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Make Social and environmental justice part of your congregation's worship

Production of eco-palms begins in forested areas of Mexico and Guatemala where workers, know as xaterros (sha-tare-rows), walk miles into the forest to harvest palm branches.

To learn more about Eco Palms or to purchase Eco Palms, please visit:


Listening Session for remaining Book of Order proposed amendments
14-A through 14-E

On Saturday, February 28, 9:00 am, at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, the Bills & Overtures Committee will host a listening session on proposed amendments 14-A through 14-E. Issues discussed will include whether an accused teaching elder who renounces jurisdiction should be permitted to work in either a paid or volunteer capacity for any entity under the jurisdiction of the PC(USA) (14-A) to whether all councils should be required to adopt and implement child protection policies (14-C).

Our presbytery is expected to vote on these remaining Book of Order amendments during its meeting on Saturday, March 14.

Copies of the Office of the General Assembly’s packet of all proposed amendments are available on-line at: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/ga221-proposed-amendments-constitution/. (Just click on the rectangular red button to download the pdf-file.)

Also, the Association of Stated Clerks has compiled lists of arguments used both for and against each amendment as it was debated during the General Assembly. (Please go to http://www.statedclerks.org, click on “Resources,” and click to download “Analysis of Amendments to the Constitution GA 2014.docx.”)

Please feel free to send questions or comments to the committee at bando@ptcaweb.org.


Listening Session for remaining Book of Order proposed amendments
14-A through 14-E

On Saturday, February 28, 9:00 am, at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, the Bills & Overtures Committee will host a listening session on proposed amendments 14-A through 14-E. Issues discussed will include whether an accused teaching elder who renounces jurisdiction should be permitted to work in either a paid or volunteer capacity for any entity under the jurisdiction of the PC(USA) (14-A) to whether all councils should be required to adopt and implement child protection policies (14-C).

Our presbytery is expected to vote on these remaining Book of Order amendments during its meeting on Saturday, March 14.

Copies of the Office of the General Assembly’s packet of all proposed amendments are available on-line at: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/ga221-proposed-amendments-constitution/. (Just click on the rectangular red button to download the pdf-file.)

Also, the Association of Stated Clerks has compiled lists of arguments used both for and against each amendment as it was debated during the General Assembly. (Please go to http://www.statedclerks.org, click on “Resources,” and click to download “Analysis of Amendments to the Constitution GA 2014.docx.”)

Please feel free to send questions or comments to the committee at bando@ptcaweb.org.



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Meeting Reminder....


The next stated meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
 is scheduled for


Saturday, March 14, 2015 at

New Life Presbyterian Church (Formerly North Como)
965 W. Larpenteur Ave.
 St. Paul, MN  55113

(651) 488-5581

The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.

More to follow.

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Meeting Reminder....


The next stated meeting of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
 is scheduled for


Saturday, March 14, 2015 at

New Life Presbyterian Church (Formerly North Como)
965 W. Larpenteur Ave.
 St. Paul, MN  55113

(651) 488-5581

The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.

More to follow.
Self-Development of People







Coming Soon:

SELF DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE SUNDAY!

Each year, on a Sunday in Lent, Presbyterians celebrate the ministry of Self-Development of People (SDOP), a ministry of the One Great Hour of Sharing.

This year, Self-Development of People Sunday is on March 15, 2015.

Resources to help you interpret the ministry of SDOP can be found on SDOP's website.  Visit pcusa.org/sdop to view the materials, and to download whatever you'd like to use.  You'll find two SDOP-related hymns, liturgical suggestions, stories about SDOP projects, and more!
Self-Development of People







Coming Soon:

SELF DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE SUNDAY!

Each year, on a Sunday in Lent, Presbyterians celebrate the ministry of Self-Development of People (SDOP), a ministry of the One Great Hour of Sharing.

This year, Self-Development of People Sunday is on March 15, 2015.

Resources to help you interpret the ministry of SDOP can be found on SDOP's website.  Visit pcusa.org/sdop to view the materials, and to download whatever you'd like to use.  You'll find two SDOP-related hymns, liturgical suggestions, stories about SDOP projects, and more!


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 The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is underway.

Please give generously to your local food shelf. 

