Native American Presbyterian Women’s Conference

“Anchored in Faith”



~JULY 12-14, 2019~

A three-day event located near the Puget Sound in the state of Washington! Please join us on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Suquamish, WA at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort! We welcome you to this momentous occasion to reflect upon and celebrate women’s roles in society and how to grow and continue our walk in faith with Jesus Christ!


2232 E. 28th St.

            TACOMA, WASHINGTON 98404

Please contact: Reverend Irvin Porter at (cell) 253-740-7180 / Danelle McKinney at / Donna Bradley at or April Paddock at

Anchored In Faith

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain” –Hebrews 6:19

Registration form 2019

An appeal for help from Border Ministries

My Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters,

In John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter 3 time if he loves him. Each time telling him to take care of and feed his sheep. Jesus is our shepherd, we are his sheep. In the case of these displaced humans, seeking asylum from gangs and oppression, praying for a safer and better life for them and their family, we are Peter and have called to feed his sheep.

The situation at our border is real. God is calling upon us to feed his sheep..

The Congregational Resourcing Team (CRT); which I am a member of, has given us full backing. Not just for this one time, but for an ongoing effort. We need continued humanitarian efforts and prayers for our brothers and sisters who are trying to make better lives for themselves and their families.

My hope is that you can start collecting these supplies from your congregations starting as soon as possible. Please contact me when have collected what you can and contact me at   when  you’d like to arrange for us to pick up the items.

We’d like to take everything down the weekend of June 8th and 9th. All are invited to make the trip with us in celebration the end of Eastertide and Pentecost, the birth of our Christian Church. What better way to celebrate Christ than continuing his ministry..

Many Blessings,
Teri Conrad, CRT Member                Shannon Langston, CRT Chair         

Items Needed:








Bars of soap

Diapers in many sizes

*Underwear for *children and adults

*Socks for *children and adults

Shoes for children and adults

Toilet paper



Trash bags

Feminine hygiene supplies

*Cleaning supplies – of all kinds

*Cleaners – like Fabulosa

*Laundry soap


Coloring books


Books in Spanish




* = Items most in need of right now

With exception of deodorant, they need large volume packages, not the individual containers you get at hotels. These supplies will help the asylum seekers, who are waiting for a place in line. The are currently staying in a crowded Catholic shelter.

Thank you for your help.

Mission Priority Grant Workshop

The next opportunity for Mission Priority Grant awards will be August 2019. The application deadline is July 15th.

To help congregations prepare, the Congregational Resourcing Team will host a Grant Writing Workshop

When: Saturday, June 1st at 9am – 1pm
Please arrive between 8:35-8:45am to check-in.
There will be refreshments and light snacks provided prior to and throughout the workshop.

Where: Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4141 E Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

To help walk you through the grant application process-what qualifies for a grant, how to address each question and how to strengthen your application, the CRT Grant Sub-Committee members will be leading this workshop.

Applications will be made available online on May 17th on the Presbytery website, as well as a hard copy to the workshop participants the day of.

There are 3 general Mission Priority Grant qualifications:

  • Congregational Development and / or Collaboration Among Congregations:
    • Congregational development includes both programmatic and leadership development that help churches gain clarity, purpose, focus, energy to fulfill God’s call to them. Most of this development work must come from within a congregation, its members and leaders.
  • Starting New Worshiping Communities:
    • We affirm God’s continuing call to this mid-Council of the Presbyterian Church that growth in the membership and mission of our part of the body of Christ can and needs to happen, in part, by adding more worshipping communities. However, the most promising energy in recent years has come from people with a passion for this work, coupled with the commitment of one or more congregations to nurture and support.
  • Supporting Regional Programs:
    • Regional programs will support existing congregations and Presbytery sponsored organizations in their serving or nurturing the faith development of its members. Examples of programs include: Montlure Camp, UKIRK, and the Arizona Faith Network.

Mission Priority Grants are grants funded from the Presbytery’s Mission Pledges. Since October of 2017, we have been able to fund $158,800 out of $359,275 in application requests.

Click here to register for this workshop
by May 29th

If you have any questions please let us know. We hope to see you there!


