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Worshiping Communities

An emotional goodbye to years of tradition

Church planters in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) held their final conference here at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort last week (August 7-10). They’ve been coming here since 2003.

‘In living and dying we belong to God’

At “Living, Dying, Rising,” the national gathering for 1001 New Worshiping Communities (1001 NWC) they talked about death. Ninety minutes were devoted to the topic of “dying” during a worship and plenary session.

‘The feet of Christ were always on a journey towards God’

Worshipers gathered at “Living, Dying, Rising”—the national gathering for 1001 New Worshiping Communities (1001 NWC) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—were encouraged to “slow down” Tuesday night, “to be in the presence of God,” by walking with Christ on the road to the cross.

All are welcome at The Open Table

Bringing rich and poor, black and white, young and old together in communion at the same table is the mission of The Open Table, a 1001 New Worshiping Community of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) planted two years ago by Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

Putting the cross in CrossFit

In 2014, the Rev. Michael Plank and his spouse, Lauren Grogan, opened a gym named Underwood Park CrossFit in Forth Albany, New York. Now more than 100 members pay a monthly fee to work out physically and spiritually there.

The church has ‘sold’ the building

After 170 years on Mt. Hope Avenue, South Presbyterian Church voted to sell its historic building on Easter Sunday 2014, a day chosen by the congregation for its symbolism of resurrection.

1001 New Worshiping Communities hires new associate

The Rev. Michael Gehrling has been hired as Northeast Region Associate for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) He begins his service August 6 by traveling to the “Living, Dying, Rising” annual 1001 New Worshiping Communities gathering in St. Pete Beach, Florida.