Now Taking DREAM Grant Applications

What is a DREAM grant?

DREAM(Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission) grant applications are available through the General Assembly available in 2015 and 2016 to facilitate new ministries (not new worshipping communities—that is a separate program). One-time grants of up to $10,000 are available. Applicants can be churches or mid-councils. Applications need to be at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies office by November 15, 2015.

2015 Second Cycle DREAM Grant Application

2015 Second Cycle Letter 

For more information please contact:

 Jay Wilkinson, Stated Clerk/Treasurer
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122-3327
651-357-1145 Direct       800-328-1880, ext. 205
[email protected]


Judy Dill presents Britteny Beckstrom with Level III Certification pin.

Judy Dill presents Britteny Beckstrom with Level III Certification pin.

Congratulations to Britteny Beckstrom, secretary from the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island. Britteny received her Level III certification at the 2015 Regional Rocky Mountain Administrative Personnel  Association (APA) conference located in Kearney.

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska churches were well represented at this year’s conference.  Classes offered were Theology, Spiritual Growth and Discipline, Office Administration, Polity I, GA Entities, Retirement Strategies, and Hymnology. Thank you to all of the teachers that gave their time and service to help make this a successful event and a special thank you to Rose Miller for organizing the conference and planning out all of the details.

At this year’s annual business meeting Britteny Beckstrom was elected the APA Rocky Mountain Regional secretary and Naomi Okoye was appointed certification chair.

We are so blessed and grateful for the support from this presbytery. Thank you!

Mission Magnified – November 19-21, 2015 – Kansas City, MO

Do you know mission leaders who are seeking community, inspiration and renewal? Or a congregation that is seeking wisdom for mission direction and partnership? This fall, World Mission is hosting “Mission Magnified,” a mission leader conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Mission leaders from around the country will gather for worship and reflection, connection and community, all while gaining practical tools for use in local, regional and international mission work. Conference registration is only $100, including meals! Speakers include Mark Adams, mission co-worker on the US/Mexico border and Rebecca Kirkpatrick, former mission co-worker in Egypt and Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Mission at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. The first day’s activities will focus on short-term mission trip planning – a great resource for any group organizing mission events this year. The remainder of the conference will be about how to make the most of your mission efforts, whether local or international, from a congregation, presbytery or mission group. To learn more and register, visit We hope to see you there!

GA Commissioner Applications Due September 1st!

This is a reminder that the nominating committee of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska is asking for your help in encouraging people to attend the General Assembly meeting June 18 – 25 in Portland, Oregon. Our guidelines call for the session to endorse such applications to be considered by the nominating committee.

The final registration deadline is September 1st.

Please send all forms to the presbytery office at 4111 4th Ave Ste. 28, Kearney, NE 68845.

GA Teaching Elder Commissioner Application

GA Ruling Elder Commissioner Application

YAD Application

Please share this information. Thank you.

Final “Town Hall” Meeting

Last chance to participate in a “town hall” meeting!  

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska invites congregations to attend a “town hall” type gathering. Chuck Traylor will be leading the discussion which will focus around the Presbytery of Central Nebraska structure and staffing for the future. 

The goal of these town hall meetings will be to take the information we have gleaned to date regarding what the larger presbytery has told us about what it believes the corporate Presbytery should be doing to resource congregations, and what functions Presbytery staff members should be performing in service of congregations, and focus these priorities and functions into specific position descriptions. Additionally, we will begin talking about corporate Presbytery facilities – what type of facilities, if any, are needed, and where those facilities most appropriately would be located; this is an opportunity for congregations of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska to discuss these matters prior to the October 24th presbytery meeting in Kearney.

Time:   3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The group discussion will take place at the following locations:

September 13th
First Presbyterian Church—North Platte
Contact:  Polly Deppen-Williams
RSVP by:  September 11th

Please RSVP with the hosting church or the presbytery office.