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With gratitude and sadness members of the presbytery said farewell to Pastoral Presbyter Hailey Malcolm at a reception (in-person and by Zoom) on April 28. Hailey was joined at the reception by her husband David York. We are grateful for Hailey’s caring and compassionate work among us and pray for God’s blessings and guidance as she pursues other avenues of ministry.
Prayers for the family of the Rev. Jerry Hilton in celebration of his life.
Pastoral Presbyter Rev. Hailey V. Malcolm will be recording Godly Play stories (from the Complete Guide to Godly Play, by Jerome Berryman) for our churches to use for their virtual children's ministry. We hope these bless you and your congregation.
The Falling Apart SD 480p The Second Creation: The Falling Apart, by Jerome Berryman, told by Rev. Hailey V. Malcolm
As you begin your Lenten journey this year, you are invited to use this devotional, a joint production by the Presbytery of Tres Rios, the Synod of Puerto Rico, and other siblings in Christ. Blessings to you during this season.
In response to the events of today which have caused anxiety and fear for so many, we offer comfort from scripture and a prayer for peace.
Let us pray,
God of peace,
We pray today for safety for those living in Washington, D.C., for first responders, and for all at the capitol.
We pray today for unity, that you might place within our hearts a desire for peace, mutual understanding, and compassion.
We pray today for grace, that we might receive yours and in turn be gracious to others, particularly when we disagree.
Almighty God, continue to surround us with your presence and your peace on this day when we are unsure what will happen, on this day when we have seen violence come up from within, on this day when we have seen our own divisions reach a breaking point. We ask for your guidance as we move forward from today in a world where these things have happened. Help us to love one another, to treat our neighbors the way we’d like to be treated, and above all to live as people who have been touched by your love.
Psalm 121 (NRSV)
A Song of Ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.
On the latest episode of SunSpots, we talk with Rev. Tim Gray about the Border Ministries happening in El Paso/Juarez between University Presbyterian Church and Pasos de Fe Esperanza. Find SunSpots on your favorite podcast platform and on the Synod YouTube channel! https://buff.ly/2Lk8OSC
Registration opens January 4
There is a maximum of 20 congregations in each date option and a maximum of 3 people per congregation. . . .start gathering your team now!
[11/29/20] A great resource!
Once a year, our nation sets aside one day to be a holy-day in which to give thanks. It may be more difficult in 2020, but maybe not. When I think about what is really important to me for which to be grateful, relationships are primary. Of course, when I think a little deeper, the first relationship of love is with God and then those through whom I have experience God’s love. Maybe you are like that, too. When Thanksgiving Day comes to an end, I expect that you’ll have a list of people for whom you give God thanks. Not to our surprise, many of these people on our list, we have met through the Synod Youth Workshop. The list is long for me. Who is on your list?
SYW 2021 is on its way. July 12-17, 2021. University of Tulsa.
Featuring Tres Rios’s own Kaci and Holly Clark-Porter, co-pastors at Grace PC, El Paso!
presbyterianmission.org Worship during the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach event: Abraham, Sarah and three visitors show us good things can happen when we quit hiding.
[10/09/20] Thank you to all attended the Stated Meeting of Tres Rios Presbytery this afternoon. It was a joy to see your faces, even on a screen.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Throughout the month of October we will host events and share facts and information regarding voter fraud, voter suppression, and how #PCUSA has historically worked for the right to vote for all. To learn more visit: pcusa.org/vote
Hurricane Delta is already a category 3 and is yet another storm targeting the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast. If this storm maintains the present strength or strengthens it will be catastrophic. Cleanup Buckets and Hygiene Kits will be needed, a Google Doc was sent to pastors and clerks of session last week so the presbytery can track where resources are located, if you have these items already available please fill out the document. If you or your congregation can put together the supplies needed after a storm here is a link to what is needed, https://cwskits.org.
First Presbyterian Church of Big Spring
September 20, 2020
Installation of Rev. Allen Cross in Photos
Pastoral Presbyter Hailey Malcolm serves as liturgies for the Ft Davis church this week!
