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The newsletter of Social Ministries for Peace and Justice of the Des Moines Presbytery.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 24th through Sunday, September 29th, 2013
WHERE: Tucson, Arizona
COST: Approximately $1,000. This includes all ground expenses plus air fare (air fare is the only variable).
$350 scholarships are being made available by the Social Ministries Task Force. Scholarship forms can be obtained from the Presbytery Office or downloaded from the presbytery website. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2013.
TAKE PART IN THE EXPERIENCE!
Application forms for participants can be found at the presbytery office or downloaded from the presbytery website. Deadline for registration is June 1, 2013. A down payment of $300 must accompany your application for participation in the seminar.
Participants are expected to meet as a group several times during the summer months for orientation to the seminar; for required reading assignments; and for practical preparation.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED MORE INFORMATION, contact Rev. Liz Knott (515-962-2088) or Nancy Lister-Settle (515-992-3639).
Two (2) copies of sermonic manuscript with name, address and phone number of the individual submitting sermon, plus time and place preached are needed. Include a copy of the church bulletin and a tape or video of the preached sermon.
Send material to:
Presbytery of Des Moines
Attn: Social Ministries - Sermon Contest
2400 86th Street, Ste 20
Urbandale, IA 50322-4306
Announcement of winner will be no later than June 30th by the Social Ministries Task Force via newsletter after a direct phone call to the winner. The winner will receive a $300 prize and be invited to preach the sermon at an upcoming meeting of Presbytery. Copies of the sermon will be made available to those attending the Presbytery meeting, and it will also be posted on the presbytery's website.
For additional information, please contact: Rev. Liz Knott at 515-962-2088.
Khadamat Sudaniya is the Presbytery of Des Moines' Sudanese Ministries Task Force. The group meets monthly at the Cottage Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, to develop ways to support Sudanese ministries in the Presbytery.
Rev. Goanar Chol, Presbyterian pastor, is a member of the Des Moines Presbytery staff. Visit Sudanese Ministries Resource Person Rev. Goanar Chol's Sudanese Ministries blog for more information.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding by providing One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds to several of the affected mid-councils (presbyteries) as they respond within their communities. Several members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) have been sent to work with the mid-councils in assessing the damage and determining how volunteers may be able to contribute to long-term recovery in the affected communities.
In fact, our own honorably retired Rev. Dr. Greg Smith and Don Hampton (Indianola, Trinity United) were deployed on Saturday, March 3, to McHenryville, Indiana. They will provide spiritual and emotional care for tornado survivors and their families. Please keep the team and all those in the path of the tornadoes in your prayers.
Please stand in the GAP for families and communities impacted by these storms.
Give. Your faithful and generous support of OGHS makes the initial response possible. Designated gifts to DR000015 (Disaster Relief - USA Disasters & Emergencies) will help meet the long-term recovery and rebuilding needs of affected families.
Pray. Our best response is prayer. Please pray for those in the storm-stricken communities including congregations, families, and those seeking to salvage what little the storms left behind. Also pray for strength for those offering assistance, and for those who will participate in the recovery efforts in the upcoming days and months.
1. Individuals may give through your local Presbyterian congregation, on the secure PC(USA) Web site, or by sending a check to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
2. Congregations can send donations by check to the Des Moines Presbytery office in order to receive general mission credit. Made checks payable to: The Presbytery of Des Moines, and send to:
The Presbytery of Des Moines
2400 86th St., Ste. 20
Des Moines, IA 50322
Note: Congregations can also send directly to the PC(USA), making your check payable to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Church Remittance Processing
P.O. Box 643678
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3678
Why are you here?
That question was asked of a couple of women seated at a convention hall lounge in the Gaylord Palms Resort, “home” of the 2012 Churchwide Gathering for Presbyterian Women in July. It was following a much needed break for voting representatives engaging in the business meeting. The woman inquiring had seriousness in her tone of voice, accompanied with a slight smile of friendliness. The responses were the expected, “I want to learn about the mission of PW” and “I’ve heard how wonderful the Gathering is and wanted to find out for myself.” Each of us strangers, there was a pause as we were curious as to her questioning. I knew that I was next to respond, so was mindfully preparing and replied with “I have been before and found it an awe-inspiring experience being with active Presbyterian Women from all over the world.” She tilted her head in acceptance of our answers.
I couldn’t let it rest at that and asked her why she was asking and why she came. “I am an unwilling participant.” My heart sank… what does that mean? Why would she come if she wasn’t desiring to be there? She carried on our, now, private conversation, telling me that she had a memorial service for her husband on Monday (this was Thursday of the same week). After giving her my condolences and tears streaming down my face before I knew it, I reached out for her hand and held it. “I’m so sorry,” I uttered. I suddenly knew the real reason I was here. Nothing else mattered at that moment and I listened to her story of “expecting his death to happen, but not yet, as he was an alcoholic.” The conversation was deep and I listened with a disturbed heart. I could sense she was a strong woman who had endured a lot and would continue to endure and I told her so. With surprise and doubt, she received the words.
The break had come to an end, but not without expressions of hope for my new- found Presbyterian Woman friend. To my surprise, later in the meeting, she went to the microphone and spoke with confidence about her concern on an issue we were soon to vote on. She was a strong woman.
The following afternoon, God placed the two of us together at the meeting break. What a gift to talk to her, again. I had discovered that a chaplain was on site each day at Spirit Island at the Gathering and shared that with her, during our chance meeting. She appreciated that information and went seeking answers to the many questions she’d encountered in this new journey of grief that she did not want to take. She excitedly rushed off; I told her that she would certainly be excused from the final minutes of the meeting, if she wanted to talk to the chaplain. You could see the HOPE and relief in her eyes.
“Why are you here?” is a good question to ask of ourselves each and every day. May God use you in unexpected ways. And, thanks for placing me as your voting representative at Churchwide. It was another “growing experience”. I hope you can all go in three years, as Churchwide will be in Minneapolis- close to home.
PW of the Des Moines Presbyery
Corresponding Secretary (2015)
Recording Secretary (2013)
Mission Matters (2015)
Resources & HORIZONS (2014)
Justice & Peace (2015)
Clergywoman Rep 2013
Search Committee 2013
PWP Liaison to Leadership Council
Area # 1 Coordinator (2014)
Area # 2 Coordinator (2013)
Area # 3 Coordinator (2013)
Area # 4 Coordinator (2015)
1110 E. 6th St. #12
Des Moines, IA 50316
Rev. Linda O'Connell
PO Box 79
Lucas, IA 50151
SUMMER FUN CAMP
9th to 12th Grades……………….$330
Youth in 9th to 12th grades attend Summer Fun Camp as youth leaders in training. The registration fee is reduced because these youth assist camp staff.
Location: Wesley Woods Camp.............Event 101................Juloy 7-13 (5:00 p.m.-9:30 a.m.)