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  • Stated Presbytery Meeting September 20, 2017 - Welcome all, to the Grace Presbytery Meeting this September 30, 2017. The meeting will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, Texas. Look below for listings of hotels, rates, restaurants for everyone to book their lodging if they are planning on booking.     (Included in the booklet is the docket as well as […]
  • Young Adult Volunteer Alumni September 19, 2017 - Connect with Young Adult Volunteer alumni from Grace Presbytery and learn about the launch of the presbytery’s ministry to continue its promotion and support of the YAV program. Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Dinner will be provided Location: 1300 El Patio Dr. Dallas, 75218 Reservation: RSVP by Oct. 15 RSVP […]
  • Job Listing: Accountant at Wesminster Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX September 18, 2017 - Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dallas seeks part-time experienced Accountant/Bookkeeper.  The Church Accountant is responsible for managing all accounting and internal and external financial reporting functions of the Church, including its Preschool/Kindergarten.  This includes accounting for pledges and other income, payroll, expenditures and assets, managing cash positions and maintaining related records.  This position is also responsible […]
  • Job Listing: Organist at Trinity Presbyterian, Denton, TX September 7, 2017 - Organist Wanted, Trinity Presbyterian, Denton, TX 2200 N. Bell Avenue One Sunday morning service and Wednesday night adult choir rehearsal (7-8:30). The duties also include special services as they occur during the year and occasionally accompanying the youth choir on Sunday afternoon at 5.  Trinity is an open, welcoming, diverse congregation with a history of […]
  • YAV year prepares volunteers for their next chapter in life September 5, 2017 - Emily Mikhail and Ekama Eni had been back in Texas for a week after returning from their respective YAV assignments when they sat down for an interview with Grace Presbytery in mid-August. Emily and Ekama spent a year as members of the PCUSA YAV program. Young adult volunteers explore God’s calling in their lives while […]
  • Job Listing: Part-Time Director of Music, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sherman, TX September 5, 2017 - Part-Time Director of Music, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sherman, TX Candidates should possess a passion for the work of the church with an understanding of traditional worship and music. This person will collaborate with the pastor to coordinate lectionary and liturgical resources in our music ministry and direction of the adult choir. This part-time position has […]
  • Ministry Opportunity with AmeriCorps Volunteers August 31, 2017 - Attention: Ministry Opportunity for Churches The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS.gov) is seeking churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that are able to house AmeriCorps volunteers. They anticipate 70+ vols that will be in the area until at least mid-November. They will be assisting Red Cross, FEMA and other organizations. The volunteers will […]
  • Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help August 31, 2017 - HOW YOU CAN HELP –  HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE At this time of great disaster our prayers are with all of those people affected by the hurricane and all of those helpers who are caring for them. Along with your prayers, here are some ways that you can help. FINANCIAL DONATIONS Grace Presbytery has set up a special […]
  • Job Listing: Director of Congregational Care, First Presbyterian Church Dallas August 28, 2017 - The Director of Congregational Care will work in coordination with the Associate Pastor and lay care teams to provide compassion, care, and assistance to church members and their families. The Director of Congregational Care supports senior adults and their families in managing the challenging situations that arise due to aging and illness and also celebrates with them […]
  • Job Listing: Part-time Children and Youth Director for Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX August 21, 2017 - Part-time Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX In coordination with the Associate Pastor: create a vibrant ministry for children and youth; serve as a resource for planning and organizing Children and Youth Ministries; work closely with the CYM and youth leader teams and facilitate communication between youth, volunteers and […]
  • ReFocus 2017 Conference August 16, 2017 -   The research is in and it’s conclusive—the single most influential figure in faith formation for adolescents is the parent. For many of us, this calls for a significant ministry refocus: we must include parents, stepparents, and other caregivers in our ministry efforts if we want to make a lasting impact on youth. Join the […]
  • Rev. Nosheen Khan, first woman ordained in Pakistan August 15, 2017 -   It is the need of the time: Rev. Nosheen Khan, first woman ordained in Pakistan, is a role model for women and the Presbyterian Church. Rev. Nosheen Khan is not afraid of a challenge. She is the first woman ordained in her country of Pakistan, the first woman principal of a seminary school steeped in […]
  • COM Meeting Tomorrow Cancelled! August 14, 2017 - A reminder to all that the COM Meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. It has subsequently been removed from the calendar, but please be aware there is no gathering for the COM tomorrow.
  • Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process August 1, 2017 - Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process   Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process        Are you encountering unhealthy patterns within the church related to unresolved conflicts from the past? Are you interested in enhancing your ability to manage self in a non-anxious manner in the midst of congregational anxieties?  Sign up below to attend Clergy […]
  • Reminder: CRE Meeting is Cancelled! July 17, 2017 - The Presbytery is grateful for the expressed interest in learning more about Commissioned Ruling Elder ministry and for those who registered in advance. It has become clear to the committee, however, that holding this meeting in the middle of summer is meeting too many obstacles in personal scheduling.  In the interest of a strong start […]
  • I Could Not Walk Away: The Mission Work on Migration and Human Trafficking July 1, 2017 - Cathy Chang and her husband, Juan Lopez, are mission co-workers in Manila, Philippines. They help global partners, such as churches and non-governmental organizations, address issues of migration and human trafficking. During her visit to Grace Presbytery, Cathy spent time with members of several churches to help spread awareness of her mission work. “I could not […]
  • Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering June 14, 2017 - Please join us for the Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering First Presbyterian Church of Mesquite Saturday October 14, 2017 Keynote Mission Speaker: Janet Theus, PW Synod of the Sun, Participant for PW 2016 USA Mission Experience Guest Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julie Adkins   Janet will share her experiences as she investigated the scope of Human Trafficking […]
  • Associate General Presbyter Search Underway May 17, 2017 - Grace Presbytery in Central and Northeast Texas is searching for a new Associate General Presbyter. The AGP will be part of an energetic presbytery ministry team that serves 150+ churches of many different sizes, needs, and gifts. Prospective candidates must be imaginative, have a good sense of self, be a team player, be comfortable with […]
  • Keeping the Faith April 15, 2017 - Please, watch this new message from Tony de la Rosa in his series, “Keeping the Faith.”  
  • Grace Presbytery Defends Against Litigation Instituted by First Presbyterian Church, Inc. of Gatesville, Texas February 15, 2017 - As you may know, on January 27, 2017, an entity calling itself First Presbyterian Church, Inc. in Gatesville, Texas filed a lawsuit in the civil courts against Grace Presbytery.  Without giving Grace notice or the opportunity to appear in court, FPC Inc. obtained a temporary restraining order that unconstitutionally bars Grace from fulfilling its ecclesiastical […]
  • Adjusting to Life as a Grace Presbytery YAV January 11, 2017 - Three members of Grace Presbytery are a few months into their new lives as PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers (YAV). They may be serving in different locations, but their stories of adjustment are similar as they settle into their new environments. Emily Mikhail of West Plano Presbyterian Church is serving in Chicago, Illinois; Ekama Eni of […]
  • Girls Turn Origami Art into Clean Water for Those in Need November 8, 2016 - Paper for Water, the international ministry started by elementary students from NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, has received a Birthday Offering grant from Presbyterian Women (PW). This grant allows the girls to continue to bring clean water to those who have none. The primary mission of Paper For Water is to bring water and the […]
  • Grace Presbytery Attendees Describe Presbyterian Youth Triennium as Life Changing November 8, 2016 - Every three years, 5,000 youth from around the world travel to Presbyterian Youth Triennium, a five-day event for high school age youth. Triennium is designed to equip young people to be transformational Christian leaders. This year, the largest presbytery delegation at Triennium was from Grace Presbytery, with 109 youth and 11 adult participants. Because participants […]
  • Seminary student Alex Pappas receives Grace Presbytery Fellowship from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary October 17, 2016 - Alex Pappas, an inquirer under the care of Grace Presbytery, has received the Grace Presbytery Fellowship to fund her full seminary costs as she pursues a Master of Divinity degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The new Grace Presbytery Fellowship is awarded to students who demonstrate interest in and a strong promise vocationally for leadership […]
  • We Need Our Brothers and Sisters: Mission Co-Worker Dr. Jo Ella Holman Discusses Creating Caribbean Church Partnerships in a Regional Context August 31, 2016 - Grace Presbytery staff was pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Jo Ella Holman during a recent visit. Holman is a Mission co-worker based in the Dominican Republic serving as World Mission’s regional liaison for the Caribbean Region. She visited Grace Presbytery after attending the Encuentro Nacional VIII conference for Hispanic Presbyterian Women. She was accompanied by […]
