Category Archives: Mission

2018 Urban Mission Opportunities

Come to Detroit on the River Between Two Great Lakes

Hands-On Mission Work Group – Presbytery of Detroit

We will host your group in one of our churches for..

  • Lodging, a kitchen to cook meals and a place to gather for worship.
  • Cost of lodging is $100 per night for groups of 25 or less.
  • Our Hands-On Mission Coordinator will arrange work places and partners so you have a rewarding visit.
  • Donations to mission partners for work performed are expected. (Recommend $10 per person per day to the work partners.)

Let us know when you would like to work by emailing:

Urban Mission Camp 2018

For over 25 years, Government Street Presbyterian Church (GSPC) has been hosting Christian youth and young adults from all over the United States for a week of urban mission, fellowship, and theological reflection. Below is an overview of the typical week at Urban Mission Camp.

  • Saturday: Arrive at Baytreat.
  • Sunday: Participate in worship and orientation at GSPC, followed by dinner at Baytreat with GSPC members.
  • Monday-Thursday: Travel in groups to mission sites in downtown Mobile and the surrounding Gulf Coast. Work on a variety of projects, learning from those you serve about urban issues and what God is doing among people who are poor in South Alabama. UMC campers also participate in an urban pilgrimage, gaining a glimpse into the life of Mobile residents who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.
  • Thursday afternoon: Take a break, relaxing on the beaches of Gulf Shores.
  • Friday: Clean up for the next group and depart.

The cost per Urban Mission Camp participant (youth and adults) is $330, or an Early Bird Special of $280 if paid in full by March 1st. This covers lodging, sixteen meals, and a tee shirt. We host a
maximum of 32 participants each week, with one adult advisor required per seven youth.

Advisors must be 25 years or older. We can accommodate a single church group or smaller groups from several churches. Early registration increases your options to selectthe week you want. The mission is designed for campers who are rising ninth graders through graduated seniors or college students. However, we have also hosted some middle school groups, and will evaluate middle school requests on a case by case basis.

For more information, download the the brochure.

PC(USA) Stated Clerk opposes order banning refugees’ entry into U.S.

by Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service

J. Herbert Nelson II

LOUISVILLE – This afternoon, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), issued a statement opposing President Trump’s executive action that has led to the detention of qualified refugees at U.S. airports and the refusal to board refugees headed to the U.S. from foreign airports.

“I urge the president and his administration to reverse this very harmful decision regarding refugees,” he said. “Presbyterians are not afraid of this so-called terror threat. We are not afraid because we profess a faith in Jesus, who entered the world a refugee.”

Nelson’s statement is in response to Trump’s executive action prohibiting immigration from the Muslim-majority countries of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan. However, a NPR report yesterday found that since September 11, 2001, no Muslim extremist from these countries has executed an attack on American soil. Those attacks came at the hands of extremists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Pakistan, none of which are included in the travel or immigration ban.

Beyond barring entry from the seven listed countries, the executive order puts a hold on all refugee resettlement to the U.S. for four months and has indefinitely suspending entry of refugees from Syria. Additionally, Bloomberg has pointed out the ban does not include four Muslim-majority countries in which Trump has business dealings, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Human rights and refugee advocacy groups noted the U.S. already has the most stringent vetting system for refugees in the world, with the screening process taking 18-24 months on average. In spite of this, Trump has continually asserted refugees admitted through this system are a security risk.

Nelson’s statement is below:


Yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order to allegedly protect the nation from terrorists entering the United States. In practice, however, this order serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war.

Right now, across the globe, there are families grabbing their bags and clinging to each other as they tearfully flee the home they love, the home they never wanted to leave, because home is no longer safe. And many, after being fully vetted by a legal refugee entry process, are not being allowed to enter the U.S. and are being wrongfully detained at airports across the country.

This is a miscarriage of justice and goes against everything we stand for as a country shaped and formed by people who emanated from other lands.

As the top ecclesial officer of the nation’s largest Reformed body, I urge the president and his administration to reverse this very harmful decision regarding refugees. Presbyterians are not afraid of this so-called terror threat. We are not afraid because we profess a faith in Jesus, who entered the world a refugee.

We are not afraid because, just as we welcome Jesus every advent, we have chosen to welcome our brothers and sisters into this nation from across the globe. Presbyterians chose welcome after World War II when we, as a denomination, demanded that the U.S. allow more refugees to enter then. We chose welcome when our very congregations served as the host sites to refugees in the years before resettlement agencies. And, Presbyterians choose welcome now as we co-sponsor families resettling to the U.S. from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, and other countries.

