Central Presbyterian Church seeks part-time Youth Ministry Director

Central Presbyterian Church seeks part-time Youth Ministry Director

Youth Ministry Director (part-time)
Central Presbyterian Church of Des Moines

Central Presbyterian Church of Des Moines is looking for a creative, energetic leader to coordinate our church’s youth ministry (grades 6-12), with the goal of nurturing their growth in faith, in service, and in relationship with each other and with God. This position is part-time, 12 hours/week (on average). Qualified applicants may also choose to apply for our half-time Children’s Ministry Director position.

More information: Youth-Ministry-Director-position-flyer-2022 or https://dmcpc.org/employment/ 

Central Presbyterian Church seeks part-time Youth Ministry Director

Central Presbyterian Church of Des Moines seeks Children’s Ministry Director (part-time)

Children’s Ministry Director (part-time)
Central Presbyterian Church of Des Moines

Central Presbyterian Church is looking for a caring, energetic leader to coordinate our church’s children’s ministry (birth through grade 5), with the goal of nurturing their growth in faith, in service, and in relationship with each other and with God. This position is part-time, 20 hours/week (on average). Qualified candidates may also apply for our part-time Youth Ministry Director position.

More information: Childrens-Ministry-Director-position-flyer-2022-2 or https://dmcpc.org/employment/ 

Heartland Presbyterian Church Welcomes a Refugee Family

Heartland Presbyterian Church Welcomes a Refugee Family

Heartland Presbyterian Church Welcomes a Refugee Family

by Diane Abell and Deb Hansen

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” – Matthew 25:35

What an exciting time this has been for the Heartland Refugee Family Ministry Team and the congregation of the Heartland Presbyterian Church. We are so blessed that the Afghan family we are sponsoring has arrived in our community and taken their first steps to adjusting to life in Iowa.

Shortly after the start of the new year, Heartland set a goal to sponsor a refugee family. On February 16th, the family arrived at the Des Moines Airport and was met with several Heartlanders and a case manager from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). A family of six came down the escalator to this group of smiling people carrying signs to welcome them! Heartlanders helped them move their luggage to the Airbnb where they will stay temporarily until an apartment is found by USCRI. The Airbnb was stocked with groceries and a warm meal for their first night in Iowa. Oh, and we must not forget there are Crayolas, coloring books and Play-Doh for the children!

In late September, Amgad Beblawi, Mission Executive, shared information about the great need for support to resettle refugees and specifically how churches can sponsor a refugee family. Through the month of October, we continued receiving updates from him and excitement at Heartland was building about the possibility of sponsoring a family.

In mid-November, Heartland Parish Associate Bob Houser arranged a meeting at Heartland with a representative from USCRI. Over 40 Heartlanders attended, and our refugee ministry had begun! Many had seen the news stories of Afghans who had helped the US and now feared for their lives and suddenly became refugees seeking a safe place to live. The seed grew quickly as meetings were held and plans were made. In a little over a month, a core team of 10 coordinators and 16 volunteers formed the Heartland Refugee Family Ministry Team. The process to raise funds and organize the collection of all the furnishings and household items needed for an apartment for a refugee family was set in motion. With the guidance of USCRI, the HFRM team received training, designed a communication plan, set up a Sign-Up Genius collection portal, and organized storage. In the span of 35 days, hundreds of donated items were acquired and thousands of dollars raised.

Frequent communication with the congregation was essential in the call to action. Church members and friends contributed volunteer hours and generously offered donations. Information was shared weekly through announcements during Sunday services and by using Heartland’s newsletter, website, and Facebook page. References to the Refugee Family Ministry in sermons and prayers by Rev. Alex Thornburg , contributed to the congregation’s willingness to open their hearts to the needs of refugees and immigrants seeking a home in our community.

For the next few weeks, Heartlanders will shop for and deliver groceries to the family. USCRI case managers will accompany the family as they learn their way around town, enroll the kids in schools, and find essential services. In about two months, when an affordable housing apartment is available, Heartlanders will help move all the donated furnishings and home goods into the apartment. As soon as Covid protocols allow, Heartlanders will engage with the family to facilitate learning about Iowa culture and norms.