  • Rev. Harry Meissner to Receive National Award for Meritorious Service August 22, 2016 - Rev. Harry Meissner, interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Mesquite, will receive the Certificate of Merit award from the Association of Retired Ministers, their Spouses or Survivors (ARMSS) of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Meissner will receive the certificate at an awards banquet during the joint conference of ARMSS and Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network […]
  • Encuentro VIII: Hispanic Presbyterian Women Connect with God, and with Each Other, at National Conference August 22, 2016 - Fort Worth, known as the city where the west begins, hosted a conference that brought attendees from all points in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. Encuentro Nacional VIII was designed to bring Hispana/Latina Presbyterian Women together to connect, grow, and serve. The conference drew nearly 200 attendees representing 13 synods, including local […]
  • St. Barnabas Youth Show Compassion with Blessing Bags for the Homeless July 26, 2016 - Each summer, the Mission Possible Kids of St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson work on a different mission each month. In June 2016, their project was to provide Blessing Bags to the homeless at a worship service in Dallas. Katy Rigler, associate pastor at St. Barnabas, said she first had the idea for the project […]
  • Grace Presbytery Triennium Delegation Receives Special Offering June 14, 2016 - Grace Presbytery collected $2,177 in a special offering at the May 26 meeting. The donation will go toward the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, July 19 – 23 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a five-day event for high school age youth (entering freshmen through graduated seniors) and accompanying adult […]
  • Summary of May Stated Presbytery Meeting June 13, 2016 - The following items are highlights from the May 26, 2016 Stated Presbytery Meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney. The booklet for the May 26 Stated Presbytery Meeting is available on the Grace Presbytery website. http://www.gracepresbytery.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Booklet-for-2016-05-26-Presbytery-Meeting-Draft-4-1.pdf   Ministry and Mission Reports United African Presbyterian Church, Dallas – Rev. Julius Edah presented information about the reconstruction, renovation, and […]
  • Camp Noah will help North Texas children impacted by tornadoes have fun and heal June 6, 2016 - Jim Reinarz has been Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Prairie since 2001. He is also Moderator on the Grace Presbytery disaster response team, working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Reinarz supports Grace Presbytery staff during disasters that occur within the presbytery area. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance focuses on the long-term recovery of communities impacted by […]
  • Local Congregation and Mosque Show Love for Their Neighbors Through Interfaith Partnership May 17, 2016 - The members of NorthPark Presbyterian Church try to embody the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make a difference in the lives of others. At the end of each Sunday service, church pastors, leaders, and worshipers charge one another, in unison, with the following task, taken from Matthew 22:37-39: “Go out into the world in peace. […]
  • Congregation turns church fire tragedy into hope for other victims with Ashes-to-Ashes Ministry April 21, 2016 - In the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, the lives of the congregation of Main Street Presbyterian Church in Honey Grove changed forever. This tight-knit congregation lost its beautiful 100-year-old church in a devastating fire caused by lightning. The historic church had 36 stained glass windows that had been given in honor of […]
  • Looking for a balance of fulfillment and challenge through YAV April 7, 2016 - Melissa Rift is living in Colorado as a member of the PCUSA YAV program. Young adult volunteers like Melissa Rift explore God’s calling in their lives while living as part of a Christian community in YAV partner sites around the world. Rift, whose home church is Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, said she had known about […]
  • Summary of March Stated Presbytery Meeting March 23, 2016 -   The following items are highlights from the March 5, 2016 Stated Presbytery Meeting at Austin College in Sherman. The booklet for the March 5 Stated Presbytery Meeting is available on the Grace Presbytery website. http://www.gracepresbytery.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Booklet-for-2016-03-05-Presbytery-Meeting-For-Website.pdf Ministry and Mission Reports Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney – Patrick McCoy presented information about the renovations and the streaming […]
