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1 Our Common Ministry Presbytery of Chicago COM Equipping congregations Our task is to equip congregations to be the healthiest and most faithful communities of Christ, says the Reverend Dr. Virginia B. Ginny Smith. Ginny is the Presbytery s Associate Executive for Ministry and one of her responsibilities is staffing the Committee on Ministry (COM). The Committee on Ministry is a required committee specified by the Book of Order. Its stated purpose is to serve as pastor and counselor to ministers, to facilitate relations between congregations, ministers and the Presbytery, and to settle difficulties in the local church on behalf of the Presbytery. In response to the needs of the churches of the Presbytery, COM is restructuring its work to be more proactive by developing relationships with pastors and congregations. They want to be available to provide support and resources to equip congregations to be prepared to meet the challenges of church life. The COM in Chicago Presbytery has 42 members and is moderated by the Reverend Michael Youngblood, pastor of Evanston Northminster. To more effectively live out its purpose, COM has structured itself into four sub-committees, each served by a volunteer staff coordinator. COM members meet with their sub-committee monthly and the full Committee meets three times a year. The sub-committees and their coordinators are: Southern Region Elder Mike Wolfe, Central Region Elder Nadine McBeth, Northern Region Elder Gene Craig, and Specialized Ministries Elder Carole Norton. The four coordinators meet with Ginny on a regular basis and work together as a team in administrating the work of COM. Committee on Ministry Regional Coordinators flank Associate Executive Ginny Smith. From left: Mike Wolfe, Nadine McBeth, Ginny Smith, Carole Norton and Gene Craig. October 2007 Volume 23 Number 4 All churches in the Presbytery have a Committee on Ministry representative assigned to them for support. In addition, there are plans to establish skill teams in each geographical region to assist with three responsibilities of COM. One team will be available to provide training for Pastor Nominating Committees (PNC), second will be trained in conflict resolution, and a third will work with the COM congregational representatives to hold triennial visits with pastors and sessions for additional caring and support. There are also plans to provide an all-day workshop at the 2008 LEAD event for new COM members, as well as any others who would like a refresher course. As one of its responsibilities that is central to the work of the Presbytery, the COM is charged with counseling churches regarding calls for permanent pastoral relations, as well as for other clergy support, such as stated supply pastors, interim pastors, and designated pastors. Members of the Committee interview prospective clergy on behalf of the Presbytery regarding their statement of faith, while also giving the pastoral candidate the opportunity to ask questions they might not feel comfortable posing to the local PNC. Once the church extends a call to a pastor, recommendations are then made by the COM to Presbytery regarding calls for services of its ministers. The Specialized Ministries sub-committee is responsible for the care and oversight of clergy who serve in validated (nonparish related) ministries and clergy in other denominations who wish to transfer to the PCUSA. It also receives and reviews the required annual reports from the Presbytery s Specialized Ministers. The work of the COM is extensive and requires the services of elders and clergy who are committed to giving their time, energy, and skills to serving in this capacity. Table of Contents Presbyter s Pen 2 Multicultural Ministries 3 Advance Justice 4,5 Develop Congregations Youth Triennium pg. 12 Empower Ministry 8-9 Agape House 10 Resources, Saugatuck 11 Youth Ministries 12 Páginas en Español Lincoln Park Church Comes Home, pg. 16

2 Presbyter s Pen Church Growth By Robert C. Reynolds, Executive Presbyter At a staff meeting recently, a colleague shared research results about church growth. Here s a resource, I thought, to which Chicago Presbytery s pastors and lay leaders will be glad to know we are attentive. Presbyterians generally will be interested in these results too, so I am citing several facts from the document, some of which may confirm your assumptions about church growth and some of which may surprise you. Three positive predictors of growth are churches strong in caring for children and youth, welcoming new people, and participating in the congregation. Smaller congregations can grow. 39% of the fastgrowing Presbyterian churches have fewer than Robert C. Reynolds 200 in worship. Many new people (47%) visit for the first time because someone invited them. People return to a church because of the quality of the sermon (36%), the friendliness of the people (32%), and the overall worship experience (30%). Growing congregations are more likely to have a specific Racial Ethnic Multicultural Event Over 600 people, including a number from Chicago Presbytery, gathered in Los Angeles this summer to celebrate the gift of diversity that we have as Christians. This year the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Reformed Church of America joined the Presbyterian Church (USA) in jointly sponsoring the festivities, workshops, plenary sessions, panel discussions, and worship services. Representatives from the three sponsoring denominations were among the fine speakers. This year s theme Spirit of Wholeness in Christ underscored the importance of the presence of the Holy Spirit among us, renewing our own spirits as we seek to find wholeness in our differences. Throughout the three-day event the enthusiasm, faith, joy, and commitment to group for newcomers and to invite such people to take part in small groups or service opportunities. Almost all worship services in growing Presbyterian churches (89%) include traditional hymns. Services in growing congregations are more likely to include contemporary music and laughter. Many congregations have evangelism and church growth strategies informed by research such as this. It is an empowering resource for churches creatively extending the Gospel s reach to people in their communities and throughout the world. Chicago Presbytery s Develop Congregations Mission Priority Leadership Team includes people who are passionately engaged in leading growing congregations and who are up to date on resources and strategies for church growth. This Leadership Team s purpose is to become a resourceful partner in congregational development throughout the Presbytery. When church leaders access research with clues to what works and then make creative local applications, it can powerfully influence their congregational development strategy. For additional information on what the Presbytery staff recently reviewed, check out the U.S. Congregational Life Survey website and click on Myths and Facts about Evangelism and Church Growth. ministry of wholeness in a multicultural world was palpable. The diversity of music, languages and clothing highlighted the fact that people of deep faith were gathered to celebrate unity and diversity as mutually inclusive concepts. The stated purpose of the conference was To affirm the authenticity of God s people working together in solidarity, focusing on education, justice, and inclusiveness in multicultural settings in the life of the church and society. The goals were to learn to value and appreciate racial/cultural differences; to provide leadership development opportunities for our constituencies; and, to provide tools for dismantling racism. Multicultural church ministries differ from racial/ethnic ministries by using a unified model rather than the solidarity model that works with language and cultural groups Continues on page 3 OUR COMMON MINISTRY is published five times a year by the Presbytery Council s Communications Work Group of the Presbytery of Chicago, the regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church in Lake, Cook, and DuPage Counties. Robert C. Reynolds Executive Editor Geraldine Parker Managing Editor Simeon D. Carson Graphic Design Noris Caban Spanish Translator Contributors Mike Conklin, Martha Langford, Gale Morgan-Williams, Laura Taylor de Palomino and Joseph Pixler OUR COMMON MINISTRY 100 S. Morgan Chicago, IL Ph. (312) Fax. (312) Web: Next Issue: Dec Deadline for copy: Oct. 22, 2007 OCM invites comments, questions and stories from our readers. Please direct your letters to the Editor, Ms. Gerry Parker at Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you. 2 October 2007