Shannon Langston
Chair, Congregational Resourcing Team
Presbytery of the Grand Canyon


“With God all things are possible “

– Matthew 19:26

Presbyterian Women/Synod Fall Gathering



Toll free: 886-737-5751 Office Phone: (520) 744-3400; FAX: (520) 744-8021; Website:

7101 West Picture Rocks Road, Tucson, AZ 85743-9645
Click here for REGISTRATION form

Send registration form and make payment to:

Presbyterian Women Synod Southwest
Susan Keil-Smith, 3813 Inca St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

From Foster Care to Trafficking, Children at Risk: Pentecost Offering

The practice of child sex trafficking has grown into a massive industry. Professional traffickers know where and how to find vulnerable victims. In the United States, that often means preying on children involved in the child welfare system. (source:

In 2015, California Attorney General Kamala Harris reported that 59% of children arrested on prostitution-related charges in Los Angeles County had previously been in foster care. According to Dr. Gerald Mallon, children in care have an increased susceptibility to being manipulated by false promises of security and acceptance.

Another author, Withelma Pettigrew writes: “[Children] who grow up in foster care express how it is common household knowledge that many caregivers take them in primarily for the paycheck…Therefore when youth are approached by traffickers…they don’t see much difference between their purpose of bringing money into their foster home or to traffickers.”

According to statistics from the OL Pathy Foundation, 75% of all child sex  trafficking victims were at one point homeless, and 1 in 3 homeless teens are lured into commercial sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.

Running away from home is not the only pathway to homelessness for foster children. 22% of youth who “age out” of the system end up homeless. Between 1999 and 2013, a staggering 230,000 youths were discharged from foster care in the U.S.

Approximately 25 states and the District of Columbia have extended foster care to age 21. Arizona did not extend foster care as of November, 2018, but may allow some extended services for housing and educational assistance. Most youth in Arizona, however, do not receive these services.

Opportunities for Action

  • Ask your Arizona representatives to pass The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which would allow our state to receive federal reimbursement of costs associated with helping youth remain in foster care.
  • Become a member of and familiarize yourself with ECPAT-USA’s programs that combat child sex trafficking.
  • Most parents charged with neglect do not desire to hurt their children, and are rarely malicious. Child traffickers, however, are. Encourage and redirect Arizona’s efforts away from foster care and toward preventive, family preservation services. Offer to mentor and provide support to parents within your congregation and community.
  • Learn to recognize and report signs of trafficking.
  • Request that policy makers, case workers and foster parents be required to educate foster children on the risks of trafficking, and for them to be aware how to handle encounters with traffickers.
  • Use your congregation’s portion of the Pentecost Offering for programs that help at-risk children.


Joan Fenton

Older Adult Ministry in a Changing Era

Major demographic changes are taking place in our society.  This provides both challenges and opportunities for today’s churches.  Several articles in this issue of PNN share insights on some of the opportunities that folks are addressing:
· MEMO from Membership by Linda Rauenbuehler
· NEXT Church Gathering by Quentin Holmes
· A Renewed Approach to Aging: Wise Eyes – Fresh Eyes by Michele Hendrix
· Addressing the Challenges of Aging Well in a Remote Location by Lynnette Wood

Other articles in this issue include:
· We Just Wanted to Serve Our Neighbors A Bowl of Soup! by Carrie Macaluso
· A Contemplative Article by Wesley Lachman

Click here to download and read the complete Spring PNN.


Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments

 By Eugenia Gamble


Valley Presbyterian Church
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9 -11am
With registration at 8:30am

Sun City First

Saturday, May 11, 2019
9 -11am
With registration at 8:30am
Presenters: Bev Phillips and Chris Casanova

New Minimum Effective Salary Approved by Grand Canyon Commission on Ministry

The COM approved a motion setting the Minimum Effective Salary (salary plus housing) at $52,000 effective February 1, 2019. This motion applies to all new calls and all revisions of the terms of call for a teaching elder. This new minimum effective salary will apply to all calls effective January 1, 2020. A church may request an exception through COM if it is unable to meet the $52,000 minimum salary.

What does this mean?

  1. Any contract established before February 1, 2019 that is below the minimum is exempt from this motion for the rest of 2019 and the current terms of call may remain until January 1, 2020.
  2. Any new contract established after February 1, 2019 is based on a minimum effective salary (salary and housing) of $52,000.
  3. All existing contracts will be required to meet the minimum standards beginning January 1, 2020.
  4. Any church required to meet the new minimum may petition the Commission on Ministry for an exemption of this new minimum.
  5. Beginning in the August/September of 2019 (and every year thereafter) the minimum effective salary will be evaluated by COM to see if any change should be made. If a change is made, to existing terms of call for the coming year or for new contracts established in 2020 and thereafter, the new minimum salary is in effect for both types of contract.
  6. Changes will be evaluated in the August/September time frame each year to allow ample time for the churches as they prepare their budgets for the coming year.


