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Mission Yearbook Prayer

Dec. 24 & 25, Christmas, INP Office Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, New Years, INP Office Closed Jan. 5, COM @Central, 11:30a Jan. 14, Duncan AC @INP, 1pm Jan. 19, CC @Memorial, 10a Jan. 21, CPM @ INP, 10a Feb 22 - 24, CPM Retreat, St. Crispins Retreat Center Feb. 26 - 27, Stated Meeting @Chisolm Trail, Yukon

Lord, thank you for your Word and for the privilege of reading it in our own language. Give us the wisdom to see the injustices in our society. Give us courage to speak out for the elimination of injustices around us, even when many consider speaking out unwise. Amen.

If you had any changes in personal information in the last year or two, please call or email Jean McDaniel at the INP office so that the 2010 directory will have you listed correctly. Many thanks. Jean McDaniel at (405)524-0990) or jmcdaniel@okinp.org

2010 State Meetings - Indian Nations Presbytery Feb. 26 - 27, Chisholm Trail Presbyterian Church, Yukon June 5, First Presbyterian Church, Clinton October 8, First Presbyterian Church, Ardmore

Remembering the stable where for once in our livesEverything became a You and nothing was an It. W. H. Auden

May the days of Christmastide bring you joy And may the New Year bring the blessings of peace!


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Sacred Chaos Seminar, Oriental, NC April 5 - 9 Senior pastor, Jim Newby, is sponsering an upcoming seminar for other pastors and spiritual leaders. This past year has been a particularly stressful time for many pastors and this seminar provides support, encouragement and renewal. The seminar cost is necessary to cover some of the expenses of the seminar. However, it should be noted that this is a purely non-profit endeavor. The seminar is April 5 - 9 in Oriental, NC. The purpose of the seminar is to assist in the spiritual and emotional renewal of religious leaders in transition. Sacred Chaos spriritual journey seminars seek to help religious leaders through some of their most difficult life passages, i.e. retirement, divorce, mid-life, etc, as well as to encourage and support them in their struggles with congregation dysfunction. For more information please go to http://www.sacredchaos.org/id7.html.

PC News Weekly Summaries - PC News Weekly Summaries December 7-11, 2009 December 7 Permanent lodging

A monthly column for the PC(USA) by the GA stated clerk by the Rev. Gradye Parsons PC(USA) General Assembly stated clerk LOUISVILLE - The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories, was established in 1860. It faithfully serves the town of Bethlehem with a variety of important ministries. In recent years, the congregation has been able to expand its mission with a larger building dedicated to education and community activities. An ancient cave was discovered while the site for the new building was being excavated. The congregation decided to leave the cave intact to show what a cave stable might have looked like when Joseph and Mary arrived over 2000 years ago. The first sense I had when I saw the site is that this stable is nothing like the great barns to which we are accustomed in our American context. It is a small, intimate space where humans and beasts would be close companions. Being a cave, it is cool and very quiet, almost like an empty sanctuary. It is not hard to imagine a couple settling into this place after a long journey or its use as the birthing place for a child. [Read more]


Equipping for service

Missionary helps future ministers integrate Christian, Indonesian identities by Pat Cole Communications associate, Presbyterian World MissionReprinted from Highlights LOUISVILLE - The Rev. Rebecca Young's students come from far-flung islands across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago. When they enter her class the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission worker invites them to turn their theological thinking toward home. Young, a theology and missiology professor at Jakarta Theological Seminary, encourages them to see Jesus Christ form an Indonesian rather than a Western perspective. "What they've learned about Jesus Christ has tended to be from a missionary viewpoint," she says. "I'm hoping they'll see Christ not from Western eyes, but as one of them. "Jesus, she points out, was born in Asia. "Let him come home and be Asian."Missionaries understandably communicate the gospel with their own cultural biases, Young says. "We're all human." She challenges students to see how Christ was at work in Indonesia even before the first missionaries arrived. She invites them to share stories from their cultures, hoping students can see God's hand in history. [Read more]

