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THE BIG EVENT- August 12

Valley Presbyterian Church
6947 E McDonald Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ

A day-long series of workshops for pastors and lay leaders in the Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and de Cristo.  Choose from over 20 workshops.  Celebrate in worship and the Lord’s Supper. Meet new brothers and sisters in faith!
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Fall Gathering- Presbyterian Women

Fall Gathering for the Grand Canyon
Saturday  September 30, 2017
Valley Presbyterian,  Paradise Valley, AZ
$10.00 Registration, 8:30am registration
9-3:00 programs and work shops.
Lunch is  included.

Ignite the Spark

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

Gail Strange is the Coordinator of General Assembly’s Office of Communication. In this workshop, Gail will show churches how to plan, create, implement and evaluate a communication plan that helps your church members keep in touch with one another as well as helps your church communicate with your community. The workshop will cover the importance of community analysis, determining your strategies and key messages, and how to use social media and electronic messaging to expand your mission.

October 20, 2017 (PdC) Valley Presbyterian, Green Valley
November 3, 2017 (PGC) Salt River Presbyterian, Scottsdale
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!

A REFLECTION ON FAMILY VIOLENCE, BY THE REV. DR. LUIS A. CARLO

Dr. Carlo was a first responder to scenes of domestic violence during his 27-year career as a paramedic with the NY Fire Department. Since receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and as the Associate Dean and Professor of Urban Studies and religion and Education at Alliance Theological Seminary in NYC, he speaks at numerous conferences, in seminary classrooms as well as from his Bronx pulpit. Dr. Carlo proposes justice instead of passivity as the corrective for violence. His reflection here (excerpted from a longer article) illustrates how crucial it is that we think theologically about the issue of domestic violence.  (FaithTrust Institute intro, 2004)

Dr. Carlo: “God undoes chaos by giving the earth form, fullness, and life, shaping and filling the earth as a dwelling place for humans—male and female—created in the image of God. Design, harmony, order and life have come forth out of chaos, confusion and disorder. The peace of God is in all of creation.

But what is peace? In Hebrew, peace is shalom—not simply the absence of conflict, but the presence of wholeness, integrity, and completeness. Violence disrupts God’s design for humanity and creation. The believer is called to actively promote justice. The church must develop both short-term and long-term approaches. In the short-term, the safety of the victim and family members must be protected, and batterers must be held genuinely accountable for their violent actions. This can be accomplished first by listening and believing victims’ stories, and second by appropriate referral of all family members to agencies poised to provide immediate aid and long-term treatment.

But it is equally important for clergy to develop a long-range plan for ministering to the broken by becoming educated about abuse, wrestling with God and scripture, adopting policies that bring God’s peace through justice, and training leaders and congregations in implementing an appropriate response.

We must be a voice speaking into this issue—condemning all forms of advertisement, language, music, etc., that promote violence; preaching sermons, writing articles, and praying for victims of violence; educating our congregations and taking a clear stand against violence.

The church and clergy must look for deeper theological themes and truth to confront domestic violence with authority and love. We ministers must do our homework and not be satisfied with easy answers…Domestic violence is not only a physical or social crisis. It is a crisis of the human spirit and soul.”

Please contact Joan Fenton, rjfenton5@gmail.com for information on workshops and classes.

Super Massive Pulpit Exchange

For the second year, Orangewood will be participating in the super-massive-pulpit-exchange.  Well, I guess calling it super-massive is a bit of an exaggeration, but that is what preachers are good at.  What will happen is that over the course of 2 weeks 5 different Presbyterian Churches from around the valley will swap preachers.

This means you get to hear some different voices from around the presbytery.  It also means that Orangewood pastors Ken and Tully get to ‘test out’ their sermons on a different church before they deliver that sermon at OPC; so hopefully the quality of the preaching will be better the 2nd time around.

On Sunday April 23, Pastor Ken will preach at Faith Presbyterian in Sun City; and Orangewood will get to hear from Rev. Kristin Rice or Rev. Susan Moorefield (both are from Faith).  On Sunday April 30, Pastor Tully will preach at Emmanuel PC; and Orangewood will get to hear Rev. Michael Hartwell from Crosswinds PC.

Why are we doing this?

As Presbyterians we are part of a connectional church.  That means that we don’t do this faith thing alone.  Ever!  As Christians, we are called by God to be in constant community with one another.  One Christian alone can’t worship.  One Christian alone can’t be a church.  We live out this connectional faith by praying for one another, and collaborating with one another in mission.  We learn from each other.  We share resources and ideas.  And when things go really bad we step in and help one another.

Orangewood does this by including other Presbyterians on our Mission trips to Rocky Point & Honduras.  Our youth visit the Ghost Ranch every summer with other youth from all over the country.  And once a year, we swap preachers and listen to new points of view.  Below are some quotes from some of the preachers involved last year.

