When Disaster Strikes - Church Safety and Security Planning Workshop
Is your church ready? Have you planned? Human caused disasters such as fires, or natural disasters such as earthquake or lightning, or even violence against church workers and members are all a current reality. Preparedness for individuals, families, churches, and our communities is essential. This workshop is provided for the churches in our Presbytery to enter into the conversations and planning that is necessary for the disasters that will come in unexpected ways.
Please ask members of your Session or leaders in your church to join us on Saturday, Sept. 29th at the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque from 9:30am - 3:00 pm to work on responses and plans to meet emergencies. We will hear from some of our churches as they have responded to disasters. Paul Loftis from Church Mutual Insurance will explain the insurance perspective on disasters from their experience. Sample handbooks and planning procedures will be available. Afternoon workshops will give us practical experience in planning.
Cost is $5 at the door, which includes lunch.
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2018-2019 ABQ YAVs
We are excited to welcome Julie, Lauren, Kim, and Brooke to Albuquerque in the second year of the ABQ Young Adult Volunteer Program! Keep them in your prayers as they begin local orientation the next two weeks.
Visit www.abqyav.com to read their bios and follow their blogs.
Julie will be serving at Menaul School.
Lauren will be serving at Second Presbyterian Church of Albuquerque.
Kim will be serving at Heading Home.
Brooke will be serving at St. Martin's Hope Works.
Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram @abqyav!
June Lorenzo featured in PC(USA) News Repudiating the "Doctrine of Discovery"
During the Native American Consulting Committee Dinner at the General Assembly, June Lorenzo talked about ways in which we, as a denomination, might inform future mission work by addressing past injustice. Part of this includes repudiating the "Doctrine of Discovery".
The papal doctrine justified worldwide colonization and westward expansion in the United States resulting in the loss of land and life for large numbers of Native Americans. Lorenzo said nullifying the "discovery" doctrine is responsible for generational trauma.
Read the full article HERE
Greetings from Lima, Peru
Sara Armstrong and Rusty Edmondson, Presbyterian World Mission Partners
What a great ride! It has been 10 (!!) years since we were sent to Peru to establish a Short-Term-Mission Program between PC(USA) and Peruvian partners. We are excited to help start PERUSA; a new program of the Red Uniendo Manos-Peru (the Joining Hands Network.) Miriam Laura became the Coordinator of PERUSA in May, 2017 and has guided us through two team seasons. Miriam can be contacted by email: email@example.com We are also keen on the 14 new projects, approved by Peruvians and awaiting adoption by US church partners.
In the midst of all this excitement, Rusty retires December 31, 2018 and we will be leaving Peru. Sara is praying and searching for the next big step in her life. We are delighted to report that our position is prioritized for the next four years. We hope you will give (or transfer) your material and spiritual support to the new Mission Co-Worker/s who will start work in Peru, hopefully by the end of 2018.
From the National Office: "World Mission will be recruiting a replacement for Sara and Rusty's position and invites you prayerfully to continue your support of this important ministry. We ask you to further your partnership with Presbyterian World Mission by making a pledge for the next four years, that is, from 2018 through 2022. Gifts can be made here and will help our ability to fill this position. We cannot do this important ministry without you."
Rusty and Sara will be traveling the U.S. on Itineration Assignment September through December. If your congregation is interested in receiving them to learn more about PERUSA, their mission, and other news, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbytery Youth Mission Learning Week in Taos
Camp Loma Verde - Taos, New Mexico
On June 3-8, 2018, 31 youth and 8 adults from all across the Presbytery of Santa Fe gathered at Camp Loma Verde, a PC(USA) camp 9 miles outside of Taos, for a week of service and learning.
The youth did a lot of work to help get camp ready for the summer, including sanding, painting, fixing up doors and windows, and a lot of brush clearing to create defensible space around buildings in preparation for a dry summer and high fire danger. As well as volunteered at Not Forgotten Outreach, a respite center for veterans. There, the youth learned a lot about the needs of veterans and the importance of spaces, like Not Forgotten, where they and their families can find space to heal.
Besides playing with all the therapy animals, the youth did lots of hard work clearing growth from the acequia that runs through newly acquired land that they are planning to develop into gardens and a tiny home community for homeless vets. On Wednesday, the group was led on a guided hike by Jeremy Romero (with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation) who taught about national parks and monuments and why they are so important to protect. On Thursday, there was an opportunity to visit the Taos Pueblo, where tour guides shared their stories of growing up there as well as the history of the Pueblo and the lands surrounding it. Friday, in returning home with full minds and hearts, and totally exhausted. It was a great week with lots of learning and new friendships made, as well as new experiences of God at work in our lives and world.
Bylaws of the Presbytery of Santa Fe - Rev. 06/27/2015
(Adopted June 6, 2003; Revised February 23, 2008; Revised October 13, 2012;
Revised June 27, 2015)
Native American Prayers
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
Read more: Native American Prayers
Presbytery of Santa Fe Vision and Values
The Presbytery of Santa Fe, as the Presbyterian Church (USA) in this place, is a community of congregations engaged by the Triune God in worship, education, and mission, both as congregations and as relational networks.
Read more: Presbytery of Santa Fe Vision and Values