Worship ~ The Gift of Revitalization with Dr. Marcia McFee
Your Worship Networking and Education Networking Committees are pleased to offer to the churches in our Presbytery of Santa Fe the chance to participate in a 6-week interactive online worship learning opportunity: Reboot Your Worship. The training event begins on September 10, 2017, and gives you access to 6 weeks of downloadable resources (articles and videos) and 6 live webinars (recorded for your archives) with Dr. Marcia McFee, a well-known worship designer, consultant, and visiting professor with San Francisco Theological Seminary. Focusing with fresh eyes and some fresh skills on worship especially during the Advent season, Dr. McFee will be training churches in five basic ways to improve worship, no matter the size or style of worship in your setting.
You need to register in order to receive the emails and access materials. You may invite members of your worship team to receive the materials as well. We encourage our churches to take advantage of this offer which has been underwritten by your WNC and ENC for our presbytery.
We are excited about the possibilities for making a difference in the worship life of the churches in our Presbytery. May this opportunity be a good one for us all. Please pass this information on to anyone in your worship committee or others who might benefit!
Blessings - Karyl Lyne, Worship Networking co-chair, Judith Todd, Education Networking chair, Kathy Westmoreland, Worship Networking co-chair
Partnership trip to Cuba November 7-16, 2017
Presbytery of Santa Fe Cuba Work Group Partnership trip to Cuba on November 7-16, 2017 (approximate dates)
Cost of trip, pending flight arrangements: Approximately $2,000
Requirements: Passport valid through May, 2018; $100 deposit (non-refundable) with application; endorsement from local session to accompany application
Interested persons should contact Susan Keil Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Presbytery Office. Application deadline: August 1, 2017.
Applications also available through Susan or the Presbytery Office
Times of Transition
It’s not about changing churches; it’s about changing people
by Mark Roth | Presbyterians Today
Theresa Cho, co-pastor of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco leads worship with her daughter, Isabella Kim. LOUISVILLE – You might say the transformation began with the pews.
St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco wanted to grow. So it hired the Rev. Theresa Cho as an associate pastor with the idea that her presence would help attract young Chinese families who were settling in the neighborhood. After three years, however, growth hadn’t happened in the way some people expected.
“My thought at the time was, I have no idea what is going to draw people to this congregation—but I do know that there are some things we need to think of changing for those visitors who are already coming through the door,” Cho says.
As a new mother, Cho had noticed that the families starting to visit St. John’s had no easy place to park their strollers. Solution? Remove some of the church’s 100-year-old redwood pews to create a stroller parking lot.
The toddlers who came in those strollers soon wanted access to the snacks and sippy cups inside the strollers, and that led St. John’s to change its policy of no food or drink in the sanctuary.
Eventually, the church got rid of all the old pews and bought stackable ones instead. Today, that allows St. John’s to quickly convert the sanctuary into a Saturday grocery store, and to create a spot on the floor for children during worship.
More importantly, Cho says, all of these physical alterations led to an attitude change, especially among older members who had started out believing that children should be seen and not heard in worship.
“As much as we focus on changing worship or church,” says Cho, who is now co-pastor of the congregation, “we’re really talking about changing people. It’s creating a spiritual discipline in people on their attitude toward change.”
Most Presbyterian churches grapple with these kinds of issues when they change pastors, but church leaders say that in fact, congregations are in a constant state of transition.
Statistics compiled by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) bear that out."
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