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  • Job Listing: Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Richardson February 21, 2018 -   First Presbyterian Church – a vibrant congregation with a rich history of divine worship serving the greater Richardson community for over 140 years – is seeking a highly qualified part-time organist. Interested candidates will demonstrate a prayerful and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and support worship and music by reflecting FPC’s mission statement.   […]
  • Presbytery Phones Out February 21, 2018 - Grace Presbytery’s phone service will be updated this Monday February 26th, starting at 9 a.m. until sometime in the late afternoon. Contact us by email or by cell phone. Those numbers will be posted online starting this weekend. The staff email listing can be found here: Contact Us If you have any specific questions regarding […]
  • In Memoriam: Rev. Nancy S Christy February 19, 2018 - Nancy S. Christy Obituary Rev. Nancy S. Christy entered the Church Triumphant on February 14, 2018 at age 82. She was born on Christmas Eve 1936 and died on Valentine’s Day 2018. She was ordained by Eastern Oklahoma Presbytery in 1998 and served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Okemah, Oklahoma, First Presbyterian Church […]
  • Review of 2017 Session Minutes February 16, 2018 - Locations and Dates for the Review of 2017 Session Minutes -All Reviews Begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted- Please RSVP to Gloria Beard by January 19th for January date, or by January 29th for February date at 214-393-5610 or Gloria@gracepresbytery.org   January 28, 2018 City Church Address Region Ft. Worth Westminster 7001 Trail Lake […]
  • Pensions Board Pre-Retirement Seminar February 8, 2018 - NOTE: SOME FUNCTIONS OF THIS PAGE ARE NOT FUNCTIONAL – CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ORIGINAL WEBPAGE GROWING INTO TOMORROW, TODAY – ABILENE, TX Be informed, educated, and inspired for the journey toward wholeness in retirement living! Planning for retirement invites consideration of financial readiness as well as preparation for the life transition. This two-day […]
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Encourages Congregations to Get Involved to Help Others February 8, 2018 - James Kirk plays an integral part in helping people impacted by disasters and emergencies. He is the Associate for Disaster Response (U.S.) for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church USA. “I am responsible for coordinating our denomination’s domestic response to disasters,” James said. “I […]
  • Past and Present Work in Harmony to Forge a Bright Future for First Presbyterian Church of Dallas February 8, 2018 - Joshua Taylor, who is Director of Worship and Music at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, was still beaming in the aftermath of the celebration weekend to reopen their renovated sanctuary when he sat down for this interview. “So many people came in and you just saw their faces as they walked in to take in […]
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Informative Gathering February 6, 2018 - You’re Invited… to an informative gathering about “Disaster & PDA 101” that will explain why Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is involved in local disaster situations and how churches and individuals can offer or seek assistance through PDA. This gathering will provide a unique opportunity to build intra-presbytery relationships for long-term partnerships in rebuilding and disaster resiliency […]
  • In Memoriam: Dorothy E. Holloman February 5, 2018 - Dorothy E. (Clark) Holloman, 90, made the journey to her heavenly home on January 31, 2018. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Dorothy was born February 14, 1927 in Walnut Ridge, Texas to Levi and Zylphia Clark. She grew up in Blossom, Texas, graduating from Blossom High School. She married Leroy Holloman […]
  • Educators Conference Provides Opportunities for Grace Members January 26, 2018 - The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) is hosting its 2018 Annual Event in Louisville, Kentucky. Miatta Wilson and Leah Wyckoff will be among the hundreds of attendees. Miatta is Director of Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and Leah is Director of the Resource Center at Grace Presbytery. Both are longtime members […]
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Informative Gathering January 22, 2018 - You’re Invited… to an informative gathering about “Disaster & PDA 101” that will explain why Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is involved in local disaster situations and how churches and individuals can offer or seek assistance through PDA. This gathering will provide a unique opportunity to build intra-presbytery relationships for long-term partnerships in rebuilding and disaster resiliency […]
