The Big Event/Stated Meeting of Presbytery

Saturday, August 25
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian

7650 N. Paseo Del Norte
Tucson, AZ 85704


Peace and Justice March Resources


As we celebrate the gifts of women, let us remember that women’s rights are important for everyone. “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.” (Goal 5 of the United Nations 17 Goals for Sustainable Development.)

Although progress has been made in many areas, Global Citizen cites the following issues affecting girls and women around the world:

  1. Access to Education
  2. Employment Opportunities
  3. Reproductive Health & Rights
  4. Maternal Health
  5. Gender-based Violence
  6. Child Marriage
  7. Female Genital Mutilation
  8. Water & Sanitation
  9. Gender Equality

Opportunities for Action

  • Stay informed
  • Sign petitions, call governments or join rallies supporting women’s rights (See Global Citizen website)
  • Make contributions for small loans to organizations such as the Guerrant Foundation www.guerrantfoundation.org

Websites for Further Information



Phebe Packer phebepacker@cox.net

Nominations open for 34th Annual Sr. Service Awards

For 34 years, the Presbytery of Grand Canyon has come together at an annual luncheon to honor older adults from our congregations for their years of service to the church.  Your session is invited to select one individual (or one married couple) to be honored on Thursday, April 12 at Valley Presbyterian Church.
The luncheon will begin at 11:45, during which we will hear about the wonderful things our “saints” have done in the life of each congregation.
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Please fill it out and return with lunch payment by April 1.
Please note that we have lowered the eligibility age to 65.

See you on April 12!

March 2- Ignite the Spark

Sean Chow is the Western Associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities with the Presbyterian Mission Agency. In his workshop, Sean will discuss the starting of new worshiping communities and how many of those same elements can be used within any church context. These elements can focus a church’s outreach efforts, renew its outreach energy, and turn their focus to those that are outside our church walls.

Join us!
9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Pinnacle Presbyterian
Click here to RSVP

Good Day for the Blues- Youth Event in March

Austin College ACtivators
will be at Orangewood Presbyterian Church
March 2-4, 2018
to help you find your funky bone and learn how to let in the Blues when they come knocking.
If your parents ask, tell them we’ll be talking about Genesis 3, 37, & 39, Psalm 22, John 1, and Romans 8. But mostly it will be a sweaty jam to the music of
B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Keb’ Mo’, and Little Milton. And Jesus.
Jesus has some great Blues chops.

Students in 6th through 12th grade Cost is $50, all meals included
Program will begin Friday, 3/2 at 6:00pm and will conclude Sunday at 10:00am

The Austin College ACtivators are a group of Austin College students who work with Chaplain John Williams to plan and lead regional youth ministry events. Since 1995, the ACtivators program has involved more than 500 Austin College students, lead 600+ ministry events in 13 states involving over 48,000 children, youth, college students, adults, and senior citizens.
Orangewood Presbyterian http://orangewood.info/ 7321 N. 10th St. Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 944-1508

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Montlure Updates

Spread the word for Summer Camp 2018!

Registration is OPEN! Montlure.CampbrainRegistration.com
Take advantage of the $25 Early Bird Savings as well as a Montlure Swag Bag (while supplies last!)

Juniors: June 17th-21st

Junior High: June 24th-29th

Senior High: June 10th-15th

Summer Staff Positions will be open SOON! Check Facebook.com/Montlure for up-to-date information.
Camp and Conference Ministry Emphasis Sunday is coming up on Feb. 11th. We will be sending resources and information out to churches, please mark this date on your calendar as you are in your worship planning processes.

Ignite the Spark- January 26

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26- 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Casa Grande

The Rev. T. Denise Anderson is co-Moderator of the General Assembly and pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, MD. Together with 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 exhibit the Kingdom of God to the world (the Sixth Great End of the Church). Denise’s workshop will discuss the perspective and practices needed, and the ideas and opportunities possible, for churches to cultivate best practices for multi-cultural ministry.


Congregational Revitalization Pilot Program

This year we will launch a congregational revitalization program! We have been invited by the Evangelism and Congregational Revitalization team of General Assembly to participate in a pilot project on helping congregations seek revitalization. We will launch August 23, with congregational registrations sought beginning after Easter. To prepare ourselves for this immersive conversation and experience, I plan to devote the time between now and the August launch to till the soil of revitalization, including missives on the topic in this newsletter.

As an initial offering, let me share with you the “7 Marks of a Healthy Congregation” identified as necessary for revitalization:

  • Lifelong discipleship formation
  • Intentional, authentic evangelism
  • Outward, incarnational focus
  • Empowered servant leadership
  • Spirit-inspired worship
  • Caring relationships
  • Ecclesial health

    Each week for the next seven weeks, I will discuss one of these marks of a healthy congregation in more detail. For this week, I encourage you to Click here to get an overview of these “marks” or symptoms of health in a survey instrument designed to stimulate creative conversation toward deeper discernment. I encourage the survey’s use by your Session and other leadership groups within your congregation. It works well to take one section per month at the beginning of a Session meeting or to focus on one to three key areas at a Session retreat; any more than that will feel rushed and, therefore, ineffective.

    Please feel free to use the survey either “as is” or modified to fit your church’s core convictions and values regarding healthy ministry. The point is not the survey’s verbiage; rather the purpose is to seek the will of God, the mind of Christ, and the guidance of Holy Spirit together as the Body of Christ. The goal is not to gather data through a survey but to use the survey as a spring board toward deep, thoughtful, sabbath-rhythmed conversations that discern God’s will for your ministry. Where do you share a common vision? Where are there points of creative tension?

Time flies when we’re having fun; time flies faster in ministry! When was the last time your church had deep, thoughtful, sabbath-rhythmed conversations that discerned God’s will? If it has been longer than three years, you are due for a “Season of Discernment.” There is plenty of time to discuss among yourselves any suspicions you may have that “the same old, same old” isn’t working as effectively as it used to work. If you come to the conviction God wants to challenge your congregation to step out in faith, in the name of love, for the sake of the world’s one hope, please know we are in this together. We can do this!

Launch count down T-minus 33 weeks and counting,

Brad Munroe

Presbytery-wide Shoe Drive “Kicks” Off

Whether you know it or not, there are people in your community of faith who are having a hard time making a go of it.  And when you look beyond your own congregation, there are scores of families struggling to provide food, shelter and clothing for their children.  The Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and de Cristo cover the entire state of Arizona and a little bit of Utah and New Mexico.  By pooling our resources, we can touch nearly 100 churches and the communities they serve.

Fill out the form below and return it to the Presbytery office.  After the January 26-27 Presbytery meeting, you will be contacted about collecting a portion of the shoes collected for distribution in your church community.  We encourage you to promote the program in your congregation and have your representatives to the Presbytery meeting bring them to the collection point at First Presbyterian Church, Casa Grande.

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Annual State Presbytery meeting, January 26-27

Annual Stated Meeting of Presbytery
Friday, January 26-Saturday January 27, 2018

First Presbyterian
702 E Cottonwood Ln
Casa Grande, AZ

2 p.m Registration
3 p.m.  Meeting begins
Register for Dinner (Attendees must RSVP to be guaranteed a meal)

9:30 a.m Reconvene- Please note that Denise Anderson has had to cancel due to health issues.
11:15 p.m. Grand Canyon Business meeting
Call to the Presbytery meeting