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Four films for Advent and Christmas

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:51

November 29, 2017

If you cringe each year at the saccharine, formulaic entertainment that Hollywood and TV foist onto the public during the so-called Christmas Season, here are four films actually worth your precious time. Two are Advent films of longing and hope, and two are Christmas Eve films focused on the power of love.

De adentro hacia afuera

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 13:35

Secretario permanente promete la participación de la oficina nacional en la comunidad de Louisville

November 29, 2017

General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson and his wife, Rev. Gail Porter Nelson. —Randy Hobson

Comunicaciones de la Oficina de la Asamblea General

por Jerry Van Marter


En una recepción en su honor de la noche del lunes (27 de noviembre), el Secretario Permanente de la Asamblea General de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.) J. Herbert Nelson, II, declaró que «estamos saliendo [del Centro Presbiteriano] porque es necesario salir hacia la comunidad a hacer compañerismo para que las vidas de las personas mejoren».

Inside out

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:16

Stated Clerk pledges national office’s involvement in Louisville community

November 29, 2017

General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson and his wife, Rev. Gail Porter Nelson. —Randy Hobson

Office of the General Assembly Communications

Jerry Van Marter


At a community reception in his honor Monday evening (November 27), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, pledged that “we’re moving out of [the Presbyterian Center] because there’s a need to get out into the community to make partners so people’s lives are better.”

Presbyterian environmentalists react to recent South Dakota oil leak

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:50

November 29, 2017

Cleanup continues in South Dakota after an oil leak in the Keystone Pipeline earlier this month spilled more than 210,000 gallons of oil approximately three miles southeast of Amherst. The state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources says it is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in the state.

Christ-centered Christmas

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 03:56

November 29, 2017

As Christmas approaches, we face many choices regarding shopping, schedules and more. In addition to consumer dilemmas, we are faced with spiritual dilemmas. On one hand, we want to observe Advent and wait for the Christ child. On the other, we want to shop and wrap and bake — and we run ourselves ragged in the process. The following ideas from the Presbyterian Hunger Program are designed to help Presbyterians celebrate the birth of Christ in more meaningful ways than mainstream culture provides. Incorporate one, two or all of these ideas into your holiday celebrations. Share with family and friends. And when the holidays are over, turn these ideas into 2018 resolutions. 

Spiritual leaders unite in support of Bears Ears National Monument

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:31

November 28, 2017

Nearly 30 spiritual leaders recently gathered in New Mexico to show their support for threatened public lands sacred to Native Americans, and for tribal sovereignty. The event, organized by New Mexico Wildlife Federation and Creation Justice Ministries, brought together representatives from a number of denominations and groups including Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, United Church of Christ, and Jewish, as well as several Native American organizations.

Jinishian Memorial Program celebrates 50 years of service

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 09:43

November 28, 2017

On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, long-time partners, supporters, current and former staff, and donors gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Jinishian Memorial Program (JMP).

Presbyterians Today offers bilingual Advent devotional

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 04:00

November 28, 2017

Presbyterians across the country are invited to begin their Advent journey on Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, with Presbyterians Today’s 2017 Advent devotional, Let Love Speak: Words and Actions to Pave the Way of the Lord.

Presbyterian Mission Agency CFO departs

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:20

November 27, 2017

After four-and-a-half years of dedicated service to the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Earline Williams has embraced a new season of service with her family in Philadelphia.

‘Facing Racism’ theme features immigrant and refugee family resources

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:00

November 27, 2017

Because the beloved community is what God intends for us, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is engaging in an ongoing campaign to share a wealth of antiracism resources with the greater church.

A scandalous birth announcement

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 06:38

November 27, 2017

The announcement of a baby’s birth can tell you a lot about the parents. Techy parents send out emails. Photographer parents send beautiful pictures. Artistic parents send out creative announcements. Traditionalist parents send out formal announcements on card stock. Royals like Prince William and Kate Middleton waited a few months before landing their son, Prince George, on the cover of celebrity gossip glossy Vanity Fair a few years ago. Then there’s Jesus.