December 8 Seminary news by Jerry L. Van Marter Presbyterian News Service AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has added two new trustees to its governing board: James B. Crawley of Norman, Okla., and the Hon. Lyndon L. Olson Jr. of Waco, Texas. Each board member is invited to serve a term of three years, and eligible to serve two additional consecutive terms. Crawley, an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Norman, is the founder and chairman of Crawley Petroleum Corporation, Crawley Ventures, LLC and the Crawley Family Foundation. Reared in the east Texas oilfields, Crawley obtained his degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University before going on to get his MBA from Harvard Business School. Olson, an elder at Waco's Central Presbyterian Church, is an active member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 1998-2001 and before that as the president and CEO of Travelers Insurance Holdings. A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor Law School, he is a former member of the Texas State House of Representatives serving from 1973-1978. [Read more]


Give a Presbyterian this Christmas! A holiday shopping guide to an 89-year-old elder's pioneer media career by Jim Nedelka Special to the Presbyterian News Service NEW YORK - As the Christmas shopping season heads into the homestretch, are you facing a Christmas shopper's "cold sweat" moment? You know, that OMG feeling that, despite standing in line during Sneak Peek Week, surfing online during Cyber Monday, shopping bleary-eyed on Black Friday and going pale over Green Weekend you're still facing a Blue Christmas for that certain "someone" on your gift list? The Presbyterian News Service offers this suggestion to help make Ol' St. Nick jolly: Give a Presbyterian this Christmas! Allow us to suggest a pair of new books - one written by, the other featuring 89-year-old Presbyterian elder Chester Burger. Know someone planning to visit - or just enamored with - New York City? Then pick up Chet's most recent book, Unexpected New York - 87 Discoveries in Familiar Places [Goodwin Publishers LLC, 150 pages, $29.95.] Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of his own color photos, Chet's concise storytelling guides you through the historic places of his hometown's five boroughs generally overlooked by most tourist guides. In this labor of love, which was initially dismissed by most publishers as being too parochial, but whose sales have prompted a 3rd edition, you'll go from Hellgate to the High Line. You'll visit the home of Samuel Tilden, elected by the people as president of the United States in 1876, then Chet holds open the door to the intimate Episcopal Church where Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt spent many a Sunday morning. You'll also learn why New York-Presbyterian Hospital and its sprawling campus along the East River would today be located within Central Park if not for the ego-driven New York State Legislature of 1850. [Read more]

December 9 A biblical challenge

California church urges members, community to read entire New Testament together by Toni Montgomery Presbyterian News Service STATESVILLE, N.C. - Sixty-three days. That's how long the members and surrounding community of StoneBridge Community Church in Simi Valley, Calif., have to read the New Testament. At least that's the goal of the New Testament Challenge. The program, which started the first weekend in October, will see the church read the entire New Testament together and will incorporate Sunday sermons, small group study, individual reading and technology like Twitter and Facebook. It will conclude in mid-December with the church's customary holiday service project. Pastor the Rev. Jeff Cheadle is quick to point out that in spite of the short time frame, the challenge is not meant to make anyone feel pressured to keep up. "If they fall a little bit behind, that's OK. They can come to worship or a group and just pick up wherever we are," Cheadle said. "Our main goal is to get them involved. [Read more]


December 10 Notes about people by Jerry L. Van Marter Presbyterian News Service The Rev. I Howard Chadwick, who served Presbyterian pastorates for 29 years before serving as founder and executive director of the Outreach Foundation, died Nov. 11 in Charlotte, N.C. He was 91. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Chadwick graduated from Moravian College and Duke Divinity School. He served the Moravian Church for the first seven years of his ministry before becoming organizing pastor of Charlotte's Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1953. He served there 10 years, followed by pastorates at Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO for three years, followed by 16 years of service at First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Fla. Chadwick's final full-time ministry was serving as founder and executive director of the Outreach Foundation, an organization committed to raising funds for international missions in the PC(USA). Following his retirement he served interim pastorates in Jacksonville, Fla., Winston-Salem, and Charlotte. He is survived by three children: a son, the Rev. Howard K. Chadwick, II and his wife, Ramona; a daughter, Carolyn Chadwick-Freeman and her husband, Dan Freeman; and a son, the Rev. David E. Chadwick and his wife, Marilynn; and six grandchildren and two great-granchildren. His wife of 68 years, Helen Marguerite Lineback Chadwick, died in 2005. A memorial service was held Nov. 16 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. [Read more]

