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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

Blue Christmas: ’Tis the season — for depression

At Christmastime, some church members and leaders may be struggling with depression, anxiety or grief. A “Blue Christmas” or “Longest Night” service can bring comfort to people who are lonely or suffering and lets them feel the congregation’s love and support. But only one out of four congregations offer such a service. Find out how you can bring Christ’s powerful message of peace to your own church family. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Christmas: it’s not the most wonderful time of the year

Blue Christmas and Longest Night services offer some light and hope to those walking in darkness during the holidays.

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Rural Realities, Part II: Hunger in the heartland

How can hunger be a problem in the very places that food is grown? Learn about rural America’s special plight.

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Raising generous children

Learn the simple ways that we can effectively teach our children to be unselfish and altruistic — qualities that will endure throughout their lifetime.

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What do Presbyterian Native Americans really think about Thanksgiving?

A time to celebrate a harvest of memories

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Are we expecting too much from our Christmas Eve worship services?

Is worship just a bothersome step before getting to the gift-giving?

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How to deal with church conflict

Disagreements don’t have to be destructive.

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New! 2018 Advent Devotional from Presbyterians Today

God Lifts the Lowly

This Advent, pray and contemplate with Mary in her Song of Praise found in Luke 1:46–53.

Original paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs.

There are reflections, prayers and Bible verses for every day of the Advent season written by Donna Frischknecht Jackson and Krin Van Tatenhove.

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PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF  Grace First Presbyterian Church in Weatherford, Texas, is seeking a pastor/head of staff who will provide spiritual leadership and compassionate care in our growing community. This congregation is eager to continue to worship, witness and work to meet the needs in our community and beyond while finding new ways to share our joy and our gratitude for God’s presence in our lives. View our MIF #08758.AC1 at pcusa.org/clc or send inquiries to gracefirstpnc@gmail.com.

FULL-TIME ASSISTANT PASTOR/DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES  First Presbyterian Church of Houston, Texas (fpchouston.org), a large, thriving, Gospel-centered church is seeking a dedicated full-time Assistant Pastor/Director of Youth Ministries. The ideal candidate will be Christ-centered, have a college degree, possess five to ten years of experience, and have a contagious faith consistent with the principles and beliefs of the ECO denomination. Please submit your resume and cover letter for to Aly.Eaton@MinistryArchitects.com.

SOLO PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Leesburg, FL, is seeking a solo pastor to lead our church as we continue to grow in this expanding area. We are mission-oriented including both hands-on mission work and financial support of domestic and international missions. Staff includes a multitalented Director of Worship and Music, who puts together a choir/praise team/musician group of 25 to 30 each Sunday to lead an energetic and vibrant blended service with average attendance of about 150. We are about 40 miles northwest of Orlando, near the fast-growing community of The Villages. See our website at firstpresleesburg.org, see our MIF number 20086.ABO on the PC(USA) CLC website or contact our PNC at anniewlogan@gmail.com, or at https://e3consultingnet.wufoo.com/forms/1st-pres-candidate-form/.

BIBLE FACULTY POSITION  McCormick Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level beginning July 1, 2019. We seek candidates with a research doctorate in Bible, with a specialty in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, who are able to teach Biblical Hebrew, are familiar with traditional as well as innovative biblical scholarship, and have the capacity to relate scholarship to faith communities. Candidates should demonstrate excellence or the promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching, should have a commitment to preparing people for leadership in ministry, should be open to interdisciplinary teaching, and should have facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology.
      Strong preference will be given to candidates who can engage a diverse community of students and/or scholars, who can teach in Spanish and who have an expertise in LatinX biblical interpretations. Applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes a statement on teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, two syllabi (actual or proposed), and a writing sample, along with the names of three references. Applicants should upload materials at http://mccormick.edu/content/applications-faculty-positions. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty, at jould@mccormick.edu.
      The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on October 14, 2018, and continue receiving applications until the position is filled.
      Located in Chicago, IL, McCormick Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments. We are committed to building a culturally diverse faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women/womyn and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

SOLO PASTOR • Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church  The 350 members of a growing, progressive congregation in the charming university town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia (just 75 miles from Washington, D.C.), seek an engaging preacher who will inspire and empower a spiritually diverse and vital Body of Christ. Our pastor will work collaboratively with church leadership and staff, motivating and enabling people of all ages to obtain skills equipping them for ministry. Our pastor will guide our lively More Light congregation with a strategy and vision that is hopeful and future-oriented. While centered on the Way of Christ, our congregation also finds inspiration in other wisdom traditions and in art, music, and scientific discovery.
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FULL-TIME SOLO PASTOR  Parkminster Presbyterian Church in Rochester, N.Y. (parkminster.com) seeks a full-time pastor with passion and energy to help us become the dynamic church we strive to be and a beacon of Christ’s light in our neighborhood. The ideal candidate is a person of deep prayer, an inspired and inspiring preacher, and a strong and relatable leader, especially for young adults and families. Our pastor will manage our church staff (youth pastor, music minister, secretary and families minister leader) and work collegially with our trustees, deacons and elders to manage the church’s day-to-day business and help us grow and thrive. View MIF #05466.AC0. Send PIF to ParkminsterPNC@gmail.com.

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Resources

2018 Advent Devotional from Presbyterians Today: God Lifts the Lowly

This Advent, pray and contemplate with Mary in her Song of Praise found in Luke 1:46–53. Original paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs. There are reflections, prayers and Bible… Read more »

Guide for Young Adult Ministry

How well do you know what makes today’s young adults tick? This special issue published by Presbyterians Today is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service. You may be surprised to hear how ardent young Presbyterians are about their faith and their church… Read more »

Presbyterian Resource Guide for Ministry

An easy-to-read, in-depth handbook that puts loads of vital ministry information on dozens of subjects at your fingertips. This one-stop reference is ideal for congregations, presbyteries, and individuals looking for creative ways to improve their ministry.
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