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  • Cuba Mission Study Trip January 6, 2018 - CUBA MISSION STUDY TRIP Purpose of the trip: To carefully learn, faithfully witness and boldly participate in: Historical and current ministry partnership between the Presbyterian Church USA and Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba (IPRC) by visiting Matanzas Presbytery and its churches The work of mission co-workers: Regional Liaison Jo Ella Holman, and David Cortes Fuentes […]
  • In Memoriam: Kay Jordan January 2, 2018 - The following is taken from: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?pid=187603714 Kay Smith Jordan died December 16, 2017 in her home at Presbyterian Village North following a valiant two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 27 at 1:00 in Sudie George Chapel at First Presbyterian Church Dallas. Kay was born […]
  • Serving with Humility, Imagination, and Love: Amgad Beblawi Joins Grace Presbytery as Associate General Presbyter December 19, 2017 - Amgad Beblawi has traveled and lived in locations around the world. He spent his early years in his native Egypt, where he was a member of a Presbyterian congregation in Synod of the Nile. Since moving to the United States after high school, Amgad has lived in California, Virginia, and Kentucky. He received an M.A. […]
  • Season’s Greetings from Cathy Chang December 18, 2017 - Cathy Chang, PC (USA) Mission Co-Worker in The Philippines visited Grace Presbytery in June 2017. Christmas and New Year’s Greetings   Since we are a family who celebrates the twelve days of Christmas (that is, through Epiphany), we are happy to share our extended Christmas and New Year’s greetings to you!  When we still lived in […]
  • Job Listing: Summer Camps Director, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly December 18, 2017 - JOB DESCRIPTION Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly Hunt, Texas Summer Camps Director Department: Sales and Programs Supervisor: Vice President of Sales and Programs FLSA Classification: Exempt Mo-Ranch Mission Statement: The Mission of Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly is to foster growth in God through Jesus Christ by sharing its unique living, learning, Christian environment. Summer Camp Mission Statement: Mo-Ranch Summer […]
  • Job Listing: Director of Faith Formation, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church November 28, 2017 - Director of Faith Formation Part Time Position 15-20 hours per week   Purpose of Position Enhance, adapt, and maintain opportunities for faith formation in the lives of children, youth, and adults.   Relationships Accountable to and reports directly to the Pastor/Head of Staff. Will work closely with appropriate staff and committees, especially the Christian Education […]
  • Job Listing: Solar Under the Sun Operations Director November 28, 2017 -         The position of Operations Director is Part-Time (30 hours a week) and Exempt. A. Purpose – The Operations Director is responsible for assisting and resourcing the ministry, under the supervision of the Executive Director, of Solar Under the Sun as it strives to live into its mission: “Believing that Jesus Christ […]
  • Zambia was What God Meant for Us to Find: Charles and Melissa Johnson Reflect on Life in Lundazi as Mission Co-Workers October 24, 2017 - Charles and Melissa Johnson are mission co-workers in Lundazi, a small town in the Eastern Province of the Republic of Zambia, close to the Malawi border, which is in southern Africa. They were invited to serve by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Zambia. They arrived in Lundazi in March 2016 and […]
  • YAV Application Season is open! October 23, 2017 - Grace Presbytery proudly supports the Young Adult Volunteer program. For any questions related to Grace’s involvement please contact: Daniel@gracepresbytery.org  
  • Grace Presbytery Meeting November 16th October 16, 2017 - The next Stated Presbytery Meeting occurs on November 16th at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. Welcome Letter from Rich McDermott ” While our society seems to be experiencing a great upheaval and division, the Body of Christ can play an amazing and exemplary role of demonstrating the reconciliation and forgiveness that we ourselves have received […]
  • Living and Ministering Among the Powers October 3, 2017 - Living and Ministering among the Powers – an indirect reflection on the values of being Reformed — a report to Grace Presbytery 9/30/17 by Rev. Janet DeVries, General Presbyter Readings: The Confession of 1967 — 9.31 and Romans 8: 22-39 The Cuban Missile Crisis happened when I was 12. I remember with the imagination of […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]

 

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