Last week we joined 120 other camp staff from North America at the annual PCCCA Conference at Mo Ranch in Texas. As Montlure is dreaming and rebuilding for the future, this conference came at the perfect time and has given us inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward.
Is your church considering a new alternative to a VBS program for the summer? We would love to talk to you about our top-notch Traveling Day Camp program as we only have one spot left! Montlure Day Camp is a unique blend between local church ministry and camping ministry. Montlure will bring all the curriculum, materials, programming, and staff direct to your church facilities while the church will provide some light volunteer support so they can connect intentionally with campers and families. Camps typically run 9am-3pm (with extended care option until 5pm). This is a wonderful way working parents can be at ease for a week knowing their child(ren) are safe and having an incredible time. Email: Camp@Montlure.org for more information.

Registration for 2018 Overnight Summer Camp is OPEN!

Early Registrations will also receive a Montlure Swag Bag ~ While supplies last!

Registration for 2018 Summer Camp is OPEN!

Early Registrations will also receive a Montlure Swag Bag ~
While supplies last!
Juniors Camp (4th/5th Grade) – June 17th-21st
Junior High Camp (6th-8th Grade) – June 24th-29th
Senior High Camp (9th-12th Grade) – June 10th-15th
Montlure Traveling Day Camp still has openings for summer programs geared to campers 1st-6th grade. Montlure will bring all the curriculum, materials, programming, and staff direct to your church facilities. Montlure Day Camp is a week long program, bringing outdoor ministry into partnership with your congregation. Camps typically run 9am-3pm (with extended care option until 5pm!), which is an incredible benefit to working parents during the summer. Contact us today to see if hosting Montlure Day Camp is right for your community. (Email: Camp@Montlure.org)
Thank you Orangewood Presbyterian Church for hosting Montlure Youth Night! Our campers and staff had a great time hanging out, playing games, and getting to know one another. Watch for details about our next Youth Night in January!
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Good Day for the Blues- Youth Event in March

Austin College ACtivators
will be at Orangewood Presbyterian Church
March 2-4, 2018
to help you find your funky bone and learn how to let in the Blues when they come knocking.
If your parents ask, tell them we’ll be talking about Genesis 3, 37, & 39, Psalm 22, John 1, and Romans 8. But mostly it will be a sweaty jam to the music of
B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Keb’ Mo’, and Little Milton. And Jesus.
Jesus has some great Blues chops.

Students in 6th through 12th grade Cost is $50, all meals included
Program will begin Friday, 3/2 at 6:00pm and will conclude Sunday at 10:00am

The Austin College ACtivators are a group of Austin College students who work with Chaplain John Williams to plan and lead regional youth ministry events. Since 1995, the ACtivators program has involved more than 500 Austin College students, lead 600+ ministry events in 13 states involving over 48,000 children, youth, college students, adults, and senior citizens.
Orangewood Presbyterian http://orangewood.info/ 7321 N. 10th St. Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 944-1508

Celebrate Your Congregation’s Hunger Action!

By Dr. Tamera Zivic

Have you Heard that You may be part of a Hunger Action Congregation?  So, what does THAT mean?
The Presbyterian Hunger Program, PC(USA) is celebrating the faithful work of Presbyterians responding to the biblical call to alleviate hunger and end its causes. We wish to acknowledge the work you are doing to end hunger, and to be mutually inspired to deepen and broaden our ministries.  (Food-Faith Hunger Covenant. (2017, May 31). Retrieved June 30, 2017, from https://www.presbyterianmission.org/food-faith/hungercovenant/)

Through these many years, I have had the honor of working, through WHEAT and as the Hunger Action Advocate for the Presbytery, with many of our congregations as they venture into new ways to tackle the issues surrounding poverty and hunger and the struggle to find the means to help others help themselves.

Presbytery of Grand Canyon has a lot to celebrate as we continue to provide emergency food, speak out against injustices in our communities, such as supporting the Campaign for Fair Food, make lifestyle choices that have long term effects on the earth and the wages people earn like buying t-shirts from Sweat Free T’s, provide mission funds to support developing countries, participate in the Cents-Ability program and so much more.

