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OUR CURRENT ISSUE — MARCH/APRIL 2020

Celebrating the Easter Vigil and the Triduum

The Great Vigil of Easter is an ancient liturgy celebrated after dark on Holy Saturday night — the eve before Easter Sunday. Some Presbyterian congregations have joyfully embraced this inspiring and expressive Holy Week ritual that dates back to the earliest days of Christianity.

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Featured Stories from this Issue

The unsung ministry that quietly changes lives

Self-Development of People celebrates 50 years of helping others be the best they can be.

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Justice through a child’s eyes

We can equip our children to see the world as Jesus does.

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A ‘pie for breakfast’ event becomes a Eucharistic moment

A community puts aside its differences to come together.

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New! 2020 Lenten Devotional

 

Becoming a Beloved Community:

A Matthew 25 journey to the cross

This year’s Lenten devotional invites us on a thought-provoking journey to see firsthand how Jesus’ words to “feed the hungry” and “clothe the naked” still change lives today.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of “beloved community” to describe a society where everyone has their needs met. In “Becoming a Beloved Community,” we discover how needs are met when selfless love breaks down racial barriers, gives voice to the voiceless and feeds hungry hearts, souls and bodies.

Readers are treated to beautiful ancient Christian mosaics throughout the devotional. Just the way mosaics are constructed, we are invited to reflect on how our little tile piece could be added to contribute another dimension to the beloved community where we live.

This devotional itself is also a reflection of a beloved community. It features prayers and reflections by 19 ordained ministers, chaplains, lay pastors and ruling elders from the Presbytery of the Pacific. While the stories they share differ, they all have this in common: a passion for following Jesus. The excitement and commitment found on the pages of “Becoming a Beloved Community” are contagious.

“Becoming a Beloved Community” is perfect for congregations, families and individuals.

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SOLO PASTOR — First Presbyterian Church, Huntington, WV
First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, WV, is seeking a Solo Pastor with 5-10 years of experience, who is humbly committed to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and committed to God’s unconditional love. Searching for a pastor who can continue to provide vision, optimism, leadership and growth for our church family. Specific responsibilities include leading worship and Christian study, pastoral care, financial accountability, managing staff and volunteers, and directing mission obligations. FPC is a downtown church with an average worship attendance of 140, a vital midweek Program (LOGOS)and very active outreach ministries. For more information, please view the Ministry Information Form for First Presbyterian Church on CLC, Ministry ID 22783. Questions and Personal Information Forms can be forwarded directly to Alan Morrison, chair of the Pastor Nominating Committee, at alan.morrison@cithornburg.com.


YOUTH DIRECTOR — FULL TIME SALARIED
Is God calling you to lead youth? Are you looking for a rewarding, high profile, creative calling where you can make a difference? The joyful and energized Faith Family at First Presbyterian Church — Jefferson City, Missouri, is seeking the right person to lead youth and children Christian Education programs, mission opportunities and discipleship for a growing Faith Family. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Christian Education, theology, religion or related field preferred. Send resume to Rev. Angela Madden, Senior Pastor, at amadden@fpcjcmo.org or 324 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.


SOLO PASTOR
Hopkinsville, KY, First PCUSA seeks a pastor who will motivate our 150 members to continue and to expand our diverse mission and member care activities. Hopkinsville, a small and growing city of 30,000, is located near Nashville, TN, and the western Kentucky lakes region. For more information, see CLC MIF #03074.AD0 or email 1preshoptownPNC@gmail.com.


ASSOCIATE PASTOR (Stated Supply — Full-Time)
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, a joyful, growing congregation of 680 members in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., seeks an Associate Pastor to help support or lead small groups and connectional ministries, youth education, mission opportunities, pastoral and congregational care and general ministry duties. Open to multi-year ministry relationship. For more information see bradleyhillschurch.org/about-us/were-hiring.


El Dorado County Federated Church in Placerville, CA • CO-PASTOR TRANSITIONING TO SOLO PASTOR
Located in Placerville, CA, a vibrant historical gold rush town in the beautiful Sierra foothills, El Dorado County Federated Church is a progressive oasis in a largely conservative community. This inclusive, approximately 300-member blended Presbyterian-United Methodist congregation attracts worshipers from diverse faith backgrounds, and is a member of both More Light Presbyterians and Reconciling Ministries Network (UMC). With an emphasis on social justice, Federated Church is known for its mission and service work both locally and farther afield. We seek an inspired spiritual leader who will articulate and model a progressive perspective of the Christian faith and lead us in practicing radical hospitality so that it permeates all aspects of congregational life and work. We seek a strong communicator who will challenge us spiritually and intellectually with stimulating sermons and new ideas and forms of worship; who will ignite our compassionate hearts, rock us out of our complacency and move us toward revitalization. Please review our MIF #00737.AB. For more information, visit eldoradofederatedchurch.org, and contact federated.pst@gmail.com.