We are very excited to announce the Youth Representatives to the Synod Youth Workshop 2021 Planning Team:
Charis Miles, First Presbyterian, Fort Davis, TX
Colton Stovall, Legacy Presbyterian, Frisco, TX
Rose Rogers, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Dallas, TX
Gianna Haddad, St. Andrew Presbyterian, Denton, TX
Rachel Goodwin, Northwoods Presbyterian, Houston, TX
Max Milligan, First Presbyterian, Canyon, TX
Katie Brindle, St. Andrew Presbyterian, Denton, TX
Audrey Gonzales, First Presbyterian, Fort Stockton, TX
Jeremy Miles, First Presbyterian, Fort Davis, TX
Tori Manning, Covenant Presbyterian, Sherman, TX
As we all start preparing for the coming year please keep this group of young people in your prayers as they continue their call as servant leaders. #sywtulsa
A graveside service for Rev. Flynn Long, Jr. will be held tomorrow morning at 11am. Please join us live on Facebook by clicking the link below.
Reverend Flynn Vincent Long, Jr ,92, passed from this life to join the Church Triumphant on August 20, 2020. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in San Angelo.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday at Myers & Smith Chapel, Big Spring. The family will be present from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday for visitation. Due to Covid 19, a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 28th at Mt. Olive Memorial Park in Big Spring. A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Flynn was born May 9, 1928 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Reverend Flynn V. Long and Martha Venable Fitzgerald. He was raised in Harlingen and Austin, Tx where he graduated from Austin H.S. He received a BA Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College, and a Batchelor of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was ordained to ministry to serve as Assistant Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Midland, Texas in June 1952. As the oil boom was on in Midland, he was asked that fall to become the organizing pastor of a new church called Westminster Presbyterian where he served until 1958. He married Carole Calkin of Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1954 and they raised three children: Martha, Flynn III, and Sarah. In 1958 the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he become organizing pastor of St. Giles Presbyterian Church until 1971. In 971 he received a grant from the Midland, Texas Presbyterian Foundation to do independent research for The Great Speckled Bird. A Study in American Presbyterian Heritage. He also served as interim pastor of Bethany United Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas (1973-1975).
Flynn’s service and leadership in the church included service on various committees of the General Assembly prior to his calling in l975 as Assistant then Associate Stated Clerk He served on the Task Force on the Effective Presbytery, Committee on Assembly Operations and Chair of the sub-committee that wrote new Standing Rules for the General Assembly, and the Task Force on Mission Funding. During those years, he also traveled the country extensively garnering support for the reunion of the Northern and Southern Presbyterian Churches that ultimately led to reunification in 1983. He married Grace Ville in Atlanta in 1980. In 1984, they returned to Texas where he pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Big Spring until his retirement in 1997. Grace preceded him in death in 1999.
Throughout his sixty plus years in ministry he served on various committees of the former Synod of Texas, and the Synod of the Sun being elected Moderator (1989-1991). He chaired numerous committees in the old Southern PCUS Presbyteries of El Paso, Central Texas, Trinity, and Covenant, and was Moderator of the former El Paso and Central Texas Presbyteries. In later years, he served on the Presbytery of Tres Rios’ Committee on Ministry, the Permanent Judicial Commission, numerous task forces and commissions. His ecumenical service includes the Board of World Mission, World Council of Churches, Texas Conference of Churches, and National Council of Churches Governing Board and President of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. He was also involved in many community agencies in Midland, Fort Worth/Dallas, Atlanta, and Big Spring, and served as a Trustee of Schreiner College, Kerrville, Tx.
He authored publications on Presbyterian worship, Christian education, church history and polity, and presented his lectures entitled “The Great Speckled Bird, A Study in American Presbyterian Heritage” to more than 300 congregations.
He married Kay Moritz in Taos, NM September 24, 2004. They moved from Big Spring to San Angelo in 2010 and became part of the St. Paul Presbyterian Church family. Flynn was well known for his Western attire, cowboy boots and hat, and wore a Scottish Geneva gown when preaching. He loved playing his bagpipes and banjo in the neighborhood and for church events. He was devoted to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the congregations he served. He deeply loved his family, his many friends, and colleagues.
Survivors include wife Kay Long of San Angelo, Texas; sister Teeka Baldwin of Dallas, Texas; daughter Martha Long Mann and husband John of Fort Worth, Texas; son Flynn Long III of Kerrville, Texas; daughter Sarah Long Jordan and husband Max of Arlington, Texas; Kathryn Breitbarth of Fort Worth, Texas; niece Blair Baldwin Hudson of Dallas, Texas; nephews George Baldwin and wife Mary of Dallas, Texas, Sam Baldwin of Appenzell, Switzerland, and Tom Baldwin and his wife Felicia of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Katie Long Gramatikakis and husband Georgios of Kerrville, Texas; David Long of San Marcos, Texas; Austin and Matthew Ortiz of Waco, Texas; Valerie Goerlitz of Eagan, MN, and Kelly Haberman and husband Mike of Pillager, MN; great grandchildren Tina and Yana Gramatikakis, Ulysses and Arlo Haberman, and Ivy Goerlitz .
