| Tammy Stepka Joins Grace Presbytery Staff |
Tammy began August 1 as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Director of Ministry and Church Transition. She has a career background in retail management and many years of personal involvement at her home church, First Presbyterian Church of Garland. Tammy has been an elder for eight years and has been active in youth ministry for the last 13 years. She is married with three children.
Tammy is excited to begin this next chapter in her life and looks forward to meeting and working with the many people in Grace Presbytery. You can reach Tammy at [email protected]
Mission Highlight: Cathy Chang
Mission Co-Worker Cathy Chang-Lopez visits with Grace Presbytery to share her experience as a mission co-worker in the Philippines. She discusses how she arrived at mission work, language barriers, and she thanks the Presbytery for her wonderful visit this summer. Click here to read her story on the Grace Presbytery website.
Presbyterian Mission Agency Seeks Executive Director
The Presbyterian Mission Agency, an agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking an Executive Director. The position is located at PC(USA)’s Louisville, KY, headquarters.
The Leadership Profile can be viewed by clicking this link or clicking this link.The Leadership Profile has details about the Mission Agency and this opportunity,
Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials may be sent electronically to [email protected].
Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery Seeks Stated Clerk Position
Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery seeks a half-time Stated Clerk, to begin January 1, 2018. The application deadline is August 25. For more information and an application, look under the News and Events section of the presbytery website www.eokpresbytery.org.
Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering
Tuesday, August 29
First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth
All Presbyterian Women from Grace Presbytery are invited to hear Melissa Sevier, author of the 2017-2018 PW Bible study, speak at a special fall gathering at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth.
Melissa will explore the major themes found in Hebrews and relate them to other parts of our faith tradition, tying them together with the overarching motif of community. The ever-present “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) strengthens and encourages us as “we run with perseverance the race that is set before us looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1b-2).
The event begins at 10 a.m. with fellowship, followed by the key note program and lunch. Cost is $7 per person for lunch. Please invite your Presbyterian Women and RSVP no later than Monday, August 21 with Celeste Falter at 817-335-1231. FPC Fort Worth is located at 1000 Penn Street, Fort Worth 76102. Visit www.fpcfw.org/pw for more details.
Boundary Training: Healthy Relationships in Ministry
Brite Divinity School will offer Boundary Training: Healthy Relationships in Ministry on August 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This training will cover such things as: discerning the importance of healthy boundaries for building community; identifying behavior in self and others that can potentially compromise healthy relationships; developing professional ethics that sustain ministry; examining the dynamics in communities where clergy misconduct has occurred; and creating strategies for maintaining healthy relationships with self, others, and God.
Registration is $25 for the day and does not include lunch (No charge for current Brite students). For more information call 817-257-7582 or email [email protected]
Calling All Administrative Assistants
September 28-30, 2017
APA Southwest Region Conference
If you are an Administrative Assistant (full time or part time) in one of our churches or other related organizations, we want to meet you. And we hope you want to meet us.
Our group is the Administrative Personnel Association (Southwest Region). Our organization is committed to educating and supporting those who work in a non-ordained position (administrative, finance) in any of our churches or related organizations. We are a recognized organization of the PCUSA (www.pcusa-apa.org ) and this is a very active region. You do not have to be Presbyterian to join but you should work for a PCUSA church or related organization. We are a theologically diverse group, with members from every major faith community; but our commonality is working for a PCUSA church or organization.
We are , as always, grateful to the continued support of our teachers and leaders: Rev Ashley Hood teaching History Since Reunion; Rev Rick Young teaching Polity; Rev Fran Shelton leading worship and teaching Spiritual Growth; Rev. Russell Jonas teaching Book of Confessions; Rev. Kevin Keaton, from the Board of Pensions, teaching Striving Toward Wholeness; Paula Wallace PhD, teaching Virtual Webinars; Josh Taylor, FPC Dallas Director of Music and Worship, teaching Hymnology; Rev. Rebecca Chancellor Sicks teaching Presbyterian 101; Jennifer Perri from the Board of Insurance teaching Office Administration; Elder Regina Hunt teaching Intrastaff Relations and Kris Valerius from the GA teaching Statistics for the GA. Thank you so much – your knowledge and skills are definitely appreciated.