For more information go to FoodShare.



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 The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is underway.

Please give generously to your local food shelf. 

For more information go to FoodShare.

[IMAGE]Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches
now available

What you need to know in 2015

 You can now access Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches,   
 What You Need to Know in 2015 on pensions.org, through
Benefits Connect.


Benefits Connect is the Board's secure benefits website that provides:

  • church treasurers and business administrators access to important information for their organization's benefits administration responsibilities;
  • eligible member access to their personal and benefits information and online tools; and
  • access to the Tax Guide for Ministers

Using Benefits Connect is Easy

If you are not already using Benefits Connect, registering is easy.  Go to pensions.org and click Register beside Benefits Connect.  You will need your PIN and email address.  Follow the easy instructions to create your password and user profile. 

If you have questions, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 and speak with a member service representative.

[IMAGE]Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches
now available

What you need to know in 2015

 You can now access Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches,   
 What You Need to Know in 2015 on pensions.org, through
Benefits Connect.


Benefits Connect is the Board's secure benefits website that provides:

  • church treasurers and business administrators access to important information for their organization's benefits administration responsibilities;
  • eligible member access to their personal and benefits information and online tools; and
  • access to the Tax Guide for Ministers

Using Benefits Connect is Easy

If you are not already using Benefits Connect, registering is easy.  Go to pensions.org and click Register beside Benefits Connect.  You will need your PIN and email address.  Follow the easy instructions to create your password and user profile. 

If you have questions, call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 and speak with a member service representative.

 
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Welcoming Everyone’s Gifts:
Equipping Congregations to Include Children and Youth with Disabilities
An ecumenical, interfaith conference offering practical tools and strategies to meet the challenges of staff and volunteers seeking to include all young people in the life of their congregation

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, April 18 - 8:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 3100 N. Lilac Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55422 763-588-0831 www.valleychurch.net

Requested Donation - $25

Includes refreshments on Friday evening and a light lunch on Saturday.
Register online by going to www.eventbrite.com. In the search box in the upper left hand corner enter disabilities inclusion conference. This will take you to registration.
Register by phone with Risa Anderson at 651-357-1150 ext. 254

 
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Welcoming Everyone’s Gifts:
Equipping Congregations to Include Children and Youth with Disabilities
An ecumenical, interfaith conference offering practical tools and strategies to meet the challenges of staff and volunteers seeking to include all young people in the life of their congregation

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, April 18 - 8:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Valley Community Presbyterian Church, 3100 N. Lilac Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55422 763-588-0831 www.valleychurch.net

Requested Donation - $25

Includes refreshments on Friday evening and a light lunch on Saturday.
Register online by going to www.eventbrite.com. In the search box in the upper left hand corner enter disabilities inclusion conference. This will take you to registration.
Register by phone with Risa Anderson at 651-357-1150 ext. 254

 

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Save the Date: 
June 18 through June 21, 2015

2015 Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering

Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  The theme of the Gathering is "One Body, One Spirit".

Registration is now available.  Go to PW Gathering for more information.
 

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Save the Date: 
June 18 through June 21, 2015

2015 Presbyterian Women Churchwide Gathering

Held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  The theme of the Gathering is "One Body, One Spirit".

Registration is now available.  Go to PW Gathering for more information.
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Save the date!


Big Tent 2015

July 30 – August 1, 2015

University of Tennessee campus

Knoxville, Tennessee

Experience that deep sense of community one would expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians—a great big family reunion! Join us for a wide variety of workshops, all under one Big Tent, a conference that will inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally.

For more information, go to Big Tent.



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Save the date!


Big Tent 2015

July 30 – August 1, 2015

University of Tennessee campus

Knoxville, Tennessee

Experience that deep sense of community one would expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians—a great big family reunion! Join us for a wide variety of workshops, all under one Big Tent, a conference that will inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally.

For more information, go to Big Tent.




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Make Social and environmental justice part of your congregation's worship

Production of eco-palms begins in forested areas of Mexico and Guatemala where workers, know as xaterros (sha-tare-rows), walk miles into the forest to harvest palm branches.

To learn more about Eco Palms or to purchase Eco Palms, please visit:



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