Trip to Oberammerau to see the Passion Play

2020 Oberammergau June 6 – 17, 2020
Especially designed for: Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Scottsdale, Arizona
Dr. Michael Hegeman will be  Tour Host
With optional 5 Day Extension to Switzerland: June 17 – 21 Space is limited to 50 people. Must Deposit by January 15, 2019 to confirm your Passion Play tickets!

Oberammergau Flyer – Berlin, Leibzig, Prague, Munich Oberammergau – Pinnacle Presbyte…

Healthy Pastors Healthy Congregation Initiative

To help PCUSA pastors address the growing financial challenges to ministry, the Board of Pensions has developed Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations.  This initiative, designed to help ministers and congregations work together for financial stability, provides education and financial resources. This program combines pastor and congregational leader education with grants up to $10,000 to qualifying pastors.

Program Components

Congregational leader education:  Session and Personnel Committee members and other congregational leaders, along with their pastor commit to a two hours session on A Theology of Benefits Bible Study/Financial Realities of Pastors.  (Note:  This component will be led by Clayton Cobb, your regional Church Consultant, during the education portion of the August joint Grand Canyon/de Cristo Presbytery meeting on August 24th.  This will the only time this will be offered in 2019)

Pastor education:  Pastors commit to 2.5 hours of online training on Personal finance lessons and Terms of Call lessons.  After this grounding the pastor will receive financial counseling through with Ernst & Young at no cost.

Financial grants to pastors:  a one-time grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible pastors after the pastor and congregational leaders have completed their educational sessions and the pastor has received financial counseling.  The grant may be used to reduce or eliminate pastor’s educational, credit card, or other debt, or to boost personal savings in the Retirement Savings Plan, a 403b plan.

Pastor Eligibility

To qualify, the pastor must

  • Be enrolled in Pastor’s Participation in the Benefits Plan
  • Have a total household adjusted gross income of less than $118,200 (twice the medical salary for congregational ministers)
  • Have a total net worth of less than $250,000 (excluding the value of home and auto)

To get started

To learn more or take the next step call 215-587-7219, or email

Also, see Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations at,

Or contact Clayton Cobb, regional Church Consultant at 267-844-2411, or

Click here for a brochure


March is Farm Workers’ Rights Month

Scripture tells us “The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you keep and back by fraud, cry out and the cries of the harvesters have reached the aears of the Lord of hosts.”(James 5:4) 

In the food production chain today, some of the hands that bring our food to the table are hidden.  In the United States today there are between 2.5 and 3 million farm workers.  Agricultural labor includes planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preparing crops for market or storage.  Farm workers are usually employed by growers and/or by crew leaders, who serve as intermediaries between growers and workers.  500,000 of these workers are children. This is made possible because the Fair Labor Standards Act allows children as young as 10 to work in farm work under certain conditions and with their parents’ consent.  Although farm work is considered to be a dangerous occupation, farmworkers are largely exempt from most federal workplace safety regulations.  They are also typically less protect or excluded from other employment-related protections at the state level including state minimum wage laws.  The mean and median incomes for agricultural employment are in the range of $15,000 – $17,499.

What can we do to support justice for farm workers?

Further Information

  • National Farm Worker Ministry http: //www.
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
  • United Farm Workers
  • Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition


Phebe Packer

Upcoming Presbytery Dates

August 24 (Big Event)- Mission del Sol
November 2- Trinity, Prescott






The effects of Racism on children are many and harmful to them.  To cite a few;  depression, health issues, and school performance.

Louise Derman-Sparks states (Racism and Young Children, What does Research Say?)  Questions and confusion about racial issues begin early.  Though adults often talk about the “colorblindness” of children, the fact is that children as young as three do notice physical differences such as skin color, hair texture and the shape of one’s facial features. (Tatum 1997,p.32)

Depression:  Studies have shown that encountering racial bigotry can lead children to suffer from depression and behavorial problems.  A 2010 study of 277 children of color presented to the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Vancouver revealed a strong link between racial discrimination and depression.  Study lead Lee M. Pachter asked the youths if they had been discriminated against in 23 different ways including being racially profiled while shopping or called offensive names.  Eighty-eight percent of the kids said they had indeed experienced racial discrimination.