Welcoming the stranger

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 08:28

November 24, 2017

For nearly three decades the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio) has continued to participate in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission to the USA program. The synod began participating in the effort which links congregations in the synod with mission partners including international church leaders as well as both clergy and lay leaders in 1989.

Young Adult Volunteer learns about the Presbyterian church’s role on the international stage

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:34

November 22, 2017

Simon Doong has always had an interest in international life. The Beltsville, Maryland native graduated from the College of Wooster with a major in International Relations and a focus on economics, minoring in Spanish and Latin American studies.

Youth endowment is ‘investment in the future’

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:08

November 22, 2017

Laura Sheldon was on her way to psychology class at North Carolina State University when her phone rang. It was Marvin Dickerson, a member of her church — Clemmons Presbyterian — calling with exciting news.

Mary’s valuable lesson

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:54

November 22, 2017

If anyone has the right to think she had an extra-special connection to Jesus, it’s Mary. After all, she carried him in her body, birthed him in the stable and nourished him with her breast milk. As he grew up and engaged his ministry, she scolded him when he disappeared, commanded him at Cana, stayed with him when he hung on the cross and rejoiced in him when he rose again. 

Reformed faith and #GivingTuesday

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:48

November 21, 2017

Presbyterian theologian Chip Hardwick says #GivingTuesday is a good opportunity for Presbyterians to model “helpfulness for our neighbor,” a value that was prominent in the thought church reformer John Calvin.

Zimbabwe church leaders call for prayer, unity to birth a new nation

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:01

November 21, 2017

The heads of Christian Churches in Zimbabwe issued a pastoral message to the nation on Wednesday, November 15, urging calm, prayer and national dialogue. The ecumenical statement was released just hours after four armored personnel carriers rolled into Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, and military officers reportedly seized control of the state broadcaster and placed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe under effective house arrest.

‘Melting Pot’ no longer!

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:52

November 21, 2017

I am an immigrant and a former refugee. I came from Cuba to the United States via Spain in the late ’60s. I belong to that group of people from the “Global South’’ who began migrating to this country by the millions after the liberalization of immigration laws in 1965.

Hands & Feet team from Iowa builds connections in St. Louis

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:55

Stated Clerk’s initiative pairs service with education on community issues

November 20, 2017

Mission team from the Presbytery of East Iowa during their service with Hands & Feet in partnership with AMEN|St. Louis

Eva Stimson


Office of the General Assembly Communications


[한국어] The Presbytery of East Iowa mission team, which visited St. Louis November 2–5, is one of numerous groups expected to head to the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy over the next seven months as part of an initiative called “Hands & Feet” leading up to the 223rd General Assembly (2018) next June.

The goal of the Hands & Feet initiative is to strengthen local and national mission efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by encouraging partnerships and mission involvement with cities hosting the biennial meeting of the General Assembly.

아이오와 출신의 핸즈& 피트 팀이 세인트 루이스에서 관계를 구축함

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:20

정서기의 제안은 지역 사회 문제에 대한 교육 서비스를 제공함

November 20, 2017

아멘/세인트 루이스와 파트너인 이스트 아이오와 노회의 선교팀이 핸즈&피트 봉사를 함

에바 스팀손

총회 사무국 통신부 통신원


11월 2일부터 5일까지 세인트 루이스를 방문한 East Iowa 노회 선교팀은 "핸즈 & 피트"라는 이니셔티브의 일환으로 내년 6 월 223차 총회(2018)까지 다음 7개월 동안 Giddings-Lovejoy 노회에서 봉사할 것으로 예상하는 수많은 그룹들 중 하나이다.

Hands & Feet 이니셔티브의 목표는 총회의 격년 회의를 주최하는 도시들과의 파트너십과 선교 참여를 장려함으로써 미국장로교회의 지역 및 전국 선교 활동을 강화하는 것이다.


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