But is celebrating the right thing to do when it is what is expected of us and is our Christian calling – to help others when they are in need?  I would say ‘yes,’ not to give ourselves a pat on the back, but to celebrate what we continue to see as our personal ministry, no matter what the odds, always in all ways.  This is a celebration of the human spirit, helping one another, so that no one person is left without, a way to exemplify our beliefs.

The impact of our actions on others and how we live our lives, individually and as people of faith, may never be known.  That is also a celebration of our faith in the unknown and how living a life of giving will lead to joy and life for others.

Christ came so that all may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b)

So, start with your Congregation and help us celebrate the ways that you are making a difference in the lives of one or of many.  This celebration and sharing with our fellow Presbyterians of the ways that we are ministering to, with, by and for others to alleviate hunger and poverty, also celebrates the changes that we are helping to make, worldwide, no matter how large or small.

Use this special time in the summer to acknowledge your place as a Hunger Action Congregation!  Help us Celebrate the impacts that you are making!

Yours is a Hunger Action Congregation if you are doing an activity in one or more of these areas.

1) Hunger Alleviation
2) Development assistance
3) Hunger Education
4) Lifestyle Integrity
5) Corporate and Public Policy Witness
6) Worship

For congregations that are doing one or more activity in all six areas, you can be a Certified Hunger Action Congregation.  All of the Hunger Action Congregations will be celebrated on October 16, World Food Day.  The PHP program would like to have at least 25 congregations signed up by September 15; you can find the instructions and Hunger Action Congregation form here: bit.ly/hungeractionform

Need more information or guidance?  I’m here to help!

Dr. Tamera Zivic serves as the Hunger Action Advocate for the Presbytery & Executive Director/CEO of WHEAT.  The mission of the World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task Force, Inc. (WHEAT) is to educate, advocate, motivate and empower individuals to action in the fight against poverty and hunger.  The Presbyterian Church in Arizona was one of 19 faith denominations that founded WHEAT in 1979 ~ that relationship continues to thrive as WHEAT and its executive director, Tamera, serve as a source and resource for hunger ministries and as the Hunger Action Advocate for the Presbytery.

Contact us at:  602/955.5076 or  email:  wheat@HungerHurts.org

Memorial hosts 2nd Annual Arts/Foodie Event November 18

MPC Events is once again seeking creative and unique artist, crafters, small business owners, and food/truck vendors for our 2nd Annual event being held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9am – 4pm.

The event will take place outdoors in the courtyard. The fee is $25 for a 10’ x 10’ space (electricity extra) PLUS a $25 raffle item. Canopies or tables are not provided. Food trucks/vendors will be located in our parking lot, and a dining area with canopies and tables will also be located in this area. No non-commercial food items will be permitted. Fee is refundable only if event is cancelled.
We also welcome musicians/entertainers interested in performing for an hour or so at no cost/no compensation.

Due to limited space and the desire to have as much product variety as possible, the number of same type vendors (i.e. jewelry, bath/body, direct sales) will be limited. We will operate on a first come, first serve basis so reserve your space now!! Fee will increase after September 18, 2017. We look forward to hearing from you soon!!


Memorial Presbyterian Fall Event
4141 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix 85018


What is the Nature of God’s Power? Is God in Control?

Reminder for Next Steps (Theological Dialogue Commission) Event:
What is the Nature of God’s Power?
Is God in Control?

Come, participate in this open dialogue where you will find a safe space to share the gifts, insights and practices of your faith with people from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Mormon, Baha’i and Christian faith traditions. All faiths are invited.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Temple Solel
6805 E McDonald Dr,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

A box meal will be available at 6:30 pm. A $10 suggested donation helps defray the cost of the evening, including the meal. The dialogue begins at 7:00 pm.

