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.

Click here to download a copy of Time’s Up

Children at the Border



Prayer for children coming across our border

New Church in East Valley Seeking Partnership

May 29, 2018

Grace and Peace,

I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity within our Presbytery. After prayer and careful discernment we are working towards starting a New Worshipping Community in Queen Creek, AZ. The 1001 New Worshipping Communities initiative through the PCUSA hopes to begin 1001 New Worshiping Communities “using new and varied forms of church for our diverse and changing culture for the purpose of forming new disciples of Jesus, transforming our denomination, and impacting our world.”

We are pleased to announce that the Queen Creek NWC has recently received a Seed Grant of $7500 from the PCUSA. These funds will help us move forward in establishing our New Worshipping Community by covering the cost of supplies and other necessary expenses.

While we covet your prayers and any other support you can give we are also looking for faithful people to join us on this exciting journey. At this stage in the process we are looking for people to serve on the Queen Creek NWC discernment team. A discernment team is typically comprised of 8-10 people who have a passion or interest in evangelism, discipleship, and creative new expressions of church and worship. The team will meet monthly for prayer, discernment, and will work together to envision the future of this community. We look forward to including people with diverse knowledge, backgrounds, gifts, and experiences on this team.

If you are interested in partnering with us by joining the discernment team or would like to contribute to the Queen Creek NWC in any way please reach out to Emily Hook or the Presbytery office. We hope to begin discerning together as soon as possible.


Rev. Emily B. Hook


All this from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18

The Thrive Project

We believe God is calling the Church to thrive in the 21st Century with:

The Effects of Violence on Children

We are called to care about children, remembering Jesus’ words in Matthew 19: 14: Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them….” The PC (USA) Decade of the Child was completed in 2011. But God’s love for children is never-ending, and therefore neither is ours.

Opportunities to action:

Our goal as congregations is to address the causes and impact of abuse in families, to recognize that often children feel both responsible for causing the abuse, and also responsible for stopping it. We know that abused children often grow up to become abusers or abused adults. We advocate and seek safety for each child and each family member. We stand with the vulnerable in God’s kingdom.

Congregations may decide:

*to hold workshops on promoting healthy families.
*to help teens avoid the significant issue of dating violence.
*to make their worshipping community a safe space by addressing    abuse in the congregation.
*to support youth ministries by promoting the Pentecost Offering.

Recommended reading and websites:

PC (USA) Child Advocacy Program:  presbyterianmission.org

Article from the Missouri Coalition on Domestic and Sexual Violence: “Nature and Dynamics of Domestic and Sexual Violence”. mocadsv.org

unicef.org  Rights of the Child 2009

Children’s Defense Fund Fact sheet: Domestic violence and its impact on children, 2002  childrensdefense.org

For more information or to offer thoughts and opinions, contact Joan Fenton rjfenton5@gmail.com.


Ghost Ranch News

  1. Spiritual Life Services is a new department at Ghost Ranch formed to provide regular worship and spiritual practices for all staff and guests, to revitalize and establish direct connection between Ghost Ranch and churches. Chaplains Don Grauer (pastoral care) and Chaplain Brenda Grauer (spiritual life coordinator) welcome your calls and messages  and look forward to working with you to create partnership in ministry.
  2. This summer Spiritual Life Services (SLS) has designed two retreats to resource clergy and churches. Information about each is attached. Please share them with your church leadership and with other faith communities.
    1. Nurturing Faithful Youth in Your Congregation, July 16th – 19th.
    2. Creating Artful Worship for Advent 2018August 27th – 30th. (See details in attached file.)
  3. HELP PLEASE! A new summer position within Spiritual Life Services has, at the last minute, become “open”! Click here for position description and forward it to seminary students, pastors, CLPs you know.  THIS POSITION BEGINS IMMEDIATELY! – ON MAY 29TH! Questions…contact Don or Brenda Grauer, Chaplains.
  4. FYI…there are still workshop spaces available for a major Ghost Ranch event called, “Signs of the Times: Imagining Peace and Justice¸” June 24th – 30th! The national Director of PC(USA) Disaster Assistance Ministries, and the Director of PC(USA) Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministries, along with artists, scientists and academics will lead clergy and church leaders into a week of fellowship, worship, discernment and growth, plus all the other wonders you come to know as Ghost Ranch! You might want to take another look at this opportunity.    https://www.ghostranch.org/retreat/signs-times-eco-spirituality/   Call Spiritual Life Services if we can help you in any way.

Spirituality and Mental Wellness

Join us to learn about the spiritual aspects to mental health and removing barriers to treatment

Presented by Pastor Mike Japenga, M.Div

May 22, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Aurora Behavioral Health – East 6350 S. Maple Ave
Tempe, Arizona 85283
This event is free Complimentary Lunch and CEU (1.5 hrs) provided. Register at:

Due to limited seating, we kindly ask that you register online
LL Spirituality and Mental Wellness 05.22.18

Protect Your House of Worship With Free Resources

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Center) partners with interagency and whole community partners to offers numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or man-made.

Technical assistance is provided through presentations, workshops, training, webinars, tabletop exercises, and training. Access to these free resources can be found at www.fema.gov/faith-resources.

To access Active Shooter Resources please visit: https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

Peace and Justice Network May Resources


How does the rhetoric children hear in the media and pictures they see of children who are “different in looks, skin color etc.” affect the way they think of themselves and others? What are some ways we can help them see beauty in the ways God has made us different, and not to fear our differences?

read books about children and families of different ethnic backgrounds
read articles about racism and ways we are all involved in symbolic racism
learn what life is like for children in different countries and areas of the world
host speakers and learn what other churches and individuals are doing to be  more inclusive and diverse in their worship
PCUSA Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries
“Igniting an Intercultural Vision” Rhashell D. Hunter – Director The Racial Ethnic Torch Newsletter
Intercultural Congreg
ational Support Groups
www.presbyterianmission.org/we-choose-welcome/ unicef.org

P J – Cultural Awareness 1
P J – Cultural Awaremess 2

Pentecost Extravaganza

A Religious and Cultural Exchange
with Music, Dance, Food and Much More!
Saturday, June 2
4-7 pm
Orangewood Presbyterian
Hosted by the Hispanic/Multicultural Network
Cultures included:
African, African-American, Middle Eastern, Korean, Native American and Hispanic
To RSVP, contact Betty Ricardo Gomez (623-606-6518) betticyta@hotmail.com