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1 John Calvin Presbytery P. O. Box 787, Shell Knob, Missouri September 29, 2017 THANK YOU FROM FORT SCOTT P. 1 PRAYER LIST / JOYS P. 2 CONTACT INFO / ANNOUNCEMENTS P. 2 EQUIPPING THE SAINTS P. 3 JC LIVING WATERS P. 4 BOOK OF ORDER /BOOK OF CONFESSIONS P. 5 PRESBYTERY DAYS P. 5 Psalm 90 : 14 ( Voice ) With every sun s rising, surprise us with Your love, satisfy us with Your kindness. We will sing with joy and celebrate every day we are alive. Dear JCP: We certainly took our sweet time deciding how to put the JCP mission money to work! But we are so grateful for the gift and for what it made possible in our congregation. Thank you. We decided to use those funds to develop a new (and ongoing) relationship with PCUSA Mission Workers. Through a long discernment process, we connected with Charles and Melissa Johnson, who work in Eastern Zambia. They use their gifts and skills in many ways, but their primary efforts involve teaching at Chasefu Theological Seminary and leading at Chasefu Farms. While the seminary trains new pastors to prepare them to serve congregations, they also train them to become productive farmers so that they can earn a living and provide for their family while doing pastoral work. Charles has a background in agriculture and business. We were looking to connect with mission work that would help us think creatively about our own agricultural context here in rural Kansas. It proved a wonderful match. We were able to fly Charles and Melissa to Fort Scott for a long weekend. We hosted a dinner in their honor. They presented on their work prior to services on Sunday and then both were involved in worship and Charles preached for us. They left us a beautiful Zambian cloth that we have already used on our communion table. We are now in conversation about how we can continue to nurture this new relationship to the Johnsons and to the lovely people of Zambia. This might involve financial support. But we also hope that it might involve teams of people traveling to Zambia from Fort Scott (and maybe others from JCP will join us!) to see what the good news looks like in Zambia. We are also excited about how the connections between faith and farming in Zambia might enable us to take a fresh look at our own agricultural surroundings. Again, thank you for sharing with us. We look forward to a growing relationship and a deepening of our sense of mission. In Christ, Jared Witt, on behalf of the Session, Members and Friends of First Presbyterian Fort Scott Kansas PAGE 1

2 Joyful, holy community of Christian believers, diverse yet united. committed to serving Christ in the church and in the world. Prepared by God through the Holy Spirit for mission and ministry. Prayers requested.. The congregations of John Calvin Presbytery For all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, that they may know the peace that passes all human understanding in Jesus Christ our Lord. Churches that are seeking a new pastor, to understand God's call moving forward. JCPDA JC Living Waters Mission Team All Pastors of John Calvin Presbytery All who have been affected from all effects of all recent hurricanes Sam Stover, Rehabilitating from stroke. Cards of encouragement can be sent to: 623 W. Walnut, #405, Springfield, MO Sam is the pastor at First Presbyterian Mt. Vernon. CONTACT. Pastoral Presbyter, Susan Rosenbaum By cell phone: or by Stated Clerk, Melana Scruggs By cell phone: or by By mail: P.O. Box 46, Crane, Missouri John Calvin Presbytery website is jcpresbytery.com Please send your Shared Mission, Per Capita Apportionment and all special offerings to. John Calvin Presbytery, P.O. Box 787, Shell Knob, MO Please all items, joys, and concerns wishing to be at by 12 noon on Wednesdays. PAGE 2

3 October 21, :45 a.m. to 3:30 EQUIPPING THE SAINTS WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS. REGISTER BEFORE OCTOBER 1 Southminster Presbyterian Church 2245 S. Holland ~ Springfield A. ELDER TRAINING ~ Reverend Melana Scruggs Available WORKSHOP SESSION 1 & 2 The workshop on Elder Training will utilize case studies to facilitate conversations among participants about best practices in session meetings. We will talk about the role of an elder in the leadership of the congregation. B. NAVIGATING the POTHOLES ~ Reverend Dr. Emmet Powell Available WORKSHOP SESSION 1 Congregations often encounter heartbreaking conflict when there is an unclear vision or they are unequipped with creative conflict management solutions. This workshop will explore strategies to contain and address certain unhealthy outcomes in congregations. C. DOING CHURCH DIFFERENTLY ~ Reverend Dr. Jared Witt Available WORKSHOP SESSION 2 Forms of worship and ministry need to change, but making large scale changes often feels unworkable. So how can we adopt some smaller scale, experimental projects that will help us learn on the fly? Jared will offer case studies of what some congregations are doing differently, with the goal of inspiring us to experiment more on a smaller scale. D. STEWARDSHIP ~ Reverend Charles Spencer Available WORKSHOP SESSION 1 & 2 Session 1 - A Telling Secret - We ll explore how keeping secrets suppresses generosity in the church. We ll consider how we can open conversations about financial discipleship in ways that inspire and motivate generosity. Session 2 - Reluctant Stewards - Overcoming our reluctance to God s work and fund Christ s mission and ministry. How we move from reluctance to joy in a ministry of financial discipleship. E. GA RESOURSES FOR SMALL CHURCHES ~ Rhonda Kruse Available WORKSHOP SESSION 1 When it comes to mission, a vital congregation is one that actively engages in the outward-focused ministry to which God calls us. Rhonda Kruse, our regional Mission Engagement Advisor for Presbyterian Mission, will update us on many ministry programs, initiatives, and tools available through the denomination to help our congregations be more vital, and explore ways we might partner in shared mission. F. THE SAILBOAT CHURCH ~ Reverend Dr. Joan Gray Available SESSISON WORKSHOP 2 Encouraging congregations to shift concern from the many daily, practical concerns of their local church to consider how new directions might be found by allowing the Holy Spirit to provide fresh ideas. Registration for Equipping the Saints.. Please indicate below the workshop letter from the description above Equipping the Saints is for everyone! Please bring as many people from your church as possible! Child care is provided - if requested. Fee per person: $20 by September 30 / $25 beginning October 1 Name: Address: Phone: Church: Morning Workshop: 1st 2nd 3rd Afternoon Workshop: 1st 2nd 3rd I am requesting childcare and realize that lunch is not included for the child, but can be purchased for $2.00. Age of child / children your registration to Gail Wilson - Or mail to. Gail Wilson, P. O. Box 787, Shell Knob, MO PAGE 3