  • Daniel Pappas says YAV can bring “the kind of changes you want to make in yourself and in the world around you” March 22, 2016 - Daniel Pappas is living a life outside his comfort zone (literally and figuratively) in Peru, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He is a member of the PCUSA YAV program. Young adult volunteers explore God’s calling in their lives while being part of an intentional Christian community in partner sites around the world. […]
  • High attendance, energy, and enthusiasm at Hispanic/Latin American training workshop March 10, 2016 - Forty Hispanic/Latino leaders from Dallas, Longview, Mount Pleasant, Pittsburg, and Plano came together for learning and fellowship at the Grace Presbytery Bilingual Leadership Training for Hispanic/Latin American Congregations. The attendees, who were from eight churches, New Worshiping Communities, and New Church Development, brought their excitement and enthusiasm to First Presbyterian Church in Richardson. “It’s gratifying […]
  • Mission Co-Workers Charles and Melissa Johnson leave for Zambia March 13 March 10, 2016 - Charles and Melissa Johnson visited Grace Presbytery in February as part of a month-long trip to visit congregations as they prepare for their upcoming mission trip to Zambia. They told the story of how their personal joys and struggles over the years shaped their call to service. They told the group about how they raised […]
  • Youth ministry programs prepare college students for leadership roles February 23, 2016 - Current college students and Grace Presbytery PULSE alums Helen Richardson and Emilie “Weave” Williams recently attended the Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) in Atlanta. They are both active in interfaith activities in college and they were ready to learn more at the conference. Richardson is a sophomore at the University of Richmond (UR). She recently decided […]
  • Grace Presbytery Members Get a Texas Welcome at APCE Reception February 23, 2016 - Bonnie Edwards, who is Director of Adult Education at First Presbyterian of Dallas, was wearing another hat at the recent Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) conference in Chicago. She served as co-chair of the entire conference and she shared that title with Roberta Dodds Ingersoll, who used to be on staff at First Presbyterian […]
  • First Presbyterian Church in Belton to Receive Preservation Grant February 16, 2016 - First Presbyterian Church of Belton will receive one of four Heritage Preservation Grants from The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). Located in Philadelphia, the PHS is the “National Archives” for the Presbyterian Church (USA), providing in-house digitization services for its churches across the country. The PHS selected First Presbyterian Church in part because it is a 19th-century […]
  • With God, All Things are Possible: The Church in Cuba and New Relations with the United States February 16, 2016 - Carlos Emilio Ham-Stanard (Rev. Dr.) visited Grace Presbytery in January as part of a whirlwind tour with seven stops in 14 days in the United States. Dr. Ham-Stanard is the President of Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cuba. He said he was making personal visits so he could get to know his seminary’s partners better. […]
  • A Conversation with Mission Co-Workers Charles and Melissa Johnson January 22, 2016 - Grace Presbytery is pleased to welcome Charles and Melissa Johnson, PC(USA) mission co-workers to Zambia for a lunch conversation on Thursday, February 11, noon-2pm at the Presbyterian Mission Center. Join us to learn and be blessed with the unique partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Zambia Synod in its ministry of community development […]
  • Resource Center Supports Christian Educators, Pastors, Church Leaders January 12, 2016 - Leah Wyckoff, who is Director of the Resource Center at Grace Presbytery, enjoys taking an idea and making it happen in a big way. She did this in her previous career as a chemical engineer, taking a concept from small scale in the lab to large scale in manufacturing plants, for many years before responding […]
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Ministry Helps Neighborhood Win Awards January 12, 2016 - The 6:8 Project, an ministry outreach program of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Bedford, helped the Greenway Neighborhood Association win two Fort Worth Neighborhood Association Awards at a Jan. 9 ceremony. The partnership was awarded the Mayor’s Civic Engagement and Community Collaboration Award and the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Award for the work of the Greenway […]
  • Presbyterian Mission Yearbook moves from print to online distribution January 12, 2016 - Beginning January 1, 2016, the 120-year old Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study is available online only. The printed book will no longer be published. It will be free and can be used as a digital resource. A Presbyterian Mission Agency press release issued in August said, “This move broadens the reach of the […]
  • Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest meeting to feature guest speakers December 16, 2015 - The annual meeting of the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest (PHSSW) will feature Rev. Jerry Tomkins and Beth Hessel, executive director of the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia. The meeting will be March 11-12, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Another featured guest for the meeting will be a representative of the […]
