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Oct. 21, 2009 QUICK CALENDAR

Mission Yearbook Prayer

Oct. 25, Installation Ceremony@Santa Fe, 4pm Oct. 27, Small Church Networking Lunch @Calvin - OKC,12 noon (bring your lunch), Oct. 28, Festival & Halloween Party @Santa Fe, 5:30pm Nov. 7, Workshop on OK Sponsering Comm @Covenant, 9a - 12a Nov. 9, Clergy Lunch ($7.00) @OKC - FPC, 12 noon

Creator God, we ask that you would give people of UMAVIDA wisdom as they work for justice for the Bolivian people. Amen. NOTICE: It is once again time for the Presbytery Pages! We would gladly appreciate a photo & a church article. Please send to Jean McDaniel @ the INP office. Deadline is Oct. 22.

FROM THE DESK OF RON FIKE Colleagues & Friends in Indian Nations Presbytery, Yesterday, Kris Ausdenmoore spoke at our fellowship breakfast here at Covenant. I've known Kris for almost a year and am very impressed with her and her work. She has such good stories of how her work made a positive difference in people's lives and churches. I invite you to hear Kris tell more about her work on November 7th, and to consider how your church could use community organizing models to improve or enhance your community outreach efforts. We will meet at Covenant Presbyterian Church, OKC, 10100 Ridgeview Dr., from 9:00 a.m. - noon. Coffee and breakfast goodies will be provided.Rev. Lance Schmitz from 1st Nazarene, OKC sent me the following link with information about community organizing. I looked at it briefly and it looks like good information. Blessings, Ron This link is from Christians Supporting Community Organizing. This has some helpful writings that should help to stir our imagination http://www.cscoweb.org/index.html

Alternative Giving opportunities As many congregation prepare for the upcoming gift giving seasons of Advent and Christmas, PDA asks that you consider a gift to help families recovering from disasters. For the past ten years, PDA has responded to requests from individuals and congregations for alternative giving and other special giving opportunities to for this purpose. This year's alternative giving brochure features opportunities to support PDA's response to international or national disasters, and an opportunity to offer your gift to be used where it is most needed. Call PDS at call (800) 524-2612 to order the brochure (#25412-09-005) or download it from on the PDA Web site. Giving cards are also available to download and print.


The first comprehensive history of the Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma is now available. The first comprehensive history of the Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma is now available. DIVIDED HEARTS: THE PRESBYTERIAN JOURNEY THROUGH OKLAHOMA HISTORY, was written by Michael Cassity and Danney Goble and published by the University of Oklahoma Press. The book project was commissioned in 2002 by the three Oklahoma presbyteries, primarily as a result of the efforts of the late Rev. Ken McCollough. Drawing upon firsthand accounts of congregations and church members across the state, DIVIDED HEARTS is not only interesting but also instructive and exceptionally well-balanced. It highlights our finest hours but also discusses times when we faltered and fell short. Readers will come away with a broadened understanding of our unique Presbyterian history in Oklahoma and a deep appreciation for the many committed Believers who confronted and worked through, with admirable faithfulness, the major issues that they faced. The book calls attention to a rich spiritual legacy that needs to be nurtured and passed on to subsequent generations. It also raises some questions that we hope will stimulate thought and helpful discussion. The Task Force appointed to coordinate this book project obtained a limited number of copies of DIVIDED HEARTS that we can make available at a special purchase price of $20. The list price is $24.95. Copies can be picked up at the Presbytery Office. Books can also be purchased at book stores and online at OU Press. We urge you to get a copy of the book. If your congregation would be interested in hosting a program on Oklahoma Presbyterian history and a signing session with the author, please contact Marvin Kroeker at mlkroeker1950@att.net or call 580-332-6534. Marvin Kroeker Chair, Oklahoma Presbyterian History Task Force

You are invited to a day of learning and resources. Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders Thursday, November 12, 2009,8:30 AM to 3:00 PM An opportunity for clergy & congregational leaders to receive the latest information, resources and strategies on how to educate and provide hope to individuals and families suffering from the impact of addiction to alcohol and substance abuse, supported by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Must Pre-Register! Space is Limited. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided - no charge. Registration Deadline is October 22, 2009 Register On-Line: Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, 73129. Traci Castles @ 405-522-8019.


