Presbytery Uses a New Tool for the 2016 Budget

Dear Friends in Christ,

On behalf of the Council for the Presbytery of Central Nebraska I thank you for your generous support of your ministry and mission through the institution of the Presbytery in the past year, and for the past many years. We are able to support pastors and congregations because of your faithfulness, not only in monetary support but through the service of Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders on Presbytery committees and commissions.

As we anticipate an exciting 2016 in service of our Lord Jesus Christ, with hoped for restructuring of Presbytery staff and mission emphases coming into focus, your Council again asks that you give prayerful consideration to supporting the Presbytery budget for 2016. As a tool to help you interpret the budget to your respective congregations, we have prepared the attached brochure giving an overview of mission priorities for 2016 and the cost of pursuing these priorities. This summary accompanies the more detailed line item budget with narrative explanation that will be included in the Presbytery packet for the October 24 Stated meeting of Presbytery at which the budget will be adopted.

The ability of the Presbytery to engage in the mission and ministry you have deemed important is possibly solely as a result of your generosity. As many of you have heard me say, “Mission follows passion and money follows mission.”  I am confident that your passion for serving Jesus Christ as part of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska will result in an abundance of funds allowing us to engage in the ministry to which we believe Jesus in calling us.

Again, thank you for your generosity and faithfulness. It is a privilege to live and serve among you.

Grace and peace,

The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Traylor
Transitional Executive Presbyter 

2016 Presbytery of Central Nebraska Budget Brochure

Copies of the attached brochure were also mailed to the individual churches.

Quad Presbytery to Host Mediation Skills Training

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.

MSTI Brochure and Registration Form


Sharon Rees Receives Apollos Distinguished Award Scholarship

Sharon ReesThe Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation announced Sharon Rees, Presbytery of Central Nebraska Inquirer and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney, as a recipient of the Apollos Scholarship for this year.  

The Foundation has provided support to seminarians since 1954 and has awarded more than $3.9 million directly to students. This scholarship will provide seminary students who are pursuing a Master of Divinity degree and seeking to become ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA) financial assistance.

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska congratulates Sharon on being selected.


Congratulations Rose Miller!

Rose MillerThe Presbytery of Central Nebraska would like to congratulate Rose Miller, Office Administrator at the First Presbyterian Church of Kearney.

Rose was elected and installed as the National Administrative Personnel Association Treasurer during the national business meeting on September 11th in St. Louis, MO. 

Presbytery of Central Nebraska Announces Officer Training

Chuck Traylor will lead officer training workshops for candidates for the office of Deacon and Ruling Elder from all churches in the Presbytery at three different locations around the Presbytery. The dates for these training events are:

November 14, 2015 Aurora Presbyterian/UCC 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
November 21, 2015 First Presbyterian – Holdrege 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 9, 2106 First Presbyterian – North Platte 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The title of the program is “Being Presbyterian, Or, How to be ‘Reformed’ and ‘Always Being Reformed’ in an Ever-changing World.”

There is no charge for these events. The hosting churches will provide lunch for participants. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to make a love offering to the church in appreciation for the lunch.

Please  make reservations to the host churches. Contact the following folks to let them know you will be attending:

The Rev. Bruce Bradley – Aurora (402) 694-2254 [email protected]
The Rev. Dr. Kirwin Stewart – Holdrege (308) 995-4068 [email protected]
The Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams – North Platte (308) 532-1083 [email protected]

For more information please read the September 1st  Chatting with Chuck .