  • “Come to the Waters” Provides Nine Lessons for Bible Study December 3, 2015 - Judy Record Fletcher has a background in writing and in Christian education. She has done a lot of writing for the Presbyterian Church and is a teaching elder with a rich background in parish ministry. But when the Presbyterian Women asked her to write a book in less than five months for the Horizons Magazine […]
  • Grace Presbytery Presents $600,000 to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary November 17, 2015 - Jan DeVries and Mike Thompson attended a special event in Austin where they presented a check for $600,000 to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS). The funds will generate, as invested, money for a full scholarship for a full-time Master of Divinity student for three years. Grace Presbytery and the Seminary will collaborate on the selection […]
  • Ministry Programs Help College Age Students Grow as Leaders while Staying Connected to Church November 12, 2015 - It is easy for young adults to be involved in church programs and activities during high school, but there is sometimes a drop in involvement after graduation. Many young adults go to college or join the workforce and they find it more difficult to stay involved. It may be years before they are once again […]
  • Grace Presbytery to host Dr. Reinerio Arce, the Henry R. Luce International Scholar at Brite Divinity School November 9, 2015 - Grace Presbytery is honored to host Dr. Reinerio Arce, the Henry R. Luce International Scholar at Brite Divinity School and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba. Dr. Arce will speak at the December 10 Presbytery meeting at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Dr. Arce will discuss discipleship […]
  • Hope in the Midst of Heartbreak: A Study Mission Trip to Northern Ireland November 9, 2015 - When a team of six members of Grace Presbytery traveled to Northern Ireland for a study mission, they thought they were ready. They had done their homework and studied about the history of religious and political conflict in the region, also known as “The Troubles.” But no amount of preparation was enough for what they […]
  • Grace Presbytery Allocates $6.1 Million for Missions and Ministry October 9, 2015 - October 8, 2015 For Immediate Release By Judy Ramos, Director of Communications In a historic move that will impact Presbyterian churches and mission work for years to come, Grace Presbytery, at its October 1 Presbytery Meeting, voted to give away or designated for mission purposes more than 90 percent of the money it received from Highland […]
  • Presbyterian churches band together to help Ahmed Mohamed in the aftermath of media firestorm September 22, 2015 - By Judy Ramos Director of Communications Many people in North Texas and around the country followed the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving teenager who was arrested after he took a homemade clock to school to show his teachers. While the story made national headlines, some of our own local Presbyterian Church (USA) members jumped […]
  • Global Mission Engagement in and beyond Thailand September 18, 2015 - Grace Presbytery is pleased to welcome PC(USA) mission co-workers Leith and Carol Fujii on Tuesday September 29, Noon – 2:00 p.m. for a lunch conversation gathering at the Presbyterian Mission Center (6100 Colwell Blvd. Ste 100, Irving TX 75039). Leith and Carol Fujii are holistic community developers working to mobilize and facilitate the cross-cultural ministry […]
  • Transitions in Grace Presbytery Director of Communication September 4, 2015 - Grace Presbytery, in response to feedback from presbyters over the last year is seeing some changes in its area of Communications. Rob Allen, Director of Communication for almost 13 years, is leaving the staff effective September 30. He has felt the desire to explore a new call and this transition allows him to pursue it. […]
  • Imperfect, but blessed May 20, 2015 - “You. Are. Blessed. These three words were not only the theme of Grace Presbytery’s Youthquakes, but was the lesson that the middle-school participants walked away with,” said Brennan Caviness, a PULSE member from Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving. Grace Presbytery held two Youthquakes for 213 middle school youth and adults from 20 churches at Gilmont […]
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to earthquake disaster in Nepal April 28, 2015 - Thousands are dead or injured from the massive earthquake and aftershocks that shook Nepal and neighboring countries on April 25. The quake, the worst in more than 80 years, struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu and destroyed towns and mountainous villages. The government of Nepal has officially requested international assistance and declared a […]