3 Multicultural Ministries Encuentro V gathers Hispanic Latina Presbyterian Women Hispanic Latina Presbyterian Women (HLPW) gathered in Irving, Texas in July for the Fifth National Encuentro. Encuentro is a triennial conference, and its goals are in tune with those of Presbyterian Women worldwide: enhancing diversity, leadership development, and creating bridges. Hispanic Latina Presbyterian Women is an organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). The theme of the conference was Going out with joy to share and serve, based on Matthew 10:8b. In the keynote address, the Rev. Magdalena Garcia, pastor of Chicago Ravenswood, called on God s people to be shepherds to the flock, willing to guard its life and integrity. As in the days of Biblical shepherds, there are still plenty of wild beasts threatening God s flock like the party politics that want to criminalize all undocumented immigrants, despite common knowledge that the economy relies on their labor, and ferocious animals that want to break up our families, even when these include underage children who are United States citizens, she said. The Rev. Dr. Alice Winters led a Bible study session based on the Biblical stories of Naomi (Book of Ruth) and Jonah, both of whom had to learn that the message of salvation is for everyone in the world. She challenged participants to look beyond their own borders, remembering their sisters in their countries of origin. Dr. Winters is a Presbyterian Mission Worker who has served in Colombia for over 30 years. One of the highlights of the conference was the immigration forum, where a local lawyer, Nelly Rocha Andresen, outlined many of the alternatives available for those wishing to obtain a visa to stay in the United States. There is a lot that the church communities have done and can continue to do for immigrants in our midst, she said. The church can..offer education, assistance, economic support, and can encourage citizens to participate in the political process The three-day conference included an evening to celebrate the gifts of ordained women in the Presbyterian Church (USA), followed by a social hour that had participants on their feet singing along with a mariachi band. Encuentro serves as the platform for a triennial business meeting of HLPW which includes the election of officers. Moderator Cecilia Casal said, Women are the backbone of Newly elected members of the Coordinating Team; from left: Elder Cecilia Casal, Moderator; Elder Florence Vargas, Vice- Moderator; Elder Lety Heredia, Secretary and Historian; Elder Luz Fonseca, Treasurer; Elder Yolanda Hernandez, Volunteer Advisor; and Rev. Nydia Fernandez, Spiritual Coordinator. our homes, communities, and the church. They are hard workers, who often are so invested in caring for others that they neglect themselves. Encuentro gives us an opportunity to model for women a healthy lifestyle, where work and play are interconnected in the ongoing dance of life and ministry. During the business session, synod representatives approved a resolution that in July 2010 Encuentro be held in conjunction with Hispanic Presbyterian Men and the emerging national organization for Hispanic Presbyterian youth. The concluding worship service included a spectacular display of clergy and lay women sporting colorful robes and stoles, while they led participants in singing, praying, reading, preaching, and breaking bread at the Lord s table. Go out, as the prophet Isaiah encourages us, in joy, and be messengers of peace and goodwill everywhere, so that creation and all its creatures can indeed burst into song and clap their hands, said Rev. Marielis Barreto, featured preacher for the closing plenary, and Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Work to make the world the idyllic place that our national anthems sing about, until the rockets red glare are fireworks of celebration instead of bombs of anihilation, she added. An offering totaling almost $3,500 was taken up during the worship service. These funds, along with $335 from the sale of bookmarkers crocheted by women from Puerto Rico, will be invested in Fondo Adelante (Forward Fund), an endowment established through the Presbyterian Foundation with funds raised by Encuentros III and IV, and other private gifts. Dividends from this endowment will be used to grant scholarships for the leadership development of Hispanic Latin Presbyterian women. For more information, please contact Cecilia Casal at (432) or Article submitted by the Rev. Magdalena Garcia Continued from page 2 that meet separately, addressing their unique needs and customs. The unified model seeks to bring people of different languages and cultures together into a single congregation. The Presbytery s Multicultural Church Ministry Team will provide resources and opportunities for training, worship and fellowship throughout the year. October

4 Advance HeadlineJustice Mission Stories Havana moderator tours Chicago The Rev. Dora Arce, moderator of Havana Presbytery and pastor at Havana Luyano Presbyterian Church, visited Chicago Presbytery June A highlight was her June 20 meeting at the Chicago Presbytery office with Executive This action will certainly will be familiar to Rev. Don Coleman, co-pastor with his wife, Anne Marie, of the University Church in Chicago s Hyde Park. A year ago at the protest, he was among 16 who took that non-violent step at the end of a symbolic funeral procession in memory of those killed by graduates of the institution. As a result, Rev. Coleman was detained at the scene, charged with a Federal crime, stood trial last January, and received a 60-day sentence, which he served in Chicago s Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop. I consider what I did an act of Holy Obedience, not civil disobedience, he said. The controversial SOA was established in Panama in 1946 and relocated to the U.S. in It was renamed WHINSEC in The institute continues to operate at Fort Benning with the same instructors and techniques that were applied by the bloody Latin American dictatorships during the 1970s and 1980s, say activists. Rev. Dora Arce (second from left) meets with Chicago Presbytery youth before their July trip: (seated, from left) Peter Davidson, Megan Bohi and Alexandra Brewer; (standing, from left) Anna Groebe and Anne Paulsen. Presbyter Bob Reynolds and former Chicago Presbytery moderators who will be traveling to Havana Oct. 31-Nov. 5. The Rev. Arce provided an update on the Presbyterian Church in Cuba and the formal partnership between Chicago and Havana Presbyteries, which will mark its 10th anniversary next year. The Rev. Arce later was hosted by the Rev. Jerry Wise at Chicago First, where she learned about the church s community outreach initiatives, including a garden, school and supper program. She also visited with members of Oak Park Fair Oaks, which recently entered into a sister church relationship with Los Palos Presbyterian Church in Havana Presbytery. Her visit also included stops at Chicago Fourth, where she reviewed a Cuba photo exhibit; Libertyville First, where she gave the children s sermon during Sunday worship; and Clarendon Hills. She met with members of the Cuba Mission Team, which oversees the formal partnership between Chicago and Havana Presbyteries, and provided an orientation session for Chicago Presbytery youth in advance of their participation in a Youth leadership Conference at Havana Luyano (see separate article.) Coleman s Holy Obedience When thousands of activists gather shortly before Thanksgiving outside Ft. Benning, Georgia, to demand closure of the U.S. Army s School of the Americas (SOA), (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation - WHINSEC), it is expected that more than a few will cross the perimeter and be arrested. The protest is reminiscent of the Civil Rights and Viet Nam War protests in the 1960s-70s in the United States. Protests against the SOA/WHINSEC, begun more than a decade ago, have resulted in 211 people serving a total of over 92 years in prison for engaging in nonviolent resistance in a broadbased campaign. Last year, simultaneous actions took place in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, El Salvador, Canada, Ireland, Arizona and California. Rev. Coleman will be on hand again this year to lend support to the cause. The three-day protest, also called the Festival of Hope, is expected to attract over 20,000 activists, whose goals include bringing enough pressure on Congress to shutter the facility. The University Church pastor said that he was first inspired to take his action last year at Ft. Benning after attending the protest in The event was organized by the School of Americas Watch (www.soaw.org) 17 years ago. It is timed to commemorate six Jesuit priests who were killed along with their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador on Nov. 19, Some of the killers had attended the school. The University Church has a long history of activism. In his statement made in court, Rev. Coleman told the story of parishioners Virgilio Vicente, Isabel Canu, and their family of four children, who are active in the church after coming to Chicago in Virgilio is from Saq Ja, one of four hundred villages destroyed by the Guatemalan military. It was razed to the ground; plants were uprooted and burned, animals killed, people slaughtered, and a few escaped into the jungle, Guatemala City, or with help from the Sanctuary Movement came to the United States. Virgilio placed a cross against the fence blocking people from entering the base, he said. I was moved to tears for on the cross were the names of his father and mother who had been killed in the destruction of the village of Saq Ja. 4 October 2007

