May Presbytery (Fellowship) Meeting

Our next Presbytery meeting is our first “Fellowship” style meeting. But it’s still an official meeting of the Presbytery. We’ll take attendance and expect Teaching Elders and Ruling Elder commissions to be present. The meeting simply has a different format… one without business. So what are we doing? We’ve rented the Garden Theater in Princeton…

Everything you need for this Saturday!

We are looking forward to our second Saturday Presbytery meeting! Well over a year ago, the Transition Task Force compiled a survey that clearly stated we need to offer different times for our Presbytery meetings to as to include more Ruling Elders. We had our first Saturday meeting last June and we were overwhelmed with…

March Meeting Sneak Peak

Presbytery Meeting, Saturday March 11, 2017 at the new location of the Taiwanese American Fellowship PresbyterianChurch (TAFPC) and the current location of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (HPC). Wait, stop for a second…. Did you know that TAFPC and HPC have found a way forward together? It’s very exciting and we’re looking forward to worshiping with them…

Nominating Update

Here is a list of the committees that our faithful nominating committee is seeking to fill. Please take a moment to read the description of the various committees/teams that make up our Plan of Presbytery. Take this next couple weeks to discern how God is calling you to serve. And contact the nominating committee: Molly…

Conversation on “Change”

After our time with Rick Ufford-Chase, Molly Dykstra texted me saying she’d like a chance to talk about what Rick said. Here is our conversation (although edited for ease of reading) – two colleagues caring about ministry together sharing their thoughts. How would you add to this “conversation?” What thoughts do you have? What responses do…

Sneak Peak at January Meeting

The Transition Task force met last week to discuss our meetings going forward. One of the things we realized is that as we adapt the Milwaukee model, we want to reflect on the issues in our world and resource our congregations and ministries to respond accordingly. In light of the election, the anxiety that so…

Happy New Year!

We made it through the first week of Advent and now it’s just a slippery, fast slope to a Sunday morning Christmas celebration. As I reminded my congregation on Sunday, this is the church’s New Year. This is when we start over and much like the calendar New Year, I wonder if we as a…

New Plan of Presbytery

Thank you so much for the spirit with which you joined in worship and prayer at our meeting last Tuesday. It was our hope and belief that by singing and praying through the evening, we would be reminded of our need for one another and renewed in our commitment to be connectional. Many of you asked…

Find a Way To Say Yes

A Teaching Elder in our Presbytery shared with me last week that the nominating committee had left a couple messages “certainly asking me to serve.” I asked if they had mentioned anything specific. This person said, “No, but I think I’m going to say no. I think I have to.” I surprised myself when I…

Recent Synod of NE Conference

I met up with Kiran Young Wimberly the other day in the Community Park Elementary School playground where her daughter Eva and my granddaughter Julia were playing. Kiran and Greg Albert had just returned from the Synod of the NE as our Synod commissioners. Here’s a taste of our conversation: Beth: You say it was…

Gathering on Election Day

Our next stated meeting on Tuesday November 8 is also our Election Day. People have raised the issue, asking the Transition Task Force to think about whether we should reschedule. We did. This meeting was announced about a year ago and we wish we had seen the conflict earlier. However, this conflict has occurred before (albeit perhaps…

Info from the Mass Incarceration Task Force

Recently, I interviewed Bill Wakefield, a member of the Mass Incarceration Task Force about their initiative to have congregations in our Presbytery participate in learning more about the issue of Mass Incarceration. Here is that interview: Beth: Tell me how the work of the Mass Incarceration Task Force is going. Bill: We’ve got 11 churches…