More information contact Al Gephart al@gepharts.org or 480-940-1881
To register go to https://goo.gl/8N5ocR
We expect 40-60 people from a diversity of religious traditions.
This is an opportunity for an in depth discussion on a topic relevant to many faiths.
Please click here for event flyers.

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Cancer: Navigating the Journey- October 28

No one ever expects to hear the diagnoses of cancer either for themselves or a loved one and yet well over a million new cases of cancer according to the National Cancer Institute were diagnosed in the United States in 2016 that sets many people on a journey that can leave many people feeling overwhelmed.  Valley Presbyterian Church is offering an informative workshop that we’re confident will encourage and equip anyone beginning this journey.
Through discussion and personal stories we’ll look at how to make sense of the anxieties felt; how to tell others of our new challenge; how to go about researching into the particular cancer faced and what to believe; what kind of questions should I ask the medical professionals as well as the spiritual challenges that are before me. These and many other questions will be examined in the course of this workshop along with the personal story of how Dr. David Joynt Head of Staff at Valley Presbyterian Church faced the challenge of cancer in his life and what he discovered about himself and his faith in God.  Our guest presenter is Kathy Baughman, Chaplain and Cancer Case Management at Mayo Clinic.

This workshop will be offered on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon at Valley Presbyterian Church 6947 E. McDonald Road, Paradise Valley, AZ with a continental breakfast starting at 8:30.  Childcare is available upon request.  Please register for this workshop online at www.vpc.org or call Tammy Milne at 480.991.6424.

2017 Cancer Workshop flyers

Ignite the Spark- November 3 Workshop

 November 3 – Zach Yentzer: Ministry to (and with) Millennials

Zach, a Millennial, a Tucson native and a PK, is the founder and principal of 100 Cities Ministry and author Creative: Designing Churches that Engage Generations Together. Zach believes churches can move toward becoming more intergenerational, creative and impactful through establishing relationships of “mutual mentoring” across generations. Zach’s workshop will describe the three-part framework that churches need to build to create the kind of environment that such relationships can, may and will happen. REGISTER

August 11, 2017
Building Your Church’s Communication House from the Ground Up
Valley Presbyterian, Paradise Valley

This daylong workshop, conducted by communications
professionals on the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff,
will give you tips and techniques to better reach your
audience. We’ll offer insights and guidelines on creating
a communications plan for your congregation, discuss the
“do’s and don’ts” of media relations and “pitching” stories
to your local media. You’ll learn proven techniques for using
social media tools like Facebook and Twitter and leave with
tips that will make your communications more effective
and help increase your reach. Flyer


October 20, 2017 (PdC) Valley Presbyterian, Green Valley
November 3, 2017 (PGC) Location TBD

Zach Yentzer: Ministry to (and with) Millennials

Zach, a Millennial, a Tucson native and a PK, is the founder and principal of 100 Cities Ministry and author Creative: Designing Churches that Engage Generations Together. Zach believes churches can move toward becoming more intergenerational, creative and impactful through establishing relationships of “mutual mentoring” across generations. Zach’s workshop will describe the three-part framework that churches need to build to create the kind of environment that such relationships can, may and will happen.

January 26, 2018
T. Denise Anderson: Cultivating Multi-Cultural Ministry
Location TBA

The Rev. T. Denise Anderson is co-Moderator of General Assembly and pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, MD. Together with fellow co-moderator Jan Edmiston, Denise has called the denomination, first, to examine our own ministry practices related to race and, second, be intentional in reaching across racial lines to “engage the conversation” toward exhibiting the Kingdom of God to the world (the Sixth Great End of the Church). Denise’s workshop will discuss the perspectives and practices needed, and the ideas and opportunities possible, for churches to cultivate best practices for multi-cultural ministry.

March 2, 2018 (PGC) Location TBA
April 20, 2018 (PdC) Location TBA
Vera White: What “Old” Churches Can Learn from “New” Communities

Vera White is the director of General Assemblies 1,001 New Worshipping Communities initiative and the lead trainer and coach of new worshipping community pastors. In her workshop, Vera will discuss what established churches can and need to learn from the best practices of new worshipping communities to focus a church’s outreach efforts, renew its outreach energy, and turn their focus from outside-in to inside-out. Contrary to popular belief, one can teach an “old” dog “new” tricks!

