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Mission Yearbook Prayer

Nov. 7, Workshop on OK Sponsering Comm @Covenant, 9a - 12a Nov. 8, Installation of Rev. Ed Cooley @Colony, 3p Nov. 9, Clergy Lunch ($7.00) @OKC - FPC, 12 noon Dec. 1, COM @Central, 11:30a lunch and 12noon mtg.

God of all, we pray that we might learn new ways to seek justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you and all whom we encounter. Help us to be open to new ways to share your good news of love and welcome. Open us to you this day and every day through Jesus Christ, our Teacher, Redeemer, and friend. Amen.

An Invitation from Church of the Savior Wed, November 04, 2009 Time: 5:30pm Place: Oklahoma Christian University

Acappella Concert, internationally known and award winning singers in Edmond at Oklahoma Christian University. All youth, children, parents and church members are invited to this trememdous free concernt. Meet at the Activity center at 5:30pm as the we will depart at 5:50pm promptly to arrive at the concert at 6:30pm. We will return at 8pm. Don't miss this fun and FREE event. E-Mail: Phone: 405-802-8130

Presbyterian Urban Mission Santa Store The Santa Store will be held on December 12th. The program is full with almost 600 kids in over 175 families enrolled. Volunteers are needed on that day as well as before hand for setup. For more information on how you can help please see Wish List.

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION Presented by Covenant Presbyterian Music Ministry Covenant Presbyterian Church 10100 Ridgeview Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Sunday, November 9, 2008 3:00Exhibits Open 4:00pmProgram in Sanctuary followed by the “Retiring of the Flags” Special Guests: Bruce Stone, City Manager, City of the Village Jerry Broughton, Mayor, City of the Village Members and families of Scout Troop 201 and Cub Scout Pack 27 and our Girl Scout troop for the Flag Ceremony, the Retiring of the Flags, and exhibits in the Fellowship Hall. Special Music: “Let Freedom Ring” (medley of “Let Freedom Ring” and Lee Greenwood’ “God Bless the USA”) AND “Armed Forcesthe Pride of America!”


Special Guest Speaker: Lance West, News Anchor KFOR Call the church office at 751-2546 for reservations $5 Suggested Donation Chefs Ray Thomas and Mike McGhee invite ALL men and women to our hot, home cooked breakfast! Special Menu for this Veterans Day Breakfast! ****************

Rev. Jim Burns extends a cordial invitation to attend the Kuntz lecture series. NOTE: Monday's session is especially geared to ministers -


Memorial Presbyterian Church 601 24th Ave. SW Norman, Oklahoma

“Sing a New Songand Some Good Old Ones, Too!” This year marks the sixth Kuntz Lecture Series. Designed to bring interesting dynamic speakers to our community, this year’ lecturer is Dr. Mary Louise Bringle. Dr. Bringle is the Chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina. A writer of hymn texts and a Presbyterian Elder, she is chairing the committee of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) which is creating a new Presbyterian hymnal. Dr. Bringle will give four presentations as she addresses the theme “Sing a New Song and Some Good Old Ones, Too!” She will explore the role of congregational singing in worship as she enlists her audience in singing both old and new hymns. Sunday, November 8 9:30 am - “Who Would Sing THAT in Church??!!” A panoramic view of shifts in church music over the past hundred years in this country, looking at the resistance that has greeted each new phenomenon, from spirituals to gospel, chant to holy hip hop. 10:55 am - Sunday morning worship Dr. Bringle will put various “hymn” issues into the context of God’ amazing grace to us, asking in the words of the old gospel hymn “How Can We Keep from Singing?” 5:00 pm - Potluck Supper 6:00 pm - “Balm in Gilead” Will provide numerous examples of hymns that address the pastoral care challenges of our generation, from AIDS to Alzheimers, and discuss the ways in which singing together cultivates our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Monday, November 9 9:00 am - “What Color Will It Be?” (Continental breakfast served) Dr. Bringle will meet with area ministers and others to focus on the puzzles and procedures for creating a denominational hymnal for the next generation of worshipers. **A nursery will be provided for all of the Sunday events, and upon request for Monday morning**

First Presbyterian Church - Lawton Fellowship Dinners

These dinners are now being held on a regular basis every other month except during the summer. These are informal gatherings where we meet for dinner at local restaurants. This is an opportunity to invite family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. to join you. All are welcome. Please contact Carol Pope for more information.

An Fellowship Dinner at the Riverside Cafe in Medicine Park.

