Center at Okoboji,  October 13
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