5 Advance Justice Mission Stories Week of Prayer and Witness for Middle East The congregation of Arlington Heights Southminster participated in a variety of activities focusing on the Middle East during their spring Week of Prayer and Witness. Throughout the week they specifically prayed for Jordan, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Egypt, both in their homes and in the church chapel each noon hour. The Rev. Kathy Matsushima began the week with a sermon about the enduring witness of Christians in the Middle East. In an adult education program following worship, Irene and Karl Sahyouni spoke about their native land of Lebanon. Irena and her sister Daphane Tarabichi provided recipes and helped prepare a traditional Lebanese meal, hosted by the church s Mission Team. Proceeds of a free-will donation collected at the dinner will be sent, with matching funds, to the Israel/Palestine Network Organization which Kathy Matsushima chairs for the PCUSA. This offering, in excess of $500, will be donated in honor of Irene and Karl Sahyouni for their inspiration during this Week of Prayer and Witness. What can be recycled? Chicago Heights First recently listed many of the items it routinely recycles. Among them are: Old eyeglasses go to Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) for people in third-world countries. Computer ink cartridges, which yield funds for the Presbyterian Women s budget Paper is collected in large containers in the parking lot.(yielding 10 tons in 2006) Used walking shoes in good condition go to Hearts in Motion for people in Central America. Twenty-ounce pop bottles go to TerraCycle, where they are filled with environmentally friendly fertilizer and fitted with recycled spray tops. Local youth enjoy Havana conference Two young people from Glen Ellyn Southminster and five from Libertyville First joined young Presbyterians from Long Island, NY, and Austin, Texas, and about 25 Cuban youth July 8-16 in Cuba to attend the second annual International Youth Leadership Conference hosted by the Presbytery of Havana. American and Cuban Youth share in Youth Leadership Conference in Cuba The Chicago group was chaperoned by Carmen Lago from Libertyville First and Muriel Miller, moderator of the Cuba Mission Team. The Long Island and Austin Presbyteries also have partnerships with Havana Presbytery. They worshipped, ate, sang, danced and laughed together and talked about what it means to be a young leader in the Presbyterian Church, regardless of where you live. They talked about leading like Jesus: caring about people instead of wealth or power. The second half of the week was spent at local churches to get to know their hosts more personally. They participated in groupbuilding activities and just hung out with Cuban youth, sharing their lives with one another. Despite the tropical heat, all of the Americans said they would like to go back to Cuba. Sew Much Comfort day Members of Lake Forest First participated in a sew-in during which volunteer seamstresses made 28 pairs of adaptive fleece pants for use by wounded soldiers who need to adjust their clothing for prosthesis, braces, casts or missing limbs. These provide an alternative to hospital gowns, bringing dignity and comfort to those whose injuries make normal pants and tee shirts unusable. The sewing effort is part of a national, non-profit group called Sew Much Comfort, which was founded in 2004 by Ginger Dosedel. Her 10-year-old son, a bone cancer patient, had a fixator on his leg which required pants with wider legs. After seeing wounded soldiers with the same fixators, he came up with the idea of making clothes for them so they wouldn t be restricted to hospital gowns. The clothes are all new and have Velcro openings so that service members can dress themselves, participate in physical therapy session and post-operative exams. The clothes made at Lake Forest were sent to the regional office for quality control and then distributed to Baghdad, Afghanistan, Germany, Walter Reed and combat surgical hospitals. The sew-in was coordinated by Jessica Allen, whose daughter serves with the Army in Iraq. We are doing something for the soldiers, Allen said. It doesn t matter whether you agree or disagree with the war; we need to do what we can for the wounded. For more information about this Christian mission, visit their website at Watch for an update on DART activities in the December issue of OCM, as we mark the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. There will also be news from Wales, where the Rev. Thomas Arthur has been laboring outside the bounds of Chicago Presbytery for nearly twenty years. October

6 Develop Congregations News of our churches Wildwood builds a church Last May 20 was an especially historic day for members of Wildwood Presbyterian Church. They gathered that Sunday in their old facility and, with a police escort for their motorcade, moved to their new church building. The day s service included confirmation of 18 young people as members. The growing Wildwood congregation officially dedicated its new facility at W. Old Sanctuary of the new Wildwood church building in Grayslake Gages Lake Road on September 16, to culminate a 10-year Come Build A Church campaign. There s always a sense of renewal in the Fall, when churches throughout the Presbytery shift into fresh programming, and nowhere was this more evident than in Wildwood Presbyterian Church in the far north suburbs in Grayslake. In this case, it was the church building itself that had everyone energized. This process was an opportunity to be a part of something that doesn t come along very often, and we feel very privileged, said Rev. Greg Bostrom, who, with his wife, Kathy, has been Wildwood s co-pastor since We re fortunate to have a great congregation. Wildwood was first established in 1954 by 66 parishioners and two years later moved into the old Sears, of Sears Roebuck fame, family barn, which was converted into a worship center. The renovated Barn was the location for worship and all WPC activities until the sanctuary was built in The Barn and sanctuary were linked with a new Christian Education facility in The congregation had grown to over 400 members in 1998, making it necessary to renovate the sanctuary to allow more seating space. We are a very solid, medium-sized church with a strong and active membership, said Rev. Bostrom, noting that the congregation today numbers nearly 670 members. Current ministries to the community include PADS (shelter for the homeless), a food pantry, the church Preschool, and Alzheimer Respite Care Center, none of which were interrupted during the transition. This was no small accomplishment either, Rev. Bostrom added. The Presbyterian congregation shared their former facility for almost a year with its new tenant, a Korean Methodist Church, while awaiting completion of the facility on Old Gages Lake Road. Wildwood was one of the five Building Partnership churches and several neighboring churches, and the Presbytery itself, have contributed time, labor, and money to the overall project, said Rev. Bostrom. It was one of those things our congregation knew had to be done, he said. And through God s will, it got done. Staff changes at the Presbytery The Presbytery said its thanks to the Rev. David Ezekiel at the June Assembly meeting as he left his position as Associate Executive for Congregational Development to return to the pastorate. He served the Presbytery for five years. He is Interim Pastor at St. Paul s U.C.C. Church in Elgin. The Presbytery has hired Elder Loretta Gratias- Bremer and the Rev. David Boumgarden as part time consultants for Congregational Development on a temporary basis. The Rev. David Ezekiel confers with Moderator-elect the Rev. Joy Douglas Strome as Ezekiel prepares to return to the pastorate Chicago Presbytery also said goodbye to Elder Martha Brown, who left her position as Executive Assistant to the Executive Presbyter and Presbytery Council Administrator to take a position at McCormick Theological Seminary. Pierce: Great Presbyterian, great pitcher About 60 people from Evergreen Park led the ovation July 23 at U.S. Cellular Field when a life-sized bronze statue of White Sox pitching legend Billy Pierce was unveiled in the outfield concourse. Pierce, 80, is widely known for his achievements with the White Sox including 186 wins and 1,796 strikeouts during his years with the Sox from , The White Sox retired his number 19 in 1987; he is one of only eight players so honored. Only five other players have their own statue. He was named to the Sox Team of the Century. He was a great pitcher and a gentleman off the field, said Sox teammate Moose Skowron. The cheers of the July 23 crowd when Pierce tossed the game s ceremonial first pitch particularly loud in the Pierce s Posse section from Evergreen Park echoed those sentiments. But at Evergreen Park, Pierce is known for his faithful and active participation in the life of the church. He has been a member since 1964, serving at least seven times as elder. He 6 October 2007

