As we emerge from a pandemic that kept us apart, we are finding that being together inspires us to reach higher, to be stronger, to enjoy more fully our calling. And this is precisely what happens when the congregation gathers for worship. Christians gather to worship in order to be energized for going beyond its walls to continue Jesus’ work of repairing the world in the power of the Spirit. In this week’s meditation, Spurring Each Other On, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores this and more.
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is taking applications for the Nov. 6-18 conference, which will take place in Jerusalem and Palestine (Apply here by July 1.). Participants will engage with Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders, experience contextual theology and study peacemaking practices within the framework of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) policy. They also will connect with global and local partners “to take meaningful action for a just and lasting peace in the region,” according to the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s website.
The Presbyterian Associate of Musicians (PAM) will be having their 2022 Worship and Music Conference June 19 – 24, and June 26 – July1 at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC. The event is titled “In the Stranger’s Guise,” and will be offered both in-person and online. The Worship and Music Conference is an inter-generational conference for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, pianists, instrumentalists, dancers, ringers, worship leaders, choir members, and anyone who loves and takes part in the worship and music of the church.
As the world (and the church) emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many churches are assessing their use of technology. Should we keep live streaming? Should we keep using Zoom? What about hybrid? In this presentation, Rev. Brian Wallace presents a framework for looking at how to use technology in the greater scheme of your church’s vision, mission, and strategy so that technology enhances, rather than drives, your ministry.
On May 17, 2022, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, the Presbyterian Mission Agency will be hosting a “Presbyterian Communicators Network Workshop.” This communications worship is aimed to help individuals learn how to post a live service. It will be offered via Zoom, and you can find more information and register here.
Come treat yourself on Monday mornings at 10am to Coffee with Clergy! It’s a space for Pastors to shake off the Monday morning drudge with coffee, laughter, and great conversation among colleagues. B.Y.O.C. (or tea)! Next week’s topic, As covid moves from pandemic to endemic, what are your (related to the church) hopes and fears? What is something that you/your church did before Covid that you will not go back to doing? Join us Monday as we discuss. Click here for the Zoom link.