4 JC Living Waters Mission Signs Covenants in the Dominican Republic Last week we were in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic for covenant meetings with candidates for a Living Waters for the World water treatment system. Our first stop was at the Escuela Basica Luis Eduardo Ortiz Delgado, an elementary school in Limonal, where we met with Elsa Valerio, the principal. Following an extended discussion about their needs, we looked at possible locations for a system and agreed to return in the afternoon for a meeting with the teachers. During our meeting with the teachers it was agreed that the school needed a water treatment system. We worked with them to set up Water and Education Committees and concluded by signing a covenant. Next we turned our attention to an eagerly anticipated visit to Los Chiquitines de Yaji, the school in El Callejon where we installed a system in January. We were warmly welcomed by Yajaira, director of the school and were thrilled to see and visit with her again. Rudy, the Water Committee chairman was unable to be there to meet with us but we happily greeted Rosaly, our interpreter. We were pleased to see that the system we helped to install is operating and providing safe water for the students. While visiting with Joel and Yajaira, we learned about a potential need at their church in Jarabacoa. Joel immediately set up a meeting with the pastor for later that afternoon. As we met and visited with Pastors Pérez and Barbosa, we learned that they had been praying about how to meet the greatly increasing demand for bottled water at the church. New programs that were bringing in a lot of youth from high poverty neighborhoods near the church created this demand. We quickly determined that this church was a prime candidate for a Living Waters for the World system. We hastily gathered the necessary information and signed a covenant with Pastor Pérez for a system at Fraternidad Cristiane Amor a Quisqueya. We left with our heads spinning and our hearts full. God is Good! We plan to return to Jarabacoa to install these systems in February 2018 and are looking for individuals who are interested in going with us. We will be offering training sessions in January More details and an application will appear in this space for the next several weeks. We invite you to prayerfully consider this invitation to join us in providing safe water for these children. Rich and Sharon Marsh, Team Leaders (417) JCLWM Committee Todd Morriss, Moderator Kathy Morriss, Secretary Rich Marsh, Treasurer Members. Tamara Barnett Sharon Marsh Carol Minton Sarah Meugge Ted Scott Chris Scrivener Rich Williams Associate Member Martha Bledsoe PAGE 4

5 We are taking orders for the Book of Order, and the Book of Confessions, available for pick-up at the November 4, meeting of Presbytery, at Trinity Presbyterian, Springfield. The cost of each book will be determined by the amount ordered. Please your order to Gail at Or text or call Gail Upcoming Presbytery Days.. October 26 at First Presbyterian Church Webb City Missouri ~ 10 until 2 November 16 at Westminster Presbyterian Church Springfield Missouri ~ 10 until 2 We will provide the mandatory boundaries training for persons serving churches in pastoral roles, from 10 a.m. until noon with lunch following. If you are staying for lunch please RSVP by Tuesday before Presbytery Day to: Each participant will be required to read the training manual before attending the training and then participate in case study discussions at the group meeting. The Boundaries Manual is posted on the home page of our web site, jcpresbytery.com. Host a Presbytery Day! To host a Presbytery Day at your church we need to have an area for Boundaries Training, a small space to meet with people who might want to visit and publicity, so to speak, that will inform those in the area that we will be there. It would be nice for the church to provide a light lunch for those who attend the training. We could also have a time of sharing God's work in the churches, some time during our time there. We will be on site from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. To schedule a day in your area for PRESBYTERY DAYS Contact Susan at or by PAGE 5

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