7 Develop Congregations News of our churches regularly ushers for Sunday worship and contributes much more, as well. In addition to leading at the church and spending time with his children and grandchildren, Pierce heads the not-forprofit Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities which has raised more than $11 million since 1971 and serves as an official goodwill ambassador for the White Sox. Evergreen has another reason to celebrate. June 1st marked the 60 th anniversary of its groundbreaking as an incorporated church. Stories from its past were included in worship services during the summer. Work has also begun on a memorial garden, honoring the men and women who established the church and helped it grow over the years. Churches celebrate grants and awards Chicago Edgewater won one of the denomination s Multi-cultural Church Story awards for their story about the interracial, multicultural bonding in their confirmation class. These young people go to different high schools, but they bonded in the class. The $1,000 prize will be used for youth programs in the church. Glenview received a grant from Presbytery s Empower Ministry Mission Priority Leadership Team for an ecumenical adventure in their community called TouchStones. TouchStones is designed to captivate both seekers and believers who want to learn more about the spiritual practices of various faith traditions. There will be workshops such as Wisdom of the Kabbalah, Let Your Life Speak: a Quaker Perspective, What the Qu ran Says and Doesn t Say, and Spirituality of the Seasons. Homewood is celebrating the election of long-time former pastor, the Rev. Joseph Ledwell, to the Village of Homewood Hall of Fame. Ledwell was pastor of the Homewood church for 33 years. He made significant contributions to Village life during his tenure at Homewood. A reception and luncheon will be held in October to honor all the 2007 Hall of Fame nominees. AACTC churches celebrate 200 years as Presbyterians The eight churches that make up the African American Congregational Transformation Covenant (AACTC) are celebrating 200 years of Presbyterianism in America. When this year s bicentennial of black Presbyterianism was celebrated in Philadelphia, Presbyterians from across the nation stood to sing, We ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in His Holy Word. He s never failed us yet! It began with Jack, a slave from Tennessee with a gift for preaching. His Presbyterian-missionary owner taught him theology and he became founding pastor of the country s first African-American Presbyterian congregation in As blacks were breaking into the ranks of tradespersons and artisans, a growing spirit of race pride and independence grew. Some blacks grew restive in the few white congregations that welcomed them. They discovered that white congregations would not call ordained black ministers, and white Presbyterians would rarely join black congregations. Also, whites did not aggressively support antislavery or civil rights causes. In the face of such realities, African-American Presbyterians organized a caucus five years before the Civil War, which has continued ever since. It is now called the National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC). A distinctive black Presbyterianism evolved as the first black churches were formed. These churches emphasized evangelism, education and social reform. Worship in many black congregations today reflects the influence of Pentecostalism and contemporary spirituality, including gospel songs and liturgical dance. For two centuries, black Presbyterians have kept the denomination honest about the challenges of racism, the educational needs of under-privileged youth, ministry in the inner city, Christian political action, and the inclusiveness of church staffs and governing bodies. The eight churches in the AACTC of Chicago Presbytery are: Chatham Bethlehem, Cornerstone, Crerar Memorial, Hope, Pine Avenue, Pullman, Seventh and Sixth Grace. Coming Events 2007 Oct. 15-Nov. 3, Middle East Traveling Seminar. Contact Pauline Coffman, (708) Oct. 16, Presbytery Assembly meeting, 4 pm, Libertyville First Oct. 20, True North Boundary Training, 9 am-4 pm, Oak Park Fair Oaks Oct , McCormick Days 2007: Speaking about Poverty. For information, contact Rev. Grayson Van Camp at or (773) Oct. 27, Fall Gathering, Presbyterian Women, 9 am 2:30 pm, Chicago Sixth Grace Nov. 9-11, Sr. High Fall retreat, Lake Geneva, WI Dec. 11, Presbytery Assembly meeting, 1 pm, Chicago Crerar Memorial 2008 Jan , Junior High Winter Retreat, East Bay Camp, Bloomington, IL Feb. 12, Presbytery Assembly meeting, 4 pm, Oak Park First United. Feb , Confirmation Retreat, Presbyterian Camps at Saugatuck For more information on these events, call (312) unless otherwise noted. October

8 Empower Ministry News of the Presbytery, Work Groups and Mission Teams Presbytery Assembly highlights The June 12 meeting of the Presbytery Assembly was held at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, amid a sea of cicadas. The worship service celebrated the gifts of our African-American congregations, who are marking the 200 th anniversary of black Presbyterian congregations in the United States. The Rev. James Foster Reese, Minister for Specialized Interpretation, Presbyterian Foundation preached. Two pre-presbytery meetings were held, focusing on mission and mission giving. In one, some of the leaders of Chicago area programs receiving grants from the Self Development of People The Combined Choirs of the African-American funds spoke about their Congregation Transformation Covenant provided special music at the June 12 Assembly. Annette Calderwood and work. The other, led by Karen Krum of the Presbyterian Foundation, focused on creating a culture of giving in congregations. The Presbytery said goodbye to the Rev. David Ezekiel, who leaves his position as Associate Executive for Congregational Development to return to the pastorate. The Administrative Commission for Altgeld Gardens presented the detailed report that was requested at the April Assembly meeting. The Presbytery reluctantly voted to concur with the commission s recommendation to close the United Church of Altgeld Gardens, authorize the sale of the property and to use the funds to strengthen the racial-ethnic churches on Chicago s south side. Several mission teams reported on their activities: The African American Congregational Transformation Covenant Team, the Self Development of People Team, the Middle East Task Force and Congregations in Solidarity with Latin America. Other items of business included: the formation of Administrative Commissions for Cicero Emmanuel and Midwest Hanmi/Jesus Community Church; adoption of a trust agreement with Christopher House and adoption of the new Manual of Operations. The August 11 Assembly Meeting was held at Mc Cormick Theological Seminary. The Rev. Craig Howard preached at the worship service. The Presbytery welcomed the Rev. Milton Mejia and his wife, and the Rev. Jack Haberer as guests. Rev. Mejia is the former General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia, who is in Chicago studying at Mc Cormick Seminary. Rev. Haberer is editor of the Presbyterian Outlook. Members of the DELAW Philippines Mission Team spoke about their recent trip to the Philippines. Seven churches of the Presbytery participated in the trip, making this group one of the most diverse mission teams to visit the Philippines. Amanda Huels (Winnetka) and Matt Johnson (Western Springs) spoke enthusiastically about their participation in the National Presbyterian Youth Triennium in July. They were part of a group of twenty youth from Chicago Presbytery who attended. They were sponsored by the Youth Mission Team and the Empower Ministry Mission Priority Leadership Team. The Rev. Marty Gool led the Presbytery in a litany of thanksgiving for the 50-year ministry of the United Church of Altgeld Gardens. In other business, the Presbytery approved a per capita rate of $26.29 (of which $17.15 is the Presbytery s portion) for 2008 and an increase in the minimum effective salary for clergy to $40,580. Building Partnership funds of up to $20,000 each were offered to the Pullman and Wildwood churches to help offset the costs of their capital campaigns. Recommendations from the Committee on Ministry relating to clergy, and from the Committee on Preparation for Ministry regarding Inquirers and Candidates for ministry from both meetings are reported in Transitions, page 9 of this newsletter. Labyrinth creates sacred space The Presbytery s Spirituality Task Force has discovered that labyrinths are springing up all around the Presbytery of Chicago. Just this year, three new ones join the three already in place. McCormick Theological Seminary received a 24 polycanvas labyrinth as a gift. This indoor-outdoor labyrinth has been used in various programs. The labyrinth turns common areas into sacred space. Students Labyrinth at Wheaton First, one of the first in the Presbytery have experienced it for walking meditation and prayer, and as a metaphor for life s journey, says Dean of Students Christine Vogel. In May, The Presbyterian Church of Western Springs built an octagonal labyrinth of red paint on a concrete patio. The presence of the labyrinth has transformed the space, says Pastor Jennifer Burns Lewis. Now, a Bible study meets there, and parents walk it while their children play nearby. It Is available Rev. Cossy Ksander designed the 8 October 2007