FROM THE DESK OF RON ACKERMANN PRESS RELEASE Suicide Prevention Class To Be Held At Santa Fe Presbyterian Church In Edmond Learning to ask the right questions, could save a life. That’s what QPR Suicide Prevention Training is all about. Crisis Intervention Officer Bervis D. Littles with the Edmond Police Department will be conducting this class at Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, 1603 North Santa Fe Avenue, on Tuesday, November 17th at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend this free training and light refreshments will be served. QPR training is designed to help recognize and respond positively to someone exhibiting suicide warning signs and behaviors. Suicide warning signs include the death or terminal illness of a relative or friend, loss of health, alcohol or drug abuse and depression, which in youth may be masked by hyperactivity or acting out behavior, according to the Oklahoma State Health Department. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR stands for “Question. Persuade and Refer, three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Those who complete this 90 minute training will learn how to ask the right questions, persuade someone who is thinking about suicide to accept or seek help, and know where to refer them to get the help they need. An article in “The Oklahoman” newspaper stated that suicides have risen 12 percent in Oklahoma since 2004. With 15 suicides per 100,000 people, Oklahoma ranks 11th nationally, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Oklahoma’s suicide rate is twice that of the homicide rate. In 2008, there were 578 suicides compared to 249 homicides, according to preliminary data released by the state medical examiner’s office. The 2-to-1 ration in Oklahoma is consistent with other states. By age group, the largest group of suicides in Oklahoma involved people between 40 and 60 years old. Within this group, there were 227 suicides. The small amount of time invested in this class can make a difference in the life of someone considering suicide. To find out more information about the QPR Institute, go to the web site www.qprinsti-tute.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Bruce Ackerman, 405/340-5380, backerman@ompa.com

YOU ARE INVITED TO: The installation ceremony for Rev. Mitchell Lee Miller as Senior Minister of Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, 1603 North Santa Fe Avenue, in Edmond will be held on Reformation Sunday, October 25th at 4 pm. Rev. Mally Baum, Associate Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, Texas, will be giving a sermon during the installation. A dinner will follow the ceremony in Fellowship Hall. At 6 pm, there will be a concert in the Sanctuary featuring “Mixed Company” and “The Back Row.” These Christian music groups play a variety of styles of music – gospel, jazz, spirituals - and a variety of instruments. “It will be a great night of music,” said Tim Goff, Santa Fe’s Director of Music and Children Ministry. The public is invited to attend the concert and a love offering will be taken. RSVP - 405-341-330 or susan@santafechurch.org


PC News Weekly Summaries - October 12-16, 2009 October 12 A new meaning of 'partnering'

Mission co-worker shares stories of mutual relationship between Russian, U.S. churches by Jerry L. Van Marter Presbyterian News Service Editor's note: This is the second in series of stories about the more than 50 Presbyterian mission workers and international peacemakers who are speaking in more than 150 presbyteries in the coming month as part of Mission Challenge '09. - Jerry L. Van Marter OAK HARBOR, Wash. - One program hosted by a Russian Baptist church reaches hundreds of children and is just part of that congregation's outreach to 16 orphanages across the region. "It's like Vacation Bible School in the woods," said Gary Payton, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)'s regional liaison for Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland. This same Russian congregation, Smolensk Baptist Church, also engages in evangelistic outreach through sports programs. Members even built a boat on which to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to many small unchurched villages along a nearby river. Viktor Ignatenkov, the pastor of the church, is the grandson of one pastor who lost his life - along with tens of thousands of Soviet citizens, pastors and church leaders - during the Marxist-Leninist oppression in the U.S.S.R. in the 1930s. Payton spoke about Ignatenkov and his church's outreach Oct. 3 at Whidbey Presbyterian Church in North Puget Sound Presbytery as part of the Mission Challenge. [Read more]

October 13 Reaching others for Christ

Mission co-workers in Thailand work with theology students, prostitutes by Ray Kersting Special to Presbyterian News Service

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Mission Challenge came to the four presbyteries in the Synod of the Southwest in the person of Carol Fujii, who with her husband, Leith, serves at the Bangkok Institute of Theology in Thailand. Fujii visited 13 churches in Grand Canyon, de Cristo, Santa Fe and Sierra Blanca presbyteries during her itineration. The Mission Challenge is intended to connect mission co-workers with Presbyterians across the country. From Sept. 25-Oct. 18, 45 co-workers will visit 152 presbyteries, sharing their stories and educating listeners on how to get involved. On Oct. 8, Fujii told of her experiences in Thailand, where she has been since 1998. She teaches English to incoming students at the institute and works with The Well, an outreach ministry to women in prostitution. In Thailand, the government tends not to notice that up to 300,000 women and girls are involved in prostitution, even though it is against the law. Fujii told of Supharang (Kay), a graduate of the theological school who felt a real call to reach out to these women as she approached graduation. With her husband, Kay began ministering through The Well, which helps women find an alternative to prostitution by teaching skills such as card and jewelry making. They came to know a woman named Thom, who knew that what she was doing was not her. [Read more]


October 14 Seeking a lasting peace

Northern Ireland mission worker worries about complacency by Duane Sweep Special to Presbyterian News Service LEXINGTON, Neb. - Reports of violence in Northern Ireland are no longer frequent in today's international news, but the relative peace is fragile in the land where violence plagued the streets and countryside only a decade ago. The Rev. Doug Baker brings that message when he speaks about his work in Northern Ireland and the need to support the world mission work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). "There's a relatively low level of violence now," Baker said. "But the problems are still there, the polarization." The challenge is intended to connect mission co-workers with Presbyterians across the country. From Sept. 25-Oct. 18, 45 co-workers will visit 152 presbyteries, sharing their stories and educating listeners on how to get involved. Stopping first in the Presbytery of Wyoming, Baker next visited the Presbytery of Central Nebraska, when he stopped here for a brown-bag lunch and presentation at First Presbyterian Church. From Central Nebraska, Baker wraps up his trip in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay. [Read more]