The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff and care givers of Hospice of San Angelo for their loving care during the past month.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 100 E. 27th Street, Austin, Texas 78705, Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, Texas 78028 or your church or favorite charity
[08/10/20] Do you serve or attend a church in Tres Rios Presbytery? Then don't forget that Synod of the Sun is offering a free webinar series beginning this Friday on dismantling racism. Email Hailey or Theresa for registration links- we'd love to have you all!
Westminster bid farewell to interim pastor Dr Ed Williamson today. Pictured with wife Mary Elaine and daughter Pauline
fpcbigspring.com You are invited to “attend” the funeral service of Marj Carpenter via live stream on our page. Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2020 Time : 10:00 am
Heritage Museum of Big Spring
It is with great sadness that we announce, Marj Carpenter has passed away. We offer our prayers to her children, Carolyn and Jim Bob.
Marj Carpenter first worked as a reporter at the age of 15 for The Mercedes Enterprise. One of her early assignments was a press conference with Eleanor Roosevelt, where she was by far the youngest reporter. Marj eventually interviewed seven U.S. presidents and served on the First Amendment Congress under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
At age 16, She enrolled in Texas A&I University, where she graduated magna cm laude with a degree in music. While at A&I, she wrote for the Corpus Christi Caller, where she first began covering sports. While she was editor of the school paper, The South Texas, it was named the best small college newspaper in the state.
When she married after World War II, Marj taught school for several years, and eventually moved to Pecos, where she went to work for The Pecos Independent. When her husband died at an early age, Marj quickly became a familiar sight around West Texas as she trooped around with one or all of her three children in tow.
In 1962, Marj helped break the Billie Sol Estes oil field scandal. During the investigation and trials that followed, she contributed reporting to Life, Time, Fortune, The New York Times, The New York Herald Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Associated Press and numerous Texas newspapers.
At the end of it all, she and two other reporters were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She won the Associated Church Press Community Service Award for her follow-up stories on Estes.
During the Sol Estes scandal, Marj had a snake thrown in her car and her office set on fire, along with a number of bomb threats.
Over the years, Marj won awards from the Associated Press, the Associated Church Press, the Texas Press, the Georgia and Kentucky Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women, which she served as president for two years. In 1982 she became the only religion writer ever named Communicator of Achievement by the organization.
Marj came to Big Spring in ……to work for the Big Spring Herald. Her popular column “Riding Fence” was a favorite among locals. In the 1970’s, she was honored by the Big Spring High School Student Council and Band and Howard County Junior College for her work with young people. She was named Big Spring Chamber of Commerce, Woman of the Year in 1979.
In ###x, she left Big Spring to work for the Presbyterian church USA in Atlanta, Ga. and Louisville Ky. Marj served as the National News Director for the First Presbyterian Church.
During her 15 years as director of the Presbyterian News Service, Marj served ecumenically as a member of the National Council of Churches’ News and Information Committee. She led the newsroom operation for 16 PC (USA) General Assemblies and worked on the reporting staff for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches General Council in Ottawa, the World Council of Churches Assemblies in Vancouver in 1984 and Canberra, Australia in 1991, and for the Caribbean and North American Area Council of WARC in Havana, Cuba.
Marj is the rare church journalist who enjoys perhaps the greatest respect from secular reporters. The late George Cornell of the Associated Press called Marj “the best of the religion hacks.” And Ann Rodgers of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette says, “We trust Marj because she has a built-in balcony filter”.
Marj has won more than 150 writing awards in a journalism career that has spanned more than six decades so far. Marj was selected as the winner of the 2007-2008 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award (DWA) by the Presbyterian Writers Guild. Her cumulative work is monumental and her influence literally spans the globe. Over the course of 30 years, she has visited nearly 600 mission stations in 130 countries. Her two books on Presbyterian global mission-To The Ends of the Earth and A Little Bit Further were top sellers for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Her Humor Column still appears in the Presbyterian Outlook. Just months after her “retirement,” Marj was elected as moderator of the 207th General Assembly (1995) and was constant demand to speak. She had spoken in more than 6000 Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations, travelling all over the country. (By: Jerry L. Van Marter, Presbyterian Writer.)
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First Presbyterian Church in Midland, Texas.
Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church, Midland, Texas! Join us for worship at 11:00 Sunday mornings. Check out our website at www.gracemidlandtx.org.
Sunday School: 8:45am Sunday Worship Service: 10am