Santa Fe Presbyterian Church - Edmond November Mission Project - Citizens Caring for Children/Ethnic Dolls The mission collection for the month of November is ETHNIC DOLLS for Citizens Caring for Children (CCC). CCC provides ethnic dolls for minority children and children of color who come there for assistance. According to its website, CCC breaks the cycle of abuse and neglect for Oklahoma foster children by addressing their material, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs... because every child deserves the chance for a better life. Through its programs, CCC promotes self-worth, self-esteem and develops character to give hope, change lives, and create healthy futures for Oklahoma foster children. Self image is critically important, especially for young children. Dolls can affect the self image of children, either positively or negatively. Therefore, it is important for children to have dolls that look like them, in order to positively impact their self esteem. When children of color do not see images of themselves represented in popular culture, the media or toys, their self esteem can suffer. This is especially detrimental because studies have shown links between self esteem and school achievement. When children are taken from their homes by the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services due to serious abuse and/or neglect from parents or care givers, they are taken, usually, with only what they are wearing. They are not even allowed to take a favorite toy or stuffed animal with them. These children already suffer from low self-esteem. Santa Fe Presbyterian Church helps CCC provide a way to begin to build up their self-esteem by providing ethnic dolls for these foster children. These dolls may be purchased at local dollar stores, department stores and discount stores. THANK YOU, SANTA FE, for your continued benevolence to our monthly mission collections!

PC News Weekly Summaries - PC News Weekly Summaries October 26-30, 2009 October 26 Graduation day

Partnership enables Liberian refugee to complete CLP training by

Emily Enders Odom Associate, Mission CommunicationsReprinted with permission from One in the Spirit ST. LOUIS - Just as the Carondelet-Markham Memorial Presbyterian Church here was experiencing its own rebirth by welcoming the gifts of Liberian refugees into the life of the congregation, one young member was at the same time undergoing his own personal and spiritual transformation. David Zweh, who had lived as a Liberian refugee in an Ivory Coast refugee camp for 14 years, had joined a wave of 15 Liberian immigrant families in 2005 to make CarondeletMarkham his church home. "I love the members of the church and they love me," Zweh said. "We are in Christ and will remain in Christ for the rest of our lives." Having previously served in Liberia as a student pastor in the Lutheran Church, Zweh felt called to a leadership role in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in this growing, multicultural congregation. The Rev. Susan Finley, pastor of Carondelet-Markham, encouraged Zweh by introducing him to the Rev. Angel Suarez-Valera, associate for New Immigrant Congregational Support in the Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women ministry area of the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC)."When I asked Pastor Susan how can we advance ourselves in leadership, she told me to talk to Angel," Zweh said.Suarez-Valera told Zweh about his hope of designing a theological education program for new immigrants in response to the increasing needs for culturally proficient pastoral leadership in congregations like Carondelet-Markham. "The blessing of having new Presbyterians from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe has resulted in a need among Presbyterians in the U.S. to provide the necessary theological formation to and with the new communities of faith," said Suarez-Valera. [Read more]

Seeking land

PC(USA) mission worker helps those displaced by tsunami, war by Duane Sweep Special to Presbyterian News Service DENISON, Iowa - From the outside, Sri Lanka is beautiful.The tear-drop shaped island nation, about the size of West Virginia and located off the southeast coast of India, is a wonderful place, with its mostly tropical climate, beautiful beaches and national parks, an array of wildlife and a diverse landscape that ranges from lowlands to hills to its highest peak above 8,000 feet. But it's been an island of tragedy in recent years. The Christmastime tsunami of 2004 killed thousands and a vicious civil war terrorized the island for decades until it came to an end this spring.

Both events, the tsunami and the civil war, displaced thousands of island residents from the land. Some economic development, wildlife intrusion, other natural disasters and tenured land ownership also contribute to the serious displacement problem on the densely populated island of 21 million. Alleviating the misery of those displaced from the land has become the mission of Chenoa Stock, a mission worker of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Sri Lanka. [Read more]

October 27 Living together, faithfully

Interfaith residential community at Stony Point to focus on nonviolence by Bethany Furkin Presbyterian News Service STONY POINT, N.Y. - Dozens of old friends and former directors of the Stony Point Center gathered here Oct. 17-18 for a 60th anniversary and homecoming celebration of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related conference facility. But the weekend gathering wasn't all about looking back. Co-directors Rick and Kitty Ufford-Chase - who arrived at the financially troubled center in August 2008 - outlined plans for the "fifth generation" of Stony Point, designed to revitalize the storied center just north of New York City. A centerpiece of the new Stony Point is the Community of Living Traditions - an interfaith intentional community dedicated to nonviolence and peacemaking. For at least five years, Christians, Muslims and Jews will live together at Stony Point, working, worshipping and learning together side by side. Residents will move into the three houses that will comprise the community in January, said Kitty Ufford-Chase. [Read more]