With every choice of welcome we enter into relationship with people who become neighbors, friends, and family. No administration can convince us to fear.

We oppose this administration’s decision to prolong each and every refugee’s wait for a place to call home under the false pretense of security. We stand ready to welcome our new neighbors, friends, and family of all faiths and nations.

Link to the original article

Read more articles from the Presbyterian Mission Agency here.

PC(USA) News for April 13-19

Explore the stories that have been making news this week in the PC(USA):

Presbyterian Study Grant allows Princeton seminarians to explore call to ministry
PC(USA) financial aid program frees Dexter and Liz Kearny from anxiety of student debt

Ecumenical Advocacy Days policy plenary defines messages for advocates
Expanding voting rights, explaining Trans Pacific Partnership top agenda

More than 200 Presbyterians take part in CPJ Training Day
Conference theme addresses ‘Racism, Class and Power

Congregational Ministries Publishing debuts new online catalog
Congregational Ministries Publishing has gone digital.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance mobilizing to assist the people of Japan and Ecuador
Information is still coming in about the devastating effects of the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is organizing a response to help sustain life and restore hope in the coming days.

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day opens in Washington
Panel discussion takes up racism, class and power

PC(USA) seminary news
A compilation of news from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other seminaries

J. Herbert Nelson testifies before Senate committee
Addresses role of environmental policy on access to energy and economic opportunity

Regarding ruling elders: called as partners in Christ’s service
When I became a ruling elder, I recall the constitutional questions for ordination and installation that really resonated with me were those that speak to being partners in Christ’s service

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery aids PDA program via local service initiative
Essential hygiene kits assembled with help from congregations

Washburn named interim editor of Presbyterians Today
PC(USA) pastor and long-time PT contributor brings passion for communications

PC(USA) Mosaic of Peace conference visits Israel and Palestine
Group asked to accompany region’s Christians in their suffering and hope

Congregational Ministries Publishing taps Malinda Spencer
Experienced church educator called to promote and interpret PC(USA) curriculum

California PC(USA) church opens arms to Syrian congregation
Partnership welcomes ‘brothers and sisters’ in faith into community

From resiliency to water issues, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance discusses challenges
National Response Team annual meeting concludes after full agenda

Leading the Way: Education, Culture and Community Outreach in Bethlehem Palestine

rana_khouryRana Khoury, Vice President of DAK University College/Diyar, shares the challenges and history of the work in Bethlehem. In its 21st year, it is the third largest private employer, touching the lives of 60,000 in the Bethlehem Region, which is under Israeli occupation.

The conversation will include:

  • Civic Engagement – a program for young adults
  • Publishing
  • Awards
  • Building
  • Womens’ Soccer in Palestine
  • Dar al-Kalima (DAK) University College/Diyar
  • Life Long Learning
  • Artistic Expressions

The Partnership the Presbytery of Ohio Valley shares with this work in Bethlehem includes education. Rana is here as part of that partnership. Find a location and come. Hope is what they do in Bethlehem.

Saturday, March 12, 3:00-4:00, Womens’ Retreat, Henryville
Saturday, March 12, 5:00 pm, Jeffersonville First, Saturday Worship
Sunday, March 13, 11:00-noon, First Presbyterian Columbus, 512 Seventh St.
Sunday, March 13, 3:30-5:00 pm, Corydon Presbyterian Church
Monday, March 14, 2:00-4:00 pm, Franklin College Classes
Monday, March 14, 6:30-8:00 pm, Bartholomew Library Red Room, Columbus
Tuesday, March 15, 3:00-5:00 pm, Hanover College, 137 Science Center, Hanover

Information: email Jo Lucas or call 812-342-4850.

Mission Opportunity at Dale Presbyterian Church

It is said that one of the most powerful experiences a Christian can have is to go on a mission trip, experience a different culture and work among the poor.

We at Dale Presbyterian Church invite your church to consider a Mission Trip to Dale, Indiana to work with our Summer Community Adventure Program.

Summer Community Adventure is a free program for children in the North Spencer area who are living in poverty or below poverty.  The children are invited through the local school at the end of the school year.  Usually 40-60 children, K-6th grade, attend.  About 75% are Latino/Hispanic ESL (English as Second Language) students.  All funding for this program comes from donors and foundations.

This program provides experiences–educational, religious, social, physical–for these children.  The children meet at the Micah Center of Dale Presbyterian Church every Thursday in June from 12:00-3:30 where, besides having a wonderful program, are fed a meal and given a bag of non-perishable food to tide them through the week.

