Gus and Ali Wright Heading to Fort Collins CO

Gus and Ali Wright Heading to Fort Collins CO

After nearly seven years at First Pres Stockton, Pastor Gus Wright and his wife Ali, along with their two little ones, are heading a bit east – to be nearer to Ali’s parents and to utilize her MSW in a new position there. Gus would love to have our prayer support for the goodbyes, the move and a clear open door for the next phase of ministry to be...

Welcome Presbytery Coordinator (Rev) Bill McGuinness

I began among you early in August and am still finding my way around the territory, the files, the contacts, the policies et al with the help of Stated Clerk Nancy, Treasurer Jim, the Finance Committee and the eight local church Pastors I’ve met with so far over coffee or a meal. The week of August 22 will be another full one including meetings with Staff, Council and COM. Pray God’s leading for me please as I seek to be clear, energetic, thoughtful, wise, thrifty and brave...
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www.uscongregations.org

Here’s a great tool for deepening the self-understanding of our individual congregations. Presbytery-wide pricing and NO CHARGE consulting may soon be available for your congregation !  Spend some time on the www.uscongregations.org website and consider the possibilities....

General Assembly Update for Thursday (From Rev. Wendy Warner)

I realize, dear friends, that I have failed to tell you of the theme of this General Assembly, and that is “Abounding in Hope”.  This theme of HOPE is being played out in so many ways, even in the midst of decisions which will bring joy to some and distress to others.   You have, by this time, received the letter regarding the vote on civil unions and marriage sent to you from our Stated Clerk, Gradye Parsons and Moderator Heath Rada.  I want to emphasize one point which may not be clear, and that is that Teaching Elders have the option to choose whether or not to perform any marriage, to be guided by their conscience alone.  In like manner, each session is completely free to choose how the facilities of their congregation are to be used. With that said my personal prayer is that our Presbytery will take the time and invest the energy in opportunities to have prayer and study surrounding this issue. But important as that item of business was it was not all that took place on Thursday.  For each item of business brought before the Assembly, financial implications must be reported.  Each day there is a report made of the effect that all actions approved the previous day will have on the per capita rate for the future. From the Mission Coordination Committee, items voted upon dealt with equal employment opportunities, concern for racial ethnic schools, decision to divest from for-profit prisons, and a new division for the Peacemaking Offering to be 50% to GA mission, 25% to Presbytery mission efforts, and 25% for...

General Assembly Update for Wednesday (from Rev. Nancy Clegg, Stated Clerk)

The committees have completed their work.  The business of the General Assembly Plenary has begun.  And for the first time a consent agenda has been voted; based upon recommendations from committees with a super majority (75%) approval.  Over 130 items of business were approved with a single vote!  Our commissioners have been working hard in their committees, and now sit at their assigned seat in the plenary hall – discerning, reviewing, and voting on all the reports and recommendations of theirs and other committee’s motions with a simple majority vote.  The exhibit hall also closed last night as the business is now focused on plenary business and worship.  Wendy and I had the opportunity to gather with the staff of the 1001 Worshiping Communities (part of Church Growth and Evangelism) to gather resource advice for developing new ministries and growing new churches in innovative and creative ways. We also attended a conversation with staff and others who serve or resource Committees on Ministries.  I have attended mission luncheons, the last one on a new initiative to combat poverty at home and around the world with education.  As plenary business is our primary work now, Moderator Heath Rada and Vice Moderator Larissa Kwong Abazia are competent and engaging leadership for our plenary business. For those who are observers or not serving as commissioners or advisory delegates or not in a capacity that requires their regular attendance at plenary meetings, there are mission tours available hosted by the Committee on Local Arrangements.  From a trip to the zoo or a river boat dinner cruise; to a tour of the Henry Ford Museum or a night at the Detroit Tigers’ ballgame;...