Health issues:  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, new research illustrates the unhealthy effects racism can have on children with reported exposure to discrimination tied to higher rates of attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) anxiety and depression, as well as decreased general health.

School Performance:  Minorities are suspended more and less likely to be pegged as gifted.  Children of color face bias in schools.  They are disciplined more harshly and, less likely to have access to quality teachers.

It is important for children to have supportive parents, friends and teachers to combat the negative effects of racism.

https:/ depression-serious effects of racism 2834777

Academy of Pediatrics, “Exposure to racism harms children’s health.” ScienceDaily. 4May 2017.

ThoughtCo. How Racism Affects Black and Brown Students in Public Schools.

Suggestions for Action in Congregations:  Heighten your awareness to this subject.

Lenten Devotions by Brad Munroe

Matthew 5:1-2

            Jesus’ greatest ethical teaching began with seeing. Jesus saw the crowds – for who they were and what they were, in their beauty and blessing as well as their longing and need and fallen humanity. So Jesus went up on a mountainside, where, in Matthew’s Gospel, God-events happen. Jesus sat, taking the posture assumed by a rabbi. Jesus’ disciples came to him, and Jesus began to instruct them about living toward a sacred openness before God.

Download Lenten Devotions 2019 – Printable Booklet format

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Applications being accepted for Grant

How is the Spirit blowing amidst your church? What bit of shelter are you to provide God’s creation? What shade from the sun? What wonder to behold? As we seek together to withstand the howling winds of change roiling through our country, how is the Wind of God helping us to bend but not break, to endure? We, the Church, may not be all that much to look at sometimes, but we still belong to God. How are you being called to blossom?

The work of revitalization continues still, as the need to confront new challenges remains and God’s Spirit never stops leading and guiding. There are seven churches between the two presbyteries who have officially covenanted to participate in the Thrive Project, and still others who, unofficially, are adapting parts of the Thrive Project resources for their ministries. That’s not a huge number, only a bit of leaven, so the question arises: “What about the rest of us?”

Both for those who participate in the Thrive Project and for those who do not, the leadership teams of each presbytery have made available new dollars for new ideas for this new day. The “third season” of the Thrive Project is a season of experimentation and we are encouraging all churches to imagine new possibilities. To help with the process, dollars from the unused restricted funds carried over from the Ignite the Spark! workshops will be offered to churches desiring to try a ministry experiment they would not otherwise be able to afford. Funds are set aside for the churches who have covenanted their participation with the Thrive Project, with remaining funds offered on a first-come, first-served basis. CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION

Annual Stated meeting January 25-26, 2019

Stated Annual Meeting of the Presbyteries of Grand Canyon and de Cristo

Friday, January 25-Saturday, January 26, 2019
First Presbyterian Church Mesa


Commissioners are responsible for downloading and printing their own materials.
Please remember to RSVP by then so that we have an accurate count for the meal.

Third Thirty: Finding Fulfillment after 60

Saturday, February 9, 2019

10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Faith Presbyterian Church
16000 N Del Webb Blvd,
Sun City, AZ 85351


What would happen in our churches if we paid more attention to the well that restores and equips us in our life together? We would experience healthier churches. When our churches are healthy, we are nurturing and equipping people to follow Jesus into the lives of others and into God’s mission in the world. We bear fruit that nurtures others.

As we bear fruit, we share the faith with people without hope, we do justice, we practice hospitality, and we are agents of healing. In other words, we are the body of Christ. If the context permits, there will be numerical growth. But no matter the numbers, there will always be spiritual, emotional, and personal growth. When lives change communities change. I cannot think of better leaders for this movement than our older adults.  Registration is $10 per person and will include a healthy lunch.

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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