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December 15, 2017

Gifts received by the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and the Presbyterian Foundation on #GivingTuesday this year totaled $63,379, a significant jump over the $37,440 the two agencies raised on #GivingTuesday last year.

December 15, 2017

The 2020 Vision Team is trying to work its way through a first draft of its report to the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – hoping to hit the right mix of being short, yet challenging; being grounded in biblical history and also looking forward. For sure, it’s an intricate dance.

El don del presente

December 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

Mientras crecía, cada Navidad la pasábamos en casa de mis abuelos en San Juan Bautista, California. Imagine a una treintena de parientes que ríen, comen, bromean y se abrazan en un pequeño hogar hecho de madera de dos dormitorios. Los niños y niñas pasaban de la sala de estar, con su televisión majestuosa y cuadrada, al comedor, a la cocina siempre ocupada presidida por mi abuela, al porche cerrado, al camino de entrada, al establo y al campo de atrás donde mi abuelo vigilaba al cerdo ahumado, con mi papá y mis tíos haciéndole compañía. Y luego, otra vez del campo de atrás, atravesando del establo, al otro lado del camino de entrada, al porche trasero, atravesando la cocina aún ocupada, pasando por el comedor y a la sala de estar.

현재의 선물

December 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

성장하는 동안 모든 크리스마스는 캘리포니아의 산 환 바우티스타San Juan Bautista에 있는 조부모님의 집에서 보냈습니다. 30여명의 친척들이 웃고, 먹고, 농담하고, 포옹하며 침실이 두 개인 나무 집에서 지낸다고 상상해 보십시오. 아이들은 침실에서 식당으로, 할머니가 주재하는 항상 바쁜 부엌으로, 뒤 베란다에서, 차도를 지나, 헛간을 통해 아버지와 삼촌과 함께 할아버지가 훈제 돼지 고기를 지키고 있었던 뒤뜰로 뛰어다녔습니다. 그리고 다시 뒷밭에서, 헛간을 통해, 차도를 가로 질러, 뒤쪽 현관으로, 바쁜 부엌을 통해, 식사 공간을 지나 거실로 뛰어다닙니다.

The Gift of the Present

December 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<한국어><Espaňol> Every Christmas day of my growing-up years was spent at my grandparents’ house in San Juan Bautista, California. Imagine thirty or so relatives laughing, eating, joking, and hugging in a little two-bedroom, wood-frame home. The kids rambled from the living room, with its stately, boxy television, to the dining area, to the always-busy kitchen, presided over by my grandmother, out the enclosed back porch, across the driveway, through the barn, and into the back field where my grandfather was keeping watch over the smoked pork, with my dad and uncles keeping him company. And then back again from the back field, through the barn, across the driveway, onto the back porch, through the still-busy kitchen, passing the dining area, and into the living room.

December 14, 2017

The small community of Aztec, New Mexico, is still reeling from last week’s shooting at a local high school that left two students and the alleged gunman dead. San Juan County authorities say William Atchison, 21, planned the attack at Aztec High School and had purchased a 9mm Glock last month.

December 14, 2017

As a young boy, the Rev. Ken Fuquay felt a call to preach, but he wasn’t sure if it was real or just a shadow cast by his father. The son of a Pentecostal Holiness minister, Fuquay is still referred to as “Tommy’s son” in some circles.

Pacific Presbytery, ‘Matthew 25/Mateo 25’ group help free Guatemalan

December 14, 2017

Pastor Noe and family at the moment of his release from detention.

Pacific Presbytery

Heidi Worthen Gamble

Mission Catalyst, Pacific Presbytery

LOS ANGELES

Leaders of Pacific Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a year-old Southern California church movement called “Matthew 25/Mateo 25” have recently secured the release of a Guatemalan immigrant pastor who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last summer.

Pastor Noe Carias entered ICE headquarters, accompanied by his wife and children, in late-summer. Though he had been granted permission by ICE in prior years (called a “stay of removal”) to remain in the United States with permission, on this day he was carried off in handcuffs to the Adelanto Detention Center.

December 14, 2017

Dec. 2, 2012. It was the first Sunday of Advent and the congregation of Valley Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, Connecticut, gathered in its spacious sanctuary, designed with windows looking out onto the peaceful woods outside. They were there to celebrate the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Adele Crawford.

December 14, 2017

Left: Giving a Child a Ride. Lapland. 1898. From the Sheldon Jackson Papers, 1855-1909. Right: Christmas Pageant at the American School for Girls in Baghdad, 1956 from the Margaret Purchase papers, 1943-2003.

