The Valley Bridge
The weekly newsletter from the
Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
May 17, 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: May 21-27
First Presbyterian Church of Madelia
Clerk of Session: Doug Teigum
Treasurer: Jan Ulmen
Custodian: Jessica Holm
Health Minister: Linda Becken
Pastor: Penny Johnson
Remember in prayer: Our members in care centers; members recovering from surgeries; members and friends dealing with cancer; our members serving in the military; our members recovering from car accidents; for the recovery of our town; for marriages that are struggling.
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
2017 Summit Meeting
Presbytery office hours are 7:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday.
Stated Presbytery Meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington, May 16

Whew! What a day we had in Worthington yesterday. This was our first hybrid Presbytery/ Commission / Committee meeting day. Could we pack any more into one day? I think not.

Five of our major commissions/committees met in the morning. If you weren't on a committee, then you could participate in the Immigration Forum held in Geneva Hall where several speakers talked about some of their work with immigrants.

The afternoon portion was the business meeting and worship.

During the meeting, we:
  • celebrated the First Presbyterian Church of Fulda with Mary Winter, who shared the history, mission and ministry at the FPC Fulda, which, despite being without a pastor right now, is very active and healthy
  • moved Amy Levinski from inquirer to candidate. It was a joy hearing from this thoughtful woman
  • celebrated the ministries of Al Jergenson (Foley) and Carol Chmielewski (Silver Lake) and wished them well in their retirement
  • approved the call of the Executive Director of Presbytery Mission to Rev. Dr. SanDawna Ashley. We are so looking forward to her joining us!!
  • moved the August meeting date to August 22
Folks from the Occidente Partnership Task Force led worship. 
  • They signed the Renewal of our Pact for Companionship in Mission for 2017-2020.
  • We heard the sermon from our friend Alma Lili Rodriguez from Guatemala, translated by Edith Alvarez
  • Westminster Worthington's pastor, Rev. Galen Smith, and Alma Lili led the celebration of Holy Communion
  • We even sang "May the God of Hope Go with Us" in Spanish and English
Thanks to everyone at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington for being such gracious hosts!
Immigration Forum
Mary Winter, Fulda
Amy Levinski, candidate!
Deb Hess, Al Jergenson, Carol Chmielewski
Praying for SanDawna Ashley
Alma Lili Rodriguez

More photos on our Facebook page
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
Coming Soon: The Academy

Simply put, it is a series of 11 courses designed to develop well equipped, thoughtful people to better serve councils in a variety of capacities. For some this may lead to becoming commissioned ruling elders (CREs) while others delight in learning and growing as a leader.  We are lining up some of the finest instructors we can find! The brochure
No Room in the Library

Rick Carus is downsizing his library and has some books that he would like to see have a good home, in particular, seventeen volumes of the "Interpretation Commentary"  by John Knox Press. The volumes (and authors) include:
  • Genesis (Walter Brueggeman)
  • Deuteronomy (Patrick Miller)
  • First and Second Kings (Richard Nelson)
  • Jeremiah (R.E. Clements)
  • Daniel (Sibley Towner)
  • Hosea-Micah (James Limburg)
  • Nahum-Malachi (Elizabeth Achtemeier)
  • Matthew (Douglas Hare)
  • Mark (Lamar Williamson)
  • Luke (Fred Craddock)
  • John (Gerard Sloyan)
  • Acts (William Willimon
  • Romans (Mark Achtemeier)
  • Philippians (Fred Craddock)
  • First and Second Timothy-Titus (Thomas Oden)
  • First, Second, and Third John (D. Moody Smith)
  • Revelation (Eugene Boring)
If you would like to adopt one, two, or all seventeen volumes, please contact Rick via e-mail --

Arrangements can be made for the books to be delivered, or picked up at the presbytery office.

Also, while it may be outdated, Rick also has a five-volume set of the Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible that could use a good home. If there are any takers, please let him know!
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
Crosslake Presbyterian Church, Crosslake, Minnesota   - Interim Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 11950.AC0

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. 
Shalom Hill Farm Ministries Looking for Executive Director
Six New Things
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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