This year our conference will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Dallas from September 28-30. Come join us as we explore all things PCUSA. Scholarships are available – contact one of the members listed below. Register for as many or as few classes as you prefer, come for the fellowship or just come to meet others in your same position. You are important to us and you are welcome here. We hope the pastors reading this will encourage all administrative personnel to participate in this continuing education event.
Click here to visit the conference website.
If you have questions, please call or email one of these local APA members:
Lori Ferguson [email protected] 214-748-8051 Ext 222
Margaret LaPlante [email protected] 469-358-8115
You're Invited to a Book Review to Benefit
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services of Texas
2017 is the 500th Anniversary of
The year 2017 will mark 500 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Grace Presbytery has created a page on its website for information and articles about this important anniversary. There will be articles and essays, including those that are part of the “Theological Conversation” series sponsored by Presbyterian Mission Agency. Learn more by visiting our Reformation 500 page.
Reformation 500 Resources
The following resources are recommended for congregations planning to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. They are available to check out from Grace Presbytery’s Resource Center; studies are available for preview and information for purchasing them is provided with the description. Contact Director of the Resource Center Leah Wyckoff ([email protected]) for more information. We will publish a few resources here and we will publish more resources in future editions of eNews.
For children and youth:
Papa Luther: A Graphic Novel and Leader Guide (Augsburg Fortress). The exciting story of Martin Luther, told through the eyes of his children Hans and Magda in a colorful, 88-page “comic book.” Geared especially toward children ages 8 to 13, but will intrigue all ages. A free downloadable leader guide helps kids connect with the story. Purchase from Augsburg Fortress.
Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers: 95 Key Events and Issues (WJK). In an easy-to-use question-and-answer style, this book by Donald McKim highlights the key facts, people, and theologies of the Protestant Reformation, as well as major legacies of the historical movement.
A History of Christianity: Episode 4 “Reformation: The Individual Before God.” One-hour video on DVD with Oxford history professor Diarmaid MacCulloch that explores the Reformation and how a faith based on obedience and authority gave birth to one based on individual conscience.
Rev. Dr. Warren H. Rutledge
If we live, we live to the Lord,
and if we die, we die to the Lord;
so then, whether we live or whether we die,
we are the Lord’s.
Rev. Dr. Warren H. Rutledge passed away August 3, 2017. He was a resident of Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas. He was received into Grace Presbytery in 2008 after transferring from the Presbytery of the Cascades in Portland, Oregon.
Warren was born July 23, 1931. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, followed by a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in 1978.
Warren was ordained by the Presbytery of Amarillo in 1955. He served as a pastor in Amarillo for several years after his ordination. Over the next four decades, Warren served as assistant pastor, youth minister, and interim pastor in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas, as well as back in Texas. He also served on the John Calvin Presbytery Committee on Ministry and Presbytery committees of Christian education.
After his retirement from ministry in 1996, Warren was active in the Association of Retired Ministers Spouses and/or Survivors. He was elected president of that organization and served on the General Assembly’s committee to review the Older Adult Ministry.
While at Grace Presbyterian Village, Warren spent time with his love of music. He played various stringed instruments, and he also made musical instruments out of wood. He also used his talents as a woodcarver to create works of art.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, and their three grown children, Mark, Beth, and Edward. A memorial service was held August 5 at Grace Presbyterian Village Chapel.
Mo-Ranch Small Church Pastor's Retreat
October 16-19, 2017
The Small Church Pastor’s Retreat is an annual collaborative effort between Mo-Ranch, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Synod of the Sun. The retreat is designed for pastors seeking time to study, reflect and recreate through fellowship and workshops.