9 Empower Ministry News of the Presbytery, Work Groups and Mission Teams labyrinth, while members of the congregation constructed it. First United Church of Oak Park had a stone labyrinth built on the front lawn in July. The congregation has explored labyrinths for many years, recalls Associate Pastor Mamie Broadhurst. The outdoor labyrinth is available for the recovery groups that meet in the church and for the wider community. We hope the labyrinth will offer greater and deeper spiritual experiences for those who encounter it. Arlington Heights Southminster and Wheaton Hope have the oldest labyrinths in the Presbytery. Both are 36, painted canvases which are especially used during Lent, and can be borrowed by other congregations. Wheaton First dedicated their brick labyrinth in Located in an interior courtyard, the labyrinth defines a space that members use for both silent meditation and walking. Wheaton First has started a Taizé prayer service that hopes to incorporate the labyrinth into its worship. Article submitted by the Rev. Cossy Ksander Transitions PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY Enrolled as Inquirer: Catherine Clewlow, of Chicago Fourth Eric Heinekamp, of Naperville Knox Megan Handley, of Evanston First Constance Kunze, of Wheaton Hope Adam Malek, of Orland Park Joleen Preuninger, of Chicago Fourth Chanon Ross of Naperville Knox James Thompson, Jr., of Glen Ellyn First Lesley Weir of Park Forest Calvary Enrolled as Candidate Under Care: Lisa Lumpp, of Lake Forest First Deemed Prepared and Authorized to seek a call: Loy Mershimer Amy Pagliarella Examined and Approved for Ordination Craig Howard, under care of Chicago Presbytery, to serve as Senior Development Officer at McCormick Theological Seminary Elizabeth Hulford, under care of Philadelphia Presbytery, to serve as halftime chaplain at Adventist Health System Jihyun Oh, under care of Tropical Florida Presbytery, to serve as Associate Pastor, Arlington Heights First. Removed from the Roll: Kara Smith Laubenstein, from Libertyville First, at her request. COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY Arrivals: Rev. Paulo Franca, from Western Reserve Presbytery, to serve as pastor, Christ Church of Chicago, UCC Rev. Kenneth C. Green, from Whitewater Valley Presbytery (Indiana), to serve as pastor of La Grange First Rev. Scott Henry Jansen, from East Iowa Presbytery, to serve as pastor, Riverside Rev. Dean Myron Lindsey, from the Presbytery of the Peaks (Virginia), to serve as pastor, Clarendon Hills Community Autum Lum, upon her ordination, to serve as associate pastor of Wilmette First Rev. Joyce Shin, from Transylvania Presbytery (Kentucky), to serve as associate pastor, Chicago Fourth Rev. Ann L. Rosewall, from Mission Presbytery (Texas), to serve as interim associate pastor, Evanston Northminster. Departures: Rev. Thomas Daniels, from co-pastor, Evanston First, to Atlanta Presbytery, to serve as organizing pastor of the Atlantic Station New Church Development Rev. Frank Gipson, from Chicago Pine Avenue, to the Pacific Presbytery, to serve as pastor of St. Paul s Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles Rev. Bobbi Hargleroad, to de Cristo Presbytery (AZ), to be honorably retired Rev. Tim Janiszewski, from Mundelein Kirk of the Lakes, to Pittsburgh Presbytery, to serve as pastor of the Mount Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon, PA Rev. Jeanne Kumbalek, from pastor, South Holland United, to Maumee Valley Presbytery, to serve as pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Perrysburg, OH Rev. Chad Miller, from pastor, Lansing, to New Castle Presbytery, to serve as the associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE Rev. Dean Overholser, HR, to Monmouth Presbytery (New Jersey) to serve as pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Englishtown, NJ Rev. David E. Sanchez, from newly ordained candidate to Philadelphia Presbytery, to serve as a chaplain. Changes within the Presbytery: Rev. Ryan Brakemeyer, from associate pastor, Winnetka, to member-at-large Rev. Al Bridges, to assist as moderator of Chicago Pine Avenue Rev. Patrick Daymond, to pastor, Chicago Sixth-Grace Rev. Donald Dempsey, from member-atlarge to other validated ministry, at Lake Forest First Rev. Edwin Dykstra, from interim pastor, Riverside, to member-at-large Rev. Dudley Elvery, to assist as moderator, Lansing Rev. Anne Fisher, from interim pastor, Clarendon Hills Community, to memberat-large Rev. David Ezekiel, to serve as interim pastor, St. Paul s U.C.C. in Elgin, IL Rev. Dawn Haeger, to assist as moderator, Hoffman Estates Church of the Cross Rev. David S. Handley, from co-pastor, Evanston First, to member-at-large Rev. James W. Hartley, to assist as moderator, South Holland United Rev. William Higginson, from honorably retired to member-at-large Rev. David Hogue, to assist as moderator of the Evanston First Rev. John Johnson, from pastor, La Grange Highlands, to member-at-large Rev. Kent Kinney, to assist as moderator of Mundelein Kirk of the Lakes Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis, to assist as moderator of La Grange Highlands Rev. Wendy Mathewson, from Evanston Northminster, to serve as Chaplain to the Residence Halls at DePaul University, Chicago Rev. Mary Morrison, to assist as moderator of the North Riverside Community Rev. David Neff, from Pastor, Chicago Morgan Park, to member-at-large Rev. Deborah Paton, to assist as moderator at Chicago Morgan Park Rev. Richard W. Smith, from interim pastor, La Grange First, to member-at-large. RETIREMENTS: Rev. Robert Brawley, from McCormick Theological Seminary Rev. Stephen Chen, effective August 1, 2007 Rev. Roberta (Bobbi) Hargleroad, effective September 1, 2007 Rev. SeBong Kang, transferred to Presbytery of Middle Tennessee Rev. Spencer Lawrence, from Hoffman Estates Church of the Cross. Placed on Inactive Status: Rev. Julia Brichacek, of Highland Park Rev. Andres Carranza, of Chicago Rev. Swailem Hennein, of Addison. Removed from Roll: Rev. Del Biglow Rev. Dong-Ic Choi Rev. Ray Stalker. Restored to Roll: Rev. Byong Kie Choi, restored to active membership and transferred to The Pacific Presbytery Rev. William Higginson, restored as honorably retired. October

10 New beginnings for Agape House Location, location, location is a familiar phrase in the business world. The Rev. Richard Williams, who recently completed his first, full year as campus minister at Agape House, on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), feels it s also applicable in discussing his calling. Agape House new facility, strategically located in UIC South Campus Rev. Williams, along with office manager Ragina Bunton, is revitalizing Agape House, UIC s Christian campus ministry, and the effort was helped at the start of the school year by being able to provide programming and services in a beautiful, new facility. A full schedule of activities was planned for this year s Welcome Week, including worship, discussions, service, food and fellowship. At 809 W. Roosevelt Rd., the Agape House possesses an inviting environment on the second floor above a Barbara s Bookstore and, at the same time, puts it smack dab at one of UIC s busiest, most desirable crossroads. To the immediate south is the student-friendly, newlydeveloped corridor of shops, restaurants, and residences of University Village, which formerly comprised the legendary Maxwell Street District. In the other direction, just across Roosevelt, is the burgeoning, 25,300-student UIC campus. And directly across Halsted is Stukel Towers, a new 750- room freshmen dormitory that opened in August. The Protestant ministry for students formerly was housed in an older, less-convenient building at 1046 W. Polk St., a non-accessible facility. It began before that in 1965, when the Rev. Dave McGown started the initiative on the old Navy Pier. Soon after, the University of Illinois