Please see the paper to find out your churches total per capita due for 2016.Read more
The Ranney-Balch Fund was established by a bequest received by the Presbytery of Detroit in 1940, to be used by congregational ministries aiding the poor and underprivileged within the boundaries of the Presbytery of Detroit. Each year, the annual income from the Fund is available to be disbursed for purposes consistent with the provisions of the will through an Application process. The Metropolitan Urban Ministry Work Group oversees the Application process, evaluating applications received and then submitting recommendations for Grant disbursement to the Planning and Visioning ... Read more
The presbytery's Hunger Ministries Program this holiday season by contributing funds or food for people in need. The nine partner congregations will use what you donate to provide groceries and hot meals to families who might otherwise go without enough to eat. ... Read more
T o connect with justice is to connect with the heart of God. It is a part of God’s core character. It is not optional but necessary. Jesus, the very fulfillment of Scripture—God on earth, here with us—declared in his first message that justice and compassion would be at the center of his ministry. In Luke 4:18–19 Jesus doesn’t say, “I am here just for your soul.” No, he declared that through
Morning Psalm 33
1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous.
Praise befits the upright. 2 Praise the LORD with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
4 For the word of the LORD is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness. 5 He loves righteousness
‘Water All Around the World’ designed for children K-5, with preschool inclusion
November 30, 2015
Presbyterian News Service
Living Waters for the World (LWW), a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Synod of Living Waters, has produced a Vacation Bible School curriculum that repackages many of the key concepts from the ministry into child-friendly learning units and activities. “Water All Around the World” is the latest LWW effort at spreading the message
Keith and Yates to assume administration and program roles
Tamron Keith (left) and Rachel Yates (right), Presbyterian World Mission associate directors. —Photos provided
Presbyterian World Mission has named Tamron Keith as associate director for administration and Rachel Yates as associate director for programs. Keith and Yates are currently staff members of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
November 29, 2015
by Paul Olson
First Sunday of Advent Lectionary Readings: Jer 33:14-16, Ps. 25:1-10, 1 Thess. 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36
On the first Sunday of advent, and on day 5 of the 16 day campaign to of activism against gender-based violence, we are reminded and instructed on the importance of teachers. One factor contributing to the violence against girl students is teacher absenteeism. Harvard and World Bank researchers conducted unannounced visits to primary schools in rural India. Due to a number of factors, they found a quarter of the teachers absent and only half
November 28, 2015
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Here are ways to plan observances for the day
Download the World AIDS Day packet by the Presbyterian AIDS Network
Study Becoming an HIV and AIDS Competent Church: Prophetic Witness and Compassionate Action - a report and study guide
Order The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS - a free video
Find ideas for World AIDS Day from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Get Wrapped! (learn about the Wrap Project)
Check out other
Violence against girls in schools reduces the number of girls in school. Why is this important? Poverty, sickness, and sustainable development depends on education first.
The Global Education First Initiative reports that if we educated our girls…
· 12 million children would be saved from stunted growth.
· 64% fewer early marriages
· 59% fewer early pregnancies
· 10% increase in wage earnings for every 1 year of schooling
· 49% fewer child deaths if all women completed secondary school
· 66% decrease
Salvadoran mother’s dream of a better life becomes nightmare of human trafficking
November 27, 2015
Gladys (right) with the Rev. Grytsje Courperus, Independent Church of Brazil and representative of the World Council of Reformed Churches. —Photo provided
Special to Presbyterian News Service
I have read this part of Jesus’ birth story many times.
PC(USA) partner seeks just and humane treatment of those fleeing unrest
Refugee children whose parents hope to bring them to Italy in the Humanitarian Corridors program. —Photo provided
Our world is facing the largest migration crisis since World War II and the migration route across the Mediterranean Sea from
While it is difficult to define the scale and scope of School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV), it is estimated that 246 million students experience SRGBV each year. Sexual violence against girls is extremely common and occurs while traveling to and from school, in the latrines, and during unsupervised play and results in:
- low self-esteem- depression- school avoidance- low participation in class- inability to concentrate on work- drop out
Even more striking is the level of violence toward disabled girls aged 11-14
by Robert Arrington
appy Thanksgiving! As we collectively give thanks to God and our families around the dinner table, let us take a moment to reflect on the many ways in which our lives have been positively impacted by others. Thanksgiving is an expression of our gratitude for the gifts others have given us, gifts that have been freely given based on no merit of our own. In this reflection, we begin to realize the utter dependence we have on others who have done so much for us. Looking around the world in the
In rural Georgia, a presbytery is helping clergy and congregations discover God’s hidden possibilities amid the challenges of leadership burnout.
Joshua Bower, the author, is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Albany, Georgia.
I stared blankly out the driver’s side window. I was sitting in my parked car outside the church where I was the pastor, fighting the urge to drive away and leave it