This is an opportunity for pastors to experience renewal in their ministry with their peers and the Lord.
2017-2018, Lombard, IL
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process
Are you encountering unhealthy patterns within the church related to unresolved conflicts from the past? Are you interested in enhancing your ability to manage self in a non-anxious manner in the midst of congregational anxieties? Sign up to attend the Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process, hosted by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
Group A Dates
October 23-25, 2017
February 19-21, 2018
April 23-25, 2018
Group B Dates
November 6-8, 2017
February 26-28, 2018
April 30 - May 2, 2018
The Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process is designed to enhance the ability of participants to function as self-differentiated leaders within their own ministry setting. It will provide a safe forum for processing challenging situations in one's ministry, while also facilitating reflection on how one's own functioning can either fuel anxiety or have a calming influence on the church system. The Clergy Clinic meets 3 times, for 3 days each time, over the course of a year.
Click here to read more about the Clergy Clinic: http://www.lmpeacecenter.org/cc/
Click here to register online: http://www.lmpeacecenter.org/events/
Register Now for
Youth Leadership Development Ministry
9th– 12th Grade
Application 2017 – 2018
Due No Later Than October 21, 2017
Click here to download our PULSE Youth Application!
Mo-Ranch Young Adult Weekend
"Improvising with God:Gather with like-minded young adults at Mo-Ranch for a spiritually renewing
God's Work in an Imperfect World"
weekend with thoughtful conversations, recreation, new friends and fun.
Young Adult Weekend is a chance for adults ages 22-39 to recharge, relax, and
get away for the weekend.
- Wanted: Someone to repair/clean a Wurlitzer organ at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church. Please contact Lucia Kremzar at [email protected] or call/text 817-915-3558.
- Local Mission Teams in the Garland & Rowlett areas! The December 26, 2015 tornados have left many people with great needs for help in rebuilding their homes and lives. In a joint effort to help in the rebuilding, mission teams are needed. For more information contact: Jackie Eiaz, Church in the City, 6005 Rowlett, TX 75088 or call 214-497-7706.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church, Arlington, is looking for a flower stand to match the one in the picture to the right, that they have had in place from the 50's or 60's. If you have information about one please contact Susan Johnson.
- First Presbyterian Church, Lewisville, is looking for a baby grand piano to grace their choir room. Their very talented pianist, Dr. Migeun Chung, would also be very glad and grateful for such an instrument for choir practice to match the one that graces their sanctuary. If you have or know of such an instrument please contact the church's Stated Supply Pastor, John Zeigler.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth has 22 theater seats that are free to anyone who will come and get them. Please call 817-292-1155, Monday - Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., to inquire.
- Corinth Presbyterian Church has 40 NIV Bibles they would like to donate to any church that needs them. If you have questions or are interested please contact Robert Bakie.
- Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bedford has 13 royal blue choir robes available (no stoles). To arrange to see these robes and/or to pick them up, please contact the church office at 817-545-0251 or [email protected]
- Westminster Presbyterian Church, Corsicana, is giving away Presbyterian Hymnals (blue) and off white choir robes in various sizes. If you are interested or for more information please contact the church office at 903-874-3781.
- Over 200 copies of "The Presbyterian Hymnal" (1990) available, including accompanist edition and large print editions. Free for anyone who can use some or all of them. Contact Marshall Crawford at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth ([email protected]; 817-927-8411).
- Full-Time Director of Youth Ministry, Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano
- Minister of Spiritual Life, Presbyterian Communities and Services, Dallas
- Part-TIme Children's Music Director, First Presbyterian Church, Grapevine
- Part-Time Director of Children's Ministry, Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, Richardson
- Part-time Children’s Programming Coordinator, Grace First Presbyterian Church, Weatherford
- Childcare Staff Member, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dallas
- Part-Time Director of Family Ministries, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dallas
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