 

Summer Fun & Friends Camp

Summer Fun & Friends Camp

Summer Fun & Friends Camp

Summer Fun & Friends Camp is back for 2022 and will be better than ever!

Join us July 11-16, 2022 for a week-long celebration of the world God made for us. Youngest campers (those who have completed 2nd and 3rd grades) are invited to join for July 13-16. Young adult volunteers will check in a day early on July 10.

The lake may be drained but our hearts are full and the excitement level is high! Camp is held in Indianola, IA at Camp Wesley Woods for students in their upper elementary through high school years. Watch for registration details and the camp itinerary to be released after Easter. Volunteer opportunities will also be detailed at that time. Check back!

VOLUNTEER STAFF APPLICATION

CAMP WESLEY WOODS (PRESBYTERY OF DES MOINES) CAMPER REGISTRATION FORM

WESLEY WOODS REGISTRATION FORM

Cohort Groups for Commissioned Ruling Elders—A message about a pilot project from Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education (PSCE)

Cohort Groups for Commissioned Ruling Elders—A message about a pilot project from Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education (PSCE)

Cohort Groups for Commissioned Ruling Elders—A message about a pilot project from Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education (PSCE)

Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are invited to participate in one of three cohorts whose goals are collegial support, sharing new ideas, and learning best practices for ministry. The cohorts are designed to test the church’s need for such support and to strengthen the design of future cohorts.

These inaugural cohorts will meet for six months in 2022 with the aim of providing data that will inform the future of the PSCE-sponsored CRE project. Groups will consist of up to eight participants and a facilitator. The cohorts will meet for two hours once each month on Zoom. Participants will receive a stipend of $300 for the six months.

Each participant must have a current commission in effect. Topics for engagement by participants will include spiritual disciplines and practices, seasonal needs in the church’s program year (i.e., Advent, church school, session meetings, educational opportunities), and the sharing of the needs and concerns of each participant. Preparation for meetings may include short reading assignments.

This program is sponsored by Union Presbyterian Seminary’s P.S.C.E. program (Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education), which provides support for those in ministry in the denomination. A set of cohorts is currently under way for Christian Educators. This new initiative expands the meaning of Christian Education to include the broader work of the church.

Applications will be received beginning March 1 and deadline for applications is April 22. The cohorts will run from May – November 2022. For further information, contact Mariyln Johns.

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Considered Theologically

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Considered Theologically

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Considered Theologically

As the threat of Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifies, how can we think theologically about it and what do churches in Russia and Ukraine say about it? We will explore these questions in two Zoom sessions:  On Wednesday, Feb 16 at 10:00, former PCUSA mission coworker Dr. Eric Hinderliter will lead a discussion guided by the Confession of 1967 and the gospel mandate for reconciliation. On Thursday, Feb 24, at 10:00, PCUSA mission coworker Ellen Smith will relay perspectives of Russian and Ukrainian churches and the challenges they face. Register here for one or both Zoom sessions.

 

LEADERSHIP

Eric L. Hinderliter was a PCUSA mission co-worker commissioned by the General Assembly in 2001. He served as a teacher at LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania from 2001 to 2019, along with his wife Rebecca, also a mission co-worker. He is an elder in the PCUSA. Eric taught economics and theology courses: He tutored in a men’s prison in Lithuania for 11 years. Prior to LCC, he was the executive director of Central Pennsylvania Legal Services and worked in community development for the cities of Harrisburg and Lancaster.  He graduated from Allegheny College; earned an M.A., and Ph.D. in German History from Brown University, Providence, RI, and an MS in faith-based Economic Development, Eastern College (now University), St. David’s, PA. He also studied theology at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He retired in 2017 and now lives in Cary North Carolina with his wife of 50 years Rebecca.

Ellen Smith is PCUSA Regional Liaison for Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland). Since 1999, Ellen has helped several PCUSA congregations form partnerships with Baptist, Lutheran, and Orthodox churches in Russia and established relationships with church leaders across the region.