Prescott offers theatre workshop for Special Needs students

Fall Grant Cycle Open Now

The Presbytery of Grand Canyon has a fund to provide grants to congregations for furthering their ministries.

Below is a link to the application.  Provide a detailed summary on how the grant money has affected the project you applied for and end result with in 6 months of grant funding. If still continuing project, provide an update at the 6 month mark and at the completion of the project.

Include any receipts and pictures of completed project – if applicable.

Future grant funding may be affected if an effectiveness summary is not received within 6 months of funding.

Once the project is complete, a final summary and budget is required to be submitted to CRT

Send information to pbyoffice@gmail.com – Attention CRT Grants.
Grant Application – 9.29

Tempe Community Conversations Nov 18 & 28

Lighten Up with the Humor of Jesus

Lighten Up with the Humor of Jesus is a short course with multi-media recently published by Gary Kush, PhD (HR).  It’s available to Presbyterian congregations free until December 31 when the publisher’s price will be $19.95.  The content includes the types of humor used by Jesus, how to use Humor-neutics to find and interpret the humor, and how to lighten up with Jesus’ humor.  It’s funny but scholarly.  Want something different? It could be used for high school groups, adult studies, or adapted for Lent Teach the course OR ask Dr. Kush to lead it, OR do the online version.  The course is professionally published by Udemy and rated 4.9 out of 5 stars.   It was part of Gary’s PhD dissertation in educational technology.   For a preview or to enroll online, go to www.webucateu.org or call Gary at 480.209.9592. No password needed.   Gary also does a 20 to 30 minutes comedy routine on the subject for church programs.


Mission del Sol to host Holiday Boutique

Mission del Sol Presbyterian will host a holiday boutique November 16 from 9 a.m- 6 pm and November 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30.
The event will feature 30 vendors showcasing Quilts, Wall hangings, Ornaments, Hand
Crafted Cards, Hand Crafted Wood Toys, Shabby Chic Home Décor, Fused
Glass, Serving Pieces, Decorative Items, Dog Wreaths, Clothes for 18”
Dolls like American Girl, Ceramic Figurines, Photographs, Bottle Lights,
Holiday Wreaths, Wood Bottle Stoppers and Cheese Boards, Silk Flower
Arrangements, Acrylic Paintings, Hand Made Jewelry & much more!

Vendors * Raffles * Bake Sale
Boutique Flyer

Promoting Healthy Family Dynamics

Why do some people (including Presbyterians) hurt the very family members they profess to love? Here are some of the relationship red flags of which we should be aware: harming animals, thinking of family or dating partners as property/possessions, growing up in an abusive environment, social media  stalking and verbal abuse.

We can short-circuit these behaviors by early intervention, and stressing in faith communities that all relationships must be reciprocal and respectful. Youth groups can learn about healthy dating interactions, and also what behaviors seen in a dating partner are dangerous. Adults can experience the liberating feeling of  moving beyond abuse into the life God has planned for them.

Opportunities for Action:

Classes and workshops in Grand Canyon Presbytery cover abuse prevention and education for every age: youth, adult and older adult. Contact Joan Fenton for more information. rjfenton5@gmail.com

Resources include:

* “Broken Vows”, a video featuring counselors, pastors and victims from several faith perspectives.

* “In Her Shoes”, an interactive walk through the lives of actual victims.

* A teen version of In Her Shoes.

* Exploring gender roles with teens, and how we believe men and women should treat each other.

* Victim classes, including the issue of the effects of violence on children.

Other Resources:

loveisrespect.org (teens)

azcasav.org  (victim resources in Arizona)

ncadv.org   1-800-799-7233 (hotline)

Faith PC features pastors in Jazz Concert

Mike & Sheryl Campbell and Friends Jazz Concert
Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m.

Mike & Sheryl Campbell, pastors at Faith Presbyterian, also have another life and background in music! Prepare to enjoy an evening of jazz standards, favorite dance-type and other popular tunes from decades past, and some inspirational too!

Mike on jazz piano; Sheryl will be on the flute. And they will bring two more area music professionals to round out their combo: drummer Jack Jackino (known throughout the area!) and John Clark (Arizona Swing Kings & more) on bass. Cut-off for supper tickets, October 22.  Call 623-974-3611.

16000 N Del Webb Blvd
Sun City, AZ. 85351

Experience Our Border: Immigration and More

Thursday-Sunday, November 1-4, 2018

El Paso, Texas, USA/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX

3 days in the heart of the US-Mexico Border Region
Hosted by the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach
Meet your sisters and brothers in the boerlands–

Share the love of Christ
Witness the commitment of binational ministry
Hear the stories of border experiences
Partner in hope and gratitude
Worship and pray at the border wall
Learn how the PC(USA) responds in the border region
Details coming soon. Questions now?  Contact carolschurr@gmail.com

Time’s Up Advent Devotional by Brad Munroe

Grand Canyon and de Cristo Presbytery Pastor Brad Munroe has written an advent devotional that helps disciples explore Biblical text around the birth of Jesus and offers ways to take the message into the world.

Permission is given for anyone to copy, duplicate, and transmit this devotional book, either electronically or as hard copy. The author asks that any funds collected from such distribution, if applicable, go to support local mission efforts in one’s community.

BOOKLET VERSION of Time’s Up Devotional
Time’s Up – Reading Version


Voices of Children

When I peered around the door to the sanctuary at Gila Crossing Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept. 01 to watch the children practice for their Christmas musical, they greeted me with warm smiles and big hugs.  With childlike curiosity they dove into their packages of school supply gifts brought down from Desert Palms, and examined each item with care and appreciation.  I felt greatly blessed to watch these children embrace their gifts from Desert Palms.

After prayers for the church, Gloria Sachta, Youth Minister, played Christmas hymns from her CD player as the children listened intently in preparation to sing each hymn. Barbara Bostwick and I sat among the children to offer our love, support and assistance.  When they began to sing, I was amazed at their voices in harmony as they sang the ageless hymns of Christmas. Their soft voices filled the sanctuary, and reminded me of the scripture passage in 1st Corinthians, “…the Spirit, expressed spiritual truths in spiritual words” 2:13. Truly, spiritual truths were expressed in the voices of children who sang Christmas hymns on that day.

For Him,

Suzanne Burke, Mission Elder