TRANSFORMATIONAL PRESBYTER
“We’ve never done it that way before” may be the seven first words of hope in an era of change. Blackhawk Presbytery is looking for someone with vision for seeing beyond the ordinary to help guide our 73 congregations in sharing the love of Christ in more effective ways for the modern world. To learn more or apply, visit blackhawkpresbytery.org. Application deadline is March 12th.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF — DALLAS, TX
NorthPark Presbyterian Church is searching for its next Pastor/Head of Staff. NorthPark Presbyterian, founded in 1867, has and continues to play a vital role in the faith community of Dallas. A diverse church with a membership of just under 400, the church serves a wide range of mission programs and community outreach. We span a wide theological and political spectrum, celebrating differing points of view while finding our unity in Christ. Our mission statement, “NorthPark is a Christian community welcoming Seekers, Thinkers, and Doers,” is taken seriously in the work and daily life of the church. We are seeking a pastor who wants to engage actively in mission, teach and inspire the membership, and support the church as it enters the next chapter of growth. For more information about us, we invite you to visit our church website at northparkpres.org, our MIF # 08673, or contact us directly at pnc4np_pif@googlegroups.com.


SERVANT LEADER 
FPC of Donalsonville, Ga. (SW corner) is praying for a Solo Pastor to help us be faithful to our new mission statement: To worship God in Spirit and in truth; to grow as followers of Jesus; and to be led by the Holy Spirit as we seek to share the Gospel with all! For inquiries/MIF/to send PIF, contact marshabondpnc@gmail.com.


PASTOR/HEAD OF STAFF — ROME, N.Y. 
For over 200 years the First Presbyterian Church has served its members and the community of historic Rome, NY. We are seeking a pastor to shepherd our intergenerational church family of 200 and staff of five to continue our work and fulfill our purpose in this place and time and into the future. Our mission statement: “We gather as God’s people to deepen our understanding of Christ; to spread His word and teachings; and to reach out to our church family, our community and the world through acts of compassion, kindness, and love.” Please check our MIF #06026.AC0 on the CLC website, our website at firstpresrome.com, and contact our PNC at pnc.fpc.rome@gmail.com.


PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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 https://www.presbyterianmission.org/who-we-are/work-for-the-church/ and click “search for employment opportunities.”

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer (Administrative Services Group) The CFO/COO provides high-level management and oversight of the financial system of the PC(USA) and management of key administrative services. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/376462/

 Associate Director for Theology Formation and Evangelism (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Provide management and assist with the smooth and effective operations of the Theology, Formation and Evangelism (TFE) ministry area. The Associate Director will resource and connect program ministry by providing thoughtful leadership and coordinating the work of ministry staff, so that the strategic purpose of TFE is implemented in collaboration with PMA ministry areas, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) agencies and mid councils. https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/399029/

Director of History and Records/PHS Executive Director (Office of the General Assembly) Responsible for all operations and programs of the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS).  This person is responsible for collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the story of American Presbyterianism with mid-councils, congregations, and individuals.  This position calls for a person with mature faith in Jesus Christ and an enthusiastic commitment to the mission program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as noted in its theological confessions, the Book of Order, and the actions of the General Assembly. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/383627/

Mission Associate, International Property (Presbyterian Mission Agency) The incumbent in this position will serve as a knowledgeable resource and key implementer of actions related to international real estate, commensurate with the PC (USA) Real Estate policy, which affirms PC(USA)’s basic responsibility of stewardship, ensuring that the organization’s actions support mission work for the benefit of our global partners, including the transfer of real estate, and physically and legally safeguarding assets until such transfers take place. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit: https://www.joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/370144/

Associate for African American Intercultural Congregational Support (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Equip African American Presbyterian leaders, facilitate the growth of new worshiping communities, and engage in mission, connecting African American congregations and their leaders. In partnership with mid councils and other Presbyterian Mission Agency offices, nurture strong and growing churches and empower African American leaders in the church. Be a voice for African American Presbyterians in the larger church, articulating racial justice concerns. To learn more about the job or to apply online, please visit https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/334601/

Associate for Interreligious Engagement (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Provide formation that will equip Presbyterians for interreligious understanding and engagement grounded in Scripture, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PCUSA), General Assembly (GA) theological statements, and the Reformed tradition through writing, speaking, resourcing the congregations and councils of the PC(USA), and consulting throughout the denomination. Assist OGA staff as needed in support of the interreligious work of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (GACEIR) and other PC(USA) agencies. For additional information and to apply online, visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/393143/

Associate for Pastoral Formation (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Building on previous Office of Theology & Worship programs in pastoral formation, support and initiate work in pastoral formation across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This ministry will require a coherent vision of pastoral leadership and its demands in various contexts today. This position will require building relationships with pastoral leaders and those working to support pastoral leaders in their ministries. The Associate will survey existing work in pastoral formation being done across the PCUSA. The Associate will identify any gaps and generate creative responses, and will identify potential partners, including seeking grant funding. For additional information and to apply online, visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/393164/

Associate for Young Adult Volunteer Program (PMA) This position is to provide programmatic and administrative leadership to the YAV team, including program administration, candidate discernment process, program evaluations, and crisis management, in coordination with the YAV Coordinator, YAV Site Coordinators, World Mission (WM) staff, and Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) staff. For more details and to apply online, please visit: https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/397253/