By Stated Clerk Presbytery Grand Canyon



Officer Training Workshop a Success

On Saturday, March 23rd, from 9am-11am, the Congregational Resourcing Team (CRT) put on an Officer Training Workshop. 73 Elders and Deacons gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church to gain more insight in their roles and responsibilities at their churches, the Presbytery, community and beyond. We started off the day with some coffee and goodies for breakfast, socializing and meeting new people.

Shannon Langston, the Chair of CRT introduced the workshop, Rev. Peggy Hegeman, the Chair of CRT’s Leadership Training Sub-Committee opened us in prayer. With everyone still gathered together, Rev. Gale Watkins started the workshop off with information on Presbyterian Distinctives. How the Presbyterian church came to be and what it means to be Presbyterian. And of course the infamous question, “How many of you can spell Presbyterian?” Quite a few hands went up, whew! He also introduced the Book of Confessions and gave a brief description of it. Then discussed the Book of Order, the 4 parts, what they mean to us and how we use them.

The Elders and Deacons then parted into delegate workshop spaces. The Elder workshop was lead by Rev. Gale Watkins, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Rev. Watkins went over what the word Elder comes from, what the roles, responsibilities and gifts of an Elder are. As well as citations in both Scripture and in the Book of Order. A lot of comments from our surveys said how knowledgeable Gale was and how much applicable information was given, from new and seasoned Elders.

The Rev. Mary Saylor, H.R., lead the Deacon’s workshop. I was able to sit in on some of it, I thoroughly enjoyed the examples Rev. Mary gave about different situations and where to find the answers in the Book of Order. She then had the Deacons break up into groups to share ideas on the different ministries they provide at their churches. Again, this was a mix of new and seasoned Deacons; including one person who has yet to be ordained and one person who’s been a Deacon for 20 or so years (taking the usual year off now and again of course). The comments from the Deacon surveys were also positive, mostly wishing for more time for the group discussions.

Both surveys had several comments to have yearly Officer Training, each year expanding on the previous year’s information to get more in depth. Having more time was also a top suggestion, most stated having 3-4 hours. The last question on the surveys was, “Are there any other workshop topics you’d like to see in the future?“ The top ones were: Conflict Management, Christian Education (several different topics pertaining to, Curriculum choosing, VBS, growing your youth program, etc.), more in depth Clerk of Session Training and Grant Writing. If you have any ideas on other topics you’d like to see us have workshops on, please contact the Presbytery office.

CRT has put on several workshops in the past few years, this was by far our biggest turn out. We feel so blessed to have been able to host a workshop that touched on a topic so many were in need of learning. CRT provides various workshops 3-4 times a year, 2 of them being Grant Writing workshops to teach how to utilize the Mission Priority Grant Application. There are held in both the Spring, for the August granting period and the Fall for the January granting period. Information will go out to your Pastors, Clerks, Secretaries, will be on EFocus and posted on the Presbytery’s website under the Congregational Resourcing tab.

We hope to see you at future workshops!


Shannon Langston
Chair – Congregational Resourcing Team
Presbytery of the Grand Canyon

“With God all things are possible “
– Matthew 19:26

DHS Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Resources

DHS Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Resources

  • The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Guide supplements the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video.  Together, they create a virtual training tool designed to help develop an organization’s Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan.
  • The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario. This instructive video guides viewers through important considerations of EAP development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight.
  • The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Template is a fillable form useful in documenting an organization’s Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan.

Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resource

Soft Targets and Crowded Places (ST-CPs), such as sports venues, shopping venues, schools, and transportation systems, are locations that are easily accessible to large numbers of people and that have limited security or protective measures in place making them vulnerable to attack. DHS has been working for many years to address ST-CP security and preparedness, with recent shifts in the threat landscape calling for renewed departmental focus on leveraging and maximizing its ST-CP security authorities, capabilities, and resources in an integrated and coordinated manner. Learn more in the Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places Resource Guide

Protect Your House of Worship With Free Resources

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The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (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.

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