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Memorial Celebration for Robina Winbush and more …

April 29, 2019

From Tricia Dykers Koenig, Associate Stated Clerk
Associate Director for Mid Council Relations, Office of the General Assembly, 502-322-0903, 502-569-8360

Robina Winbush Memorial Celebration

Conversations with the Clerk in 2019

Because he has a temporary second job (with the PC(USA), A Corporation), Deputy Stated Clerk Kerry Rice will not be able to join us; but J. Herbert Nelson, II, and I hope to see you at one of these regional events coming up in May, or to receive an invitation from you for later in the year:
  • May 21, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Hanover Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE, hosted by the Presbytery of New Castle. Register no later than May 10 so that lunch can be ordered for you.
  • May 29, noon–3:00 p.m., Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068 (near O’Hare), hosted by the Presbytery of Chicago. Register by May 22.
This Month in Per Capita

This Month in Per Capita …

Just a few of the ministries enabled by your per capita giving that are taking place this month:
  • Responding to GA action 05-09 on African American congregations
  • Reading of ordination exams
  • Launch of Korean-language web portal

Pre-Big Tent Gathering on Immigration and Asylum

Members of your presbytery are invited to a special gathering, Asylum & Immigration Networking & Best Practices, preceding Big Tent 2019.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) invites Presbyterians engaged in local ministries with asylum seekers and other immigrant groups to come together for a time of networking and peer learning. Do you sometimes wonder if you are the only one out there doing this type of work? Well, you are not alone! The number of Presbyterian congregations who are engaging in this type of ministry is growing and developing in new and innovative ways. This session is set aside specifically for individuals who are directly involved in fostering ministries of welcome and advocating for the just treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants. PDA will provide facilitators and other resource experts. Come with your passion, your experiences, your reflections and your questions as we seek to hold each other up and share best practices from across the country. Register now!

Monthly Prayer Meeting

The staff of the Presbytery of Milwaukee is inviting members and friends of the presbytery to join them for a monthly prayer meeting, either by coming to the office or by “Praying in Place” at the same time.

Synod Commissioned Pastors Network

The Synod of the Sun has a Commissioned Pastors Network to supplement the work being done by the Committees on Ministry in its presbyteries, with resources and connections across boundaries.


The boards of deacons of two congregations in the Presbytery of Cincinnati are offering a training session on hospital and home visits, led by two pastors and open to all deacons in the presbytery.

Where Are the Co-Moderators?

Cindy Kohlmann
May 1–2 Synod of the Northeast Collegium, Stony Point Center
May 10–12 Mission Consultation, Zephyr Point

Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri
… has recovered from the illness that grounded her for a while—praise God! She was able to travel to Philadelphia to participate in the meeting of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly as COGA met with the Board of the Presbyterian Historical Society.

224th General Assembly (2020) Deadlines

The 224th General Assembly (2020) will be in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 20–27, 2020.
Deadlines for the assembly are:
180-day: December 23, 2019 report Commissioners and YAADs to OGA
120-day: February 21, 2020 amendment to/interpretation of Book of Order; reports to the assembly
60-day: April 21, 2020 overtures with financial implications
45-day: May 6, 2020 all other overtures, comments
30-day: May 21, 2020 consultation with affected entities

Conference Dates

  • Big Tent. August 1–3, 2019, Baltimore, Lord Baltimore and Radisson Hotels. Register here.
  • Mid Council Leaders Gathering. October 17–20, 2019, Baltimore, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. [Note that we have revised the published start date to indicate that an opening reception will take place Thursday evening, though the main event begins Friday morning.]
  • Association of Stated Clerks and Association of Mid Council Leaders. October 20–21, 2019. Baltimore, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
  • Mid Council Financial Network Conference. November 20–22, 2019. Virginia Beach, Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
  • Moderators’ Conference. November 21–23, 2019. Louisville, Brown Hotel.
Are you doing something in your presbytery or synod from which others might learn? You have a standing invitation to send me articles to share.

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