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!
Click here for Workshop descriptions


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.

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

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:

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:


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, for information on workshops and classes.

Upcoming Presbytery Meetings

Saturday, November 4- Grand Canyon – Desert Palms, Sun City West

Friday, January  26- Saturday, January 27- Casa Grande
Saturday, March 3 (Location TBA)
Saturday, August 25- St. Andrew’s (Tucson)
Saturday, November 3- Chandler

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.


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”
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.


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:

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