Archive for May, 2013

Presbyterian Camps, Saugatuck, Michigan

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Written By Cindi Karstens, Moderator, Camp Oversight and Development Work Group, Presbytery of Chicago Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Every Assembly month for the last 3 years or so, […]

What’s “New Beginnings”?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

New Beginnings, an innovative, redevelopment congregational program of the PC(USA) Written by Jan Edmiston, Interim Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry, Presbytery of Chicago At the NEXTChurch conference last month in Charlotte, NC, Steve Eason of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church shared this: Someone once said, “When a horse dies, it’s an excellent time to dismount!” (Anonymous).We […]

“Bag Ladies” Providing Comfort

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Written By Kelly Brest van Kempen, chair of the Mission and Social Justice Committee at Evanston Northminster Presbyterian Church A group of women at Presbyterian Homes and Evanston Northminster call themselves the “Bag Ladies” – and with very good reason! Led by Irene Borgerson, the Bag Ladies crochet sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags and […]

Creating Peace, Creating Covenant with our Islamic Neighbors

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Written By Jay Moses, Muslim Relations Coordinator, Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Work Group Having goals is always a tricky business in interreligious dialogue. The “goal” in many ways is the relationship itself. The Presbytery of Chicago and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) has had a rich dialogue and relationship for over seven […]

Small, But Mighty! The story behind the November 2012 Assembly

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Written By Debbie Dennis, Ruling Elder at Lansing Presbyterian Church Small churches seldom host the Presbytery Assembly Meeting because they do not have the space and resources to do so. However, as the small churches of Mission Council 8 discovered, it can be done if churches work in collaboration. Three years ago, eight small churches […]

The Presbyter’s Pen: Vision and Praxis Task Force Deepening Relationships for Change

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Written by Rev. Robert C. Reynolds, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of Chicago Often, in institutional life, there is a gap between vision and practice. Closing the gap to achieve the vision becomes a mandate for effectiveness, which is no less true for the institutional church. In this regard, Chicago Presbytery’s Vision and Praxis Task Force (VPTF) […]

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