Presbyterians back carbon emission agreement

Research shows skepticism about other environmental measures by Jerry L. Van Marter Presbyterian News Service LOUISVILLE - A strong majority of Presbyterians supports U.S. participation in international agreements to lower carbon emissions, such as the one negotiators are trying to develop this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. They agree with proponents of the Copenhagen process that carbon emissions cause global warming. Seven in ten elders and other church members (69 percent) "strongly support" or "somewhat support" U.S. participation in carbon emission-cutting agreements. Even more ministers support participation: 80 percent of pastors and 89 percent of specialized clergy engaged in ministries other than pastoring a congregation. But according to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Research Services office May 2009 Presbyterian Panel survey, Presbyterians are not so sure about other proposed environmental measures. "Presbyterians have a healthy skepticism about sweeping claims," said General Assembly Mission Council associate for survey research Perry Chang. "They want to know more about the details." [Read more]


December 11 Christmas Joy Offering children's art contest winners announced Winning entries will be displayed on special offering's Web site by Susan R. Lindsey Senior communications associate LOUISVILLE - The winners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Christmas Joy Offering Children's Art Contest have been selected. The contest, in which children up to age 14 were invited to submit art representing their own visions of the Christmas story, attracted more than 250 submissions from scores of churches across the country. Judges from the Mission Interpretation program area narrowed the entries to about 15 in each of three age categories. The 48 finalists represented more than 25 congregations in 15 states. Staff members at the Presbyterian Center were then invited to vote on their three favorite pieces in each age group. More than 75 staff members from the General Assembly Mission Council, the Office of the General Assembly, and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation participated. Some left comments on their ballots such as, "Wow! That's like a 6-year-old van Gogh with all those stars vibrating in the purple night!"; "I know it won't win, but how could I not choose the baby Jesus levitating from the manger?"; and "Funny you don't see more Christmas art showing Mary pregnant with Jesus." [Read more]

All in the families

'Missionary kids' Frank and Nancy Dimmock mark 25 years in Africa by Pat Cole Communications Specialist LOUISVILLE - Presbyterian mission workers Frank and Nancy Dimmock have worked with African partners for nearly 25 years to tackle some of the most challenging problems on the continent. Together they have provided care for orphaned children, improved public health, expanded educational opportunities, and helped communities create income-generating activities. Their work with partners has had a significant impact on the lives of many, but the complex problems facing the continent persist. Nevertheless, the Dimmocks are not pessimistic about the future. They draw strength from a strong mission heritage and hope from a firm faith in Jesus Christ. Nancy grew up in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries David and Polly Miller. Frank's father was director of evangelism for the Presbyterian Church in the United States, a predecessor denomination to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His mother, Chick, was the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries Robert and Emma McMullen, who served for many years in China. "I am proud to be a Presbyterian in global mission and to reflect on the role of my missionary grandparents in China and my in-laws, who spent 40 years in Africa," Frank says. "Presbyterians have a rich mission legacy that must be maintained." [Read more]


Issue: 281

December 14, 2009

WHY PAY THE PREACHER? by Dan Hotchkiss "Pastor, I've always wondered: how long does it take you to prepare a sermon? As a board member, people ask me, and I'd like to be able to explain why we pay you so much. Could you keep track of how you spend your time and put a summary in your monthly board report?" Such a request, coming from a member of the session, vestry, deacons, or trustees, can raise the blood pressure even of experienced clergy. It is a natural request in a society that considers "the days of a man's life" as a type of property to be exchanged for salaries and wages. Most of us know that the smart response is a non-anxious one. Possible non-anxious answers range from accurate ("I find it varies from eight to twenty hours") to honest ("I'm not sure; it depends how much looking out the window and how many false starts you count") to whimsical ("Last week's sermon about aging took me sixty years").

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BEYOND THE BASICS: LONG RANGE STRATEGIC PLANNING Don Schultz, The James Company WEBINAR: JANUARY 26, 2010 1:00 PM EST Stewardship needs to be approached not as a one-year program, but rather as an ongoing, permanent part of the life and mission of a congregation. The start of a new calendar and budget year is a perfect time to take a moment to look at the gifts of congregational leadership you need to prepare your congregation to weave this new approach to stewardship into the fabric of its life.

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