Presbyterian Historical Society

Kristen Gaydos

PHILADELPHIA

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). To celebrate, PHS is sharing seasonal images from Pearl, its online archives, over social media.

During the 12 Days of Christmas, from December 14 to December 25, PHS will post one digitized image per day. PHS made 4,500 collection items available in 2017 through Pearl, which researchers around the world can explore using desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. PHS recently introduced 30 new subject-themed collections to Pearl, including “Christmas in the Archives.”

December 13, 2017

루이빌—뉴욕시의 어번 신학교에서의 첫 번째 모임 후 1주년을 맞이하여 미국장로교 앞으로 나아갈 길 전권위원회는 오늘 보고회 및 초기 권고를 들으며, 초안을 보고하고 223차 총회(2018)를 준비하였다.

December 12, 2017

Meeting on the one-year anniversary of its first gathering at Auburn Seminary in New York City, the Way Forward Commission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) held a 3-hour conference call today to hear reports and initial recommendations, plan for its report drafting sessions and look beyond General Assembly 223 (2018).

December 12, 2017

The gift you didn’t know you were getting this year could be free e-books, audio Bible stories and family activities from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Growing in Grace and Gratitude children’s curriculum.

December 12, 2017

It’s been a week since wildfires broke out in southern California and the fires are still raging out of control. There are currently six separate wildfires burning. The Thomas fire, which started in Ventura County, is the worst of the six and is now the fifth-largest wildfire in California history, according to fire officials.

챈들러Chandler와 리빙스톤Livingston은 시민, 에큐메니칼 경험과 역사에 대한 사랑을 가져옴

December 11, 2017

베르사이유의 벤 챈들러 (왼쪽), 의 마이클 리빙스턴 (권리)

총회 사무국 장로교 역사 소사이티

프레드 탱게만

필라델피아

장로교 역사 소사이티Presbyterian Historical Society는 최근 켄터키 주 베르사이유의 벤 챈들러Ben Chandler와 뉴저지 트렌튼Trenton의 마이클 리빙스턴Michael Livingston 목사를 2021년 이사회 임원으로 환영했다. 정부와 비영리 단체에서의 오랜 경험으로 챈들러와 리빙스턴은 역사에 대한 열정을 이사회 리더로서 전한다.

Chandler, Livingston bring civic, ecumenical experience and love of history

December 11, 2017

Ben Chandler (left) and the Rev. Michael Livingston (right), newly-elected members of the PHS Board.

Presbyterian Historical Society

Fred Tangeman

PHILADELPHIA

The Presbyterian Historical Society recently welcomed Ben Chandler of Versailles, Kentucky, and the Reverend Michael Livingston of Trenton, New Jersey, to its board of directors’ class of 2021. With many years of experience serving the public interest through government and nonprofit organizations, Chandler and Livingston bring a shared passion for history to their board leadership.

Nelson: Sacarla de Tel Aviv disminuiría los prospectos de paz

December 11, 2017

El reverendo J. Herbert Nelson, II, Secretario Permanente de la Asamblea General de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.) —Randy Hobson

Comunicaciones de la Oficina de la Asamblea General

por Jerry Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

El reverendo J. Herbert Nelson, II, Secretario Permanente de la Asamblea General de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE. UU.), pidió hoy a los líderes religiosos de los EE. UU. que «llamen al presidente Trump para que no tome la decisión de trasladar la embajada de los EE. UU.».

Pastora de Atlanta servirá como administradora de Apoyo para Procesos de Llamado

December 11, 2017

Comunicaciones de la Oficina de la Asamblea General

por Jerry Van Marter

LOUISVILLE

La Reverenda Jihyun (pronunciado yi-jun) Oh, pastora en el Presbiterio de Atlanta, se unió al personal de la Oficina de la Asamblea General como administradora de Apoyo para Procesos de llamado. Trabajará a tiempo parcial hasta el final del año y comenzará a trabajar a tiempo completo en Louisville el 1 de enero del 2018.

December 11, 2017

The Presbyterian Planning Calendar, a beloved publication of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is seeking photo submissions from congregations, mid councils, camps, conference centers and education centers for use in its 2018-19 edition.

December 8, 2017

The Board of Pensions is investigating the fraudulent redirection of 11 pension payments. The Board reissued the December payments to the pensioners, and acted immediately to ensure that no other Benefits Plan members or pensioners were, or would be, affected. The fraud did not affect any other plans or funds.

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