Registration is now open for Nurturing Generous Hearts II, a Synod of the Southwest Event Celebrating the Spirit of Stewardship, held at the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel, August 25-27, 2016.
This learning opportunity is for Pastors, Staff, Stewardship Committees and Lay Leaders of the Synod of the Southwest and its Presbyteries.
The cost will be $75 (double occupancy) or $50 (commuter rate, which includes 7 meals). Registration begins at 4:30 PM on Thursday. Closing Worship ends at 12 Noon on Saturday.
Register now at www.synodsw.org
We look forward to seeing you in August!
Associate Stated Clerk/Executive Assistant
Synod of the Southwest
On April 14-15, twelve representatives from the thirteen member judicatories of the New Mexico Conference of Churches met at Santa Maria de la Vid, Norbertine Community. The day was designed to provide direction to the Board of NMCC following the conclusion of the ministry of the Reverend Donna McNiel as Executive Director. Acting ED, Kay Huggins, facilitated the day by rehearsing the various shapes, names and programmatic emphases held by this fifty year old statewide relationship of church leaders and denominations. Together the participants probed realities, celebrated opportunities and stretched imagination on the form, practices, commitments and risks involved in expressing the unity of Christ’s body in this place and time. Please hold the Board of the NMCC in your prayers as they receive the encouragement of the Judicatory Heads and their Deputies and open a new chapter in this New Mexico ecumenical story.
Cost of trip, approximately $2400
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Application deadline: June 1, 2016. Applications also available through Susan or the Presbytery Office
The Cuba Work Group recommends that the majority of the offering be sent to the synod to be used as determined by the church leaders in Cuba, and a portion to support the seminary. The following projects are identified as needing support, but no amount will be specifically allocated. Churches within the Presbytery of Santa Fe who have partner churches in Cuba may designate 50% of their offering to their partner church.
This money would be used for salary supplement for pastors’ transportation and other needs as they arise. PSF is the only Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba (PRCC) synod partner other than the partnership with the denomination, PC(USA).
Funds would support the seminary students, specifically for transportation to assigned churches.
Support for the construction projects at the Synod Camp and Conference Center
Local congregations of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba are reaching out to their communities providing breakfast, lunch, laundry services, clean water projects.
At the Called meeting on Friday, the Presbytery voted to send its concurrence to General Assembly on the following overtures:
039, adding "Partners in Ministry" - 52-23-3
042, requiring a Dependent Care policy - 54-21-3
043, clarifying titles to Ordered Ministry, amended to add a rationale from our presbytery - 59-16-4,
062, asking RE/MAX to cease selling property in the West Bank - 48-29-2
070, celebrating a significant Social Witness anniversary - 65-13-2
065, asking forgiveness from Native Americans - 69-6-3
These overtures and others will now be considered by the General Assembly at its meeting in Portland this June. If passed (and as edited) by the Assembly, we will receive them once again for our vote.
The Presbytery also declined to concur with three other overtures:
006, adding "Presbytery Advisory Delegates" - 32-44-0
007, requiring a 2/3 vote to amend the constitution - 19-57-1
025, creating a GA Reform Coordinating Committee - 13-64-2
These three overtures have gained concurrences from other presbyteries and will be going to General Assembly. If passed, it is possible that we will also receive them once again for our vote.
(Adopted June 6, 2003; Revised February 23, 2008; Revised October 13, 2012;
Revised June 27, 2015)
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,