opened its Circle Campus in the Harrison-Halsted area. At various times, it functioned cooperatively with support from the Lutheran, Episcopal, American Baptist and United Methodist churches, with pastors supplied by those denominations from 1972 to the early 2000 s. The outreach now receives support from Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Church of the Brethren. Rev. Williams arrival in June, 2006, has brought a new sense of energy and organization, according to those familiar with Agape House. He is a 2004 McCormick Theological Seminary graduate, ordained Presbyterian minister, and previously served as a Pastoral Resident at Chicago Fourth. His mission is to provide a presence of a vibrant, mainline Protestantism to college students, a sorely under-served, but vitally important, link in church life. This makes Agape House an important mission, and its own literature explains it best: Most of our churches are excellent at children s programs, Sunday school, and youth groups. We have many fellowship opportunities for young persons, engaging adult education, fun social events, and programs for older adults. What is missing are programs that speak to faith journeys of those in college. Campus ministry reaches out on campuses to people as they make critical and transformative transitions in their lives. Protestant Campus Ministries are often a place of comfort and connection. They are also places of engagement and action, bringing the demands of the Gospel into the academic setting. Now at one of Illinois largest, public universities, Rev. Williams feels there is a facility to match this challenge. CCIL continues 100 Years of Mission in Changing World From its founding in 1909 by Presbyterian minister, Rev. George Kilbey, Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL) has pursued its defining goal of helping the city s neediest citizens. However, in a changing world, this commitment has meant a constant openness to new ways to meet the changing needs of its evolving clientele. Most recently this has meant transforming itself from the emergency shelter for homeless persons it was for several decades in the latter half of the last century, into a complex transitional living facility that prepares its clients for independent living through life skills and job training, and through counseling and educational opportunities, while still providing shelter, meals and additional supportive services for men, families, and, as resources allow, the development of a woman s program. These activities occur primarily at the League s new twentysix million dollar facility at California and Roosevelt in North Lawndale, while shelter and a lower level of supportive services are made available to approximately 340 persons at CCIL s two SRO s (Single Room Occupancy) on South Wabash, the one at 1801 Wabash, the Studios, being a partnership with Central City Housing Ventures. Typically, CCIL serves approximately 1025 people per year, helping them to meet their immediate needs and assisting them in preparing for a better future. Generally, 94% of our clients are male, 6% female, 87% African-American, 12% Caucasian, 1% all other minorities. About 17% of those we serve are children under age 18, 37% of these children are age five or under. 10 October 2007

11 Currently the most direct steps to much needed employment opportunities are provided by the League s two job training programs, the large landscaping program and the smaller culinary program. These programs generate income for CCIL s clients and for the League itself and, more importantly, encourage and enable the League s clients to develop basic job skills and sound working habits. While the increasingly complex and more expensive needs of the League s clients have prompted the League to draw on the public funds it once avoided, the League still highly values the support of Presbyterian and other religious communities, whether through the giving of individual members, or of the corporate bodies. This support is important not only for its dollar value, but also because it continues CCIL s rich religious heritage, it affirms and still informs the CCIL s understanding of its mission, and it enables congregations to extend their mission outreach into areas that are difficult to impact through the mission resources of individual congregations. Whatever else has changed over the past 100 years, CCIL s board of directors and staff remain deeply committed to being good stewards of its always limited and challenged resources so that as many of our neediest sisters and brothers as possible can find the help they need at the League. For further information, visit or call CCIL ( ) for a tour of the new facility and for information about opportunities for monetary support and volunteer involvement. Article submitted by Paul Camenisch, member of Evanston Northminster and CCIL Board CPRC negotiates resource partnership The Chicago Presbytery Resource Center (CPRC) recently negotiated a partnership with the Wabash Valley Presbytery intended to facilitate the sharing of resources. When the Wabash Valley Presbytery Assembly voted to eliminate their Resource Center from the annual budget, Wabash Valley Christian educators knew their congregations would still need access to resources. With the approval of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley Council, they formed a task force and began to look for a way to meet the needs of their churches. Sally Van Bokkelen, from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, Indiana, contacted Loretta Gratias-Bremer from the Presbytery of Chicago. Experienced Christian educators who had known each other a long time, they also knew the value of an accessible Resource Center. Gratias-Bremer put Van Bokkelen in touch with Adele Hensley, coordinator of Chicago Presbytery s Resource Center Sally asked me if I knew of anyone who offered long-distance resource center services. I told her I did not yet but that I would be attending resource center director s training at the National Training Center in December and I would ask, remembers Hensley. At the National Training Center, Hensley learned about an array of resourcing models. The two United Methodist resource center directors did almost all their communication with patrons by telephone or . These two centers lend mainly video resources and almost no books. Some Resource Centers will loan materials out to anyone who pays a yearly subscription fee. Some were started as joint projects between nearby middle governing bodies. When Hensley returned to Chicago, the Resource Center Work Group met and quickly reached a consensus that the Chicago Presbytery Resource Center has a commitment to serving any person, church or presbytery that seeks their help. The Wabash Valley task force and the Resource Center work group met. They drew up a cooperative agreement that included transferring many resources from Geneva Center to Chicago. The agreement has been approved by the Councils of both Presbyteries. In July, all the paperwork was signed and the partnership became official. People in the northwest corner of Indiana may choose to come and browse the CPRC. Otherwise, they may access the web-based catalog, or call to ask for direct help. Resources are then mailed to them by Hensley. In developing the partnership, every effort was made to reduce as many barriers as possible, since some of the churches are some distance away. Because the Presbytery of Wabash Valley is geographically large, they have also forged an agreement with the Congregational Resource Center at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. By establishing relationships with both of these city-based resource centers, the task force is confident that the people of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley will be able to get the resources and information they need. Presbyterian Camps schedule available Presbyterian Camps is now accepting requests for 2008 Retreats. There is room at camp from February until the weekend before Thanksgiving. Be aware that July is the busiest month at The Rev. Donna Gray, Chicago Fourth, conducts Bible camp. The minimum Study at Presbyterian Camps at Saugatuck group size is 15. Camp leadership is available to help plan and run church retreats. The Summer Camp schedule for 2008 is now on the camp website. The site is linked to the Presbytery of Chicago (www.chicagopresbytery.org) or can be reached directly at October

