Young Adults of Grace Presbytery

Helping congregations fulfill their baptismal promises to young adults to discern and grow their gifts, providing a place to explore and experience faith, and cultivating their identity in Jesus.

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[02/13/18]   It's Ash Wednesday eve. Remember, an invitation to join you in worship might be one of the most simple forms of hospitality we can offer.

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Do you love dogs?

He just wants to pet his dog! This is why I am a cat person 😂 🐶

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What Presbyterians Believe: ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

"Praying leads us to action, but it does not substitute for it."

presbyterianmission.org Digital conversation after Las Vegas shooting massacre questions practice of extending ‘thoughts and prayers’

Hebrews 13.16
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Synod of the Sun, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Our Response to the Crises in Culture:
Open to the public, specifically for PC(USA) friends - A gathering around common mission and ministry of all kinds to share, connect with and learn from one another.
Discover mission that is happening in our congregations and presbyteries; share visions of congregation and presbytery mission; generate excitement for ministry and enthusiasm for mission connections; experience the breadth of mission
within the synod

Visit www.synodsun.org for more information

2 Corinthians 3.17
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A little bit of current relevance from a not so distant past.

Hebrews 11.6
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Synod of the Sun, Presbyterian Church (USA)

A response from our Synod!

As I type this, situations are changing. A pastor friend who, 18 hours ago was safe and dry, has since been evacuated by boat and taken to dry land. That’s one of many – one of thousands and thousands who have had to be rescued from the rising water that only continues to wreak havoc on the southeast coast of Texas and southwest portion of Louisiana.

We cannot forget that there was first a hurricane bearing down on the cities of Rockport and Port Aransas. At least one member of the synod’s Coordinating Team has lost his home and business in the hurricane. The area is devastated. The entire gulf coast and its people been affected – in some cases, destroyed by this storm system. And now it makes landfall again, in Louisiana.

Both Mission and New Covenant Presbyteries have been in contact with the people from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance since before the storm hit. Each presbytery has their own disaster teams that are working to access the needs of pastors and churches, and in the end, there will be much need.

What can you do?
1. Please don’t send things like clothes and blankets to the Texas coast. The infrastructure it takes to manage these items is just too much right now. If your community is planning to take in evacuees or shelter the newly homeless, they would be the place to send those items.

2. Consider packing and shipping Disaster Kits – Clean up buckets and hygiene kits. https://pda.pcusa.org/page/kits/ These are always needed at times like this.

3. Donate to PDA or directly to Mission (Rockport, Port Aransas) and New Covenant (Houston, Galveston) Presbyteries. Both presbyteries do, or will soon have a button on their webpage for electronic donations. Given the nature of the disaster, it is much faster and more reliable to use this method.

4. Pray. Knowing that those whose lives have been changed by the wind, rain, and fury of the storm have many, many weeks and years of recovery ahead of them. That those of us who have been spared have many, many weeks and years ahead to nurture, assist and support our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Concentration now is rescue and safety of everyone. The lives and safety of people comes first. Checking the status of pastors and their people is difficult with disruptions of communications systems. Yet it has been ongoing, and until the water recedes, it will continue. As it becomes safe to do so, we will be checking the status of their church buildings. You may have heard that the flooding has taken place is areas that have never anticipated it. Few people have flood insurance on their homes and possessions. We already know that there is significant damage to church buildings. PDA’s funding for presbyteries to assist churches is limited. It is difficult at this point to know which churches hold flood insurance, what kind of deductibles they may be facing, or whether rebuilding is feasible.

This is a time to be reminded that, while scope of this disaster and the sorrow that it brings is difficult to wrap our heads around, so is the hope and mercy of our God beyond comprehension. We are to be reminded that the Church is not made up of our buildings. While they may be damaged or full of water – the people are the Church. May we find the strength and perseverance in the coming days, weeks, and years of recovery yet ahead.

When the media leaves the area, and they eventually will, do not forget the people of Southeast Texas.

Valerie Young
Acting Synod Leader & Stated Clerk
Synod of the Sun

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Stewardship and Young Adults: Finding Space for Conversation - NEXT

How can we encourage open dialogue?

nextchurch.net The young adults that I met were yearning for an authentic space to discuss these issues with their peers without fear of a hidden agenda. They were grateful for the opportunity to ask questions like, “How do you decide what to give? How much is enough?”

1 Corinthians 10.13
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Matthew 5.14
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Just doing a little YAMC peddling at the Grace Presbytery meeting.

When you have a bit of reformed theology and Star Wars blood in your veins...

May the 4th be with you

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2017 Service Weekend

The Young Adults of Grace Presbytery came together to work with the 6:8 Project.

Ecclesiastes 12.13
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1 Peter 1.8-9
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Get there early!

Isaiah 53.5
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You know you do it!

Romans 12.1
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

What are your congregations doing that's creative?

Watch our video about how A Sanctified Art LLC founder, Lisle Gwynn Garrity, helps congregations ‘visually proclaim’ the Word. http://bit.ly/2o7VRyi

[03/30/17]   Don't forget to sign up. And sign up your friends. And that one guy you just met!

1 John 1.7
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APCE (Association of Presbyterian Church Educators)

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) just launched a new program "to produce and promote antiracism resources for the church." Resources will be added to the website facingracism.org frequently. Visit the site now to subscribe to updates and check out the first set of published resources including a six-session antiracism study guide.

You feel that?

Galatians 6.10
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Garth Brooks explains to a reporter the importance of selling full albums vs. individual songs for $.99

Do you stream? Do you buy just what you like?

star-telegram.com While speaking to reporters at SXSW, Country music legend Garth Brooks explained that royalties from album tracks are what keep songwriters in business.

Psalm 73.26
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Proverbs 15.29
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

What is dying and rising in the Church today? Lee Hinson-Hasty of the Theological Education Fund at the Presbyterian Foundation calls us to answer this question beyond Ash Wednesday as we observe Lent. Look for Lee at NEXT Church, where he will be one of the Ignite speakers.

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