Heartland Shared Ministries will be celebrating the coming together of three churches in three denominations in sharing pastoral ministry which includes Church of the Plains in Edgar, Salem Lutheran Church between Nelson and Superior, and Clay Center UCC with a progressive dinner and worship on Sunday, February 28, 2016. It will start at Clay Center UCC at 3:30pm, main course at Church of the Plains in Edgar around 5pm and then have dessert at Salem around 6:30pm. All are welcome to help us celebrate.
Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders will be presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center on May 23-27, 2016 at Calvin Crest Conference & Retreat Center, Fremont, Nebraska. A combination of lectures, discussion and guided practice in role plays, the training will look at the nature of conflict, guide participants in understanding their own style of response to conflict, and develop an understanding of mediation skills using Family Systems Theory and Church Conflict. The training is sponsored by the Quad Presbyterian Consortium.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency announces that beginning in 2016, the 120-year-old Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study will transform to a new digital-only resource. By offering this as a free resource through the PCUSA website, they will be able to broaden its reach, share inspiring content in a timelier manner, and demonstrate better stewardship.
PMA will honor the publication’s long history by using the online version of the Mission Yearbook to connect Presbyterians to the greater church, energizing them for mission.
Over the past decade, as readership of the printed Mission Yearbook declined, the cost per book increased dramatically, making it less accessible to many. For instance, in 200, readers purchased 80,000 copies of the Mission Yearbook at $7.50 per copy. This year 8,000 copies were sold at $34.95 per book. With the print version operating at a loss, it was simply not sustainable in its current format.
As a part of this transition, the communications staff will write and share the inspiring stories that brings mission work into the daily lives of so many. Therefore, the Presbytery of Central Nebraska will no longer be responsible for writing stories. Instead they will be contacting us to set up an interview. Because digital turnaround is significantly shorter than print, the content will be timelier.
They will also be creating a dynamic, new, user-friendly Presbyterian Mission Agency website that will make the Mission Yearbook even more accessible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy Francis directly at 502-569-5194 or [email protected]