Peace,

Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV

Over the last couple of years we have participated in a number of activities with either Emmanuel or Palo Cristi.  Not only has Crosswinds enjoyed the experiences, it has given the congregation a real sense what it means to be a connectional church.  We are not alone, but part of a larger community.
-Michael from Crosswinds

I am looking forward to meeting another congregation in Grand Canyon Presbytery during their Sunday Worship. It is always interesting and informative to join with other Presbyterians, learning about their worship services, and getting to know them as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Participating in worship with Westminster will be a joy as we praise God together!
                                    -Linda from Palo Cristi

I’m excited about participating in this pulpit exchange because Presbyterians are a connectional church.  Often we only see each other for business – Worshipping and praying together is a chance for us to build relationships as sisters and brothers in Christ.  I’m also excited for my church to hear from some very blessed preachers!
                                    -Ken, from Orangewood

 

“Ignite the Spark” A Three Year Cycle of Workshops Aimed at Initiating Congregational Renewal

“Ignite the Spark”
A
Three Year Cycle of Workshops Aimed at
Initiating Congregational Renewal

These workshops are free to pastors and congregational leaders (limit 3 per church) and available on a first-come, first served basis.  Registration includes a meal, workshop registration and hotel for anyone travelling over 50 miles to attend.

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
Friday, November 3
Friday, January 26, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018

Arizona Benefits Connection


Thursday, April 27 at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley (Scottsdale), 8:30 to 3:30

​Benefits Connections are one-day gatherings for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) employers on benefits.

Who Should Attend?

People who drive benefits decisions and manage benefits, including but not limited to

  • business administrators;
  • office managers;
  • clerks of session;
  • personnel committee chairs;
  • pastors; and
  • Committee on Ministry (COM) members.

Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Why Attend? 

During this one-day seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the theological values that shape the Benefits Plan, ask questions during a Q-and-A with Board of Pensions leadership and staff, and enjoy fellowship with other benefit decision-makers.

You will participate in

  • worship;
  • plenary sessions and topical workshops;
  • a networking lunch; and
  • a panel discussion with your peers.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the plan, newly established peer relationships, and new strategies for being the best employer you can be.

To register click on the link and select the Phoenix location:

http://www.pensions.org//membersandemployers/midcouncils/benefitsconnections/pages/default.aspx

Adult Bible School at Desert Palms

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church is having an Adult Bible School from June 5 through 8 at 5 p.m. each evening. The event features a meal each night and the Key speaker is Rev. Dr. Judy Yates Siker who will speak on “A New Look at Some Old Stories,” exploring some of the men and women who appear in–and disappear from–the books of the New Testament. We will also be collecting food and a drive for school uniforms for the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank.

The four evenings including meals will be a total of $38 and reservations can be made at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 W. Stardust Blvd., Sun City West, 623-584-4602.

Dr. Judy Yates Siker teaches New Testament and Christian Origins at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California. Her current classes also include Psychology, Spirituality, and Transformation and Rethinking Women in the New Testament. Dr. Siker has publications geared both to the academy and the church. Her most recent publication, Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes, is the 2016-2017 Bible Study for Presbyterian Women across the US. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey Siker who also teaches at LMU and they have five children and three grandchildren.

Following is the outline of our week with Judy: A New Look at Some Old Stories

Our Bible is a living text and we are invited to enter with fresh eyes and an open mind to hear God’s word for us today.  In this week-long course, we will explore some of the men and women who appear in—and disappear from—the books of the New Testament. We will use some familiar and some not-so-familiar lenses to explore fresh understandings of age old stories.

Monday, June 5:  we begin by revisiting a determined mother and a sometimes difficult to recognize Jesus in Matthew’s intriguing story of the Canaanite woman seeking help for her daughter. This little story in Matthew 15:21-28 often leaves us wondering-about Jesus, about the woman, and about the disciples. What will a new look at this old story reveal?

Tuesday, June 6: On Tuesday, we move from a nameless Canaanite woman to the well-known sisters, Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).  Yes, the Mary and Martha story! Before you think you have fully comprehended that old story, come tonight and try on a new lens. We might be surprised at what we find.

Wednesday, June 7: It’s time to move out of the Gospels and into the Book of Acts. Here we reconsider the story of Cornelius, the first Gentile convert to Christianity. Who was this man? What role does Peter play in this story? What can this story teach us about boundaries and belonging?

Thursday, June 8:  On our last night together we will consider a story that appears (or does it?) in all four gospels.  As we read this story in all four Gospels we learn that Jesus was anointed by a woman and…  Join us as we give careful consideration to how we read these stories. It’s time to examine our own lenses and consider the question Luke raises, “Do you see this woman?”

 

Peacemaking, Climate Change and Faith in Central America

The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and World Mission are pleased to announce the 2017 Travel Study Seminar to Central America.

Guatemala and Costa Rica Travel Study
AUGUST 7-18, 2017

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Update from Leslie Vogel, Missionary in Guatamala

 Read Leslie’s latest update on her work as a missionary in Guatemala.

A Heart-Changing Encounter