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Celebrating the holidays while sheltering-at-home

Advent and Christmas will soon be upon us, and many congregations and faith communities will continue their worship online. Even the churches that are gathering in person will no doubt practice social distancing and scale back some of the familiar trappings like choirs singing carols,  Christmas pageants and even festive decorations. We can’t help but feel sad that we’ll miss out on this most holy and spiritual time of the year. But instead of just resigning ourselves to a watered-down Advent and Christmas, why not take some tips from this issue of Presbyterians Today and create a sacred space at home for family prayer, worship and quiet meditation during this holy season?

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Christian love is all about action

Practicing real love is not mere sentimentality but an active response to the needs of others without compromising your personal relationship with God.

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Worship in a pandemic world: no singing, no problem

Give your worship a boost by discovering other ways to engage the senses and lift your spirits.

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Palms Presbyterian Church • Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Located among the lovely north Florida beach communities, Palms Presbyterian Church, a 1,000+ member church, is seeking a pastor to advance our mission: By the grace of Jesus Christ, we are called to worship God: to connect in community, to nurture in love, and to serve in the world. As a Matthew 25 church, our vision includes serving as bridge builders for a divided world, working as ambassadors for compassion and reconciliation, and growing servant leaders for God’s work in a rapidly changing world. Visit our website at and view our MIF #04017.AJ0 at

Basin Community Presbyterian Church, located in Malin, Oregon, is searching for a Solo Pastor or Pastor team. Far from urban congestion and strife, this rural ministry offers a safe and healthy environment, but will also provide stimulating challenges for a motivated teacher and community servant. Basin Community Presbyterian Church is the merged congregations of Malin Community (MIF 07128) and Tulelake Community (PIN 07139) Presbyterian Churches with 80 members. The area is known for a year-round, multicultural, multidisciplinary arts center, a national park and national wildlife refuge, among many others. For more information, contact or

First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor, Michigan, (FPC) is looking for a full time Pastor. We are on the beautiful sunset coast of Lake Michigan and are a racially and economically mixed congregation of 90 members who are welcoming and affirming. We know our vision and strive to live our mission every day to bridge the gaps that separate us by class, race and sexual orientation. We share our faith with openness, love and warmth, respecting individuality. The congregation seeks a strong worship leader and teacher who will challenge members to be better followers of Jesus by being comfortably uncomfortable. Our pastor should have gifts of administration, a passion to guide our active outreach to the community, and a servant’s heart in sharing the work with other churches and community organizations. Learn more about us at or Email resume to Robert Winks, PNC Chair, at

First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland, is seeking a full-time solo pastor who will also be head of staff. We seek someone who will foster growth of the congregation, help us identify areas where we can improve and who will help us seek ways to support our community. Qualifications include a Masters of Divinity and 2-5 years of experience as a solo pastor. Salary is competitive. If God is calling you to a welcoming congregation in the Appalachian mountains, please see our MIF # 00308.AC0 at or visit our webpage

First Presbyterian Church of Nevada, Missouri is seeking a full-time pastor. We are a small but growing congregation located in southwest Missouri in a vibrant and historic college town. Our congregation is a mixture of long-time attendees and newcomers, young and old, individuals and families. We are a congregation united in our spirit in the Lord, our faith in Jesus Christ, and our passion for this church. Please check out our MIF on the Church Leadership Connection website. Please send your PIF to or to ATTN: Pastor Nominating Committee, First Presbyterian Church, 500 North Olive, Nevada, MO, 64772.

The Presbyterian Churches (USA) of Polson and Dayton, Montana, are seeking a full-time pastor for our yoked parish. Nestled in northwest Montana between the pristine shores of Flathead Lake and the towering Mission Mountain Range, the Flathead Lake Parish includes two relatively small congregations (Dayton 35, Polson 100) composed of dedicated and caring folks who love the Lord. We look forward to sharing our vision, energy and talents with a new pastor. God has blessed our congregations with a strong tradition of service and a caring spirit, and we are eager for new inspiration to greater connections and a larger impact as a voice for Christ in this community. We are seeking a leader, a partner and a friend who can see our strengths and encourage us to move beyond our comfort zones to the places in which God wants most to work. Visit us at For more information, please see MIF #04343.AB1 or contact us at

Recent global events have upended congregations and communities — closing doors, but opening windows. Hope abounds! At Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem, Oregon’s capital, we look to our next pastor to lead our vibrant PC(USA) congregation and staff as we continue our faith journey in fulfilling our mission: “Creatively sharing Christ’s love — We welcome, we serve, we grow.” See our MIF #08118.AB0 in the Church Leadership Connection or view it at


With national offices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) focuses on the national and international mission work of the church. It serves and works with congregations, presbyteries, and synods as the central provider of resources that enable individuals, congregations, and governing bodies to carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. PC(USA) seeks candidates for the following job opportunities.  To apply online, please visit and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Webmaster (Presbyterian Mission Agency) — Lead position to manage, maintain and optimize websites and content management systems for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and affiliated entities. Manage automated email system and digital messaging operations. Assist with project management on web and digital design projects. For more information and to apply online, please visit:

Korean/Geographical Development Specialist (Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program) — The Development Specialist offers investments, sells loans, and provides financial consultation on capital projects to congregations, governing bodies, and Presbyterian related organizations and institutions. This position is regular full-time, working from residence, and is available to interested candidates anywhere in the United States. To apply online, please visit

Social Media Assistant (Presbyterian Mission Agency)  — Under the supervision of the Organizational Communications Manager, the Social Media Assistant will support the strategic communications plan for social media to raise awareness of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and its work. This is a One-Year Term Contract Position, working part-time 18 hours per week, non-benefits eligible. The work schedule is Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. E.S.T. to 12 midnight E.S.T. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. E.S.T. to 1 a.m. E.S.T. To apply online, please visit

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from Presbyterian communities in the global south and other historic Presbyterian Communities of Color, preferably with theological training and fluency in languages other than English, are encouraged to apply. Individuals living with disability are also encouraged to apply.

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