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Epiphany: Meeting God

Epiphany is all about celebrating God’s self-revelation to the world. God promises that the divine covenant of grace is extended to everyone who believes the good news of Jesus Christ. This issue of Presbyterians Today tells you about some of Epiphany’s venerable ancient traditions and shares stories of how God is at work in life every day. Read digital edition

Featured Stories from this Issue

Observing Epiphany

A centuries-old “chalking” and house blessing bring the memory of the Magi into our homes.
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Facing racism — a meal at a time

A North Carolina congregation extends an unwavering welcome to Muslim neighbors.
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Christ-centered Christmas

Ways to turn a season of consumption into a season of just living
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Mary’s valuable lesson

What Presbyterians Believe: How Jesus’ mother reflects God’s love
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‘Melting Pot’ no longer!

Immigrants bring cultural differences that can revive the church
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How churches use data to reveal mission and ministry opportunities

Go Figure: do-it-yourself research tools for congregations
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2017 Advent Devotional from Presbyterians Today

Let Love Speak: Words and Actions to Pave the Way of the Lord

Deja que el Amor Hable: Palabras y Acciones para Preparar el Camino del Señor

Dual English–Spanish Edition

During this holy season of Advent, we are invited to contemplate the powerful words of the Psalms. The Scriptures — and Jesus, the Word Incarnate — impel us to speak and act in more just and loving ways, especially towards the strangers and foreigners among us.

Magdalena I. García, PC(USA) minister of Word and Sacrament and hospital chaplain for Vitas Healthcare in Chicago, has put together a collection of challenging daily reflections and prayers based upon the Psalms to help us experience the promise and power of Christ’s coming.

Perfect for congregations, families and individuals, each day provides a Psalm excerpt, meditation and prayer to deepen the Advent experience.

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2018 Lenten Devotional from Presbyterians Today

Jesus and the Prophets

The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and contemplation of the power and promise of the paschal mystery. Perhaps there are no better models of how to live Lent than the prophets. 

There is a potent connection between Jesus and the prophets. The prophets communicated the word of God; Jesus is the Word of God. The prophets predicted the coming of the prince of peace; Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Not only did Jesus continue the prophetic ministry, he is the fulfillment of the prophetic mission.

The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA) pastor, board trustee for Union Presbyterian Seminary and director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., has assembled a collection of challenging daily reflections, Scripture and prayers to help us on our Lenten journey. The Lenten Devotional features oil paintings by Steven Burgess, an artist from upstate New York who is a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Salem, N.Y.

The 2018 Lenten Devotional is perfect for congregations, families and individuals.

2018 Lenten Devotional Discount Pricing. 1 copy, $4.50; 2–9 copies, $3.50 each; 10–99 copies, $2.50 each; 100 or more copies, $1.95 each, plus shipping and handling. Order online or by phone at 800-533-4371 and ask for item 17116-17-008.

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A SMALL-TOWN CHURCH WITH A BIG TOWN MISSION!  We seek God’s choice for a dynamic, warm, uplifting, and spiritually mature Pastor and Head of Staff, to guide our 700+ vibrant members to serve the Lord with our actions, faith and compassion. We have a 300-year history as inclusive and loving disciples of Jesus, doing for and giving to our diverse NYC-area suburban community and beyond. Our Church Family, with a staff of 12+ full- and part-time members, provides many programs for all ages. We feed and comfort the needy, educate the youth and worship through scripture, spirituality and music. All are welcome to join our faith journey, living out God’s will as we implement strategies toward new possibilities for our community in transition. Applicants (5-7 years’ experience as head of staff or comparable role) may submit your PIF through the PC(USA) CLC (MIF #04679.AF) or by contacting the PNC at pncfpcm270@gmail.com. First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840-2100. fpcweb.org.

CONNECTIONAL PRESBYTER  New Castle Presbytery, energized and excited to serve its congregations in new ways, is seeking a diverse pool of  applicants for its newly created CP position. The Connectional Presbyter will: • connect us to our system of governance as Stated Clerk, • connect with ministers of Word and Sacrament and elders through work with Committee on Ministers and Congregations, and by providing pastoral support, • connect with the larger church, particularly as an advocate and agent for clergy recruitment. Interested elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament with experience related to the work of COM and possessing a leadership style that fosters trust, respect, flexibility and openness  are encouraged to read further the CP position description that can be found on the Presbytery website at ncpresbytery.org. The search committee  anticipates filling the position in the first quarter of 2018 and asks that online applications arrive at Connectionalpresbyter@ncpresbytery.org no later than November 1, 2017.