October 15 'Life in Haiti abounds'

Mission co-worker focuses on simple, sustainable farming by Bethany Furkin Presbyterian News Service INDIANAPOLIS - For Mark Hare, being a mission co-worker means living daily with struggle and hope. Since 2004, Hare has served in Haiti, where he works with a grassroots farmers' association. The Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP) - Haitian Creole for Farmer's Movement of Papaye comprises about 20 farming cooperatives. Hare works with a crew to develop a small area of land called the Road to Life Yard. The yard makes use of sustainable agricultural techniques like the diversification and integration of small animals and vegetable crops. Hare is quick to point out that the Haitians he works with don't need him to come in and tell them how to farm and survive. The people there know how to survive in their country, which, with about 80 percent of the land being covered in mountains, is not very farmer friendly. Instead, Hare's role is to share some sustainable farming methods. Much of his knowledge comes from the six years he spent in Nicaragua as a long-term volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). "It's not a matter of coming in and saving their lives," he said at Southminster Presbyterian Church here Oct. 11. "It's a matter of coming in and sharing their lives." [Read more]


Presbyterian social media site wins Landmark Award Contact:Susan Lindsey, (502) 569-5060

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - AllWomen in the church, a social media site that reaches out to women across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been honored with a Landmarks of Excellence "Award of Merit" by the International Association of Business Communicators of Kentucky and the Public Relations Society of America, Bluegrass Chapter. The site was the only entry from a religious organization to be so honored in this year's awards. The site won in the Online Communications/Social Media award category. Dana McMahan, Web content developer, and Thommy Browne, Web designer, accepted the award on Oct. 6. The site, launched in March 2009, seeks to aid women in the Presbyterian Church in their professional lives and faith journeys, and to deepen and widen their communities of faith. More than 500 members participate in the discussion forum, share photos and videos, and post events. They find encouragement and inspiration in stories of women's experiences in the church and in the world, and nurture their faith through devotional readings and liturgical resources. The AllWomen site is part of the Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women ministry area led by Rhashell Hunter, ministry director. Beth Newberry, Mission Communications associate, serves as Web editor for the site. Each year, the International Association of Business Communicators of Kentucky and the Public Relations Society of America's Bluegrass Chapter host the Landmarks of Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the public relations arena. The awards recognize participants for excellence in planning, creativity and execution of programs or individual projects. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) comprises 2.2 million members in more than 10,000 congregations, answering Christ's call to mission and ministry throughout the U.S. and the world. [Read More]

Faith and Order Today: Mary Tanner on Miracles of the Ecumenical Movement "We must find a way to build on what we have achieved, or else it will evaporate", warned Mary Tanner, a former moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order Commission. Suggesting that she might be considered a "grandmother of Faith and Order", Tanner reviewed highlights of the quest for unity since the early 1900s, and she recalled an exhortation from the most recent World Conference on Faith and Order in 1993: "There is no turning back from either the goal of visible unity or from the single ecumenical movement that unites concerns for the unity of the Church and concern for the engagement in the struggles of the world." [Read more].


INVITATIONS ARE EXTENDED: From Carol Waters The next Small Church Networking Lunch will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2001 N. Meridian , OKC. We'll begin a book study at on Kelly Fryer's book Reclaiming the "C" Word: Daring to be Church Again. Amazon has available copies. We'll be discussing the Intro and Chap. 1. Please bring your lunch, your book, and somebody else! Please call Carol Waters with your RSVP at 580-323-1376 or email at cspeckwaters@yahoo.com. From Matt Meinke All clergy are invited to a lunch at First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City on Monday, Nov. 9. We'll start gathering at 11:30am. Lunch will be at noon. We'll finish by 1:30pm. Deep Fork will cater for us. Price will be $7.00. Come join us as we begin the process of getting to know each other outside presbytery meetings! Please call Matt Meinke with your RSVP at 405-525-6584 or email at mattmatt777@yahoo.com. Hope to see you there! From Marvin Kroeker The first comprehensive history of the Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma, DIVIDED HEARTS: THE PRESBYTERIAN JOURNEY THROUGH OKLAHOMA HISTORY, is now available. Books may also be purchased at the INP office at the First Presbyterian Church, 1001 NW 25th Street, Oklahoma City. For information call Jean @ 405-524-0990.


Issue: 273

October 19, 2009

STEWARDSHIP AND SIMPLE THINKING by Dan Hotchkiss Something about stewardship campaigns inspires simplistic thinking even in leaders who, on other subjects, are quite capable of grappling with ambiguity. Stewardship is complicated. It includes everything from dilemmas facing households in a shaky economic time to the pledge-dampening effects of large endowments. One can-and many of us do--reduce these issues to simplistic opposites: abundance versus scarcity, generosity versus selfishness, faith versus the world. But real stewardship requires dealing with more complicated issues. The annual stewardship campaign touches taproot issues for most congregations. 

What special purpose do we serve? Would we be missed?

What other good might we accomplish with our dollars?

Are there expenditures we have continued out of habit?

What way of life are we inviting people into?

Whose lives do we mean to change, and in what way?

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