Food Week of Action & World Food Day October 15–22, 2017

We are called to work for a world where everyone has sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food! And where those who produce and prepare the food are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!

The Global Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (Oct. 16), International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17).

                           Put your faith into action today!

  • Boycott Wendy’s, tweet, and deliver manager letters in solidarity with farmworkers.  boycott-wendys.org
  • Support family farmers by pushing for transparency around land investments by pension funds, starting with TIAA-CREF. ly/TIAAact
  • Raise your voice to push for justice and good stewardship in the next Farm Bill.  ly/17farmbill

Loving God, gather us together so that we may remind each other of your intent for this earth.

Gather us so that we may pour out our lives in Christ’s name, as Christ does on behalf of those who hunger.

For hope.  For justice.  For daily bread.

So that it will be on earth as it is in heaven.

For now and for always.

~ from the World Food Day Prayer, Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Contact php@pcusa.org for more information.

Photo credits: Ecovida and Paul Jeffrey

bulletin insert – Food Week of Action 2017

10 commandments of food

Music to give away

On August 11th and August 12th, Ministers of Music/Church Music Directors are invited to look over choral music that has been housed at Valley Presbyterian for quite some time and was owned by Historic First Presbyterian Church in Phoenix.

The next joint Presbytery meeting is August 11 and 12.  For interested church music leaders, Laurie Porter will be at Valley on August 11th from 1 – 4 pm, and Mary Saylor will be there on Saturday, August 12, to assist you.

Information you may find helpful:

  • Over 600 choral pieces
  • Pieces cover classical composers; Bach, Haydn, Bizet, Handel, Mendelsohn, and more., to contemporary composers such as, John Carter, David Allen, Walter Ehret, Greg Sewell, Austin Lovelace, Natalie Sleeth, and more.
  • Most pieces have an estimated 50 copies; don’t feel pressured to take all copies — take what seems right to you
  • Pieces are simple SATB through difficult – some pieces have instrumental part
  • Includes selections for Christmas, Easter, Spirituals, Communion, Children’s and general Anthems, Offertories, as well as some musical selections from Godspell, etc.
  • Significant but incomplete card catalog if you want to check for a specific piece

This music is FREE if you will take it and give it a good home.  Please bring your own box/container for the music you take.

If you are interested but will not be able to be at Valley Presbyterian onAugust 11th or 12th, please contact Jennifer Hamm, Minister of Music, Valley Presbyterian Church at 480-991-6424 ext.142.  She can work with you to find a date/time for you to look at what’s available.

If you have questions, please do contact either Mary Saylor (revmws@hotmail.com) or Laurie Porter (Laporter53@gmail.com).

Celebrate International Peacemaker Week in GCP!

September 28  through October 3, 2017 the Peace and Justice Network will host International Peacemaker Phares Nyaga Mithamo from Kenya.  He is the Director of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa’s Eastleigh Community Center.  Located in Nairobi, this center focuses on youth and women within the major slum communities of the city and other poverty stricken areas of Kenya.

The key elements of the center’s projects are:

  • Provide education and skill building as tool to sustainable peace
  • Address extreme violence and radicalization through peace education and enterprise development
  • Interreligious dialogues
  • Education for active nonviolence to conflict

The workshops during Phares’ visit will give insight into Christian Muslim relations, as well as practical approaches to achieving peace.

Our preliminary schedule includes a Sunday sermon and workshop at Faith Presbyterian in Sun City, a Saturday address and workshop at the PWP Fall Gathering to be held at Valley Presbyterian in Scottsdale, and a Saturday evening celebration at Orangewood Presbyterian in Phoenix.  Other congregations are invited to host an event on Friday, September 29 or Monday, October 2.  Contact Phebe Packer  phebepacker@cox.net or Cindy Michels lucindamichels89@gmail.com