  • Made known in the breaking of bread April 11, 2015 - April 11, 2015 Dear Grace Presbytery friends in faith, On Monday, April 13, four of us from Grace Presbytery are headed to Israel and Palestine to be in conversation with PC(USA) mission partners and to explore a likely Grace Presbytery trip in the spring of 2016. Participants in this initial trip are staff: Joanna Kim, […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Legacy to get help as they plan its first building March 20, 2015 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Legacy Presbyterian Church of Frisco, presbytery’s newest congregation, was chartered last November. Meeting at Carroll Elementary School for several years as a New Church Development (NCD), each Sunday morning, the congregation brings in a trailer of materials and equipment for Sunday School and worship and tears it down at […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Trinity, The Colony sees a new beginning with the sale of property March 20, 2015 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Trinity Presbyterian Church of The Colony is participating in New Beginnings, a program of the PC(USA) & Grace Presbytery that helps a church to make decisions about its future. For the past five years, Trinity has had issues with building debt, now at approximately $1.2 million, exacerbated by some […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Sale of Bethany, Dallas property approved March 20, 2015 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Bethany Presbyterian Church of Dallas has been in its current building on Cedar Springs Rd near the North Dallas Tollway since it was built in the 1960s, in what is now an aging facility difficult for the congregation to maintain. Also, the membership has changed from predominately Caucasian to […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – First Presbyterian Church of Killeen dissolved; Presbytery to explore opportunities for a reformed presence March 20, 2015 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Grace Presbytery approved the recommendation from the Administrative Commission for First Presbyterian Church of Killeen to dissolve the congregation effective April 5, 2015. The presbytery will explore opportunities for shared ministry in Killeen. This was the second administrative commission for the congregation since 2008, both of which, were asked […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – General Presbyter’s Report March 16, 2015 - Audio Version of General Presbytery’s Report   by The Rev. Dr. Janet DeVries General Presbyter Matthew 5:13-16 (NRSV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Moderator’s Report March 16, 2015 - Audio Version of Presbytery Moderator’s Report   by Paul Williams Presbytery Moderator I have been involved with presbytery for a long time, having been elected to my first presbytery committee in 1965. I have been to a LOT of presbytery meetings. As I reflect, I find myself remembering something President Eisenhower said: “Things are more […]
  • Grace Presbytery’s voting results on the amendments to the constitution March 7, 2015 - Grace Presbytery passed all the amendments to the Constitution from the 221st General Assembly except Amendment 14-A (Renunciation of Jurisdiction). The vote totals by amendments are: Amendment 14-1 – Confession of Belhar: 250 (Y) 51 (N) 6 (A) Amendment 14-A – Renunciation of Jurisdiction: 30 (Y) 269 (N) 4 (A) Amendment 14-B.1 –  Final Assessment: […]
  • What if a bunch of students . . .? February 2, 2015 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Sitting in his office filled with books, pictures, and his guitar next to his paper-covered desk, John reflects. He writes names in his ever-present journal, number 75. The previous 74 sit within an arms-reach on the bookshelf next to desk. Jim Johnson. David Stringer. Paul Chitwood. Joe Gossett. Randy […]
  • Permanent Judicial Commission decision January 7, 2015 - On January 7, 2015 the Permanent Judicial Commission of Grace Presbytery found Joseph B. Rightmyer guilty of eight charges that he violated the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) when he served as Interim Pastor of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas during the time when the congregation voted to leave the denomination. Among […]
  • Lights for Lima December 15, 2014 - by Kathy Porter First Presbyterian Church, Henderson Members of First Presbyterian, Henderson, gathered on December 7, for a brief service of light and prayer for the gathering in Lima, Peru of leaders and representatives from nations all over the world to discuss climate change. FPC joined people all over our planet in praying and lighting […]
  • Conversations in Theology and Practice; Sign up today December 5, 2014 - Presbytery Council has allocated funds for 2015 to schedule opportunities for “Conversations on Theology and the Practice of Ministry.”  Three of those events are listed below and we expect other events to be planned and announced during the year.  The intention is that the leadership will be diverse – theologically, gender, racially and regionally.  As […]
  • Video: Partnerships December 2, 2014 - Grace Presbytery has three congregations that have partnered with a New Church Development or a fellowship. Watch and see what makes each of these partnerships special.
