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The office will be closed today due to weather.
We are experiencing some (more) difficulty with our web site. If you have tried to download the papers for the presbytery meeting and have been unable to do so, please know that we are aware of the problem and working on it. We’ll try to make extra copies available tomorrow.
You can help us by letting us know (by email or in person) when you had trouble getting in, what browser your were using (Explorer, Chrome etc…) and any other details (like what the error message said if you saw one).
Many thanks for your patience!
Season of Easter
Easter isn’t just a Sunday — it’s a season. One day out of 365 is hardly sufficient to celebrate the great mystery of our faith — that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Accordingly, the season of Easter lasts seven weeks (a “week of weeks”), spanning the 50 days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday and encompassing the festival of the Ascension of the Lord.
The season of Easter is intended to be a joyful time for celebrating the presence of the risen Christ in the church. If your congregation doesn’t already celebrate the Lord’s Supper (a feast with the risen Lord) each week, the season of Easter is an excellent and appropriate time to explore this practice.
Of course, Easter really isn’t just a season either. In the fullest sense, Easter is a new way of life — in which we are “dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 6:11), called to “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). Every year, for fifty days, the church celebrates and rehearses this new way of life in the Season of Easter — as we await its completion in the fullness of Christ’s reign. (Read more on the PC(USA) website)
We’re in the process of moving from Appleton to Neenah. Our computers are down and our phones will go down Thursday morning. We hope to be back up to full operations on Monday. We’ll try to keep people posted here and on our Facebook page.
Please join us at First Presbyterian Church Shawano from 9:30 – 4:00.
And Winnebago Presbytery Meeting
Both take place on Saturday, February 12. Presbyters will gather at Covenant Community Presbyterian Church in Schofield. I don’t know if we’ll sing Happy Birthday, but I ‘m sure there will some other fun things happening.
The members of Covenant Community and the members of First Presbyterian Church, Abbotsford, have worked together to make it a great day.
Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. with the business meeting to follow.
A new year begins.
We’ll be wrapping up the financials for 2010 over the next couple of weeks. Remember to make your 2010 benevolence and per capita bank deposits before January 6th.
Committee folks with vouchers for 2010 expenses should send them to the Presbytery Office before January 12th.
Remember the 2011 IRS mileage rate is 51 cents/mile.
In between meetings and closing out the yearend, we will be updating the web directory. If you have a new Session Clerk of other information you would like changed before it is posted, be sure to contact the office.
The party is still on! We know the weather might be frightful this afternoon. Join us if you can!
- Granted Honorable Retirement to the Rev. Darryl Baker, the Rev. Ed Slusser, the Rev. Ted Sperduto, and the Rev. Lucy Rupe.
- Approved transitional Presbytery staffing plan for the next six months which includes moving the Associate Executive, the Rev. Sarah Moore-Nokes to fulltime employment and pursuing a contract with Milwaukee Presbytery and the Rev. Gregg Neel, to work with the Committee on Ministry on a consulting basis. Presbytery will review staffing needs in May 2011 to determine if an Interim Executive should be called.
- Received the report of the Directional Task Force.
- Recommended the Belhar Confession for inclusion in the Presbyterian Book of Confessions.
- Adopted a 2011 Operating Budget which includes a per capita rate of $29.65 and recommended mission giving percentages of General Assembly-23%, Synod-16%, and Presbytery-61%. Invoices and report forms will be sent to local congregations in the near future.
- Welcomed four new pastors–the Rev. Kevin Buchanan (Pastor, Marshfield), the Rev. Jack Harrison (Pastor, Fond du Lac), the Rev. Ray Larson (Interim Pastor, De Pere), and the Rev, Kathy Keener-Han (Interim Pastor, Appleton).
- Said farewell and godspeed to the Rev. Lucy Rupe, Executive Presbyter, who will retire at the end of December.
- Welcomed 16 of our Local Mission Grant Partners during a lunch hour mission fair.