January 2020

The latest PCC news to welcome the New Year!
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Call for Submissions

The Winter 2019 edition of the Presbyterian Connection newspaper was sent out to all congregations and subscribers in early December. It’s already time to start thinking about the Spring 2020 edition. You are invited to submit stories, photos and news for the next issue. The deadline for all content is Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

One of the most valued items in the newspaper is the Gatherings section that features photos from congregations from across the country. The Winter 2019 issue featured our biggest photo gallery to date—help us make this happen again! Email your submissions or submit them via the online form.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to ensure our newspaper is a success! Feedback continues to roll in saying how much readers enjoy our paper and value its ministry.

Submit Your Content Today

Ballot for Moderator of the 2020 General Assembly

The following names will appear on the ballot for Moderator of the 2020 General Assembly:
  • The Rev. Paulette Brown
  • The Rev. Mary Fontaine
  • The Rev. Dr. Daniel D. Scott
  • Dr. Tori Smit
Ballots have been sent to presbyteries for members of presbytery to vote. The Committee to Advise the Moderator will count the ballots on April 1, 2020. The 2020 General Assembly will convene June 7, 2020, in Waterloo, Ontario.
Learn About the Nominees

Presbyterians Read: Lent Edition

The Presbyterians Read Advent 2019 book study was a great success—thank you to everyone who took part in the conversation. This Lenten season, we will be continuing the conversation and journeying through Lent together with a denomination-wide book study on Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A, written by N.T. Wright. Participants can look forward to exploring Matthew’s telling of the gospel story in unique and insightful ways.
Join the Conversation

2021 Wall Calendar Photos Wanted

Attention photographers: the PCC is looking for photos that celebrate the beauty and majesty of God’s creation for the 2021 wall calendar. We need high-resolution photos of what celebrating creation looks like for Presbyterians across the country. This could include stunning images of landscapes and nature, or caring for creation initiatives at your church. Be creative and have fun! The deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 13, 2020.

Submit Your Photos

Latest PCPak Collection of Resources Available

The latest PCPak collection of resources and materials for congregations was mailed early January and digital versions of all included resources are now available on the PCC website. The materials include the 2020 edition of Stories of Mission: Gifts in Action, the latest Mission Moments, Prayer Partnership and justice bulletin inserts, as well as three new “Equipping For...” educational resources, plus so much more!
Peruse the Pak

Equipping Congregations

The latest articles published in the popular “Equipping for…” series of educational resources are:

In these articles, you will find a ton of great ideas and advice on how to inspire full participation from your congregation, from engaging the attention of the youngest and most energetic members in Sunday School to facilitating participation from members of all ages through intergenerational worship and creative expression. Print copies have been distributed in the PCPak mailing and online versions are available for download on the PCC website.
Get the Latest Resources

Time for Justice Bulletin Inserts

Four new “Time for Justice” bulletin inserts from the International Affairs Committee draw attention to the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon, the need for meaningful action on Climate Change, the exploitation of Migrant Workers in Canada and religious persecution around the world. Use these bulletin inserts to raise awareness of these important issues with your congregation.
Download or Order Copies

Images for Worship Available

A variety of royalty-free worship images are now available to download for use in presentations during worship services. If your church uses a projector screen during worship or would like to in the future, these visuals can be used to enhance or complement the worship experience as well as convey important information to members of the congregation. The images include the 2019–2020 bulletin covers, special bulletin covers as well as general images for projection or social media use. Files can be downloaded individually or as a set. If you need something specific, please let us know.
Browse the Collection
Read the Moderator’s Prayer for the World During Tumultuous Times.

Are you interested in serving the church on a General Assembly Standing Committee? The Committee to Nominate Standing Committees is seeking nominations by February 28, 2020.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) recently released statements condemning the terrorist attack on a Hanukkah celebration in New York City and a series of attacks that occurred in Nigeria, Syria and Somalia over the last days of 2019.

Living Faith is accessible in English, French, Korean, Mandarin and Taiwanese. All available translations of Living Faith can be found on the Official Documents web page.

Links you may need:

Worship web page
Online order form for PCC resources
Church Finder

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