Director of Administration (Stony Point Center) Direct all aspects of Administration at Stony Point Center in cooperation with colleagues in the Administrative Services Group of PCUSA A Corp, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Finances, Information Technology, Budgeting, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. https://joblinkapply.com/joblink/803/Job/Index/393860/

Mission Specialist (Program Assistant) for Director’s Office – World Mission (Presbyterian Mission Agency) provides support for the Director’s Office in World Mission to enable the effective functioning of all administrative and programmatic areas within the ministry area, and serves as a link to other agencies, ministry areas, and ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  On occasion this position will be asked to manage programmatic projects from beginning to completion. For full details of the job description, skills requirements and apply online, please visit https://www.pcusa.org/acorp/human-resources-links/

Senior Administrative Assistant (Office of the General Assembly) Will provide detailed administrative support to processes related to the preparation for ministry and Mid Council Ministries. For full details of the job description, skills requirements and apply online, please visit https://www.pcusa.org/acorp/human-resources-links/

Editor I (Presbyterian Mission Agency) This is a part-time term contract position working 20 hours per week, flexible hours, weekdays. Responsible for copyediting, fact-checking, proofreading, editing and writing on assigned projects; assisting editors and project managers by working with writers and editing articles for publication (print and digital); participating in the editorial planning process for Presbyterians Today and other publications as needed. For full details of the job description, skills requirements and apply online, please visit https://www.pcusa.org/acorp/human-resources-links/

Mission Specialist (Program Assistant for Financial Aids for Services) (Presbyterian Mission Agency) –   Regular-Full-Time position, working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Administrates grant and loan programs assigned to Financial Aid for Service in the Theology Formation and Evangelism Ministry. Responsible for all stages of the application process, guiding students and families to completion, evaluating applicants for eligibility, preparing applications for review by readers, and producing grant documentation. Works collaboratively with peers and provides administrative support to Associate and Coordinator. For full details of the job description, skills requirements and apply online, please visit https://www.pcusa.org/acorp/human-resources-links/

Mission Specialist (Program Assistant) for Asia and the Pacific Office (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Regular Full-Time position, working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  In light of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s call to be a Matthew 25 church, this position will be responsible for providing programmatic, financial, resourcing and support services for the Asia and Pacific Area Office of Presbyterian World Mission, in support of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s (PMA) missional goals to develop vital congregations, eradicate poverty, and dismantle structural racism and white supremacy. For full details of the job description, skills requirements and apply online, please visit https://www.pcusa.org/acorp/human-resources-links/

Mission Specialist (Program Assistant) for Domestic Refugee and Asylum Response (Presbyterian Mission Agency) Regular Full-Time position, working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The position will work in the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, under the supervision of the Associate for Refugees and Asylum, working closely with CPJ ministries, the Immigration Issues Office of OGA and Mid Councils to increase networking and peer learning opportunities. For full details of the job description, skills requirements and apply online, please visit https://www.pcusa.org/acorp/human-resources-links/

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 encouraged to apply.


 

About Presbyterians Today

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.

Presbyterians Today continues the mission of denominational magazines dating back to the late 1800s. Among these are its immediate predecessors: Presbyterian Survey, Presbyterian Life and A.D.


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Presbyterians Today seeks to:

  • Report in a fair, accurate and balanced way on the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and of its members, leaders and mission partners.
  • Uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • Illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together.
  • Express the rich diversity within the denomination.
  • Challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord.
  • Provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues.
  • Be a source of inspiration, spiritual direction and practical tools for life and ministry.
  • Reflect the denomination’s priorities: evangelism, justice, spiritual formation and leadership development.

 

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Presbyterians Today, published by the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a national magazine about Presbyterian mission and ministry. It is published 6 times a year. Most readers are loyal, long-time subscribers. While they vary in age, gender, and geographic location, most readers are married, active in their church and community, affluent and well-educated. About a quarter of PT readers are active clergy; the balance are church members.

Presbyterians Today seeks to

  • demonstrate the impact of the activities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its members, leaders and mission partners, in a fair, accurate and uplifting way
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  • uphold and advance the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Presbyterian Mission Agency
  • use inclusive and expansive language, making use of bias-free and non-paternalistic terms, balancing female and male references and ensuring that language about God reflects the many images of God available to us through Scripture
  • illuminate the faith and heritage that bind Presbyterians together
  • through words and images, show respect and equality for the rich diversity (theological perspective, race, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation and mental or physical condition) within the PC(USA)
  • challenge readers to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord
  • provide a Christian perspective on contemporary issues
  • serve as an inspiration and resource for life and ministry
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Presbyterians Today welcomes contributions from freelance writers. Preferred maximum length is approximately 1,500 words.

Appropriate subjects include

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  • issues of current concern to the church
  • how individuals and families express their Christian faith in significant ways or relate their faith to the problems of society

Most articles have some direct relevance to a Presbyterian audience, although Presbyterians Today also seeks well-informed articles that can help individuals and families cope with the stresses of daily living from a Christian perspective.

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