  • General Presbyter’s Report to the November 21st Presbytery Meeting November 24, 2014 - The Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:3-23) 13  3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much […]
  • Attention Clerks of Session: Recognizing deceased ruling elders at the December presbytery meeting October 7, 2014 - Each year at the November meeting of Grace Presbytery, we remember the ruling elders who have joined the Church Triumphant within the past twelve months.  The recalling of those men and women who have served faithfully in our congregations is a time of inspiration during our meeting. Please send us the name of any ruling […]
  • General Presbyter’s Report to the September Presbytery Meeting September 28, 2014 - by The Rev. Dr. Janet M. DeVries General Presbyter 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. […]
  • Witnessing to the world September 3, 2014 - By Pat Cole Special to Presbyterian News Service This May marked the seventh time a Doctor of Ministry class from the Presbyterian seminary in Decatur, Ga., spent two weeks at the U.N. Ministry in New York. Each class studies a different global issue from a faith perspective. This year’s topic was one of the hottest […]
  • Little Free Library builds relationships August 28, 2014 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Reading opens opportunities. When a young child picks up the habit to read,  he or she has a better chance to be more successful in school and have more opportunities later in life. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Bedford, through its 6:8 Project, is doing its part to encourage reading […]
  • Food drive on wheels August 28, 2014 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Brent picked up his iPhone on an early June Saturday morning and scrolled through his Twitter feed. A tweet from National Public Radio caught his attention. Reverse food truck? What is that? Clicked the link. After reading the story about a Minnesota beer company’s reverse food truck that collected […]
  • Surprising Connections August 6, 2014 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications The phone rang and interrupted Katy Portillo finishing up her daily task as sales and catering coordinator at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. “The [PC(USA) National Multicultural Conference]  planning team wanted to come on Monday and it was Friday. They wanted to come to the hotel one […]
  • Resources to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly July 29, 2014 - The following documents are provided to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly that met in June, 2014. These documents were provided to the people who attended the presbytery’s post-General Assembly conversations – Kilgore on July 20 and Presbyterian Mission Center in Irving on July 26.   A Pastoral Epistle by the […]
  • Post-221st General Assembly Discussion Gatherings July 2, 2014 - You are invited to attend a gathering to discuss the recent meeting of the General Assembly.  As you know, there were a number of significant issues voted upon which generated a lot of conversation among Presbyterian leaders. This gathering will be your opportunity to hear from Grace Presbytery commissioners and staff who attended the General […]
  • PC(USA) leaders issue pastoral letter to the church on Assembly’s marriage actions June 20, 2014 - June 19, 2014 To congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Earlier today the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform “any such […]
  • A year of service: Learning from brave people who choose to heal June 3, 2014 - by Mary Kate Bevel Young Adult Volunteer – Peru First Presbyterian Church, Dallas My name is Mary Kate and I am from Dallas, where I grew up attending First Presbyterian Church of Dallas where my faith was formed and my love for service was ignited. Through my church I was introduced to the Young Adult […]
  • What does it take to get a church “unstuck” so it can connect with its community? May 8, 2014 - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Grace Presbytery A man and woman step on an escalator and halfway up to the next level the escalator stops abruptly. Annoyed, they shout for someone to help. Eventually, a maintenance person comes to help, and his escalator stops. They are stuck and helpless until the escalators starts moving […]
  • Diana Butler Bass, changes in the American religious culture April 21, 2014 - by The Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford Senior Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Dallas How’s the weather? What’s the climate like? These are two very different questions. They are both important. Weather involves the short term and immediate context. Climate describes an overarching theme of weather over a long period of time. On April 5 & 6, […]
  • College students find warmth in helping others April 7, 2014 - by Mary Henderson First Presbyterian Church, Garland Grace Presbytery Young Adult Ministry sponsored a college mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma, January 5-9 to help with the recovery from last year’s tornado. Here is a summary of the trip: Monday: Nine college students braved the wintery cold and set out to provide help with a couple […]
  • East Texas youth groups connect through Lazer Tag Round 2 April 7, 2014 - Sunday March, 30th…A day that will live in joviality!  For the second straight year the youth from FPC Tyler, FPC Winnsboro, and Saint Andrew’s Pres. in Longview met in Longview to compete in some friendly games of lazer tag! There were close to 50 adults and youth that came together in fellowship! After we finished lazer […]
  • Youth Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler March 24, 2014 - by Neil McKown First Presbyterian Church, Tyler The youth and children at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, led our congregation in worship. Leading everything from start to finish, sharing the musical gifts–with cello and violin solos; to a skit over Matthew 5:38-48; and so much more. This was the second year we’ve had the Children’s […]
  • Report to Grace Presbytery • Matthew 11:2-5 March 10, 2014 - Note: The Rev. Janet M. DeVries delivered the following report on February 28, 2014, at the stated meeting of Grace Presbytery. There are people across the presbytery who periodically ask me if I wish I could be bishop for a day, and then we laugh at the impossibility of such an event.  But if I […]