PASTOR  Niccolls Memorial Presbyterian Church, located among the mountains and lakes of the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York state, seeks a pastor to join us and guide us on our spiritual journey. Through meaningful worship, adult and youth education classes, a dynamic music program, and a commitment to mission, our church continues to grow in our experience of God’s presence. We are a vibrant and energetic congregation, with a wide range of ages including families. Deeply integrated with our community we seek to live out Christ’s love in thought, word and deed, and believe we must be a voice for peace and justice in our world. We are looking for a pastor to help us deepen our spiritual walk while honoring our rich history in this beautiful part of God’s world. Visit our website at niccolls.org, view our MIF#06010.ACO on CLC, learn about our area at oldforgeny.com, and contact us at Chris Kraft, ckraft47@yahoo.com.

Called to Love coverANSWER THE CALL  Called to Love is a new book that follows the lectionary (Cycle B) with brief essays and reflection questions that connect Scripture to real life. This isn’t only a book you read, it’s a book you use. The author, John Yeager, is the Pastor of Eleanor Presbyterian Church in West Virginia. Searching for a small group discussion guide, John found little success, so he set out to write Called to Love. John’s purpose for this book is to help others persevere in their spiritual walk — “to the ends of the Earth.” To review or order Called to Love, visit www.calledtolove.co. Contact Pastor John Yeager at yeagi@comcast.net and 304-360-1198.

SOLO PASTOR  Situated on the beautiful High Plains of Colorado, the First Presbyterian Church of Yuma is seeking a full-time solo pastor. We are a healthy, financially stable church in an average sized town in northeast Colorado, about two hours from Denver. We are a close-knit community with a backbone in agriculture and a tradition of taking care of each other. Come be a part of our team as we strive to transform lives, renew hope, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another! You can find us on Facebook at First Presbyterian Church of Yuma, or go to clc.pcusa.org (MIF #01195.AE1). Email contact: pncfpcyuma@gmail.com.

3 ORDAINED MINISTER POSITIONS  Grace Presbyterian Church, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is searching for three ordained ministers:  a full-time Lead Minister, Vision and Worship, a full-time Associate Minister, Engagement and Service, and a part-time Associate Minister, Children and Youth. We’ve completed a thorough process of discerning better who we are, and where God is leading us in our urban context. We’re actively living out a new vision and mission, and we’re looking for leaders who can help inspire us to become meaningfully engaged with our community and grow disciples. For more information about the congregation and the positions, please visit www.gracechurchcalgary.com/MinisterSearches.

Scottish-born Presbyterian author has just published 2 children’s Christian ebooks! Young readers will not only have Scripture’s messages retold but also learn about life, customs and worship in the founding country of our Church. Ideal for Christmas gifts! www.glasgowgirl.com

 

HEAD PASTOR  First Presbyterian  Church, Fort Wayne — an urban church with a congregation established in 1831 — located in Indiana’s second largest city, is seeking a dynamic head pastor!
    We are bringing faith alive through friendly, welcoming, family-oriented programs and church services. We offer traditional worship and progressive theology combined with thought-provoking sermons. Our ministry includes a progressive and successful theater, art and music program, a thriving Korean ministry, and a Day School.
     Our mission statement is: Transforming lives through the love of Jesus Christ, and we do so by being inclusive and welcoming to all. Please consider joining our church family!
     Learn more about us at firstpres-fw.org and our evolving community at gfwgo.com. View MIF #02056.AJ0 and send your PIF to pncsearchfw@gmail.com.

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES  Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Jackson-ville, Fla., is looking for an energetic person, passion- ate about ministry with youth (6th-12th grades) & young adults (college-age up to 26). Experience in creating/directing multi-faceted programs for youth & young adults in church setting preferred. Responsibilities include planning events & group activities; conferences & mission trips; visiting youth, their families & young adults; organizing & implementing educational programs; & recruiting volunteers.
    Required: a lifestyle demonstrating an under-standing of the grace of Christ, the love of God, & importance of peace & unity in the church; previous relevant experience including social networking; a firm understanding of the Reformed tradition of the Christian faith.
    Helpful: experience with program budgets; previous church employment and/or evidence of relevant work; musically talented.
    Forward your resume, with a cover letter including your Statement of Faith, to MH at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4140 Hodges Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 or to mhixjax2017@gmail.com; Subject: YOUTH; NO phone calls, please.

SOLO PASTOR  First Presbyterian Church in downtown Morgantown, WV, is a progressive, inclusive and reformed congregation searching for a shepherd and a prophet. The congregation has a long history of community involvement and engagement, expects participatory, vibrant worship, strong educational leadership, and nurture of members’ spiritual growth and care. Its vision is for a ministry based on biblical understanding and response to God’s call, including student ministry and support, a town/gown relationship with West Virginia University, and a voice in community affairs and participation in the wider Presbyterian and Christian community. It is a congregation of many ages with a vision for ministry that cares for God’s people, prioritizing social justice and inclusiveness, and is lived out through several activities and activisms. For more information, contact John A. Bolt, chair, pastor nominating committee. Email: jboltwv@johnbolt.com.

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Presbyterians Today is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Presbyterians Today features easy-to-understand articles about what Presbyterians believe, Bible study and devotional helps, and provocative commentary on the church’s role in society.

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Resources

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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