12 Youth Ministries 2007 Youth Triennium Youth from Chicago Presbytery churches gather for 2007 Youth Triennium [Ed. Note: In a departure from tradition, OCM is printing this article in the first person, as it was submitted by Amanda Huels (Winnetka), a senior at New Trier High School]. I had no idea what to expect in terms of worship at Triennium. It was a week full of new experiences for me. I never thought I would hear the phrase that s so un-presbyterian, or be jumping up and down to the numma numma song in preparation for church. But these things have had a great effect on me, and I m lucky to say that I ve had a few pivotal God moments in my short 17 years, Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) being the most recent and most exciting. The worship style at PYT was so different than what I m used to. Singing along to a live band is way different than singing with the old ladies in my choir. Contemporary for us is wearing concert dress instead of robes in the summer. Being in a theatre full of 4,000 youth was never how I imagined church. And yet there I was, day after day, for hours at a time having a blast. The way each speaker could command the attention of all these teens was amazing to me. The energy levels would change from clapping and screaming to settling down where an inexplicable calm comes over you and you don t even want to breathe because it might get in the way of hearing the message. This message that continued throughout the week was one of hope. It s hard to hope as a teenager, and the vision team for the 2007 Triennium captured that beautifully. When the Soul Children of Chicago performed, it was like worship on another planet. The amount of excitement literally shook the building. Seriously, I was at the front of the balcony, and we were moving up and down. I ve never seen the Chicago PYT kids more energetic than that night. In addition to all the ways we welcomed God into that week through joy, the vision team also made sure we saw God through our pain. Our Sabbath worship was at night on a hill facing an outdoor pavilion. It was a quiet service, a vigil, and during this time we raised our pain and our concerns. Each time a prayer was read, if it applied to you, you could stand in 12 October 2007 fellowship with others that suffer. I stood early in this time after prayers were raised for those who are mourning a loved one because, though it has been three years, I still struggle with the suicide of an 8 th grade classmate. As memories of that time in my life came rushing back to me, I felt hands on my shoulders. I tried to turn my head, not only to acknowledge their presence, but to peek at whose hands they were. Then I realized I didn t care who it was. Someone had reached out to comfort me, and I welcomed that. That was the third God moment I had regarding this week. My senior pastor s favorite quote to reference is, Where two or more are gathered, so too is the spirit of God. On that hill of 4,000 teenagers, the Spirit reached me when only one of the 4,000 suffered with me. And together we hoped. Creative Accounting by Youth Youth involvement in church mission and ministry often inspires inventive ways of responding to need. The youth in our own congregations have unique ways of engaging in ministry and raising mission dollars. Each February during the Super Bowl, youth all over the nation plot their participation in the Souper Bowl of Caring. They break out soup-pots to collect donations, roll up their sleeves in the pre-game Service Blitz and map-out game plans to support local organizations with the proceeds of their effort. In June, the middle-school youth of Chicago Fourth headed for the Illinois Special Olympics Summer Games in Bloomington. Participants lent energy and enthusiasm while helping Special Olympians compete in various events. A Mother s Day Flower Sale was one strategy for gathering mission support. In July, the high-school youth of Chicago Church of Christ journeyed to the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, home to the Ojibwe peoples. They cleaned, painted, and provided leadership at a YouthWorks Kid s Club and Outrageous Sports Camp. The youth raised mission support through congregational meals, including a Super Bowl Sub sale and a Spaghetti Luncheon. Frugal planning enabled them to participate and contribute to work project supplies. If you have a creative idea for youth ministry and mission funding to share, the Rev. Jason Harshberger, Moderator of Presbytery Youth Mission Team (708) , Notices NEEDED: Part time organist and choir director. Sunday worship and choir practice; 4-5 hours/week including preparation time. Contact Rev. Steve Durham, Chicago Mayfair, (773) , FOR THE ASKING: Choral Music. Anthems for all voicings. Contact Marilyn Wilgocki, Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, at (708)

13 Compartiendo Nuestro Ministerio Presbytery of Chicago Octubre 2007 Volume 23 Number 4 COM - Equipando Congregaciones Nuestra tarea es equipar a congregaciones para que sean las comunidades más sana y más fieles a Cristo, dice la Reverenda Dr. Virginia B. Ginny Smith. Ginny es la Ejecutiva Asociada del Presbiterio para Ministerio y una de sus responsabilidades es guiar al Comité de Ministerio (COM). El Comité de Ministerio es un comité requerido por la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EUA) y tiene responsabilidades definidas en el Libro de Orden. Su propósito indicado es servir como pastor y consejero a los ministros, facilitar relaciones entre las congregaciones, los ministros y el presbiterio, y resolver dificultades a nombre del Presbiterio. En respuesta a las necesidades de las iglesias del Presbiterio, COM está reestructurando su trabajo para ser más activo al desarrollar relaciones con los pastores y las congregaciones. Desean estar disponible para proporcionar ayuda y recursos que equipen a las congregaciones que se prepararán para resolver los retos de la vida de la iglesia. COM en el Presbiterio de Chicago tiene 42 miembros y es moderado por el Rev. Michael Youngblood, pastor de Evanston Northminster. Para vivir con más eficacia su propósito, COM se ha estructurado en cuatro subcomités, cada uno servido por un coordinador voluntario. Los miembros de COM se reúnen con su sub-comité mensualmente, y el comité completo se reúne tres veces al año. Los subcomités y sus coordinadores son: Región Sur - Anc. Mike Wolfe; Región Central - Anc. Nadine McBeth; Región Norte - Anc. Gene Craig; y Ministerios Especializados - Anc. Carole Norton. Los cuatro coordinadorer se reúnen con Ginny a manera regular y trabajan juntos en equipo al administrar el trabajo de COM. Todas las iglesias en el Presbiterio tienen un representante en el Comité de Ministerio asignado para que les apoye. Coordinadores Regionales del Comité de Ministerio rodean a Ginny Smith Asociada Ejecutiva. Desde la izquierda: Mike Wolfe, Nadine McBeth, Ginny Smith, Carole Norton y Gene Craig. Además, hay planes para establecer equipos de destrezas en cada región geográfica para asistir con tres responsabilidades de COM. Un equipo estará disponible para proporcionar el entrenamiento a los Comités de Nominación de Pastor (PNC, por sus siglas en inglés); un segundo será entrenado en resolución de conflicto; y un tercero trabajará con los representantes congregational de COM para llevar a cabo visitas trienales con los pastores y los consistorios para cuidado y ayuda adicional. Hay también planes para proporcionar un taller de todo el día en el LEAD 2008 para nuevos miembros de COM, así como para cualquiera que desee refrescar sus conocimientos. Como una de sus responsabilidades que es central al trabajo del Presbiterio, el COM está encargado de asesorar a las iglesias con respecto a los llamadas para relaciones pastorales permanentes, también como otro apoyo pastoral, tales como pastores suplentes, pastores interinos, pastores designados, etc. Miembros del Comité entrevistan posibles pastores a nombre del Presbiterio sobre su declaración de la fe, mientras le dan al candidato pastoral la oportunidad de hacer preguntas que puede ser no sientan cómodos de hacer al PNC local. Una vez la iglesia le extiende un llamado a un pastor, entonces el COM hace recomendaciones al Presbiterio sobre el llamado a servicio de sus ministros. El subcomité de Ministerios Especializados es responsable del cuidado y vigilancia del que desempeña servicios (no relacionados con iglesias) validados y pastores en otras denominaciones que deseen transferirse a IPEUA. También recibe y repasa los informes anuales requeridos de los Ministros Especializados del Presbiterio. El trabajo de COM es extenso y requiere los servicios de ancianos/as y pastores/as que estén comprometidos a dar su tiempo, energía, y habilidades a servir en esta capacidad. Octubre

