IGNITE THE SPARK! Wonder & Sacrifice: Embracing for Ministry

FRIDAY, January 25, 2019
9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 161 N Mesa Dr, Mesa


Dr. Bill Brown, is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and, more importantly, a member of Presbytery de Cristo. Dr. Brown’s most recent book is Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World, (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2015). He will present on the connection between our theology of wonder and the work of discernment for ministry.
The Rev. Tom Letts is a Presbyterian pastor, church consultant, and 1,001 New Worshipping Communities coach. As both a church pastor and church planter, the Rev. Letts seeks to engage parishioners in reality-tested decision-making. He will present on how data and demographics lead us to define ministry targets and get real about our commitments.


9:00               Welcome and prayer
9:15               Bill Brown: Wonder as the Original Conversation
10:30             Break
10:45             Tom Letts: Data, Demographics, and Decision-Making
12:15             Lunch
1:00               Bill Brown: From Wounded to Wonder
2:30               Closing prayer

Sponsored by Grand Canyon, de Cristo and the New Worshiping Communities West Region

Next Stated Meeting of Presbytery

Saturday, March 9, 2019
First Presbyterian Church
12225 N 103rd Ave
Sun City, AZ 85351


Lenten Study- Lighten Up with the Humor of Jesus

Looking for something different for Lent?  “Lighten Up with the Humor of Jesus” is a short seminar (or online course) published by Udemy from Gary Kush’s Ph.D.  It’s funny yet scholarly.  The course, using multi-media, explores the nature of humor, the types Jesus used, and how His humor influences our understanding of Easter.  Normally $19.95, It’s now available to Presbyterian congregations for free. Fourteen have already registered from Grand Canyon and de Cristo.   Teach it yourself OR ask Gary to lead it OR offer it as an online, self instructional course.  For a preview, click here>> www.webucateu.org  Use the code, HOJ2018.  Call Rev. Dr. Kush to schedule your seminar 480.209.9592.

Cook Native American Ministries Foundation Fundraising Gala

Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF), formerly known as Cook School of Theology, now a national granting organization that supports innovative and educational initiatives aimed at empowering American Indian leadership in churches and communities, announces its inaugural Appreciation and Leadership Awards Banquet and Fundraising Gala.

The event will begin at 5:30 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix/Tempe, 2100 South Priest Drive, Tempe, Arizona. The evening program includes a silent auction, presentations of leadership awards, introductions of newly installed members of the Board of Directors, and a celebratory “Roast and Toast” of Gary G. Metoxen who recently retired as Chairman of CNAMF’s Board of Directors, in addition to decades of service to the organization.

“We are excited to host this special event to thank those who support our organization as well as those who carry out our mission through our granting program. We look forward to growing this annual gala and having it be an inspirational way to begin each New Year, said Wendy Weston, CNAMF CEO/Executive Director. Individual tickets start at $108.00, in recognition of the 108th anniversary of Charles H. Cook’s legacy. To purchase tickets, go to www.cooknam.org and click on “events” or call Susan Larson at 480.968.9354.

Cook Native American Ministries Foundation is a non- profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is:  “In response to the Christian Gospel, Cook Native American Ministries equips leaders to better serve their churches and communities”.


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

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

Annual Day of Discipleship Event at Valley

This year’s Day of Discipleship theme is Building Relationships. Our speaker, Dr. Terry Hargrave, a Fuller professor in the Counseling area, is nationally recognized for his pioneering work with intergenerational families and is the founder of Restoration Therapy. Dr. Hargrave has authored over 30 professional articles and thirteen books, he has presented nationally and internationally, and his work has been featured on ABC News 20/20, Good Morning America and CBS Early Morning as well as several national magazines and newspapers. This free event includes a presentation by Dr. Hargrave, fellowship over breakfast and lunch, and break-out sessions to explore “Building Relationships”, including break-outs with Dr. Hargrave about relationships among men, Dr. Sharon Hargrave presenting on relationships among women, and Dr. David Joynt presenting on invitational, outreaching relationships.  To sign-up, go to vpc.church or email Kelly Nieto (kellyn@vpc.church).


8:00-  8:45 am – Breakfast                                                           -Landes

8:45-  9:45 am – Keynote Speaker                                              -Landes

10:00-11:00 am – Men’s and Women’s Break-Outs                  -415/416 (Men) & Landes (Women)

11:10-12:10 pm – David Joynt “Invitational Relationships”     -Landes

12:20-  1:00 pm – Lunch                                                                 -Landes

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)