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:

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?”


Saturday, March 25 Stated Presbytery Meeting

Southminster Presbyterian Church
1923 E Broadway Rd, Phoenix
9:00 a.m.

NEW!!!! Click here to RSVP

Call to the March 25 Presbytery meeting
Directions to Southminster Presbyterian

Final Northminster Report- Posted 3/22/17
Consent Agenda
Commission Reports
Mountain View AC Motion
General Assembly overtures for Approval
Ordination Anniversaries in 2017
Nominations report- GC

Complete packet (except Northminster doc above)

Commissioners are responsible for printing their own materials.

Special Notice of Business:

RE: Presbytery Meeting – March 25, 2017

Posting of Partial Agenda for items of business

In accord with the Gracious Dismissal Policy adopted November 7, 2015 the following requirement is required; “Written notice of the meeting to act upon a request for dismissal/dissolution shall be given electronically and via mail at least 30 days prior to the meeting of the presbytery.”, the following order of business is presented:

Report from the Northminster Administrative Commission Lawn Griffiths

(MOTION: The Northminster Presbyterian Church shall be dismissed to the following Reformed body, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, if the way be clear, with the financial arrangements and other provisions listed as a part of the Report of the Administrative Commission.)

Robert Schulz, Stated Clerk/Associate
Presbytery of Grand Canyon


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


Update from Leslie Vogel, Missionary in Guatamala

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

A Heart-Changing Encounter


Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. On June 2, 2015, what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, more than 200 organizations and influencers asked people nationwide to join them by wearing orange to honor her life, the lives of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence and the hundreds more who are injured every day.

This year congregations, gun violence prevention groups and survivors are hoisting events to honor those who have been killed or injured by gun violence. Family and friends are invited to bring small pictures of loved ones.

We are asking congregations to include the attached notice in your bulletins, ask members to wear orange on either May 28 or June 4 to raise awareness of the 321 Americans shot everyday, 90 who are killed and the 231 who injured by guns.

Please remember all those who have been impacted by gun violence in your services on during Gun Violence Awareness Sunday.

Below is a link to a sample notice for your bulletin and information about a Wear Orange event in your area.

Thank you,

Gerry Hills
Gun Violence Awareness Task Force
Desert Southwest Conference
United Methodist Church

Wear Orange 2017 Bulletin Announcement


First, Mesa Presents “Peter Pan”

The First Players Community Theater will present its 21st annual production, PETER PAN, on Fridays and Saturdays, March 24, 25, 31, and April 1 as dinner theaters beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The show will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Mesa under the leadership of Production Director Anita Ramsey and Music Director Mark Ramsey.  Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!  The First Players production cast will feature Isobel Letizia as “Peter Pan”, Tanya Snitzer as “Wendy”, Brooks Newbry as “Captain Hook”, and John Couillard as “Smee”.  Dinner-Theater Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for ages 10 and under, with a maximum of $60 per household.  The dinner menu will include porcupine meatballs and rice, salad, green beans, strawberry shortcake (gluten-free: strawberries and ice cream), and beverages.  Tickets are available on the church website ( and in the Church Office during the week.  PETER PAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International:  For more information, call the church office at (480) 964-8606, Ext. 103 or visit in person.  First Presbyterian Church is located at 161 N. Mesa Dr., at 2nd St., just south of the YMCA.

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings

Saturday, March 25- Grand Canyon- Southminster, Phoenix
Saturday, August 12- Combined Education event(Valley GC)
Saturday, November 4- Grand Canyon (TBA)

33rd Annual Senior Service Award Luncheon

Thursday, March 30
Valley Presbyterian
11:45 a.m.

The Presbytery of Grand Canyon’s Annual Award Luncheon makes it possible for our churches to honor one of their members (or a Mr. & Mrs.)(age 70+) for “outstanding voluntary and supportive service to church and community” in the words of the certificate of appreciation.

Your session is invited to select one individual (or one married couple)- for this honor. This year the cost of the luncheon is $10.00 for each attendee.  We encourage you to send a pastor and a maximum of 2 others close to the honoree(s) to the luncheon as well. Due to space limitations at this event, many churches hold their own event at their church where friends and relations can attend!
Click here for a nomination form

Seminar on Aging Well-

Seminar on Aging Well

An honest discussion about getting old and what it means for body, mind, and spirit.

Tuesday, March 14.  1:00-3:00 PM.Chandler Presbyterian Church.

1900 S. Arrowhead Dr.  Chandler, AZ.


Dr. Curt Krebsbach, PhD.:Presenter on Geriatrics with Valley Hope Association.

Tom Knoll, B.S.:  Long time Licensed Physical Therapist specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation.

Rev. Mike Japenga, M. Div.:  Ordained Minister for 20 years.  Licensed Addictions Counselor for 15 years.

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