by Neil McKown First Presbyterian Church, Tyler On Sunday, April 21, the youth groups from First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, First Presbyterian Church, Winnsboro, and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Longview came together for an evening of fellowship over several friendly (slightly competitive) games of Laser tag and then dinner in Longview.  Fifty youth and adults gathering […]


by Kathy Porter Ruling Elder First Presbyterian Church, Henderson  On a special evening in January, the pews at First Presbyterian Church in Henderson, TX, were filled with song, with laughter, with worship and praise for the Holy One we adore in celebration for the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  We sat together, […]


We hold the community of West in our prayers after the horrific explosion. The presbytery has been in touch with the pastors of the churches in Hillsboro and Waco, the closest congregations to West. These congregations have extended families and friends that live in West and not all have been accounted for. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has […]


Dear Presbytery Colleagues, The upcoming meeting of Grace Presbytery will have a number of important issues for your consideration. There are three in particular that warrant yourpre-meeting study, all of which came before the February presbytery meeting as first readings. A proposed change to the Standing Rules, Section 4.5: This proposal would enable moderators of Presbytery […]


By the Rev. Dr. Chuck Traylor Church Relations Manager Presbyterian Communities and Services A major emphasis of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is “Pastor Wellness.” The Board provides many resources and support systems to encourage pastors to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles in the midst of their pressure and stress-laden vocation. […]


from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has received a $2.5 million pledge from Mary and Robert J. (Bob) Wright of Dallas, Texas, to establish The Blair R. Monie Distinguished Chair in Homiletics, in honor of the long-time pastor of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas and former trustee for Austin Seminary. With […]


How have the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan changed the way that you think about war?  Where have you experienced violence in your own life?  What does it mean to obey Christ’s call to be peacemakers in the new day and age in which we find ourselves? These are questions that our denomination is wrestling […]


The Resource Center highly recommends a new youth DVD resource: The Power of Youth: Rodger Nishioka on Being Visionaries and Prophets! This eight-session video program features Rodger Nishioka’s presentations at the Episcopal Youth Event 2011 and includes a group of high school teens responding to Rodger’s presentations on: 1)Being Important; 2)Being a Prophet; 3)Being a […]