Creative Changes Afoot

At our Central Leadership Team meeting last week (we meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 9am), we go talking about the creativity that we’ve seen in several corners of our Presbytery. As you know, and are most likely experiencing, the face of the church is changing. The spiritual needs of those who enter…

Special Speaker at the June Meeting

At our June 13 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery, we welcome The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris to offer our “equip” segment. Rev. Daley-Harris has worked for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for more than 26 years. She currently serves as the Religious Affairs Advisory of the Children’s Defense Fund where we directs the Samuel DeWitt Proctor…

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…