This year, we are excited to not only offer the afternoon program on Thursdays, but will be partnering with PYOCA to have an entire week of Summer Day Camp (9:00-3:30) for our students!

Our theme for the summer is POWERED BY LOVE.  Our students will be memorizing 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.  Here is our schedule for this summer:

June 2:  Orientation/2 hour Sexual Misconduct workshop for volunteers

June 9:  Brain Powered by Love:  Math skill taught through fun and games taught and led by Dr. Janet Tassel from Western Kentucky University and her education students

June 13-17: Faith Powered by Love: Summer Day Camp with the PYOCA counselors  ALL-IN-ONE FEARLESS FAITH

June 23:  Friendship Powered by Love: Boom Squad, an African-American Drum Team from Evansville, Indiana, share music, faith, self-discipline and teamwork

June 30: Creative Expression Powered by Love: Art and Movement featuring instruction from artists Corie Eckerle and Rosemary Chamberlain and physical education instructors from the school.

Why your church might want to consider a day or the week experience:

  • Dale Presbyterian Church is within driving distance from every church in our presbytery
  • This is a less expensive opportunity for people wanting a “missional” experience
  • This is a cross cultural experience
  • This gives an opportunity to put Christ’s love in action and share the good news of Jesus Christ with children
  • This is an opportunity for anyone 16 to 150!  Our building is fully accessible and the level of “work” can be tailored to any individual
  • This work will change your life!

What Dale Presbyterian provides for you

  • free lunch with Summer Community Adventure and supper at Community Table
  • instruction and orientation
  • housing/lodging can be a possibility
  • prayer
  • a great experience!
  • there is no cost to you or your team

We invite and would welcome your participation.  Please contact Rev. Dr. Martha FrizLanger if you are interested or need more information by email or calling 812.937.2560.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to Southeast coastal flooding

From the Presbyterian Mission Agency:

On either side of the river is the tree of life . . . and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:2)

The Southeast coast is experiencing severe and unprecedented flooding. At its height, more than 400 roads, 150 bridges and two major interstates (I-20 and I-95) were closed, isolating the communities that were most in need of comfort and assistance. South Carolina has borne the brunt of the devastation, enduring what has been described as a 1,000-year flood, and for some, more is still to come.

While South Carolina is the area most recently experiencing severe flooding, other parts of the country, including Texas, are still struggling to recover from massive floods that impacted multiple counties and left numerous Presbyterian churches damaged. As the rains finally subside in South Carolina and essential aid begins to arrive, we pray for a community of healing and hope for all those in the midst of this adversity.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is walking alongside impacted mid councils to bring God’s hope and healing to all affected by flooding. Gifts from One Great Hour of Sharing are helping Presbyterian congregations as they reach out to their affected communities to provide emergency provisions like water, food and other supplies to neighbors in need. Members of the PDA National Response Team have been helping with assessments, connecting with long-term recovery groups and serving as a present witness of the larger church during this difficult time.

You can join in the response and encourage those in need by standing in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.

Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000191 to help address the needs of those impacted by the flooding. Gifts can be made online, by phone at 800-872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or by check; mail to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700


Pray for families impacted by flooding through loss of property and livelihood; for first responders and all others who put themselves in harm’s way to care for those impacted; that communities will work together and build stronger relationships and connections; for God’s sustaining grace through it all.

For more information, visit

Presbyterian Mission Agency, an agency of the Presbyterian Church
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville, KY 40202
800-728-7228 | 502-569-5000
Website | Email

Bloomington Fringe

Bloomington Fringe is a loose collective of clergy, churches and campus ministries seeking to collaborate on worship and work in the community.

In the Neighborhood: Building Coalition and Finding Your Cause
Saturday, February 28 @ First Presbyterian – Bloomington
10 am – 330 PM

We are gathering to revision Church and how to be church in the public square, how to do church collaboratively as those rooted (in our traditions) and unrooted (in ecumenical efforts). Our posture is global and local because we believe they are intertwined – What we do here in Bloomington is connected to what is happening in Ferguson, Paris, Nigeria, because we are bringing the kingdom of peace to bear in this place in the here and now.

We’ve invited two creative and dynamic pastors two speak from their context, but the experience will be participant driven and focus on conversations with local service agencies.

Please join us! It is free and open to all clergy and churches.

Sometimes the most powerful work is not done in the center but from the fringes and margins.

For more information please contact or check out