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

Download the FEMA Mobile App Today!

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.

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

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 hphc@pensions.org.

Also, see Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations at pensions.org, http://www.pensions.org/your-path-to-wholeness/healthy-pastors-healthy-congregations

Or contact Clayton Cobb, regional Church Consultant at 267-844-2411, or ccobb@pensions.org

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. nfwm.org
  • WHEAT wheat@HungerHurts.org
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) https://ciw-online.org
  • United Farm Workers https://ufw.org
  • Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition aifc.org


Phebe Packer phebepacker@cox.net

How can you and your worship community fit into asylum-seeker support?

Join with other Southeast Valley faith communities and non-profits to learn the ins-and-outs of offering successful radical hospitality to asylum-seekers dropped off by ICE in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. We will learn about the many resources available to us as we collectively respond with kindness and compassion.
All Hands Asylum Training FLYER

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:/www.thoughtco.com/childhood 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.