Hole in the Road Party!

Celebrate the end of being at the end of the road.

Sunday, July 19   6:30 to 8:30 PM

7812 Brownsboro Road

www.springdalechurch.org

Fun for ALL Ages

 Inflatables, Corn Hole, Face Painting, Games

Fun Food

Little Free Library Book Trade

Rain or shine bring a lawn chair and a friend.

Friends,

The following announcement has been released this morning via the Presbyterian Mission Agency website and internally at the Center. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy Francis at x5194 or myself.

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Presbyterian Mission Agency Consolidates Two Ministry Areas into Theology, Formation and Evangelism

Two Presbyterian Mission Agency ministries have merged to form Theology, Formation and Evangelism. The two areas involved were previously called Theology, Worship and Education and Evangelism and Church Growth.

Along with the new name comes a new reporting structure that was recently implemented by executive director Linda Valentine and approved by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee. The new structure has been in place since November of 2014, so this action simply makes the structure permanent. No jobs will be eliminated.

“This new structure was designed to best use the skills and gifts of the current staff in the most effective way possible, to increase synergy among some ministries and to eliminate need for new hires,” said Valentine.

The changes include:

·       A new ministry area has been created, Theology, Formation and Evangelism, combining the ministry areas of Theology, Worship & Education and most of Evangelism & Church Growth. Chip Hardwick will serve as the Director of this new area. These ministries complement each other in fostering discipleship, formation, and leadership development. Within this ministry will be:

o   Theology

§  Theology and Worship

§  Theological Education

§  Congregational Ministries Publishing

o   Formation & Evangelism

§  Evangelism

§  Collegiate, Young Adult & Youth Ministries - Young Adults office was moved from the Deputy Executive Director for Mission office to align work with other youth and young adult focused ministries.

§  Church Growth & Transformation

§  1001 New Worshiping Communities

·       The Mission Program Grant office and two staff members have moved to Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries. Sixty five percent of mission program grants have been made to racial ethnic worshiping communities, so these ministries already work closely together.

·       The two staff translators will be moving to Communications and continue to assist in making essential documents available in both Korean and Spanish.

·       The Deputy Executive Director for Mission position will be eliminated.

·       The ministry area directors will continue to report directly to the Executive Director.

·       Other staff and functions previously in the Deputy Executive Director for Mission’s office will remain in the Executive Director’s Office.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee affirmed the organizational structure in their meeting, June 25, 2015.

 

I am writing to inform you, and to celebrate with you, that Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church was recertified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries through February 2016.  This honor speaks to the great commitment that this congregation has to caring for God’s earth.

 

To become an Earth Care Congregation, this church originally affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life. It also completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. It continues to grow and deepen its ministry. 

 

The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that have made the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

 

The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries.  The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life.  The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that made that commitment, and encourages others to follow their lead.

 

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church is one of five certified Earth Care Congregations in your presbytery. In many presbyteries, the congregations are lifted up during a presbytery meeting for prayers of celebration or announcement time, or even re-presented with the certificate that they receive from this office certifying them as a PCUSA Earth Care Congregation.

 

For more information on the earth care program at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, please contact William Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (502) 744-4533.

 

For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to www.pcusa.org/earth-care-congregations.

 

Please join me in celebrating the wonderful ministry of this good congregation!

 

Peace and blessings,

 

Rebecca

 

 

Rebecca Barnes

Associate for Environmental Ministries

Dear Mid-Council Leaders,

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today mandating that all states perform and recognize marriages between same-gendered persons.  The PCUSA has advocated for almost 4 decades for civil rights for LGBT persons. Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is in keeping with that work.  We imagine that there will be lots of questions around this decision.   You can find a basic Question and Answer that may be helpful to you in responding to questions about how this case impacts PCUSA ministers and congregations at the following link: 

http://oga.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/same_gender_marriage_after_supreme_court_mandates_recognition_of_same_gender_marriage_final_edited(6).pdf

In God’s grace,

Gradye Parsons