14 Compartiendo Nuestro Ministerio Puntos de Interés de la Asamblea de Presbiterio La reunión del 12 de junio de la Asamblea del Presbiterio fue celebrada en la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Elmhurst, en medio de un mar de cigarras. El servicio de adoración celebró los regalos de nuestras congregaciones Africo-Americanas, que están marcando el 200 mo aniversario de congregaciones presbiterianas negras en los Estados Unidos. El Rev. James Foster Reese, Ministro para la Interpretación Especializada de la Fundación Presbiteriana predicó. El presbiterio dijo adiós al Rev. David Ezekiel, que deja su posición como Ejecutivo Asociado para Desarrollo Congregacional para regresar al pastorado. La Comisión Administrativa para Altgeld Gardens presentó el informe detallado que fue solicitado en la reunión de la Asamblea en abril. El Presbiterio votó para concurrir con la recomendación de la comisión de cerrar la iglesia de Altgeld Gardens, autoriza la venta de la propiedad y el uso de los fondos para fortalecer las iglesias étnico-raciales del área sur de Chicago. Varios equipos de misión informaron sobre sus actividades: El equipo de Convenio de Congregaciones Africo- Americanas en Transformación, el equipo de Auto Desarollo de Gente, el Equipo de Trabajo de Oriente Medio y Congregaciones en Solidaridad con América Latina. Otros asuntos de negocio incluidos: la formación de las Comisiones Administrativas para Cicero Emmanuel y Midwest Hanmi/Iglesia de la Comunidad de Jesús; adopción de un acuerdo de confianza con Christopher House y adopción de un nuevo Manual de Operaciones. La reunión de la Asamblea del 11 de agosto fue celebrada en el Seminario Teológico de McCormick. El Rev. Craig Howard predicó en el servicio de la adoración. El Presbiterio dio la bienvenida al Rev. Milton Mejía y su esposa, y al Rev. Jack Haberer como huéspedes. Rev. Mejía es el pasado Secretario General de la Iglesia Presbiteriana en Colombia, que está en Chicago estudiando en el Seminario McCormick. Rev. Haberer es editor de Presybterian Outlook. Miembros del Equipo de Misión de DELAW Filipinas hablaron sobre su reciente viaje a las Filipinas. Siete iglesias del Presbiterio participaron en el viaje, haciendo de este grupo uno de los equipos de misión más diversos en visitar las Filipinas. Amanda Huels (Winnetka) y Matt Johnson (Western Springs) hablaron entusiásticamente sobre su participación en el Trienio Nacional de la Juventud Presbiteriana en julio. Eran parte de un grupo de veinte jóvenes del Presbiterio de Chicago que participaron. Fueron patrocinados por el Equipo de Misión de la Juventud y el Equipo de Misión de Prioridad de Liderazgo. El Rev. Marty Gool dirigió al Presbiterio en una letanía de acción de gracias por el ministerio de 50 años de la Iglesia Unida de Altgeld Gardens. En el otros asuntos de negocio, el Presbiterio aprobó el per capita de $26.29 para 2008 y un aumento en el salario eficaz mínimo para pastores de $40,580. Fondos de Construyendo Sociedades de hasta $20,000 fueron liberados para las iglesias de Pullman y de Wildwood para ayudarles en la compensación de los costos de sus campañas capitales. El Bolígrafo del Presbítero Crecimiento de Iglesias por Robert C. Reynolds, Presbítero Ejecutivo En una reunión de personal recientemente, un colega compartió los resultados de un estudio sobre crecimiento de iglesias. He aquí un recurso, yo pensé, del cual los/as pastores/as y líderes laicos del Presbiterio de Chicago estarán contentos nosotros estamos pendientes. Presbiterianos generalmente estarán interesados en estos resultados también, así que estoy citando varios hechos del documento, algunos de ellos pueden confirmar tus ideas preconcebidas sobre crecimiento de iglesias y algunas que te sorprenderán. Tres predicciones positivas sobre crecimiento es iglesias que fuertemente cuidan por sus niños/as y jóvenes, le dan la bienvenida a nueva gente y participación en la congregación. Congregaciones pequeñas pueden crecer. 39% de las congregaciones Persbiterianas de mayor crecimiento tienen menos de 200 personas en servicios de adoración. Muchas personas nuevas (47%) visitan por primera vez porque alguien las ha invitado. Gente regresa a una iglesia por la calidad de su sermón (36%), la amabilidad de sus personas (32%) y la experiencia general de adoración (30%). Congregaciones en crecimiento son más propensas a tener un grupo específico de visitantes y a invitarles a formar parte de grupos pequeños u Robert C. Reynolds oportunidades de servicio. Casi todos los servicios de adoración en Iglesias Presbiterianas ena crecimiento incluyen himnos tradicionales. Servicios en congregaciones en crecimiento son más propensos a incluir música contemporánea y risa. Muchas congregaciones tienen estrategias de evangelismo y crecimiento de iglesias informadas por investigación como esta. Es un recurso que da poder a las iglesias para creativamente extender el alcance del evangelio a la gente en 14 Octubre 2007

15 Compartiendo Nuestro Ministerio sus comunidades y a través del mundo. El Equipo de Liderazgo de Prioridad de Misión Equipando Congregaciones incluye a gente que están apasionadamente envueltas en dirigir a congregaciones en crecimiento y que están al día en recursos y estrategias para el crecimiento de la iglesia. El propósito de este Equipo es convertirse en un socio activo en el desarrollo congregacional a través del presbiterio. Cuando los líderes de la iglesia tienen acceso a la investigación con pistas sobre qué trabaja y entonces hacen uso local creativo, pueden influenciar poderosamente sus estrategias de desarrollo congregacional. Para información adicional sobre lo que el personal del Presbiterio repasó recientemente, vaya al portal de internet de Encuesta de Vida Congregacional de laos Estados Unidos y marque Mitos y Hechos sobre Evangelismo y Crecimiento de Iglesia. 5 to Encuentro reúne a Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Pr5 to Encuentro reúne a Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Presbiterianas Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Presbiterianas (MHLP) se congregaron en Irving, Texas en julio para el Encuentro V la Quinta Conferencia Nacional de Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Presbiterianas. Encuentro es una conferencia trienal, y sus metas son similares a las de Mujeres Presbiterianas en todo el mundo: aumentar la diversidad, desarrollar líderes y tender puentes. Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Presbiterianas es una organización de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (E.U.A.). El tema de la conferencia fue Vayan, compartan y sirvan: De gracia recibieron, den de gracia, basado en Mateo 10:8b. En la alocución de la apertura, la Rvda. Magdalena García, pastora de Chicago Ravenswood, llamó a la gente de Dios a ser pastores de la manada, dispuestos a proteger su vida e integridad. Como en los días de los pastores bíblicos, todavía hay fieras que amenazan el rebaño de Dios como las corrientes partidistas que intentan criminalizar a todos los inmigrantes indocumentados, a pesar de que la economía depende de su mano de obra, y animales feroces que pretenden desmembrar a nuestras familias, incluso cuando hay de por medio menores de edad que son ciudadanos de Estados Unidos, dijo ella. La Rev. Dra. Alice Winters, dirigió un estudio bíblico basado en las historias de Noemí (Libro de Ruth) y Jonás, quienes tuvieron que aprender que el mensaje de salvación es para todos, para el mundo entero. Ella retó a las participantes a mirar más allá de sus fronteras, y a recordar a sus hermanas en sus países de origen y en el mundo entero. La Dra. Winters es una misionera presbiteriana que ha servido en Colombia por más de 30 años. Uno de los momentos sobresalientes de la conferencia fue el foro sobre inmigración, donde una abogada local, Nelly Rocha Andersen, esbozó muchas de las alternativas que tienen disponibles quienes desean obtener una visa para quedarse en Estados Unidos o reclamar a un familiar. Hay mucho que las comunidades eclesiales han hecho y pueden continuar haciendo por los inmigrantes en nuestro medio, ella dijo. La iglesia puede... ofrecerles educación, asistencia y apoyo económico, y al animar a los que son ciudadanos a participar en el proceso político... La conferencia de tres días incluyó una velada para celebrar los dones de las mujeres ordenadas en la Iglesia Presbiteriana diaconisas, ancianas o presbíteras, y ministras de la Palabra y los Sacramentos, seguida de una hora social que sacó de sus sillas a las participantes mientras cantaban acompañando al mariachi. El Encuentro sirve como plataforma para la reunión de negocios trienal de MHLP, que incluye la elección de oficiales. Durante la sesión de negocios se aprobó una resolución para que en julio del 2010 Encuentro se celebre en conjunto con los Hombres Presbiterianos Hispanos/Latinos y la naciente organización nacional de jóvenes presbiterianos hispanos. El servicio de adoración de clausura incluyó un despliegue espectacular de mujeres clérigas y laicas luciendo coloridas togas y estolas, mientras que dirigían a las participantes en los cantos, las oraciones, las lecturas, la predicación y el partimiento del pan en la Mesa del Señor. Vayan, como nos insta el profeta Isaías, con alegría, y sean mensajeras de paz y bienestar en todas partes, para que la creación y sus criaturas prorrumpan en gritos de júbilo y aplaudan, dijo la Rvda. Marielis Barreto, predicadora invitada para la plenaria de clausura y pastora de la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en Aguada, Puerto Rico. 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