The old college try

FC College, other Pakistan Presbyterian schools are making a comeback by Jerry L. Van Marter Presbyterian News Service CINCINNATI - A prominent Sunni Muslim parent in Lahore, Pakistan, came to Veeda Javaid seeking to enroll his daughter in a Presbyterian school in the city. At home a short while later, the girl - now a student at the school - heard a shouting match going on between Sunnis and Shiites in her family's living room. "She marched into the room," Javaid recalled in an Oct. 24 presentation at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s World Mission Celebration '09 here, "and said, 'My teacher has taught me that we are all children of God and should be living in peace.' The shouting stopped." Two of that girl's sisters are now also students at the Presbyterian school, said Javaid, executive director of the Presbyterian Education Board (PEB), an agency of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan (PCP) which oversees a network of more than a dozen Presbyterian schools in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. "Through our schools, we aim to rebuild Pakistan," Javaid told the crowd of 700 missionminded Presbyterians, "to make a difference, to stop terrorism, and education is the key." [Read more]

October 28 Rising market lifts BOP's portfolio 21.2 percent

Board mulls over Congressional health care reform proposals by Bill Lancaster Special to Presbyterian News Service WASHINGTON - The upturn in global financial markets brought good news to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Board of Pensions (BOP) as it met here Oct. 22-24: the board's balanced investment portfolio is up 21.2 percent through the end of September and the church's Pension Plan remains fully funded. The BOP portfolio plunged 28.6 percent last year in the middle of the sub-prime mortgage crisis and resulting global financial meltdown. As a result, the Pension Plan's "funded ratio" (assets vs. liabilities) dipped to 98 percent after averaging 151 percent between 2005 and 2007. The current funding ration is 114 percent. Despite the encouraging news, BOP Investment Committee chair Tom Jennings, an elder in Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Washington, cautioned against "irrational exuberance" in current financial market conditions. "We've all heard Alan Greenspan use the term 'irrational exuberance' to describe the markets during the dotcom boom," Jennings said. "I believe we are experiencing irrational exuberance now. We need to remain very cautious." With five health care reform bills currently before the Congress and the outcome on any of them uncertain, the board also spent much time focused on the national health care debate. [Read more]

Renowned Christian educator Mary Duckert dies

Teacher, author was APCE 'Educator of the Year' in 1995 by Jerry L. Van Marter Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE - Mary J. Duckert, an author, children's worker and Christian educator who touched the lives of countless Presbyterians during a decades-long career, died Oct. 25 in Portland, Ore., after suffering a stroke a month earlier. A Cottage Grove, Wisc., native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Duckert felt a call to Christian education ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) while on a youth mission trip. She graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and served churches in Hammond, Ind., Libertyville, Ill. and Cleveland Heights, Ohio, as Christian educator and children's ministry leader. [Read more]

Universal Loan Revives Two Weeklies

Philadelphia PC(USA) church brings newspapers to life by Linda Deeter Special to Presbyterian News Service PHILADELPHIA - When two weekly newspapers in Germantown and Mt. Airy closed earlier this year, a Philadelphia church active in the community for 200 years provided financing that enabled a new publisher to bring similar newspapers to life. In an era of failing newspapers, the resurrection of two papers in Northwest Philadelphia was an unusual event. For a church to make it happen was even more unusual, but First Presbyterian Church in Germantown in Philadelphia Presbytery considered the investment to be part of its social mission. The church last spring made a $100,000 loan that resulted in the birth of two weekly newspapers called the Germantown ChronicleMt. Airy Independent. and the "Our church is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year," says the Rev. Nancy E. Muth, the church's pastor. "That is how long we have been part of this community. When Mt. Airy and Germantown lost their weekly newspapers, we lost a vital means of sharing stories and announcements in the neighborhoods around our church. "Businesses were not able to advertise. People no longer had a way to learn about housing and job opportunities," Muth adds. "We are an urban church that is committed to serving the people in the community. Within the church, we felt a responsibility to the community to help revive these papers." [Read more]

Issue: 275

November 2, 2009

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR TIME It's All About Priorities by Bradford Agry Being busy and fully scheduled doesn't always mean being productive. Too often we unknowingly become victims of what I call the "tyranny of busy-ness." We often are rapidly accomplishing things and crossing off projects on our various lists yet not always getting the bigger picture as to how these various activities really add up to reaching our larger goals. What happens is that we become passive about our time and its management and react to what comes our way versus strategically looking at what we really need to be doing and planning for it. A very crucial skill in time management is sorting out how important various projects--both short and long term-are so that adequate time is given to each. This means striking a balance between attending to immediate deadline-driven work and projects which have a longer time horizon yet need to be worked on bit by bit. Obviously, if we only spend our days simply reacting and "putting out fires," we will never get to many other important projects that impact our organizations. Continue Reading "Taking Control of Your Time"

UPCOMING WEBINARS Time Management Skills You Can Use Now Facilitator: Bradford Agry November 11, 2009 1pm EST Resolving Conflicts Over the Leadership of the Pastor Facilitator: Susan Nienaber November 12, 2009 1pm EST Disaster Continuity Planning for Congregations Facilitator: Lewis Saylor November 17, 2009 1pm EST

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